Ateam from the united Kingdom-based television programme Transworld Sport was
recently in South Africa with a Pretoria-based table-tennis player as their target. They
spent close to week profi ling the life of rising star Zodwa Maphanga in a sport dominated
by players from Asia.
The 19-year-old is relatively unknown back home and it has taken the efforts of an
outside broadcaster to showcase her to the world. Maphanga is a member of an elite group
of athletes dotted around the world who fall under the guidance of Ethiopian runner Haile
Gebrselassie, probably the fi nest Olympian to emerge from Africa. His G4S4teen programme
mentors young athletes and helps them fulfi l their dreams to compete in the Olympics.
Maphanga, the Africa under-21 doubles silver medallist, took the bronze medal in the
Commonwealth Youth Games and the ninth All Africa Games. In her spare time, the talented
ping-pong player hosts training sessions for orphaned children from SOS Children's Village
in Mamelodi. � Phathisani Moyo
Lunch spot: Capello, Hatfield, Pretoria