Maharaj and Kuzwayo win big at KZN Sports Awards


Two prominent personalities from the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union, international player Keshav Maharaj and administrator Sanelisiwe Kuzwayo, won awards at the recent KZN Sports Awards. 

Kuzwayo, who is the Rural and Township Development Manager at the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union, took home the award for Administrator of the Year, while Maharaj claimed the Newcomer of the Year accolade.

For 10 years Kuzwayo has been heavily involved in organising the annual KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union, KZN Department of Sport and Recreation and Sunfoil Township Schools Tournament at Hilton College.

The 2017 edition of the tournament saw close to 300 cricketers from around the country take part in a six day tournament and for Kuzwayo it is no time to rest on her laurels as she continues to strive to reach the goal she set for herself when she took on the job two years ago.

“For me the vision still remains to make sure that we take cricket to all corners of KZN,” she said.

“We want to make sure that we help children overcome the challenges of their disadvantaged background and play competitive cricket.

“I am very excited and humbled at the same time to have received this award. It shows that the teamwork, commitment and passion that my team and I have shown for the past years until today is now bearing fruit.”

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The annual KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union, KZN Department of Sport and Recreation and Sunfoil Township Schools Tournament has grown immensely in the past ten years and Kuzwayo believes that their goal is to maintain this high level of competition.

“The tournament has hit a peak but we need to continue to strive to maintain that top class level of cricket.

“The talent that is displayed throughout the tournament shows that our players have a strong understanding of the game of cricket,” she added.

Following his stellar opening season with the South African national team that resulted in him becoming a regular fixture in the Proteas test set-up, Keshav Maharaj was another winner on the night when he bagged Newcomer of the Year.

The 27 year-old left-arm spinner beat fellow Hollywoodbets Dolphins and Proteas star Andile Phehlukwayo as well as Cell C Sharks flyhalf and Springbok Curwin Bosch to the award and was humbled as well as appreciative that his hard work has led to some recognition.

“To receive this award after coming up against some serious contenders is a great feeling,” Maharaj said.

“I feel blessed to be recognised in the first place but to win the award was terrific.

“I was really happy with how things panned out for me last season and it is an honour to be recognised by your province for your achievements.”

Along with Keshav, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Denisha Devnarain and Chloe Tryon were all nominated in the Sports Personality of the Year category which was won by Comrades Marathon winner Bongumusa Mthembu.