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Thursday, December 15, 2005

 

Rugby Personalities: Shock death of sports personality and businessman Max Ntshona

Source: www.theherald.com
By: Mawande Jack Senior General Correspondent

SPORT in the province has been dealt a blow with the death of Port Elizabeth administrator and businessman Madoda Max Ntshona.

The 61-year-old former vice-president of the EP Cricket Board died of a heart attack in Alice, where he had attended a family function on Saturday.

“Bra Max”, as he was popularly known, was among leading figures, like the late Dan Qeqe, who popularised non-racial sports in the province through the KwaZakhele Rugby Union (Kwaru).

His dedication to the cause of non-racial sport culminated in his being elected to lead the regional ANC sports desk.

Nafcoc president Kutluano Headbush described him as a mentor to emerging business people who had suffered under apartheid. “He taught us how to fight apartheid in all spheres of life, and how to run a successful business,” Headbush said.

Nelson Mandela Bay Sports Council chairman Sibhidla Majola said Ntshona’s death was “a terrible blow to sport”.

He said Ntshona had been the longest-serving Spring Rose Rugby Football Club secretary, and had been a president of the KwaZakhele Tennis Club, United Cricket Club secretary, Kwaru executive member, and Imbewu Trust board member.

“He was instrumental in bringing to Port Elizabeth world number one tennis player Roger Federer, who in partnership with Imbewu built a tennis court, mini soccer fields, and a basketball court at Dan Qeqe.”

Ntshona was born in 1944 at Kwelerana village, next to King William’s Town.

After a few years in the teaching profession, he went to study at Fort Hare University, where he graduated with a BA in social science.

He was employed in several companies in Port Elizabeth, such as Ford and Coca-Cola.

This work experience enabled him to establish his own business, the Malinge Super Store (KwaSali), and later the Ebhongweni Business Centre.

Ntshona’s memorial service will be held at the Iqhayiya Technical College at 6pm today.

Thousands are expected to attend his funeral at the Centenary Great Hall next Tuesday.

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