Ga-Sekororo: the dusty village that raised the talented Kefentse Mahlo


By Agreement Mabunda

GA-SEKORORO – You may say that Kefentse Mahlo (28) was destined to be a main rugby player. You might even consider him as destined to be a leader. However, neither of these statements would be completely enough.

Mahlo is a professional rugby player and a manager for an online store was born and bred at Moshate Ga-Sekororo, under Maruleng Municipality.

The Tzaneen Ben Vorster alumni grew up in a big family with four siblings. Growing up, he was a very busy child, always playing outside and never indoors. He loved being adventurous as he did any type of sport, he was able to do.

From the age on eight, he started playing rugby at primary school. He was influenced by his older brother, Kopano Mahlo who was also playing rugby at the same school. He chose to play rugby because of the opportunities that it provided for him.

“I played rugby because of the opportunities it provided for me and of course I enjoyed It,” he said.

According to him, rugby has and will always be special to him because of the priceless smile it brings to his parents every time he reaches great heights.

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“It has always been special because I have seen how proud my parents are for me when I reach great heights in rugby and seeing my mom and dad smile is absolutely the best thing ever,” he said.

Mahlo was influenced by his older brother, Kopano Mahlo to become a rugby player. He was then developed by his coach who coached him for 10 years, Cornel Oberholzer.

Along his path, he had memorable matches which includes Super Rugby debut against The Cell C Sharks in Durban, 2017.

“It remains my greatest and most memorable match, as it is an epitome of any rugby player career to achieve that,” he recalled

But he still recognizes his first memory when he was still a kid in Drakensig Primary School, Hoedspruit.

During the time he was still longing for himself, his role model was and still Trevor Nyakane and he hopes that one day they can play together in the same team as professionals. He is motivated by the need to achieve a victorious foundation as major goal.

“I would like to achieve a successful foundation with Trevor Nyakane,” he said.

The Vodacom Bulls star believes that, him and Trevor are the two rugby players from their region who have reached great heights and he think they can influence a lot of developing young talent from their province.

“Facilities and opportunities are holding a lot of our youth back. There is massive gap in development which I would like us to cover.” He said

Meanwhile, he is involved in a lot of businesses, like Power bite Technology and Flow sport Technology companies but also committed to doing everything he could to make the dream of building a foundation with Trevor a success.

He says “The way to prove yourself is to better yourself” – life is not about handouts; it is about working as hard as you possibly can to reach your desired goal.


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