It’s been a busy time for Jeppe Head Boy and 1st team rugby captain, Muzi Manyike, and things are not about to get easier now that the schools rugby season has started.
Last Saturday he scored two tries as he led Jeppe to an impressive win over St John’s and, the next day, he flew off to Stellenbosch to participate in a three-day SA Rugby under-18 high performance camp. He’ll be back on Thursday for one practice with his team before he leads them onto the field against St Alban’s on Saturday.
And before the school season had even started he was heavily involved in seven-a-side rugby and was the top try-scorer for the SA under-18 team in a tournament involving a number of African nations and Germany. He got 10 tries in six games there, including one in the final against Germany, won 43-0 by the South Africans.
He is part of the national group that is preparing for the Sevens at the Africa Games in Algeria in July and is in the initial squad ahead of the Youth Olympics in Argentina later in the year.
On top of all that he has his duties as head boy of the school and the reports from all quarters are that he is doing an exemplary job in that area.
Asked how he manages it all, he says it’s about priorities. “You have to give what you are busy with at the moment a full go and not worry about what is coming up.
“I really struggled at first, but as we have found our rhythm, the distribution of the workload is better spread between myself, the deputies and the other prefects.
“I couldn’t do what I do, without a lot of support from the staff. Mr Hillock and Mr Gamede at Sable and Droste Boarding Houses have been right behind me all the time,” he said.
“Mr Gittens is also someone I can always talk to and the coaching and mentorship of Mr Spilhaus, Mr Hammond and Mr Venter have been invaluable.”
If you want a job done give it to a busy man, they say. Muzi Manyike is proving that, in style.