It’s been quite a year for Muzilikazi ‘Muzi’ Manyike as head boy of Jeppe High School for Boys, first rugby team captain and a player in a variety of representative teams.
He has hardly touched ground.
“Since I got back from the South African Schools Rugby Series, I have been playing catch-up with my school work and I’m almost there.
“I think the exams are going quite well so far but I have to report for training with the Golden Lions u-19s next week.
“There is the Youth Olympics in Argentina with the SA u-18 sevens rugby team after that so there is still a lot of work and rugby to go,” he said.
The year started off with sevens rugby for the SA team at the Africa Championships.
Then it was into the Jeppe season followed by Craven Week and the SA Sevens team to African Youth Games and a week later SA Schools Series.
Looking back at 2018 thus far, the victory over King Edward School (KES) was without a doubt the highlight of the year for him.
“It was our second consecutive year to win this annual clash. It was great to win but the atmosphere that day and the way the school and the community united behind us was very special. For those of us in matric, it was the perfect send-off and it’s a day I will never forget.
“Another rugby highlight was captaining the SA Schools team. It was a chance to test my leadership at international level and I think I did quite well.
“The SA Schools experience was very intense. We were made to eat, sleep and breathe rugby and treated like full-on rugby professionals,” he said.
“It’s been incredibly busy as head boy but I have loved every minute of it. I was the first boy from Randfontein to come to Jeppe and I decided in Grade Eight to make the most of the journey. I resolved right at the start the one thing I would never be faulted on was my attitude.”