Mbalula praises Amla, Els

2012-07-23 07:49

Johannesburg - South African sports minister Fikile Mbalula congratulated cricketer Hashim Amla and golfer Ernie Els on their respective successes on United Kingdom soil on Sunday.

Amla notched up 311 not out - the highest individual batting score by a Proteas batsman - against England on the fourth day of the opening Test at the Oval in London with the South Africans poised on sealing a likely victory on Monday.

Els, meanwhile, won the British Open in the English capital that ended his 10-year major victory drought.

"This is a sign of good things to happen on the British soil," Mbalula said in a statement.

"'The Big Easy' (Els) steadily gave South Africa a clinical finish to lift the highest golfing honour in the UK.

"The standing ovation Els received on Sunday, comes at the time when we prepare to compete with nations of the world during the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games.

"This can only symbolize more glory for us, as a country, for the months of July and August."

Mbalula, who on Saturday presented Proteas captain Graeme Smith with the South African flag on his 100th Test, went on to praise Amla's historic effort earlier in the afternoon.

"Words can't express how I feel about South Africa's Sport Star of the Year," Mbalula said on Amla.

"He just keeps creating waves and moving mountains."


  • Squeegee - 2012-07-23 08:01

    MMmmm Kallis snubbed again.

      paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-07-23 08:15

      And Ronan Quamby, and Sheridand Morias and David Macfadden and the athlets in Eurore.........

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-23 08:32

      Ja, like he is sincere. In reality he is only happy when one of their own does well !

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-23 08:58

      And the award for the most idiotic comment of the day ... Again ... Goes to Rob.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-23 09:13

      Just a quiet thumbs down will suffice vernon.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-23 09:16

      Curriemophead, its a pity you can praise the one but not the other. Amla was sensational, but how can you ignore 180+ not out...

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-23 08:03

    lets not forget Ajax & the Sharks, feel done guys.....pity about the "Springboks" getting hammered by Crusaders, maybe Heyneke Meyer will look beyond the borders of Pretoria when considering his next selection.

      paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-07-23 08:18

      The only South African that didn't do well were those in the England Cricket Team!!

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2012-07-23 08:18

    The boys are playing really well, they making us so proud. All the best for this 5th day. We all behind u.

  • Shaun Robinson - 2012-07-23 08:28

    And Amla did it without eating all day as he is muslim. Give the one a Bells and the other a glass of water

  • - 2012-07-23 08:29

    Yeah big up Amla, He deserves all the praise together with Ernie

  • mfundoj1 - 2012-07-23 08:30

    Mr Cowntry!!! *luv this dude :)

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-07-23 08:47

    Well done, guys. SA is truly proud of the efforts of its homegrown heroes! Now, how about most of our politicians doing the right thing and becoming champions of our people? Make us proud too!

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-07-23 08:56

    Congrats to Hashim Amla

  • mduduzi.nkosi.311 - 2012-07-23 09:27

    Well done to all the SA`s. aaaaand lets not make this one a race issue. credit is given where its due. aand Ajax, sharks and one clap for Kaizer Chiefs.

  • mdu.s.khumalo - 2012-07-23 09:40

    At least there is something going well for SA in sports. Congratulations to you Amla and Els.

  • iceman196 - 2012-07-23 11:09

    Mr Mbalula, you could have congratulated Graham and Jacques as well for there century contributions to a over 600 score, It was a team effort unfortunately something your party knows little about.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-23 11:19

      Well said Ian.

      keith.gough - 2012-07-23 13:26

      Oh for pity sake, Kallis was great, but Amla was exceptional. If we are going to pronounce on every sporting achievement, then lets pat the Sharks on the back, give Ajax a round of applause, fall at the feet of Smith and mention Froome as well.

      iceman196 - 2012-07-23 14:06

      @keith, You are missing my point, Yes Hash's knock was exceptional but why wasent the team congratulated, like I said this was a team effort, then again Jakes 2 double tons never even got a whisper either. Another thing this a discussion about this present test match, not soccer or rugby.

      keith.gough - 2012-07-23 17:05

      I take your point, Ian, but the minister was praising two exceptional knocks. That of Els and Hash. i think he could have extended his praise, but I don't see it as a snub.

  • mbulelo.pikoli - 2012-07-23 20:39

    I cn c KP,Trott nd other south africans in England team r nt happy

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