EL majorettes prepare for world champs

ILKE DE LANGE
ONWABE MBANJWA

Four East London girls have made it into the official SA national majorettes team that will be traveling to Croatia for the MWF World Championships later this month.

Onwabe Banjwa, Ilke de Lange, Khanya Simelane, and Tariro Chinamasa will be joining the team of 39 girls who have been chosen to represent the country on the world stage.

Lilyfontein deputy principal Michael Cousins said that this opportunity was a great marketing tool for the majorettes.

“It sends the message that says if you are from the Eastern Cape and are prepared to work hard, drummies can take you to all the corners of the earth.

“Banjwa has proved this. She is a skillful, hardworking ambassador. My expectations are that this team will grow culturally in Croatia and represent our country with distinction on the world stage,” Cousins said.

Banjwa’s love for majorettes and cheerleading started in 2014 when she used to watch the older Lilyfontein majorettes practice. By the time she was in grade 1, she had already decided to try out for the squad.

“Being a majorette has taught me about dedication, commitment, and hard work but mostly I have learned about sisterhood in the squad.

“I am excited and honoured to represent SA,” Banjwa said.

Banjwa’s mother, Belinda Hill, said she was very proud of her, especially after watching her daughter’s passion for the sport grow over the years.

De Lange joined majorettes after watching her two older sisters perform.

“I started when I was in grade 2, and this is a great opportunity because I am excited to meet majorettes from other countries.

“I hope I bring back a gold medal,” De Lange said.

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