MEDIA STATEMENT BY BOXING SOUTH AFRICA ON THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF SOUTH AFRICAN BOXING TRAINER, MR NICK ‘MTHAKATHI’ DURANDT
‘Ladies and gentlemen, I wanna dedicate this award to two people in my life, my boys at home, Damian and Storm, that gave me the time that I needed to produce all the champions and allowed me to steal most of their life from them. I also wanna thank my 27 international champions, my 97 South African champions and my 38 world champions…!’
These were the words of Nic Durandt as he accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award at the South African Boxing Awards in Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC, Durban on the 27 January 2017.
Only three months later, on the afternoon of Friday 21 April 2017 we received with shock, the sad news that the pulse of this charismatic, flamboyant boxing trainer has been halted by a motorbike accident.
According to the report, death intercepted his journey when his motorbike collided with a motorcar between Clarens and Bethlehem in the Free State. He was reportedly rushed to hospital in Bethlehem where regrettably, he was certified dead on arrival.
Nick’s departure will certainly leave a big void in our sport of boxing. What this 53 year old retired trainer has achieved in his illustrious career can only be described as legendary. No other South African trainer has produced nearly as many national, international and world champions as he did.
Most heartbreakingly, Nick’s departure happens at a time when he had just announced his return to become a trainer again and produce even more champions. The renewal application of his trainer’s license for 2017 was already received. We dip our banners in honour of this fallen field marshal of our pugilist forces. He shall be remembered as a skillful trainer and a passionate mentor, a true patriot and fearless flag bearer who conquered countless global battle fields in defense of national pride, a gallant sport activist who was never scared to talk truth!
Our heartfelt condolence goes to his family, friends, loved ones and the Crusaders Motorbike Club who were with him in his last journey. The entire nation is certainly in pain. In him, we lost a star whose glow was yet to shine even brighter!
Further details regarding his final sendoff shall be communicated in due course.
Issued by Boxing South Africa
CEO, Mr Tsholofelo Lejaka, CEO@Boxingsa.co.za
All The Winners Of The South African Boxing Awards 2016
The winners of the South African Boxing Awards were announced during a prestigious ceremony at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre Complex on Friday, 27 January 2017.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. We, at Boxing SA wish to once again thank you and the entire South African Boxing fratenity for your participation and for your support in making the event a success.
The winners of the South African Boxing Awards 2016 are:
Female Boxer OY: Bukiwe Nonina;
Male Boxer OY: Xolisani Ndongeni;
Female Fight OY: Sharodine Fortuin vs Simone da Silva;
Male Fight OY: Simphiwe Konkco vs Hekkie Budler;
Female Prospect OY: Melissa Muller;
Male Prospect OY: Azinga Fuzile;
Matchmaker OY: Reuben Rasoli;
Knockout OY: Zolani Tete;
Journalist OY: Kwena Moabelo;
Female Ring Official OY: Sylvia Mokaila;
Male Ring Official OY: Darryl Ribbink;
Most Promising Official OY: Sithembele Tom;
Trainer OY: Mzamo Njekanye;
Manager OY: Mlandeli Tengimfene;
Promoter OY: Reel Steel Promotions;
Most Promising Promoter OY: Dream Team Promotions.
The SPECIAL AWARDS RECIPIENTS are: Cassius Baloyi; Bongani Magasela; Mbali Zantsi.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS recipients are: Stanley Sono; Rodney Berman; Nick Durandt and Tsietsi Maretloane.
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INTERNAL MEMO 1/2017_ URGENT UPDATE: COURTESY REMINDER
The Boxing Fraternity,
Kindly receive our regards and best wishes for yet another exciting boxing season ahead and of course, Happy Valentine's Day to you all!
Following the Board Meeting of 11 February 2017, this serves to kindly bring to your attention the following board resolutions which are worthy of noting and/ or in other instances even necessitates direct, urgent actions from you.
1. Boxing Awards 2016
We have just emerged from a successful edition of South African Boxing Awards held on 27 January 2017 at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. In overall, the Awards have been lauded by the Board as a major success and hope builder for our pugilist sport.
Enthused as we are, the Board however acknowledged that there is plenty room for improvement and this will surely be addressed going into the next edition. We like to congratulate all the recipients and thank the boxing community for their role in putting forward their nominations.
2. Renewal of Licensees
We would like to remind all licensees that the current boxing licenses expire on 31 March 2017. This means that all renewal applications must be received on or before 31 March 2017! Any person who hasn’t renewed his/her license by 31 March 2017 will automatically seize to be a licensed BSA practitioner in any category by 1 April 2017.
NB: All licenses must be renewed on or before 31 March 2017. Any person who hasn’t renewed his license by 31 March 2017 will automatically seize to be a BSA licensee! Download Here