Tendai Mtawarira - South African Rugby Player & UNICEF Ambassador
Tendai Mtawarira, nicknamed ‘The Beast’, is one of the greatest South African rugby stars of all time. As well as being capped more than 100 times by the Springboks at test level, he also played more than 150 games for the Sharks in Super Rugby. Despite putting in a number of impressive performances over his career, the highlight of Tendai Mtawarira’s international career undoubtedly came in 2019, when he played an integral role in the final of the Rugby World Cup, which South Africa won; he was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021.
Tendai Mtawarira is passionate about youth education, youth engagement and using sports for good. Since his retirement, he has established his own Foundation to further those goals, focusing on assisting the next generation through sport, education and life skills. He has been appointed by UNICEF as a Regional Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa in 2022. As a UNICEF Regional Ambassador, Mtawarira has been using his powerful voice to bring much needed attention to UNICEF’s humanitarian and development priorities in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. Mtawarira is particularly passionate about improving educational opportunities for the most vulnerable children. Through his community work and partnerships with multiple organisations such as Lead and Higherlife Foundation, he is able to inspire future generations to follow their passions.