MasiSports’ new ambassador Don Mackay Coghill
MasiSports has wonderful ambassadors who work tirelessly behind the scenes promoting our project, feeding in ideas and concepts and helping raise funds. They are central to our progress and we bless them for their selfless service to the children of Masiphumelele. They are Mosa le Roux, John le Roux, Alex Hetherington, Ian Bell, Scarra Ntubeni, Mark Charnock, Chris Steyn, Brian Whitley and Rob Hetherington.
Our latest ambassador to come on board, just after Springbok rugby player Scarra Ntubeni, is Don Mackay Coghill or just “Cogs”. Cogs was the mainstay of the Transvaal Cricket team in the 70s. He was mischievous, funny, ever positive and a fine team man and friend. He captained Transvaal in the famous 1971 “walk off” match against the Rest of SA. That match started with all 22 players making a stand for all South Africans to be allowed to play for the then Springbok team. It was the first time that players in SA made a stand – it was a small step forward.
Cogs was not just a fine cricketer. He became a doyen in the global gold coin market. He was responsible for introducing the Krugerrand and moved to Western Australia in 1986 to oversee Australia’s successful entry into world bullion coin markets. He was Chief Executive Officer of Gold Corporation for 17 years. He was the inaugural inductee into The Gold Industry Hall of Fame.
Cogs and I reconnected recently and he agreed to become an ambassador and assist us in raising funds in Australia. Thank you Cogs! So delighted to welcome you as an Ambassador. Cogs always stresses, “I live in Perth but my heart and soul is in South Africa.” And now specifically in Masiphumelele!