As the parade in celebration of the Springboks historic victory in the 2023 Rugby World Cup made its way through the streets of Johannesburg on Thursday, 02 November 2023, all eyes were on players and the shiny trophy they had rightfully earned. The atmosphere was heightened as the players interacted with the fans throughout the parade, creating memorable connection between the Bokke and their supporters.
The parade started at the intersection of 1 Jan Smuts Avenue in Braamfontein at 2pm and ended at FNB Stadium, where the City of Johannesburg’s Executive Mayor, Cllr Kabelo Gwamanda, Members of Mayoral Committee Cllr Lubabalo Magwentshu, Cllr Eunice Mgcina, Cllr Dada Morero, Cllr Anthea Leitch, MEC for Gauteng Sports, Arts, Culture & Recreation Morakane Mosuypoe and other City officials warmly welcomed the players.
Mayor Gwamanda said the celebration was a tribute to the nation’s pride, resilience, determination, and the unity that binds all South Africans together as one.
He expressed his gratitude to Siya Kolisi, the captain of the Springbok team, for serving as an outstanding symbol of hope for the people of South Africa.
“It gives me great joy to stand here today to witness and applaud these young men, some of whom are my age group and younger, doing such great things,” said Mayor Gwamanda.
The crowd came dressed in their Springbok gear and roared in excitement as the players made their way into the FNB Stadium, carrying the brimming Webb Ellis trophy. Phyllis Kunene, who was at the stadium with her family, said her family has always been passionate about rugby. She said witnessing the Springboks bring home the World Cup is a dream come true.
The celebration also featured performances from Mgarimbe, Loufi, and others who all took to the stage to keeping the crown on their feet. The celebration was a powerful reminder of the unifying force of sports in South Africa.