Young Hearts Africa
Young Hearts Africa

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Corné Krige



ormer Springbok captain, Corné Krige made his Western Province debut in 1996 and eventually went on to captain the side, leading the team to back-to-back Absa Currie Cup titles in 2000 and 2001. he captained his high school, every single WP representative side from Under-13 to senior level, as well as the Stormers and finally the pinnacle of his career, the Springboks.


Corné was nicknamed ‘Captain Courageous’ for his ability to play on despite his injuries. Krige’s Test debut came in 1999 after recovering from career-threatening knee and hand injuries.


He captained the Springboks on his test debut in a 101–0 victory over Italy in Durban. Krige appeared in 39 tests for South Africa, became the full-time captain in 2002 and captained the Boks 18 times in all, before his international retirement in January 2004.


He now has his own company called CK Outdoor and they specialise in outdoor advertising. Corné has also started Oncon Advertising which focuses on branding in over a thousand taverns in various townships around South Africa. He lives in Melkbosstrand with his wife and three kids.


Corne did not hesitate when we asked him to become one of our ambassadors. The man is all heart and we are proud to be associated with him.

John Smit


John Smit is the former South Africa captain and inspirational hooker who memorably led his side to the sport’s biggest prize at the 2007 World Cup in France. He was the 50th captain of the Springboks

South Africa’s most-capped captain has anchored the Springboks’ scrum more times than any other player and also appeared in a record 46 consecutive Test matches between 2003 and 2007. Nick Mallett, his former coach, handed a 22-year-old Smit his international debut against Canada on 10 June 2000, using him as a replacement in the Springboks’ comprehensive 51-18 victory. In 2009 Smit led the Springboks to a 2-1 series victory over the British & Irish Lions. He scored a try after four minutes in the narrow 26-21 win over the tourists in the first Test in Durban and played in all three matches in the series. Later the same year he steered the Springboks to the Tri-Nations crown for the first time since 2004 and during their campaign he became the most-capped captain in Test rugby history. The title was wrapped up with victory over New Zealand in Hamilton – their third successive win against their old rivals.

The former Springbok captain divides his time between Johannesburg, where he works with SSG Holdings as Group CEO and Durban, where his family lives. He joined SSG in February 2019, bringing in considerable expertise combined with a winning team approach to the group of companies. Over the years, he has kept his hands in the game that gave him so much by sitting on the South African rugby board on different committees. He is also the CEO of the World Rugby Centurion Club. John and his wife have been blessed with three children.


John was excited when we asked him to become one of our ambassadors and made no hesitation when we approached him about being a part of the Young Hearts Africa Foundation. He is a team player on and off the field.




All donations we collect get allocated to the great initiatives run by our worthy beneficiaries:

  •  The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital
    • Weekend Waiting List Project
  • The Christiaan Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • 1000 Hearts initiative