Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality mourns the passing of great boxing trainer Mzimasi ‘Bra Mzi’ Mnguni. The news of the departure of this legend who has produced world champions are quite saddening. This great giant is known throughout the globe for having produced world champions such as Welcome ‘The Hawk’ Ncitha, Vuyani ‘The Beast’ Bungu, Mbulelo ‘Slayer’ Botile, the Hawk Makepula and many others at the renowned Eyethu Boxing Club in Mdantsane. His life work has inspired many other generations of boxers in South Africa. Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality is known as the Mecca of Boxing in South Africa because of the lifetime work of great boxers many of whom came out of the hands of Bra Mzi Mnguni. He was not only a boxing trainer and a promoter, he elevated the professionalisation of the craft and took it to greater heights. It is mainly through his work that Buffalo City has earned the title of being a boxing capital, a key defining feature of our character as a city and we will forever be thankful for this.Bra Mzi Mnguni’s life is a testimony of selfless sacrifice and community development through sports. He took many young people off the streets and made them boxing legends who are admired till this day. His work also inspired generations of young fighters who continue to escape crime and other social ills by staying in the ring and in the boxing gym. We can comfortably say that his life work made our city, more particularly Mdantsane, an even better place for one to live and be proud to have grown in. All people of Buffalo City, both resident and in the diaspora, are proud of being associated with our character as a boxing city. We owe this to the works of Bra Mzi Mnguni and for this we are deeply thankful. We send our deep and most sincere condolences to the Mnguni family, friends and loved ones. Our words of comfort also go to the boxing community in our city who are mourning the loss of this legend. We are happy that Bra Mzi has produced many other people who love and live boxing. The loss of this towering figure is deep and saddening but, in his memory, let us continue to support the boxing craft and take it to even greater heights. Lala ngoxolo Jola!
Issued by: Executive Mayor of Buffalo City Metro Cllr Xola Pakati