Siya Kolisi named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2024

Written by on 22 April, 2024

Time Magazine named Springbok captain Siya Kolisi as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2024.

The 100-year-old American news magazine released the annual list on Wednesday. Kolisi’s story – from the struggles of the Zwide township to Rugby World Cup glory in 2019 – captured the sporting world’s attention four years ago. However, the flanker’s humility, charity exploits off the field and his recent leading of the Springboks to a record fourth World Cup title have made him a global icon. The Gqeberha-born Kolisi made history last year when he became only the second man to lead their country to back-to-back Rugby World Cup titles when the Springboks beat the All Blacks 12-11 in the final in Paris last year.

Kolisi’s words – and actions as Bok captain – during difficult times back home have provided many South Africans with a light in the darkness.

Fittingly, his bio for the publication was written by much-loved comedian Trevor Noah.

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Some South Africans took to social media platforms to fight for Siya, while others said he should come home if he was going to be treated like a nobody.

Taking to Instagram, Siya shared a post and, in his caption, he wrote, “Being named to the 2024 #TIME100 list is an incredible honour, one that deeply humbles me. It’s a profound responsibility to stand alongside individuals who dedicate their lives to enriching others.”

“This recognition isn’t just for me; it reflects the numerous individuals and communities who have poured into me and shaped me to be person I am and am becoming,” he added.

Concluding his post, he expressed his gratitude to TIME100 for constantly highlighting the importance of compassion and service in the world, “I look forward to getting my hands on the TIME100 issue when it’s released on Friday.”

“Siya Kolisi, as the captain of the national rugby team, is right at the center. He’s been the embodiment of hope during a time in which many South Africans find it hard to hold on to any. Through political strife, an energy crisis, and the effects of Covid-19, Siya has made rugby into something more than just a competition. His multiple victories – the country’s victories – have meant so much.

“Through his wisdom and humility, Siya has taught us what a powerful captain should be: someone who serves and inspires those he leads. And for him to lead a team in a historically white sport, to be loved and adored by fans of all races, is an immense achievement.

“Siya is an incessant warrior on the field, but he’s also a doting dad, a loving husband, and a great friend. He’s given so much to a nation of 62 million people. I hope he’s been savouring every moment of his success.”

Kolisi was among just five athletes on the list, including Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Spain Women striker Jenni Hermosoa and WNBA superstar A’ja Wilson.


Congrats once again to Siya Kolisi our very own Bokke Captain for being named in the 2024 #TIMES100 Most influential People list!


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