Manie Libbok

Manie Libbok. received a hero’s welcome in Humansdorp. Image via Facebook @

‘Manie Libbok se Stoep’: Bok star honoured by old Primary School

Rugby World Cup champion Manie Libbok was honoured in a special way by his old Primary School. He received a hero’s welcome in his hometwon.

Manie Libbok

Manie Libbok. received a hero’s welcome in Humansdorp. Image via Facebook @

Springbok player Manie Libbok returned to his hometown Humansdorp on Saturday, 11 November where he received a hero’s welcome from the community. He was recognised by his former Primary School and shown a special gift made in his honour that will inspire the youth.


The Springbok flyhalf made an impact in his hometown when he returned home on Saturday as a Rugby World Cup champion. Upon Manie Libbok’s arrival, the Humansdorp community is said to have chanted behind his vehicle as they welcomed him back in town with open arms, Algoa FM reported. He also visited his former Primary School, Graaslaagte Primary School where he is said to have been enrolled in Grade 1.

To honour Libbok, the Graaslaagte Primary School unveiled a “Manie Libbok se Stoep” plaque as seen in Facebook photos. The plaque was reportedly cemented at the school’s grade 1 corridor where Libbok used to run up and down as a little boy.

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The Springbok rugby player was reportedly accompanied by his mother and siblings, as well as his fiancée Verna-Lee Arries at his old school. Kouga municipality executive mayor Hattingh Bornman is said to have praised Libbok for inspiring the community.

“You have united the people of Kouga. We are so proud of you for being a beacon of hope, for aspiring athletes,” Bornman was quoted as saying.

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Manie Libbok
Manie Libbok received a hero’s welcome in his hometown on Saturday 11 November. Image via Instagram @manielibbok


According to the SABC, Manie Libbok also acknowledged that his old Primary School shaped his love for rugby and said he hoped to inspire youngsters to dream big.

“This is where it all started for me and to get this warm welcome, I’m very happy and I’m very grateful to be here. I just hope that this little bit of success I can inspire a lot of young children out here today and hopefully for them to push also to make something of their life,” the 26-year-old Springbok star was quoted as saying.

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