This rural cricket club in Lim

This rural cricket club in Limpopo is quietly doing its bit for transformation

A small cricket club in the tiny rural village of Ga-Sekororo in Limpopo is doing its bit for transformation in cricket and wants to share its story with the world through a new fundraising campaign.

This rural cricket club in Lim

With a few tattered pads and on a concrete pitch against the beautiful backdrop of Limpopo’s rolling hills, The Oaks Cricket Clubs has been quietly going about its business for two decades.


Inspired by Brian Lara’s antics against South Africa in the 1996 World Cup, the club was started by Cavaan Moyakamela. With tennis balls and a few hand made bats, the club started small and has since grown into something quite special.  While there’s certainly nothing fancy about it, the club offers a distraction from the hardships of daily life for the youth of the community with over 80 boys and girls in the programme.


These clubs form a critical part of the cricket culture in South Africa, but few people now their story. However, an award-winning filmmaker and local journalist is hoping to change that.


South African Film and Television Award-winning producer of local film hit Dis Ek, Anna, Niel van Deventer, and Letaba Herald journalist Hendrik Hancke, have started the Field of Dreams initiative as a way to generate interest in the club.

They hope to raise enough funds through their  IndieGoGo campaign not only to make the film, but to improve the facilities at the club and take the team on a cricket tour to the Eastern Cape.

The club has already touched the hearts of local businesses with Bosveld Citrus chipping in to pay coach Moyakamela to continue his passion, funding the club’s transport to fixtures and sponsoring some uniforms.

“The CEO of Bosveld Citrus, Piet Smit, also stumbled on the club and is also a big cricket lover, so he immediately came on board,” Hancke explains.

“We chose the Eastern Cape because of their The Tiger Titans. A wonderful woman called Anne Linda McCreath and her family are involved in helping a rural cricket team in Bathurst. The idea is to go play against them,” Hancke says.

“Also, the kids of the Oaks have never seen the ocean in their lives and I want to be there with a camera to capture the magical moment when they first do,” he adds.

The Tiger Titans, like The Oaks, rely entirely on donations to keep going. Both clubs serve as distraction in rural areas where outreach programmes rarely get to and create a safe space for young people of the community all while learning valuable skills.


While politicians bang on about the slow pace of transformation, programmes like these are dotted all across the country. They exist in relative obscurity and rarely make the headlines. But they are vital in the conversation about transformation, especially to those who complain. They also offer an opportunity for ordinary South Africans to make a difference by donating.