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SASCOC mourn loss of E Cape sporting stalwart
- Updated: October 7, 2014
SASCOC are mourning the recent passing of prominent Eastern Cape sports personality Ernest Andile Mthandeki.
Sixty-six-year-old Mthandeki was actively involved in the sports of bodybuilding and lifesaving in the East London region.
He had the honour of being South Africa’s first black professional lifeguard and went on to work for the Buffalo City Metro in a lifeguard capacity for more than 20 years.
On the bodybuilding front, he won the Mr South Africa title in bodybuilding back in 1974. As a recognition of this contribution to the code of bodybuilding, the town of Mdantsane, East London (together with the Border Body Building Assocation) named some of the local district shows in his honour.
In a coaching capacity he was part of the success of Kaya Majeke who became the first black ‘Mr Border School’ in 1988.
In recent years Mthandeki was part of the Fitness Joint Academy Aquatics Special programme in partnership with SASCOC. He was involved in assisting swimmers of colour targeting the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.
Said SASCOC President Mr Gideon Sam: ‘The Eastern Cape and indeed the national sports family will feel the loss of Ernest deeply. He was an integral part of the lifesaving and bodybuilding cultures in this region and was always passionate about passing on his skills and knowledge to the next generation. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family friends and sporting colleagues.’