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About the Jack Cheetham and Letsema Awards

The Jack Cheetham Memorial Award was initiated by Murray & Roberts in 1981, in conjunction with the Johannesburg Sportsman’s Club and in recognition of the special qualities of Jack Cheetham, a former director of the company and the inspirational captain of the South African cricket team in the 1950s who was able to instil in young people the belief that they could win.

The awards are now undertaken in partnership with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). The award targets sports development projects, focusing on individuals or teams that have the potential to be champions.

The Murray & Roberts Letsema Award was initiated in 2009 following the outstanding performance of athlete Hilton Langenhoven who captured the attention of the world at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. The award recognises sports development projects for people with disabilities.