Hillbrow Pride

George 6:06PM: Hi champ if can bring a camera we need to shoot ritas kit.

Me 6:07PM: Okay coach no problem.

 Rita Mrwebi and her coach, George Khosi, model their new “kit”. George has been training Rita since she was nine years old. She is now the South African women’s welterweight boxing champion.

Don’t be deceived by the baby face and the barely-five-foot frame. This woman kicks ass. She has overcome incredible adversity in her life to become one of the best female boxers in South Africa. She deserves a uniform befitting her station, and now she has one.

The Hillbrow skyline represents.

George’s crew. Or I guess I should say “Geoge’s” crew. See sign at left. This sign has been repainted three times since I’ve known George. The spelling of his name never changes. 

George, Rita, and the Hillbrow Boxing Club are putting Hillbrow on the map. And they’re wearing pink. I’m very proud to be associated with them.

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  • Reply jackie hulme July 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    loooooove it … love the pix and everything about the blog and George, Rita … I love the way her shorts are made to resemble a skirt …

    • Reply 2summers July 12, 2012 at 8:29 am

      I know. What an amazing outfit.

  • Reply lemon123 July 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I hope you have success.

  • Reply Stanley-Carl July 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Another gem post 😉 Thank you Heather for continuing to share the story of the boxers on the hill.

    • Reply 2summers July 12, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Thanks Stanley. And the portrait is still coming 🙂

  • Reply Eugenia A Parrish July 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I’d love to see Rita in action!

    By the way, I found this post on WOW! Women on Writing called An Expat’s Guide to a Portable Career, and wondered if you’re interested in branching out:


    • Reply 2summers July 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Thanks Genie, I’ll check this out!

      • Reply Sine July 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm

        I’ve talked with Jo Parfitt, she’d be a good resource to talk about if you’re writing a book on expat life. Of course then you still have to write it, which is the part I’m stuck on:-). But definitely check it out…

        • Reply 2summers July 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

          Haha. Yeah, I know what you mean.

  • Reply chuckv88 July 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm


  • Reply rashida & hady July 12, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Wow! Great outfits and great pics. Looking forward to revisiting George with the promised book later in the year. Another super blog.

    • Reply 2summers July 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Thanks Rashida! He’ll be happy to see you again.

  • Reply Kathryn McCullough July 12, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Hooray for George and Rita. Hooray for you, Heather! Love your boxing posts, my friend.

    • Reply 2summers July 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Thanks Kathy. I didn’t plan to do this post but when I saw the photos I had to!

  • Reply mzansigirl July 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Great post Heather! Would love to go to one of the matches. If you’re going to one do let me know.

    • Reply 2summers July 12, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Definitely! I’ll let you know when the next fight comes up.

  • Reply Mark Wiens (@migrationology) July 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

    So cool, great photo, nice uniforms!

    • Reply 2summers July 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks Mark. The uniforms are very photogenic, especially in front of the colorful walls of the Hillbrow Boxing Club.

  • Reply Gail Wilson October 14, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Always makes me happy to see anyone in Pink, love the uniforms.

    • Reply 2summers October 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Yeah, they’re beautiful. I wish I could have been in East London at Rita’s fight yesterday to see Rita and George all decked out!

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