Isuzu Motors South Africa has unveiled tennis player Kgothatso “KG” Montjane as its new brand ambassador.
It’s the latest investment in the South African sports space for the local motor manufacturer and follows its partnerships with the Blue Bulls rugby team and the Corporate Ironman race.
“KG is an inspiration to us all. Isuzu Motors South Africa is proud to be associated with an athlete who is boldand limitless in pursuing her passion, and we look forward to this journey together,” said Mandlakazi Sigcawu, Department Executive Corporate & Public Affairs: Isuzu SA. “She is a true South African hero, who like Isuzu, has risen to challenges and proven success in the face of adversity.”
Montjane has been ranked the number one wheelchair tennis player in Africa for 11 consecutive years and is South Africa’s first black women’s Wimbledon finalist in both singles and doubles. She’s currently ranked fifth in the world on the ITF World Wheelchair Tennis rankings.
“I’m thrilled to partner with Isuzu. The space and versatility of the Isuzu mu-X I will be driving suits my lifestyle and profession,” said Montjane. “For me it’s more than just a brand ambassadorship. I want to use this opportunity to inspire others to be brave and limitless in overcoming adversities. Always remember that no worthwhile journey is without its challenges. It’s the adventures on the rough roads that reach greatness.”
Born in Polokwane, Limpopo with a congenital birth defect, Montjane went through a single amputation below the knee at the age of 12. At 19 she began her tennis career when she received the equipment necessary to play wheelchair tennis.
Montjane represented South Africa at the 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 Paralympics, and became the first African player to compete in a wheelchair tennis Grand Slam at the 2013 Australian Open.
Written by Dylan Rodgers.