Former Bafana Bafana and Leeds United captain Lucas "Rhoo'' Radebe was this week inducted in the South African Sport Hall of Fame (Sashof) at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park.
He was part of 34 sportsmen and women who were inducted at a colourful gala dinner presented by Sashof and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.
Sashof says that past and presents sports heroes deserved these accolades because they had dedicated their lives to the betterment of sports in the country.
Sasho's vision is to motivate and inspire young South African sportsmen and women of all ages, races and cultures to strive to become hall of famers themselves.
Boxing icon and former Sowetan proofreader Enoch "Schoolboy'' Nhlapo was over the moon after being given recognition while still alive.
"It is good for the organisers to acknowledge the great things we had done in sports during the hard times of the apartheid era,'' Nhlapo told Sowetan through his niece Nomonde Hamilton.
Some of the inductees from the boxing fraternity include Elijah "Tap Tap'' Makhathini, Thulani "Sugarboy" Malinga, Willie Toweel, Stan Christodoulou and the late trainer, Theo Mthembu.
Butana Komphela, chairman of the parliamentary committee on sport and recreation, was excited that South Africa had not lost track of the history of its sports loving people.
" Now that the Hall of Fame is with us in South Africa, we must support it, nurse it, make it grow for generations to benefit from it,'' said Komphela.