Mercedes-Benz South Africa has announced brand partnership with the World Boxing Organisation bantamweight champion, Zolani “Last Born”Tete.
The partnership signed through the carmaker’s Companions of the Brand programme will see Tete cruising in Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC, one of the C-Class models builds in the award-winning East London Plant.
Ogernisers revealed the deal at the Mercedes-Benz and Laureus Foundation boxing-themed breakfast.
The announcement coincides with the C-Class model celebrating its 60th year of manufacturing excellence in Tete’s home town this year.
Tete hails from Mdantsane, the second biggest township in South Africa and Boxing Mecca.
Tete is the current record holder of the speediest world title thump out in boxing history after conveying a thump out punch only six seconds into the match.
His rise from humble beginnings to world reigning champion through sheer discipline and energy, isn’t just a motivation to the place where we grew up however to the world over.
“I esteem myself lucky to be a piece of this occasion, through which we respect one of East London’s children for his commitment to society and his perfect character, which he has shown through his specialty and in addition his lead,” said Abey Kgotle, Executive Director of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Mercedes-Benz South Africa.
Tete’s successful career translates to the C-Class brand claim to “improve” as it illustrates just how much Mercedes-Benz and the elite athlete have in common.
Just as Tete trains day after day to hone his performance, Mercedes-Benz refines its best-selling model’s performance with each generation.
“Each time you sit in the driver’s seat of that C 43, we at Mercedes-Benz might want you to recollect that it originates from the people hailing from all edges of the place where you grew up, East London. These are the moms and fathers, siblings and sisters, who work to offer life to metal. These are the general population who are applauding you, and are glad to consider you a companion to their adored image,” said Kgotle.
“I wish to thank my local, family and group because if not for them in my life, I wouldn’t join forces with Mercedes-Benz today. I likewise express gratitude toward Mercedes-Benz. The deal is a blessing from heaven to be a Friend of the Brand. I’ve seen others being supported however I never figured it would transpire. All I was doing was to help my family. I didn’t realize that I was having such an effect on others,” says Tete.
Tete experienced childhood in the Mdantsane Township and current WBO bantamweight champion and the previous IBF junior bantamweight champion.
Tete had an unpleasant youth. His dad was a priest..
As a young boy he admired South African former title holders Vuyani Bungu and Welcome Ncita while in the unpaid positions.
Bungu later prepares Tete.
He professes to have more than 400 amateur fights, just three of which were losses.