Africa’s fastest direct-selling company Healthgarde International has officially unveiled Rugby World Cup champion, Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira, as their first brand partner.

The former Springboks rugby player, entrepreneur and philanthropist has joined forces with Healthgarde International to collaborate as two African giants, on a common cause, that empowers, encourages and establishes health through wealth.

This partnership adds to the ever-expanding business and philanthropic portfolio of Mtawarira, who retired from rugby after the 2019 World Cup. Mtawarira’s post-rugby career is managed by Roc Nation Sports International, the world-renowned agency that facilitated this partnership.

Healthgarde is not only black-owned, but the first major African Women owned direct-selling company in the world, with over 50,000 active independent consultants in less than three years; reaching and changing many lives. The business has a current footprint in seven African countries, and a presence in the United States.

Healthgarde firmly believes in the business model of developing Africans, and bringing Africans out of poverty, aiming to change not only a single life but that of an entire family, its current generation and generations to come. Healthgarde also creates an environment to recognise and celebrate everyday people who would ordinarily not receive any sort of recognition; uplifting them to become family and community anchors.

Lovelyn Bassey, COO of Healthgarde, said there was certainly great synergy between the brand values of the company and those of health and wellness that Mtawarira lives by.

“We have seen how the right brand partnerships are helping brands grow, and ‘The Beast’ is the perfect fit for our brand. On one hand, Healthgarde provides entrepreneurship, business growth opportunities and the Healthgarde foundation for women and children. On the other hand, The Beast is a natural born entrepreneur who also runs a foundation that seeks to empower and equip the youth through sports, education and skills development.

“Putting both hands together, the common value we share is providing opportunities and forging a better future for everyone. This partnership is the first of many,” Bassey added.

The Beast, who was named in the Forbes Africa 2021 list of 100 most influential Africans, said it was certainly a proud moment to announce this partnership with Healthgarde.

“We hope to instill a hustler’s spirit that seeks to help people believe in themselves and know that anything is achievable no matter where you come from. The ever-evolving  African should understand the importance of self-sustaining,” Mtawarira concluded