Madibaz skipper banks on consistency at USSA tournament

Madibaz cricket captain Kyle Jacobs is banking on the support of his teammates – and consistency – when they return to the competitive arena of the University Sport South Africa week in Gqeberha next month.

Nelson Mandela University will host the national tournament from December 8 to 12, signalling a return for the annual competition after a year’s hiatus due to Covid-19.

Twenty-three-year-old Jacobs, a right-hand batsman and leg-spin bowler, said he was privileged to lead the team and believed they had the talent to be a force.

“It’s an absolute honour; the support I have received from the players has been unbelievable,” he said.

“That has helped me to believe in myself as captain as the players always take on board what I feel needs to be done. That sort of backing motivates me to keep improving as a leader.”

Jacobs, who played for the Warriors provincial team in the domestic Twenty20 competition this season, said Madibaz were eager to test themselves against their varsity contemporaries.

“The mood in the camp is one of a very good nature,” said the third-year B Ed student.

“The guys are really positive and are looking forward to playing at another level, where the matches will be of a higher intensity.”

After going down to UP-Tuks in the 2017 final, Jacobs felt he had a good idea of what needed to be done this time around.

“Besides focusing on doing the basics well, we have to make sure that we inject consistency into our play. Sticking to the basics for long periods is key,” he said.

“For instance, we need to make sure we bat out our 50 overs. If we can do that, I am confident that we will achieve a good run-rate.

“The bowlers also need to play their part, which they have been doing very well in the club games. It will be a matter of trying to keep that form going at the USSA week.”

Jacobs also believed that playing on home turf could tip the scales in their favour.

“Often in the past we have had to adapt to conditions which are different to what we have at the coast, so it’s refreshing to have this chance at home.

“This is an opportunity for us to put our opponents under pressure in conditions familiar to us, so that is quite exciting.

“I believe if we hit our straps and play to our potential, we have a good chance.”


Red Bull Basement is back to kickstart student innovation with mentoring, workshops, networking and a Global Final. The application window is now open.

Johannesburg, 7 September 2021 – Today’s student entrepreneurs, creators and innovators are the force that will disrupt the status quo and drive positive change in the future. And now, a call to action gives students in all areas of study a chance to fast-forward the development of their ingenious ideas. The journey begins when they apply for Red Bull Basement by 24 October 2021. In this global program, young changemakers are empowered to find their voice, showcase their skills and ambitions, and use technology to make tomorrow’s world a better place. Students can tap into resources such as mentoring, workshops, networking events and more – all leading up to a Global Final where thought leaders, entrepreneurs and visionaries from around the world collaborate with student teams representing each of the 44 participating countries.

Solar Mitha Generator was one of 38 finalists in the global Red Bull Basement program for 2020. In South Africa, a public vote narrowed the field to 24 top ideas which was further narrowed to the top 3 by a panel of Dimension Data leaders who served as local judges, an international panel of judges chose Solar Mitha as the best of the best to represent the nation.

Numerous teams from previous Red Bull Basement events have gone on to expand their ideas on the world stage. The top team from 2019, Austria’s Audvice, has made important strides since their participation, recently receiving six-figure funding in the first investment round for their learning and collaboration tool. And last year – when over 3,800 teams applied – the UK’s Lava Aqua X team wowed the experts as they pitched an ecologically friendly reinvention of the washing machine. With the momentum they gained, they are now working to bring their product to market. “The cool thing about Red Bull Basement is that it can work for a variety of different ideas. For us, we

were able to build a prototype model and make the intellectual property and trademark arrangements. In addition, we took a lot of knowledge from opportunities like the workshops,” said Lava Aqua X co-founder Paramveer Bhachu. “We also wanted to advocate sustainability and saving water, and the event’s outreach put us in touch with people all over the world.”

“The ongoing global partnership with Red Bull Basement, aims to empower teams of university students to innovate for good, driven by their ambitions to impact their communities with meaningful purpose. Our role, as Dimension Data, in the program is to enable South African participants to co-innovate by providing hybrid event services that combine the best of in-person and virtual experiences, mentorship and detailed insights into the world of data- driven technology,” says Dimension Data CEO Werner Kapp.

In its second year as the official technology services partner, Dimension Data will continue to provide mentoring and facilitation to participants, support students across the country to refine their ideas with access to resources and a global network of innovators.

To apply for the 2021 edition, 18+ years old and currently enrolled students simply need to visit the Red Bull Basement website and upload a video that clearly and concisely explains their team idea. The public will be able to give online “shout-outs” to their favourite ideas, and those shout-outs will be part of the criteria that judges consider – along with feasibility, creativity and impact – to determine the national finalists. Then the national teams will have about five weeks to further develop their ideas with the help of resources including an international mentorship program before attending an immersive, three-day Global Final in Istanbul, Turkey, where teams will pitch their projects to a panel of experts.

Innovation never stops, but the window to apply for Red Bull Basement can be only for a limited time. With an application deadline of 24 October 2021, now is the moment for students to seize their chance and submit their videos at

Timeline, Red Bull Basement 2021

1 September – 24 October: Application window is open. The public in South Africa are invited to give “shout-outs” to their favorite teams.

25 October – 2 November: National judges select one team to represent South Africa in the Global Final, concluding with a simultaneous announcement of all selected teams.

13-15 December: The international teams connect and pitch their ideas at the Global Final in Istanbul, Turkey.

Madibaz shoot for playoffs in USSA basketball tournament

The Madibaz men’s basketball team have set their sights on qualifying for the playoffs in the University Sport South Africa tournament that starts in Gqeberha on Wednesday.

“We have set ourselves the goal of finishing in the top eight and then to see what happens in the playoffs,” coach Andrew Uithaler summed up his team’s objectives.

“We will try to achieve that by taking it one game at a time.”

He said Madibaz had previously ranked in the top eight in the nation until slipping a few positions recently.

“So that is an important objective for us because it means qualification for Varsity Basketball, which is great for the younger players and a major recruitment opportunity for the sport at Madibaz.”

Nelson Mandela University are among 16 sides in each of the men’s and women’s draws who will fight it out for the titles at the South and Missionvale campuses until Sunday.

Despite the challenging conditions in the build-up to the tournament, Uithaler said they were ready.

“We know there are some top-tier outfits but, because the basketball landscape can change so quickly, and we haven’t seen the universities in action for two years, it definitely is going to be an interesting tournament.”

He added that they would be up against University of KwaZulu-Natal, UCT and Rhodes in the round-robin phase, with the top two from each of the four groups advancing to the quarterfinals.

Women’s coach Luyanda Magwaca said his team would be working hard to show their ability on court.

“What’s happened before is not that important and we are just focused on what lies ahead of us this week. In sport, as in life, one faces challenges, but it’s all about how one responds that builds character.

“That’s what differentiates an average person from a well-rounded individual, so we will have no fear and just see those challenges as opportunities.”

Due to limited time on court this year, he felt it could be anyone’s title, but acknowledged that Cape Peninsula University of Technology and University of Johannesburg were among the favourites.

Magwaca added that it was “an honour to be part of the Madibaz Basketball programme”.

“The institution and teams have been nothing but amazing and are working hard to make sure the week goes according to plan. So much has been done to ensure the safety of everyone.

“Madibaz Sport have done excellent work as hosts. I feel this will benefit the sport at the varsity going forward.”

The groups are:


Group A: UJ, UP-Tuks, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Walter Sisulu

Group B: UKZN, UCT, Madibaz, Rhodes

Group C: Wits, Tshwane University of Technology, Fort Hare, Durban University of Technology

Group D: Vaal University of Technology, UWC, Mangosuthu University of Technology, University of Limpopo


Group A: Vaal University of Technology, UCT, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Tshwane University of Technology

Group B: UJ, UP-Tuks, Madibaz, Durban University of Technology

Group C: Cape Peninsula University of Technology, UKZN, Rhodes, Fort Hare

Group D: Wits, UWC, University of Limpopo, Walter Sisulu

Celebrating Dynamic Women.

By Khomotso Skosana Nobantu Ndlovu is a Nelson Mandela University student studying Information Technology majoring in Software Development. The Durban-raised entrepreneur runs a business, Sturcob Connect which focuses on graphic design and marketing. She is definitely worth knowing more about.

Q: Tell us about yourself and what you are studying.

A: I was born and raised in Durban, KZN. Growing up I was fascinated by technology, art, and entrepreneurship which is why I study IT majoring in Software Development.

Q: What businesses you are involved in?

A: I run a business called Sturcob Connect which specializes in graphic design and marketing.

Q: What motivates you?

A: My future self is my biggest motivation. Imagining how far I’ll be, the goals I’d have achieved and the lives I would have changed gets me excited and motivates me to keep going and never give up on my goals.

Q: Being a student and an entrepreneur at the same time can be a bit challenging, how do spread your time evenly between the two?

A: In my first year of being a student entrepreneur I faced some difficulties especially when the business started growing and the business got more clients. I have since then learnt how to manage my time efficiently, I now have a notebook that is 9/10 times with me and I use it to list down any upcoming academic and business related events and deadlines, I compile a to-do list every day in accordance with events that are of top priority, and I utilise my phone alarm to notify me to move on to the next item on my to-do list.

Q: Who would you say inspires you?

A: My mother inspires me because she is the quintessential of superwoman in my eyes. She is very encouraging; she is the reason I am able to think and pursue my dreams so freely because she supports me 100% of the time, I get really inspired when I am with her or when I think of her because of her everlasting happiness and wisdom.

Q: What advice would give young females trying to embark on the same entrepreneurial journey?

· To stay true to themselves at all times, be respectful to others and feed their minds with healthy and rich content that will help them become more knowledgeable and skilled.

· Make YouTube and blogs their friends, there is a lot of free knowledge from experts from all over the globe- you don’t really need any formal education to start a new skill, start with what you have.

· Always do better than you did yesterday.

Celebrating Dynamic Women.

By Khomotso Skosana

Jameelah Dolley is a 26-year-old student engineering graduate and currently studying advanced diploma in TVET. Jameelah is a founder of Dolley Karate Club in Kariega and content creator for YOU/ME poetry. Get to know more about Jameelah.

Q: Tell us about yourself and what are you studying?

A: My name is Jameelah Dolley, I’m a 26-year-old engineering graduate and currently doing my Advanced Diploma in TVET and I have also applied for BED Honours Mathematics in 2022 at NMU. I am currently working part-time for NMU in the SEED Mentorship programme. I have competed in both national and international competitions where I have represented South Africa. I have a 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan karate, that’s how I qualified to open my club as an international instructor.

Q: What motivates you?

A: The biggest motivation in my life is my family undoubtedly, to give my parents back all the opportunities they have given me. I am also a huge advocate for my own mental health, my happiness is vital, and I try to constantly motivate myself to do what makes me happy and in that I have found my passion in life.

Q: Being a student and an entrepreneur at the same time can be a bit challenging, how do spread your time evenly between the two?

A: The most important part about being a student entrepreneur is scheduling, daily, weekly, and monthly calendar planners are very important. I ensure that the times of my business do not coincide with the days I have tests, exams, or assignment due dates. Once the weekday ends, I look back at my business and my studies and reflect on whether the time allocation was effective or if I was neglectful and if so, the planner is readjusted.

Q: Who would you say inspires you?

A: I am a God loving person, I am always inspired by the teachings of my religion. Although I am human, so I am inspired by my parents most, they have always created an environment where education is equally as important as stability. They encouraged me to become an entrepreneur so that if future prospects take longer to reach me then I have an income to rely on.

Q: What advice would give young females trying to embark on the same entrepreneurial journey?

A: The most difficult step is taking the step. We as women are the future of our nations and we hold the potential to create entrepreneurial ventures that can not only make us successful but create environments and companies that represent a gender freed nation for future generations to not be afraid of male domination in the business world. The most important thing to remember is that no one will believe in your dream or idea until you believe in them wholeheartedly. It starts within you.

Young People urged to vaccinate

By Ashley Malepe

The south African national government confirms vaccine registrations for members of the public between the ages of 18-34 to start ahead of time on the 20th of August 2021. This decision was made after the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) delivered recommendations to Cabinet suggesting that vaccine registration be made more widely available to the South African public considering positive efforts to speed up the distribution of jabs.

“As part of increasing the vaccination roll-out programme, Cabinet approved the vaccination of persons aged between 18 years and 35 years from 20 August 2021,” Cabinet said.

Furthermore, to achieve herd immunity, the vaccine rollout programme must be expanded and inclusive to the larger population which is what the Cabinet is trying to achieve. Nelson Mandela University has been participating in the programme towards herd immunity as it has prepared vaccination sites both at Gqeberha and George to offer services to the general public, staff and the university’s 29 000 students.

Despite the COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy, young people in South Africa are turning up in numbers to get vaccinated out of the desire to resume normalcy and to protect those most vulnerable around them. As of the 23rd of August, Nelson Mandela University Summerstrand site managed to vaccinate a total of 356 young people, with 178 being the university’s students. George campus vaccination site which is part of the Harry Comay Hospital outreach agreement that operates every Tuesday, managed to vaccinate more than 50 students.

“It has been great to see the turnout of students these last two days, especially since we got sense that there wasn’t a great appetite for vaccination from a recent survey we conducted,” said Sr Althea Hawkins, Nelson Mandela University Student Health Service.

Among the students who decided to get vaccinated is Pontsho Hlongwane, Student Representative Council (SRC) president, Pontsho encourages and urges students and young people to actively fight against the spread of COVID-19. “My vaccination is therefore part of my unwavering commitment to the fight against COVID-19. I would like to encourage all students to come to the vaccination site.”

Erin Harty, BA student decided to get vaccinated because she would want to be able to travel for sporting commitments. “I do not worry about what side effects I may get, but this is important to me because I want to travel overseas, as a community, if we want to return to ‘normal’, we need to get vaccinated.” Erin said.

Nelson Mandela University Summerstrand vaccination site is open Monday-Thursday, from 09:00-14:00 and Fridays from 09:00-12:00. George vaccination site is open only on Tuesdays from 09:00-14:00. Visit: to register for the vaccine.

Job Opportunity


Company: Number Two Piggeries (Pty) Ltd

Location: Cookhouse, Eastern Cape

Status: Full-time

Company Profile:

Number Two Piggeries (N2P) is a diversified agricultural holding company focusing on primary production and processing within the pork and dairy industry and employing a diverse workforce of >1 600 employees.

N2P was founded by David Osborne, David Miles and Philip Von Mommerty in the 1970s and is headquartered in Queenstown, South Africa.

N2P is a significant primary agricultural producer in Southern Africa. The company is proud to be a market leader in pork production in South Africa.

The company is proud to be a market leader in South Africa with a ~23-24% market share, based on national sow herd and slaughter volumes respectively.

N2P does not however only operate in Piggeries and has diversified into other agricultural companies that compliment the piggery portfolio, as outlined below:


N2P has 26 piggeries across South Africa and Namibia, with >310 000 pigs of which more than 26 000 are sows. These biosecure piggeries range from Weaner and Grower farms to full Farrow to Finish units and spread geographically across South Africa and Namibia. N2P has a significant interest in market-leading pig genetics, PIC South Africa.


N2P has 4 abattoirs. These abattoirs slaughter most of the group’s livestock, including 1 export approved facility based in the Western Cape, South Africa. The abattoirs are group owned and are managed abattoirs to slaughter most of the group’s livestock and add value to primary production.


N2P has 8 dairy units (some of them have more than one dairy/milking platform) producing > 195,000 litres per day. These dairies are all pasture-based dairies, situated in the Eastern Cape and managed under the internal “Just Milk” brand. An operational cheese factory (Cookhouse Creamery) also forms part of the dairy division.


N2P has 2 750 hectares maize, 950 hectares soya and >3 500 beef cattle herd. These farms aim to maximize the utilisation of strategically positioned farms by adding crop and beef.

Job Description:

  • This role is suitable for a young, eager, and hard-working individual who will be responsible for maintenance as well as piggery work.
  • This role will be responsible for coordinating installations, maintenance, and repair work in farm buildings and or surrounding complexes. The role also includes regularly inspecting sites, maintaining farm equipment, and assigning workers to various projects.
  • The role will also assist the farm manager on treating grower pigs, loading, and receiving such pigs and making sure that daily routines and duties run smoothly in the Growing department.


  • Any level of tertiary qualification/ National Senior Certificate (Grade 12)
  • Maintenance experience (1 year) – able to do welding
  • Driver’s license (code 10)
  • Exposure to agricultural industry
  • Computer literate with capability in email, MS Office suite skills and related communication tools



  • Inspect sites regularly to identify problems i.e., water leakages, broken fence, the need for welding and necessary maintenance.
  • Prepare weekly maintenance schedules and allocate work as per forecasted workloads.
  • Coordinate daily cleaning and maintenance activities.
  • Oversee all repairs and ensure that work is completed on time.
  • Maintain all inventory and equipment and ensure proper storage.
  • Comply with all health and safety regulations and practices on site. Conduct safety inspections.
  • Conduct follow-ups on all maintenance and repair work.


  • Clean feed troughs (prior feeding) and prepare feed for grower pigs.
  • Assist with daily procedures and checks (sick pigs, treatments, maintenance, cleaning). Assist grower supervisor in transporting grower pigs (comfortability in each compartment).
  • Health & safety – ensure drivers strictly adhere to all health and safety rules when transporting grower pigs and offloading weaner pigs.
  • Assist grower supervisor to record all treatment used on the medical register.
  • Pig receival – ensure grower pig pens are hygienically clean with fresh water.
  • Ensure handling of animals to high welfare standards. The five freedoms: hunger and thirst; discomfort; pain, injury, and disease; express normal behavior; fear and distress.
  • Assist with general farm work.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your CV & full academic record to: cc with the subject  N2P

Closing date for applications: 18 August 2021

Number Two Piggeries (Pty) Ltd would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted.

For further information regarding this job post please contact:

Name: Marléne Krüger


Tel: 087 161 0328

Kind regards,

Career Services Team

Career Services (Previously known as Co-operative Education)


Games experience lights a spark for Madibaz trio

Despite tough challenges, South Africa’s Madibaz water polo contingent returned from the recent Olympic Games stimulated by the experience of competing at the highest level.

Delaine Mentoor, who received plaudits as the only female head coach at the Games, and players Meghan Maartens and Ashleigh Vaughan were part of the country’s first women’s water polo team at what is arguably world sport’s most iconic event.

On their return the trio agreed that the exposure they received would be hugely beneficial for water polo in SA.

Mentoor described it as the “experience of a lifetime”.

“It’s very difficult to put into words, but the challenge, as tough as it was, was all worth it,” she said.

“To compete against the best in the world and to be part of the first women’s team to represent the African continent in water polo at the Olympics is just incredible.

“The lessons we took from this event were invaluable.”

She added that the team’s goal was to grow better with each game.

“That was achieved and defensively we got better, which showed in our last match when we limited the Australians, with great goalkeeping from Meghan, who had the game of her life.

“We learnt that we needed to work on our attack and, with the current group of ladies and the national programme, we can achieve that.

“Players like Ashleigh [Vaughan] showed that we can put the ball in the back of the net past some of the best goalkeepers in the world.”

Mentoor felt the exposure would help them develop the game at all levels.

“It excites me so much and I cannot wait to share the knowledge and experience I have gained to grow the programme at our club and obviously in the country.

“The contacts and opportunities we have following the Games are massive and I look forward to the road ahead.”

Mentoor is now focused on the Junior World Championships (U20) in Israel this October.

For Maartens, the Olympics experience still hasn’t fully sunk in and she said her memories would last a lifetime.

“The only words to describe this experience are ‘amazing’ and ‘beautiful’,” she said.

“The wow factor was walking among all these athletes who work so hard to get where they are. And it was so crazy to think that we were there too.

“Mixing with so many famous people was fantastic – everywhere you looked someone was taking a photo with someone else.”

She acknowledged the challenging nature of the competition, which taught her more about her game.

“I have walked away with a lot of experience and knowledge, and with a different understanding of certain situations.

“The best memory in the pool was the Australia game. We didn’t win, but against one of the powerhouses of the world in our hearts it felt like we had won.”

Australia won 14-1 but only had the measure of their opponents in the second quarter when they netted six times in response to a single goal by Vaughan.

Maartens said the Games had motivated her to never give up on her dreams.

“I’m excited to start training hard again when I get back and I’m more motivated than ever.”

Vaughan, who said scoring the first goal for her country at the Games was a personal highlight, also acknowledged the privilege of seeing some of the world’s best sportsmen and women in action.

“What an amazing experience it was,” she said. “The hard work put into the Games and sacrifices people had to make to compete; it was really fantastic to see athletes performing at their peak.

“The main thing I learnt is that there is no room for error. There’s a lot we have to work on as a team and I feel there is always room for improvement.

“We have set a standard and now it’s all hard work to better this standard and continually improve.”

New Madibaz captain relishes Varsity Netball adventure

New SPAR Madibaz captain Mothira Mohammad is relishing the opportunity she has been given of leading the team in the forthcoming Varsity Netball tournament.

This year’s edition will be played in Stellenbosch at the Coetzenburg Indoor Centre from August 21 to 30.

The 22-year-old Mohammad, who grew up in Humansdorp and still lives there, takes over the leadership role from the long-serving Jeanie Steyn, who is no longer eligible for the competition.

She knows there are some tough battles ahead against some of the best players in the country, but she and her teammates are ready to embrace the opportunity.

“It is a great privilege for me to be part of the SPAR Madibaz Netball Club and to be appointed captain of the team,” said Mohammad.

“I see it as a new challenge but I believe that with the support of my team it is going to be an exciting adventure for us.”

She added that she was fortunate to still have Steyn in the mix as someone she could speak to about her role in the team.

“Jeanie has definitely helped me to prepare for the tournament,” she said.

“I still ask for her advice as I value her opinion, both as a netball player and as a person. I appreciate all the guidance she has given me in this new role.”

Mohammad, who attended Stulting Primary School in Humansdorp and Brandwag High School in Uitenhage, said netball had been part of her life since a young age.

“My mom used to play netball in her younger days, up until her thirties, so it has always been one of the sports in our family,” she said.

“I can remember starting to play the game in Grade 1 and it has become a huge passion for me.”

Mohammad, who plays wing attack and goal attack, has been part of the Madibaz elite squad for four years.

She will be competing in her second Varsity Netball campaign this month, continuing a pattern of receiving recognition in the sport.

“The highlight of my career was in 2017 when I was selected by Netball South Africa to take part in a development programme,” said Mohammad, who played for the Eastern Cape provincial teams from U12 to U18 and for the Nelson Mandela Bay U21s two years ago.

She recognises the roles that a number of people have had in her development as an elite player.

“Firstly, Madibaz coach Lana Krige has always believed in me. I have progressed at the varsity from sitting on the bench to now playing in the team.

“She has helped me to grow as a netball player through her amazing coaching skills, but also because of the caring attitude she has towards all her players.

“And then there is the support I have received from my mother, who gave me the determination to work hard to get to where I am today.

“Last but not least, my gratitude goes to the SPAR Madibaz Netball Club and our manager Melinda Goosen for giving me access to high-performance facilities.”



Happiness can turn into sadness while tears of joy turn into tears of heartbreak.

The phrase that says we do not know what tomorrow holds should be taken into consideration in each day of our lives. On the 5th of March 2020, when the first case of Covid-19 was recorded in South Africa we never thought it will turn our lives upside down. I am one of the covid-19 pandemic victims. The Covid-19 pandemic became a thorn in my life. It took me from a rising heroine to zero.

As someone who grew up in rural areas, I had a vision of how my graduation day would be like. I wanted my family to travel the 8hour drive from Ntabankulu to Port Elizabeth to celebrate my success with me, but the Covid-19 pandemic had other plans. I did not graduate nor have virtual graduation, I received my certificate through a courier.

In 2020, I was finally done with school I looked forward to being in the workplace and make money to provide for my family. I got a job offer that did not last long because covid-19 became part of us. Lockdown was introduced and companies had to close. Unfortunately, the company runs out of funds and there was no hope for it to reopen again. I lost my job and became part of the South African youth unemployment rate which is currently at 32.6% according to Stats SA.

It’s been a year and a couple of months since the first case of the Coronavirus in South Africa and we are slowly approaching 3rd wave. So, it’s clear that covid-19 will always be part of us we only need to plan our lives around it. Covid-19 became a thorn that will never be taken out.