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.”

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:

Men

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

Women

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

Young Madibaz outfit primed for Varsity Netball challenge

The SPAR Madibaz outfit will be banking on injecting youthful energy into their challenge when they compete in the Varsity Netball competition in Stellenbosch next month.

After last year’s tournament was scuppered by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 edition will take place at the Coetzenburg Indoor Centre from August 21 to 30.

The effect of the cancellation means that coach Lana Krige has been working with a virtually new group of players as only three members of the squad have previous Varsity Netball experience.

She did not shy away from the challenges they faced and said that, despite the lockdown restrictions, the team had been working extremely hard in preparation.

“Look, it has been difficult with the stop-start nature of our lives at this stage and just when you feel you are getting some sort of momentum, the lockdown restricts your planning,” she said.

“In addition, we are dealing with a new group of players as several student-athletes, including our captain Jeanie Steyn, have moved on since the 2019 tournament.

“So we have not been exposed to the intensity of a competition such as Varsity Netball, but many other teams are in the same boat. It is what it is and we are ready to embrace the challenge.”

Those difficulties notwithstanding, Krige was impressed with the commitment the team members had shown in the build-up to the tournament.

“We don’t have massive depth, but what I can say is that the team have trained fantastically well and we do have a special group of players this year,” she added.

“Possibly the Covid-19 limitations have had something to do with this because playing netball has become something they look forward to.

“It is not something which has become a burden to fit into your schedule and this has made playing the sport enjoyable.

“There’s a different mindset and I must commend the girls on the effort they have put in during training.

“Their attitude has been fantastic; nothing is too much for them and there is no complaining when they are faced with difficult challenges.”

Krige admitted that the format would test their resilience over the nine days of competition. Matches will be played from August 21 to 25, followed by a rest day, and completed from August 27 to 30.

“In normal circumstances you would be able to ease players into a high-level competition and rely on some experienced players to manage the game-plan,” she said.

“But that is not the situation we are facing so the challenge will be how to handle the intensity of Varsity Netball and to adapt to the tactics of different opponents.

“As I said, however, it’s the same for everyone and we are obviously determined to go out and compete to the best of our ability.”

Madibaz Sport netball manager Melinda Goosen said there had been extensive planning for the resumption of Varsity Netball.

“From an administrative point of view there are a lot more boxes to tick before the team gets on the plane to travel to Stellenbosch,” she said.

“But we just focus on taking it day by day. Ensuring the safety of our players is a top priority, as we want them at their best competing against the strongest in the country.

“It will definitely be a different vibe at the matches as there will be no spectators but this is the new ‘normal’ for all teams.

“After a year behind us with little to no netball, we are excited to put our team and the players’ skills to the test.”

Strong Madibaz representation at Tokyo Olympics

With a total of five representatives included in the South African team, Madibaz Sport personnel will be eager to make an impact at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next month.

Those who will be travelling to Japan for the world showpiece from July 23 to August 8 are water polo players Ashleigh Vaughan and Meghan Maartens as well as coaches Delaine Mentoor (women’s water polo), Cheslyn Gie (men’s hockey) and Jenny Kingwill (athletics).

Kingwill, the jumps coach, also attended the Rio Olympics in 2016, while her colleagues will be making their debut at the world’s biggest sports show.

For Vaughan and Maartens, it was a moment to savour when they learnt of their selection after months of anxious waiting.

“I really was shocked as it was surreal seeing my name pop up on the screen,” said 21-year-old Vaughan.

“In fact, I’m still a bit in shock as it was nerve-wracking awaiting the final announcement.”

So intense was the situation for Maartens that she admitted she could hardly even “really remember my reaction”.

“It all happened so quickly that I kind of almost blanked out,” the 22-year-old said.

“It has been a very tense few weeks, not knowing when the team is going to be announced. But it is a big weight off of our shoulders knowing the final outcome.”

Madibaz Sport water polo manager Melinda Goosen said she was elated at their selection.

“I know the hard work these players have put in, more so in these difficult times when training facilities were not always available due to the pandemic restrictions.

“They continued to persevere and remain positive, so deserve this accolade so much.”

She added that the achievement was even more special as this was the first ever SA women’s side to compete in the Olympics.

“It shows that the groundwork that has been done over the past couple of years at Madibaz is working and having two players at the Olympics means so much for the future of water polo at the varsity.”

Goosen also acknowledged the role of former Madibaz and national player Mentoor.

“Delaine’s roots lies very deep within Madibaz,” she said.

“Years ago when she was a student she played a pivotal role in the success of the team. Now she has done the full circle, achieving much as coach of the Madibaz side and being appointed as the national coach.”

Despite some of the challenges they faced in preparation, such as two training camps being cancelled due to Covid-19, Mentoor was looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labour.

“I hope to see our team grow and get better with each game,” said the head coach. “I would like to see a certain level of confidence in their individual play as I know the hard work each of them has put in.

“There is one thing no one can take away from our ladies and that is their grit and determination.”

In the athletics arena, Kingwill will be pivotal in Team SA’s quest for medals in Tokyo.

As a former athlete who has mentored many Nelson Mandela University student-athletes in long and triple jump, she will take charge of ace long jumper Ruswahl Samaai, who is a strong medal contender.

She said her sole responsibility was to support the athletes competing in the jump events.

“Naturally the aim is to help them to try to get a place among the medals, which is a tough challenge because of their lack of exposure at international meetings,” said Kingwill.

“Then you get an elite competition such as the Olympics and it becomes a real test to compete with the best in the world.”

Men’s hockey assistant coach Gie said he was excited about the “fantastic opportunity”.

“It’s a great honour to once again represent my country at the highest level,” said the Madibaz Sport hockey manager.

“I have several duties, among them to oversee defensive penalty corner systems and tactical analysis, as well as providing individual team information of the opposition to the coaches.”

Gie added that the team’s objective was to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Mapitiza chases the next level at African judo champs

Madibaz judo ace Lwazi Mapitiza is ready to move up a gear when he competes in the African Championships for the sixth time in Dakar, Senegal, later this month.

The continental event has been moved to Senegal after originally being scheduled for Morocco and will take place from May 20 to 23.

The 30-year-old, who is studying sport management, is fresh from a bronze medal at last year’s championships, held in Madagascar in December.

He said he wanted to move up a level with plans to “change the colour of the medal” in Dakar.

“Last year was a milestone for me to have made it to the podium and since then I have been working hard to improve on that performance,” said the Nelson Mandela University student.

“The goal will always be to go for gold, but, at the very least, I want to make the podium again.

“I know my opponents will be ready to challenge for that as well, so I feel it’s going to be an interesting tournament.”

During his preparations, Mapitiza, who will fight in the under-100kg category, said he had introduced some changes to take the step to the next level.

“We have adopted a slightly different approach to my fights this year and hopefully that will work going forward.

“The training has been quite tricky because of the restrictions during the lockdown periods when the gyms were closed.

“Because of that, whereas previously I did a lot of strength work, this year I have focused more on my technique and it will be interesting to see how that works out.”

Whatever he is faced with, Mapitiza knows it will come down to mental strength.

“When fighters are close, this is the one thing that can differentiate you from the rest, so the mind is very important,” he said.

“I will work hard to make sure nothing disturbs my mental plan for the goals I have because any distraction will take away from your performance.”

Even though these are his sixth African championships, Mapitiza said he was delighted to be in the South African squad.

“Being selected for any national team is a huge honour and wearing the green and gold at a prestigious event like the African Championships really means a lot to me.”

The Madibaz star paid tribute to his trainers Mthobeli Vena and Andile Bailey for their hard work.

“I have to thank the Nelson Mandela Bay Judo Association for all the support they have given me and my senseis for all the training we have done together – they have really helped me.”

His aim this year is to compete in several international tournaments to try to earn points in the world rankings.

“My aim is to get into the top 30 and the reason for this is the dream to become an Olympian,” said Mapitiza.

“We are in a new Olympic cycle and the more tournaments you enter, the better for your experience and exposure.

“But that obviously comes with a high cost factor so I am looking for sponsors to support me in my ambitions. Any help I get will be greatly appreciated.”

Madibaz return to Varsity Cup with a mission

Captain Luyolo Dapula says the FNB Madibaz are determined to fight for a top-six place in what he expects to be a testing Varsity Cup tournament this year.

The Nelson Mandela University outfit return to the top flight after two years in the Varsity Shield wilderness when they meet North-West University in their opening match on April 5.

Besides the tough nature of the competition, Dapula said there would also be the issue of a short turnaround between matches as the fixtures will be played in three blocks of three matches, with each block spread over seven to nine days.

However, the 22-year-old acknowledged that all teams faced the same situation and said the Madibaz would embrace the challenge.

“We know it will be difficult but, like all teams, it will be a case of managing our key players during the course of the competition,” said Dapula, a second-year BA student who can operate as a lock or loose forward.

“The depth of the squad will be important but our coaching staff are set up to manage that. We have an experienced strength and conditioning coach in Nadus Nieuwoudt, so that will benefit us.”

He added that new coach André Tredoux had made things easier for them while they could not practise as a unit due to Covid-19 regulations.

“You can see that he and his coaching staff have a plan and the players all have smiles on their faces during training, so the spirit is good and preparations are going well.

“We are fighting for a top-six spot but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the boys surpassed this expectation.”

After months of fine-tuning their gameplans, Tredoux said the players were eager to get onto the field.

“They are pumped up and keen for the fight ahead. They can’t wait to get going,” he said.


“The boys have worked hard in difficult times and they have grown close as a team.

“We respect North-West Eagles’ proud history in the Varsity Cup and know that they will provide a tough challenge.”

Tredoux felt that encounter, as well as the second match against Central University of Technology, would be physical in nature.

“Our third match against the University of Western Cape will be a different challenge as they traditionally have been a team who like to throw the ball around,” he said.

“But with Paul Treu as their new coach they would have improved both the physical and mental aspects of their game.”


After all the hard work during the pre-season, Tredoux said they were firmly focused on making the university proud.

The Madibaz fixtures are:

First block

April 5, 3pm: v North-West Eagles; April 8, 3pm: v CUT; April 11, 3pm: v UWC

Second block

April 22, 5pm: v University of Johannesburg; April 27, 5pm: v Wits; April 30, 7pm: v Free State University

Third block May 10, 5pm: v Stellenbosch; May 13: v UP-Tuks; May 16: v UCT

Grand Prix gala an important gauge for Madibaz swimming twins

Madibaz swimming stars Alard and Alaric Basson emerged from two national events in the Western Cape delighted to at last get some competitive swimming under their belts.

The Nelson Mandela University construction management students had their goals severely disrupted since March last year due to the lockdown.

In addition, they both contracted the coronavirus, side-lining them from physical activity for several weeks.

The training camp and Grand Prix gala in Stellenbosch last week proved a valuable gauge of their conditioning and the twins are rejuvenated for the challenges ahead.

For Alard, the camp could not have come at a better time.

“It was a week of hard work followed by a weekend of tough racing,” he said.

“The camp gave us the opportunity to experience a competitive environment again after such a long time out.

“I personally haven’t raced in over a year so this was a fantastic opportunity to put in the hard work and to put my body through the intensity that it needs.”

He said his main goal was to make full use of the training block.

“This saw my body taking quite a knock, but I stood up and raced under those circumstances, still managing to win my main race (100m butterfly).

“I am not completely happy with the result, but I got what I wanted from the week and in that regard I am satisfied.”

Alaric had the same sentiments in terms of his conditioning.

“This camp was exactly what I needed to get back onto my feet in terms and where I found myself after lockdown,” he said.

 

The training environment and the fact that there were no distractions really helped me to improve quickly – physically and mentally.”

He added that it almost felt “foreign” to be back in the pool for the Grand Prix.

“It was as if you were kind of lost in the way to approach and execute certain races.

“But, after actually racing, it immediately felt like that memory came back and it gave me a good idea of where I am and what I need to work on.”

Both swimmers are now focusing on the national Olympic trials, even though there remains some uncertainty that the Tokyo Games will go ahead in July and August.

Alard acknowledged the challenges of the situation but said his focus was on controlling what he could.

“In terms of my preparation, it is quite a mental rollercoaster, but I am just aiming at giving myself the best opportunity to reach my goal by putting in the extra hours in the gym, working on specifics at training and oiling the mind to execute what I want to achieve.

“My ultimate goal this year is to swim the A qualifying time of 51.9 in the 100m butterfly.”

Alaric said although the current situation was “a bit difficult”, lockdown had taught him valuable lessons.

“I would say it is probably more enjoyable for me now because of the setbacks.

“I think this whole pandemic just opened a lot of eyes and really emphasised the fact that the dreams we chase are merely personal goals that ultimately are not the be-all and end-all of our lives.

“We put so much pressure on ourselves to hit certain times and at the end of it you have to wonder if the stress was really worth it.

“I think we just have to find the enjoyment in what we do. It took lockdown for me to fully realise that and I think that took quite a bit of pressure off me.”

Having said that, he acknowledged he still had goals to achieve.

“The priority for me is just to train well and do what I can to be the best I can be, and then take it as it comes without any regrets.”

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CAPTION: Madibaz swimming twins Alard and Alaric Basson have resumed training in earnest in preparation for the national Olympic trials. Photo: Supplied

Engineering student develops putter using 3D metal printing

Nelson Mandela University student-athlete Wian van Aswegen has combined his love of golf with an interest in engineering to develop a putter which is sure to attract the attention of golfers.

The 21-year-old, a fourth-year engineering student who plays for the Madibaz team, developed the idea following a discussion with lecturer Clive Hands, who heads the university’s Advanced Engineering Design Group (AEDG).

The prototype putter base was constructed by way of 3D metal (plastic is commonly used) printing and carbon composite was added as weights.

Van Aswegen said his desire to be involved in the golfing industry led to the project.

“One day Clive asked what I wanted to do when I attained my degree and that developed into a discussion about the engineering and design work involved in golf equipment manufacturing,” said Van Aswegen, who grew up in Port Alfred.

“Later he mentioned the possibility of introducing additive manufacturing [3D printing] to golf clubs.

“We saw articles of other bigger organisations, such as [equipment manufacturer] Callaway, that have also started to consider this approach. So we accepted the challenge to create our own unique design with the assistance of Rapid3D and Custom Works.”

Van Aswegen represented Eastern Province at various age-group levels and said his knowledge of the sport enabled him to design the putter.

One of the key elements is that the putter is custom-made. 

“That is what is so nice about additive manufacturing because we can adapt the design to any specific needs of the user,” he explained. “We can change the loft, the lie angle and, by introducing lattice structure, we can distribute weight to where it is needed.”

So far Van Aswegen has received encouraging feedback from those who have tested his design.

“I have given it to my golfing friends to test and most of the feedback has been positive. People enjoy the feel and the look of it, and its performance is similar to modern putters.

“Many golfers are convinced that old methods are the only and best option, but they were pleasantly surprised with the aesthetics and performance of the 3D-printed putter.”

Van Aswegen said the putter could currently only be used for social play.

“The R&A [one of golf’s governing bodies] have to approve the design before it may be used in competition. Once we have finalised our design, we will set out to get it approved.”

He recommended that anyone who was interested in obtaining a putter go through a fitting process.

“This is where the person would undergo testing to determine what weight and putter shape would be most beneficial for them.

“With this information they can describe what face balance they want and they can specify the weighting, plus any accessories such as colours or logos.

“Taking that information, we can create a product specifically for them.”

Van Aswegen said it was still early days in terms of retail, but that the aim would be to eventually make it publicly available.

“Also, the use of a website will allow people to contact us or to place orders by entering their desired putter specifications.”

Although the project is his responsibility, he acknowledged the input from several quarters.

“Arno Seyfert from Custom Works and Lynton Dent from Rapid3D have provided us with much-needed advice and assistance in terms of the component manufacturing.

“As the lecturer in charge of the AEDG group, Clive has had a lot of input and helped us to contact all the right people to maintain our design progress.”

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CAPTION: Madibaz student-athlete Wian van Aswegen used 3D metal printing to develop a prototype putter. Photo: Full Stop Communications

African bronze a career highlight for Madibaz judo star

Madibaz judo exponent Lwazi Mapitiza achieved a major career highlight when he returned with a bronze medal from the African Judo Championships in Madagascar in December.

The tournament, which took place in Antananarivo, saw the 30-year-old Nelson Mandela University sport management student competing in the under-100kg category.

The sport categorises competitors according to their weight and Mapitiza was slotted into the 91-100kg division.

He described his third place at the African champs, which he was attending for the fifth time, as the best achievement of his career.

“My goal going into the competition was to bring back a medal, hopefully a gold medal, but I was still happy to return with the bronze,” said Mapitiza, who lives in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth.

“It was a really special moment and there was a feeling of relief at the end, as well as pride in achieving what I did.

“It was an improvement on the 2019 champs, where I came fifth overall, so I am definitely happy with the way things turned out.”

His aim now is to keep working hard at his craft as his success in December has provided strong motivation.

“I want to stay on top of my game and to do that I am hoping to attend as many major competitions as I can.

“The way to keep improving is to enter the sorts of tournaments where I will meet opponents of a high calibre.”

Mapitiza, who was educated at Ed-U-College, VP Grey Primary and Lawson Brown High, has his path mapped out for this year.

“Firstly, I have set my sights on trying to win a gold medal at the Africa champs, which will be held in April,” he said.

“I would also love to attend at least two international Grand Prix tournaments, which would help me to prepare for the World Student Games in China in August.”

His achievement in Madagascar was made possible, he said, by the support he received from Madibaz Sport.

“They sponsored the whole trip and there were a lot of challenging administrative conditions with which we had to comply.

“But with the help of my manager, Bernard Petersen, and sport director Yoliswa Lumka we managed to make it as smooth as possible.

“I would also like to thank my coach, Mthobeli Vena, for his contribution in so many ways, not least of all for handling all my sponsorship requests.

“He also attended the African champs as an official.”

Petersen said they were proud of the way Mapitiza had put Madibaz on the sporting map.

“Lwazi is truly an iconic figure and he has excelled in everything that he has touched,” said the Madibaz Sport judo manager.

“I can honestly say that his late father, Mthunzi Mapitiza, can be very proud of his achievements. He raised a phenomenal young man.

“Having known Lwazi since 2011, I have seen him grow into a model student from humble beginnings, nurtured by his father because his mother died when he was very young. That is not normally an easy path.

“He delivered a formidable performance at the judo champs and deserves all the accolades coming his way.”

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Games honour for Madibaz Sport boss

Madibaz Sport director Yoliswa Lumka will oversee an important year for South African student-athletes after being appointed chef de mission for two competitions in 2021.

She will first head up the delegation for the World Student Games in Chengdu, China, in August and then take charge of the national squad for the Confederation of University and Colleges Sports Associations (CUCSA) Games in Lesotho in December.

After a difficult year when the Covid-19 pandemic decimated university sport, Lumka said there was a widespread feeling of excitement at competing in these events.

“Definitely, excitement is in the air because for most of them it will be their first time qualifying for the Games. The competition is very tough as they are all pushing to make the team.”

She said they were looking at a strong contingent for these Games.

“We have some of the athletes who were with us in Italy [for the 2019 World Student Games] who won a variety of medals and they will be aiming to defend their titles.”

Having that talent available, she said, would help them to try to achieve their objectives.

“In Italy, when I was the deputy chef de mission, we finished 10th. The target for China is to give an opportunity to individual sport codes to either maintain that or do better.”

Lumka said the vision for the CUCSA Games was to give the sport codes that were not selected for the World Student Games an opportunity to start their preparations for the next cycle, culminating in the 2023 World Student Games in Russia.

“We also plan to maintain our dominance in the southern region by again finishing in overall first place.”

The Madibaz Sport boss said it was an honour to be chosen to head the country’s delegation for events of this magnitude.

“It shows that the hard work I have been putting in over the years is being noticed and recognised. The responsibilities that come with this position are that I have to make sure that the teams are ready to compete and produce good results.”

Lumka added that it was also a feather in the cap for the Port Elizabeth university.

“It’s very important that, as a sport department, we make sure that we not only have personnel who are excelling locally, but who are capacitated to grow to make a contribution at a national level.

“It means we are moving in the right direction and that our student-athletes are supported by well-trained experts in their specific fields, whether administrative or technical.”

She said the World Student Games represented the highest pinnacle a student-athlete could achieve.

“We regard them as our student Olympic Games and, as universities in South Africa, we need to give the young men and women the platform to showcase their talents and achieve their dreams.

“It will be an honour to represent Madibaz as an ambassador on the national and international stage and we will do our best to make the country proud.”

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CAPTION: Madibaz Sport director Yoliswa Lumka has been appointed chef de mission for the World Student Games and the CUCSA Games next year. Photo: Supplied