Student becomes national ice hockey champion

A CPUT student is in the Western Province Senior Men’s Ice Hockey team which won the interprovincial tournament recently held in Pretoria.

The team was crowned this year’s champions of the South African Ice Hockey Federation, and would not have achieved this milestone without the efforts of its centre forward Bradley Morris, a Masters student in Chemical Engineering.

“It feels good. We played as a team and won as a team. Some games were tough but we pulled through with the victory and that’s all that counts,” says a thrilled Bradley.

To be crowned the tournament’s national champions the team won all its round robin matches against Gauteng A (4 – 1), Gauteng B (7 – 6) and Coastal (18 – 2).

Bradley’s proud lecturer and supervisor Aziz Aziz: “It is quite an achievement for such a hardworking fulltime MEng student busy with research to also have energy to be an amateur ice hockey player at the highest level.”

Bradley adds that a super league for the sport starts in February 2019 and will include teams from around the country. “The ultimate goal for me is to make the South African National Senior Men’s team. So, it’s mostly hard work ahead,” says the tenacious 22-year-old.

He started playing the sport in 2016 after falling in love with three of its aspects. On his debut match he scored two goals and won Most Valuable Player of the Match.

“The reasons I was attracted to ice hockey – hockey is a team sport, hockey players are warriors and hockey is about pure speed. Everything about this sport is fast-paced – the slap shots, the game pace, the players.”

CHAMPION: Bradley Morris (third from left in back row) is a member of the Western Province Senior Men’s Ice Hockey team.

Residence sports league stars recognised

South Point Orchards and Park Central Residences earned bragging rights for winning the football and netball sections of this year’s African Pride League, respectively.

The Student Residence Department in collaboration with the Sport and Culture Department recently concluded the three months-long African Pride League with a glamorous awards ceremony held on the Bellville Campus. The revived League targets students residing in the residences in the Bellville area.

Its aim is to cultivate an active and healthy lifestyle amongst students through formal and informal sports participation that ensures equal opportunities to participate and excel in sport. The competition encouraged active recreational football and netball programmes by developing a participation platform that serve as a feeder programme for competitive sports.

South Point Orchards and Park Central Residences walked away with trophies after being crowned the African Pride League’s champions, having accumulating 33 and 46 points respectively. South Point Orchards won on goal difference as they and second-placed MGR2 were level on points.

Despite having a history of winning the League consecutively in the past years before the advent of Fees Must Fall Student protests, MGR2 was awarded silver medals as runners-up.  Sheriff House (25 points) came third and walked away with bronze medals.

On the netball side, Toplin Residence bagged silver medals and Richard Sacco Bronze medals with 42 points apiece.

The organising departments made a commitment that the look and feel of the 2019 African Pride League will be enhanced and next year’s tournament will start earlier than this year.

Six rugby players for Student 7s

Six rugby players from CPUT were invited to be part of the SA student 7s training camp during the recent Varsity Sports 7s tournament which was held in Johannesburg.

On 5 and 6 October the CPUT men’s rugby 7s team took part in the annual tournament for the first time in their history following their success at this year’s University Sports South Africa 7s tournament.

Lunathi Nxele, Lucan Kirchner, Ryan Solomons, Keanu Maree, Mario Wilson and Randy Brinkhuis were rewarded for their heroic efforts throughout the tournament with call-ups to the national team.

The cherry on the cake was Lucan walking away with the Player of the Tournament accolade at Varsity Sports 7s, having scored the second most tries with 11.

“Having qualified for this tournament through USSA 7s, this was CPUT’s first time taking part in this tournament. It would be safe to say that we were the underdogs and highly favoured to finish bottom of our group with USSA 7s’ 2018 Champs UWC, WSU and NMU,” says Sports Development Officer Bulelani Mlakalaka.

“Nevertheless, the coaching staff and players had the belief that they were there to compete and not to make numbers, and with the added bonus of being shown live on TV the players’ spirits were high.”

During the first game CPUT lost a player due to injury and were forced to play the rest of the Varsity Sports 7s tournament with a squad of 11 players.

By the end of the first day CPUT was top of their group and one of the only two teams that won all their group matches. The next day saw them playing NMU in the quarter-finals.

“Day Two did not go as planned because players showed signs of fatigue which led to lapses in concentration in the knockout stage and we ended up finishing eighth overall,” adds Mlakalaka.

“Overall the guys played well, they represented the institution with distinction. Their blood runs blue.

Varsity Sports 7s results:

Day 1 (1.) CPUT 22 – 15 UWC  (2.) CPUT 47 – 5 WSU  (3.) CPUT 24 -17 NMU

Day 2 (1.) CPUT 19 – 22 NMU  (2.) CPUT 19 – 31 UFS  (3.) CPUT 22 – 24 NMU

Inaugural Scholars Run a success

To encourage healthy lifestyles and raise awareness on issues facing tertiary students and society at large, the Retail Business Management’s community engagement committee teamed up with the City of Cape Town to hold a 10km Fun Run.

The Scholars Run, which recently started and finished on the Bellville Campus, saw school pupils, students and local residents sweating it out to cross the finishing line.

Oscar Coetzee of Itheko Athletics Club came first in 31 min 11 sec followed by Ricardo Blauw of Boxer Western Cape Athletics Club (second) and CPUT second-year Accountancy student Siphelele Vellem (third).

Siphelele said in order to prepare for the race he ran 10 km around Khayelitsha both before and after school.

The first woman to cross the finishing line was ballroom dancer Esethu Mehlomakhulu in 1hr 5 min. She was closely followed by BTech in Information Technology student, Nwabisa Nokwe (2nd) and Operations Management third-year student Petunia Phalatse.

Event coordinator Andiswa Mrasi, Manager: Wholesale & Retail Academy, said they wanted to make the Scholars Run an annual event.

Actor Andile Nebulane, who plays Jonga on Igazi & Pele on Generations the Legacy, said the event was meant to unite families because running was fun for people of all ages.  Nebulane added that it promotes healthy bodies and responsible lifestyles including responsible partying.

Zibonele FM’s DJ Amanda “Happy Girl” Raraza did live crossover broadcasts at the event. On the decks was the one and only DJ Kaunda Muzical keeping the crowd at the Bellville Campus Stadium dancing to their favourite tunes while Internationally-acclaimed poet Anele Kose entertained the crowd with his renditions of isiXhosa slam poetry.

The event was proudly supported by the Retail Business Management Department, City of Cape Town, MTN, A-Square, OLS Holdings, Manzomthombo High School and the Jiva Responsible Initiative.

Young rugby talent showcased

The Bellville Campus was abuzz recently when the province’s future rugby stars showed off their skills during the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) Mini Rugby Day.

More than 2 000 young players braved the cold and rain to participate in the event, which was also attended by some of the DHL Western Province Stars.

The WPRFU also provided training to 40 CPUT Sports Management students to assist at this event.

“The event really showed what development is all about and gave CPUT the opportunity to showcase our sport facilities,” said Cathy Cloete, public relations and events coordinator at CPUT.

Sport Department celebrates Mandela Day at Khayelitsha

Sport Management students who are doing their Work-Integrated Learning at CPUT’s Department of Student Affairs Sport celebrated Mandela Day by painting the walls at the Philani Centre in Khayelitsha.

The students were later joined by the Centre’s staff and community members in painting the walls.

Head of Sport Department Siyabulela Mkwalo said the Philani Centre and CPUT have a mutual relationship that focuses on the wellbeing and development of the children through the provision of recreational programmes offered by Sport Management students.

“The intention of the partnership is to enhance the learning ability of children, as well as enable every child to grow up healthy in order to fulfil their physical and mental potential,” said Mkwalo.  “This engagement has a potential to increase children’s learning abilities, improve concentration levels, aerobic capacity and teamwork.”

Philani Centre has 13 Educare classes across six different sites which serves a total of 341 children between the ages of three and six years. All the teachers have formal training with qualifications varying from a NQF Level 4 to Diploma in Early Childhood Development.

The Educare Programme is consistent with the overall Philani mission of promoting excellent child health and development knowing that children who play do not only enjoy physical development but also recover faster from illness and malnutrition.

The 16 Sport Management students, who are funded by the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority, are enrolled by the Sport Department in a one-year internship that started in September 2017.

PAINT LESSONS: Sport Management students working on the walls at the Philani Centre in Khayelitsha.

Catsville Residence wins FNB Koshuis rugby tournament

Catsville Residence from District Six Campus showed  endurance when they bounced back from trailing Val Du Charon Residence (Wellington) by 10 points early in the first half of the final match to clinch the inter-residence rugby tournament.

The boys were recently crowned champions of this year’s edition of the FNB Koshuis Rugby Tournament on the Bellville Campus.

The team from District Six started the game slowly and found themselves trailing 0 – 10 to their Wellington counterparts, but things changed halfway through when Catsville scored two tries in quick succession and levelled the score.

Then as the first half looked set to end in a stalemate, Catsville were awarded a penalty right in the centre of the pitch. They did the unthinkable and elected to go for a kick and voila, the ball went over the bar. The half-time score was 13-10.

In the second half Catsville picked up steam and bulldozed their way to win the tournament 24 – 20.

They received a trophy and gold medals for their sterling efforts while the runners-up were capped with silver medals.

In the match which was a curtain-raiser to the final, De Beers Residence from Bellville Campus walked away with the Bronze medals.