Inaugural Scholars Run a success

RUNAWAY SUCCESS: Miss Western Province Simthandile Williams (2nd from left), congratulates CPUT students Petunia Phalatse and Nwabisa Nokwe who came second and third in the Scholars Fun Run as well as Esethu Mehlomakhulu who came first.

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.

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