SPORT RAISES ALCOHOL ABUSE AWARENESS
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
The Durban University of Technology’s (DUT) Sport Studies students organised the Faculty sports day, raising substance abuse awareness at the institution.
Departments such as Biotechnology and Food Technology, Chemistry, Clothing and Textile Studies, Food and Nutrition Consumer Sciences, Horticulture, Maritime Studies and Sports Studies students battle on the field of play, warning each other about illegal substance abuse.
Organiser Mfundo Ngwenya revealed that he was part of the initiative to raise awareness since his father was a victim of drug abuse.
“My father died a long time ago because of drinking and driving,” he said.
Although the Applied Science students attended the event, they also aimed to pass the message to students to be able to educate the community, the students said.
“Sport can do a lot of things like raise awareness on drinking and driving and health issues,” Ngwenya said.
The Executive Dean of the Faculty, Professor Suren Singh, believes that the initiative came at the right.
Singh elaborated that this will help a lot since they failed to have student orientation earlier this year and they did discuss certain issues.
“Drug abuse is something that we never spoken about, although its probably happening all around us. During the course of the day we will be raising awareness that substances (drugs) of this nature are not welcome at the University and in the Faculty,” Singh said.
The amazing turnout of students showed that they fully support the awareness programme, Mzilikazi Buthelezi, a maritime student, said, “this is so important to us as youth since we have a lot to live up to- we are the future of this country,” he said.