DUT SPORTS HEAD AWARDED
By: Mandisa Magwaza
The Head of the Durban University of Technology’s Sports Administration, Nomsa Mahlangu received the SKISA Commendation Award from the first lady Dr Bongi-Ngema Zuma.
The seasoned campaigner for the promotion of sports in previously disadvantaged communities was bestowed with the award this women’s month.
President of Karate South Africa and Vice President of Commonwealth karate nations around the globe, Kyoshi Pillay, paid glowing tribute to Mahlangu for the significant role she has played at DUT in encouraging students to participate in sport.
“SKISA is proud to be associated with DUT more especially with the Faculty of Sports hence our recognition of its head of sport Nomsa as a JV partner on social outreach projects aimed at shaping the youth through sport,” said Pillay.
Mahlangu said, “Its not about me but it is about the people who enjoy the benefits of what I do. I am humbled and encouraged to realise that what I do does not go unnoticed and it challenges me to try to do more because I know I can.”
“As women we need to do more and we need to push the boundaries because we tend to place limitations on ourselves especially in sports.
We are brought up in an environment where women believe men have it much easier. It is about time that more women become leaders of sports federations and I would really like to see that day when rugby in South Africa is chaired by a woman,” said Mahlangu.
Mahlangu has previously held positions including 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee Director, South African Students Sports Union (SASSU) Free State Chairman as well as SASSU Football National Men’s Team (CUCSA) Zambia Manager.
She was also nominated for the 2011 SA Sports Awards, as the Sports Administrator of the Year. During the same year, she scooped CEO Magazines Most Influential Women in Business and Government award.