SPORTS DAY TO UNITE DURBAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUSES
By: Dale Munatswa
The Central Housing Council (CHC) held an inter-campus sports day, yesterday to unite Durban University of Technology (DUT) campuses in different geographical locations.
The efforts to unite DUT campuses came about as a result of a growing stigmatisation and discrimination between students from Durban DUT campuses and Pietermaritzburg recognised by the CHC. This then drove them into initiating a platform for DUT students to interact with each other, through sport.
Sipho Mkhize, CHC president said, “We as student leadership are trying to bring people together to realise that we are one university. We are trying to live up to our mission statement: Our leadership, Our Campus, Our University.”
The sports day saw first and second year students from campuses located in Pietermaritzburg competing with those from Durban.
Field sports such as soccer, netball, and volleyball were played at the Steve Biko grounds in a league competition between the teams.
Fixtures in the league see to it that a team from a Pietermaritzburg campus plays against that from a Durban campus. The venues for the games are also be distributed in the two cities. According to Mkhize, this helps in achieving the elimination of the stigmatisation.
Thabani Ngcongo, a DUT student from a Pietermaritzburg campus said, “The initiative is a great idea to bring us together because divided we cannot do much, but together we can do anything.”
At the end of the day, the objective to bring divided students together was however fulfilled.