Madibaz Sport will recognise those who have contributed to the success of Nelson Mandela University in a wide range of sporting arenas at a gala awards function on Friday.
Taking place at the Madibaz Indoor Sports Centre, this occasion will be focused only on the varsity’s sporting heroes as opposed to the Achievers Awards function, where excellence is recognised across all student activities.
Madibaz director of sport Yoliswa Lumka said holding a sports-only evening provided greater scope for them to honour those who had excelled during the year.
“Madibaz Sport has representation on all campuses of the university in 21 recognised codes,” she said.
“We annually sit with a long list of sports achievers but could not honour them in the appropriate manner due to the consolidated Achievers Awards function.
“By having our own function there is the opportunity to recognise our sports people as well as a chance for the university to see the depth of the work done annually on the sports fields.”
Madibaz Sport will also use the occasion to honour former president Nelson Mandela by inviting his grandson, Chief Mandla Mandela, to be the guest speaker.
“The reason for this is particularly for him to speak about our theme of ‘His Story, Our Story’, which highlights the importance of the late president and his 100 years, as well as to continue [telling] the story of Nelson Mandela to the next generation of Mandela University students.”