The week takes place in Stellenbosch from December 3 to 7 and UJ will be among eight teams contesting the title in pool A.
The Johannesburg side want to improve on their fifth position of the last two years and Makalima said it would be a case of “working hard together”.
“We know each other well and have a good work ethic,” he said. “I believe our biggest strength will be to operate as a cohesive unit to enjoy any success.”
Although UJ are missing the experience of players such as Ryan Rickelton and Delano Potgieter, who are playing in the Mzansi Super League, Makalima is confident his team can rise to the occasion.
“We have a number of players who were in the squad last year and, with that experience under their belts we will be looking to them to step up to the plate.”
The UJ mentor felt that the teams from Pretoria and Potchefstroom would start as the early favourites.
“But I don’t believe we have to stand back for anyone. On the day, if you play good cricket and produce the goods you will always have a winning chance and that is what we will be aiming to do.”