The Joburg derby lived up to its thrilling expectations, as UJ put four past Wits, claiming the Joburg throne. But behind the scenes Wits bagged a victory of their own, celebrating the inauguration of the first beneficiary of the Wits Sport transformation fund.
On what was a disappointing match at home against TUT, UJ travelled to Wits as the next opponents in a Joburg derby. Fans came out in numbers to support their teams and as expected the match was blazing and fast-paced, with UJ dictating play. The UJ team came out victors scoring four goals past the Clever Boys.
Behind the scenes, Wits Sport hosted a media briefing announcing a Gauteng grade 12 learner, Sisipho Magwaza, as the first recipient of the Wits Sport Transformation Fund. The transformation fund held by Wits is aimed at supporting students with sporting and academic talent from disadvantaged backgrounds. The University of Witwatersrand vice-chancellor and principal, Mr Adam Habib acknowledged the milestone when addressing the media, saying “We look forward to Sisipho Magwaza officially joining Wits in 2018, along with other sports bursary recipients still to be identified.”
Observing the current situation of our country and the financial struggles the people of South Africa are facing, the Wits Sport Transformation Fund is a win for the sport fraternity and for those eager to pursue their studies and sports simultaneously. With sport, battles are won on and off the field and what better way to unite and conquer the perpetual issues in our communities?
Wits University had invited former Banyana Banyana captain, Simphiwe Dludlu, to be a patriot presenting the inauguration of the transformation fund. Since it is women’s month, it only made sense that the first recipient be a female counterpart. Simphiwe Dludlu gladly expressed her delight saying “I was once a student-athlete and to see a young women receive this life changing opportunity brings great joy. For me it means young women out there see me as a great role model and what better way to influence and lead.
“Both education and sport played their part, education enabling us to transform and sport enabling us to unite,” said Wits Vice-chancellor, Adam Habib.
By Jabu Mthombeni