The Madibaz and Walter Sisulu rugby teams will bring the curtain down on the annual Eastern Cape intervarsity, which will be hosted by Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth on Friday and Saturday.
While the sporting fixtures will be a big attraction, Madibaz director of sport Yoliswa Lumka said the occasion also lent itself to a wider programme of events.
Starting in 2017, she said the institutions – Nelson Mandela University, Rhodes, Fort Hare and Walter Sisulu – had discussed the pathway for the annual intervarsity.
“We crafted a document to showcase the purpose of intervarsity, as well as the inclusion of other events that will involve a lot more students of the four institutions,” said Lumka.
“For instance, this year a fashion show, a flash mob and a Women’s Day mentoring programme have been included.”
She also felt the intervarsity played a critical role in maintaining important links between the institutions.
“There is only one opportunity where all four institutions in the Eastern Cape can interact with each other,” she said.
“It is crucial that the bonds and links between the students and staff of the institutions are strengthened on an annual basis.”
Significantly, Madibaz Sport will be hosting several other visitors this weekend.
“We have a number of guests from other institutions around the country who will be joining us to observe the programme on Friday and Saturday, so we are definitely doing something right,” said Lumka.
“The Eastern Cape is the longest-running intervarsity in the country and it inspires varsities in other provinces to try to establish similar occasions.”
Starting at 11.30 on Friday morning with the golf competition at Humewood, a total of 19 sports and activities will take place, culminating in the intervarsity prize-giving at the Madibaz Stadium on Saturday at 6pm.