University of Johannesburg official Nomsa Mahlangu is the new president of the Federation of African University Sports after comfortably winning the election in Entebbe, Uganda, last month.
She becomes the first women’s president of the body which is internationally known as Fédération Africain du Sport Universitaire (Fasu).
The UJ official will hold office for four years and said she was honoured to be appointed the first female president of the federation.
“Hopefully this can pave the way for future developments because there is a need to open doors for more women and to encourage them to take on this sort of responsibility,” she said.
The federation is the governing body of university sport in Africa and was founded in 1971 by 10 African countries to improve the development of university sport on the continent.
Mahlangu said there were 28 members in Fasu and they were divided into five regional zones.
“It has been an associate member of the international body (Fisu) since 2007 and has the General Assembly as the supreme governing body. This body determines and controls the general policy of Fasu.”
She added that the General Assembly met every two years, while the executive committee comprised seven members, elected for four years by the senior body.
Mahlangu said the traditional events which were organised by the federation were the Fasu Games held every even year, which included the participation of national teams, and the Fasu Championships held every odd year, which covered the participation of individual universities.