The University of Venda (UNIVEN) Sport and Recreation Unit and the student’s Representative Council (SRC) has on 01 – 07 September 2019, embarked on a benchmarking tour and visited Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Department at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and University of Western Cape (UWC) in the Western Cape. 

Picture: UNIVEN delegation with Members of Staff at Cape Peninsula University of Technology

The purpose of the visit was to benchmark for best practice regarding good governance and operations management of student sport, recreation, arts and cultural programmes as well was sharing of successes at the respective institutions. 

UNIVEN delegation was led by Mr. Ndiafhi Percy Mugwedi (Sports Administrator). The student leadership was represented by the SRCs Minister of Arts, Culture, Recreation and Religious Affairs, Ms Boitumelo Hlapa and Minister of Legal Policies and Constitutional Affairs, Mr Rabelani Ramutshila, Chairperson of Sports, Recreation and Cultural Council (SRCC), Ms Rebecca Ramphabana and Mr Anzani Mululuma – Project Officer. 

Picture: UNIVEN delegation with Members of Staff at Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Ndiafhi Percy Mugwedi, UNIVEN Sports Administrator said that part of discussions was the turnaround strategies in profiling the sport development plan of the University of Venda, the institutional benefits of qualifying to play in the Varsity Sports which UNIVEN endorsed in 2015 as well as the role of student leadership structures in promoting participation as campus sport, recreation, arts and culture at both national and international competitions. 

The benchmarking visit also paved way for reviewing UNIVEN policy on sport and recreation to meet the growing demands of students concerning sport, recreation, arts and culture events and competitions. 

“We find it vital that as UNIVEN, we must have stakeholders’ support both internal and external. Strengthening of support will take UNIVEN sports from one level to the other,” said Mugwedi. 

He added that they will have to establish a sport council comprising of Student Housing Committees responsible for residences, Facilities Representative and 

UNIVEN Sport and Recreation must have nominal membership payment and affiliation for each sport club. 

Picture: UNIVEN delegation with Members of Staff at the University of the Western Cape

Issued by: 

Department of Communications & Marketing 

University of Venda 

Tel: (015) 962 8525 

Date: 17 September 2019 

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