UWC Celebrates 60th Anniversary in bumper edition of Blue and Gold sports magazine

Reaching a 60 year anniversary is a remarkable milestone. The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has defied many odds over the past 60 years and it is still going strong.

The latest edition of Blue and Gold sports magazine celebrates the 60th anniversary of UWC and some of the many sporting milestones that the University has achieved over the years.

Read alumnus Winston Kloppers’ preview of his book, Blowing Against the Wind, of how sports and politics on a university campus became connected to much larger forces in the community and, with time, became a groundswell of opposition to apartheid.

“Students found solace and unity in sport, which played an important role in uniting the student body. The annual inter-college sport festivals (1965 –1971), in particular, were the first mass gatherings of students, organised by the Student Representative Council (SRC) and sport bodies. It set the stage for them to work together and gave them a sense of pride, belonging and the courage — as well as the skills — to later confront the administration.”

In the past six decades, UWC has produced many athletes and administrators who have shone on the national and international stages. Among them is Dr Danny Jordaan, the current president of the South African Football Association; Oom Tobie Titus, who recently retired as an executive member of South African Rugby Union; Ilhaam Groenewald, who became the first woman to serve on the SA Rugby Union executive; and many more who feature in the edition.

That list has been growing with a growing number of current and former student athletes making their mark. Thembi Kgatlana has not only became the second South African woman footballer to win the coveted Confederation of African Football Woman Player of the Year award, but has been attracting interest from top clubs around the globe; Bok Women’s captain Babalwa Latsha has become the first South African women rugby player to turn professional; Herschel Jantjies was part of the Springbok team that won the Rugby World Cup.

The nurturing of elite athletes is set to get even more traction in years to come as UWC works hard to establish a high performance centre,. As Professor Mmaki Jantjies and Dr Simone Titus point out, the future of sports looks to be revolutionised with technology.

UWC has already achieved amazing things in sport and the future looks bright for the current and coming generations.

Read all about it in the 60th anniversary special edition Blue and Gold here: https://issuu.com/849269/docs/blue_and_gold_issue_5__60notout