A team of Fourteen University of Fort Hare Karatekas kicked for glory and brought home six trophies in the regional annual Len Barnes tournament held in Thokoza town hall- Ekurhuleni on 23rd August. There were three fighting categories for females U55 kilograms, U65 kilograms and Over 65 kilograms. For the males there were also three fighting categories U60 kilograms, U70 kilograms and Over 80 kilograms. Under the instruction of Sensei Siphiwe Dlulane who no longer needs any introduction in the world’s toughest and knock down style the team was so competitive reflecting the world’s heavyweight champion’s prowess.
The World Health Organisation had set aside the first week of August to mark the breast feeding week worldwide more so to sensitise communities about breast feeding importance and in the context of HIV/AIDS. The university’s Nursing Department led by Mrs Zukiswa Theodora Dasheka in partnership with various Non Governmental Organisations like Mothers 2 Mothers, Saving Mothers Saving Babies including the Department of Health were in the Ndevana community. This was a local initiative with immense contribution to the global picture, said Dasheka who is a clinical facilitator for B.Cur third year’s, Midwifery and community Nursing Modules.
Every year during the month of August, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) honours South Africa’s top women scientists through the Women in Science Awards (WISA). The awards are meant to encourage and reward women scientists and researchers, and also profile them as role models for younger women. This year’s edition of the awards was held on the 15th August 2014 in Johannesburg, with University of Fort Hare’s Professor Matseliso Mokhele receiving an award for being the first runner-up in the Category of Distinguished Young Woman Scientist (Humanities and Social Sciences) in recognition for her contribution in Science and Research.
The University of Fort Hare staff sports as a member of Southern African University Staff Sports Association (SAUSSA) is set to participate in the regional tournament to be held in Zambia this coming December. SAUSSA is the governing body that controls, administers and manages sports and recreation activities that aim to promote reconciliation, reconstruction and development among its member universities. The association also aims to help member universities take their rightful place in sports and recreation in the region, continent and beyond.