The Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) staff members joined the rest of the Southern African Universities Staff Sports Association (SAUSSA) family at the University of Limpopo in South Africa for the 19th edition of the annual sports extravaganza from 8 to 14 December 2018.
Participants took part in the following disciplines: soccer, netball, volleyball for male & females, darts, lawn tennis, table tennis, super pool/ snooker, athletics and chess.
The five-day sporting extravaganza kicked off with a show-stopping parade in and around the University of Limpopo. From that moment, the Campus was buzzing with a number of activities until the last day of the tournament.
SAUSSA comprises of affiliated member universities from Southern African countries namely Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The universities represented at the tournament were the host (University of Limpopo), University of South Africa, North West University, Walter Sisulu University, University of Botswana, National University of Lesotho, University of Swaziland, University of Namibia, University of Zambia, University of Malawi, University of Zimbabwe, National University of Science and Technology (Zimbabwe), Botswana University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe Open University and Chinhoyi University of Science and Technology (Zimbabwe).
During the tournament the member Universities contributed more than 12 000 rands towards charity and they identified Paledi Rehabilitation Centre in Polokwane where they donated blankets, toiletries and snacks to 45 beneficiaries.
SAUSSA President, Maria Mochechela, said she was happy with the noble idea of donating goods to the underprivileged and said they will continue with the charity work.
She reiterated that the games give members a chance to network, share best practices, socialise, reconnect and renew old friendships and strengthen new friendships. Also the tournament gives all participants an unforgettable experience of culture sharing, the ‘Ubuntu’ spirit, fair play and hospitality.