SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI: Former UP-Tuks 1 lock Daniel Adongo has been playing for America’s National Football League side Indianapolis Colts since signing a one-year contract with them last year. The Kenyan, who spent a large part of his rugby career in South Africa, made the move after what he called “a series of emails” between him and the Colts.
MICHAEL REINDERS: Jetovator is a new water sport trending around the world. It combines a water bike and a jet ski, which allows you to fly into the sky.
The Jetovator is a small, bike-like vehicle which is propelled by water jets. The jet ski which is used with the Jetovator has a special Jetovator unit fitted onto it which replaces the jet ski pump. All the force of water goes forward into a single tube which goes into the bike to send the bike into the air. The main thrust goes out the back and then about 40% of the power will comes out of the handle bars. The rider then controls the bike in the same way that you would control a motorbike, except you do not control the throttle; this comes from the jet ski itself. The handle bars are used to control height and direction. The trick is to get your weight forward, as you cannot fall off the front of the Jetovator but only off of the back.
WILLIAM ALDRIDGE: The Cape Epic celebrated its tenth anniversary of the race this year. Arguably one of Africa’s most grueling mountain bike stage races, with eight days, 713km, and 14 850m of climbing, it’s not for the faint-hearted. The Epic attracts riders from 45 different countries and has 67% South African representation.
Lameez Omarjee: The Wits Tang Soo Do came away with 10 medals at the national all-styles championships in Vanderbjilpark last weekend.
The outstanding performance of the team means that a few of them are now eligible for the world championships in September this year.
Megan Thomas: Everyone has heard the eerie legend of the “Jaboolie League”. The legend goes something along the lines of a free roaming Zimbabwean farmer named “Jaboolie”, a derivative of the Shona word for beer, “Chibuli”, who led his soldiers and instilled fear amongst his enemies as well as camaraderie and bravery amongst his soldiers. Though unsure the legend appears in your history books; the evolved “Jaboolie” continues instilling courage in the soldiers (students…) of UCT, through a more liquid form of courage and not originating from a free roaming Zimbabwean farmer.
Phiwo Mandy Dhlamini: Last Saturday, the Oppidan Union treated enthusiastic teams of Oppidans to amazing prizes and vouchers during the annual Digs Olympics on the Great Field.
This event was aimed at bringing Oppidans together for a day of competitive fun.
LAUREN NEUHOFF: In August 2013 House Humanities began an innovative community-based organisation called Tuks Raw Fit. Tuks Raw Fit offers fitness expertise, including group training classes and nutritional programmes geared at getting Tuks students to think about their lifestyle and how to consistently maintain it.
The idea came from Shaun Nortjie, who studied exercise science and is a teaching assistant and tutor at the International Institute for Sport Science and Fitness Training (IIFT). Nortjie is currently studying psychology. He took the idea to his acquaintance Mellissa Mlambo, who is doing her honours in international relations and is also the chairperson of House Humanities. Together the dynamic duo brought the idea of Tuks Raw Fit to life.