Varsity swims to SSA's rescue

2012-10-13 10:47

Johannesburg - The North West University (NWU) has offered a R360 000 sponsorship to help swimmers who would have had to pay out of their own pockets to attend the FINA World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Beeld reported on Saturday.

This amounts to a sponsorship of R14 400 for each swimmer.

Earlier this week, Swimming SA (SSA) president Jace Naidoo confirmed the 25-member team selected for the championships would have to fork out between R7 000 and R8 000 each to be able to participate in the event in December.

This was after Telkom pulled out at the end of last year as SSA's sponsor.

NWU rector Herman van Schalkwyk told Beeld he was "very sad" when he read that story because SA swimmers had made the country "very proud" during the Olympics.


  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-13 11:02

    Absolutely shocking that SSA or SASCOC could not fund the national team! Pretty sure the officials and govt. cronies will be there in full force. Reckon Mbalula and juju have first class seats booked already!

      merkwaardig.obskuur - 2012-10-13 11:55

      Go Herman go!

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-10-13 12:14

      andile............ what is it you don't understand. It is white money. STFU!!!!!!

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-10-13 12:26

      OK .........andile you caught us out., hahahahhahah You can't even spell your own surname. Good for you - TROLL!!!!!!! Now go back to where you came from!

      raymond.billson - 2012-10-13 12:39

      Andile may I point out something to you. Everything THAT you touch generally is made by a white research and development team and producced so that you may procure and use it. If you want the whites to really disappear then all that is white made should also disappear - would that not be fair. As to the Economy and white priviledge - how about doubling the GDP and including the whites . The next time you deal with a while lady or gent please tell them you only deal with black people or of colour and you do not need their assistance. You may need to burn that car that you own because it is made by white research and development. Something to think about andile. If we work together and share what we have accumulated as a collective we will achieve much more. Thank you for your time.

  • charlwessels - 2012-10-13 11:10

    SA under 18 water polo players have to pay R28000 each to represent their country at Junior world champs in Australia in December. Any sponsors out there?

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-10-13 11:57

      ..... try juju, but hurry ....before he's liquidated!! You should take him with as a competitor. He MUST stay under water for a hour at least!!

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-13 11:17

    Ahwu, congrates to them. Mxm, what a boring story !

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-13 11:20

    Wow that's awesome thank you NWU for doing this!! Wonderful gesture more than I can say for our own Sports Minister!!!

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-10-13 11:51

      NWU = Potchefstroom Universiteit. It is actually disgusting to think that this useless government just CANNOT sponsor it's sport men and women to compete internationally - but they flippen have R200,000,000 to built a home for a president which may NOT be the president in less then 2 months. I mean how more bizarre can it get. Chuck me Farlie. Cry the beloved country!!

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-10-13 11:33

    And they have spare cash because??????????????????

      damienbradshawphotography - 2012-10-13 11:45

      they not backhanding it to all their "mates"

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-10-13 11:52

      ............... certain people know how to spend money wisely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Roulon du Toit - 2012-10-13 12:07

    Andile, what is the white "privilege" you speak of? Being able so swim?

  • NguVala - 2012-10-13 12:47

    At least this shows that there is hope for South Africa, there are institutions out there who still have a high moral stance. As for our sporting organisations and the Ministry department, all of you should be ashamed!!! Very ashamed!

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-10-13 14:36

    NWU leading SA #proudlySA

  • jaun.lombard.9 - 2012-10-14 10:15

    Love my University. NWU-PUKKE!!

  • Stormkaap - 2012-10-18 19:53

    Whats new about this? When swimmers represent SA in the junior meets they too have to pay to do it!

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