VUT JOINS HANDS WITH THE BIGGEST RUGBY AND HOCKEY SHOWCASE IN THE VAAL
By: Puleng Maphisa- 30 June 2023
The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) joined the Official Opening of the 8th Rhino Week at the VUT Isak Steyl Stadium, represented by Dr Sibusiso Mchunu, the Executive Director for Student Support Services. Hosted annually by Prestige Jeug Sport, Rhino Week is an opportunity for players to gain playing experience and craft their skills to become better players while also improving their sense of sportsmanship. The tournament will run until 15 July 2023.
The opening was also attended by the Gauteng Sports President, Mr Vivian Lottering, and the Chairperson of Rhino Youth Sport, Mr Dries van Heerden.
According to Mr Van Heerden the Rhino Week is unique and unparalleled in the world because of the outstanding individual skills of the participants. He added that over the years, the tournament has built a reputation of being the beginning of a fruitful for top-class hockey and rugby players. “Players should consider this as a steppingstone towards the green and gold path they dream to have”, he said, adding that it also provides opportunities to kids that don’t always get a chance to showcase their talents, and through sports. “Sport is very competitive, but players must take that moment to have fun and socialise – it is tough but exciting.”
Dr Mchunu said VUT is honoured to be associated with high profile establishments such as the Rhino Week. “We went out of our way to prepare the facilities for this prestigious occasion,” said Dr Mchunu, who went on to thank Mr Petrus Hannes Hattingh and his team for working hard to keep the stadium in good condition throughout the challenges they may face.