The Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) joined other local and regional Universities that make up the Southern African Universities Staff Sports Association (SAUSSA) family to map the way for the next edition of their sporting extravaganza.
The sporting event which was held at South Africa’s Fort Hare University last year will be held at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The strategic planning meeting was held at Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) from April 13 to 14. CUT Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Muranda welcomed local and regional universities that made it for the indaba.
A number of issues were deliberated at the meeting, among them SAUSSA executive membership, new applications from other universities as well as rules and regulations that govern SAUSSA sporting disciplines, issues that have affected the smooth running of the games among them use of unqualified officials, cheating, security in rooms, and availability of water at venues among others.
CUT Chairperson, Tafadzwa Sigudu, was co-opted into the SAUSSA executive as the new Secretary General, replacing the former Secretary General, Moeketsi Ntakatsane, who is now pursuing his studies at the National University of Lesotho.
The host in waiting, NUST also presented their preparedness to hosting the 19th edition of the games in December.
The Saussa chairperson Maria Mochelela emphasized that the games are meant to give universities staff members a chance to mix and mingle, know each other as well as sharing ideas in the spirit of competing but, however, said people should learn to respect each other and build mutual understanding during the games.
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.
The Association comprises affiliated member universities from Southern African countries namely Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.