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Unisa up to par in Shaping Futures Golf Challenges

Golfers waiting to tee off at the hole sponsored by Skynet

A drive to have as many sectors as possible support the provision of education in South Africa saw golfers from the Western Cape, Limpopo Waterberg District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, and Gauteng gather to take part in the Unisa Shaping Futures Golf Challenges, held annually in these regions. Their support and attendance made the challenges a success as they were intended to create a platform to bring the business community closer to the university. The particular emphasis is on how the business community can support student access and success to higher education in South Africa and how that would edify human capacity development.


The highly successful events were held to attract the support of both public and private sectors for higher education, with a particular focus on funding and partnerships for access and success. All together, the golf challenges raised R176 320.32 through hole sponsorships, donations in kind, and live auctions.

Frankie Mojapelo, Deputy Director of Development and Special Projects at Unisa indicated that the amount is committed to the Unisa Bursary Fund for the 2018 period. “It will ensure that the funds contributed will fund bursaries for 12 students for the 2018 study year,” he said.

Western Cape—Clovelly, Fishhoek

The university has ensured that study fees are kept at reasonable levels as compared to other universities. Depending on the qualification, number of modules and based on the 2017 study costs, students who take 10 modules at R1 347 per module will pay a total of R13 470.00. The textbook allowance based on R500 per module (R500 x 10) is R5 000 per year. It means the total cost of study will be R13 470, which, with R5 000, will equal R18 470 per annum.

The university thanks its partners its for prizes and financial sponsorships of the golf challenges for 2017. They are Van Schaik Bookstore, Stanlib, Sanlam, Skynet, Legend Hospitality Group, Holiday Inn Express, aQuelle Water, Ardmor Hospitality, Manhattan Hotel, Virgin Active, Hyundai Automative SA, Faircity Hotels, Bidvest Mc Carthy Toyota Durban North, Empilweni, Busby, Devman, Golden Arrows, BCD Travel, Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence Cape Town, Durbanville Hills, BMW Fountains, Boucheron Wines, Cape Events Management and Venue Hire, Bogie Golf Spa, Pro Frans, South African National Parks, Blackstone Security Services, Volkswagen Barons, Tailgating, Zebula Golf Estate, Mc Carthy Toyota, Old Mutual Finance, Jakkalsgat Bela Bela, Coastal Hire, Pernod Ricard, Advertures with Elephants, HMJ Maintenance, Hassim’s Supply Store, Van Heerden Family Pharmacy, NTK Bela Bela, Wimpy Bela Bela, KalkBult Building Supplies, Scorpion Event Management and Logistics, Veejay, Durban ICC, Olive Convention Centre, Riverside Hotel, Futurelife as well as The Image Factor.

KZN—Durban Country Club

Winners in Western Cape Region – Better Ball Stableford

Longest day individual golfer

Dawid van den Berg—12 points

Best individual golfer

Ralph Greenlees—43 points o.c.o

Nearest to the pin #8

Michael Fredericks

Nearest to the pin #17

Michael Fredericks

Winners: Limpopo Region – 4 Ball Alliance
Best individual play

P Chauke – 49 points

Nearest to the pin

Andrew Dipela #4

Theo Allison #8

Mark Maguire #13

Des Wilkins #18

Longest day

Anton de Villiers

Theunis van der Merwe

JH Jacobs

Tjaart du Plessis

Gauteng—Blue Valley

Winners: Gauteng Region 4 Ball Alliance

Nearest to the Pin #2

Thabile Mokogoatjane

Nearest to the Pin #15

Peter Modiselle

Longest Drive #5

Siviwe Duma

Longest Drive #18

Tiaan Jordaan

Best Individual Female

Portia Mahlalela

Best Indivudual Male

Mark Tuckett

Winners: KZN Region – 4 Ball Alliance
Top Golfer

Musa Mzolo 44 points

Nearest to the pin #15

Dave Benade

Longest Drive #14

Kevin Kistensamy

1 B Mbokazi M Mtetwa S Mhlunju N Luthuli
2 Sifiso Mlambo Musa Mzolo Mbongeni Makhaya Lindelani Ngcongo
3 Sifiso Memela T Mbuyazi Sifiso Manyana T Msweli
4 SS Mzimela Zuko Bawa Thando Sokhela Anele Baqwa
5 G Hadese S Sithole M Mthethe P Molefe
6 Bongani Kubeka Livingstone Ziqubu Martin Chandragasen Booysen Moodley
7 Baatile Poo Randy Phalad Adrian Naidoo Kevin Kistensamy

*By Busisiwe Mahlangu