In light of the recent marketing week for societies, Perdeby decided to have a look at some of the more unconventional sports and societies that Tuks has on offer, if the standard fare just doesn’t satisfy your unconventional tastes.
TuksVolleyball is open to students, staff and the public. They are affiliated with the Gauteng Volleyball Union and participate in the Gauteng League. Kgaogelo Molantoa, a TuksVolleyball player, says that, “It is a fun way to exercise. It helps you get into great shape and it helps create a bigger social circle as you get to meet a lot of new people, while it is still fun and enjoyable.” They train on Mondays and Wednesdays on the LC de Villiers Sport campus.
TuksDance is a sporting, social and cultural society that is dedicated to providing training in ballroom, latin, ballet, hip hop and contemporary dance. They also participate in festivals and competitions and hold socials on a regular basis. Jasmyn Connor, vice chairperson of the society, described it by saying that, “It is fun, social and energetic, exactly the place for anyone looking for fun.” “The most incredible thing is the energy in every class,” adds Connor.
Orienteering is a sport in which runners have to find their way across rough country with the aid of a map and compass. TuksOrienteering is affiliated with the South African Orienteering Federation and this allows members of the club to compete in the Gauteng Orienteering Championships and the South African National Orienteering Championships.
This society aims to help students exercise and train according to their budget and their dietary needs. Tshepho Mamashela, a third-year BA law student, is the founder of the society. He has a sports science degree and is a former footballer for Tuks. He is an entrepreneur who saw a gap in the market and is using it to help others. When asked about the mandate of the society, he said, “We are a health and fitness firm whereby we plan to instil a healthy lifestyle in our clients, and what AcedSports@Tuks is willing to do is help the students improve their lifestyle. We are all different and come from different backgrounds so not everyone can afford a gym membership [or to] go on expensive diets and buy [supplements].” He added that they “try to help people work with what they have by designing a training program and drafting out a diet plan that is healthier.