Most of the women in the NMMU Women’s Rugby team have never played rugby before. For those who do, I wanted to find out about their reasons for choosing this sport as well as to capture their experiences thus far.
The women’s rugby team was introduced in 2015 and it still continues to grow in 2016. Like any other journey, the team has experienced challenges with respect to debunking the disbelief that women can play rugby and related stereotypes that are embedded in society. These ladies face stereotypes such as: women that play rugby are lesbians, and that a female that plays rugby cannot be recognised as a lady or a woman. Their response is that playing rugby doesn’t disqualify them from deriving pleasure from “girly” festivities and taking delight in their feminine side. Some attend practice with lipstick and they can still flaunt their weaves, pout and appreciate their womanhood after practice. All in all, the challenges have not dampened their spirit, instead they have emerged a stronger unit from them.
Due to the fact that they are still growing in numbers they are playing 7’s and not 15’s. But they still do the work of the whole team; the same rules apply for male and female rugby. The ladies give the credit to their coaches and managers who continue to take time out from their academic and sporting schedules to train them. They also go a step further by displaying traits of professionalism when training the ladies.
The ladies practice three times a week from Wednesday to Friday between 5pm – 6pm at C Field. If any ladies on campus are interested in being part of this revolution, don’t hesitate to join the NMMU Women’s Rugby team. Show up for practice and take things from there.
Written by Celuzuze Gugulethu Mabaso and Nokhwezi Khoza.
Ever heard the idiom, “old flames burn the brightest”? This saying is accompanied by “you never forget your first true love” and “you never forget your first kiss”. If old flames burn the brightest, then does that mean that the fire is continually being fed fuel regardless of the fact that both parties have stopped warming up to it? Is the spark that is lit in future not as bright? Are old flames a furnace, and the new flame just a fire? The battle between the heart and mind is real. Do we say “yes” with our emotions and “no” with our hearts? Do we confess “I do” with our lips but not with our soul? Is the new partner in a competition that he or she is not even aware of? Is it just a matter of friction between the old love birds, then all of a sudden the flames are blown out of proportion? What does it mean to move on then? Do we move on with our minds yet our hearts remain stuck in the past? Do we retain certain memories in our minds, just in case? When two people commit themselves to each other, it is supposed to be a new beginning, regardless of the past we have – good or bad. It’s up to the new love birds to decide how they will colour their new beginning. The past is a great reference for life lessons because it prepares us on how to handle things in the near or distanced future. Let us not try to make a fire from of ashes unless we are really sure that we want to start huffing and puffing, and renewing the spark because the smoke might cloud our judgment. The ashes have the potential to tarnish new beginnings.
Madibaz Radio launched their first annual Take A Girl Child to Work initiative in celebration of Women’s Month titled Dream Girls. The aim of the project is to empower young girls who have a passion and interest in working in the media industry, in particular radio.
It has been an absolute pleasure bringing these girls in, empowering them and cultivating a relationship based on the spirit of Ubuntu and sisterhood.
Madibaz Radio extends their support for women during this women’s month. The #sHeWalks campaign is aimed at having young men walk in the shoes of women and experiencing a day in the life of every woman.
“I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore And I know too much to go back an’ pretend ‘Cause I’ve heard it all before And I’ve been down there on the floor No one’s ever gonna keep me down again
I am wise But it’s wisdom born of pain Yes, I’ve paid the price But look how much I gained If I have to, I can do anything I am strong I am invincible I am woman” – Helen Reddy