Paul Pindani in Chinhoyi
MINISTER of Provincial Affairs for Mashonaland West Mary Mliswa-Chikoka officially opened the 20th Edition of the Southern African Universities Staff Sport Association (SAUSSA) games at the Chinhoyi University Great Hall.
She said Zimbabwe has had a cordial relationship with countries in the SADC regions dating back to the days of the liberation struggle for independence.
“All SADC countries assisted each other during the war of liberation and this coming together of staff members from different institutions of higher learning in the region shows that our liberation is surely complete and reflects the oneness that brought us total freedom.
“I am glad that you chose to come to the breadbasket of the country, Mashonaland “Best” province to spend a week of sporting activities that should enhance wellness, academic unity and share academic research ideas for the betterment of the region,” said Minister Mliswa.
She said that the coming together of staff members of universities from around the region brings together informed minds.
CUT Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Muranda welcomed all the athletes to this growing but vibrant university.
“Your agreement to let my university host this big games, the first of their kind in Zimbabwe attests to the trust and honor you have bestowed on CUT and as such we have tried to make tremendous efforts to make your stay memorable.
“As you engage in different sporting disciplines also create time to interact, network and forge collaborations in all frontiers of academia. Try to de- mystify each other and create ever- lasting regional friendships that should benefit teaching, research, community engagement, innovation and advance industrialization,” said Prof Muranda.
Nineteen universities across eight SADC countries are taking part in the games.