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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Student Affairs keep students fit and entertained

STAY ACTIVE AT HOME: The Department of Student Affairs outlines tips and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home. STAY ACTIVE AT HOME: The Department of Student Affairs outlines tips and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home.

The Department of Student Affairs (DSA) has compiled a list of exciting activities to keep students fit, healthy, and entertained during the lockdown.

Deputy Dean of Students, Tulani Nkuntse outlined the wellness services available to students during this period and how to access them.

Nkuntse said: This is aimed at reaching as many of our students as possible. Some of the activities can be done individually, in pairs and or groups and therefore students can even do some with their own families, [for]those who are at home.”

These activities range from aerobics to general fitness which are done every day with a walk or run activity in and around your home. The intensity of the activity can be increased with time and can include stairs, chairs, sandbags, water bottles.

Individuals are also urged to set up their own exercise circuit at home which could include basic exercises such as sit-ups, push-ups, planking, and squats. “Students can check out Virgin Active Facebook page for an exercise activity every morning at 07:30. Video call a friend or colleague while doing the activities simultaneously,” he said.

Nkuntse encouraged students to watch Virgin Active, “The Grid 20 Minute Hit Workout and Active Fitness Activities for Members” on YouTube. He said that there was also a Supa-pool, a programme which includes, ‘YouTube – 8 Ball Pool Practice Routines and Improve Your Game in 10 Minutes with basic pool practice drills’. The students are also encouraged to watch Volleyball YouTube – 10 solo volleyball drills to try at home; Golf YouTube – Golf swing made simple (miracle drill) and Chess Online Video Coaching.

“We always have our students in mind… we were talking about how much we miss them, we thought of compiling something to show them that they are in our thoughts and that they could still do activities that will remind them that they belong to [the] CPUT community.”

To add to the sport, DSA also included arts and cultural activities such as the virtual choir project, weekly drama practice videos, which will be created and shared with all drama students and interactive debates will be scheduled via social media. The short story project is aimed for students who are creative with words, have a passion for storytelling, and who can work in a collaborative format.  This project will be rolled out in phases.

Facilities committee member, Cherice Mangiagalli said once students have been identified, online platforms will be used to brainstorm ideas. These ideas will be finalised into different genres, themes, and titles of the short stories.  Students will work in groups of three to five per story depending on the interest shown and which language they are most comfortable with from IsiXhosa, IsiZulu, Afrikaans, and English.  Mangiagalli adds that once the short stories have been completed: “Our hope is to engage our schools in the surrounding communities by sharing the love for reading and writing.”

Written by Aphiwe Boyce