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12 April 2019 | Story Ruan Bruwer | Photo Varsity Cup
Vishuis will be trying to win their overall seventh Varsity hostel title on Monday.

Managing his players is of the utmost importance if the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Abraham Fischer Residence (Vishuis) is to claim a fourth straight and seventh overall national hostel title, says Zane Botha, head coach of the hostel team at the UFS.

The Varsity Hostel competition, which will be taking place in Stellenbosch, has been drastically shortened to only three days of rugby because Steinhoff has withdrawn their sponsorship.

If Vishuis makes it to the final, they will play three matches in four days.
They will face the Kovacs of the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on Friday 12 March 2019, followed by the semi-final on Saturday and the final on Monday. The final will take place at 14:00 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

“This will be new territory for us. We will have to make good tactical decisions; it won’t be possible for a prop to play for 70 minutes in all three encounters,” said Botha, who is in his third year with the hostel.

The team played three warm-up matches, which they won convincingly. We still have the core of last year’s team, together with some exciting youngsters.
Botha explained that they kept to their strategy of working harder than anyone else on the practice field and during matches. In last year’s final, Vishuis defeated Patria of the North-West University by 55-29, which was the biggest winning margin in the 11 years of the competition. Vishuis walked away with the crown in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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Training programme for high performing directors

 A training programme for high performing directors and corporate governance role players will be presented this year for the first time by the Centre for Business Dynamics at the University of the Free State (UFS). The duration of the programme is six months and participants will embark on situation-specific learning that will allow immediate application of knowledge in the workplace and the effective transfer of skills and competencies. The programme is presented in Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. The first group of 18 participants from Interstate Bus Lines and the Free State Tourism Authority started with the programme this week in Bloemfontein.

From the left, are: Mr Danie Jacobs (Head of the UFS Centre for Business Dynamics), Ms Annelize van der Zwaard (Interstate Bus Lines), Prof Dave Lubbe (Centre for Accounting at the UFS), Mr Moeketsi Tladi (Free State Tourism Authority) and Mr Quinten Eister (Interstate Bus Lines).

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