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Mpho Maruping

Squad number: 14

Position: midfielder

Date of birth: 7 August 1991

Nationality: South African

Mpho started playing football at the age of seven in the streets of Thembisa. He started his semi-professional football career with Berea Albios in the Vodacom League. He got a call up to the national u/20 team in 2009 and was the youngest player in the squad at that time.







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Use it or lose it: sidestepping the first-year syndrome


The phenomenon that is referred to as first-year spread, sometimes known as first-year syndrome, refers to the fact that first-year students are particularly susceptible to weight gain. After leaving home students start putting on the kilos due to tight budgets, stress, or excessive eating and drinking. Students may also be packing on the kilos because they are missing breakfast, indulging in previously forbidden foods or they are just too busy to cook a healthy meal and grab take-aways instead. However, like the saying goes, “use it or lose it”. If you do not exercise regularly you will fall most likely fall prey to first-year syndrome.

There are many ways to keep healthy and fit while studying. The first option is joining a gym. There are gyms like the Tuks Student Gym (TSG), Virgin Active and the High Performance Centre that are within walking distance of campus. At Virgin Active students can get a gym contract for R395 per month, or if you are a Discovery Health member, for R197 per month. TSG, found on the Groenkloef and Sport campus, allows students to get a contract from January to December for R1400, or a 30 day contract for R180 per month.

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Tuks underwater hockey: a breathtaking student sport choice


Tuks is well known for its wide range of diverse sports. One of these is underwater hockey, also known as Octopush. At first glance you might think this unique sport is just an adaptation of hockey for water, however it is actually a combination of several features and adaptations of the sport.

Unlike field hockey, the game consists of ten players per side: six players in the water and four substitutes. The game is played using fins, diving masks, snorkels, swimming caps, silicone gloves and miniature hockey-like sticks. Instead of a regular sized ball, a heavy puck is used which sinks to the pool floor and moves at a surprisingly high speed.

The rules are similar to that of field hockey but with fewer limitations. No goalkeeper is needed in this sport and all of the other positions are relative to the puck and not the playing area.

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Sport at Tuks: the choice is yours


Whether you were the star fly-half for your high school rugby team or the kid on the bleachers slowly roasting away in the summer sun, Tuks is bound to have a recreational activity that will pique your interest.

Sport is a great way of meeting new people and making friends. It is also the best method to prevent you falling victim to the infamous “first-year spread”. Do not fall into the trap of assuming that the only sports that Tuks offers are the conventional rugby, cricket, netball and hockey. During your time as a student you can partake in over 30 different types of sporting activities like fencing, judo and volleyball. Perdeby has done some research to show you what TuksSport has to offer.

Are you weary of a contact sport? Join the club. The only problem is deciding what club you should join. The chess team won’t mind having an extra person to practise against and giving your brain a workout might give you that edge as soon as the first semester tests roll in. Perhaps you enjoy swimming but you definitely aren’t the next Chad le Clos? The lifesaving club offers a combination of first aid, obstacles and swimming that adds up to a great all round workout. Exploratio is another option. Many enjoy a weekend outdoors to partake in hiking, rock-climbing and going on adventures.

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Smiles and splits: TuksCheerleading a growing sport


Cheerleading is a thriving sport, even though it has only recently been declared an official sport at Tuks. Along with the University of Johannesburg, Stellenbosch University and North-West University, the popularity for cheerleading is spreading across the country. The TuksCheerleading squad currently has a total of 18 members, 15 female and 3 male and is made up of a variation of dancers, acrobats and gymnasts, all of whom add to the uniqueness of the team.

The squad cheers at every big home game that takes place at Tuks, including netball, rugby and football matches. Cheering takes place pre-game and mid-game. There is also the possibility of additional duties if the events coordinator has arranged with the squad beforehand.

Cheering has a marked impact on the atmosphere of a match. “The squad is there is boost team morale of the audience and helps create an enthusiastic vibe for the team playing,” says TuksCheerleading captain Matt van Zyl.

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