Wits Sport offers services and programmes designed to encourage the entire Wits Community to see health, fitness and being physically active as a way of life. We offer 28 sport codes ranging from hard-court sports to field sports, the martial arts and aquatics. We provide students, staff and alumni with the opportunity to participate in any of our sports and to compete at the level that they choose, while contributing to enhancing the university’s sporting prowess and vibrant culture.
Our all-round champions include the following:
- Constant Beckerling, the FNB Wits Rugby Captain, a member of the Varsity Cup Dream Team (2018) and an U/21 member of the Golden Lions Currie Cup Team (2017);
- Tanita Ramburuth-Hurt, who was presented with the 2017 Gauteng Sports Women of the Year award. She obtained three gold medals at the Tang Soo Do World Championships (2018) and was selected amongst 580 scientists in the world to attend a meeting of Nobel Laureates and young scientists in Germany (2019);
- Everisto Pasipamire - University Sports South African Champion (USSA), a member of the Zimbabwe National Team (2015-2017), and the 2018 Varsity Basketball Champion.
For more information visit: https://www.wits.ac.za/sport/
Wits Faculty of Health Sciences
The Wits Faculty of Health Sciences was established just over a century ago, it has long been regarded as one of the most reputable institutions for health sciences education in sub-Saharan Africa.
Established just over a century ago, the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences has long been regarded as one of the most reputable institutions for health sciences education in sub-Saharan Africa. The Wits Faculty of Health Sciences is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world of clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects. The faculty offers a real-world training experience that prepares students for a future in the health-care sector across the globe. The faculty and its associated entities and partners provide an environment within which some of the best research in the world is undertaken.
In partnership with the Gauteng Health Department and the National Health Laboratory Service, the faculty employs over 3 500 medical and dental consultants, who are involved in teaching undergraduates and postgraduates and in research programmes, with a further 330 staff members who are employed by the faculty.
Students also receive academic training and practical experience in five major hospitals in Johannesburg, amongst others, the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, as well as in several clinics and rural hospitals in Gauteng. As part of the University of the Witwatersrand’s academic teaching hospital complex, the role of the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre is to assist clinicians in all aspects of their clinical research.
For more information visit: https://www.wits.ac.za/health/
The South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA)
The South African Sport Medicine Association is an apolitical, non-profit-making, multidisciplinary professional and scientific society dedicated to the motivation of people involved in sport and exercise and in eliciting positive responses and adaptations in them in respect of their health.
SASMA aims to promote sport science and sport medicine to benefit South Africa by:
- arranging meetings of medical professionals, health professionals, educators and scientists at the local, regional and national level;
- implementing educational programmes for individuals who are interested in sport: coaches, athletes and the general public;
- publishing work within this field and providing platforms for communication such as the website;
- developing structures and public statements in the field;
- protecting the interests of SASMA members, sub-groups and special interest groups;
- encouraging research in the field of Sport Science and Sport Medicine.
For more information visit: https://www.sasma.org.za/
The South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP)
The South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP) is a Non-Profit Organisation aimed at assisting the government with fulfilling the social and developmental needs of the country. The SASP is a voluntary professional organisation committed to equal opportunities, inclusivity, and strives to support the demographic profile of South Africa in terms of race and gender. SASP strives to ensure quality physiotherapy services to all the people of South Africa.
For more Information visit: https://www.saphysio.co.za/
The Johannesburg Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Institute (JOSI)
The Johannesburg Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Institute (JOSI) is a public-private partnership that forms part of the Wits Health Consortium. JOSI aims to advance education, training and research across the full spectrum of orthopaedic sports medicine by combining knowledge and experience gained from both private and government practice with the academic backing of the University of Witwatersrand.
For more information visit: http://www.josi.co.za/
Biokinetics Association of South Africa (BASA)
The Biokinetics Association of South Africa (BASA) is a registered NPO that represents approximately 1 100 practitioners in South Africa. BASA aims to promote the advancement of biokinetics for the benefit of all people by strategically enhancing the development of biokinetics care by biokineticists in Southern Africa. This is achieved by promoting high standards of education and practice by biokineticists, both locally and internationally, and by supporting aid programmes directed at the provision of biokinetic care to societies in need.
For more information visit: https://www.biokineticssa.org.za/
WiSH Stakeholder's Meeting
Wits Sport and Health (WiSH) hosted a stakeholer's meeting on Wednesday, 24 July 2019 at the Wits Education Campus.
WiSH Stakeholder's Meeting
WiSH Manco Chair: Prof Hellen Myezwa
Wits Faculty of Health Sciences Dean: Prof Martin Veller