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UWC Sports Mourns Death of Coaches

Author: Sports Administration

The University of the Western Cape pays tribute to Sibusiso Mkhize and Chris Jantjies who passed away recently.

(Published - 9 September 2020)

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) sporting community is reeling at the sudden passing away of a current and a former coach in the past few days. 

Alumnus and popular former football player and coach Sibusiso Mkhize passed away at the weekend, and experienced athletics coach Chris Jantjies was announced to have died on Monday. 

Fondly known as Maloya, Mkhize, who was also involved with students’ politics on campus, worked as an educator and choir conductor at one of Cape Town’s high schools. At UWC, Mkhize imparted his football knowledge to the younger generation as a coach for the men’s and women’s football teams. 

Former UWC Director of Sport, Ilhaam Groenewald, recalls how Mkhize was passionate about and committed to the University football club. “I fondly remember the passionate, sometimes tough engagements we had about taking football to the next level, and how excited he was when it was time for the then SASSU (South African Student Sports Union), now University Sport South Africa, tournaments,” she posted on her Facebook account.

“I respected his mature manner in dealing with issues, and make no mistake, he sometimes gave me a hard time, for the right reasons. There were times when he would just pop-in at my office on his way from or to class, just to see how I was doing. His discipline for things to be in place, especially with the teams, has most certainly contributed to the successes achieved. It is memories such as these that warms my heart as I’m reflecting on the short, yet wonderful times so many of us had the honour to spend with Sibusiso.”

Jantjies passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday morning. According to UWC Athletics head, Glen Bentley, the soft-spoken mentor joined the University Athletics Club last year as a development coach. “He always emphasised the importance of having proper building blocks to ensure that young athletes transition with ease into the senior ranks. As such, he assisted with athletics coaching at a number of feeder schools to UWC”. 

Jantjies, a former financial manager in the banking industry, was retired at the time of his passing, which allowed him to be more involved with the recruitment of student-athletes to the University. “Not only did he volunteer, but at times he used quite a bit of his own resources to assist young student athletes from struggling communities. One of the reasons for this was that he saw a gap of young people struggling to get into university, so he served as a link between the athletics club and the feeders schools.”


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