Congratulations to Nelson Mandela University FIFA/CIES Alumnus, Stanley Raubenheimer, who has been appointed as the Coach of the Springbok Women’s Rugby team.

Raubenheimer, the experienced SA Rugby Academy coach, will be in charge of the Springbok Women's team on their UK tour in November.

“Our national women’s programme is very important in the big picture of South African rugby and we are committed to ensuring that we have the proper tools in place for the team to be competitive, especially with an eye on the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

Raubenheimer has vast coaching experience, with his latest position being an SA Rugby Academy coach – in Stellenbosch this year and formerly with the Boland Rugby Academy – where he has served since 2013. His other coaching roles include SWD’s assistant Currie Cup coach, Cats Vodacom Super Rugby assistant coach, Griffons Currie Cup head coach and Western Province Vodacom Cup coach.

The Department of Human Movement Science at Nelson Mandela University in association with FIFA/CIES offers an Executive Programme in Sports Management. This programme has produced effective graduates who have gone on to make their mark in national and international sports arenas. The Programme makes a contribution to sport in society through its emphasis on producing graduates competent in sports event management, communication, finance, sports law, ethics, management, marketing and sponsorship.


Melissa Awu (FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sport Management alumnus) has been appointed as the team manager of the University Sport South Africa Women’s Sevens Rugby team. They will compete at the World University Sevens Championships in Namibia in July this year. Photo of Melissa below













Yoliswa is an Alumnus of the FIFA/CIES Executive Sport Management programme.




The N Dip Sport Management qualification recently held their final year dinner and awards evening at the Beach Hotel.  Kayleigh Chamberlain won the award for best sport achievement by virtue of her competing for South Africa at the World Karate Championships from 2016 to 2018, winning numerous medals.

Taylor du Plessis won the award for Best Academic Achievement with an academic average of 83%. Taylor also won the award for Best All-rounder by virtue of her academic achievements and for having represented Eastern Province in gymnastics, at which she won numerous medals in the past 3 years.

Taylor du Plessis receiving her awards from Prof Cheryl Walter




Kayleigh Chamberlain receiving her award from Prof Cheryl Walter