The Wits Students in Mining Engineering society hosted their annual sports day this past weekend.

The annual Ted Edwards sports day, intended to bring mining engineering students together with future employers took place on Saturday, April 27 at Wits University.

About 50 students in the School of Mining Engineering society (SMES), participated in the event which included sports, games and discussions with prospective employers.

“It is more than just a sporting event, the sports are just a way to strengthen relationships but it is mostly a networking event,” said Smangaliso Mahlangu, fourth year, Mining Engineering, told Wits Vuvuzela. 

SMES Sports Officer Thulani Celani told Wits Vuvuzela, “there were two slots, the first had different years of studies competing against each other, followed by the different universities competing against each other and finally the alumni against the winners of each slot”.

Chairperson of SMES, Lucas Zulu, told Wits Vuvuzela that “the nature of the mining industry requires you to have a strong network. A couple of years ago two people met at this very sports day and today they are business partners, they are running a big exploration company called Sehwai Exploration”.

The namesake of the event, the late Ted Edwards was a former senior lecturer in mining machinery who was known for his dedication to sports.


FEATURED IMAGE: Mining students playing board games at the Ted Edwards sports day.