The bodybuilding team on the North-West University’s (NWU's) Vanderbijlpark Campus has again brought home significant wins. The team recently participated in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) National Championships in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, and emerged victorious in several categories.
Mandlakayise Jonga was named the overall winner in the Senior Men's Physique category, while Moses Paneng took third place and Mthokozisi Zuma sixth place. Ayanda Piyo emerged as the winner in the Senior Man Classic Physique category.
Lehlohonolo Mnisi placed sixth in the Senior Men's Bodybuilding category for those weighing under 70kg, while Simpiwe Hlengethwa came fourth in the Senior Men's under 90kg category. Xolani Mtande also performed well, taking third place in the Junior Bodybuilding category for those under 23 years old.
Felicia Maphumolo and Lufuno Matodzi ranked in the top 10 of the Wellness Division for Women, while Keagile Lefeka made the top 10 for the Lady Beach Bikini category.
Furthermore, Mandlakayise and Ayanda have been selected to represent South Africa in Spain.
This achievement follows the team's outstanding performance in August at the 2023 National University Sports South Africa championship, where they won the top spot for the fifth consecutive time.
Team coach Raphael Ntumba says he is proud of their achievement, and that this victory was a great accomplishment for the team.
"Their recent victory is a testament to their commitment and hard work. The team has proven time and time again that they are a force to be reckoned with in the world of bodybuilding. Their dedication, hard work, and perseverance have paid off. I am very proud.”
"Their commitment to their sport is admirable, and it's no surprise they've achieved such an impressive victory. Their win is not only a personal triumph but also a victory for their university. It's great to see such hardworking and dedicated individuals being recognised and celebrated for their accomplishments. They are an inspiration to us all," says Dr Sean McCallaghan, director for student life on the campus.
Mandlakayise Jonga was named the overall winner in the Senior Men's Physique category.
Ayanda Piyo emerged as the winner in the Senior Man Classic Physique category.