The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande applauded the 24-year-old University of Pretoria student who got South Africa’s first Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in swimming on Friday, 30 July 2021.
This comes after the swimmer, Tatjana Schoenmaker completed women’s 200m breaststroke setting a new world record of 2:18.95. Schoenmaker is in the ranks of history books as she is the only 10th South Africa to have won multiple medals at single games and the 4th since readmission after Penny Heyns at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Roland Schoeman who won gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and Chad Le Clos who won gold at the 2012 Olympics in London he furthermore won at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Minister Nzimande said in a statement that their post school Education and Training institutions are in the effort to contribute to student’s socialization process by providing sports opportunities. He furthermore emphasized that the sport activities are part of education programmes and should be seen as an aim to develop students social and intellectual development, social awareness and nation building.
He further thanked the leadership of Athletics South Africa and the Minister of Sport, and culture, Nathi Mthethwa for the continued support given to the Olympic team and South African sport.