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Volkswagen employees excel at Commonwealth Judo championships

MAY 25, 2016
Volkswagen employees excel at Commonwealth Judo championships

Volkswagen Group South Africa's (VWSA) employees are not only exceptional at building vehicles, but they are also excel in sport. Three employees Mthobeli Vena, Daludumo Makalima and Vuyani Watani recently represented South African Judo team in the Commonwealth Championships held in Port Elizabeth.

The trio held the South African and VWSA flag high to finish in the medal standings in their respective weight categories.  Mthobeli Vena won gold whilst Daludumo Makalima and Vuyani Watani won silver and bronze respectively.

With a combined work experience of 50 years at VWSA, the trio are valuable members of not only the Volkswagen Family but their communities as well. They each run their own Judo Club where they teach Judo both as an art and valuable life skills. 

Mthobeli, Daludumo and Vuyani are active in Volkswagen's Sport Programme hosted at PeoplePavilion where they are joined by 25 colleagues in the Judo Team. A total of 1 700 VWSA employees take part in league sports hosted at the R30-million Sports, Rehabilitation and Community Centre.

"We are extremely proud of the achievements of Mthobeli, Daludumo and Vuyani.  It is an honour and privilege to represent one's country at international sporting events such as Commonwealth. We hope that their medals will inspire their colleagues to partake in sports or fitness exercises for their health and physical wellbeing," said Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director: VWSA.

Mthobeli, Daludumo and Vuyani will be competing in the upcoming South African Open Championships that will be held in Carnival City, Johannesburg from the 24 June - 2 July 2016. 


Caption: Volkswagen employees Mthobeli Vena, Vuyani Watani and Daludumo Makalima showing their medals from the Commonwealth Judo Championships.