South African Universities (SAU)


Inter-varsity aquatic sports began in 1929, between the Universities of Cape Town, Pretoria and Witwatersrand. The person most closely identified with SAU aquatics was Harry Getz, and much of the information about SAU came from his archives.

Rhodes University of Grahamstown swimming team at their first inter-varsity

13 March 1939. SAU swimming held at Rhodes University. By then all the universities, except Kovsies in Bloemfontein, had it's own swimming pool. Competing teams were the universities of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Witwatersrand, Pretoria, Rhodes (Rhodesia?), Orange Free State and Natal.

University of Cape Town water polo teams in 1945 and 1948, when UCT also won the local Western Province league and the McCorkindale trophy.

6 December 1956. The 27th annual South African inter-varsity swimming and water polo tournament for the Roberts trophy, Saints Cup and Harry Getz Cup, held at Rhodes University. 

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