Woman doctor takes over Sports Science Institute from Morne du Plessis,

Dr Phathokuhle Zondi has been appointed as the new managing director of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa.

Zondi will be stepping in a position previously occupied by Morne du Plessis who was with the institute for more than two decades.

Zondi is a medical doctor, sports physician and an MBA graduate with diverse experience in sports science. She is deeply involved in sports medicine and has clinical experience as Chief Medical Officer for Team South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Speaking to CapeTalk Pippa Hudson, Zondi says the opportunities previously presented to her have been valuable in crafting her way in this industry.

I have been very fortunate in that I was able to get some exposure and opportunities across a variety of industries which were valuable in giving me the scope and a good perspective of the sport industry at large in South Africa.

Dr Phathokuhle Zondi, new MD of Sports Science Institute of South Africa

Zondi also spoke about the importance of encouraging an active lifestyle among school children in South Africa, both at school and in the home environment.

She says this needs to be treated as a high priority and treated as a matter of urgency.

As a society we need to see this as a problem, because if we don't see it as problem now, its going to become a problem in the future.

Dr Phathokuhle Zondi, new MD of Sports Science Institute of South Africa

It is the little changes that will make a difference. If we don't address it now this is a problem that will perpetuate and filter in at various levels both culturally and socially

Dr Phathokuhle Zondi, new MD of Sports Science Institute of South Africa

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