Here’s to 2021!

Welcome to the final edition of the official Maties Gymnasium Newsletter for 2021. We sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are all still safe and remain fit and healthy. Thank you all for supporting your favourite gymnasium in Stellenbosch – due to this loyal support, we could keep the doors open and our staff employed through two tough years.

We had numerous challenges throughout the year, both expected and unexpected. But through it all, we will also come out of this stronger than ever before. If you are celebrating, we hope you have a safe and Festive Season and, as always, want to see you in the gym soon.

The Maties and Tygerberg Gymnasium Teams

Our websites boast a new look and feel

You may have noticed that we have created a new look and feel for the Maties Gymnasium websites for both Stellenbosch and Tygerberg facilities. Please let us know what you think and hear your thoughts and opinions.

Lockdown principles still apply

While South Africa remains in Lockdown Level 1, we would like all our members to book your training session only during gymnasium peak times on Mondays to Friday between 05:30 and 07:00, and between 16:00 – 19:00. No bookings are necessary during off-peak times, public holidays or on weekends. We will revise the booking rule after the holidays is over.

To allow other members to book particular timeslots, bookings can be canceled by following the process per the links below:



Please keep in mind that the usual social distancing measures are still in place at both gyms, and we would like to remind members to keep to the 1.5m distance rule from other members.

Also, you will still be screened when entering both gyms until further notice. Please continue to use the sanitiser and paper towels provided to regularly sanitise your hands and the equipment before and after use. Please also remember to wear your mask still when not partaking in vigorous exercise whilst maintaining a safe social distance from other members.

COVID-survey had a great response

We have asked our members to give us their opinion on mandatory vaccinations that are considered for both gym members and staff during October. We have received more than 800 responses, with more than 60% of respondents indicating that they either favour this intended rule or that it is to the individual to decide.

Since then, Stellenbosch University has published a draft rule for public comment in this regard. The period of public participation will last until 15 January 2022. The rule proposes that vaccines be mandatory for all SU students and staff and will apply to the gym as well, as from 1 April 2022. To view this draft rule, click on the following link:

Gents changerooms getting a facelift for 2022

Maties Gymnasium’s gents change rooms are currently undergoing a complete facelift and we are excited to show you the final result. Although there have been some construction challenges with renovating an old facility, the contractors are still on track to complete the project by early February 2022. In the meantime, please continue using the Sports Science change room downstairs.

Final group exercise classes on 23 December

The final group exercise classes for the year will be on 23 December, with the instructors taking a well-deserved break until 9 January 2022. The classes will resume on Monday, 10 January 2022. In the meanwhile, our Fitness Instructors will offer shorter 30-minute express classes.

To view the schedule, click here

Skip the queues and join our gym

New to the gym and want to skip the queues? In addition to renewing your public membership online, Maties Gymnasium will soon be launching a new online signup and payment process.

From now on you can register, select a contract duration of your choice, and pay for it, online and from anywhere. On your first visit, we would only need to get a copy of your ID and scan your fingerprint for our biometric access control system. Easy-peasy! Soon after, we will also launch this to selected students, Maties Sport club members and all students at our Tygerberg facility. Visit the website, click on Registration, and follow the rest of the instructions.

Happy Hoildays