It is very sad that the year has ended on a depressing note for the sports fraternity. We have experienced three unprecedented deaths in the South African sport within the space of a week and this has left a huge dent in the industry.

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, our middle distance track runner and Olympian, passed away on 24 October in a tragic motor accident. In the same week, we also lost Senzo Miyewa, Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates soccer star in a shooting incident, and we had barely come to terms with those two losses, when professional boxer Phindile Mwelase also passed away after being in a coma.

These three sports stars were laid to rest over the weekend and we will sadly miss them. We will remember their great work in taking South African sport to a higher level and their legacy will live forever.

On a different note, SASCOC exhibited at this year’s two-day Sports and Events Tourism Expo in Durban last week. SASCOC reiterated their support to the fourth SETE Conference and Exhibition and various key speakers at the conference delivered some thought provoking views on hosting events in our cities around South Africa.

Such events avail various stakeholders a good platform to come together and share ideas on how to use sport to further enhance tourism in our country. Thank you to all the partners who made this event a great success.

Meanwhile the countdown to the 2014 Africa Union Sport Council Region 5 Games in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe continues. With only a month to go before these youth games start, we are now busy with the final preparations and tying all loose ends to ensure that we deliver the team successfully – as has always been the case.