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SASCOC and SALGA national conference underway
- Updated: July 10, 2015
Over 600 delegates convened at the Mangaung City Hall, Free State on Friday to deliberate on ways that municipalities can collaborate with SASCOC towards collective delivery of the National Sports and Recreation Plan.
This was at a day-and-a-half SASCOC and SALGA national conference which began on Friday, held under the theme ‘Collaborate, Change, Inspire through creation of vibrant structures’.
South African Local Government Association (SALGA) Chairperson, Cllr Thabo Manyoni welcomed the delegates to the conference and pledged his support on how local government can contribute to sports development in South Africa
‘We urge our members: municipalities, wards and districts to play a role in sport through providing sports facilities and this will guarantee and aid in addressing challenges of poverty and crime.
‘Through our support as local government, we would want to build a South Africa we are proud of, a nation that can have good representation in sport at international level such as the Olympics.’
In his keynote address, SASCOC President, Gideon Sam also gave an overview of the importance and role of municipalities in sports development.
‘There will be a change after this national conference pertaining to how districts and wards contribute to sport. Districts have to be hands on and act upon our resolutions in adherence to the dictates of the National Sports and Recreation Plan.
‘There should be good club development in districts, corporate governance, equity, gender balance, nurturing of sport at grassroots level, talent identification and transformation.
‘Districts should contribute to the medal table in South Africa,’ Sam added.
Sports administrators from various districts and provincial confederations were urged to utilise social media as a free modern day platform to publish their activities.
Sam concluded the opening session of the conference by encouraging municipalities to share their infrastructure and offices with districts sports entities so that all children can participate in sport and in turn, stay away from crime.
The conference continued on Saturday with robust presentations and discussions expected from the various invited speakers.