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SASCOC and SALGA plan way forward for SA sport

The inaugural SASCOC and SALGA conference came to a successful conclusion in Mangaung on Saturday 11 July 2015 with sporting bodies being urged to get on the ground and create vibrant structures in their districts, utilising their often limited resources.

Minister of Sports and recreation South Africa, Fikile Mbalula applauded SASCOC and SALGA for this long overdue partnership.

“The government is working together with SASCOC and other stakeholders so that the various impediments in sport are resolved to change the sporting landscape into a vibrant and indiscriminative landscape.”

“The National Development Plan (NDP) and the National Sports and Recreation Plan (NSRP) play an important role in nation building. School sports and availability of facilities in all communities must be the central starting point for us to succeed in sport.”

Mbalula concluded by highlighting that the Sport and Recreation ministry is grossly underfunded and the leadership is fully aware of that. However, despite these challenges, the sports ministry has been implementing the National Sports and Recreation Plan.

‘The road to meaningful sports development in this country remains muddy and a distant one but through collective effort, we can overcome the challenge.”

The chairperson of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Cllr Thabo Manyoni pledged local governments’ support and that municipalities should provide sports infrastructure wherever possible.

‘We urge our member municipalities to play a role in sport through providing sports facilities as this will aid the addressing of challenges relating to poverty, crime and social cohesion xenophobia.

“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.”

SASCOC President, Gideon Sam encouraged the delegates to familiarise themselves with the White Paper on Sport and Recreation which he referred to as the bible for sports administrators.

“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.

Sam advised the delegates that SASCOC will work collaboratively with District Coordinators and assist them to market their activities through the SASCOC website- where a section will be created specifically for districts.

‘Grab the fans and bring them into structures through effective use of social media, a free marketing tool that the world is now using,’ Sam added.

Global Watch President, Tokyo Sexwale, gave an informative presentation on the fight against racism and all forms of discrimination in sport.

“Global watch is a watch of action and advocates for the fight against all forms of discrimination in sports world wide. We celebrate Mandela’s contribution to sport and as South Africans we should use sports as a tool to unite and bring peace to the nation.

“Sport is facing ills such as cultural divisions, religious intolerance, nationalist hatred, violence, xhenophobia, gender discrimination and as sporting bodies let’s take the lead to eradicate all discriminations against sports so that we adhere to what Mandela’s legacy stand for – peace and unity,” he concluded.

SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy, concluded the conference by acknowledging the positive contribution by all delegates from different sport sectors.

“The importance and roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders on sport development has been outlined in this conference and it is up to all sports structures to make the best of the available resources to improve sport in South Africa.

“We therefore, through deliberations in this conference, urge sports movement at all levels and agencies to act professionally and effectively in order to deliver high performance teams with districts identifying athletes in preparation and support to form part of Team South Africa in the next 2020/2024 Olympics.”

To conclude the meeting, Reddy said: “Resurrect community sport thereby addressing development of sport and in turn solving the transformation agenda of our country.”

Over 700 delegates attended the conference.

 The conference resolutions are attached in the Annexure and will be uploaded on the SASCOC website: www.sascoc.co.za and SALGA website: www.salga.co.za


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