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SASCOC mourns death of Mvuzo Mbebe
- Updated: October 20, 2015
SASCOC is deeply saddened and mourns the passing away of influential sports administrator, Mvuzo Mbebe who succumbed to colon cancer in Johannesburg on Monday, 19 October 2015.
Mbebe died at the age of 52. A former Chief Executive Officer of the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and African Nations Championship (CHAN) Local Organising Committees (LOC) as well as an SABC Executive, Mbebe played a fundamental role as a sports administrator in South Africa.
Mbebe also served as Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA), was the first co-Secretary General for Athletics South Africa (ASA), and later appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the National Sports Council.
Apart from these positions he led a delegation from ASA, which successfully submitted a bid to host the 1996 World Cross Country Championship as well as the 1998 World Cup in Athletics. Mbebe also served as an advisor to the Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa between 2000 and 2010.
He was the first Chef de Mission of Team South Africa team at the All Africa Games in 1995, and part of the management team for the first South African teams to attend the Commonwealth Games in Victoria in 1994 and World Students Games in Buffalo in 1993.
A former director for the 7th All Africa Games Organising Committee in 1999 responsible for Marketing, Medical and Doping as well as Games Services, Mbebe was also the Secretary-General for the African Zone 6 Council of Sport.
In April this year, Mbebe assisted the 2022 Durban Commonwealth Games Bid Committee with preparations for the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) evaluation visit.
SASCOC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Tubby Reddy conveyed his condolences: “As the country’s umbrella sports movement we are deeply saddened by the loss of such an influential sports administrator who contributed immensely to South African sport for more than two decades.”
Mbebe will be buried at his home in Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal, on a date yet to be announced.