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S.Africa’s sports minister to bring transformation to the sector

Southern Africa

by Trust Matsilele 0

S.Africa’s sports minister says transformation in the sector is one of his key deliverables. PHOTO: GCIS

Fikile Mbalula, the Minister of Sport and Recreation told CNBC Africa that it had concluded a survey on five major sporting activities that will assist in informing policy direction.

“We have submitted our findings on the top five teams which are rugby, football, cricket, netball, athletics and we will be doing the remaining soon,” said Mbalula.

“The issue of racial integration into the sporting field is ongoing work in terms of transformation and I am happy that we have started working on that earnestly.”

Mbalula added that he was working hard on the question of sports infrastructure, mass participation in schools and club development.

“Those are key in my work and if I can achieve a result of having an infrastructure for every school, a school teacher or trainer for every school then we would have gone a long way in terms of developing sports in South Africa,” noted Mbalula.

The sports minister also posited that he was expecting the private sector to come on board especially in ensuring an alignment with the national sports plan programme.

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“I am refining the funding model with regards to our sports plan and we are making a case in government which has the ruling African National Congress backing,” he said.

“The private sector must come to the party and I will never stop talking to them about aligning their programmes with the country’s national sports plan programme.”


Mbalula also took the opportunity to make veiled comments on the national soccer team which has not been performing well.

Commenting on the FIFA World Cup underway in Brazil, he said he hoped all five teams would perform well.

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“We must enjoy football and humble ourselves acknowledging that we are not the best among footballing nations,” said the firebrand sports minister.

Mbalula made headlines when he took a swipe at the national soccer team labelling them as ‘a bunch of losers’.