Transformation dominates sports indaba

2011-11-22 14:28

Transformation once more caused a heated debate on day two of the National Sports Indaba here.

This happened as the commissions who met yesterday afternoon to deliberate on a number of issues, presented their suggested resolutions during the morning session today.

The commissions were:
i) Recreation/mass participation plus schools sport;
ii) The geo-political constitutional boundaries versus sport federation boundaries plus sports councils;
iii) Facilities;
iv) Role demarcation at macro level plus amateur versus professional sport;
v) Transformation; and
vi) Non-disputed issues.

The presentations started in the morning but the transformation one that came last just before lunch-time was so heated that Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula had to call time and shelve it for further discussion.

Speakers from the floor, including former Premier Soccer League general manager Andrew “Druza” Dipela, voiced their unhappiness with government’s – more particularly the Department of Sports and Recreation – suggestion to do away with quotas in sport.

“How can we do away with quotas when politically there is still Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and gender equality?” asked one delegate from the floor.

Another one said it would be very difficult to leave this thorny issue to sports federations and their presidents.

To this South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins responded: “I was democratically elected but the boardrooms in rugby are still dominated by my white brothers. I appeal to my black brothers to come forward and avail themselves to be elected to positions.”

To which an attendee (or heckler from the back rows) asked: “then who will vote for black administrators if the boardrooms are white.”

Other delegates asked for clarification of terms such as the difference between the quota system and the new term that the department has now adopted, of “targets”.

Debates resumed after lunch. Resolutions will be adopted by the end of the Indaba this afternoon.

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