Transformation needs time on practice fields

2010-10-09 14:34

I read the pieces written by Maria Ramos and Mariechen Waldner, and although I agree with what they were trying to achieve, I must say I have some concerns with what was said and what impressions were ­being created.

Firstly, concerning the Ramos piece, I have to admit that I see it as nothing but a PR stunt by a bank that claims to be socially responsible while at the same time committing itself to robbing its clients blind through its bloated bank fees. But I digress.

Ramos claims that Absa is “committed to transformation and diversity” and goes on to say that their “values” require them “to recognise the worth of all our people and create an ­environment where they can grow and develop to achieve their full potential”.

Now it is in these quotes that I find so many problems.

She uses this as her argument as to why Absa executives are trying to interfere in rugby. But transformation, in the end, should go both ways and Ramos somewhat admits to that in the last quote when she mentioned “all people”.

Thus I ask her if any SMS will be sent by any Absa executives to the South African Football Association concerning transformation in the premier league?

She after all claims that Absa has the right to question transformation in the Currie Cup as a premier sponsor and thus they must surely be just as committed to transformation in the PSL as the main sponsor?

I have been watching some PSL games lately and I can’t say that I’ve seen all that many white faces on the field.

So is Absa going to employ its commitment to transformation in a consistent fashion or did Ramos mean that Absa is committed to transforming all things white only?

As for Waldner I have to say that she is painting a very incorrect picture of us Afrikaners and how we think about “our” rugby.

Yes there are still racist Afrikaners out there who act as if rugby belongs to us and us only.

But what people need to remember is that there are just as many Afrikaners, such as myself, who do not think of ourselves as an alien race in an ­alien land and who want to keep all non-Afrikaner, non-Protestant and non-The Volk things out of everything we hold dear.

So with that said, let me clear up some things.

The problem we have concerning transformation in rugby is the way it is being implemented.

You can’t just say that so many players of colour need to be in each team when not enough has been done to develop rugby in black communities.

More needs to be done to develop the sport in black schools and communities so that by the time black kids reach an age where they can play for a provincial team they have the necessary skills and experience.

I mean how would most soccer fans feel if an inexperienced white player was forced into Kaizer Chiefs or Mamelodi Sundowns just because some bank and the government said so?

I’m pretty sure Cosatu would make “threats” just as Solidarity did.


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