New indaba to fast-track change, says Mbalula

2011-11-16 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Four years after the 2008 national sport indaba South Africa is still grappling with the same issues raised then, Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula said yesterday.

At the centre of the debates then was the issue of transformation, about which delegates recognised the slow pace and resistance to change in sporting circles, he told the National Assembly.

Delegates to the indaba believed the journey to full transformation in sport was still far from over.

They cited “living examples in rugby and cricket that pointed out to lingering prejudices”, he said.

“Four years down the line we are again sitting here grappling with the same issues as raised in the 2008 national sport indaba.”

Next week’s national sport indaba — on November 21 and 22 — is intended to reconstruct, revitalise, and transform the sport and recreation sector under the theme “from policy to practice, not just another indaba”, Mbalula said.

Among other things the indaba will review the instruments, policies, strategies and tactics relied upon over the past 16 years for the transformation of South African society.

“Is there room for review and refinement?”

It will align the Sport and Recreation SA roadmap strategic priorities with existing and future policies and legislation within the sector.

A transformation charter and delivery mechanisms for all sectors and role-players involved in sport and recreation will be fast-tracked.

It will set in motion campaigns, projects, strategies and tactics that will “leapfrog” the sport and recreation sector into new realities and possibilities.

Providing facilities in disadvantaged communities within the context of the two-economy analysis, while ensuring there is access, integration, quality, excellence, and global competitiveness, will also be dealt with, Mbalula said.

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