EC sport development put on ice: MEC

By Drum Digital
29 March 2012

The Eastern Cape will not allocate 15 percent of this year's municipal infrastructure grant to the development of sport facilities, Traditional Affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane said on Thursday.

"This allocation will not be done in the 2012 financial year owing to the fact that the 2012 Division of Revenue Bill has already been published," Qoboshiyane said in a statement.

"This proposal can only be considered in the Division of Revenue Bill of 2013 after consultation with the stakeholders."

Municipal infrastructure grants were allocated to local governments to finance infrastructure development.

The provincial department of sports, recreation, arts and culture gave a presentation at a meeting between the MEC and all municipalities in the province last year, motivating why the 15 percent was needed, he said.

However, infrastructure projects in water, sanitation, electricity, roads and housing were municipalities' top priorities.

"[However] sport facilities are also a priority," Qoboshiyane said

"We want our youth to have good sport facilities so that they can improve their skills, get trained and play their sport in good facilities constructed by their government."

He said municipalities were also working with the provincial sport department to develop a five-year sport facilities plan which was in line with the national sports indaba resolutions.

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