Boxing allowance a pittance

2015-10-29 06:00

The allowance Boxing South Africa (BSA) receives from the Department of Sport has only increased by R2,5 million for the current financial year.

A reply by Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula to a question by Democratic Alliance member Hermanus Groenewald earlier this month indicated that BSA received R10,4m for the 2015-16 financial year.

Mbalula’s response further disclosed that for the preceding financial year – 2014-15 – the cash-strapped BSA got only R7,9m from the department.

Groenewald also asked Mbalula what action his department had taken to address the “poor governance structures” of the BSA.

Replied Mbalula: “We have appointed a new board and disciplined senior employees who were charged with serious offences. We have also provided administrative support to BSA.”

The senior officials who faced disciplinary action were former CEO Moffat Qithi and Loyiso Mtya, who served as acting CEO after Qithi was suspended. Qithi was relieved of his duties after a disciplinary case while Mtya quit before his matter could be finalised.

The administrative support that Mbalula referred to included the secondment of Masilo Maake as the BSA head of administration while the search for a permanent CEO is underway. BSA sent out an advert for a CEO recently.

Attempts to get comment from BSA chairwoman Ntambi Ravele on how the limited allowance from the department had impacted the federation and how the recruitment of a new boss was progressing were unsuccessful at the time of going to press.

But a source said: “The money coming in from the department is clearly not enough. It might have increased but the difference is not significant. How do you even pay a CEO’s salary on that amount?”

Apart from the grant from the department, BSA also generates revenue from sanctioning fees for fights.

Groenewald also questioned Mbalula over which countries his department had identified as important international partners “to achieve the broader mandate of the BSA” and how his department was focusing its resources in a “strategic and efficient manner to this end”. Mbalula said: “A number of countries have been identified and more will also be identified in due course. They include Cuba, Jamaica and Russia.”

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