Ilembe Sports Confed formed

2017-04-05 06:04

JYOTHI LALDAS

THE Ilembe Sports Confederation held their first executive committee meeting following their election at the KwaDukuza Council Chambers on 11 March to discuss their road map for the next four year cycle.

Fifteen officials were elected including
Sanele Mthiyane, currently the president of Basketball South Africa and former general secretary of the KwaZulu-Natal Sports Confederation and general secretary of the Kwa-Zulu-Natal Volleyball Association, Kruba Jaram.

Addressing the committee, chairperson Thulani Gumbi welcomed and congratulated all members for accepting the responsibility of becoming volunteers of sport and recreation development.

“Your acceptance to the committee is a commitment to grow and promote the development of all the sport in the area of iLembe District and to ensure that, each code is improved and that those codes, which are not yet played in our districts, are introduced.”

He added the election of Mthiyane and Jaram is an important milestone in the district confederation as they bring enormous experience in sports administration and development to the organisation.

“Their contribution will go a long way in building and bringing more needed knowledge and skills into the committee.”

The committee unanimously agreed to continue providing support to all local municipalities, iLembe District Municipality, sport and recreation department, business and all other stakeholders to ensure that youth of the district get to participate in sport and recreation activities and become part of the athlete development pathway.

Mthiyane said: “Our district has produced many athletes who have made representation for the province and national teams. We continuously witness local clubs competing at the provincial and national level with the talent that has been developed locally. It is therefore important for us to increase this good work by working together. We are calling for a strategic planning workshop with all stakeholders of sport and interested civil society organisations with interest in sport and youth to engage and ultimately develop a strategy framework of sport and recreation aligned to the National Sport and Recreation Plan and our municipality’s visions.”

The executive committee has also agreed to work with business as part of transformation within sport.

The committee congratulated the Kwa-Dukuza United Football Club for their continued winning progress in the league and advancement into the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup where they will play against the defending champions Supersport on 4 April at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

Gumbi urged the community of iLembe to go in numbers to support their club.

Speaking about the development of the mall and civic precinct, the committee confirmed its support for the development as it was presented to the sporting federations and confederations by the developer and Kwa-Dukuza Municipality.

According to the committee, the result of the agreements between the sporting community with the municipality and the developer are already bearing fruits with the new cricket facility completed, Shakaville and Stanger Manor grounds currently being revamped and other codes of sports to be moved into the Stanger High School grounds which will also receive revamping.

“In the proposed strategic planning, we shall table our proposals on what we believe our municipalities should consider for our district in the area of transforming facilities and building new stadia.

“We are calling for them to utilise the 15% of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant to
build a regional sports precinct that will
enable clubs like KwaDukuza Football Club
to play their home games here at home and host provincial and national events,” he added.

THE Ilembe Sports Confederation held their first executive committee meeting following their election at the KwaDukuza Council Chambers on 11 March to discuss their road map for the next four year cycle.
Fifteen officials were elected including Sanele Mthiyane who is currently the president of Basketball South Africa and former general secretary of the KwaZulu-Natal Sports Confederation and general decretary of the KwaZulu-Natal Volleyball Association Kruba Jaram.

Addressing the committee, chairperson Thulani Gumbi welcomed and congratulated all members for accepting the responsibility to become volunteers of sport and recreation development.

“Your acceptance to the committee is a commitment to grow and promote the development of all the sport in the area of iLembe District and to ensure that, each code is improved and that, those codes which are not yet played in our districts are introduced.”

He added the election of Mthiyane and Jaram is an important milestone in the district confederation as they bring enormous experience in sports administration and development to the organisation.
“Their contribution will go a long way in building and bringing more needed knowledge and skills into the committee.”
The committee unanimously agreed to continue providing support to all local municipalities, iLembe District Municipality, sport and recreation department, business and all other stakeholders to ensure that youth of the district get to participate in sport and recreation activities and become part of the athlete development pathway.
Mthiyane said: “Our district has produced many athletes who have made representation for the province and national teams. We continuously witness local clubs competing at the provincial and national level with the talent that has been developed locally. It is therefore important for us to increase this good work by working together. We are calling for a strategic planning workshop with all stakeholders of sport and interested civil society organisations with interest in sport and youth to engage and ultimately develop a strategy framework of sport and recreation aligned to the National Sport and Recreation Plan and our municipality visions.”

The executive committee has also agreed to work with business as part of transformation within sport.

The committee congratulated the KwaDukuza Football Club for their continued winning progress in the league and advancement into the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup where they will play against the defending champions Supersport on 4 April at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
Gumbi urged the community of iLembe to go out in numbers to support their club.
Speaking about the development of the mall and civic precinct, the committee confirmed its support for the development as it was presented to the sporting federations and confederations by the developer and KwaDukuza Municipality.

According to the committee, the result of the agreements between the sporting community with the municipality and the developer are already bearing fruits with the new cricket facility completed, Shakaville and Stanger Manor grounds currently being revamped and other codes of sports to be moved into the Stanger High School grounds which will also receive revamping.

“In the proposed strategic planning, we shall table our proposals on what we believe our municipalities should consider for our district in the area of transforming facilities and building new stadia. We are calling for them to utilize the 15% of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant to building a regional sports precinct which will enable the clubs like KwaDukuza Football Club to play their home games here at home and host provincial and national events,” he added.

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