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ANC could drop sport quotas

2012-03-04 14:29

Johannesburg - The ANC was in favour of dropping sport quotas for a performance scorecard to monitor transformation targets for sports federations and bodies, the Sunday Times reported.

In a discussion document, transformation in sport since 1994 had been deemed "unsuccessful" by the ruling party.

The scorecard would allow a sports body "to measure where it is in its transformation journey," said the document as reported by the newspaper.

The ANC was reported to believe that the debate on transformation was often emotional, over-simplified and misunderstood.

The document said the department of sport should implement grassroots-based initiatives to aid development, talent identification and lead to the eventual abandonment of the quota system.

It stated that structural changes should take place within municipalities to streamline the development process.

The newspaper reported Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula had argued for the scrapping of quotas, with development focused at school level.

Comments
  • Michael Kleber - 2012-03-04 14:56

    By now most South Africans are afforded the opportunity to attend schools with good sporting facilities and if not that is where the different sporting codes should focus there upliftment programmes , at grass roots level is where it is needed to have quotas at national and international level is too high up in the system to address the problem .

      Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-04 15:01

      No one can agree with the 1st 16 words of your comment. I don't get how you can say such, unless maybe you aren't living in SA and are not aware of the plight of the majority of the population.

      Sam - 2012-03-04 17:57

      Yea, I agree with Spencer(etc) - most schools don't even have good educational facilities, never mind sporting ones. Other than that, of course, you are right about where 'transformation' ought to start.

  • Comrade - 2012-03-04 14:56

    HANG ON .... isnt it against international sporting codes for a political group or Goverment to interfere in SPORTS ... let alone QUOTA'S .... WHAT THE F**CK !!! ... Remember Appartheid, we were BANNED!!...this is WORSE!!!! ... SMH*

  • Irene - 2012-03-04 15:03

    So Affirmative Action has been scrapped in sport (never applied to swimming though). Now that the clowns have realised that it doesn't work, start dropping it in the workplace too.

      Farai Fatso Z - 2012-03-04 16:16

      'The clowns...' Eish

  • Ian - 2012-03-04 15:18

    At last a Sports Minister with his head screwed on the right way..............."scrapping of quotas, with development focused at school level"

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-03-04 16:12

      took an effing long time to work it out huh...Cheeky Watson will however take longer still

      ZION - 2012-03-04 16:24

      Why does it take 20years for a politician to come to a conclusion where normal people see it immediately?.

  • Klaus - 2012-03-04 15:20

    Besides a full bench of ANC functionaries, how many south african sports man & woman are represented at London Olympics ? How many have made the grade?

  • Christopher Thunder Linde - 2012-03-04 15:32

    Its about time, we could have done this 17 years ago...

  • Dennis - 2012-03-04 15:44

    Yet another anc failure !! Next is going to be AA and BEE !

  • sbriedenhann - 2012-03-04 16:12

    I would like more white, indian and asian representation in soccer. Can somebody instill quotas for that please?

  • David - 2012-03-04 16:12

    It's taken them long enough!! Start from the bottom and, given enough time, many competent black sportstars will emerge. So much time wasted on the stupid and unrealistic quota system

  • Lynne Straughan Keuler - 2012-03-04 16:28

    Well done to the sports minister for his insight... Now our country needs these quotas dropped an the workplace. Another thing the ANC need to drop is any of their "Leagues" aka ANCWL that totally and blatantly disregard their expulsion of Malema

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-05 06:13

    smartest thing the ANC could ever do

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