Transform or we cut support – Fikile Mbalula

2014-03-25 17:10

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Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula has issued a stern warning to sports federations that ignore a transformation report by the Eminent Persons Group (EPG).

“The national anthem, national colours and national symbols can no longer be used to honour and decorate events of racist, sexist and divisive sports bodies,” Mbalula said.

“No teams or individuals participating in major events at home and abroad will receive government support if they are not responsive to the transformation needs of their sector.”

Mbalula was speaking during the handing over of the report in Melrose, Johannesburg, today.

He said much of the focus in the past 20 years had been on unity instead of visible transformation.

“This [report] is not a shebeen and beer talk. We have a clear programme of action this time because we never took time to reflect in the 20 years of democracy,” he said.

The EPG has formulated a transformation charter that focuses on rugby, cricket, football, netball and athletics.

The main areas the charter seeks to address include access, skills and capabilities, governance, employment equity and preferential procurement.

In the document, it is acknowledged that women have been marginalised in many codes with the exception of netball.

It adds that the “Africanisation of sports is important” based on the fact that 84% of South Africans younger than 18 years old are black Africans.

Indians, coloureds and whites make up only 16% of this group.

Mbalula said the report was based on empirical evidence and scientific data analysis.

The report, which focuses on sports development from school level, was a pilot project. It will include 11 more sporting codes by the end of this year.

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