THE over-the-top utterances of Butana Komphela, chairman of the parliamentary sports’ portfolio committee, have earned him a justifiable notoriety. At best he has shown himself to be a crass loudmouth; at worst, an unredeemed racist. Mashishi sees the bigger picture. Transformation is about a lot more than gerrymandering selection for the Springbok or Protea teams. It starts at the bottom, not at the top. What, for instance, asks Mashishi, are municipalities doing about providing sports facilities for those who do not have them? How is the money from the national Lottery — R500 million every year given to sport — being spent? What about players who excel at school level and then disappear into limbo? Why are they not being attracted and nurtured into senior sport?