The Transformation Conundrum

2014-04-30 12:04

Over the past month or so the big conversation in the sporting world has been the sports ministers transformation plan. It has been met in some quarters by cheers and applause, while derision has been the order of the day with others.

It is unfortunate that 20 years after democracy that race is still a major issue in South Africa. However we have to be honest with ourselves and if we are. We will take cognizance of that fact that, the system that caused this imbalance was race based and therefore it's rectification will have to be racially based to a certain extent. The apartheid system purposefully empowered one race and this is an undisputed fact! This cannot be simplified to prohibiting a certain race from participating in sports however it included exclusively granting the one race all the facilities, expertise and resources to excel in their chosen discipline. The system was unjust and with it's demise a new dawn approached.

With democracy came the abolishment of all the unjust laws that were the basis for this imbalance and parity was restored or so we thought. The truth of the matter is parity could never be simply restored by simply abolishing the laws of apartheid. A concerted effort needed to be taken by all the stakeholders involved in order to remedy the situation and the truth is that this did not occur. All the stakeholders are to blame the government, sporting federation, sports consumers, everyone! Now we are left with this conundrum.

All that seems to be important is a tit for tat debate about quotas and the 60/40 percentages. Some are threatening to have SA banned by the international sporting organizations and others are threatening stop watching or supporting the sports all together ,why? If I have to take a dim view at all the outcry, one would think some are against transformation and not just the plan that is being proposed. If that is correct, then I'm afraid, as that would support the notion that the lack of transformation has been purposefully engineered by those opposed to a united South Africa. It is a difficult to comprehend that 20 years after democracy, that we would still have people with ignoble and dastardly intentions. However difficult it is to comprehend, we have to accept that we might have them among us and if that is the case, then we are left with no choice except to enforce transformation on those that refuse to transform voluntarily.

We have had 20 years to transform on our own accord and we have failed dismally. Regardless of the obstacles and challenges that might have been in place, transformation should have been achieved by now! Since it has not, drastic measure have to be taken. No one is asking for handouts or to be placed on the field simply based on the color of their skin, all that is being requested is a equal opportunity to for all to excel. let the same infrastructure, coaching expertise and  resources available to one race be available to all the others. Its as simple as that. Once the playing field is levelled, there will be no need for government to step in. Infact such a move would be to the benefit of sport all together as the talent pool would multiply by large numbers and the possibility of finding and grooming world class athletes will be that much greater.

hence why it baffles me why anyone is against transformation, as the aim of the process is to afford opportunities to those who previously never had them and in turn offer the sporting fratenity an opportunity to unearth a world class gem they would not have ordinarily found.

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