Johannesburg - National sports teams should know how to sing the national anthem Nkosi
Sikelel' iAfrika, sports minister Fikile Mbalula said on Wednesday.
Speaking during the handover of a multi-purpose sports facility at
Zinikeleni Secondary School, in Carolina, Mpumalanga, Mbalula said the
inability of national teams to sing the anthem had to end.
"We don't have a crisis of talent in South Africa. It is there and it
is raw. It must be nurtured. We must strengthen the academies so that we are
able to build a formidable sight," said Mbalula.
"From what we have and the crop of players that we have in this
generation, we need to fix ourselves to ensure that they are given a chance and
an opportunity. These people must understand what it means to be
The minister said young people needed role models and should know that being
a winning nation was non-negotiable.
The new sport facility at the school, with netball, volleyball and
basketball courts, would encourage the youth to participate in the School Sport
Mass Participation Programme.
Tebogo Chego, a 19-year-old Grade 11 pupil, said the minister had given them
a chance to shine.
"I am very happy that now we are able to shine in our sports and we are
able to stay away from the street because it so easy to be influenced into
negative things," Chego said.
Angel Mthembu, 12, who was in the netball team, said she was fortunate to be
"I enjoy playing netball and I'm happy that my teacher encouraged me to
do sports in the school.
"Now we have a bigger and better facility to showcase
our talent," Mthembu said.