South Africa

Mbalula to invest in schools

2014-07-17 22:00
Fikile Mbalula (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sport and recreation minister Fikile Mbalula has pledged to spend a quarter of his department's budget on school sport development on Thursday.

"School sport is the bedrock of our entire sport development continuum," he said in his budget vote speech.

"As a department we intend to set aside 25 percent of our budget, which is approximately R400 million for schools sport development."

He said it was unfortunate that a clear government directive, that all new schools be built with sports facilities, was often ignored.

"We cannot over-emphasise the need to incorporate sport facilities in the plans drawn ahead of the construction of new schools.

"If we fail on this, we will forever have a backlog of facilities in our country and thus, reduced participation levels."

He said government would press ahead with plans to register 890 schools across the country as specialist sports schools.

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