Cape Town - Gideon Sam has been re-elected as SASCOC President for another four-year
term, (2017-2020) at the Quadrennial General Meeting at Olympic House on
Sam, who was first elected President in 2008,
was re-elected after contesting with Deputy President, Hajera Kajee.
In terms of the Deputy President the status
quo remained unchanged for the next four years as Kajee was returned to her
position. Other nominations for the Deputy Presidency position were Jace
Naidoo, Muditambu Ravele and Jerry Segwaba.
The new Vice President is Barry
Hendricks who came out on top against the other nominees namely: Jace Naidoo,
Mimi Mthethwa, Leslie Williams, Lucas Nhlapo and Merrill King.
Also at the meeting, five Board members were
elected. Of the 22 original nominations, there were four withdrawals.
The Board members who will serve for the next
four years are: Mark Alexander, Merrill King, Kobus Marais, Debbie Alexander
and Leslie Williams.
Mark Alexander, Kobus Marais, Merrill King and
Les Williams also served on the Board for the last term
Professor Mandla Mchunu oversaw the electoral
process and 79 members of SASCOC accounted for a voting strength of 178.
Minister of Sports and Recreation
Fikile Mbalula sent his congratulatory message to the new board. “A united
SASCOC is important to develop sport in South Africa. We need to support
the National teams, especially those that are not doing very well instead of
bringing racism and quotas into the picture when teams are not performing
“We are not implementing quotas but targets so
we encourage the new board to lead all the time whether teams are doing well or
not. We have to move forward in the transformation and development of
sport in South Africa, Mbalula added.
“It is important that National Federations
should identify the gaps in our system so that they can indicate that to
Government and SASCOC and move sport further.
“We have to mainstream transformation so that
it becomes a business imperative for all NFs.”
Speaking at Saturday’s QGM President of SASCOC
Gideon Sam said, “After eight years of running the show, from Beijing to now,
we have to change. The board will be going for a two-day workshop where they
will devise a strategy and come back and instruct management of what has to
happen. We have to restructure the way we do things and how we want to go about
“We will have to look at what we are doing and
how we have been doing it and look at a way forward. The board will
deliver these tasks in March 2017 at the General Meeting and map a way forward
to improve every aspect of the organisation from Marketing and Public Relations
to Finance systems of the company,” he concluded.