- Faced with a stack of bills and outstanding payments, Athletics SA (ASA)
administrator Zola Majavu admits the federation has a long way to go to rectify
its current financial status.
picture with regards to finances is far from rosy," Majavu said on
the federation's creditors demanded their money now, ASA would be almost
appointed by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) last
month after SASCOC suspended ASA's entire board for the second time in less
than four years.
his first report to SASCOC on Monday, after 15 days in office.
had received an unconfirmed amount as part of a new broadcast deal with the
SABC, Majavu said it was not enough to cover the federation's debt.
need to decide how best to spend this money," Majavu said.
we must ensure we are (SARS) compliant, then the athletes must be paid, and
then the service providers."
athletics body owed nearly R2m to the SA Revenue Service. Money deducted from
staff salaries was not paid to SARS. ASA deducted employees' pension benefits
without placing the money in the pension fund.
amount that needs to be paid to bring us up to date, and ensure we are SARS
compliant, is just north of R1.6m," Majavu said.
outstanding money was not paid, Majavu said SARS could attach the federation's
bank account. He however believed they would find a solution.
on top of it. I have spoken to SARS and we know what the amount is, and over
time we will regularise this."
staff salaries and municipal bills were brought up to date shortly after Majavu
took office. SASCOC provided a bridge loan, but employees' 13th cheques from
last year were still outstanding.
hoped to pay them last week Friday because there is money available for that
purpose, but unfortunately I am still unable to transact from the ASA
been informed that unnamed sources told the bank that SASCOC appointed him
rand was owed to former ASA employees who had won cases at the Commission for
Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. More was outstanding for commissions
on broadcast deals, and to the federation's lawyers.
had stopped servicing the athletics body, which resulted in ASA failing to
contest a legal claim made by pole-vaulter Jan Blignaut, who fell and was hurt
during an athletics event.
sued for R2.6m and won the case. Majavu said they would return to court before
the amount they owed Blignaut was confirmed.
ASA auditors have also not been paid. I have set up a meeting with them, and
I'm not sure how much is owed, but it won't be pocket change."
for last year's national 10km and half-marathon championships, in Kimberley and
Cape Town respectively, and the Soweto marathon in November, was also
confirmed there was enough money available to pay outstanding cash incentives
for the Soweto marathon, but not for the national championship events.
suspended ASA president James Evans had not paid arbitration costs, and the
hearing against his suspension, scheduled between April 29 and May 10, had not
reiterated that he distanced himself from the arbitration process.
wanted to find its feet in the long run, after years of in-fighting,
maladministration and financial misappropriation, Majavu said officials and
board members had to work together.
must put sentiment aside and run this place like a business," he said.
federation is not doing well, but I'm here to do what I can."