Boxing SA set for overhaul

2011-10-20 17:37

Johannesburg - Boxing South Africa (BSA) on Thursday announced extensive steps to rejuvenate boxing following the mandate from Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula after an urgent indaba in August.

Released by newly appointed chief executive Moffat Qithi, the six-point programme planned by BSA seeks to:

- Normalise boxing as a sporting entity in South Africa.

- Put into place a regulatory framework at the head of boxing's various subsidiary bodies.

- Create an organised environment for South African boxing's various stakeholders.

- Set up an appropriate structural arrangement for Boxing in South Africa.

- Ensure South African boxing must embrace a truly professional image.

- Cultivate an image of zeal, passion and enthusiasm for South African boxing.

Qithi said BSA would only fill the role of a pinnacle regulator.

The different segments of the sport like those representing the boxers, managers, trainers, promoters and other officials would form their own separate bodies and be linked on a federation basis to ensure continuity and conformity.

"You can't be the referee and a boxer," he said.

"BSA will be there to see the rules are followed fairly, not to service any selfish means and objectives.

"The objectives and aspirations of the boxers, their managers, trainers, sparring partners and all other allied associates will operate on a fair, equitable and palatable basis in this way."

Qithi said boxers in the past had been victimised by promoters who made off with the lion's share of the proceedings leaving boxers themselves with "peanuts" after meeting all their incidental expenses.

"We'll make sure the proceeds are shared fair and square, even if this does not make us popular with some of the promoters," said Qithi.

"Acts of parliament will empower us to do this and we will act accordingly."

Qithi also confirmed the controversial issue of delayed non-payments to the Receiver of Revenue (SARS).

BSA had now resolved the issue with the help of a government grant - paying the initial outstanding amount in the region of R4 million, while negotiating for SARS to waive what would have been a further R3 million in penalties.

Qithi said at the first BSA meeting this month that all board and staff members would sign forms declaring their intent and ensuring transparency at all times.

BSA also endorsed the financial status of the organisation as presented by Qithi with management, finance, sanctions, and independent rating and disciplinary committees in the process of being established.

The board is also advertising to secure an audit committee to ensure financial parity, as well as a financial manager as significantly, BSA resolved to "tighten the norms and standards for all licensees - in line with a code of conduct and laws that are stipulated through Acts of Parliament."