Embarrassment for Swim SA

2013-03-31 17:00

Cape Town - South African swimmers, including Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos, will have to pay their own way to compete in the FINA World Championships in Barcelona later this year as their cash-strapped federation cannot fund their trip.

Swimming South Africa CEO Shaun Adriaanse confirmed that the federation would be sending the swimmers to Spain but they would have to pay for their own flights and accommodation for the championship starting on July 19.

The swimming federation lost their major sponsor last year as South African telecommunications company Telkom pulled the plug on their $1.25m (R11.55m) per year deal.

Adriaanse said the organisation has canvassed extensively for a new backer, but that there have been no takers.

Bert le Clos, who manages his son Chad, called the situation "pathetic".

"It's pathetic that you have to (buy) your own flight tickets," he told South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper. "It's a disgrace when you consider the amount of medals and glory swimmers bring to this country. There are other teams, which I don't want to point out, that get millions but bring back nothing."

South Africa's sports minister Fikile Mbalula said he was unaware of the plight of the federation, though it has emerged he tried to intervene on their behalf when Telkom withdrew their sponsorship.

South Africa won three medals in the pool at the 2012 London Olympic Games - Le Clos collecting gold (200m) and silver (100m) in the butterfly and Cameron van der Berg gold in the 100m breaststroke.


  • Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-03-31 17:06

    wheres the lotto profits going cant they help

      Louis Venter - 2013-03-31 18:37

      No, if there are any money coming in it will be spend on huge salaries and luxuries like cars lunches, dinners and it will pay for the administrators tickets and 5 Star Hotels at the World Championships. Haven't you noticed since the ANC took over the administrators, ministers and president are the most important people in the country. They don't work for the people of the country anymore, the people now work for them, to pay their huge salaries and luxuries and more billions that can be defrauded.This is also why they won't listen about E-Toll. They will make so much money, it will not rain but pour money and the best is there are thousands of loopholes to defraud most of it and there won't be any proof. I dream for the day to see just ONE COMPANY being successfully manage by this incompetent government. In 19 years we have not seen one, but we've seen basically everything that has been a huge success downgraded, impoverished and ruined until nothing is left. Who would have ever thought it will happen so fast? Just in 2 years nearly R60 Billion defrauded and that is excluding companies like Swim and Athletics S.A.

      Hein Huyser - 2013-03-31 22:58

      Naw, they would rather sponsor a party for R100 million, or our beloved gov would rather choose to spend (waste) R250million on security on one one person and his concubine. Who csres about these swimmers anyway, they are just a bunch of white kids splattering in the water

      Kyle Eric Sanders - 2013-04-01 00:42

      Funny thing about the lotto,has any1 done research and noticed that sa has the lowest amount of jackpot winners per year compared to all the other lotto playing coubtries in the world?

      Fussed Anderson - 2013-04-01 09:23

      Something to think about. If sa get to host the olympics, will there be any south african teams?

      Francois Smith - 2013-04-01 12:54

      You need to have Allister Coetzee as the coach of the swimming team or Snorre and one black swimmer - then the money will roll in.

      Ja Nee - 2013-04-02 14:09

      Tell what the swimmers should do.... Go on "Strike" and no swimmers should travel. Alert international newspapers to interview "South African Politicians" at the swimming event. Ask them how many swimmers there are at the event.... That should teach them a little lesson.

  • ivan.schoeman.73 - 2013-03-31 17:07

    And the fat cats will probably make their way over to Spain to ''work'' and guess who'll be paying for that trip,Taxpayers! This is pathetic to say the least.

      Org Potgieter - 2013-03-31 22:04

      Not different to netbal, hockey, athletics, rowing - to name a few. They've all been mismanaged to the degree of bankcruptcy - with no sponsors willing to throw money into the deep, ark pit of corruption and mismanagement.

      Regte Boer - 2013-04-01 23:31

      Everything the ANC touches turns to manure...

  • Dazza22 - 2013-03-31 17:20

    Sports minister isn't aware? It would be funny if it wasn't so sad

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-31 21:15

      "South Africa's sports minister Fikile Mbalula said he was unaware of the plight of the federation, though it has emerged he tried to intervene on their behalf when Telkom withdrew their sponsorship." He wouldn't be aware if his pants were on fire - which could happen at any moment -big fat liar!

      Fussed Anderson - 2013-04-01 03:22

      And he still collects his wages and perks every month. If there is no money close the whole dept down.

      Philip Johnson - 2013-04-01 21:19

      There are no black swimmers (they are non-swimmers)...with their racist attitude they won't fund a team with any white in it.

  • john.thelps - 2013-03-31 17:20

    I am sure Chad can pay for himself and maybe sponsor a few who cannot afford the tickets....Ubuntu...

      Leigh Carmichael - 2013-03-31 17:22

      Agreed. There are many south african sports stars that compete internationally with no funding except from family and friends

      Sarah Jane Long - 2013-03-31 17:53

      That's not the point here. Other countries pay for their athletes to respresent their countries. This is a disgrace!

      David Scott Duncan - 2013-03-31 17:57

      Doesn't matter that Chad can afford to pay for himself. There was money, now there isn't. Wonder where it went? No doubt every administrator will be there, think they will be digging into their own pockets? Highly doubt it

      René Muller - 2013-03-31 18:31

      John, it is called Swimming SA, and the fat cats who prescribe the so called rules get the money, but the guys who make us proud, don't get to see any of that money. That's wrong man But when they win medal after medal, they are the first to get the attention of the media and say 'how proud they are' - blah blah blah. I'm sure Chad can fly there a dozen times over and not feel it, but that's not the point now, is it?

      TravieGrif - 2013-04-01 07:46

      Absolutely right Rene. What happens when he decides to swim for himself as some of the tennis players do...he is called selfish and unpatriotic. I have spent time with people whose children were in Chad's shoes, swimming for SA and Olympians, and it is mind-numbing how much rot they have to put up with from the SA Swimming administration. A proper disgrace! Sure he can afford hs trip, but surely it is these people who should be looked after, as they are doing what they are doing for the country, and bring so much positive marketing and awareness about SA, as well as doing so much for the sport and nation building. Look after them for crying out loud!

      Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2013-04-02 08:49

      Bulltwang! Sportmen rely on sponsorships and prize money to make a living. Why would it be different for swimming?

  • Vin Savage - 2013-03-31 17:23

    Well, most 'Africans' can't swim - as we know... so that is why this sport is not a priority... If it was soccer (the national pastime, that they are still hopeless at) millions of Rands would be pouring in...

      Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-03-31 17:57

      why dont you go hang while you at it,you and your swimmers can go hang for all we care,you are not getting a cent of my tax for swimming,veotsek

      Vin Savage - 2013-03-31 18:08

      Uhmm.. what does 'go hang' mean...? Is it a non-swimmer thing...? .... and somehow I seriously doubt that you are a 'e-taxpayer' ... 'Voetsek' - too funny!

      WilsoWill - 2013-03-31 18:31

      Abner go jump in a pool..... better yet the ocean

      Stein Dewet - 2013-03-31 18:55

      @ Abner M. Mophethe - platneuse kan nie swem nie, nog minder sokker speel, jou swart snot. Julle is te onnosel om asem te haal. Selfs n aap kan beter sokker speel, o wag, van ape gepraat..............

      Gordon Freedman - 2013-03-31 19:06

      Who brings the glory and fame to the country definitely not ba funny ba funny cant even advance on a little show piece like africa when you are world champs or maybe in the next century or two you maybe get past the first round then you can add your stupid little comments.

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-03-31 20:47

      You got that one right.

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-03-31 20:48

      Mophethe you silly little clown.

      Themba Khumalo - 2013-03-31 21:47

      Its a disgrace. No money for swimming! Pvt companies should be rallying to sponsor one of the world's most popular sports. Its disgraceful that Usain Bolt gets more sponsorship than FINA. Lol. Rolf. Lmao.

      Philo Pillowcase Simelane - 2013-04-01 13:19

      abner...tseki nawe for being a dom kop.....u are a disgrace to yourself nje. Usilima nje lesi lesicakekile...........

      Piet Strydom - 2013-04-01 22:19

      Abner, Can you honestly tell us how much tax you are paying, if any?

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-04-01 22:48

      Vin Savage - Chad IS an African; your racism is not appreciated, please wind your bigoted neck in. Stein Dewet - your old, outdated, racist insults are very tired. Fly the Vierkleur much?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-04-02 13:00

      Abner M. Mophethe. No you would rather spend your tax money on Zuma's gate.

  • Madulla Nkosi - 2013-03-31 17:25

    Those at the helm of Swimming South Africa are clueless. They couldn't tell the difference between the breaststroke and the backstroke. To them, the butterfly is an insect. But, they will be in Barcelona - all fully paid for. So, it figures.

      René Muller - 2013-03-31 17:31

      LoL Madulla, well said!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-31 21:19

      Madulla, I disagree. I think our esteemed leader is really good at the breaststroke...

      Kyle Eric Sanders - 2013-04-01 00:34

      Eish how do u as a politician show up at a sporting event knowing your athletes had to pay their own way to get there lmao.the end is near lol

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-04-02 13:02

      Madulla Nkosi. you got that right.

  • Erich Goosen - 2013-03-31 17:37

    SA swimmers brought this country much fame but consists of very little or no black swimmers. Sport SA will only invest in sports where the majority of the participants are black.

      Gerhardus Windpomp - 2013-03-31 17:48

      the blacks do not want to swim

      Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-03-31 17:54

      you are so right,whats wrong with that

      WilsoWill - 2013-03-31 18:32

      Abner, as above the dangers of not being able to swim....

      Stein Dewet - 2013-03-31 18:55

      @ Abner M. Mophethe - platneuse kan nie swem nie, nog minder sokker speel, jou swart snot. Julle is te onnosel om asem te haal. Selfs n app kan beter sokker speel, o wag, van ape gepraat..............

      Denise Oosthuizen Wilshire - 2013-04-01 11:54

      To each his own. Let the different cultures excell at what they are individually good at, all for the glory of our country.

      Garth Bellingan - 2013-04-02 11:48

      These are the facts 1. Minimum 40% BLACK representation at International swimming events. 2. White swimmers need to medal at National Competitions to be selected into Elite squad for 2016. 3. Black swimmers only need to be in top 16 Competitors in an event even if they dont make a final. 4. SA Swimmers with potential will have to leave the Country to get exposure as SSA has NO funds even to host local Galas, these are facts and are in writing.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-04-02 13:04

      Abner M. Mophethe. Swimming is a hell of a good thing if you fall in the river.

  • John Butler - 2013-03-31 17:44

    I bet the sports minister will have his expenses paid for so that he can be there to have his picture taken with the medal winners. I hope that they don't wear national colours, fly the flag or sing the national anthem since they are basically representing themselves.

      Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-03-31 17:53

      for your info,the sports minister has been trying to correct the wrongs that our sport federations are experiencing,instead of blaming him,start with the clowns at the federation who enjoy huge salaries yet fail to market and sell their federation to potential sponsors,that is not the work of the minister,idiota

      Stein Dewet - 2013-03-31 18:55

      @ Abner M. Mophethe - platneuse kan nie swem nie, nog minder sokker speel, jou swart snot. Julle is te onnosel om asem te haal. Selfs n app kan beter sokker speel, o wag, van ape gepraat..............

      Gordon Freedman - 2013-03-31 19:12

      No abner the ministers job is to make sure everything is running smoothly from the start not when the SH*t has hit the fan and we as a nation are seen as a back water and ignorant nation who are unable to manage our finances of our sporting codes. That this has happened clearly shows he is not doing his job.

  • Phillys Winterbottom - 2013-03-31 17:44

    Yaas, Ched, you maast undastent det wi kant use owa resoses on sweeemeeng, wi nid de emali for de beeg blek ka's end de treeps ova sis!!!!!!

      Vin Savage - 2013-03-31 17:56

      Too funny!! Really sums it up... Man, they are a pathetic bunch of 'human' beings...

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-03-31 17:46

    WTF?!?!?! Do we live in gawd-damn banana republic?!?! WTF? Geez, once again I hang my head in shame for the "government" Pathetic

  • John Butler - 2013-03-31 17:47

    In the spirit of Swimming SA, I will be sending you all on a trip overseas... You just need to pay for everything yourself.

  • Warren Carne - 2013-03-31 17:48


  • JudithNkwe - 2013-03-31 17:49

    So we destroy our sports men and women by denying funding after the successes of last year. Not just swimming that affected but just about everything

  • Jo.Davies123 - 2013-03-31 17:55

    It is a disgrace. They have worked their bums off to respresent a country that can't be bothered. But when we come back with more medals, the federation will take all the glory.

  • Stephen Marais - 2013-03-31 17:56

    I wonder who swallowed the funds????

      WilsoWill - 2013-03-31 18:34

      Ask Zooma's wives....they would swallow anything

  • Sihle Mkhize - 2013-03-31 17:56

    U people confuse me, private companies in SA only sponsor when there is a lot of publicity for them. But when parastatals step in u cry, waste of public funds. As for comparing it to soccer thats just plain ignorant, soccer fans spend money going to games n subscribing to dstv, for advertises its a sure bet

      Cane Corso - 2013-03-31 18:41

      SA sucks at soccer. The only reason there is big money thrown at them is because government is standing around with a big legal bat to punish those who don't.

      Alan Street - 2013-03-31 18:47

      And soccer is corrupt! Matchfixing! You seem to be another ANC idiot! Get an education! Oops! No books available!

      Stein Dewet - 2013-03-31 18:56

      @Sihle Mkhize - platneuse kan nie swem nie, nog minder sokker speel, jou swart snot. Julle is te onnosel om asem te haal. Selfs n app kan beter sokker speel, o wag, van ape gepraat..............

      Duffy Dack - 2013-03-31 19:02

      Will never defend ANC but our soccer?YES, our local league is world-s number7 most succesful and well organised lig, after England,Spain,Italy,Germany,France,dutch that's why our games are boadcasted in channels like Sky,Fox,Espn and BBc sports, get the facts 1st, ok, sponsors flood in as a result of this,they always had,even before zuma,big companies were here in our soccer, cocacola cup,mainstay cup and rothmans cup are some of the few I remember when I was still a little boy in the 90s

      steve.dupreez - 2013-03-31 20:00

      @stein dewet - jy is 'n onnosel, rasistiese opstoker wat floreer op die haat en nyd wat jou ouers jou geleer het. Ek is verbaas dat jy so lank geleef het.....

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-04-02 13:09

      Duffy Dack Bafana Bafana on number seven? You mean to tell me they are better than Brazil?. .

  • Firstseed Mbeva - 2013-03-31 17:59

    Under New Management

  • Dexter Tangocci - 2013-03-31 18:16

    Of course Telkom pulled their sponsorship. Some BEE po3s needed a pay increase.

  • Gavin Venter - 2013-03-31 18:17

    welcome to the suck - also known as ANC led South Africa

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-03-31 18:19

    Yet our ministers fly all over the world stay in the best hotels , take their families along , renovate their houses , buy fancy cars all at tax payers expense . Only money for their own needs .

  • Garrick Dunstan - 2013-03-31 18:19

    Maybe SAA or SABC can sponsor's a disgrace and the chief man is unaware, typical

  • Deon van Tonder - 2013-03-31 18:39

    But these guys are quick to take the shine when our swimmers win gold and media coverage is closeby. It is then that they must be chased away out of coverage

  • Interesting - 2013-03-31 18:42

    240 million rand might help them out...

      Benita de Beer - 2013-04-01 16:37

      Yes I agree. Nkandla is putting SA on the list of fraud instead of the list of sport success.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-04-01 22:53

      If one or two of the Nkandla rondavels were rented out, surely the proceeds would pay for the swimmers' flights and accommodation?

  • Nico Eksteen - 2013-03-31 18:47

    Pathetic. Must be bloody embarrassing for a world champion.

  • Alan Street - 2013-03-31 18:49

    Telkom is sinking, remember.

      Duffy Dack - 2013-03-31 18:56

      So you've moved to neo tel?

      Mandy Casey - 2013-03-31 19:11

      Cell C, Mtn, Vodacom ...

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-03-31 18:49

    Remember most swimmers are white. We should start a charity for them to swim as independent swimmers and not as South Africans.

      Duffy Dack - 2013-03-31 18:55

      White where do people like you come from?

      Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-03-31 19:05

      i would support an swimmer who made ME proud

      Benita de Beer - 2013-04-01 16:36

      Go back to you cave and stay the idiot you are, because if you still think it is a racial issue, you are dead wrong. It is a greed issue and a priority issue.

  • Duffy Dack - 2013-03-31 18:52

    Its easy,they must go there wearing,NOT south african colours,represent themselves,this is unfair.Yet our underperfoming footballers earn around 200 000rands/month from their respective local clubs as the sponsors flooded all the cash to our world number7 football league that simple cannot produce a world cup winning team,teams like Chiefs and Pirates got billion rands sponsorship deals from vodacom,nissan,peugeot,std bank,hollard,and blacklabel to name but a few but both clubs fail dismally to excell in the African continent beside the other fact that the soweto derby is among the top10 soccer derbies in the world. Where are all our rich people? Motsepe? Ramaphosa? Sexhwale? Kenny?

  • sam.makua.10 - 2013-03-31 18:52

    Let em buy their own freaking tickets! This trip is more about them than it is about the country and stop depending on sponsors! Fatasses!

      Gordon Freedman - 2013-03-31 19:18

      What insight you have you are a true genius..... not, same can go for the overpaid prima donnas in the soccer world its more about the individuals there but alas they do sh*t for the country and bring us no pride or medals to boot.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-04-01 22:55

      sam.makua.10 - have you ever achieved anything, anything at all, noteworthy?

      Garth Bellingan - 2013-04-02 11:52


      Kevin Adendorff - 2013-04-28 00:55

      Sam just crawl back into our gutter

  • david.luis.9822924 - 2013-03-31 18:53

    Why are we surprised? the corrupt thieves of ASA have stolen all that was not bolted to the floor.

  • Nico Eksteen - 2013-03-31 18:55

    Not enough quotas in the team so no money.

  • Wayne Hardaker - 2013-03-31 18:57

    Oh BOO HOO, many other sporting codes have been in the same predicament for a long time. It seems that if you're not playing Rugby, cricket or Football you don't really count.

  • Nokukhanya Ngcongo - 2013-03-31 18:57

    This is madness these people r representing sA, their the sports minister has 2fund den & confederation needs 2 spend & budget wisely

  • Charlie Solms - 2013-03-31 19:00

    Not only will the swimmers, the Tug-of-war team to compete in the Africa Championships will also be paying as the loto is yet to pay out promised funding for the last 5+ months. So again I will be paying to represent my country internationally.

      Kobus Engelbrecht - 2013-03-31 20:52

      The South African Sinchronized Ice Skating Team is leaving tomorrow for Boston USA to represent South Africa at the World Cup.No government funding.The skaters and their families fund the trip.

  • Charlotte Vlok - 2013-03-31 19:03

    As swemmers self moet betaal moet hulle hulself administreer Daar is geen rede vir Swem Suid-Afrika om betrokke te wees nie Dis jammer dat swem ook n slagoffer is van n regeringsadministrasie se vergrype

  • Tlokotsi Joseph Kuali - 2013-03-31 19:07

    Yes our sportsman always depend on sponsors but my question is: are they just going to lie down and wait for a sponsor?They must think obout their reputation and their world wide fellow athlets who will be waiting for them ,our athlets we've seen they're paid a lot of money running close to millions, if there is such a problem they must secrefise and dig into their pockets, they've got nothing to loose because after competition they're going to get paid what so fussy about this, always pointing fingers but in their bank accounts they've got millions.One good example is soccer squad of England there was time they spend from their pockets without pointing fingers.

      Mandy Casey - 2013-03-31 19:19

      Unfortunately all players and athletes need to be treated exactly the same. When you represent South Africa no matter if it's chess, swim, soccer or rugby the expenses must be paid by South Africa. What makes one player better than another?

      Elizabeth Bothma - 2013-03-31 19:27

      Really?!? So representing your country at the highest level and being an ambassador means you must pay for it out of your own pocket? Oh wait, lets rather waste our tax money on Nkandla and fancy new cars ....

      Kobie van Straaten - 2013-04-01 09:20

      @Mandy, to the country it is your race.

      Antoinette Jordaan - 2013-04-01 11:12

      You do know that our sports men don't get paid what the English get right? Do you really think that England don't pay their players to play for the country? Seriously?

  • Archibold Savino Ncobelo - 2013-03-31 19:10

    It is high time for mbalula to jump the sport ship!! He is unfit for sports ministry..

      Johan van Heerden - 2013-03-31 19:35

      Yes. His the minister but always comes up with 'I did not know'. Isn't it his job to know? What does he do then?

      Fussed Anderson - 2013-04-01 03:39

      You know what floats, dont you.

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-03-31 19:13

    No Telkom decided to sponsor breakfast rather.

  • Joshua Sematla - 2013-03-31 19:24

    This Shaun Adriaanse guy is so incompetent, he couldn't organise an orgy in a brothel. Its been a year and he hasn't found a sponsor? really, and we only read about this now. If he was black he would be called another AA appointee

      Dmitri Dumas - 2013-04-01 10:21

      couldn't organise an orgy in a brothel - now that is the funniest comment I have heard today. LOL - brilliant

      Kevin Adendorff - 2013-04-28 01:04

      No business will sponsor a sport knowing that all the money is going to political appointees and their families whose numbers on any trip to international competitions far exceed those of the competitors and their coaches ,physio's etc. That is to say if the money hasn't disappeared before then as is the case here. Most of the bloated "federation" is run by incompetent political appointees with absolutely no knowledge or interest in the actual sport but are solely there to line their pockets and advance their private political agenda's.

  • Hendrik Carrick - 2013-03-31 19:30

    take bafana bafana's money they never acomplish anything any way, but they get millions just for there coaches

  • Nkosinathi Percy - 2013-03-31 19:38

    The Minister cannot be a Sangoma...

      Fussed Anderson - 2013-04-01 03:41

      But ministers can be idiots

      Kevin Adendorff - 2013-04-28 01:07

      He doesn't have to e sangoma he must just do his job but that is asking far too much because he is flying all over the world to meetings with his bloated entourage and staying in 5 star hotels.

  • Andrew Worrall - 2013-03-31 19:40

    We are the scatterlings of Africa.

  • Grant Hoole - 2013-03-31 20:14

    This is an absolute disgrace. Firstly, how can there be no company willing to sponsor our swimmers? Secondly, why can't our rich government pay to send our swimmers to the Fina Champs? No wonder, Ryk

  • Ayanda Jiza - 2013-03-31 20:15

    Telkom sponsor breakfasts bt nt sport? Sumthng is wrong here.

  • melanie.eggersglusz - 2013-03-31 20:21

    Another Zimbabwe

  • Kevin Jacobs - 2013-03-31 20:24

    You can say it Bert. Soccer and cricket players are earning big bucks and have no silverware to show for it.

      Brendan Keith Shaw - 2013-03-31 23:38

      What about the ICC top test team award, I.e. The test mace

  • will.oosthuizen - 2013-03-31 20:28

    Come to the USA and join your heroes here! We'll accept you with open arms!

  • Jaap Kotze - 2013-03-31 20:29

    O me O my!

  • justin.b.whittaker - 2013-03-31 20:43

    Our soccer sucks yes but the cricketers are the best in the world and just received the mace award.they deserve their not so much

      Benita de Beer - 2013-04-01 16:35

      Don't blame the soccer, rather blame those who misspent the tax payer's money, because the government can help these swimmers - but greed in our government is one reason why the sportsman/women in our country is struggling. And the second reason is the managing of the sponsors money. Who are those people? Sounds as if money comes in, they misspend it anyway.

  • Victor van der Walt - 2013-03-31 20:46

    These corrupt thieving m..... F......s may they all rot..... They clean out the coffers on there high salaries and big cars... F.... Them

  • HJS - 2013-03-31 20:49

    Words fail me, 1st the rowing guys that won us gold are left in the 'cold', now this disgrace. Sport administrators in this country SUCK big time.