Mbalula: SA sport set for action

2011-12-07 18:48

Cape Town - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula wants to spend next year putting the government's ambitious sport plan into practice.

Speaking at the Beyond Sport Summit in Cape Town on Tuesday, he said that the past year had been about "sharpening tools and planning".

Next year, those involved in sport were going to have to "walk the talk".

"We have a plan that will assist us to align ourselves, corporate South Africa, the public sector and athletics federations," Mbalula said.

"It is exciting, but the challenge of implementation is what is going to be with us next year. We will be implementing and implementing the whole year."

The National Sports and Recreation Draft Plan, which was distributed at the Sports Indaba in November, is expected to be endorsed by the government in March.

Sport federations are expected to provide the ministry and the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) with a detailed development plan of how talent in their codes will be identified and nurtured.

SASCOC and the sports and recreation department are to develop a clear monitoring and evaluation mechanism that will hold all federations accountable.

Mbalula has invited federations to inform the ministry about the number of players that will be included in the codes from March next year until March 2020 on an incremental basis.

One of the aspects of the plan is the reintroduction of physical education as a subject in the school syllabus.

Mbalula wants the R200 million funding for the school sports programme to come from the National Lotteries Board.

"We have worked hard to sharpen our tools and to bring content into sport," he said.

"Without a plan you can never achieve anything."


  • Sean - 2011-12-07 19:07

    That's what it is - a plan? Lot of time and energy is spent in planning but execution is where the problem lies. Chances are good that implementation will fail and money well wasted. The ANC needs to learn implementation and stop planning!!

  • Gerhardus - 2011-12-07 20:16

    Great idea.....but it will fail, because the townships don't understand the sport culture that is and was always part of our blood. We work hard and know how to get results. You want to do this to get more black people in sport teams. the thing is that you can't teach or persuade someone to do sports. It is a live in living. We love it with all we are...Even if we did football as a sport since we were young we would have been in the top five in the world. It is a passion..and you dont have it Mr. Sport minister. (m- small)

  • Kenjaymay - 2011-12-07 20:18

    Fikile, (that's Frikkie in Xhosa) while you're planning, the other guy's like Majola are stealing us blind, so stop planning and start governing!!

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-12-07 20:23

    Sharpening your tool is all you can do Fukele.

  • Mark - 2011-12-07 22:47

    Mr. Mbalule. The mess that South African sport finds itself it sits squarely on poor government-enforced sport governance. Govern the country and reprieve sport from your tainted incompetence you ex ANC youth Leader. Pease divorce us from having to suffer from your political ministration. They are killing sport!

  • Ockie - 2011-12-08 08:02

    Mr Mbalula it is great to see that the Government is planning. I am however worried that in this plan everyone else has to come to the 'party' (eg bodies must impliment the plan, Lotto to give R200M, etc) Something is missing ... where is the funding of Government to help bring the changes. You can start by erecting playing fields in the rural areas. Most other governments from other countries invest in their sport, but SA only have a plan!

  • Paul - 2011-12-08 09:15

    Sport and youth participation is an emotion you either want to or not! Millions will be waisted once again on people who only believe in hand outs the old story you cant take a horse to the water and force it to drink! Colour is the ultimate hang up in this country! get over it reverse racism is alive and well and living in the RSA! The rest of the world is sitting back and smiling! achievers are achievers no matter what! The Bafana Bafana debacle says it all when all races were involved we won African cup of Nations then racism in reverse reared its head and good bye soccer!

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