Mbalula: SA sport needs a plan

2011-11-16 15:44

Cape Town - South Africa needs to adopt a national sport development plan as soon as possible, Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Wednesday.

"We need a single developmental theory for South Africa in terms of what we want to achieve as a country, which at the present moment we don't have," he told reporters at Parliament.

"You can speak about everything else, but the fundamental question is do you have a strategy?... and South Africa is one of those countries that is all over. It does not have a plan."

Mbalula said the white paper process fell by the wayside following former sport minister Steve Tshwete's departure.

The national sport indaba in Midrand next week was intended to help rectify this. The aim was to move the sports plan from paper to practice.

"People complain. They moan about a whole lot of things, about transformation... but everyone needs to be speaking about transformation knowing what is the plan," he said.

Some years ago, Australia was in the same position South Africa is in now.

That country then adopted and embarked on a national sport plan and the results are plain today.

The same was true for the United States and the United Kingdom, among others.

Mbalula said available talent needed to be "captivated in a national sport and recreation centre" where promising young people were put through an "incubation system".

"You can come from the dusty streets of Botshabelo, if we can identify you, we get you through the school system.

"We will take you to the national sports and recreation [centre], you will go to school, you will eat properly, you will train properly, and you will be looked after by both the private sector and the public sector in terms of funds.

"And then you'll become the athlete that you want to be. And this is what we want to achieve."

There was no crisis in sport. The fact was that people "collapse in the system of development".

"If you are not lucky, tenacious, and have parents who support you, you [are] out."

On quotas, Mbalula said they had actually been exhausted and generally been counter-productive, in a sense.

Quotas were introduced to achieve the goal of integration, which had yet to be achieved despite the quota system.

A proper and effective single development plan was thus required, Mbalula said.


  • Anthony - 2011-11-16 16:10

    he needs a plan in his personal life

  • Deon - 2011-11-16 16:13

    Maybe spend more time on sport and less on sports by players, administrators and the minister?

  • Andre - 2011-11-16 16:25

    ... Until the ANC took over sport (and all the money) everything ran smooth... now sponsors are not interested as a direct result of the ANC plundering and stealing all the cash. The plan REMOVE ALL ANC members from ALL sporting codes... maybe then we will once again succeed.. rotten is as rotten does... ANC is the BIG cANCer!

  • Kenjaymay - 2011-11-16 16:27

    I have a perfect plan for SA Sport.................Ban all Politicians from interfering!!!!

  • Paul - 2011-11-16 16:37

    I can't believe the comments above. What is wrong with you guys? Always bring in vindictive and racist comments and that to the suggestion of a plan that has absolutely nothing to do with race. I couldn't agree more Mbalula. He is dead right. Look at Australia. They are only about 20 million people and yet they put us to shame in cricket (hopefully not this time :-)), rugby, athletics and almost every olympic sport. With the population size we have, as well as the raw talent in SA we should be doing far better on the world sporting stage. But unless there is a plan of identifying talent, nurturing and preparing them we have no hope of ever developing. And yes, it will requires sport and science and business and politics to work together. The only problem with this plan is that it is 17 years too late in coming. But, if the above comments are anything to go by, we have no hope of ever getting anywhere, whether it be in sport, business or the general prosperity of the country. So I say, grow up, and think with your heads and not your racist little hearts!

      Lionel - 2011-11-16 16:48

      Paul,Aussie politicians don't intefere with there sport,that is why they are so succesful at it unlike every Dick,Tom and Harry in SA that wants to have he's five cents worth about transformation. If half the amount of money that was pumped into soccer be put into Athletics we would get somewhere at the Olympics!!!

      andycaveclarens - 2011-11-16 20:52

      please bear in mind australias sport development budget is the same as our budgets for health and education for 50 mil people......i agree in a national development strategy and corporate development but the reality is people need basic services first and that still has to be the priority first and the meantime best we chastise the above mentioned pallookas who can't hold a cohesive , intelligent thought without slating the politics or race of another.... maybe we can export those idiots to finance the sports development budget......there is a big-arsed island on the other side of the ocean thats been taking them off our hands for a while now....wonder if they've got room for some more

      Karoo - 2011-11-21 20:59

      Paul. Agreed 100% Many of these contributors did not mind the political interference from 1948 to 1992.

  • Rory - 2011-11-16 16:42

    Wow! It took 17 years of "selective selection policies" to realise that sport is one thing that is picked on MERIT, times and achievements and definitely NOT the colour of your skin and how disadvantaged you were. Politics, racism and sport should stay far away from each other and we'll do fine as country again.

  • Jeff - 2011-11-16 16:47

    Every major world sport body has a very important rule: NO POLITICAL INTERFERENCE IN SPORT. Now these world bodies must put their money where their mouth is and ban this country from international sport.

  • grenville.felton - 2011-11-16 17:45

    No Mbalula the philandery and liar , what do you know about sport and the development, what has ministers before you done nothing all talk and no action, bafana bafana what a joke dont think any of out players would make the bench for Australia let alone Russia. We sit in this position because of ministers like Mbalula and others who have so call vision of nothing. What sport don,t we excel in ? FOOTBALL and why because there is no development from grass roots, development is not in the rural townships where they learn to kick a ball and learn showboating skills. Academies need to be opened and boys of all races need to be nurtured on there strengths, the bunch of under performers are paid too much why must they win they get a salary at the end of the month, ONE NEEDS TO EARN THE RIGHT TO PLAY FOR YOUR COUNTRY.Don't blame the coach or managers they are only s good as the pool of player they have access to, And Mr Philander mark my words RSA will not make the next world cup the last one we were there because we hosted it,

  • DaniĆ«l - 2011-11-16 20:23

    Yes, get rid of the AA/BBEEE cader appointments in sportadministration. Select teams on merrit. For goodness sake, just get three to four white players for Bafoona Bafoona of which one should be the captain, so that we can become nr1. in Africa on the soccer field.

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