SASCOC under fire for SA kit

2012-04-05 18:10

Johannesburg - The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) was criticised on Thursday because the SA Olympic and Paralympic Games teams' kit was not produced by a local manufacturer.

The kit, which would serve the teams for both the London games later this year and the Olympics of 2016 to be held in Rio de Janeiro, is produced by Chinese manufacturer Erke, according to a SASCOC press statement released on Wednesday.

SA Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) spokesperson Andre Kriel condemned SASCOC's choice of a foreign supplier over local industry.

"It is important for our country's national pride that local manufacturers be promoted in the supply of attire to our national sporting teams. More importantly, it is crucial that local manufacturing be encouraged to help with local job creation."

SASCOC president Gideon Sam defended the decision, saying Erke had provided a sponsorship valued around US$4 million and that no South African company was willing to take up the sponsorship.

"In 2009, when we were looking for sponsorship, it was coming up to the FIFA World Cup and everyone [local business] said they had their money tied up.

"We could not stand back, we had to put our feelers out wider."

Erke's offer of sponsorship went hand-in-hand with the manufacture of the kits, Sam said.

But Proudly South African "buy local" campaign chief executive Leslie Sedibe said this was no excuse for failing to support local industry.

“The excuse of lack of funding given by SASCOC raises a number of questions: If the Chinese have enough national pride to have a Chinese company, Erke, make their national kit, why can we not support our local clothing manufacturers?

"Why let Erke manufacture the SA kit? Yes, Erke sponsors SASCOC, but they [SASCOC] have also received funding from the department of sport and the Lotto, among others," Sedibe said. He said it was a "mockery and an insult" to efforts for the promotion of local goods and services.

In the last two years, Proudly South African had met three times with Sam, and had received assurances that SASCOC would encourage their registered sports federations to support local manufacturers of sporting equipment and clothing.


  • dave.leverton - 2012-04-05 18:32

    Uhm ...US$4 million - that's around R31 million. What are these kits made from ?

      scnzama - 2012-04-05 18:40

      that is exactly what im askin myself

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-04-05 18:51

      Maybe rhino horn...

      tonyzr2tx - 2012-04-05 18:56

      There must be a cash component, useful to pay for all the officials going to London.

      Eric - 2012-04-05 19:39

      So, how big is the kickback to the fat cat SASCOC officials?

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-05 20:09

      Made in China. The ANC has sold the South African soul to their struggle comunist alies. Eish !!! The chickens have come home to roost.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-05 18:41

    Feeding the poachers more money to set up more elaborate poaching rings! More like they sponsoring bonuses! So much for "PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN'

      Glyn - 2012-04-05 20:47

      Rhino poachers are Chinese and Vietnamese! Now they get the sports kit as well!

  • PumaFred - 2012-04-05 18:44

    Sponsorship of $4m hello well done Chinese

  • Henry - 2012-04-05 18:51

    So get COSATU to ship it back to China and ask for a refund

      Glyn - 2012-04-05 20:48

      Cosatu destroyed the Cape Town clothing industry!

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-05 18:55

    Stop supporting the dam Chinese and start supporting your own people

      Dawood - 2012-04-05 20:35

      cassandra DAMN cassandra DAMN

  • Mboneli - 2012-04-05 19:22

    Proudly South Africans! let us applaud this initiative sponsorship of $4m from the chinese, well done guyz.Now is the time for president of SASCOC Gideon Sam to root out the scourge of feeding the poaches more money and more like they sponsoring bonuses.**Andinamazwi okwam kukuthi * okuhle kodwa *.!!

  • John - 2012-04-05 19:30

    Our athletes should refuse to wear Chinese clothes and perform starkers, the way the original Olympians did.

      Erich - 2012-04-05 19:39

      Can you really blame Nike, Addidas, etc for not getting involved. I would not like my brand name to be linked to an umbrella body (not the athletes) that is corrupt and who does very little for the sport.

      Dawood - 2012-04-05 20:37

      John NIKE, REEBOK,ADIDAS and most of your branded sports clothing is made in business everything is about costing

  • Andrew - 2012-04-05 20:07

    If we can't compete because of local labour inefficiencies and wage demands then tough luck. Our labour needs a serious wake up call.

  • John - 2012-04-05 20:10

    Uhmmmm.....Adidas and Nike (potential sponsors according to another report) are hardly South African :/

  • Glyn - 2012-04-05 20:46

    Viva South Africa! Now make the kit locally! Is the anc South African or Chinese? Why is News24 REQUIRING ME TO POST MY FACEBOOK DETAILS?? Is New24 a South African news channel or what?

      dave.leverton - 2012-04-05 20:57

      That gets up my nose as well. Why do they need access to my personal information just to post a comment. 'birthday, education history, interests, likes, location, relationship status and religious and political views' Name and email address should be more than sufficient.

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-04-05 21:11

    R1 000 000 for the kit and R30 000 000 kickback.......I cant believe they dont use SA people.......They should be fired

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-04-05 21:11

    R1 000 000 for the kit and R30 000 000 kickback.......I cant believe they dont use SA people.......They should be fired

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