Cape Town - SASCOC (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) has expressed surprise after learning of deliberations of the Portfolio Committee where
it was reported that the Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA), Tokozile Xasa, made scathing remarks about the President of SASCOC, Gideon Sam, as well as comments about the organisation, which SASCOC found "rather
SASCOC attempted to clarify matters in a press statement released on Thursday.
order and context we wish to sketch the background process leading to where we are
The Board of SASCOC received the copy of the Ministerial
Inquiry Report from the Minister on September 15, 2018 addressed confidentially
to its President. We were to respond to
the report by October 10, 2018.
Having perused the Executive Summary Report of
the full report, the Board President consulted with the board and requested a postponement
of the deadline of October 10, 2018 to October 19, 2018
to allow time for the board to sit and consider its response to the report. The
extended deadline was granted by the Minister. The board then excising this duty, considered the contents of the report
and its confidential nature and sent its response to the Minister on October 15,
At the same time as doing so we wrote to the
IOC, CGF, and IPC to seek their inputs on the above report. We have since received clear advisory from
IOC and IPC, which we have shared with the Minister, as recent as February 5, 2019.
In the lead up to Annual General Meeting (AGM)
of December 8, 2018 we then wrote to the Minister on or about November 30, 2018, alerting the Minister about our upcoming AGM and in a bid to
solicit when was she looking to release her final report, following our first response to the report.
We then received a letter from the Honourable
Minister of Sport and Recreation, Minister Tokozile Xasa on December 3, 2018 addressed to the President of SASCOC, Gideon Sam. The
correspondence was inviting the President and the board to a media briefing
which was to be held on December 7, 2018, which briefing was to be
preceded by a meeting between the Minister and the board. However, at the Minister’s direction this
briefing was changed to only include the president of SASCOC and not the board.
The board of SASCOC received the Minister’s “Final
Briefing Note, (“Briefing Notes for Media Conference on 1. Decision taken by
Minister in Principle and 2. Actions to be taken, implemented and executed by
SASCOC in relation to the final report”), which also acted as the Minister’s
response to SASCOC’s comments on the final report at the same media conference.
Having, received and considered the Minister’s
Media Briefing Note the SASCOC AGM of December 8, 2018, resolved
that a Special General Meeting must be convened early in February 2019 to
properly deliberate on the report and thus allow members sufficient time to
study the contents of the report and thus respond accordingly. Since the
inception of the inquiry we have always taken a constructive and progressive
Thus upon receipt of the final report we have
chosen to focus our attention only on those recommendations where there is
disagreement with the Minister, rather than nit-pick on the findings, although
these have been of concern to us as expressed in our Special General Council
resolution of February 2, 2019. Our silence on these findings must not be taken
to mean that we in agreement with them, but rather that it would serve no
purpose contesting those (at this point) in the revival of SASCOC.
of the Special General Meeting (SGM) of February 2, 2019:
The SGM resolution in summary states the
In dealing with Policy and Constitutional
related recommendations of the report, such as election of the President,
amendment of the constitution, etc, we
have taken note of the advice of the international bodies (IOC and IPC) and the
statutes of other International Federations, such as FIFA, IRB, etc, to which
the members of SASCOC belong.
We note that there is disagreement with the
Minister on these policy and constitutional matters. In order to move forward
we must have a constructive dialogue with the Ministry on how we can implement
the areas of agreement, clarify areas of disagreement and find solutions.
1. To convene
an urgent meeting with Minister to correct the fundamental disagreements and
2. To continue to
address issues of non-compliance on corporate governance.
3. The Board will
report to its members on a monthly basis.
We wish to also state categorically that we began instituting a process
of organisational renewal and austerity measures, without having to be cajoled
by anyone else to do so, as early as April 2017, we decided to start the
implementation of the austerity measures in the interest of the organisation.
It is also now a matter of record that the
Board accepted the recommendations of the independent disciplinary process that
the CEO, the CFO and Manager in the Executive Office must be dismissed from the
organisation on or about the January 9, 2018.
Early in 2018 we also decided that we need to set an
organisational development and change process in motion to:
- Develop the a Turn Around
Strategy for SASCOC
- Implement corrective actions to
achieve what SASCOC was set up to do
- Engage, with all relevant
This organisational development and change process is now in full
swing and has as its mission to do the following:
Financial Viability and sustainability
2. Re-define the operating model to achieve maximum
organisational relevance and leadership
corporate governance and resource for success.
Once again we are kindly
asking the Minister to meet with us urgently so we can bring these matters to
conclusion and bring up to date on the action we have taken to address the
corporate governance issues raised in the report and resolve the points of
difference on the policy and constitutional issues.