Rugby commits to transformation

2012-10-31 21:07

Johannesburg - The SA Rugby Union (SARU) concluded its transformation indaba on Wednesday with delegates signing a declaration confirming rugby's commitment to promote and develop the game among all South Africans.

"This is a watershed moment for our sport," said SARU president Oregan Hoskins.

"Our sport has transformed significantly in terms of players, spectators, referees, coaches and administrators since rugby unity in 1992."

The declaration concluded a two-day workshop which began with Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula congratulating SARU on becoming the first national federation to hold such an event in the wake of the National Sports Indaba in November 2011.

SARU workshopped a transformation implementation plan which would be used to measure the sport's progress once the plan had been finalised.

"We have had visions and charters in the past, with good intentions, and progress has been made," Hoskins said.

"But what distinguishes this one is the commitment to properly measure ourselves on our progress."

The declaration was signed by Hoskins and representatives of each of the 14 member unions of SARU.

At the start of the indaba on Tuesday Mbalula had called on rugby leadership to ensure that all South Africans received a fair opportunity to play the sport.

"As the sports minister said, transformation is not about the 'vulgar' simplification of numbers in the Springbok team," Hoskins said.

"It is about a whole range of opportunities being created in a number of different areas to continue to transform rugby at all levels and in all corners of our activity."

SARU chief executive Jurie Roux said the indaba and declaration were part of an extensive strategy to finalise the transformation implementation plan.

He also said it confirmed that SARU would adopt deliberate transformation initiatives in order to ensure equal opportunities existed for all South Africans.

"We have had a group working on this process for several months," Roux said.

"In April we presented the outline to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sport and since then we have workshopped the draft plan with provinces on an individual basis.

"This indaba is the culmination of that process and from this we will finalise the implementation plan."

Roux said the final document would be published and used to measure rugby's progress in six areas of access, skill and capability development, demographics, performance, and alignment to national policy and governance.

Delegates further resolved that: "Transformation is the process of holistically changing the delivery of sport through our actions to ensure increased access and opportunities in rugby for all South Africans."

SARU said the strategic transformation plan would among others increase the number of black people involved at all levels of the game and ensure rugby was accessible to all who wished to participate.

It said the purpose of the transformation plan was to establish a competitive and demographically representative rugby system.

According to SARU it would also improve skills and performance in identified coaches, referees, administrators and players and ensure equitable representation of black people at all levels of SARU.

The transformation plan further states that SARU members would focus on quality and merit to deliver world-class performances on the field of play.


  • Boetanev - 2012-10-31 21:19

    There must be an election coming up because that's the only time when Hoskins talks about transformation in rugby.

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-11-01 00:13

      Transformation!!! I know who I would like to transform!!! All those corrupt and incompetent officials in cricket and rugby to some distant planet yet to or never to be discovered!!!! BEAM THEM UP SCOTTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-11-01 04:54


      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-01 12:55

      Start with the Kings

  • warwick.bristow - 2012-10-31 21:40

    I don't think anyone actually would care if the Springbok team was all black or colored, just as long as they were the best players in the country. Transformation starts with giving all players equal opportunity to compete at the same level.

      elgh.elgh - 2012-11-01 08:29

      They would then be sponsored by Black Cat Peanut Butter....

  • lhensby - 2012-10-31 22:11

    What about football where's the transformation?

      bruce.dexter.5 - 2012-10-31 22:18

      They have fully completed their transformation, from the mixed team in 1996 that won the Africa Cup of Nations and was ranked in the Top 20 in the world, to the non representative team that is now crap and currently ranked 76 in the world.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-01 00:07

      Name the three run-on white players in the 2012 Bafana Bafana eleven, please.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-01 06:17

      David 1 - 0 Blip

      nic.arnold.338 - 2012-11-01 06:42

      @David, please name the white players that played in the 2010 WC. Not one single white player played in any of the games!!

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-01 08:36

      Come on, name the three white run-on 2012 Bafanas. It's a challenge. Can you meet it?

      marcus.vermaak - 2012-11-01 09:46

      Well done David. Kudos to you. There is still one problem; if any soccer team fields only a black player team, no one cares. If ANY rugby team fields a white team, sponsors leave, managers get sacked, media looses their minds and the board steps in. That's the deference between transformation and acceptance.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-01 13:26

      David you are wrong Wayne Sandilands was not in the starting 11 Itmeleng was in goals in fact Wayne is not even in the squad

  • francois.dames.7 - 2012-10-31 22:22

    Man I wish I was black, no wait, if I was black I'd wish I was white...mmm, man I'm screwed, catch 22 or what?

      gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-01 14:57

      Fotunately, I am black!

  • Partiboy - 2012-10-31 23:34

    Yep so start with the Kings. They can be your test dummies!

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-11-01 00:06

    "Transformation is the process of holistically changing the delivery of sport through our actions to ensure increased access and opportunities in rugby for all South Africans." What a load of politicall-correct formula-speak which means NOTHING.

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-01 06:20

    Eban Etzebeth is far too white and should be dropped and sent to New Zealand immediately! Lead from the front SARU!

  • colin.smith.1291421 - 2012-11-01 08:46

    And the Football????????????????????????????????????????????????? Where is the transformation ??????????????????????????????????????

      gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-01 15:01

      @david.lekoto.1 - I have no doubt that the average soccer supporter woul like to see more whites in the team and they support transformation. But transformation must be tackled at grass roots level. No afrikaans kid has the opportunity to play soccer at school level. Safa has no interest to promote the game amongst white afrikaners.

  • colin.smith.1291421 - 2012-11-01 08:47

    And the Football in this country???????????????????????????????????????????? Where is the transformation????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

      marcus.vermaak - 2012-11-01 09:49

      There has been some change to that, not to the extent on witch rugby is, but acceptance is making its way there.

  • samantha.brits - 2012-11-01 09:29

    Transformation… polite way of saying rugby is BEE now? Treat everyone like equals? It does not seem to me that white people are being treated equally. They will not be happy with the transformation until there is only two white reserve players sitting on the bench.

  • paul.lanterme - 2012-11-01 11:18

    And the E P Kings ? How many black faces in the starting 15 against the Cheetahs last playoff ?

      gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-01 15:02

      That just proves that Kots Watson and his father never cared about apartheid, they just wanted to align them with the anc for the financial benefits from that.

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-11-01 12:13

    where can we read it?

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-01 13:31

    Yes transforming the Springboks into The Proteas because they are not good enough to be Springboks

  • austin.zulu.14 - 2012-11-02 08:47

    Its so sad how rugby administrators, coaches, players and supporters of a particular minority ethnic group continue frustrating the efforts of black players. Its a fact tht blacks have to perform far more and better than their white counterparts to be recognised. Hvnt we seen average white players being called up for Bok duties ahead of deserving blacks.

      Barry Smith - 2015-03-24 21:39

      Ndungane twins, Habana, Beast, Sithole, JP, Siya Kolisi and a number of other current black Springboks would be deeply annoyed with your comments. They have reached great heights, through talent and hard graft, not political intervention.

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