Chess South Africa; Sports Coaches' Outreach, SA Gymnastics Federation: briefings; Committee Annual Report

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27 January 2004
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Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation
27 January 2004
Chess South Africa; Sports Coaches' Outreach, SA Gymnastics Federation: BRIEFINGS; cOMMITTEE Annual Report

Acting Chairperson:
Mr C Frolick (ANC), in the absence of Chairperson, Ms N Bengu (ANC)

Documents handed out:
Briefing by Chess South Africa

Briefing by Score (Sports Coaches' Outreach)
Briefing by the SA Gymnastics Federation

Members were impressed to hear about the activities of these organisations. Chess SA and SA Gymnastics Federation had never previously appeared before the Committee. Adoption of Committee minutes and the Annual Report were approved by the Committee, with a few suggested technical amendments.

Chess South Africa briefing
The briefing was delivered by Advocate L Bouha (President), Mr Omar Esau (Development), and Mrs Emelia Ellapen (Women's Chess). [The document is awaited by PMG]

Mr Z Ncinane (ANC) asked how the organisation raised funds, and about demographic representation on the national body.

The presenters answered that they looked at various sponsors, from large corporations to the players and their parents. Demographic representation was based on regional populations.

Ms M Molebatsi (ANC) enquired about the motivation for holding a Chess SA event in Mamelodi.

The presenters replied that Mamelodi was the venue requested by the sponsors.

Ms N Lamani (ANC) commended the work of the organisation, and asked about their activities in rural areas.

The presenters responded that chess players from rural areas had been invited to attend gatherings in central areas.

Mr S Simmons (NNP) commended their efforts. As men and women were not playing chess together, he wondered if one gender was not mentally as strong as the other.

The presenters explained that in international competition, separate world championships were held for the two genders. Men's titles were "open" to women, but women's titles were "closed" to men.

Mr J Louw (ANC) sought clarity on the breakdown of schools represented in the United School Sports Association of South Africa (USSASA).

The presenters answered that schools were represented nationwide, and development was being fostered across all demographic groups.

SCORE (Sports Coaches' Outreach) briefing
Executive Directors Mr Donovan Jurgens and Mr Stefan Howells, presented to the Committee. SCORE provided a progress report on their key results in the areas of 1)Community Capacity Building; 2)Sports Development, 3)Physical Education, 4)Infrastructure Development, 5)Equity and 6)Volunteerism

They also provided an overview of their finances and reported that the HIV/AIDS Intervention programme was their key programme. Their weaknesses included foreign donor dependency, inadequate strength of the SA network, and the perception of NGOs. They also identified opportunities for income generation, expansion and advocacy.

Mr Ncinane and Ms Lamani commended their work, particularly the practice of training people in the maintenance of the facilities they founded. She wondered if programmes existed to include people with disabilities, and if SCORE was connected to other sports academies. 

The presenters replied that a programme for people with disabilities called "Specialsport" had been active until funding had been terminated. Without further funding, SCORE was unable to reactivate it. SCORE enjoyed good relationships with other sports academies, although this varied from province to province. It was emphasised that there was no links with local government, and that much more could be done by the government to support organisations like SCORE in terms of policy.

Mr M Moss (ANC), who is wheelchair-bound, related his enjoyment of a disabled cricket event hosted by SCORE, but which was not mentioned in their presentation. He questioned the number of full-time staff, volunteers, and disabled persons who worked there on a full-time basis.

The presenters answered that the current full-time staff complement amounted to 44 full-time workers, and between 80 and 100 full-time volunteers who worked for terms of 6 months. Volunteers were trained in "Specialsport". The contract of the last disabled SCORE full-time worker had ended last year. At present, there was no other.

S A Gymnastics Federation briefing
Mrs Elizabeth Smith, Managing Director, explained that their approach centred around "More People, more Medals". The "More People" initiative consists of the General Gymnastics programme as well as the Club Programme. "More Medals" focussed on Olympic programmes. Their key priorities were to increase membership, especially from disadvantaged communities; provide grassroots training of coaches, judges and administrators; establish new clubs, especially in disadvantaged communities; identify talent and develop it via appropriate channels; promote equity in gymnastics, especially with regards to women and people with disabilities; provide advanced training for elite coaches, judges and administrators; and develop elite gymnasts for participation in International events. Their key priority needs were facilities, equipment, education and training, human resources and macrobodies

As the Committee had limited time allowed in that meeting venue, there was not sufficient time left over for questions to this speaker.

The minutes of the 2004 meetings and the Annual Report were adopted with the suggested technical changes. The last meeting of this Committee was scheduled for the week of 2-6 February.

The meeting was adjourned.


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