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SPORT AND RECREATION PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE
10 September 2002
COMMITTEE DEBATE ON THE UCB'S RESPONSE; PRESENTATIONS OF SUBCOMMITTEES' PLANS WITH FEDERATIONS; FINALISATION OF REPORT ON STUDY TOUR TO GAUTENG, MPUMALANGA AND LIMPOPO
Acting Chairperson: Mr M.B Ntuli (ANC)
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The Committee addressed three issues; the debate on the United Cricket Board's response, subcommittees' plans with different sport federations and the finalisation of a report on the study tour to Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. The Committee unanimously agreed to postpone the debate on the UCB’s response until the Ministry of Sport and Recreation had released the report of the task-team appointed to test the validity of the UCB's basis for dropping the quota system in cricket. The meeting was also addressed by the Minister of Sport and Recreation, who briefly touched on his Ministry's relationship with the UCB; the issue of communication between his Ministry and the UCB regarding the former's invitation by the UCB to the Consolidating Conference held in July this year. Lastly, the Minister touched on the issue of the ANC Youth League and its publicised threat to mobilize against the staging of the upcoming Cricket World Cup in 2003.
The meeting also agreed on postponing the planned presentations of the subcommittees' plans with different sport federations until the following week in order to allow the different subcommittees some time to meet and appoint their respective convenors. The report on study tour to Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo could not be finalised since some Members had not received their copies of the draft reports. They would therefore be adopted the following week.
Debate on UCB's response
Dr EA Schoeman (ANC) proposed that the meeting should postpone the planned debate on the UCB's response. This would enable the Committee to gain insight from the report of the task-team appointed by the Ministry of Sport and Recreation, whose objective was to look into transformation issues within cricket, including the UCB's decision to drop the quota system.
Mr ZL Ncinane (ANC) agreed with and supported Dr Schoeman's proposal. He stressed the fact that Members had not yet received copies of the UCB's presentation to the Committee last Tuesday.
Adv PS Swart (DP) also expressed his agreement with Dr Schoeman, stressing that it would not be fair to debate the UCB's response on the basis of the presentation only. He then asked Mr Ngconde Balfour to indicate when the task-team's report would be made available.
Minister of Sport and Recreation: Mr Ngconde Balfour, also supported the proposal by Dr Schoeman, saying it was the right way to deal with the UCB's response. He said that he would not be drawn into discussing the issue of the UCB's response. Mr Balfour, however, stressed and emphasised the point that he and the UCB had a healthy relationship.
He pointed out that he was not as yet opposed to what the UCB had said on the issue of transformation in cricket. His view at this stage was that everything the UCB was saying regarding transformation in cricket should be tested for its validity. Mr Balfour also touched on the issue of communication between him and the UCB regarding the Consolidating Conference held in July this year. He admitted that the UCB had indeed communicated with him, inviting his Ministry to the Conference as observers and not as participants who could influence the decision of the Conference. He said that he was glad that no-one from the Ministry of Sport and Recreation had gone to the Conference. The fact that they would have gone there as observers, not as participants, would have compromised their position as the Ministry of Sport and Recreation.
Mr Balfour also touched on the issue of the composition of the task-team set to look into transformation issues within cricket. He said that there was an agreement between his Ministry and the UCB on the need to set up the task team. However, he admitted that there were some disagreements on the composition of the task-team. He said he could not be expected to allow the UCB to set up a team that would test the validity of its claims regarding transformation, as it would be foolish of him to do so. He explained that the task-team was not tasked to open up old issues with the UCB.
There had been no reports of any negativity so far according to the input of Mr Naidoo and Mr Mali from KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, respectively. He said the scope of inquiry of the task-team was an open one, looking into transformation issues. The task-team had been told not only to confine its focus on the executive members of cricket, but to also talk to other relevant people, including cricket players as well. The task-team was scheduled to finish the consultation process by next week, Wednesday and then compile the report to be tabled. He again stressed the point that nobody had judged the UCB. His Ministry simply wanted to test the validity of what the UCB was saying.
With regard to the issue of the ANC Youth League, Mr Balfour said that the latter was part of a meeting between the UCB and the Ministry of Sport and Recreation. The ANC Youth League had then issued a statement that it rejected what the UCB had said. Mr Balfour said that he had advised the ANC Youth League to make a distinction between the Cricket World Cup on one hand, and the UCB's decision on the other hand. There was therefore no threat regarding the staging of the Cricket World Cup in 2003 and everything was on track.
Presentation of sub-committee plans with sporting federations
The acting Chairperson, Mr Ntuli, sought direction on the issue of sub-committee presentations on their plans with sporting federations.
Mr ZL Ncinane (ANC) suggested the shelving of the discussion on the issue to the following week to allow the subcommittees some time to meet and appoint their respective convenors.
The Chairperson accepted that, in the face of no other suggestions, the presentations of sub-committees plans with federations to the following week.
Finalisation of report on study tour to Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
The report on the study tour to Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo could not be finalised due to the fact that some Members had not received copies of the draft reports for Limpopo and Gauteng. In the light of that, the meeting then agreed that all documents in respect of study tour reports to Limpopo, Gauteng and Mpumalanga should be presented the following week as final reports for adoption.
The meeting was adjourned.
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