South African Sports Commission Report

Sports, Arts and Culture

19 March 2002
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19 March 2002

Mr Bheki Ntuli (ANC)

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South African Sports Commission Report

South African Sports Commission focused mainly on its strategic approach towards achieving its vision and mission. The strategy included mass participation, elite participation and specific target areas.

The meeting was originally scheduled for a briefing on the progress report on Broadcasting of Sports events of national interest. However, the chair after consulting the committee felt that Dr Joe Phaahla, from South African Sports Commission (SASC) should brief the Committee as many members SASC from Pretoria were present.

The briefing on the issue of broadcasting was postponed to after the Easter recess. This was agreed to by the committee.

Dr Joe Phaahla, the CEO of the commission, informed the committee that the vision of the SASC was to lead South Africa to world class sporting excellence.The mission of the commission was that in the pursuit of their vision, the SASC seeks to create a nation of world-class sportsmen and women by improving opportunities for all South Africans to participate in sport and recreation.

A central strategic concern was that as part of their mission, the commission would work in partnership with their stakeholders by striving to meet their Human Resources and infrastructure needs. Values of the commission included, trust, integrity and fair play as well as the passion for communication.

Dr Phaahla briefed the committee about the strategic thrusts encompassing the various programmes and projects. He informed the committee that there were five strategic thrusts.

1. Mass Participation
Mass Participation, which included Indigenous, games following the National Launch of Indigenous games in February 2001. The commission aimed to promote and revive indigenous games throughout the country where he made the example of the "Iintonga" Stick Fight workshop which was currently being planned for. This would also be followed by provincial launches of this campaign during 2001. A second sub-area within mass participation was Junior Dipapadi which aimed to build human capacity with skills on how to engage children into sport and recreation at an early age. Workshops on this sector were in progress in all the nine provinces. A third and last sub area under this sector was recreation, which basically aimed to promote wellness through active participation.

A second sector under mass participation was organised participation where the first sub-area is the monitoring of federations on various issues of strategic concern like transformation. A second sub-area is dispute resolution where the objective is to educate national and provincial federations on unity and dispute resolution. Other engagements herein included sports and management liaison, sports and recreation admin training, facilities management as well as transformation.

2. Elite Participation
Elite Participation was sub-divided into: firstly, team presentation where the focus was currently on the Commonwealth Games to be held later this year. Various admin tasks like entry, team management, etc had been finalised. Secondly, the Zone VI Games in Malawi in 2003 were also a priority where the aim was to plan and prepare for the delivery of the South African team. All Africa Games also form part of the focus of this area where the aim was to plan and prepare for the delivery of the SA team to these games scheduled for Nigeria in September 2003. A second sub area here was team preparation where he pointed out that this aims to empower SA athletes with the leading edge through the application of sports technology. Here he pointed out that sports technology presentations to the various federations had been completed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). He added that financial assistance to National federations to ensure attendance at these presentations had also been extended out.
Thirdly, talent identification would be tackled through the provincial sports academies and the South African Games, which would focus on the youth and include all nine provinces, would be held in Gauteng in the Tshwane metropolitan area.

3. Provision of Resources
Provision of Resources included research, sports colloquiums, website maintenance as well as database management. He pointed out that an internal library was also active in commission for all sports people to use. Publications as well as the resourcing and funding of federations were also integral parts to this thrust.

4. Policies
Policies included the National Sports Plan where the commission was awaiting the finalisation of the ministerial task team report. Secondly, policy co-ordination aimed to align the SASC policies with national policies and priorities. International agreements in this regard were a third sub-area was to compile a needs analysis of expertise required by the SASC clients in order to ensure effective exchange programmes. Countries involved so far include China, Botswana, Cuba, France and Australia.

5. Corporate Affairs
Corporate affairs including executive support which was divided into subareas like, the CEO'S office, legal administration, organizational development as well as the internal audit. Secondly there was communication and public relations including media liaison, corporate communication, corporate social responsibility and corporate publications. The third and last sub-area was marketing and sponsorships, which included brand building, hospitality centre and sponsorship procurement.

Mr P Swart(DP) pointed out that the committee really wanted to see the budget plans and how the money was going to be used. The budget discussion as well as the broadcasting presentation be re-arranged for after the Easter recess.

Mr H Chauke (ANC) suggested that since today the committee was under pressure due to the ongoing voting for bills in the national assembly, this meeting should be rescheduled for some time after the break.

The committee agreed to these suggestions.

Meeting was adjourned.


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