ATC140327: Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation Handover Report 2009-2014 11 March 2014

Sports, Arts and Culture



11 MARCH 2014


1. Introduction . 4

1.1. Department and Entities falling within the Committee’s portfolio . 4

1.1.1. Sport and Recreation SA (SRSA) 4

1.1.2. Constitutional mandate . 4

1.1.3. Legislative mandate . 4

1.2. Functions of Portfolio Committees . 7

1.3. Method of work of the Committee . 8

1.4. Purpose of the report 8

2. Statistics . 8

3. Reflection on Committee’s programme per year and on whether the objectives of such programmes were achieved 9

4. Committee’s focus areas during the 4 th Parliament 13

4.1. Legacies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup TM . 14

4.1.1. Infrastructure legacy . 14

4.1.2. Skills Transfer 15

4.1.3. Football Development Programmes . 16

4.2. Budgets of the Department and Entities . 17

4.3. Programme Performance . 18

4.4. Legislation . 19

4.5. Oversight 20

4.6. Public Hearings . 22

4.7. Transformation . 24

6. Administration of Portfolio Committee . 28

7. Key areas for future work . 29

8. Challenges dealt with by the Committee . 31

9. Highlights of Sport in South Africa . 33

10. Recommendations . 34

11. Conclusions . 34

Index of tables and graphs

Table 1 Sport-specific legislation . 4

Table 2: Statistics of committee activities . 9

Table 3: 2010 FIFA World Cup Expenditure . 11

Table 4: Sport stadia visited by the Organisation Committee Technical Team (OCTT) 15

Table 5: Budget allocation of department and entities . 17

Table 6: Regulations presented . 20

Table 7: Public hearings . 23

Table 8: Portfolio Committee’s budget allocation . 27

Graph 1: Portfolio Committee’s spending pattern 2009/10 to 2013/14 . 28

2009-2014 Legacy Report of the Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation

1. Introduction

1.1. Department and Entities falling within the Committee’s portfolio

1.1.1. Sport and Recreation SA (SRSA)

The mission of Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) is to transform the delivery of sport and recreation by ensuring equitable access, development and excellence at all levels of participation and to harness the socio-economic contributions that can create a better life for all South Africans, thereby realising its vision of an active and winning nation.

1.1.2. Constitutional mandate

The functionality of Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) is premised on the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, hereafter referred to as the Constitution, which guarantees the right to social security in section 27. The Constitution affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom. In line with these Constitutional imperatives, SRSA has been assigned the powers and functions to develop and implement national policies and programmes regarding sport and recreation.

1.1.3. Legislative mandate

The sports-specific Acts, Bills and regulations listed below outline the key legislative responsibilities placed specifically on SRSA:

Table 1 : Sports-specific legislation



South African Institute for Drug-free Sport Act, Act 14 of 1997

To promote the participation in sport free from the use of prohibited substances or methods intended to artificially enhance performance, thereby rendering impermissible doping practices which are contrary to the principles of fair play and medical ethics, in the interest of the health and well-being of sportspersons; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Key responsibility placed on SRSA as a result of this Act : To ensure that sport in South Africa is practiced free from the use of prohibited substances or methods intended to artificially enhance performance.

National Sport and Recreation Act, Act 110 of 1998

To provide for the promotion and development of sport and recreation and the co-ordination of the relationships between SRSA and the Sports Confederation, national federations and other agencies; to provide for measures aimed at correcting imbalances in sport and recreation; to provide for dispute resolution mechanisms in sport and recreation; to empower the Minister to make regulations; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Key responsibility placed on SRSA as a result of this Act : To ensure that sport and recreation from a national perspective are administered and governed in the best interests of all participants and stakeholders in sport and recreation in SA.

SRSA is a facilitator and regulator in terms of the National Sport and Recreation Act (NSRA). The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) is recognised as the national confederation for the promotion of high-performance sport in South Africa and as such must coordinate all activities relating to high-performance sport, team preparation and the delivery of Team South Africa. The NSRA provides for the department to enter into service-level agreements (SLAs) with sport and recreation bodies to be able to oversee and monitor their implementation of policies in the country. The department supports those responsible for the delivery of sport with available resources. The department also oversees the implementation of projects and evaluates results to ensure that it delivers value for public funding and to provide feedback into policy development.

Following the adoption of the NSRP, amendments to this Act need to be considered to tighten the powers of the Minister, particularly regarding the speedy resolution of disputes. A draft Bill was produced that encompasses the following amendments, amongst others: (1) The recognition and incorporation of the provincial Sports Confederations as advisory bodies to the Minister in sport development matters; (2) The recognition of the academy system to enhance development; (3) The establishment of the Arbitration Foundation to assist in the dispute resolution strategy; and (4) Confirmation of the roles of SRSA, SASCOC and national federations (NFs).

It is estimated that the Bill will be approved by Cabinet in 2014 and promulgated in 2015.

South African Boxing Act, Act 11 of 2001

To provide for a new structure for professional boxing in the Republic; to ensure the effective and efficient administration of professional boxing in the Republic; to recognise amateur boxing; to create synergy between professional and amateur boxing; to establish a Boxing Commission known as Boxing South Africa (BSA); to promote interaction between associations of boxers, managers, promoters, trainers and officials and BSA; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Key responsibility placed on SRSA as a result of this Act: To ensure that the safety of boxers and the relationships between boxers, managers, promoters, trainers and officials and BSA are effectively and efficiently administered and governed in the best interests of boxing and its stakeholders as a whole.

Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act, Act 2 of 2010

To provide for measures to safeguard the physical well-being and safety of persons and property at sport, recreational, religious, cultural, exhibitional, organisational or similar events held at stadiums, venues or along a route, to provide for the accountability of event role-players, to provide for certain prohibitions, to provide for the risk categorisation of events, to provide for the establishment of measures to deal with the safety and security at events, to provide for the accreditation of role players at events, to provide for event ticketing, to provide for the control of access of spectators and vehicles at events, to provide for the issuing of safety certificates for planned or existing stadiums or venues, to provide for the contents of safety certificates and amendment to safety certificates, to provide for the appointment of inspectors and their powers of entry and inspection, to provide for the deployment of security services, to provide for spectator exclusion notices, to provide for prohibition notices, to provide for the establishment of an Appeal Board and for appeals, to provide for public liability insurance for events, to provide for payment of fees, to provide for offences and penalties, and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Key responsibility placed on SRSA as a result of this Act : To ensure that the safety and security of all spectators and sports participants at events at stadiums or other venues in SA are adequately nurtured, protected, administered and governed.

1.2. Functions of Portfolio Committees

Portfolio committees are mandated to:

· Monitor the financial and non-financial performance of government departments and their entities to ensure that national objectives are met.;

· Facilitate public participation in Parliament relating to issues of oversight and legislation;

· Consider legislation referred to it;

· Conduct oversight of any organ of state and constitutional institution falling within its portfolio;

· Facilitate appointment of candidates to entities;

· Consider international agreements, and

· Consider budget of department and entities falling within its portfolio.

1.3. Method of work of the Committee

Committee meetings, calling for briefings and papers, public hearings, oversight visits and study tours.

1.4. Purpose of the report

This report provides an overview of the activities the Committee undertook during the 4 th Parliament, the outcome of key activities, as well as any challenges that emerged during the period under review and issues that should be considered for follow up during the 5 th Parliament. It summarises the key issues for follow-up and concludes with recommendations to strengthen operational and procedural processes to enhance the Committee’s oversight and legislative roles in future.

2. Statistics

The table below provides an overview of the number of meetings held, legislation and international agreements processed and the number of oversight trips and study tours undertaken by the Committee, as well as any statutory appointments the Committee made, during the term of the 4 th Parliament:

Table 2 : Statistics of committee activities








Meetings held







Legislation processed







Oversight trips undertaken







Study tours undertaken







International agreements processed







Statutory appointments made







Interventions considered







Petitions considered







3. Reflection on Committee’s programme per year and on whether the objectives of such programmes were achieved

The Committee’s strategic plan for the 4 th Parliament was aimed at maintaining the strategic focus, adherence to the mandate of the Committee and the enabling fundamentals of the Constitution. The strategic plan was a five-year road map with the following objectives:

  • To consider Bills and other matters falling within its portfolio as are referred to it in terms of the constitution, legislation and rules;
  • To monitor, investigate, enquire into and make recommendations concerning any such executive organs of state, constitutional or other body, including the legislative programme, rationalisation, restructuring, organisation, structure, staff and policies of such organs;
  • To exercise oversight over the Department of Sport and Recreation and its entities;
  • To consider the international agreements referred to it, and conduct necessary international study tours to transplant effective sporting models i.e. the School Sport Model;
  • To ensure the successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, not only for South Africa, but the entire continent; which would include essential visits to the SADC region;
  • To consider the Budget Vote of the Department of Sport and Recreation;
  • To consider the legislation before it;
  • To facilitate public participation in its processes and encourage public hearings, and
  • To facilitate appointments to statutory bodies.

Only one Bill, the Safety at Sport and Recreation Events Bill, was referred to and passed by the Committee. The Bill was passed by Parliament on 25 March 2010, and assented to on 1 June 2010 (Act 2 of 2010).

Sport inclusion, development, governance and leadership have been the agenda that the Committee has always prioritised in all its engagements with the sport bodies. In the beginning of its term the Committee had facilitated the establishment of the new Rugby franchise in the Eastern Cape. The launch of the franchise took place in June 2009 and it had been established to enhance the transformation agenda.

The country successfully hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup with the support of all citizens. This left a tangible feeling of pride among all South Africans. At the conclusion of the tournament South Africa was awarded “9 out of 10” by the FIFA president for the way in which the country staged the event. According to FIFA more than three million spectators attended the 64 matches of the tournament. This was the third-highest aggregate attendance after the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, and the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. This figure excludes the millions of people who watched World Cup games at fan fests, fan parks and public viewing areas across the country and in various cities around the world. Government recorded that more than 1.4 million foreigners visited the country during the tournament.

The Government had committed to investing in the preparations needed to ensure that Africa’s first FIFA World Cup TM was a resounding success. Government used this opportunity to speed up the delivery of services and infrastructure.

The South African Government committed R30 billion to major infrastructure investment programmes to enable the success of the tournament. These programmes included the upgrading of facilities, stadiums and precincts, the improvement of transport, communications, health and safety and security.

As of February 2008, the Government’s contributions to the 24 World Cup projects were R28 billion (Euro 2,5 billion) and the largest contributions were allocated to stadium and precinct development, transport, broadcasting and telecommunications, event operations, event volunteer training, port-of-entry infrastructure, immigration support and communications, hosting, legacy and culture.

Budget allocation for 2010 World Cup projects



Stadiums and precinct development

R9 841 million


R11 728 million

Broadcast and telecommunications

R300 million

Event operations

R684 million

Event volunteer training

R25 million

Ports of entry infrastructure

R3 500 million

Immigration support

R630 million

Communications, hosting, legacy and culture

R504 million

Table 3 : 2010 FIFA World Cup Expenditure

Other major tournaments include the successful hosting of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the recent 2014 Orange African Nations Championship (CHAN). Despite the poor performance of the national team at these events, the country’s ability to stage mega-events cannot be underestimated. The successful staging of these events has enhanced South Africa’s international profile enormously and affirmed its potential.

The Committee intervened in the matter relating to the controversy surrounding Ms Caster Semenya, who was subjected to the gender verification tests, and expressed concern over the manner in which the matter was handled by parties concerned. This is after she had won a gold medal at the 2009 Athletics World Championships in Berlin. The Committee registered their dissatisfaction with t he International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for the manner in which the matter was handled, stating that it was wrong for them to make the matter public, as this violated their own protocols.

A new road map was developed in 2012 in order to create a new environment for sport in South Africa. This culminated in the development of the first ever National Sport and Recreation Plan (NSRP) aimed at nurturing a vibrant sports system that will encourage the growth and development of sport in the country.

An international study tour to Argentina was undertaken by members of the Committee from 29 June to 8 July 2012 to learn from the National Sport Secretariat of Argentina and associated institutions how to implement sport policy and services related to development of sports at schools supported by the government. The objectives of the study tour were as follows:

  • To interact with legislators dealing with policy formulation relating to sport in the Congress of the Federal Republic of Argentina;
  • To understand the challenges faced and the methods used to implement sport policy and programmes at school level; and
  • To observe and study the parliamentary proceedings and the value added to the delivery of school sport services by the government and its agencies.

The delegation learnt that Argentina provided free education, which included physical education. However the emphasis remained mainly on mass participation and not competition in sporting activities. This education model was based on instilling a good value system in children who participate in sport. As a result members considered compulsory physical education to be the best solution for South Africa, since it would contribute to athletic development, transformation and social cohesion in our society through systematic sports programmes.

The Committee conducted oversight visits to sports facilities in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng from 3 to 9 June 2012. The main purpose of the visits was to interact with stakeholders in municipalities, to establish whether sports facilities were accessible and had been upgraded in line with the commitments from the 2010 FIFA Legacy Trust, to assess the facilities against the investment made and to hear of future development plans. Part of the engagement included the monitoring of spending of Municipal Infrastructure Grant funding, 15% of which was supposed to be ring-fenced for the development of sports facilities.

The Committee also conducted oversight in the Free State, North West, Western Cape, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Northern Cape with regard to certain key strategic areas of the National Sport and Recreation Plan around facilities and programmes. In particular the Committee visited some of the 27 sports facilities that have been built by that time as a result of the 2010 FIFA Legacy Trust programme. TheCommittee also visited facilities that had been built by or in partnership with the Sports Trust and LoveLife. These were facilities that had been built in partnership with those organs within communities. The Committee also visited municipal facilities, which were being built through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant that National Treasury allocated to municipalities for infrastructure development. The Committee reported findings and made recommendations to the House.

In the past five years the Committee has had engagements with SRSA to ascertain whether their budget was in line with addressing national sport and recreation priorities and to approve it as such. The Committee also advocated for more funding for sport, which in many instances has been a challenge to secure due to the many competing national priorities.

National sport federations and many other sports bodies were invited on a weekly basis with the intention of engaging them on their programmes. These were invited to annually present their strategic plans and report on sport development, transformation and governance and ensure accountability.

4. Committee’s focus areas during the 4 th Parliament

During this 4 th Parliament the Committee had focused on the following aspects of its work:

  1. 2010 FIFA World Cup Tournament
  2. Budget of the department and its entities
  3. Performance of the department
  4. Legislation
  5. Oversight
  6. Public Hearings
  7. Transformation

The report provides an outline of what transpired with regard to each of these aspects in the past five years and includes outstanding matters, current challenges and recommendations for future focus areas.

4.1. Legacies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup TM

South Africa’s hosting of the tournament was set to benefit the country in a number of areas. The South African Government had already committed to a major infrastructure investment programme, but the hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup TM acted as a catalyst for many of the current infrastructure projects. We can currently boast of a number of world class stadiums that have been built and renovated as result of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

One of the worst legacies of sport under apartheid is the dearth of football facilities in disadvantaged areas and the complete lack of recognition and support by the apartheid government of the sport. The hosting of the World Cup has left a lasting legacy for football in this country.

4.1.1. Infrastructure legacy

Ten stadiums across South Africa were selected to serve as match venues in 9 host cities, where 32 teams competed in group stages and knockout stages until two teams reached the finals, which were held at the Soccer City Stadium on 11 th July 2010. The selection of the match venues, the readiness of the stadiums on time and their compliance to FIFA requirements were the most critical deliverables by the host country. During the course of 2005 the Government set aside R241 million for planning the stadium construction programme and supporting infrastructure in the host cities. Based on an initial estimate, the Government set aside R8, 4 billion for the construction of stadiums, however, the amount was adjusted to R13, 5 billion due to cost escalations. The host cities, together with their respective provinces, also made financial contributions totalling R2,1 billion towards the construction of stadiums and support infrastructure.

The Organisation Committee Technical Team (OCTT) visited stadiums in Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin as part of a study tour to learn of and understand the complexities of particularly FIFA requirements for match venues.

Table 4 : Sport stadiums visited by the Organisation Committee Technical Team (OCTT)







FNB/Soccer City



91 500


58 300

Green point/

Cape Town

Cape Town


70 000


65 000

Nelson Mandela Bay

Port Elizabeth/

Nelson Mandela Bay


45 700


15 200

Moses Mabhida



70 000


18 200




46 000

R960m *)

7 0000

Peter Mokaba



45 000


6 800

Ellis Park



62 500


2 700

Free State




45 000

R253m *)

2 500

Loftus Versfeld



50 000



Royal Bafokeng



45 000

R150m **)


4.1.2. Skills Transfer

Job creation and skills development are the cornerstone legacies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. A large number of volunteers benefited through empowerment initiatives including capacity building workshops, overseas exchange programmes and skills training.

More than 20 000 jobs were created through the construction of the World Cup stadiums, and 4 000 South Africans who volunteered for the FIFA Confederations Cup now have experience of volunteering for or working at a major football event. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup TM , 15 000 volunteers, the majority of them South Africans, gained experience of working at a major event. 55% of the organisation’s spend was through BEE companies and 26% through SMMEs. Extensive skills programmes and coaching were offered countrywide. These include:

· Organising Committee - The Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVP) signed an agreement to train 2010 coaches over a three-year period in collaboration with SAFA. They have already trained over 300 coaches around the country

· Department of Trade and Industry - Indirect skills transfers and ongoing interaction through SEDA and other agencies.

· Training in hospitality, tour operators and related fields

  • Training of fire fighters.

4.1.3. Football Development Programmes

The hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup had to provide a concrete initiative towards ending bad governance in sport and creating a lasting legacy for sports development. To meet this objective, the following were among the projects that were implemented:

· Football Turfs

· Football Turfs – Container

  • 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Legacy Trust
  • Stadiums, training grounds and base camps

· Win in Africa with Africa

· Football for Hope programme

· Khayelitsha Football for Hope

· Grassroots Football programme

· South African Football Association’s Post World Cup Development Strategy

· My 2010 School Adventure

· Youth Development against Violence through Sport Programme

· Projects in partnership with the National Lottery Board (NLB)

· 2010 FIFA World Cup TM Ticket Fund

4.2. Budgets of the Department and Entities

Table 5 : Budget allocation of department and entities



R 000’


R 000’


R 000’


R 000’


R 000’


2 866 430

1 252 026

810 622

1 047 336

1 073 485

Boxing SA

3 087

2 208

10 112

5 108

6 552


6 713

10 042

11 604

13 215

14 024

In conducting its constitutional mandate of oversight with regard to Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA), the Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation has seen the budget of the department fluctuating over time. R2.8 billion was allocated in the 2009/10 financial year to enable the department to prepare for the Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournaments. This budget was reduced in the 2011/12 financial year to cater for domestic programmes. The budget was increased in subsequent years to allow the department to fund the AFCON 2013 and CHAN 2014 events.

The Committee approved the R8 million increase of the budget of Boxing SA in the 2011/2012 financial year, in order to revive the sport and assist boxing to revive its development plans. However, the legal battles that Boxing SA went through caused delays in its development programmes. The intervention by the Minister on the administrative side and the ensuing court action had some positive results for Boxing SA. By the end of the 2012/13 financial year the federation had received an unqualified audit result from the Auditor-General.

The South African Institute for Drug-free Sport (SAIDS) has consistently been receiving unqualified audit outcomes. This is a good governance image that the Committee aims to achieve with all. The SAIDS budget has grown steadily from R6.7m in the 2009/10 financial year to R14m in the 2013/14 financial year – an increase of 108%. The increase was primarily necessitated by the increase in cost of testing after switching from urine testing to blood testing. The Committee regards the work that SAIDS does in rooting out anti-sporting behaviour through the use of prohibited substances to be a serious matter.

4.3. Programme Performance

Sport participation and development has always been at the forefront of the Committee’s oversight focus, particularly access to sport and recreation opportunities for all South Africans. In the past five years the Committee has seen a large number of sporting opportunities created by the department through its different programmes. In the 2009/10 financial year close to 4.5 million people were given the opportunity to take part in sport and recreation activities, which was made possible by increased funding as a result of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In the 2012/13 financial year the number declined to 1.277 million people who had been provided access to sport and recreation.

Through constant engagement with SRSA the Committee was instrumental in ensuring that all citizens, including children, were given access to sport and recreation and that the school sport programme became a flagship programme of the department. Through these engagements the Committee saw an improved version of the programme by the end of 2012/13. The programme has the following three pillars: Capacity building, top school leagues and Youth Olympics. It is still a work in progress, especially in terms of cooperation and the implementation of the memorandum of understanding with the Department of Basic Education. There are 16 priority codes within the school sport programme. The budget of the Mass Participation Programme had grown from R452 million in the 2009/10 financial year to R553 million in the 2013/14 financial year, indicating a 22% increase of the budget of the department.

The Committee started its work on the eve of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. The task of the Committee was to ensure that the local organising committee and all stakeholders were delivering on their responsibilities. To enable the successful hosting of this prestigious event the Committee had to oversee that government departments sign the 17 guarantees with FIFA. This would ensure that the image of South Africa as the host of international mega-events would be improved. The event served as precursor to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, thus ensuring that South Africa was in a position to host a successful, memorable and world-class event.

4.4. Legislation

In 2010 the Committee adopted the Safety at Sport and Recreation Events Bill , which became the Safety at Sport and Recreation Events Act, Act 2 of 2010 . The purpose of the Act is, among other things, to provide for measures to safeguard the physical well-being and safety of persons and property at sports, recreational, religious, cultural, exhibitional, organisational or similar events held at stadiums, venues or along a route; to provide for the accountability of event role-players; to provide for certain prohibitions; to provide for the risk categorisation of events; to provide for the establishment of measures to deal with safety and security at events.

Following the adoption of the National Sport and Recreation Plan (NSRP) in May 2012, the Committee has been awaiting the Bill that will see the amendment of the principal Act, the National Sport and Recreation Act, Act 110 of 1998 . This amendment Bill has not yet passed through the parliamentary process. The envisaged legislation will empower the Minister to intervene with a view to resolve some of the disputes within the sport fraternity, through the envisaged establishment of the Arbitration Foundation.

Table 6 : Regulations

Safety at Sport and Recreational Events (SASREA) Regulations

Regulations have been drafted and consultations with municipalities were completed in 2012. It is envisaged that the regulations will be promulgated in 2014.

Key responsibility placed on SRSA as a result of these regulations : To ensure that the safety and security of all spectators and sports participants at events at stadiums or other venues in SA are adequately nurtured, protected, administered and governed. These responsibilities are subject to amendment until formal promulgation of the regulations.

4.5. Oversight

The Committee has conducted oversight visits in all provinces in June 2012, July 2013 and September 2013 with a view to:

a) assessing the use of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant allocated for the building of Sport and Recreation facilities in municipalities;

b) evaluating the standard and utilisation of facilities that have been built as a result of the 2010 FIFA Legacy Project to the SAFA regions for the purposes of increasing sport participation.

c) exploring the local and provincial sport and recreation plans aimed at creating access to sport opportunities for rural communities.

d) exploring the efficiency with which public-private partnerships were creating sporting opportunities for the rural communities by providing facilities and life skills programmes.

During these visits the Committee found that:

  • SAFA was promoting social sport as well as high-performance sport.
  • The Northern Cape provincial department seemed to be organised, however much wass needed in terms of professionalism within the federations. Sport and Recreation was well organised in Kakamas and Upington; however more still needed to be done in Prieska, where there were no active, funded sport programmes. The Legacy Fund organisation had done good job.
  • There were no mass participation programmes for school children. Such programmes have proved to reduce crime, teenage pregnancies, alcohol and substance abuse and other social ills.
  • Conflicts between sports councils and municipalities, and the limited functioning of sport councils were not conducive to the nurturing and development of sport participation in the region. The majority had been addressed in the interest of the athletes.
  • The facilities that were visited in the Northern Cape were generally in good condition. Community sports grounds were graded where necessary. The sport and recreation initiatives in the area were found to be promising and the Committee hoped that the work would be sustained.

Following these observations, the Committee recommended that the Minister of Sport and Recreation:

· Encourage all stakeholders to work together when building sport and recreation facilities;

· engage the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and the SA Local Government Association (SALGA) to mobilise municipalities to use the 15% of the MIG allocated for sport facilities and infrastructure;

· encourage provincial departments to establish community structures to ensure that the Government delivers on its mandate with regard to sport and recreation, and that funding is made available for sport development programmes in municipalities;

· encourage provincial departments to ensure that sport and recreation facilities with access to all communities are made available in all municipalities, and that such facilities be maintained by trained staff;

· encourage all stakeholders to ensure that FIFA Legacy Trust facilities are handed over within agreed time frames;

· encourage provincial departments to align their sport and recreation plans and programmes with the National Sport and Recreation Plan, and to draw up provincial sport and recreation plans;

· encourage the provincial departments to monitor the utilisation of the 15% Municipal Infrastructure Grant and the Urban Settlement Development Grant meant for the building of sport and recreation facilities;

· encourage the other provinces to learn from the Free State province with regard to the implementation of sport and recreation programmes.

4.6. Public Hearings

Table 7 : Public hearings


18, 19, 24 August 2009, 10-11 September, 15 – 16 September 2009, 5 – 9 October, 29 – 30 October 2009

Safety at Sport and Recreational Events Bill [B7-2009] in Moqhaka, Mangaung and George Local Municipalities and Metropolitan Municipalities of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Cape Town

To establish whether the constitutional processes were followed in issuing notices of interventions and, to recommend to the National Assembly on whether to approve or disapprove the Safety at Sport and Recreational Events Bill [B7-2009] in terms of section 139(1)(b) of the Constitution


9 March 2010

Public hearings on the Budget Vote 19: Department of Sport and Recreation, Report published 16 April 2010.

18 and 19 May 2010

Public hearings by Ad Hoc Joint Committee on South Africa’s Readiness for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Report published 1 June 2010


15 Feb 2011

Hearings on SAIDS 2009/10 annual report

23 March 2011

Public Hearings on Budget Vote 20

29 March 2011, 24 and 31 May 2011, 16 August 2011

Public Hearings on the Petition by concerned athletes regarding alleged misconduct relating officials of SASCOC sitting on Distribution Agency of the National Lotteries Fund










The Committee held public hearings in August 2009 with regard to the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Bill and invited the relevant stakeholders to deliver presentations. These stakeholders ranged from SRSA, the Private Security Industry Regulating Authority (PSIRA), the Premier Soccer League (PSL), 2010 FIFA Local Organising Committee (LOC), South African Rugby Union (SARU), Disaster Management Institute of South Africa (DMISA), Boxing South Africa (BSA), National Council Against Smoking (NCAS), South African Council of Churches (SACC) and The Soul City Institute (SCI). Successful public hearings on the Bill were held in KwaZulu-Natal, but the hearings in the Eastern Cape were disappointing due to the poor attendance of the people.  The hearing in Port Elizabeth was cancelled and the hearing in East London was poorly attended. Public hearings were also held in the Free State and Gauteng.

The Private Security Industry Regulating Authority generally supported the Bill. It suggested that changes to the definition of a “steward”, and asked that a representative from PSIRA should be included in the Event Security Planning Committee.

The Premier Soccer League generally supported the Bill, but claimed that there had not been consultation. The League submitted that provisions of the Bill dealing with security concerns would be financially impossible to meet, and that the upkeep of municipal stadiums to meet the requirements of the Bill was not feasible.

The FIFA 2010 Local Organising Committee was not opposed to the Bill in general, but was concerned that it was not necessary to pass it prior to the 2010 World Cup, as all security measures for that event were already catered for. It suggested that Parliament either delay the implementation of the Bill, or include an exemption for the World Cup under Clause 2. 2. However, the department indicated that the provisions around the 2010 event would not conflict with the Bill, and that it was likely that the event could be exempted.

SARU expressed concerns over meeting the minimum safety and security requirements of the Bill. An issue of contention for SARU was the authority that the SA Police Service would enjoy over events, which concern the Committee dismissed as largely unwarranted on SARU’s part. In order to address the concerns the Committee indicated that the requested workshop, for educating the public about the Bill, would take place as soon as possible.

Disaster Management Institute of South Africa (DMISA) broadly supported the Bill, but raised concerns such as the need for including safety officials on the Appeal Board, and the need for clearly outlining the decision-making process in the Event Safety and Security Planning Committee (ESSPC).

BSA supported the Bill and would ensure that it met the provisions enshrined in it. The Committee asked about the standby procedures for medical personnel during fights, and commended BSA's initiative in taking out insurance policies for public liability and fighters, noting that other sport organisations had not done so.

The National Council Against Smoking (NCAS) had indicated that the limitation of smoking during public events was not anything new, and that South Africa had been enforcing the Constitutional right to clean air since 1998. It added that the policies should be easy to implement, since the existing legislation was largely self-regulating, and people were used to the idea. The Committee agreed with the NCAS and decided to incorporate its suggestions into the Bill.

South African Council of Churches (SACC) largely supported the Bill, and stressed that the culture of safety and security at public events should be inculcated firmly. There was a need to educate everyone about the Bill, particularly since it would cover religious and large community gatherings. The Bill would incorporate issues of disability.

The Soul City Institute (SCI) had outlined the results of their studies into alcohol abuse and its related problems, including the risks of alcohol consumption at public events and to the public at large. They motivated for stronger regulations concerning the selling and consumption of alcohol at events, including proper labelling on alcoholic drinks. Some of the issues would be incorporated into the regulations.

4.7. Transformation

In post-apartheid South Africa sport has been used as an essential element of the long-term project of transforming South Africa, building a post-apartheid country and generating a post-apartheid identity that transcends racial, class, gender and geographic divisions. Transforming the racial identities of sport clubs and federations has been a painfully slow process that the Committee has been grappling with in the past five years . The Committee has consistently emphasised the importance and gravity of transformation.

The National Sport and Recreation Plan (NSRP) which was adopted in 2012 elevated the issue of transformation as the key issue. The Transformation Charter, which is at the centre of NSRP, is aimed at bringing about the establishment of a competitive and demographically representative sport system guided by a value set based on the following principles:

· Redress

· Equal opportunity

· Fairness and just behaviour

· Equitable resource distribution

· Empowerment and affirmation

As a result of these resolutions the Minister of Sport and Recreation established the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) to oversee this process and monitor the progress made in it. The aim of the EPG is to implement, manage and monitor sports transformation through a multi-dimensional “Performance Scorecard” which would be used to enable the sports system to measure where it is in its transformation. The Transformation Scorecard would also be used to determine whether the sports system was improving on the targets set.



Table 8 : Portfolio Committee’s budget allocation






Operating expenses in Rand

Budget available

Budget spent

Budget available

Budget spent

Budget available

Budget spent

Budget available

Budget spent

Budget available

Budget spent






Entertainment - Within SA NA MPs

20 000.00


10 000.00


20 000.00

1 645.50

Accommodation - Overnight In SA MPs

6 203

6 202

163 299

163 298

50 000.00


166 427.00

151 809.74

180 000.00

141 889.15

Mileage Claims - Within SA MPs

2 834

2 833

9 621.00

9 620.64

10 000.00

5 702.39

Subsistence Allowance - Within SA MPs

40 800

40 800

25 181

25 180

20 000.00

3 600.00

18 200.00

15 600.00

30 000.00

16 037.00

Travel - Airfares Within SA Staff


(1 425)

Travel - Airfares Within SA MPs

341 476

341 477

(87 023)

(87 024)

50 000.00

28 552.00

178 906.00

160 914.56

120 000.00

73 615.60

Vehicle Hire - Within SA NA MPs

180 836

180 837

68 117

68 116

50 000.00

3 320.00

122 826.00

114 348.79

200 000.00

186 462.70

Catering - In-House

36 232

36 240

30 000

31 751

56 000.00

28 101.00

52 020.00

51 634.29

40 000.00

21 430.30

Catering Services - Outside Suppliers

7 970

7 970

12 596

12 595

20 000.00

4 971.61

7 000.00

4 637.00

80 000.00

26 950.00


R 616 361.00

R 614 924.00

R 212 170.00

R 213 916.00

R 266 000.00

R 68 544.61

R 565 000.00

R 508 565.02

R 680 000.00

R 473 732.64

Graph 1 : Portfolio Committee’s spending pattern 2009/10 to 2013/14

The Committee’s spending of its allocated budget during the period under review is illustrated in the graph above. In the 2009/10 financial year the Committee spent 99.7% of its allocated budget and undertook a number of oversight visits to evaluate the state of readiness of host cities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It was also during this time that the Committee held public hearings in provinces. In the 2010/11 financial year the Committee’s budget allocation was reduced by 65.5%, to R212 170, since the Committee included no oversight visits in its programme for that financial year. The Committee spent 100% of its 2010/11 budget allocation. In the 2011/12 financial year the Committee only spent 25% of its allocated budget. It was also during this period that the provincial and national Sport Indabas were held.

The Committee’s budget allocation was increased by 112% in the 2012/13 financial year, from R266 000 to R565 000. In the 2012/13 financial year the Committee undertook the study tour to Argentina and oversight visits to three provinces. During this period the Committee managed to spend 90% of its allocated budget. The budget was further increased by 20% in the 2013/14 financial year, from R565 000 to R680 000. By 11 March 2014 the Committee had managed to spend 70% of its budget. The largest expenditure was oversight visits to six provinces in the year under review.

6. Administration of Portfolio Committee

Minutes of the meetings: The turnaround time and quality of draft minutes was improved, thus enabling the Committee to deal with issues that had been raised more efficiently. There is, however, room for improvement in adopting minutes more frequently and following up on matters that require further action.

MANCO Meetings: MANCO meetings have been held although not as often as desired due to the ineffective coordination of members of the committee. It is important that the management committee meet at least once a quarter in order to prepare for the Committee’s quarterly programme or when necessary, to accommodate emerging priorities.

Committee Meetings : The Committee worked well in the past five years and forming a quorum for Committee meetings was never a challenge. Apologies that had been sent were sometimes communicated late; after Committee meetings had commenced.

Committee Reports : It is worth noting that the Committee has improved on the turnaround time for reporting in order to meet the set ten-day deadlines. There is a need for members and staff to work closely together so that inputs to the reports can be discussed and included well on time. Staff is expected to follow up on all issues that are raised and to report back to the Committee.

Support Staff: The Committee has seen growth in its staff complement, especially during the 2013, when the role of the content advisor was added to assist Members with content and strategic issues of the Committee. In addition, a new committee secretary was appointed following the resignation of the previous long-serving committee secretary.

Members’ briefings: . Efficiency and quality of meetings are enhanced by requesting input in the form of briefings/briefs by the content advisor and researcher about the latest developments within the sector prior to meetings.

Oversight visits : The Committee would improve efficiency and curb expenditure by requesting advance visits by the researcher to areas it intends to visit. The logistical arrangements during visits and the standard of accommodation are unique to each area. Advance visits will assist the Committee to confirm logistical arrangements in time. In cases where the Committee splits into more than one group, the staff member accompanying each delegation is responsible for writing a report within 10 days.

7. Key areas for future work

Implementation of the National Sport and Recreation Plan: Monitoring and oversight of stakeholders’ implementation of the NSRP and the alignment of their programmes with the national plan will be a focus area in the Committee’s strategic plan and future programmes. Implementation of the NSRP will enable all stakeholders to pull in the same direction in ensuring that all structures are aligned to the NSRP. The Committee should continue, through its work, to engage federations to check the progress made in aligning to the plan.

Amendment of the National Sport and Recreation Act, Act 110 of 1998 , and repeal of South African Boxing Act , Act 11 of 2001 : The amendment of the National Sport and Recreation Act is intended to accommodate the newly adopted Sport and Recreation Plan and empower the office of the Minister to intervene when disputes within the federations necessitate such actions. It is expected that this Bill will be presented to the Committee in 2014. The South African Boxing Act, Act 11 of 2001 , will be repealed, and the SA Combat Sport Bill (2014) will accommodate Boxing SA.

Increased oversight : The role of the Committee in conducting oversight should be strengthened to focus more on implementation, especially with the introduction of the NSRP. Whilst the Committee’s oversight has been more focused on sport infrastructure, the scope of the Committee’s mandate will require more oversight of the implementation of legislation.

Physical Education: The school sport policy was signed in 2011 to include the subject of Physical Education within Life Orientation. This would apply to all schools in the Republic of South Africa governed by the South African Schools Act, Act 84 of 1996. The Department of Sport and Recreation and the Department of Basic Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding to clarify the roles and responsibilities with regard to the implementation of Physical Education. Since then the pace of implementing this MoU has been slow. The two departments would need to be encouraged to work more closely together in order to accelerate the implementation of the agreement and thus roll out a comprehensive Physical Education curriculum at schools.

A case for building Sport and Recreation facilities : There is still outstanding work from 2010 FIFA Legacy Project, namely delivering the outstanding twenty-five (25) legacy facilities. The Legacy Trust had promised to build 52 facilities throughout the country. Sports Trust along with the department should continue providing the necessary sport infrastructure in rural areas. SRSA is in the process of completing a study of the number of facilities and their location countrywide and grading them. This process should be completed by 2015 so as to ascertain a database of all facilities in the country. The National Lottery Board has been assisting with funding for facilities through the application process by municipalities. The passing of the Lotteries Amendment Bill will allow for a proactive approach, which will allow the National Lottery Board to intervene with funding in municipalities that are struggling.

Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) and Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) funds for Sport and Recreation: The Committee has thus far supported the department’s approach of administering the grant for sport infrastructure development. The current way of managing the allocation of the municipal infrastructure grant, particularly the portion for building of sport and recreation facilities, has not been effective due to the challenges that municipalities have had in using it. There are attempts by the department to bring a new approach that will ensure that the consolidated funds are channelled for the intended purpose.

Improved governance by federations and entities: There are challenges evident within some federations which are consistent with a lack of good corporate governance as prescribed in the Companies Act, Act 71 of 2008 . The continuing internal battles within Athletics SA, and the evasive manner in which SAFA continues to run its affairs, have not done justice to sport. Such conduct denies athletes the platform for growth and development in a sustained manner. It is evident that those governing and participating at the top levels are struggling to get to grips with the changing face of world sport.

The Committee has indicated that it was committed to good and clean governance of sport - not just a particular sporting code, but all sporting codes. We have championed good governance in all federations and sport bodies. Good governance is a priority and a prerequisite for political support and future funding.

Funding for Sport and Recreation development: It is widely acknowledged that sport development needs to begin at grassroots level and that recreational sport - both the active and spectator varieties - holds many social benefits. Research shows that investment in sport in developing countries is much lower than in developed countries, as sport development is usually not a top priority in the national budgets or in the education systems of most developing countries. Whilst the budget for Sport and Recreation South Africa is just above a billion rand, it is still far too little compared to that of developing countries. Within the National Development Plan (NDP) sport is amongst the areas that are said to be in need of urgent attention, firstly within the South African education system, and secondly as a means of advancing social cohesion.

8. Challenges dealt with by the Committee

Governance: The Cricket SA debacle regarding bonuses paid to the directors led to the establishment of the Ministerial Committee of Enquiry to conduct an investigation into the affairs of Cricket South Africa (Nicholson Commission of Enquiry) which made recommendations to change the governance structure of the sport and improve the development of the game.

Athletics SA finds itself at loggerheads with members and has resorted to courts to fight their battles. This is not the way the Committee would like to see issues resolved within sport. The Committee had always tried to encourage parties to have discussions and for its members to put the plight of the athletes before their own interests.

Match-fixing: This matter will not be pursued any more as the President of the Republic has indicated that the international governing body of football, FIFA, is conducting a broader investigation. South Africa will be also be investigated by FIFA on this matter.

Maladministration: Athletics SA was plagued by the Caster Semenya saga and maladministration of the sport, which led to the expulsion of the president and director. The sport continues to be plagued by yet another leadership squabble and currently has an interim leadership. The Committee will continue to encourage the concerned stakeholders to continue to work together to find a solution.

Sport and recreation facilities: Redressing the legacies of apartheid will require a concerted effort of government and private sector in building facilities in rural areas to offer sport and recreation opportunities to all citizens. During oversight visits these concerns were raised and the Committee continued to engage the relevant stakeholders to assist in the delivery of sport and recreation infrastructure in rural areas.

Transformation : The slow pace of transformation in sport and recreation seems to be a stumbling block in identifying talent and nurturing athletes to compete at higher levels of sport. All national players of rugby seem to be chosen from 22 schools that are traditionally rugby playing schools. Cricket governance at national provincial and club levels is still dominated by white people and they have acknowledged it. The Committee should monitor the manner in which this is addressed.

Funding of Federations : Whilst the department annually allocates funds to all affiliated federations, there are still challenges of funding from some of the main sources of funding in sport. There is an uneven funding mechanism by broadcasters with regard to broadcasting between small and big federations. The problem is also clear between broadcasting and funding of male-dominated and female sporting codes. Netball, as the female sporting code with the largest number of female participants in the country, is still facing a problem of funding.

Outstanding reports : The Committee has yet to receive the reports on AFCON 2013 and the recent CHAN 2014 from the local organising committees (LOCs). Government allocated R160m for the hosting of AFCON 2013 and R120m for the hosting of CHAN 2014. It will be important that the local organising committees come and present the reports on these tournaments.

Oversight visits : Unexpected changes in the Parliamentary programme or the Committee’s programme can necessitate changes to the Committee’s oversight programme. Such late changes to the oversight programme make it difficult to reschedule meetings and to coordinate properly with the provincial representatives. Logistical arrangements for road travel, flights and accommodation are also affected. Such challenges were experienced during the visit to the Northern Cape Province.

9. Highlights of Sport in South Africa

9.1. The 4 th session of Parliament began on the eve of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup which the country successfully hosted. The Members had an opportunity to go on oversight to check the state of readiness of the host cities and raise concerns where there were delays and problems.

9.2. The performance of TEAM SA at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where we won 6 medals, has been by far the best performance by South Africa at the Olympic Games.

9.3. The adoption of the National Sport and Recreation Plan in May 2012 was a milestone. The plan provides a pathway for creating an integrated sport system in the country.

9.4. The successful hosting of the AFCON 2013 and CHAN 2014 tournaments indicated the confidence that the continent has in our country’s ability to host such events.

9.5. Through the assistance of the Portfolio Committee, Southern Kings Rugby Club managed to establish a franchise that will participate in Rugby Super 15. There is still a long way to go due to the ongoing challenges in the South Western Districts (SWD)

9.6. The establishment of the Eminent Persons Group to help with the monitoring of transformation in sport, using the Transformation Scorecard, was a step to continue redressing the legacy of apartheid in sport.

9.7. The Committee noted that the department’s initiative of allocating an additional R10m to the federation of the year has gone a long way in assisting small federations to establish sustainable programmes and leagues. Tennis SA was a recipient in 2012. Netball SA, the 2013 recipient, is in a process of establishing a Netball Premier league.

9.8. There are 27 artificial pitches that have been built throughout the country as a result of the legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust. There are still 25 more to be built.

9.9. Netball SA won the 2013 African Netball Championship in June after beating Malawi 54-52 on their home soil. South African athletes have also won first place in international rowing, swimming, under 19 cricket and under 20 rugby competitions.

10. Recommendations

10.1. Administration : The Committee should ensure that there are regular briefings with staff regarding the programme and content-related issues in order to improve interaction with stakeholders.

10.2. Implementation of NRSP : The Committee should ensure that it strengthens its oversight over the implementation of the National Sport and Recreation Plan and follows up on the outstanding matters.

10.3. Implementation of the Physical Education Curriculum : The Committee should strengthen coordination with the Portfolio Committee of Basic Education in order to ensure the speedy implementation of physical education in schools.

10.4. Transformation : The Committee should follow up with the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) regarding their report on transformation in sport and set clear targets that should be adhered to with regard to transformation in sports by all federations.

10.5. Outstanding reports : The Committee should invite the LOCs of AFCON 2013 and CHAN 2014 as a matter of urgency to provide briefs and complete reports of the tournaments.

10.6. Funding and sport facilities : The Committee should continue to lobby for more funding for sport development and building of sports facilities. It should also monitor closely the use of lottery funds allocated for the building of sport and recreation facilities in line with the National Sport and Recreation Plan.

10.7. Appointment of candidates to entities : The Committee should facilitate the appointment of candidates to entities.

11. Conclusions

The Committee has made an effort to address key issues in sport in the past five years. The legacies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, when it comes to infrastructure development, has had the notable achievement of creating access to sport and recreation opportunities. Such successes have to be safeguarded and built upon.

There is still more to be achieved achieve, especially when it comes to transformation and provision of access to sport and recreation activities to all citizens. At the heart of creating an enabling environment in sport is the building of sport and recreation facilities. On the other hand, there is a critical element of governance in federations which seems to be weak. At the same time there are signs of lack of leadership in sport federations. It will be important for the new Committee to take these issues forward.

The work of the Committee should be enhanced by strengthening oversight with regard to the implementation of the legislation. Until such time as the legislation is translated into proper action, the transformation and development goals will not be delivered within the desired time frame. The Committee, therefore, is duty-bound to ensure that all stakeholders responsible for sport and recreation implement the resolutions as contained in the Transformation Charter in order to fast-track this process.


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