ATC131028: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation on Oversight Visit to Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Free State, North West, Western Cape and Northern Cape, dated 15 October 2013

Sports, Arts and Culture

Report of the Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation on Oversight Visit to Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Free State, North West, Western Cape and Northern Cape, dated 15 October 2013

1.         Purpose of the oversight:

Parliament derives its authority from the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. Section 42(3) bestows oversight of executive action function to the National Assembly. Section 55(2) (b) empowers the National Assembly to provide for mechanism to maintain oversight of the exercise of national executive authority, including the implementation of legislation and any organ of state. One of the functions of oversight listed in the Oversight and Accountability Model is to ensure that policies announced by government and authorised by Parliament are actually delivered. This function includes monitoring the achievement of goals set by legislation and the government’s own programmes.

The Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation conducted oversight in the Free State, North West, Western Cape, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Northern Cape in certain key strategic areas of National Sport and Recreation Plans around facilities and programmes. In particular the oversight was conducted over sports facilities built as a result of the 2010 FIFA Legacy Trust programme - 27 of these have been built so far in the country. There were still 25 more to be built to complete the 52 multi-purpose facilities that the 2010 FIFA Legacy Trust intended to build in all the regions of SAFA. The committee also visited facilities that were built by or in partnership with the Sport Trust and LoveLife . These were facilities that had been built in partnership with those organs within communities. The other facilities that the Committee visited were the municipal facilities, which were being built through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant that National Treasury provided to municipalities for infrastructure development. This Grant offered municipalities a chance to use 15% for the building of Sport and Recreation facilities. The South African Cabinet approved the establishment of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) on 5 March 2003. This Grant made provision for the building of Sport and Recreation facilities.

2.         Objectives:

a)     To assess the use of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant allocated for the building of Sport and Recreation facilities in municipalities in order to provide sporting opportunities to the communities.

b)    To evaluate the standard and utilisation of facilities that have been built as a result of the 2010 FIFA Legacy Project to the SAFA regions in the country for the purpose of increasing sport participation.

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

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

3.         Site visits and meetings:

3.1        Limpopo Province

The Portfolio Committee was welcomed at the municipality by the municipal council and managers, accompanied by the officials from the Provincial Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and Sports and Recreation South Africa. The Committee was briefed at the offices of the Department of Sports Arts and Culture. The following were in attendance:


Delegation of the Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation

Mr M R Mdakane (Chairperson), Ms G S Sindane, Ms T E Lishivha, Ms L N Mjobo, Mr W Rabotapi, Mr  D Woodington (Committee Secretary), Mr T Thebehae (Content Advisor)

Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA)

L Malaudzi, S Mncube

Limpopo Legislature

M Mamagale, S More, W Khosa, N Ndlane, I Maaga, H Nyathela, E Maake

Department of Arts, Sport and Culture

C Kgathane, I Phamusi, M Ledwaba, S Mateka, J Mankge, T Netshifhefhe

Limpopo Academy of Sport

S Shiluvane

Greater Tzaneen Municipality

M Ramatseba, D Mmette, R Mokgomole, O Mkhombo, M Maukabidi


The HOD made a brief presentation to the Committee on School Sport, Sport Development, 2010 Legacy Projects and the Limpopo Academy of Sport.

3.1.1     Limpopo Academy of Sport

The Limpopo Academy of Sport (LAS) has been established in terms of section 9 (2) (b) of the National Sport and Recreation Act, 1998 (Act No 110 of 1998).  SASCOC is the entity responsible for the Academy system in South Africa.  The LAS serves as the delivery arm of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. The LAS complements the Department by preparing teams to participate in National or International championships. The Academy received additional funding from the National Lottery to enhance the performance of Limpopo athletes. The Academy renders the following services to the priority federations:

·         Sport Science and Medicine support

·         Life skills programmes

·         Coaching

·         Education and Training

The Province has the following Academies :

Sekhukhune District Academy : This academy has received R1 million from the National Lottery to renovate the facility in 2007. Gym equipment was installed at Maleoskop in 2007. The Academy hosted football and netball coaching courses in May 2013 and athletics training camp in February 2013.  The gym is being run by a volunteer on a daily basis.

Vhembe Satellite Academy of Sport : Vhembe District Municipality availed R300 000 to renovate the facility in 2009. Gym equipment has been installed at Makhado FET. Vhembe Satellite Academy hosted the football coaching course in July 2013 as well as Rugby and Athletics camps in 2012. The Facility is under the care of the employees of Makhado FET College.

Mopani Satellite Academy of Sport : The Giyani Youth Camp has been identified as the venue for the Satellite Academy. The Mopani District Municipality has not yet finalised the agreement with the Giyani Local Municipality for access to the Youth Camp. Gym Equipment is being stored in Giyani Sports, Arts and culture centre.

Capricorn Satellite Academy of Sport : Capricorn District Municipality spent R500 000 to renovate the facility in 2011. Gym equipment was installed at Ga Mothapo- Ga Ramogale in 2011. The venue has recently been damaged by heavy rains and will need to be repaired.

Waterberg Satellite Academy of Sport : Limpopo Academy of Sport has acquired R1.2 million for the Waterberg Satellite gym equipment from the National Lottery Board. Waterberg District has identified Settlers High School as the venue for the Academy. Currently they are in the process of finalising the MOU for the gym equipment and it will be delivered in 2013.

3.1.2.    2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Projects

The 2010 FIFA Legacy Project has a number of projects in the Limpopo Province. The projects are as follows:

New Peter Mokaba Stadium : Located in Polokwane Municipality within the Capricorn District. It is used 4 times a month for soccer and rugby matches, and the halls are used for corporate events, social events and other sporting functions. There are offices rented out to the Blue Bulls Rugby Union and Limpopo Cricket Union. The facility was built for R1 322 338 000.00.

Old Peter Mokaba Stadium : Located in Polokwane Municipality within the Capricorn District. The facility is used at least 15 times per month for soccer, rugby, athletics, meetings, religious gatherings and sporting functions.

Polokwane cricket club : Located in Polokwane Municipality within the Capricorn District.  It is used at least 20 times per month for cricket matches and practices, music festivals and corporate team building activities.  The hall is used for karate and dance training.

Jane Furse Artificial Pitch : Located in Makhudu Thamaga Local Municipality within the Sekhukhune District. It has an artificial pitch, a club house and changing rooms.  It was built by SAFA for R8.2 million. The Committee visited this project.

Burgersdorp Artificial Pitch : Located in the Greater Tzaneen Local Munipality within the Mopani District. It has an artificial pitch, a club house and changing rooms.  It was built by SAFA for R5.3 million.

Mogalakwena Football for Hop Centre : Located in Mogalakwena Local Municipality within the Waterberg district. It has an artificial pitch, a club house and changing rooms with ablution facilities. It was built by SAFA for R1.2 million.

FNB Makwerela Stadium : Located in Thulamela Local Muncipality within the Vhembe district. It has an artificial pitch, changing rooms with ablutions facilities and a security office at the gate. It is maintained by the local municipality.

Rabali Stadium : Located in Makhado Local Municipality within the Vhembe district.  It has an artificial pitch, club house and changing rooms. It was built by SAFA for R6.3 million.

3.1.2.    Visit to the Academy Gym at the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture

Gym equipment was bought in 2006, to be housed at the Academy at the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. The cost of the equipment was R500 000 in 2006, and is now worth approximately R1.2 million. The funds for the equipment were funded by the National Lottery. To date the gym equipment bought in 2006 has not being utilised. Even though the Academy owns the gym equipment, they are struggling to find a suitable place to house this equipment. The Portfolio Committee was informed by the Department that plans have been approved for an academy to be built - to install the gym equipment, but unfortunately they did not have funds to start the building of the facility. Currently the Department is in contact with the Academy to discuss possible alternatives to have the gym equipment fully utilised. An alternative would be to find a private investor and discuss the possibility of starting a public service gym.

3.1.3.    Visit to the 2010 Legacy Project in Jane Furse

The sport facility is located in the Makhudu Thamaga local Municipality within the Sekhukhune district. It has an artificial pitch, club house and changing rooms which were built by SAFA for R8.2 million.

The field is currently being used on a daily basis, and teams are using the facility free of charge, although there are currently plans in progress to charge teams a small maintenance fee, for the use of the facility. There are two maintenance officials currently employed to assist with the maintenance of the pitch. The facility has a tractor and a brush to assist with the maintenance.

There is currently no running water or electricity leading to the club house building which has been wired already, however there is electricity running to the flood flights, making it possible to play matches during the evening. The flood lights need to be realigned. When matches are played, mobile toilets are brought in as there is no running water or working ablution facilities. The municipality also fills the water tanks during match days, to ensure that there is water for the players during the matches. Soil erosion on the soccer field, particularly during rainy season poses a serious threat to this facility. Paving constructed on the edges of the soccer field is already falling apart.

Trenches on the outside of the artificial field needs to be built. The hooks on the poles are also broken. There are currently no funds available to build a pavilion for spectators. SAFA 2010 FIFA Legacy Trust has committed to return in the next six months to repair the paving around the facility.

3.1.4.    Visit to Burgersdorp artificial pitch

The sport facility is located in Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality within the Mopani district. The municipality is a grade 4 municipality with a population of 390 000 people located in 130 villages. Only 5 of the villages generate their own revenue. The facility has an artificial pitch, a club house and changing rooms. The facility was built by SAFA for R5.3 million and was funded by the National Lottery. The facility is currently only being used to play football. During the course of a month approximately 800 people make use of this facility.

The village has a challenge of water shortage, and they make use of long drop toilets for ablution. The playing field does not have flood lights and thus no games can be played in the evening. Currently R2.3 million has been budgeted for to build a pavilion for the facility, and it is due to be completed in the next 3 years.

The schools and smaller clubs are charged R200 to use the facility and the bigger clubs R500. Schools that are not able to pay are allowed to use the facility free of charge. The money received for the use of the facility is used for the maintenance of the facility. The municipality also intends to use the clubhouse to host workshops. A big screen TV has been received from the Lottery, and will be used in the clubhouse for entertainment.

3.1.5     Challenges

·         Under spending on the Sport and Recreation Conditional Grant.

·         MIG is not being utilised for sport facilities but is instead being used for other projects.

·         Maintenance of existing sport facilities in the Limpopo is a challenge.

·         No annual School Sport Competition Calendar from SRSA. As a result, this has a negative impact on the preparation of learners and internal procurement of processes thereof.

·         Effectiveness of the transversal contract to supply sport equipment.

·         Sport programmes fully funded by the grant, no equitable share budget allocated.

·         Lack of funding for federations to effectively prepare for National Competitions.

·         Lack of sport infrastructure in the Province.

·         Budget for the Sport Councils is not sufficient and in some cases it has been reduced.

3.1.6     Observations

·         MIG is currently being administered by the Municipalities. Consideration should be given to having the 15% MIG allocated for the building of Sport and Recreation, administered by SRSA to ensure that it is used for the funding of Sport Infrastructure.

·         Grant funding is delayed and is often only received during the 2nd quarter of the year, but municipalities are expected to report on the first quarter, even though no grant has been received.

·         Communities need to feel a sense of ownership to the sport hubs in their province.

·         Staff in the support office does not have the necessary tools of trade leading to many staff being incapacitated to carry their responsibilities effectively.

·         Sport councils emphasised that they do not receive the necessary support from the Department.

·         Sport facilities, including legacy sport facilities, currently only cater for certain sporting codes and some cannot be used as multipurpose facilities.

·         Federations have requested that programmes need to be implemented by them, instead of by the Department, as the Department does not necessarily have the capacity to implement programmes.

·         Federations want to be registered as service providers, to empower them to be paid from conditional grants. However SRSA is negotiating with CATHSETA to register and accredit all federations as training providers so that they are aligned to the required NQF levels as per SAQA requirement.

·         Communication between the Department and Federations is not up to standard and at times leads to confusion and cancelation of sporting tournaments.

3.2.       Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga Carolina visit (Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality) and Hendrina (Steve Tshwete Municipality)


The members of the portfolio committee were welcomed at the municipality by the municipal council and managers, accompanied by officials from the Provincial Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and Sports and Recreation South Africa. The Committee was briefed at the offices of the Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality. The following were in attendance:

Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation

Mr M R Mdakane (Chairperson), Ms G S Sindane, Ms T E Lishivha, Ms L N Mjobo, Mr W Rabotapi, Mr D Woodington (Committee Secretary), Mr T Thebehae (Content  Advisor)

Sport and Recreation South Africa

S Mncube, L Mulaudzi

Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation

A Pretorius, S. Mjwara, L. Molobela, Paul Makotane

Member of Mayoral Committee

Walter Mngomezulu

Chief Albert Luthuli Municipal Sports Council

Amanda Mpondo


The council gave members a brief presentation about the state of sport and facilities in the municipalities. The township of Carolina has been identified as one of the beneficiaries of the Ministerial Rural Development Outreach Programme and the intention of the committee was to see the how the programme has been going on since its launch. Hendrina is another town 40 kilometres from the municipality.

3.2.1.    Mbombela Municipality

The municipality has a population of about 600 000 community members. There are 16 sport facilities in the municipality (7 stadiums, 1 FIFA Legacy Project, 4 public swimming pools and 4 multi-purpose facilities and these exclude the 200 open grounds). Mbombela municipality annually holds the Mayoral Cup which includes the unorganised sport. It is the host of one of the newly built World Cup stadiums, namely Mbombela Stadium. The following persons were in attendance:

Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation

Mr  M R Mdakane (Chairperson), Ms G S Sindane, Ms T E Lishivha, Ms L N Mjobo, Mr W Rabotapi, Mr D Woodington (Committee Secretary), Mr  T Thebehae (Content Advisor)

Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA )

Simphiwe Mncube, Lenky Malaudzi

Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation

T  Hutton, M Khoza, L Mosia, L Molobela, S Mbatha

Mbombela Local Municipality

R Matola, F Sibozi, M Mazibane, D Tsela, T  Heyns, L Nonhlanhla, V Mthethwa, S Dlamini, E Lubede


T Shube (SAFA), E van Veenhuyzen (Mpumalanga Province Swimming)  State of municipal facilities:

  • Masoyi stadium is a public stadium which serves about 135 000 people.
  • Ntsikazi stadium is the first stadium that President Mandela visited in the province. It doesn’t have a proper pitch.
  • Gabokweni stadium serves about 15 000 people and lacks a pavilion. But regularly hosts SAFA games.
  • Msogoba Stadium is very dilapidated.
  • Kanyamazana benefitted from the FIFA legacy and has since been renovated. It is well looked after.
  • Matsoko Stadium is not in a good condition. It doesn’t have a pitch.
  • Kwamagugu Stadium was donated to the local council.
  • Valencia Sport Complex is not in good condition. It needs to be upgraded.
  • All four swimming pools are in town, three of which are in Nelspruit and one in White River. All four swimming pools are very old.
  • The artificial pitch in Numbi was built as a 2010 FIFA Legacy Project and has not been officially handed over. The facility doesn’t have water and electricity as yet.
  • SRSA has sent the personnel, including representatives from Mpumalanga, to Germany to attend training for the maintenance of sport facilities.
  • The Province has identified Rob Ferreira and Highveld Park schools as sport focused schools. Programmes for sport in municipality:
  • The Sport Confederation exists but is not fully functional.
  • Women’s soccer is supported. There are currently two teams playing in the SASOL regional league and two girls from the area play in the national team.
  • Mbombela has one of the biggest netball leagues.
  • The indigenous games programme focuses on people of ages 18-40 years old in all regions.
  • Mpumalanga has been the National Champ in jukskei in the past 4 years.
  • Lack of national standard swimming pools hampers the development of professional swimmers in the province.
  • Currently the provincial swimming federation has two main development programmes in swimming: The learn-to-swim programme and the splash programme.
  • Swimming SA has identified Mpumalanga as a perfect location to host a low altitude swimming competition. As a result the swimming pools need to be upgraded to meet the minimum FINA standards to host the National Championships.
  • In the past 3 years Swimming Mpumalanga has lost 13 swimmers who are at level 3 due to lack of proper facilities in the province.
  • The Provincial Department of Sport has been very supportive of the swimming development programme, where they have been transporting learners from rural areas to come and attend these development programmes.
  • The lifeguard programme is offered in schools to educate kids about safety in water. Budget for renovating facilities:

  • Currently there is R700 000 budgeted for grating the open grounds and putting up goal posts.
  • Mbombela municipality has set aside a maintenance budget of less than a R1m for unblocking drainage in the current 2013/14 financial year.
  • Currently there are two projects underway which are being funded through the MIG grant, these includes community halls.
  • Operational Budget breakdown for sport and recreation:
    • Operations: R3.5m
    • K Pex (Mayoral): R3.4m (includes R1m for upgrading of Netball courts at Van Rieben)
    • Open grounds: R750 000            Visit to Mbombela Stadium:

  • This is the cheapest of the newly built 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums.
  • The municipality is offering a leverage for smaller clubs to play at the stadium.
  • The approach of the city in running the stadium is to allow regular games with the intention of getting locally based professional clubs to make this their home ground.
  • This has been boosted by the return of Black Aces to the PSL.
  • The other initiatives which are still underway is that of signing the agreement with the Pumas, which are currently playing in the second division, to relocate from Witbank to Nelspruit, so that they can play their Currie Cup matches at the stadium.

3.2.2..   Visit to Numbi 2010 FIFA legacy Project:

Numbi sport facility is situated 40km outside Nelspruit. This facility has not been officially handed over to the municipality by the 2010 FIFA Legacy Trust. The facility’s management team has not been set up as yet. However, this facility has cost R5.8m to construct. Whilst it has not been officially handed over to the municipality, the municipality has been promising to put the electricity and water for over 10 months now. As a result, the 2010 FIFA Legacy Trust has undertaken to help with paying for the connection of water and electricity. In order to ensure that there is quality work being done on all these facilities in the future, the FIFA Legacy Trust has decided to separate the tender for the construction of the artificial turf and the club house.

The guarantee of these facilities is 20 years. All the problems related to the facilities’ structural and physical defects should be addressed to the FIFA Legacy Trust office, as they hold the contract with the construction companies that were responsible for the building of those facilities.

The facility has a full soccer pitch, with an artificial turf with goal posts and nets. There is a club house, a changing room that has 2 toilets and 3 showers. This club house has storage for the tractor and the brush that keeps the facility in a good state. There are offices which are supposed to be occupied by the local football association, but that has not happened. Services rendered at the facility The local football association representative indicated to the Portfolio Committee that so far the services that are offered at the facility are regular league games to the local clubs. No other sporting codes except for football use this facility.   3.2.3     Observation on Carolina and Hendrina:

  • It is not sustainable to provide the federations with money because of the state of affairs in some of those. There are no accountability systems and there is general poor governance within some of the federations.
  • SRSA has been in talks with National Treasury to get permission to administer the MIG funds in order to allow that the municipalities should deliver on building the sport and recreation facilities, without diverting the funds elsewhere. This is anticipated to be implemented by the 2014/15 financial year.
  • SRSA has also concluded the classification of the facilities from basic to high performance facilities.
3.2.4     Budget process:

The Chief Albert Luthuli municipality has benefitted from the Ministerial Rural Outreach programme which was announced in April 2013, as a result SRSA, in partnership with Sport Trust, has completed building a multipurpose sport facility. The municipality has allocated a budget of R10.2 m from their equitable share for the renovation of the Selobela Stadium. The district municipality has made a contribution of R1.5 million to the same project whilst the Provincial Department has made a provision to contribute but will not disclose the figure as yet.   3.2.5     Sports codes accommodated:

The multipurpose facility will accommodate sporting codes such as volleyball, netball, tennis, basketball and handball. It is complete and is just awaiting the official handover by the Minister. The Selobela Stadium will accommodate sporting codes for football, rugby, netball and athletics. It will also offer the pavilion and ablution block, including office space.   3.2.6     Findings on Hendrina and Carolina:
  • Sport council does not have any office space to operate in but relies more from the support in kind which is provided by the municipality to allow for their daily operations.
  • The facility that was built through the Ministerial Outreach Programme in Carolina has been built within the premises of the school.
  • The Chief Albert Luthuli municipality has not concluded the plans for the renovation of the Selobela Stadium, meanwhile there is funding allocated.
  • The officials in Hendrina (Steve Tshwete Municipality) were not available to meet the committee during the oversight despite being previously informed of the visit.
  • The stadium in Hendrina has dilapidated very much and the ablution blocks were in a state disrepair.
  • There was no proper maintenance of the facilities in general in the municipality.
  • The official working at the facility was the only person in charge of keeping the stadium in good condition but this was not the case when the committee visited the stadium.
  • The fence was in a broken state.
  • It was not clear as to what are the municipal plans regarding the facility or even the state of sport programmes within the municipality.
3.2.7.    Challenges at Carolina and Hendrina

  • The Chief Albert Luthuli municipality doesn’t have a grater for scraping the open grounds and this hampers the delivery of sport and recreational activities in the municipality.
  • There is a general poor maintenance of the facilities in the two municipalities.
  • Other competing social issues like provision for electricity, proper sanitation, housing and including water, which the municipalities have a responsibility to deliver to the community, it makes it difficult for the municipality to provide for sport and recreation.
  • The municipality is still struggling to use the 15% provision of the MIG fund for the building of sport and recreation facilities.
3.2.8.    Challenges at Mbombela

It is still a challenge for the municipality to fully utilise the 15% MIG grant which has been allocated for the building of sport and recreation facilities. There is no structural programme of indigenous games in the province.

There is dispute for the municipality to pay for the installation of the electricity and water at the facility due to the facility being built on tribal land, thus creating a conflict of interest in the maintenance of the facility between the municipality and the tribal community of Numbi.

The facility has not been installed with flood lights as well; the costs for such are estimated to be at R600 000. It will be difficult to develop the pavilion on this facility as it has occupied the whole area of land which has been allocated. The surrounding land belongs to the chief of the tribe.

The Numbi facility does not have running water and electricity and during the tournaments they use portable toilets. The Mbombela Municipality has been promising to provide these services for over ten months now.

3.3. Free State Province

3.3.1.    Bloemfontein

The Portfolio Committee was welcomed at the Provincial Department by the MEC and managers. There was a moment of silence observed for the passing away of Gauteng MEC (Hon Nkosiphendule).

Attendance: Parliament of RSA

Mr M M Dikgacwi, Ms M C Dube, Ms T E Lishivha, Ms G S Tseke, Mr S G Mmusi, Mr T D Lee, Mr M Mdekazi (Researcher), Ms N Mahlanyana (Committee Assistant)

Sport and Recreation South Africa

T Mkonto; N Tshivhase

Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Free State

K Tlhakudi, M Sebitlo, M Yawa, M Mathumbu, B Moitse,

Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality

I Sekaleli, M Leepile, A Andrew, M Nhlapo, K Rabela, W Boshoff

Matjhabeng Municipality

M Radebe, D Dhlamini

Other Stakeholders

M Hlasoa (Sanabo: Head Coach), P Leshono (TC-Zens Trading), A Tjiwit (Reya-Teng Trading and Pojects cc), S Mathafeng (LoveLife Trust), M Sesele (Free State Legislature), M Mokebe (Tshireletso Primary School)

NB: This is a Province with an MEC who is always hands on. This MEC knows every programme that occurs in his department and most of these are fruitful.  He accompanied the Portfolio Committee to each and every facility his Province has built; he was with the members of the Committee all the time.


The MEC proceeded to make a presentation to the committee where he explained the programmes and projects that the department has undertaken. There are four sub-programmes in the Provincial Chief Directorate of Sport, these are: Community Sport, Sport and Talent Development, Management and the Free State Sport Science Institute. The presentation also provided members with detailed plans around the sport development programmes they are undertaking and the dates which these plans will be undertaken. The Community Sport programme covered a wide range of plans these are included:

  • Senior Citizens Programme
  • People with Disabilities
  • Indigenous Games
  • Women in Sport and Rural Girls Games
  • Mass Mobilisation Campaigns
  • Youth Camps
  • Recreational Sport Leagues
  • OR Tambo Games
  • Club Development and Sport & Recreation Councils
  • Provide Clubs with Equipment and Attire
  • GIZ / Youth Development through Football (YDF)
  • Team Delivery to Provincial and National Tournaments
  • Capacity Building
  • Mobile bus for high performance
  • Rehabilitation programmes for ex convicts under the wing of LoveLife
  • Regional multipurpose centre

Free State Sport Science Institute is the first government-owned Sport Science institute and has staff that is Sport Science Institute as a National Training Centre, with the advantage of using its geographic location to its advantage. The Free State Sport Science Institute has just also completed building the high performance training centre for boxing. The Institute offers a wide range of sport science services. There are plans of developing a National Academy of Sport which will range around a billion with 30, 000 hectares. The academy will have 12 tennis courts, 10 volleyball courts and other indoor sport zones, and will include a hotel.

The province has upgraded and built new facilities. The following facilities have been completed.

  • Mangaung: Batho Primary School Sport Court at R900 000 in conjunction with Sport Trust
  • Seeisa Ramabodu stadium is still under construction and has been projected to cost R284 million
  • Virgina Community Gym: SRSA has donated R250 000 worth of equipment
  • Virginia: Mamello Secondary School Sport Court in conjunction with Sport Trust
  • Allanridge: Tshireletso Primary School Sport Court in conjunction with Sport Trust. The costs were R900 000.
  • Odendaalsrus: Stadium is being renovated. The projected budget is R22 808 468 million.

The province has been active in ensuring that the municipalities are using their 15% MIG allocation for building sport and facilities. All the districts have submitted their project plans and it will costs R526 815 197.11 million.

3.3.2. State of facilities: Batho Primary School Sport Court

The facility was officially handed over on 1st June 2012 and is the second sport court to be handed over by The Sports Trust. The Minister of Sport and Recreation and the MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation and Pareto Limited officially handed over this facility to the school. The Department is currently running school sport mass participation programmes in this school, and sharing this multipurpose sport court with the other schools in the area being, Legae Primary, Morafe Primary, Phahamisang Primary, Mangaung Primary, Marang Primary, Sehunelo High School and the local sports clubs, thereby benefitting the whole community. Seeisa Ramabodu Stadium There is about R81,3 million budgeted for 2013/14 financial year. There is new contractor appointed and on 29 April 2013 the site was handed over to them. Current scope of work is limited to early works which includes site establishment, site clearance, disposal of steel and earthworks. The consortium is finalising the total BOQ for the completion of the stadium Virginia Gym Facility SRSA donated gym equipment to the value of R250 000. The municipality availed community hall. The gym is currently managed by the sport council with assistance of maintenance of the equipment from the Department. Virginia Mamello Secondary School Sport Court

This is the first facility to be handed over on 14 October 2011. The Chairman of The Sports Trust, Mr Rob Fleming, the Executive Director of Harmony Gold Mines, Mr Mashego Mashego and the hon Mr Dan Kgothule, MEC, handed this facility to the school. Allanridge: Tshireletso Primary School Sport Court

The facility was officially handed over on 19 March 2013 by The Sports Trust in association with their Trustee, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited, MEC Mr D A M Kgothule, Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture, Mr Mashego Mashego, Executive Director of Harmony Gold Mining Limited, and Mr Max Jordaan, Projects Chairman of the Sports Trust. The court costs about R900 000. Odendaalsrus: Upgrading of Sipho Mutsi Stadium

Matjhabeng Municipality, through the MIG funds, has budgeted R22 808 468-03 million for the upgrading of the Sipho Mutsi stadium in Odendaalsrus. The plan will see the old grand stand turned into an ablution facility. It includes the building of a new soccer and rugby field with new irrigation system. Other renovations include a new tartan track, new caretakers house, new grand stand, new turnstile kiosks and new changing rooms. There will be repairs to the existing perimeter fence. Progress on site is 80%. The work is still in progress. Variation order is in process for the installation of high spec athletic track. A new indoor sport centre will be constructed in this financial year within the same precinct.

3.3.4.    Observations
  • The Portfolio Committee observed the following during the visit in the Free State:
  • The department is aware that there gangsters who are recruiting in Primary Schools and they are working with the community to develop programmes that will address the problem.
  • About R526 million has been spent on building facilities in Free State.
  • There is no MoU with Department of Agriculture, there was a concession that Departments are working in silos and that is something which needs to be corrected and foster integrative thinking as this is one Government.
  • There is need to have sustainability plans, whereby there are vegetables gardens in schools to go on their own.
  • There are about 82 townships involved in mass participation.
  • Age cheating cannot be entirely ruled out, in the province there are few incidences of such. An emphasis was made that “A Child in Sport is not a Child in Court”.
  • The department does not have any MoU and framework for collaboration between the DoBE and SRSA, instead, Education Department surrendered officials to Sport and Recreation Department in the Free State, which is an effective model that works for the Province, as such the Province is ahead of SRSA with regard to implementing the MoU with the provincial Department of Education.
  • On LoveLife, this entity does have money. It is not clear where and how they utilized their money. It is for that reason that the Provincial MEC for Sport integrated LoveLife into his departmental wing and made it a point that they are fully functional, such that there were young people who are former convicts who are running their bakery through the assistance of the MEC within LoveLife precinct, and also some of them acquired computer skills through the intervention of this MEC,  whilst others are getting photographical skills due to the involvement of this MEC.
  • The province participated in a Boxing league that was held in Cape Town and they came number 3. They have trainers who are dedicated to breed boxers in the Province and they are placed in Welkom.
  • All facilities in Mangaung have 24hr security. Long leases of the Municipal stadiums/ facilities are sometimes a detriment to sport itself.
  • In Thabong-Virginia, there are programs for senior citizens which the Committee practically witnessed, there are also boxing gyms, Kopano Centre, local gymnasium that develops talent locally.  Also the Committee was shown projects that were funded by MIG, which is Bronville Community Hall and Kutlwanong stadium.
  • The Provincial DASCR has the budget for building Sport and Recreation facilities
  • The province has developed a data base for the athletes in their programme
  • It was also worth noting that the Provincial Sport Confederations is fully functional

3.4.       North West Province

3.4.1.    Vryburg/Naledi Municipality:

Welcoming and introductions were made on behalf of the Mayor by Director Tshwano Mochumi. Provincial inputs by the acting HoD Mr K Khumalo, who relayed the proceedings to Dr V Mogajane the Chief Director in the Department of Sport.

The following persons were in attendance:

Parliament of RSA

Mr M M Dikgacwi, Ms M C Dube, Ms T E Lishivha, Ms G S Tseke, Mr S G Mmusi, Mr T D Lee, Mr M Mdekazi (Researcher), Ms N Mahlanyana (Committee Assistant)

North West Provincial Legislature

S Maloba, M Mahlakoleng

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture North West

K Diphoko, S Monyatsi, K Mosiapoa, M Chabeli, K Lebotse, M Lesie, M Mathews

Naledi Local Muncipality

O Mathube, O Makobe, T Appolus, C Groep, L Moinwe,

Moses Kotane Local Municipality

N Moeng, S Motshelude


R Mashigo, B Mogodie, R Mccarthy, N Gcobo

2010 Fifa Legacy Trust

J Carrim, G Fredericks

North West Provincial Confederation

T Sekoto, N Silent, J Van Neel

Other Stakeholders:

P Labuschagne (Tlokwe City Council), M Robertson (North West Academy of Sport), T Tsheiso (DR KK Sport Confederation), K Nair (Holy Family Combined School)


The Portfolio Committee was welcomed in the province and oversight by the HoD of the Department of Sport, Arts & Culture along with the senior managers in the department and the local municipality. This was followed by the presentation about the provincial plans on sport and recreation. The following points were highlighted:

  • Departmental Vision and mission
  • Strategic goals and objectives
  • Mandate and directives
  • Organogram
  • Programmes (School Sport), acknowledged the MoU between DoE and SRSA

There were about 1300 schools in the Province and about 441 registered schools in 2013/14. There are school sport leagues, farm schools games which are by School Sport budget.

There is a Community Sport which is comprised of partnership with Federations through Northwest Sport Academy and Sport Council/Confederation.  There is a provisional grant to priority Federations. The following codes are catered for in that grant:

  • Netball
  • Cricket
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics
  • Boxing
  • Swimming

The academy services should specifically concentrate on talent identification and provision of basic Sport Science testing. Club Development specifically focuses on building capacity for good sport administrators, technical officials and coaching. The tournaments and leagues specifically consider equipment and attire as well as administration costs. On Recreation, there is a joint programme with the Provincial Recreation Council on RecreaHab-with the following programs:

  • Prisoners
  • Fit for life
  • Health interventions
  • Toddlers in action
  • Departmental programs focus on the following:
  • Youth Camps
  • Indigenous games
  • Golden games
  • Capacity building
  • Big walk

Youth camps take place annually by the month of September, targeting 14-25 year olds.

Indigenous games had also been included in the annual event calendar, which was comprised of Khokho, Kgati, Diketo, Intonga, Ncuva, Morabaraba, uukskei, drie stokkies

Golden games take place in every October with the partnership with Social Development, targeting 500 older persons from 60 years up.

Then on capacity building, the focus here was on community recreation, first aid workshops and youth development.

On Big walk; this takes place annually, targeting community members from age 5 and above and it takes place in all service points. The Department did spend on MIG funds. For example the following facilities were built in these areas:

  • Madibeng-Kgabakatsane R 5000, 000,00
  • Madibeng-Jerico R 500,000,00
  • Madibeng-Shakeng R 600,000,00
  • Madibeng-Damonsville R 7159,260,00
  • Madibeng-Dithakwaneng R 500, 000,00

The following are Departmental facilities, not MIG -

  • Dr Ruth Mompathi-Ipeleng
  • Bojanala-Manthe Mulitipurpose
  • Ngake Modiri Molema-Sport Complex
  • Dr Kenneth Kaunda-Sport Complex
  • Ngaka Modiri-Olympic Swimming pool
  • Ngaka Modiri-Mobile Multipurpose
  • Ngaka Modiri-Phitshane Multipurpose


The MoU between the DoE and SRSA has not been properly implemented, thus creating delays in the implementation of the school sport programme.

The demarcation of Municipalities and Education is a problem around planning which adversely affect the rural areas and provision of facilities in this regard. The toddler in action programme caters for kids in crèche and focuses on other learning areas for motor skills.

There is no disaggregation of disability sport activities from education needs and the Department of Sport is responsible for the attire, running of leagues, indigenous games in the school sports programme and they also cater for music and volunteers.

Visit to Naledi Municipality (Vryburg)

·         They have a massive LoveLife programme in Vryburg as well as other sport and recreation facilities

Visit to Kagisano Municipality (Tlagameng)

·         SAFA Legacy facility handed by members (Mr Greg Fredericks and Mr Joe Carrim).

3.4.2.    Tlokwe Municipality (Potchefstroom)

The Committee was welcomed again in the municipality by the departmental officials and municipal representatives. The following points were raised at the briefing session:

There is a need for the transformation of sport both provincially and nationally. South Africa is still two worlds in sport, this was in reference to the lack of transformation in sport i.e. cricket and rugby; pointing out that even the attendance in rugby and cricket games is still along racial lines. The demographics of the country must be reflected in these sporting codes and this requires a revolution.

The Portfolio Committee was not impressed by the absence of Councillor responsible for Sport in the meeting despite countless efforts which were made to get hold of him.

Tlokwe Municipality presentation:

The municipality made the presentation on the following:

  • Administration of Sport
  • 2013/14 Programme, such that R18, 7773, 328 million budget to pursue and operationalise the plan and R 6 850 Lusaka Community hall was built by MIG fund and the upgrading of community halls by this grant.
  • Operational budget which is divided into Capital (R14.27m), Revenue (R339 500), Grant (R715 000), Personnel (R8.74m) and Maintenance (R9.3m).
  • Challenges : Some of the challenges presented had to do with the municipality still not being able to receive the outstanding repayments from 2010 World Cup airport extension project. But also the issue of lease of other facilities is a great challenge. The matter is also complicated by the fact that Sport and Recreation is not part of Council priority agenda.


The Committee made the following observations:

The municipality does not put sport as a priority but there is a budget of R18m. This is a concern if it can be left unattended. The mayor is embarking on a quest to establish a directorate focusing on sport alone, meaning that there are plans in place to remedy the situation.

Monuments are a part of Art and Culture, while Sports Federation activities are not allocated anything

The Chairperson of Sport Council uses his own money for travelling. The Provincial Department has acknowledged that many volunteers work from their pockets.

The Municipality does not get money from the Province and on the MIG supporting documents are always needed and that presents a challenge to the needy Municipalities. There is a good cooperation between Municipality, Province and sport administrators.

During the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, the Province, particularly the university hosted the Spanish team and it has cost the Municipality some fortune.

The MEC is expected to give direction on a number of MoUs, because there is a glaring lack of collaboration between DoE and the Municipality on School Sport.

The Sport Council noted the following:

  • There is generally a lack of political will
  • People still trapped in the Bophuthatswana nostra, thus hampering progress in the municipality
  • They travelled 400 km to be part of this meeting and there was no support from anybody, hinting that his working official time will be docked as he is working with the Department of Education
  • Requested for the establishment of table tennis in this area, and the supporting equipment. The municipality committed to assist in this regard.
  • They have not received the R1.2m grant as there are still delays with regard to their registration
  • They have MEC never turns up for meetings, even though the department is supporting their programmes.
  • Only one of eight commissions has been established, this is due to the lack of funds. The Provincial Academy has been helpful in providing some assistance when required.

3.4.2..1.            NWU-FNB High Performance Institute for Sport

A Presentation was made around the services of the academy. The Institute offers a wide range of service and training. These include:

  • NWU sports facilities including the HPI gymnasium and other sports facilities and fields.
  • The School for Biokinetics, Recreation and Sports Science for the academic/scientific support services and research in Sports Science and Sports Medicine. This includes the ISSD (Sport Science Institute).
  • Access to a range of sports medical expertise.
  • The NWU PukSport Bureaux (including the Rugby Institute and Academies for Hockey and Cricket) responsible for administration of student sport and sports facilities, and the provision of high-quality coaching.
  • North West Academy of Sport (Independent of the University).
  • Accommodation and other services (eg Transport etc).
  • UCI African Continental Cycling Centre.
  • One of the best-equipped sports gymnasiums in Africa (including 45m synthetic running track)
  • Core stability and stretch/swiss ball area
  • Consultation rooms for sports physicians, sports physios, biokinetic lab, sports psychologists, sports nutritionists and masseurs.
  • Sports Science laboratory (ISSD)
  • Rehab swimming pool  (8 X 10m)
  • Ice-bath recovery pool (20 people)
  • Steam rooms
  • Sports notational analyses rooms (2)
  • Biomechanics analysis room (1)
  • Sports information Centre (NW Academy of Sport)
  • Lecture hall and breakaway rooms
  • Offices for scientists, coaches, post graduates, and admin staff
  • Offices for North West Academy of Sport

3.4.2..2.            Observations

Upon discussions, the Portfolio Committee made the following observations:

  • There is need for synergy between Sport and Education where by athletes will be provided with life skills during their career in order to prepare for post-athletic life.
  • The institution has the responsibility to run the facility and develop athletes and there is no programme of talent identification that the institution has in collaboration with the Municipality and the Province
  • There are good relations with Sport Council and other structures, the synergy and collaboration on scientific support, transport and catering.
  • The institute has a small organogram/structure and there are many people to be paid who have experience like doctors, physiotherapists and they have a small budget. They charge R30 per player and R37 per international player.
  • The Department conceded that the development of a black player remains a challenge as they house 50, 000 students going as far as to suggest that its tight juggling act, especially around budget. The suggestion is to draw experience from international athletes and managers to check what can our communities get out of these.  The Department is working with the Olympic Committee in galvanizing social responsibility programs.
  • The Committee recognised the serious limitation around the authority to probe high performance centre as there is no State money invested in the High Performance.

3.4.3.    Moses Kotane Municipality (Mogwase)

The MEC of Sport in the province welcomed the members and forwarded an apology from the Mayor. The presentation provided members with the state of facilities in the municipality.

Mogwase stadium: The facility has a standard pitch that has 500 luxes light intensity, changing rooms and Irrigation system. The stadium’s ablution facility uses septic tank which needs to be drained frequently

Madikwe stadium facility: The stadium does not have a good playing surface due to turf management cultural practices which were done during the construction stage of this facility. This facility has lights which are currently not in operation since there is a need for a bigger transformer for lights. The current transformer does not have sufficient power that allows even the first rows of the residential houses which are next to the stadium sufficient use of electricity, as a result the use of the stadium in the evenings is not practical as there is not enough lighting.

Manamela Sports Park : This facility has been completed however it does not have changing rooms, irrigation system, tennis court as well as netball courts. There is a need for the abovementioned facilities to be constructed. Boreholes have been drilled but do not have enough water.

Mabeskraal Stadium: This facility has dilapidated boundary wall, changing rooms without ablution blocks and a combination courts, netball, tennis and basketball. However, this facility needs to be given attention as it never had a pitch since it was built, irrigation system is installed together with jojo tanks for the supply of water from boreholes. The pitch is being kept clean by grading it regularly.

Mogwase Unit 2 sports facility: The pitch does not have grass and it can accommodate football, tennis, netball as well as a basketball courts. All courts need to be renovated as their surface is damaged. And there is also a need of lights to be installed in this facility.

Mantserre Sports Park : This facility has a concrete palisade around and a grassed pitch which is without an irrigation system and ablution block. This pitch does not have athletic tracks, seating stands or any courts. The facility needs to be upgraded to a level of a sports park

Pella Sports Park : This facility is in a good condition; there is however a need for lights to be installed in this facility, as well as seating stands. This facility has changing rooms and a netball court.

Ramokoka Sports Park: These facilities have been completed, however they do not have changing rooms, irrigation system, tennis court as well as netball courts.

Silverkrans Sports Park : The facility is in good condition and has a good playing surface. The tennis court, netball court and changing rooms have recently been renovated. The pitch is irrigated by borehole, but poses a problem of theft with regard to the pressure pump that needs to be secured.


The department has observed that the municipalities do not take sport seriously, they use MIG money for other programmes and that frustrates the objective of the Department. By law Municipalities must comply with the legal framework, what they are doing is illegal to go and spend Sport and Recreation money on other things. According to this framework law remains very clear.

3.5.       Western Cape Province

3.5.1.    Hessequa Municipality (Riversdal)

The Portfolio Committee were welcomed at the Hessequa Municipality Offices by the municipal council and managers, accompanied by the officials from the Provincial Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

The composition of the Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation was as follows :

Mr M R Mdakane, Mr M M Dikgacwi, Ms T E Lishivha, Ms G K Tseke, Mr T D Lee, Mr W Rabotapi, Mr G D MacKenzie, Mr D Woodington (Committee Secretary), Mr T Thebehae (Content Advisor), Mr M Mdekazi (Researcher), Ms N Mahlanyana (Committee Assistant)

Provincial Government Western Cape

L Bouah, T Tutu, H Paulse,

Western Cape Provincial Sport Confederation

G Munro, W van der Walt

Hessequa Municipality

E Nel, J Jacobs

Cape Agulhas Municipality

R Mitchell, K Mrali, D Jantjies, M Briers, P Valentine, M Mokotwana, F Moos

Federations and Sport Forums

D Abrahams (Cricket club Albertinia), M Dayimani (Gessequa Local Football Association, S Sibuto-Boto (Hessequa Local Football Associaiton), H Visagie (Cape Agulhus Sport Forum), M Adams (Cape Agulhus Sport Forum)


The Chief Directorate of Sport and Recreation proceeded to present to the Committee on the MOD Programme, School Sport, Recreation and Club development of the Western Cape Government.  A further presentation was presented on the conditional grant 2013/2014.

The Conditional Grant was allocated as follows:

  • Employment of permanent staff (6%)
  • Branding
  • District and Provincial Academies
  • Sport Councils (R1.6 million)
  • Siyadlala (R11 million)
  • Club Development (R11 million)
  • School Sport (R22 million)
  • Provincial Programmes State of Municipal Facilities in Riversdal

Riverville Stadium - This is a stadium with an outdoor playing field and courts consisting of a pavilion and hall.  The stadium is adequately maintained and regularly used for local competition.  The stadium has a seating capacity of 400.  This is a multipurpose facility and accommodates rugby, soccer, netball, tennis, athletics and cricket.   The tennis, soccer and cricket courts need to be upgraded. The stadium also has adequate ablution and changing room facilities.

Riversdale Stadium - The stadium has an outdoor playing field with a pavilion and a hall.  The stadium has a seating capacity of +- 300.  The stadium is adequately well maintained and has adequate ablution and changing room facilities.  The stadium is used for rugby and soccer and it is open to use to any member of the public.   The stadium is owned by the local municipality.

Albertinia Stadium - The stadium is used for rugby, soccer, netball and athletics.  The stadium is adequately maintained and regularly used for local competition.

The soccer and netball courts need to be upgraded.  The stadium is owned by the local municipality.  The stadium has a seating capacity of 200.  The ablution block and changing rooms are not in good standard.

Melkhoutfontein Sports Ground - The stadium has a capacity of 200.  It is owned by the local municipality and accommodates Rugby, Soccer, Netball and cricket.  The stadium is adequately maintained and regularly used for local competition.  The ablution and changing room facilities are not adequate.

Slangrivier Stadium :  The stadium has a capacity of 150.  The stadium accommodates rugby, soccer and netball.  The stadium itself is adequately maintained but the ablution block and changing rooms are not adequate.  The netball and soccer fields also need to be upgraded.

Heidelberg Sport Facility : The facility has a seating capacity of 300.  The stadium accommodates rugby, soccer, netball and tennis.  The stadium is adequately maintained and regularly used for local, regional and provincial competitions.

The netball and soccer fields need to be upgraded.  The field has adequate ablution and changing rooms.

Gouritsmond- Bouville Stadium - The stadium is not adequately maintained and needs to be upgraded.  There is no seating available for spectators.  The ablution block and changing rooms are not adequate.  The facility is managed by the Local Municipality.

3.5.2.    Cape Agulhas Municipality (Bredasdorp)

The Municipality has a population of 33 000.  It consists of 5 wards and has 9 councillors.  Cape Agulhas Municipality is classified as a category B municipality situated within the Overberg.  The Municipality has indicated that the Cape Agulhas Municipality does not have enough recreation and sport facilities, especially in the previously disadvantaged areas.  The Provincial Department of Sport in the Western Cape has commissioned a research in collaboration with University of Western Cape to understand the impact of Club Development and the rate of conversion of talent from the programme. The Municipality has an annual budget of R200 million. There are few municipalities in the province who are allocating the 15% of MIG funds for the sport facilities. Sport Confederation is currently operational in three of the six district of the province.

State of facilities visited by the Committee

Albert Myburg Senior Secondary School - The school has only one sporting facility.  The sport grounds need to be upgraded and is currently not in an adequate state.  The facility has no seating capacity.  The field can accommodate rugby, soccer and athletics.  The field is currently being shared by the learners of Albert Myburg Senior Secondary School as well as by the learners from the nearby situated primary school.  The high school has 1000 learners and the primary school has 1500 learners. The primary school does not have a facility of its own.  The field is maintained by the school.  The school has applied for funding from the National Lottery, but to date they have not received an answer, although an acknowledgement of receipt was received.

Non European Sport Trust Facilities - The field consist of a rugby field, soccer field and netball facilities.  The field also accommodates cricket.  The field is maintained by the municipality.  The cricket, netball and soccer fields need to be upgraded.  The facility currently has no pavilion for spectators.  Dressing rooms and ablution facilities are available and are in an adequate state.

Glaskasteel Sport Facility- The facility is in an adequate state. It accommodates rugby, cricket, soccer, netball, hockey and tennis.  It has a built in pavilion as well as 2 mobile pavilions. The stadium also has cricket nets for cricket practice.  The Stadium has flood lights which are of international standard.  The ablution facilities and changing rooms is in an adequate state.  The stadium also has a hall which is in an adequate state.

3.5.3.    O bservations:

Each of the 415 Clubs in the Western Cape receives R15000 for travelling. Preferred local service providers are not being used for travelling purposes, because they do not have the necessary paper work in place and therefore they cannot be used. Local service providers are often cheaper than the bigger brands.  Local Clubs need to inform the department of the preferred service providers so that they can assist them with registering.

There is a boxing academy programme which is targeting age groups of 18-23 year olds.

Indigenous games program has been rolled out and participants have been invited to attend.  Indigenous games will also be added to top school programmes.

Federations are the custodians of their own sporting code.  Government is only there to provide an enabling environment.  Federations need to keep their own database of athletes and make recommendations to the Department.

Western Cape has a general drug problem. Anti-Gangs program is rolled out in 8 areas. These areas are all located in Cape Town.  Plans to roll it out this program to other areas in the Western Cape are in progress. This is dealt on a needs basis and is done by requests from the community. It has been running for three years thus far.

Most Sport fields only cater for Rugby, while netball and soccer fields are deteriorating.

Settlements in Cape Agulhas Municipality are located minimally 30 km apart making it difficult to have centrally located facilities.

The tariffs and affiliation fees for using the facility have been reduced in order to allow more clubs to make use of the facilities.

The graded soccer ground in Kwanokuthula was never meant for competition but for practice. This facility was meant to accommodate the clubs in the neighbourhood not to walk far distances to practice.

Bigger sporting codes in Cape Agulhas Municipality do not want to belong to the sport council.  Currently the Sport council is only representing smaller sporting codes.

Facilities in Cape Agulhas are located far from working class and is difficult for the previously disadvantaged to access these facilities.

Certain clubs charge exorbitant fees to join the club, making it an exclusive club. (golf etc.)

3.6.       Northern Cape Province


Delegation of Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation:

Mr MR Mdakane, (Chairperson), Ms TE Lishivha, and Mr T D Lee

Parliamentary staff:

Ms N Mahlanyana, Committee assistant; Ms S Pauw, Committee secretary; Mr M Mdekazi, Committee researcher; Mr T Thebehae, Content adviser.

Department of Sport, Arts and Culture:

Mr D Mdutyana, Director; Mr J R Blaauw; Manager, Quality Assurance and Compliance; Mr D B Kakora, District School Sport Coordinator; Mrs K Kgalalelo, Manager: School Sport; Ms A C Stockholm, District Coordinator

Siyathemba Municipality

Mr S A Hassen, Acting Chief Financial Officer; Mr J Basson, Assistant Technical Manager; Mr P A van Wyk, Superintendent

//Khara Hais Local Municipality

Mr G S Magodonso, Manager, Parks and Recreation; Mrs M T Brandt, Sport and Recreation Officer

SA Football Association Infrastructure Development Foundation:

Mr Joe Carrim, Infrastructure Manager

South African Football Association (SAFA), Siyanda region

Mr S Mbongeni, SAFA regional executive officer

R D Williams Primary School

Mr L D A Paulse, Principal

3.6. 1.   Siyathemba municipality, Prieska

The delegation visited the sport field at the Prieska show grounds, a football field at the old Ethembeni-Prieska grounds and the sport fields of the R D Williams Primary School and Gariep High School. The municipality serves a community of approximately 20 500 people.

The Old Ethembeni-Prieska grounds site has two gravel practice fields which are graded regularly and used for informal community football games. The municipality put up poles annually, all of which have been stolen.

R D Williams Primary School sport fields are used for netball, rugby and football matches. The fields are well maintained. It is utilised by mainly the Black and Coloured community. The facility is under pressure because of its central location and easy accessibility. It is a popular venue for public events, rugby and soccer matches. Community sport structures, mainly football and rugby, are operational.

Prieska High School sport fields are well maintained. The school received a R500 000 allocation from the National Lottery. It is owned by the Government. The municipality assists with maintenance. The grounds can accommodate rugby, football and cricket. It has a roofed pavilion and cricket bowling nets. The challenge is that this facility is not easily accessible to the general community since it is inside the private school.

Prieska golf course : The municipality owns the 9-hole golf course, which is run by the private sector golf club. It is regarded as being a good facility and hosts local annual tournaments. The course is irrigated with free water from the sewer plant.

Prieska show grounds : The Prieska show grounds are mainly used for rugby and soccer tournaments. The annual agricultural show is held here, and the farming community attend livestock auctions at the grounds. Once a year the local schools use it for athletics practice. The grounds are also used for drag racing.

Cricket and netball can also be accommodated at the grounds, although the latter is rarely played there, but rather at the local primary school grounds. There is a batting facility. The grounds are used by two rugby teams and ten soccer teams.

Funding, staff and maintenance : The sport facility receives funding from the provincial department. It is fenced and has two steel pavilions with roofs. The facility has been upgraded to accommodate two fields. Money for repairs and upgrading has been obtained partly from the provincial department. No permanent staff is allocated to taking care of the grounds.

The field is irrigated with water from the Orange River which is pumped through the existing network, cleaned, and stored in reservoirs.

Vandalism is a problem and has cost the municipality R1,5 million in the financial year. Toilets have been stolen within a week of having been installed. Upgraded changing rooms in Marydale and Niekerkshoop were vandalized.

The overall municipal 2011-12 budget was R75 million. On average the municipality receives R9 million in Municipal Infrastructure Grant funding.

An official of Siyathemba Municipality reported that the Government transferred R100 000 for sport codes five years before, but that no similar payment had been received since. The municipality receives a grant for the library from the provincial department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

The municipality had identified priority areas for spending MIG funding (R9 million), the main focus being building houses and eradicating backlogs. It was reported that the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs had not objected to the municipality’s business plans, despite their not including the 15% allocation for sport.

The municipality supports local sport clubs by donating equipment.

3.6.2.    //Khara Hais Local Municipality (Upington) Karos Sport Stadium:

The Karos sport stadium comprises a pavilion, a soccer field and fenced courts for netball, volleyball or handball. The facility is in a good condition. The pavilion and netball courts were funded by the National Lottery. Two persons, a man and woman, are employed to cut the lawn and maintain the facility.

Ablution facilities were funded through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant. MIG funding was also used for a small landscaped recreational park which is being developed for the community next to Karos Sport Stadium. The club house was also added to the stadium.

Four officials are employed by the district municipality to coordinate sport programmes. Netball, soccer, chess and table tennis are played at school level. Kalksloot community sport field.

The Kalksloot community sport field has received R1,9 million from the National Lottery. It is irrigated at night from a reservoir. There is a septic tank toilet system. There is a graded field behind the pavilion and fenced netball court. Schools use the field during athletics season.

Ablution facilities were funded through the Municipal Infrastructure Grant. Officials reported the need for fencing to restrict access to the facility during tournaments.

The Kalksloot community sport field has been well maintained since 2004.

3.6.3.    Kai Garib Local Municipality (Kakamas) Langverwag stadium

The grounds are fenced and the facility is used full time. There is a roofed pavilion and floodlights have been installed. Football is played extensively, especially by school teams. Three teams in Vodacom league (regional league for soccer) use the facility. A full-time caretaker is employed for the stadium.

The region is home to Oranje rugby union, Oranje cricket union and local football association Kai Garieb. There are two high schools and three primary schools in Kakamas, and ten primary schools in the entire area, which is mostly rural. The stadium was funded by the municipality.

The mass participation programme in the area has succeeded in assisting an athlete from Keimoes to represent the country at the Youth Olympics. He currently studies at the University of Cape Town.

The venue was not locked when the delegation arrived. It compares well with Msinga area in KwaZulu-Natal and similar facilities in Limpopo. MIG money was spent on the structures. Impression of delegation is that sport infrastructure and programmes are generally well executed and on track.

3.6.4.    2010 FIFA Legacy Project facility (Upington)

Legacy Trust has spent R7.11 million in building the facility. The original playing facility (regional) was kept intact. The clubhouse is a later addition and it houses the regional office of SAFA. The municipality added a sprinkler system.

There is a great deal of poverty and high number of social challenges in the community. Children utilise the facility after school. SAFA is working towards getting more people to the facility during the day to engage in community sport activities.

The facility has been built inside the old stadium and there are two other social fields next to it, including netball and basketball courts. This creates a very good centre for sport, and is a venue/facility that the community can be proud of. There are no floodlights; the facility can therefore not be used at night

3.6.5.    Sport for Change (SfC) initiative

The overall objective of the Sport-for-Change programme is to use ball sport, specifically football, as a catalyst for transmitting life skills to children and youth in order to reduce violence and other social ills.

R3.7 million has been committed to four rural sites in the province in terms of the Sport-for-Change (SfC) initiative for construction of netball and volleyball courts and junior soccer fields. Tenders had been obtained but the lowest was R5.8 million.

The life skills component has commenced and the municipality has started with coaching and recruiting in communities. Consultants have been appointed by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. The lowest tender was higher than the prescribed limit.

The project is in the starting phase.

3.6.6.    Co-operation with SA Football Association (SAFA)

A municipal representative is mainly in charge of parks and leisure activities and has assisted with the project at the 2010 FIFA Legacy Project facility in Upington.

A SAFA local league initiative was started for the under 13 group. The under 13 and under 15 boys and girls junior leagues play at the grounds every Friday.  The regional leagues and the SA Breweries league from Postmasburg/Kakamas are active.

There are six basketball clubs and four netball teams that function well in the area, and taebo classes are offered there as well. Equipment, coaches and training are made available. SAFA basketball (six teams) and netball teams practice at the facility.  Netball is also played at the facility. Clubs are charged a booking fee of R7 per hour  for practice slots at the facility.

As part of the upliftment programme training is offered at correctional facilities. SAFA donates outfits to winning teams, provides training for players and assists school soccer with mentoring in life skills, and financial management for teams’ coaching development.

SAFA has a programme for training female coaches. After school activities are offered on Fridays in cooperation with the provincial department, and the provincial department helps with training for referees and coaches.

Legacy Trust offers training on facility management and administration. SAFA endeavours to enable communities to take ownership and maintain the facilities.

The SAFA provincial strategic plan had been adopted. Meetings were scheduled with the provincial department in October 2013 to prioritise resource needs.


Training is needed for coaches and trainers, since only three teams in the region play in the Vodacom league and only two professional players in the region play in the professional soccer league (PSL).  Training is also needed for mentors and junior league referees, and the level of training for under 13 and under 15 boys and girls is a concern.

The regional and provincial sport councils are functioning well; five districts are active.


SAFA is promoting social sport as well as high performance sport.

The provincial department seems a little organised however much is needed in terms of professionalism with the federations. Sport and Recreation is well organised in Kakamas and Upington; however more still needs to be done in Prieska. The Legacy Fund organisation has done tremendously good job.

One of the aims was to oversee the functioning of programmes in Prieska, which does not have any active, funded sport programmes.

There are no mass participation programmes for school children, which have the effect of reducing crime, teenage pregnancies, , alcohol and substance abuse and other social ills.

Sport councils conflicts with municipalities and the limited functioning of sport councils are not conducive to the nurturing and development of sport participation in the region and must be addressed in the interest of the athletes.

The facilities in the area are generally in good condition. Community sports grounds are graded where necessary. The area is promising and the committee hopes that the work will be sustained.

3.6.8.    Conclusion

The Legacy Trust has done good work throughout the country by building 27 artificial turfs for football, especially in deep rural areas. The facilities are expected to demonstrate an improvement in the general participation on sport amongst people living in these communities. There is a concern that many municipalities do not use their 15% allocation of the MIG to build sport and recreation facilities. This can be seen in many areas that the committee has visited where the facilities are not in a good state. There are, however, a few pockets of excellence in this regard in municipalities like //Khara Hais Local Municipality, where the facilities are in a very good state and well maintained. Most rural areas do not have proper sport development programmes that are active, and this leads to which is desirable for counteracting the increased crime rate, teenage pregnancies, substance and alcohol abuse and many other social ills that mostly affect women, children and youth. It is important that the people who are tasked with running sport and sport facilities in South Africa do so professionally, observing principles of good governance

4.         Recommendations

The Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation, having taken the deliberations with the abovementioned stakeholders into consideration, recommends that the Minister of Sport and Recreation:

1.     encourage all stakeholders to work together when building sport and recreation facilities;

2.     engage COGTA and SALGA to mobilise municipalities to use the 15% allocated for MIG for sport facilities and infrastructure;

3.     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;

4.     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;

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

6.     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.

7.     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.

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

Report to be considered.


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