17 May 2013
"Our nation's sportsmen and women must be
celebrated for their achievements and rewarded accordingly.
However, spending R65 million on an event is beyond excessive
and the department needs to cut down the amount of money used
for the Sports Awards", said the IFP spokesperson on Sports and
Recreation, Mr. Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP.
The IFP's main concern revolves around the
fact that athletes need money to cover their sporting needs,
such as travel, and some of that money could be used to cover
these costs instead of spending it on one ceremony.
"If we want to celebrate sports in this
country, we should do so by giving the different codes all the
resources they need, rather than throw an extravagant party that
caters to the desires of the elite." said Hlengwa.
The IFP calls on the department of Sports and
Recreation to relook at their budget and spend an appropriate
amount of money on the event, as there is no reasonable logic as
to why the budget for the awards has increased so drastically.
Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Sports and
Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP,
083 871 2711
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497