22 April 2010
Sports and Recreation are fundamental for healthy
and balanced lifestyles. A nation that can play as hard as it works
is a successful and joyful nation. The Department must endeavour, in both a practical
and sensible manner, to maximize access, development and excellence
at all levels of sports participation in order to improve social
cohesion, nation building and quality of life for all.
Children that are raised in a culture of sports
participation are children that grow up in a balanced and healthy
manner, from early on they learn to appreciate the fact that what
you put in is what you get out and later in life this lesson
translates into a work ethic which engenders success and is a
significant factor in nation building.
In 2001/2002 Sport and Recreation South Africa
(SRSA) received a grant from the National Treasury specifically for
the construction and upgrading of sport and recreation facilities
through the Building for Sport and Recreation Programme (BSRP).
This was a programme aimed not only at creating
employment and assisting with poverty relief efforts in rural areas
but also a programme which provided sporting facilities to poor
communities in the rural areas.
During the period 2001 to 2004 the Building for
Sport and Recreation Programme successfully completed 364 projects
in the rural communities.
During March 2004 the grant was transferred to the
Municipalities in terms of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant.
Municipalities were tasked to continue the work of the Building for
Sport and Recreation Programme. This has been a dismal failure! From
2004 to date the municipalities have only completed 45 projects.
This is totally unacceptable and the IFP wishes to see the Municipal
Infrastructure Grant taken away from the municipalities and returned
to the Department of Sports and Recreation in order to ensure that
funds allocated are directed to building the necessary sporting
centres and not for other purposes.
Sports development at schools is another issue. We
are not doing enough! We must aggressively tackle this area. Every
child deserves the pleasure of kicking a ball, swinging a racquet or
sprinting a 100m on an athletics field. More must be done to take
sports to the children, to our children, they deserve nothing less.
In this vein we urge that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
between the Department of Sports and education be implemented
We are 49 days away from the biggest sporting
event ever held in South Africa, actually on the African Continent.
We are ready! And the IFP salutes the Minister and the Department,
the Local Organizing Committee leadership and the Host Cities for
what promises to be one of the most magnificent sporting events of
We are indeed a blessed generation having borne
witness to such historic events such as the dismantling of
apartheid, the release of Nelson Mandela, the birth of a free and
Democratic South Africa and now as the hosts of the very first FIFA
World Cup upon African soil.
I ask the house to join me as I close in wishing
Bafana Bafana all the best for the World Cup. May you do our country
The IFP supports the vote.
I thank you.
Contact: Mr Bonginkosi Dhlamini MP, 083 254 8576.