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The peoples voice on sport policy


The peoples voice on sport policy

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he Parliamentary Committee (PC) on Sport and Recreation offers sport federations, scientists and any member of the public the opportunity to give input on sport policy — and that is a function that the chairman, Butana Komphela, takes very seriously. For example, while the committee was discussing the draft of the Sport and Recreation Amendment Bill, they asked some sport federations, school teachers, as well as experts like Morne du Plessis, Prof. Tim Noakes or Dr. Willie Basson to give them briefings. But, they do not only invite input from the public when discussing legislation, says Butana. People are invited to voice concerns or make suggestions when parliament visits the provinces — or submit these to the Speaker of Parliament or the committee directly, he says. “The PC is an extension of the speaker and acts on behalf of the speaker, who refers amendments and issues to the PC. As soon as a bill is tabled in parliament, it is given to the committee to change, add and design according to feedback received at public hearings,” he explains. “We will place emphasis on the concerns of the large number of people who addressed the committee.” The feedback they received, for example, highlighted the following problem areas: : • One of the main concerns raised was the fact that there is no emphasis on physical education at school. “Human movement, not competitive sport, must be part of the curriculum in order to get every child to participate in recreation activities — for example, those that can not get a place in the school team, can be trained as drum majorettes,” he suggests. “While the object is to get them active, they view the activity as fun.” The PC has asked the Minister to speed up the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between SRSA and the Department of Education (see p16), he says. • : The second biggest concern voiced was that some schools have no sporting facilities, or even a schoolyard, but that there are schools close by who do have facilities, which they do not share with the public school. These facilities could be shared, believes Butana. : “We were • also shocked to hear that there are some governing bodies who say we shall only play rugby or soccer at our school,” he says. “Can a school make such a decision? Surely, the decision must be to advance the health of all children, not to push one sport and make the one sport compulsory. These decisions have unintended consequences, because by building this tradition of only rugby or socYour Sport 3rd Quarter 2007

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cer at school, those who do not participate say the core business of a school is education, not sport, and then neglect sport.” After the consultation and deliberations of the PC, a number of technical experts have to look at the proposed amendments, before they can be incorporated in the act. One of the aspects that will be taken into account, says Komphela, is how the amendments deal with issues of transformation. “The question of transformation is not negotiable in the development of sport. If you increase the development of sport, you increase the base of good players to choose from. If the player base is small, you do not have maximum capacity and lose out on athlete talent. We must transform sport from

a white-dominated minority activity to become broadbased and representative.” Currently, only about a million South Africans out of a population of 46m people participate in sport. Of the 45m who do not participate, 15m are too old. “If we want to tap into that pool of 30m potential athletes, we need to open access.” “There have been huge transformation at school level, but the sad story is that the majority of children stop playing sport as soon as they graduate.” Transformation should be non-racial and non-sexist. “Are there no women physiotherapists, psychologists or other support staff? In the 14 rugby franchises, there is only one woman as a CEO, while women constitute

Chair: Butana Komphela. ANC MP since 2001. Past: PC Forestry and Water Affairs, Free State Provincial Legislature; Free State Department of Education Special Education policy, Kroonstad mayor, activist, detainee and UDF member. Policy Interests: Human settlement. Personal Interests: Sport, business, reading. Hendrietta Ipeleng Bogopane-Zulu. ANC MP since 1999. Member PC Social Development. Chaired Joint Monitoring Committee on the Improvement of Quality of Life and Status of Youth, Children and Disabled Persons. Member Disabled People of South Africa and Disabled Children’s Action Group. Policy Interests: Disability, women, children and HIV/AIDS. Personal Interests: Business, women, training, reading, co-producer and presenter on radio. M. Dikgacwi. ANC PEC. Also member PC Social Development. Cedric Thomas Frolick. MP since 1999, current ANC REC Nelson Mandela Metro. ANC Whip: Programming Unit. Past: PC Trade and Industry and PC Public Enterprises, UDM Chief Whip and rejoined ANC and UDM; initially ANC member. Policy Interests: Transformation in sport, analysing political trends taking into account the political economy. Personal interests: Sport. Tsietsi J. Louw. ANC MP since 1998. Member PC Public Enterprises. Past: PC Provincial and local government and ANC chair Danielskuil branch, mayor of Danielskuil and trade unionist. Policy interests: mining and local government. Personal interests: Sport and reading. Andrew Mlangeni. ANC MP. Also member of PC Science and Technology. Former Rivonia triallist and Robben Island detainee for 26 years. Non-executive chair of Matodzi Resources. Dimakatso Morobi. ANC MP since 1999. Also member PC Transport (alternate) and JMC on Improvement of Quality of Life and Status of Women (alternate). Past: PC Safety and Security and ANCWL chairperson Vaal region, ANCWL Treasurer Vaal region, Vaal Women’s Organisation Chairperson and political activist. Publications: South African Aids Network (contributor). Policy interests: Street children; women’s rights and emancipation. Personal interests: Christianity. Eric Mtshali. ANC MP since 2004. Member SACP Central Committee. Past: councillor, trade unionist. Personal interests: reading and sport. Mandu Mildred Ramakaba-Lesiea. ANC MP since 1998. Member PC Housing, ANC NEC, ANCWL Disciplinary Committee, Community Development Corporation board member, EMEP board member, Land Unit UWC board member. Past: PC Housing, PC Minerals and Energy, ANC PEC, ANC Malibongwe Development Project, ANCWL, Founder member UDF, UWO chairperson. Policy interests: Development. Personal interests: Community development, housing developments. Lanval Reid. ANC MP since 2001. Member PC Water Affairs and Forestry (alternate). Past: JMC on Improvement of Quality of Life and Status of Children, Youth and Disabled Persons, ANC Chair Southern Cape, ANC PEC Western Cape. Policy interests: Transformation in sport. Personal interests: Reading and music. Ebrahim (Cassim) Saloojee. ANC MP since 1994. Member PC Finance and PC Public Service and Administration. Past: chair PC Social Development, ANC PEC Treasurer Gauteng, CODESA, TEC, Transvaal Union Congress President, UDF Treasurer, Founder member UDF. Policy interests: Politics. Personal interests: Reading, poetry, classical music and sport. farming; working with my hands. Trevor Donald Lee. DA MP since 1994. Member DA Federal Council, DA Provincial Council Eastern Cape, DA Chief Spokesperson on Sport. Past: Whip, DA spokesperson on Education, Housing, Public Service and Administration, Sport and Recreation; Northern Areas Management Committee, PE Chairperson, PE Transition Council, PE Interim Council, PE City Councils. Policy Interests: deepening and protecting democracy. Personal interests: sport; international affairs and nature. Masango, Suhla James. DA MP since 2004. Member PC Housing, DA deputyspokesperson Housing, Sport and Recreation; DA provincial deputy chair, DA chairperson. Member CPF Secunda; Traumatised Children and Women Embalenhle. Past: councillor Govan Mbeki municipality, councillor Gert Sibande District Council, DA deputy chairperson Mpumalanga. Personal interests: Reading motivational books, sport, economics and business. Bonginkosi Wesley Dhlamini. IFP MP since 2000. Member PC Housing, IFP National Council, IFP acting secretary Gauteng, IFP Election Task Team Gauteng, IFP Secretariat Gauteng, Sizanani Home-based care. Past: PC Transport. Policy interests: Human settlements, development of young leaders. Personal interests: Soccer and music. Bantu Holomisa. UDM President, MP since 1994. Member Parliamentary Rules Committee, PC Foreign Affairs, PC Environmental Affairs and Tourism (alternate), UDM Chairperson Policy Committee. Past: Deputy Minister of Environment Affairs and Tourism (ANC), Head of Transkei Government. Publications: Comrades in Corruption; Better Future Plan (with Roelf Meye)r. Policy interests: Benefits of state intervention in the economy. Personal interests: Sport, foreign policy and environment. Royith Baloo Bhoola. Minority Front MP since 2004. Member PC Finance, PC Housing, PC Education, PC Arts and Culture, chair Diwali and Christmas Committee. Past: Councillor Umdani municipality.

The role of the Parliamentary Committee on Sport and Recreation is to ensure that the people’s views are reflected in sport policy, outspoken chairman Butana Komphela told TRUDI DU TOIT

51-52% of the population. Can SAFA not find one woman to run a PSL club?” Fiercely independent — he has no fear of speaking out when he perceives a wrongdoing, no matter whose toes get in the way! — Komphela views the role of the committee as the voice of the people in a very serious light. After all, he says, the right to free speech is the cornerstone of democracy. “It is the committee’s duty to probe, to raise questions that 46m people want answered. Our role is to stimulate debate and to share in the public discourse.” He therefore speaks out — even if his views land him in hot water. He is, however, democratic in his criticism, whether it is chiding Boxing SA for failing to build on


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the legacy of the great white boxers like Gerrie Coetzee and Kallie Knoetze who kept the country glued to their radios when they fought overseas by neglecting white boxers; or telling PSL administrators that they have pockets as deep as the ocean and egos as high as Mt Kilimanjaro; or taking on SA Rugby about the representivity of the Springbok team. His comments about the fact that 30 of the 36 World Cup squad members were white, caused a media flurry. “People say: look at the U19 and U21 Rugby World Cups — 70% of the players are black and we have won twice. Where have these players gone? Why have powerful development teams if they then simply disappear? When will they break through the ceiling? If they are good at 18, 19 or 20, when will they be good enough to walk into the national team? Opportunities must be created for them. “If you want to grow rugby, you have to include players of all races. If the sport does not grow, it will become extinct.” His fight, says Komphela, are with administrators, not athletes. He recently met with John Smit, Bryan Habana, Jake White and Oregon Hoskins in France during the IRB World Cup. “I said to Smit: you are a sports hero to all in South Africa. You have no other country but South Africa. If you die, your body will be brought back in the colours of the country and the flags will be flown at half-mast. Wherever you go and play, all of us will be fully behind all of you.”


SA wins Parliamentary Rugby World Cup — almost!

The South African Parliamentary rugby team beat the other teams in the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup in France — but was placed second because the team had more staff members than MPs. This World Cup was inaugurated by Pres. Mandela at the 1995 IRB World Cup in South Africa and has become a regular fixture. The team members are, in back row: Che Joemat, Bertus Human, Hillmar Mostert, Peter Wellman, Hlomane Chauke, Darin Arendse, Cecil Burgess, Willem Spies, Ebrahim Lawrence, Gregory Schneeman, Arthur Solomons, Leon Mentor, Clive Londt, Shannon Joemat. Second last row: Nigel Faviers, Mario Kloppers, Jaques Shandt, Leonardus Joubert, Willem Coetzee, Andre Gaum, Fernando Faviers. Second from front: Douglas Scholtz, Quentin Botha, Randall Faviers, Lawrence Muller, Edgar Swartz, Abe Sheldon, Shaun Meyer, Andrew Hendricks. Front row : Mark Abrahams, Jonathan Arendse.

Other PC functions
Although media reports might give the impression that the PC on Sport and Recreation is only concerned with the issue of sport transformation, a list of their briefings and meetings (below) show that they are concerned with all issues affecting sport,

across all sporting codes. Examples of some of the issues they deal with, are: • They would like to see that the level of competence offered at sports academies are standardised and that all conform to a benchmark set by the best academies. “Currently, some academies fall short,” he says. They would like to see a form of accreditation implemented to ensure that academies comply with the best standards. • The PC is concerned that the provinces do not budget adequately for sport. Some provinces budget as little as R4-m — while one multi-purpose centre with a pool, sports field and hall for indoor sport and choir activ-

ities will cost R1.8-m. This results in SRSA needing to top-up 85% of the provincial budgets for sport. • All the federations that receive money from the government must account to the committee on their spending. The PC would judge their financial affairs on how well it complies with good corporate governance. The PC would try and assist them if they have problems, but could also consider applying sanctions when deemed necessary. While he is the public face (and voice) of the PC on Sport and Recreation, Komphela points out that all the committee members are vibrant and keen contributors to the discourse on how to serve sport best. YS

Topics of committee meetings held in 2007
20 Jun 2007 Premier Soccer League Broadcast Rights: Meeting with SABC 19 Jun 2007 Beijing Olympics Team preparation: input by SASCOC and SRSA; SABC Siyanboqa Campaign; SA Football Supporters Association 12 Jun 2007 Super 14 Strategies to Develop Rugby in Previously Disadvantaged Communities 5 Jun 2007 Professional Golf Association & Mzansi Golf: briefings on Developing Golf 15 May 2007 Boxing SA Annual Report 2005/06 briefing & noting of Complaint Against South African Rugby Union President 28 Mar 2007 National Sports and Recreation Amendment Bill [B17-2006]: deliberations and adoption 27 Mar 2007 Sport Budget: input by SA Hockey, SARU, Cricket SA, School Sports Forum 20 Mar 2007 Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa: hearings on 2007/08 Budget Vote and Strategic Plan 13 Mar 2007 Karate South Africa: Follow-up; Cycling South Africa: input from Boland Cycling Union 6 Mar 2007 Karate South Africa Progress Report on Interim Steering Committee 20 Feb 2007 Rugby SA Progress Report, PE Rugby Task Team, Department Annual Report 23 Jan 2007 World Cup 2010 Host Cities on Alleged Funding Crisis for Stadia

To make submissions to parliament, you can write to the Speaker, or contact the PC on Sports and Recreation. • Speaker of Parliament PO Box 15, Cape Town 8000 • Chair PC Sports and Recreation Butana Komphela Tel: 021 403 3138/3213 Fax: 021 403 8716 • The Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) keeps a record of all PC meetings and will also send an alert of meetings to be held. See • Constitution of South Africa: www.

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