Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation


Mr. Gert  C. Oosthuizen, MP
Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation SA (since 10 May 2004)

Current Positions 
 Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation in the Republic of South Africa,      since 10 May 2004 to present date.  


Academic Qualifications 
 Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Sciences from Rand Afrikaans University (RAU). Cum Laude in Major. 
 Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Development Studies from (RAU) Suma Cum Laude. 
 Various other courses and study tours.  


Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities 
     Member of the South African Air Force up to the Rank of Captain (1980 - 1983). 
     Liaison officer for National Party (1984 - 1987). 
      Elected as Member of Parliament for the Constituency of Pretoria Central   

        (6 May 1987 - 1994). 
     Re-elected as Member of Parliament (1994 - 1999).
     Whip in Parliament (1989 1999). 
     Joined the African National Congress (ANC) on 24 October 2000. 
     Deployed to the National Parliament from 16 February 2001 to date. 
      Served as member of the ANC Strategy Committee in Parliament (2001- 2004)
     Served as member of the Portfolio Committee of Correctional Services (2001- 2004) 
     Served as member of the Portfolio Committee on Defence (2001- 2004) 
     Served on the Joint Defence Committee (2001- 2004) 

         As Deputy Minister, oversaw the implementation of the Ministerial Task Team Report on Rationalisation of Sport in SA.

         Played a major role as member of the Inter-Ministerial Organising and Planning Committee hosting the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup (Awarded to South Africa in May 2004) successfully in 2010, under the Chairmanship of the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa.

         Championing and leading the process towards the developing of the first ever National Sport and Recreation Plan for South Africa in 2011 as well as a very successful Boxing Indaba in 2013.

In addition, Deputy Minister Oosthuizen distinguished himself as a committed role-player in the international arena and was elected, amongst others, to the following positions:

  • Vice-Chairperson of the UNESCO Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport in October 2009.
  • Chairperson of the Third Session of the UNESCO Conference of Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport in 2011.
  • Chairperson of the Thematic Working Group for Sport and Peace of the United Nations Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG) since 2011- to date;
  • Chairperson of the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG) Executive Board since 2012- to date;
  • Re-elected as Representative on the UNESCO Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport in 2016;
  • Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) in 2016;
  • Re-elected as Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) in 2018.

Throughout his illustrious career in sport, Deputy Minister Oosthuizen excelled as an exceptional leader, particularly in the fields of Sport for Development, Peace Building, Peace Keeping, Sports Tourism and Sport for the Environment; whilst consciously and tirelessly advocating for a Case for Sport.

  • Deputy Minister is a renowned public speaker and an excellent debater.

         Deputy Minister is also an outstanding marksman and likes to hunt, if the time allows.

         Played rugby for the first XV at Rustenburg High School as well as Craven Week.

         Enjoys a game of chess and like to play a social round of golf. 

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