Ministerial Outreach - Sinenhlanhla Primary School, Bronkhorstspruit

Ministerial Outreach - Sinenhlanhla Primary School, Bronkhorstspruit


1st DECEMBER 2017


Mr. Gert C. Oosthuizen, MP

Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation SA

 

Programme Director, Mr. Mickey Modisane

Ward Councilor, Ms Unice Moloi

Senior Managers from SRSA

Deputy Chair of SGB, Sinenhlanhla Primary School, Ms Busisiwe Shongwe

The School Principals

The Sport Hub; Club managers and coaches

The Media

The educators and learners

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

GOOD MORNING!

 

It is an honour to address you on behalf of the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Ministry of Sport and Recreation on this special occasion where my Department is fulfilling one of its mandates as spelt out in the National Sport and Recreation Plan.

 

The National Department of Sport and Recreation focuses on the Active Nation programme. This programme focuses on active recreation, which facilitates campaigns and programmes that increase participation leading to life-long wellness. Community sport provides participation opportunities to communities. The Department of Sport and Recreation delivers programmes to learners in co-operation with the Department of Basic Education.

 

Through School Sport our department is focusing on sport development at grassroots level. We firmly believe that School Sport is the bedrock of sport development. It is for the purpose of creating an enabling environment that the Department provides sport facilities and equipment to the communities through schools. We acknowledge that we cannot develop sport in local communities without playing fields at schools, or without playing equipment or attire at clubs and schools.

 

It is through the participation of learners in sport that we will have AN ACTIVE AND WINNING NATION. Sport is an outlet that learners and our youth should embark on to prevent being attracted by drugs, gangsterism, violence and criminal activities. It can be a way of getting out of poverty by excelling and making a career out of one’s chosen sport. 

 

This year, World AIDS Day is commemorated under the theme, “It is my right to know my status. Prevention is my responsibility”. This theme encourages us to make our actions count and take personal and collective responsibility to prevent HIV and TB infections in South Africa.

 

World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on the 1st of December and it is an opportunity for every community to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died due to HIV infection. I ask you to join us as we show support and solidarity to our people.

 

Let me remind you that The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign is taking place from 25 November to 10 December 2017. This year the campaign theme is: “Count Me In: Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward”.

Over this period government will convene a series of dialogues on violence against women and children. We will focus on the problem, discuss the causes and must find appropriate solutions. Through the dialogue sessions government will interact with community members who experience violence and abuse.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, the 7th National Imbizo Focus Week is being held from 27th November to 3rd December under the theme “Together we move South Africa forward”. It involves political principals from all three spheres of government interacting one-on-one with communities in different parts of the country.


The Imbizo is an opportunity to engage the public in the implementation of government’s Programme of Action with the aim to help improve people’s lives. The Imbizo is also an opportunity to discuss many other challenges faced by our people such as violence against women and children.

 

The provision of equipment and attire is a sign of the service delivery that Sport and Recreation has promised in its National Sport and Recreation Plan. This is the Ministries way of demonstrating to the schools and port clubs that we, as a department are ready to assist and provide opportunities to communities and their future athletes. My congratulations to the beneficiaries who will be receiving sports equipment and attire. These include: Mpumelelo  Secondary School, Wozanibone  Secondary School, Zivuseni  Primary School, Sinenhlanhla  Primary School, Rethabiseng School, Zithobeni Junior Peacemakers Football Club (Males and females), and Ekangala Home Supers Football Club (Males and females).

 

The School Sport Programme remains the bedrock of the sport development trajectory and is our core deliverable. We must ensure that schools have access to sport, recreation and physical activity.  Through the National School Sport Championships the department encourages the participation of schools in these championships through the different seasonal sporting codes. We do this to place the interests of athletes at the centre of our development and excellence programmes.

 

Through community sport the Department encourages everybody, irrespective of age to participate in recreational activities. In fact, this is an opportunity for you as learners to realize your potential in participating in The Big Walk and The National Recreation Day. It is important that we combat lifestyle diseases at a young age, and encourage active participation in all forms of physical recreational activities. Learners, you cannot become couch potatoes and watch television and play games on cellphones. You will rust and become obese!

 

I want to believe that this equipment that we are handing over to the schools and the sports clubs will be maintained well and looked after and stored safely. Please ensure that they do not become white elephants, but are utilised to their fullest. It would be encouraging to receive information from the benefitting schools, who have identified hidden talents through the use of this equipment. There is nothing that would be more fulfilling than to cast our eyes one day on those athletes on the podium. I look forward to seeing you on the world stage, representing our country in various sports.

You will make us proud to know that we, as a Department had a hand in enabling such excellence.

 

Please enjoy the rest of the programme. I urge you to lead an active lifestyle; Remember, “GET PHYSICAL AND LET YOUR BODY DO THE TALKING”.

 

I thank you!

 

 


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