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Date: 30 May 2018




Cape Town – Imbizo Media House, School Sport programme is the bedrock of sport of in South Africa. The programme is being implemented in line with the National Sport and Recreation Plan. In 2012 the Minister of Sports and Recreation signed the Memorandum of agreement with the Minister Basic Education. The MoU has been in existence for five years and a review process has just been concluded in December 2017. The process was a consultative process with all the relevant stakeholders, which includes the National Department of Basic Education and Provincial Departments of Education, Provincial Departments of Sport, Sports Federations, Teachers Unions and School Governing Bodies associations.


SRSA and DBE have been implementing the National School Sports Championships, which a prime sports competition in Schools, where talent can be identified at the early stage and be supported in order to nurture it to reach its full potential. The Championships have undergone several changes over the past five years, starting with nine sporting codes to now sixteen priority codes. To date the School Sport programme has enabled more than 6 000 schools to participate in school sports annually. There is still more work to be done in order to reach all the 25 000 schools.


Since 2016 the Championships have been organised over three seasons, these have been divided as follows Autumn, Winter and Summer. Since 2017 in each seasonal championship started implementing the three years cycle and have implemented the Long-Term Participant Development (LTPD) model. This model emanates from the South African Coaching Framework, which was adopted by all federations with SASCOC. Through this model the competitive level of championships in order to attract the best of talent from the schools. Through the school sports programme annually more than 2500 schools are provided with sports equipment and attire.


The 5th Transformation Status Report by the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) which was recently handed over to the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Ms Tokozile Xasa, identified as well challenges in the administration and running of school sports and came up with a number of recommendations on how best to improve on the implementation of school sport programme as the bedrock of sports development in the country. The report further recommended that the Sport and Recreation SA and Department of Basic Education work together to address challenges that are currently hampering the successful implementation of the school sports programme.

The Minister of Sport and Recreation SA, Ms Tokozile Xasa MP and the Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga MP this day (30 May 29, 2018) held a press briefing where both Departments signed a Memorandum of Understanding that clearly articulates areas of responsibility, alignment of resources for the implementation of the school sports programmes.

The 2018 signed Memorundum of Understanding between Sport and Recreation South Africa and Department of Basic Education factored number of elements inclusive of the following:

-          The background, included now an updated reflection on progress made to date in School Sport development.

-          The MoU included as well demarcation of roles where it clearly reflects the assignment of role players from Level 1-6.

-          The MoU further factored roles and responsibilities of both Departments reflecting the following: 

-          SGB’s powers that needed to be revised (Requires amendment to Schools Act)

-          School Committees should be run by teachers (Requires amendment to School Sport Structures policy)

-          Department of Education and Provinces must also include School Sport as their strategic output.

-          SRSA and Provinces must facilitate the establishment of School Sport structures, while DBE initiates the process.

-          DBE to provide basic sport infrastructure, SRSA to facilitate the provision of infrastructure through Sports Trust, National Lottery, MIG etc.

-          Teacher Unions & SGBs Associations to be included in the ex-Joint National Task Team and also in the ex-Joint Provincial Task Team

-          Sport Code Committees to have a representation in the School Sport Coordinating Committees

-          Federations to ensure that School Sport has an associate membership in their structure.

-          Establishment of School Sport Coordinating Committee and its composition, Committee to be chaired by Sport and Recreation South Africa and Department of Basic Education.

-          The MoU further made provision for sport infrastructure and resources outlining that provision must be made for utilization of Municipal Infrastructure Grant to build some of the School Sport infrastructure

-          National School Sport Championships: (The three cycle is being highly contested, especially the break) however, three-year cycle has been included

-          Funding: DBE should take full responsibility of funding levels 1-3 (Intra school up to cluster level) whilst, SRSA take care of levels 4-6 (district, provincial and national level).

-          Communication protocol: Across all levels DBE and SRSA officials should communicate their planned activities.

Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Minister Tokozile Xasa had this to say regarding the signing of the MoU with Department of Basic Education, 

“This is indeed a landmark achievement as it is going to strengthen our intra- government relationship with Basic Education, it is further going to ensure that we continue to execute our mandate of delivering junior sport development in schools. Sport development foundation is a problem and the signing of this MoU with amended elements will be able to assist with instilling sport discipline at a tender age therefore giving proper development and training. This will further assist in managing the challenges of infrastructure development as schools will be identified and be equipped with the necessary sport infrastructure” Stated Minister Tokozile Xasa.

Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga MP, had this to say “Sport is such an important part of our education system. It is not only the foundation upon which all of our professional athletes build their careers, but it also fosters social cohesion and a sense of team values among our youth. It is also a valuable mechanism that keeps our young people away from youth criminality, drug abuse and other social ills by giving them something worth while to do and to be proud of. While not everyone can be good at sport it encourages participation in other ways through spectator value and instills a sense of pride and support for ones school. We are very excited by the developments we are seeing and to grow this partnership for the benefit of our children and our nation.”


Issued jointly by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa and Department of Basic Education.  



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23 May 2018


The nominees for the third edition of the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Regional Annual Sport Awards (RASA) 2018 have been announced. The RASA gala is scheduled to be hosted in South Africa at Birchwood Hotel on Saturday 26 May 2018.  The event which will be celebrated under the theme, “Celebrating Excellence, Inspiring Innovation” is expected to attract a record number of dignitaries, including ministers of sport from six of the ten Member Countries, legends and sports celebrities from across the Region.

Confirming the final list of the top three nominees per category, the CEO of AUSC Region 5, Mr Stanley Mutoya said; “The voting process of the third edition of RASA 2018 has now been completed and the top 3 deserving athletes per category are now in the public domain. We are very proud and excited for each and every one of them to have made it this far in the voting process. In some of the categories we had more than six nominees at the initial entry stage. To me all of them are already winners given how stringent the selection criteria is. Of course, on the night of the event we will all wait to see who will be crowed the best of the best in each category, which I have to affirm is a very prestigious accolade any athlete can receive in the Region”

The voting process which consists of a very stringent criteria and involved all the Region’s stakeholders and sports bodies was completed on Tuesday. 

The AUSC Region 5 comprises ten (10) Southern African Member Countries which are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Kingdom eSwatini , Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Eligibility for the RASA is based on the country hosting its own national awards.  Winners from the national awards automatically qualify to be in the long list of nominees for the RASA, from which the top three are selected and the winner is announced during the RASA gala night.  Nine of these Member Countries (with the exception of Angola) out of the ten currently host national sports awards. This number has grown exponentially from the first edition of RASA in 2016 when only five countries were holding national awards. 

The Region is delighted to welcome nominees from Malawi and Zambia who had their inaugural national sports awards in 2017 and Mozambique who resumed hosting of their national awards in 2017 after having taken a sabbatical. 

The awards are made up of 12 categories to recognise athletes, coaches, member countries, Regional Confederations, journalists and teams that have produced outstanding performances in sport at regional and international level. 

The Confederation of the Year award will be conferred to that confederation that is in-good standing in corporate governance, participates in the Region’s programmes and activities and runs regular competitions in the region.  The respective Regional Confederating must be geared in the goal of producing talent that will represent the Region at the world stage events.

The Country of the year award will go to a country that would have taken a leadership role in the implementation of the AUSC Region 5 programmes, has well-executed sport and recreation development programmes and produces athletes and teams that are excelling and bringing home medals from international championships and events.  

“We as a Region, are delighted to be commemorating the Mandela Centenary through the hosting of the 2018 RASA,” said Mutoya.  “Former President Nelson Mandela was a global Champion for black empowerment and African renaissance but above all an avid and staunch supporter of sport.  It is therefore befitting that we as the sporting fraternity salute his legacy during this year’s centenary celebrations through the RASA” Mutoya added.  The RASA celebration is preceded by a series of activities to mark the Mandela Centenary, part of this being  Boxing Bonanza that will be hosting on Friday night in Johannesburg at Turfontein.



- Kennedy Luchembe, Athletics , Zambia

- Karabo Sibanda, Athletics, Botswana

- Thandolwethu Motsa, Taekwondo, Kingdom eSwatini


- Tshegofatso Tsiang Tennis, Botswana

- Charlize Van Zyl, Gymnastics Namibia

- Tanyaradzwa Muzinda, Motorcross, Zimbabwe


- Luvo Manyonga, Athletics, South Africa

- Peter Banda, Football, Malawi

- Julius Indongo, Boxing, Namibia


- Caster Semenya, Athletics, South Africa

- Onkemetse Francis, Chess,  Botswana

- Tabitha Chawinga, Football, Malawi


- Dyan Buis, Athletics, South Africa

- Elford Moyo, Wheelchair racing, Zimbabwe

- Johannes Nambala, Athletics, Namibia.


- Margaret Bangajena, Wheelchair racing, Zimbabwe

- Illse Hayes, Athletics, South Africa

- ahja Ishitile, Athletics, Namibia


- Springbok Sevens Team, Rugby, South Africa

- Zambia Football U20 National Team, Football, Zambia

- Botswana 4 x 400 meters Men Relay, Athletics, Botswana


- Beston Chambeshi, Football, Zambia

- Jean Verster, Athletics, South Africa

- Mogomotsi Otsetswe, Athletics, Botswana 


- OG Molefe, South Africa

- Ramajake Monamane, Lesotho

- Ntokozo Magongo,Kingdom eSwatini


- Athletics Confederation

- Swimming Confederation


- Botswana

- South Africa

- Kingdom eSwatini 


- Luvo Manyonga, Athletics South Africa

- Karabo Sibanda, Athletics Botswana

- Samson Muripo, Karate, Zimbabwe




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The African Union Sport Council Region5 (AUSC Region5) is the sports arm of the African Union, which was once the Organisation of African Unity. It was formed in the 1960s, and its headquarters is based in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

The main aim of the AUSC is to use sports to achieve peace, integration and unity in Africa i.e. sport as a vehicle of encouraging people to develop and come together, irrespective of colour, economic status, political, class, or gender.

The AUSC divided Africa into seven competition zones due to the vastness of the continent and for financial prudence. The main consideration was the countries’ geographical positions. It is from this that AUSC Region was born.


The African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 is one of the five Regions entrusted with the responsibility to develop sport under the African Union. This follows the dissolution of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA), under which the Region 5 was known as SCSA Zone VI.

Members of the Region comprise of: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Kingdom eSwatini , Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The SCSA was established on the 14 December 1966 and served as a specialized agency of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) for the coordination of the Africa Sports Movement and to utilize Sport in the struggle against colonialism and apartheid on the continent. Invariably, the SCSA was essentially a political organization which furthered the aims and objectives of the OAU through Sport.


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 07 MAY 2018

 It is indeed a pleasure and privilege to release the 5th EPG report on sport’s transformation status today based on the analysis of data submitted by 19 federations. These reports have, over the past 5 years become part of the annual sport landscape and have contributed significantly to understanding and qualifying those factors impacting the rate and extent of sport’s transformation initiatives. These reports, have after more than 23 years shown there is light at the end of the transformation tunnel.

 The national development plan envisions a South Africa where all people will be more conscious of the things they have in common, rather than their differences and where shared experiences will cut across divisions of race, gender, space and class. The plan furthermore recognises sport’s role in promoting wellness, social cohesion and fostering nation building by treating it as a cross-cutting issue, with related proposals in the plan’s chapters on education and health.

 Sport related objectives in line with the NDP imperative targeted at ‘equal opportunity, inclusion and redress’ includes:

 The need for each sporting code’s participation profile to reflect the population demographic of the country by 2030 on the basis of expanding sport participation opportunity for all. This will require national sport teams and structures to represent all sectors of society producing results that mirrors the country’s passion for sport.

 The department of Sport and Recreation’s National Sports Plan and Transformation Charter, adopted by the sport’s movement at a National Sport Indaba in 2011, is in harmony with the sport related objectives of the NDP. 

 The purpose of sport’s transformation charter is to –

level the playing fields that enables the majority of South Africans to have equitable access and opportunity to participate and achieve in all areas and at all levels of sport’ whereas

 The goal of the charter is to –

Ensure the evolvement of a demographically representative, equitable, sustainable and competitive sport system.

 The inclusion of all South African demographics is not just a moral issue but it’s in the core of the very survival of sport in particular the white dominated sport. I must put things into perspective, the current South African population of about 55 million is 80% Black African, 9% White and 2% Indian with black African birth-rates increasing fast, and the birth-rate among Whites declining.

 Like in every aspect of our lives, the future belongs to the youth, South African sport’s future is intimately linked to gaining access to and successfully develop the 20 million under-18-year-old segment of the population. In this group 17 million or 85% of the total are Black African increasing by 24% over the next 25 years whereas on the other hand, a much smaller 1.4m or 7%, of the group, is White (the historical resource base of sport) is decreasing by 31% over the next 25 years.

 Therefore federations must bare in mind this reality, if they don’t transform and become inclusive, majority of sporting codes will follow bowling whose average player is 74 years old.

 Transformation must respond to these 5 areas –

                Demographic representation in key categories,

                Access to participation and involvement in sport,

                Skill and capability development and improvement,

                Governance performance in selected areas;  and

                Economic empowerment in the sports industry.

 In adopting the Transformation Charter at a National Sport and Recreation Indaba held in 2011 it was resolved that if the objectives of the charter are to be achieved there will be a need to monitor and evaluate the implementation thereof’.

 This resolution led to the Minister of Sport and Recreation appointing an independent sport transformation committee, the EPG, and (Eminent Person’s Group) to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the charter. To date 5 transformation status reports have been completed and published and work on a sixth report covering the 2017 calendar year is in progress.

 Thus far the process has identified and commented on two sets of reasons motivating the need for transformation. The one set based on moral reasons is driven by the need for -

 Correcting the ‘wrongs committed in the past’, by doing the right things right’

 Efforts in this regard have, for 23 years, been largely unsuccessful in bringing about an effectively transformed sport system and causing substantial consequential damage for many in the process.

 Many of our generic black cricketers have proven that, they are not tokens of transformation or a replacement of a white face with a black face. The inclusion of Hashim Amla, Kagiso Rabada, JP Duminy, Lungi Ngidi, Vernon Philander, Temba Bavuma, Robin Peterson and many other cricketers have made South Africans to see themselves in Proteas, and the demographic profile of cricket supporters is starting to reflect that of our country.

 The annual EPG audits to date have shown that more than 50% of sport federations have reported senior and underage representative teams and high performance pipelines featuring demographic black African profiles well below 50%. It is possible that some of these federations could be faced with longer term sustainability challenges if this issue is not more proactively dealt with. 

 There should be little doubt that the foundation source of South Africa’s sport’s historical human capital is diminishing which will require the inescapable need for more proactive intervention in optimally shaping the demographic profiles of sport structures.

 Demographic change within the under 18 population grouping is intimately linked to the state of school sport in the country.  Audit reports over the past 4 years have suggested that an effective school sport system, the ultimate source of sport’s human capital, will be the definitive platform on which to transform SA sport from a dominant minority representation position to a majority inclusive reality. However, it has been shown that the existing school sport system has become the achilles heel of South African sport for a number of complex reasons.

 To address these and other issues the existing MOU between SRSA and DBE is in the process of being reviewed to address the challenges preventing the establishment of a coordinated and seamless school sport system to improve access and delivery of school sport.

 Once completed and agreed the effective implementation of this MOU will ensure a functional school sport system that will form a robust foundation for the successful transformation of sport in the country. Therefore, federations must respond how they are going to use schools to draw and unearth talent.

 The funding structures (Government, SASCOC, Lotto, Sport Trust etc) must make funding available in line with the Transformation Charter. We must review cost beneficial impact of government funding relative to number of sport participating schools, number of teachers involved and a number of underage teams, leagues and facilities.

 A special focus must be given to township and rural schools through the establishment of new community based sport structures at district level and sport infrastructure need assessment must be made.  CATHSSETA must provide a strategic partnership in providing coaches, mentors, trainers and instructors in a mass scale.  We need qualified personnel to unearth talent not rhetoric.

 The measurement system monitoring transformation progress comprises a two-tiered and based on the achievement of prescribed one size fits all charter targets as well as federation self-set targets which forms part of a ‘barometer’ which take into account the significant differences existing between federations. We expect other federations to join netball, rugby, athletics, cricket and football to set their own targets informed by their own conditions.

 At a governance and decision making level, the report shows that more than half, 60%, of federations audited have elected black presidents into position whereas almost, 70%, have reported the election of boards that are more than 50% black.

 Women representation at board level has also been shown to be improving in that seven out of the nineteen federations have reported female representation at board level larger than that prescribed by the charter.

 Demographic representation in national senior male teams of athletics, cricket, football, volleyball, boxing and table tennis have all achieved the charter target with netball, chess, gymnastics, hockey and rugby moving in the right direction to achieve this interim milestone.

 Year on year change in the black demographic profile of senior representative teams demonstrates the progress made over a short period. Cricket’s % black profile has improved from 45% to 60%, hockey from 20% to 45%, whereas rugby has moved from 34% to 42% and netball from 37% to 56%.

 The detailed report released today shows that transformation as measured in terms of the 5 dimensions of the transformation charter is taking place, proving once again the value of Hewlet Packard’s Adage ‘that only those things that gets measured gets done’.

 In conclusion, the efforts of federations who are diligently supportive of the tedious process of gathering and submitting the data required to complete the report, has to be acknowledged. Without it we would not have come thus far over the past 5 years.

 The remainder of this current political administration must be about, school sport, active nation and transformation. South Africans must see themselves in all our national teams.




 APRIL 2018





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Speaking on behalf of the Department of Sport and Recreation, Minister Xasa has on Thursday, expressed disappointment and disgust at the decision by the IAAF to announce a new set of rules for athletes with hyperandrogenism, a decision that will most certainly force South Africa's track princess, Ms Caster Semenya to once again lower her testosterone levels.

The new regulations require any athlete who has a difference of sexual development (DSD) that means her levels of circulating testosterone (in serum) are five (5) nmol/L or above and who is androgen-sensitive to meet the following criteria to be eligible to compete in restricted events in an international competition (or set a World Record in a restricted event at competition that is not an international competition)

The new law will apply to athletes that compete in events from 400m to the mile, including 400m, hurdles races, 800m, 1,500m, one-mile races and combined events over the same distances (‘restricted events’).

 “This unfortunate and targeted decision is at best a witch-hunt against our athlete Caster Semenya and at worst, a decision to lessen the impact of mainly African athlete on the results tally.  It is clear to us as government that at this rate, young rural and African girls may never be able to compete at urban based competitions because of their stature and body physique which at times present them as far stronger than their co-athletes.  We are dismayed that Caster is literally being forced out of the 800m and 1 500m specialists events”, said Minister Xasa. 

"I wish to express my disappointment that this decision is in fact a pronouncement against our own judgement to pick Caster as a core member of the South African athletics team.  This diabolic decision is not only intended to appease aggrieved member countries who have failed to put their money where their mouths are, by winning medals, fairly and squarely”. 

“This decision is a backdoor tactic to ensure that Africa’s talent is depleted on the podium, through this death-knell on the diversity of the nature of the sport of athletics and the international athletics landscape", added Minister Xasa.

“A lesson for all of us here is that we need to look at how we lobby legislation in order to protect our athletes and therefore the pride of Africa.  It is not clear to us how Ms Caster Semenye was swindled into the category that required to be investigated, as her sub-code was originally never CITED as a concern area by the IAAF”, retorted Minister Xasa. 

“We therefore feel that the inclusion of the 800m and 1500m specialist categories is an act target at African, Asian and East European Athletes, because these categories are out rightly dominated by non-white athletes.  Our view therefore, is that this haphazard act is both racist and sectionalist, and is designed to ensure that non-white athletes are hindered from excelling in sport.


Firstly, during this year of the centenary of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, we call on the IAAF to review this decision and to apply the principle of fairness and justice.  We believe that this decision will impact negatively on the participation of Ms Caster Semenya in International Tournaments”.  This homophobic stance against our very own should be rejected with the contempt that it deserves.  The world over, should unite to reject this ill-treatment of Ms Semenya and others who have been brutalised and given sub-standard treatment since 2010. 

“Secondly, we also call on all South Africans to stand firm in opposing these new rules that we view as designed to disadvantage our athletes from being competitive.  We also urge all South African sporting codes to support our Caster and all other affected athletes”, emphasised Minister Xasa.

We will continuously engage as government and utilise all available avenues to ensure that Caster and athletes likely to be affected by this are allowed to participate unhindered by measures to reduce their competitive edge. 

We call on South Africans and other African federations to rally behind Ms Semenya by supporting the #HandsOffCaster. Our government will go to every length and breadth to fight and challenge this decision.  Together with all the role-players and stakeholders affected and impacted by this decision, we will study the basis of the report as we seek a possible review of the judgement and accordingly prepare our legal defences, to over-turn this decision. 

Campaign Twitter Handle                           -   #HandsOffCaster


Issued by: The Minister of Sport & Recreation


March 2018

24 March 2018


The Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa has filed a notice of intention to withdraw the earlier published Government Gazette notice on the establishment of a Ministerial Committee of Inquiry into the deaths of spectators at FNB stadium during the match of Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. The Department has noted with concern the lack of cooperation necessary to execute the mandate of such an Inquiry by key role players. As Inquiries of these nature relies largely on the cooperation of the affected stakeholders and there has been active opposition on this one, the Department found it necessary to withdraw the current notice and to review other available legal instruments and to vigorously pursue the matter further through other law enforcement agencies to ensure that the interests of justice for the families of the deceased are served, as well as to ensure that the relevant laws of the Republic are respected and observed.

The Department will take it upon itself to pursue this matter further with other law enforcement agencies and to explore other intra-governmental instruments to ensure that the matter is still fully investigated and that where necessary justice is served appropriately.


Issued by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa. Enquiries: Alec Moemi - 076 813 5753.


Media Statement:  9 March 2018

New Sport Minister Mrs. T Xasa, congratulates our athletes for doing well at the Athletics Grand Prix Event


PRETORIA – Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Minister Tokozile Xasa is impressed by the performance of our Athletes during the Athletics Grand Prix event currently taking place at Tuks Stadium. 

Caster Semenya added another achievement to her ever-growing list of accolades by setting a new SA record in the women’s 1,000m in finishing 2: 35.43 seconds.

Caster Semenya broke the previous 1000m record set back in 1983 by Ilze Wicksell of 2:37.20 beating Ugandan (Halimah Nakaayi) who came second. 

Anaso Jobodwana managed to beat Justin Gastlin on the 100m world champion race and our Sprinter, Akani Simbine, won the 100m sprint, clocking a quick 10.05.

“I am impressed by the outstanding performance of our athletes at the Athletics Grand Prix Event. They did us proud and represented us well on mother soil and with aplomb. They became true ambassadors demonstrate that anything is possible as they all hail from humble beginnings. Allow me to single out Caster Semenya for setting up the new World Record, I am impressed by her determination as she previously indicated that she is focused and ready to achieve this accolade. Well done for giving all our women such a great gift on International Women’s Day, she made all of us walk with pride. To our fans who attended the event, thanks’ for coming out in large numbers and ensuring that you grant our athletes the necessary support, by your best behaviour you ensured that all is done in a safe and incident free environment”, indicated Minister Tokozile Xasa.

Issued by Ministry and Sport and Recreation South Africa

Thami Mthembu (Ministry Liaison Officer)

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Mickey Fusi Modisane (Chief Director Marketing and Communications) 

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Media Release:  07/03/2018


The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Ms Toko Xasa laments the incident of the mutilation of
Mhlengi Gwala’s leg that occurred in Umbilo, in Durban. This inhumane treatment of a budding
athlete, has not only caused pain to the athlete, but also threatens to jeopardize his international career. Minister Xasa deeply regrets this incident and condemns this sheer thuggery.

Minister Xasa takes this opportunity to gently remind all South Africans to place additional
vigilance when exercising on the roads, especially when running or walking alone. Minister Xasa
wishes Mhlengi Gwala a speedy recovery, following the operation and she is looking forward to
seeing Mhlengi on the training track.

Minister Xasa also thanks the media houses for keeping this incident in the public’s eyes and she
also praises the doctors who treated and operated on Mhlengi. Minister Xasa has encouraged
the police to leave no stone unturned in their investigations and asks that the perpetrators be
brought to book and given the harshest sanction yet, for this act of criminality.


Issued by: Thamie Mthembu
Media Liaison Officer
Ministry of Sports and Recreation
Telephone: (012) 304 5676
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February 2018

T20 Match between India vs SA in Honour of Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations

2018 FEBRUARY 14

Sport and Recreation South Africa,Cricket South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation will launch the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations at the upcoming International T20 Double Header featuring the South African Women’s Cricket Team and the South Africa men’s Cricket teams, the Proteas, playing against their Indian counterparts.

The Centenary Celebration programme aims to honour the values and legacy of Former President Nelson Mandela. The double header will be played at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on 18 February 2018. The matches will also serve as a celebration of 20 years of diplomatic relations between India and SA.

As a further significance, the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations, also coincides with the 125 anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi when he was thrown off a train at the Pietmaritzburg Railway station after he refused to move from a whites’ only compartment.

In this 100th year celebrations of the values and legacy in sport left by Nelson Mandela, the hosting of India during this 125th anniversary serves as a poignant reminder of Mandela’s values depicted through the unwavering style of leadership which has led many to regard him as a modern Gandhi. Attesting to this style of leadership, when Mandela was conferred at The International Gandhi Peace Prize in 1991, Former President Shri K.R. Narayanan of Indiaonce stated, "We are paying tribute to an unusual hero in the Gandhian mould, who personifies the triumph of the human spirit over forces of oppression."

India was the first country to introduce sanctions against the apartheid regime. It was also the first team to tour South Africa in 1992, after South Africa was re-admitted into international cricket after the end of the Apartheid era. The significance behind this celebration in also complimenting the Nelson Mandela centenary cannot go unnoticed.The historical relations between Nelson Mandela and India highlight the extent within which India continued to be of huge support to Nelson Mandela during apartheid as well as during his presidency. This inspiring bond was such that Mandela has often heralded India as “deserving a place among the closest allies whose contribution to the abolishment of Apartheid and the making of SA was undeniable as well as immeasurable.”

The Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations emphatically promotes the values of Mandela by encouraging citizens to “Be the Legacy” which Nelson Mandela believed and epitomized in changing the world.

The legacy in sport left by Mandela is unequivocal as no one understood the power of sport to provide dignity and hope in the face of state-sponsored oppression than Madiba. Affirming the invaluable role of Nelson Mandela in unifying SA, Minister of Sport and Recreation, Thulas Nxesi highlighted that: “Nelson Mandela became a strong advocate of sports diplomacy in raising South Africa’s reputation and transforming the perception of South Africafrom an apartheid state to a democratic nation. The spirit of Madibaness – the Madiba Magic Moment personified through our sports stars’ excellent performance whilst also uniting our country along the way - is a remarkable feature in the history of our sporting achievements. It is in fact these Madiba Magic Moments which we regard as a legacy left to the sporting fraternity. After all the nation continues to unite patriotically when an athlete delivers this Madiba Magic Moment.”

The program for the day will see the Momentum Proteas Women team take on India in a T20 clash in the
morning, followed by a short ceremonial program highlighting the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations.

This will be followed by the KFC T20 International match between the Standard Bank Proteas and India in
the afternoon.

For Media Enquiries please contact:
Sport and Recreation: Mickey Modisane - 082 992 0101 or
Cricket SA - Altaaf Kazi – 082 553 9595 or
Nelson Mandela Foundation - Lunga Nene - 076 420 1910 or



Minister Nxesi, calls for speedy investigation into the assault of top SA athletes

Media Release 

14 February 2018

The Minister of Sport and Recreation, TW Nxesi, has demanded a speedy investigation into the brutal assault of 5000m champion, Thabang Mosiako and his fellow runner, Rantso Mokopane, in what is believed to have been a racially motivated attack.

Thabang Mosiako and the 23-year-old Mokopane, the 3000m steeplechase runner, were allegedly attacked last week by a group of white males.

Minister Nxesi has urged authorities from the North West University, or Pukke, in Potchefstroom and the SA Police Services (SAPS) to expedite the investigations, and ensure speedy arrest of all those responsible for this senseless attack.

It is alleged that a scuffle ensued when Mosiako and Mokopane, along with another friend Sandy Londt, allegedly intervened to save a Cafe cashier who was at the time verbally abused by the alleged perpetrators. This infuriated the white males when they turned their anger to the trio and attacked them where Mosiako was left unconscious, and had to be hospitalised where he regained his consciousness. 

Mosiako was due to represent South Africa at the 5th African Cross-Country Championships in Algeria, scheduled for 17 March. But due to the nature of the injuries sustained during the attack, he might not fully recover in time to take part.

In responding to this cowardly and despicable attack, the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Nxesi, said: “We urge the University authorities and the Police to speedily investigate this barbaric act, and quickly apprehend those who are responsible.

“This is much bigger than the affected athletes. Any alleged racial attacks, irrespective of which race group is involved or attacked, cannot be tolerated. Such cowardly acts warrant the condemnation they deserve.

“I therefore call upon members of all communities to also work with the police in ensuring all perpetrators of this racially motivated attacks are apprehended and dealt with harshly.  This barbaric act of racism regresses all the gains of our hard-fought democracy.

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