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March 2018

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)

(012) 304 5159

064 890 5592

Mickey Fusi Modisane (Chief Director Marketing and Communications) 

O12 304 – 5159

082 992 0101


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
Mobile : (065) 823 6306
E-mail :

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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