The core business and priorities for SRSA

The core business of SRSA contained in the five pillars:

  1. Active Nation
  2. Winning Nation
  3. Enabling environment
  4. Transversal issues, and
  5. Sport as a tool.


Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) will continue to transform the delivery of sport and recreation by ensuring equitable access, development and excellence at all levels of participation, thereby improving social cohesion, nation building and the quality of life of all South Africans.

South Africa continues to play a leading role in projects of global importance as reflected in its contributions to UNESCO and the UN Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG). As Chairperson of CIGEPS, South Africa will continue to collaborate in the development, implementation and monitoring of policies contributing towards achieving the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.

Programme 1: Administration


The Ministry is effectively the core driver in the Department, providing strategic direction and ensuring that the political and legislative mandate is effectively delivered.

DG – Office

The Director-General's office is responsible for managing the Department in compliance with the law, the policies of Government, prescripts and within its budget.
The Office of the Director-General is supported by the Chief Operations Officer as well as by Internal Audit & Risk Management

Sub Programmes

Strategic Support  - documents the strategic direction envisioned for the  Department in line with the approved NSRP.

The Marketing & Communications unit is tasked with managing the overall marketing and communication of Departmental activities in line with the Marketing and Communications Strategy.  The Marketing and Communications Strategy also provides a framework for the unit to monitor the Media Policy, including the Social Media Policy, to ensure adherence to the communication guidelines issued by the Government Communication and Information Service (GCIS)

The Office of the Chief Financial Officer sub-programme incorporates Financial Management and Supply Chain Management, both of which ensure compliance with the relevant financial statutes and regulations notable in the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA).

Programme 2: Active Nation

The Active Recreation sub-programme will continue to facilitate the provision of campaigns and programmes that increase participation leading to life-long wellness.

SRSA will again assist the Provincial Departments to ensure that the delivery of the 2018 National Youth Camp is a success.

It is envisaged that the World Move for Health Day will be celebrated again in 2018 (10 May) in collaboration with the Department of Health, however against a reviewed implementation plan.

The Golden Games will continue in October 2018, in partnership with the Department of Social Development (DSD), however it will be against a revised implementation plan. It will remain an active recreation festival for older persons, however the focus will shift to the hub, district and Provincial levels of participation.

The Big Walk will be staged in October 2018 encouraging participation in physical activity.

Cabinet declared an Annual National Recreation Day for the first Friday of October each year. The 2018 National Recreation Day campaign will be expanded to corporate South Africa; tertiary institutions and communities at large, in order for a broader scope of South African citizens to embrace and participate in physical activities for fun and leisure. Provincial Departments of Sport and Recreation across the nine Provinces
will also put together programmes and awareness campaigns targeting stakeholders at a Provincial level

Sports participation opportunities will continue to be provided in 2018/19 through the Community Sport sub-programme.

SRSA will continue to fund loveLife with the project priorities aligned to the objectives of the NSRP and SRSA. As in 2017/18, loveLife will again productively use the National Youth Camp and the National School Sport Championship as optimal platforms for project  implementation targeting the youth of South Africa

The Indigenous Games Festival will once again be hosted in September 2018. This event forms part of the heritage celebrations in South
Africa and elements of a carnival, arts, crafts, an African Food Village and other related traditional activities have been incorporated. These festivities have increased patronage of the Games. The long-term vision for this project is to elevate the festivities and traditional activities to the extent that spectators attend to enjoy a full cultural bouquet and not necessarily just for the sporting aspect.

In addressing the priority of rural development the sub-programme will support a Rural Sport Development Programme under the guidance of the National House of Traditional Leaders and initiatives to uplift sport in these areas will receive attention. The aim of the Rural Sport Development Programme is to revive sport and to unearth talent in the rural areas. The programme was conceptualized out of a realization that
the most disadvantaged communities, particularly in the rural areas and in areas under Traditional Leadership, still require a structured focused sport development programme.

A revised volunteer programme will be instituted during 2018/19 providing an opportunity for those with a passion for sport and recreation to offer their services and expertise and get involved

The Provincial Sport Support and Coordination sub-programme will continue to manage the transfer of the Mass Participation and Sport Development Conditional Grant in 2018/19.

Programme 3: Winning Nation

The core focus of the Scientific Support sub-programme is to nurture developing talent through management and coordination of varied athlete support programmes. This sub-programme provides a range of services to developing athletes and elite athletes, which are of a scientific nature.

The sub-programme is also responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of relevant policies and procedures. It thus plays a coordinating role to ensure that athletes are able to benefit from holistic support services at various levels of sport development.

The Ministerial Sports Bursary, which is traditionally, awarded to learners from Grade 8 until they complete their high school education.  These bursary recipients are identified through the school sport programme and placed in the sport focus schools in order to give them  opportunities to learn and improve sport-specific skills, whilst being supported academically.

South African Sport Academy Strategic Framework and Policy Guideline.

The first layer of sport academies is the sport focus schools, which are identified in consultation
with the National Federations, the Provinces and the Department of Basic Education. The core consideration made in identifying the sport focus school is that it should be excelling academically; have a rich history of sport; and have the required sport infrastructure as an enabling mechanism. Sport focus schools serve as a breeding ground for talent identification and development.

The district academies of sport are an integral part of sport development, as their scope is directly linked with community sport and the school sport programme. The district sport academies play a key role in talent identification, selection and development. They facilitate access to communities’ sport facilities and to specific scientific and medical support.

The Provincial academies of sport serve as a reservoir for the talent development of high performance elite athletes. The Provincial academies nurture these athletes and accelerate their readiness for competition by employing advanced scientific and medical interventions. The Provincial academies of sport also provide support and capacity building to empower the district academies as well as to the sport focus schools. This fosters synergy and linkages to the national sport academy system.

The national sport academy is at the core of high performance sport. The national sport academy system is divided into three components namely, the National Training and Olympic Preparatory Centre; the Lesotho Highlands High Altitude Training Centre; and the International Acclimatization Centre based in Gemona. The national academies are responsible for athlete and team preparation. In consultation with SASCOC, the Department will facilitate and oversee the establishment of one of the components of the national academy system, namely the National Training and Olympic Preparatory Centre (NTC), based in Bloemfontein.

The Andrew Mlangeni Golf Development Day aims to expose amateur golfers to a professional tournament and to give them the opportunity to play alongside professional golfers. It is organised on an invitational basis only with a field of approximately 50 golfers. The funds generated from this golf development day are channeled into programmes to honour the life of Andrew Mlangeni as a national hero of our people and a true embodiment of the philosophy of life-long participation in sport and recreation. A portion of the funds raised from the Andrew Mlangeni Golf Development Day is also channeled into the Andrew Mlangeni Chapter of the South African Golf Development Board. This Chapter is based in Soweto and will provide approximately 50 young and aspiring golfers the opportunity to receive professional coaching and assistance with the equipment and attire required.

South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS)

SRSA is an active member of the Central Drug Authority (CDA) and, through the Minister for Sport and Recreation, serves on the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Substance Abuse. The CDA is a statutory body established in terms of the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act, 70 of 2008. The CDA's mandate is to develop, review and implement the National Drug Master Plan (NDMP).

The National Sport Week’s intent is to inculcate the development of sport at all levels. This can include driving business through sport; fostering open communication as a way to overcome the
challenges confronting the sporting fraternity; interviews with high level sports people; sports media awareness campaigns and an International Sport Exchange Conference and Exhibition.


SRSA hosts South African Sport and Recreation Conference (SASReCon) once every quadrennial, in the year following the Olympic Games.

The International Sport Events sub-programme will provide institutional and intra-Governmental support to events approved in line with the Bidding and Hosting of International Sport and Recreational Events Regulations. The approach adopted in 2013/14 will continue where SRSA will provide comprehensive support to approximately 4 major events and mere approval/endorsement to other events.  This sub-programme also works on promoting Sport Tourism to South Africa through identified national and international events

The Recognition Systems sub-programme will provide opportunities to acknowledge sporting achievements, both contemporary and past performances in line with the recognition criteria developed 2015/16. A highlight of this sub-programme will again be the hosting of the prestigious Sports Awards (November 2018) where the following awards will be bestowed upon worthy recipients:

  • Individual Sports Awards
  • Steve Tshwete Life Time Achievement Awards
  •  Ministers’ Excellence Awards
  •  Sports Star of the Year Award.

Programme 4: Sport Support

Sport and Recreation Service Providers

SRSA in conjunction with SASCOC will ensure that good governance prevails in all
NFs and steps will be implemented to address any alleged misconduct. In an effort to foster good governance SRSA has managed a process of ensuring that a minimum of 60 sport and recreation bodies sign a pledge to support the Code of Conduct.  SRSA will continue with its responsibility in this regard by overseeing good governance monitoring reports in conjunction with SASCOC

To ensure that the results stemming from the transformation audits result in tangible programmes it is important that SRSA develop sustainable mechanisms addressing the recommendations of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG). One such intervention is a revision of the funding framework to ensure that there are financial rewards as well as punitive measures for National Federations not meeting their self-imposed transformation targets

Prioritise Federations

SRSA, in consultation with SASCOC, will also prioritise federations and ensure that these federations are capacitated to optimally deliver their programmes to realise the SRSA vision of an active and winning nation. Factors influencing the prioritisation of a federation for school sport support will include amongst others: the promotion of mass participation; an existing strong presence with a national footprint; the ease of rollout in terms of affordability and sustainability; and the promotion of equity principles, redress and transformation.

Each year a federation to receive intensive support is selected.  Softball will be the recipient of this extra support in 2018/19. The basketball;  hockey and volleyball leagues will continue to be supported during 2018/19 with the aim of making them self-sustainable in the near future.

Year supported

Federation selected for intensive support















Boxing SA

Financial and institutional support is provided to Boxing South Africa (BSA), as a public entity, and efforts will again be made in 2017 to assist the entity to obtain an unqualified audit opinion

International Relations - the agreements and Programmes of Action will continue to be informed by the International Relations Strategy. The sub-programme will continue to build and strengthen international bilateral relationships to support sport and recreation development in South Africa by executing exchange programmes with international partners, including Jamaica; India; Russia; and Cuba.

Programme 5: Sport Infrastructure Support

The Sport and Recreation Facility Planning sub-directorate lobbies for, facilitates and coordinates the provision of sport and recreation facilities by municipalities and other relevant institutions.

In an effort to encourage participation, the Sport and Recreation Facility Planning sub-programme will continue to appeal for the delivery of community gyms and childrens’ play parks, by municipalities, that can be used in open spaces within communities. The provision of these community gyms will link with the community sports project to devise innovative initiatives to deliver recreation to the community.

The Sport and Recreation Facility Management sub-programme will continue to provide technical assistance to local authorities and other relevant stakeholders for constructing and managing sport facilities to ensure compliance with national standards. Considering the substantial financial investment made in building and refurbishing stadia for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, this sub-programme will continue to ascertain how these stadia are being maintained and used and will produce an annual status report

SRSA has many events happening throughout out the year and we need volunteers!

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