Deputy Minister N Mafu's Budget Vote Speech

Budget Vote Debate 2019/20
Budget Vote No. 40: 
Sport and Recreation South Africa
National Assembly, 17 July 2019

Deputy Minister: Ms Nocawe Mafu, MP 

Theme: Sport as a vehicle for social cohesion and nation building

•    Chairperson
•    Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Honourable Nkosinathi Mthethwa 
•    MECs of Sport, Arts, and Culture
•    Chair of the Portfolio Committee and Honourable Members
•    The DGs Mr Alec Moemi and Vusi Mkhize, and officials, 
•    Stakeholders and partners of Sport and Recreation 
•    Ladies and gentlemen

The National Sport and Recreation Plan (otherwise called the NSRP) acknowledges that worldwide sport strategies are focused on increasing levels of participation in sport and recreation, as well as achieving success at an international level. 

 As the NSRP reminds us, “no country can expect to achieve and sustain success at the elite level without a strong participation base in the community, because that is the beginning for every champion”. It is therefore not by accident that the greater part of our budget is allocated to the Active Nation Programme. The Programme is allocated R744 million, which is 64.5% of the total vote expenditure. R1.2 million goes to Active Recreation, R83.2 million to Community Sport, and R33.7 million to School Sport.  The school sport amount excludes the over R200 million that is transferred to the provinces from the Mass Participation and Sport Development Grant.
The I Choose 2 B Active campaign is a 365 days campaign intended to encourage South Africans to start, pursue and commit to the life-long wellness of a physically active lifestyle. It is a movement calling on all South Africans, yes, every single one of our South African citizens, to step up and take charge of their health and wellness through regular participation in physical activities as well as dare others to join them in embodying such a physically active lifestyle. It is for this reason that we wish to thank South Africans, who have taken up our challenge to Choose to be Active. For they have decisively declared: “I Choose to change my lifestyle and I choose you to join me in this journey.” Annually we have seen such committed South Africans from all walks of life join us in all provinces, to participate in the I Choose 2 B Active activation pillar events intended to remind all of us about the benefits of a physically active lifestyle.

The Campaign is brought to life through critical events, such as: The Move for Health Day; the Big Walk; National Recreation Day; and the I Choose 2 B Active Bootcamp. 

The 2019 Move for Health Day took place on the 10th of May, in Reiger Park, Ekurhuleni, in Gauteng. The National Recreation Day will take place on the first Friday of October (that is, the 4th); while the Big Walk will take place on the first Sunday of October (the 6th). Both the Recreation Day and Big Walk will also be held in all provinces on the same day as their national versions. The inaugural I Choose 2 B Active Bootcamp will take place in the 4th week of November this year. 

The Big Walk is aligned with The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) World Walking Day, which encourages and lobbies countries to walk by creating advocacy and awareness during October. The number of participants has increased exponentially over the years and the event has become increasingly popular, with 37 303 eager walkers at the 2018 event.

Cabinet declared an annual National Recreation Day for the first Friday of October each year.  The 2019 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.  4 211 participants were mobilised at the 2018 national event. 

Broadening the participation base in sport and recreation 

The Department will continue to assist provincial departments by deploying managers to oversee youth camps and provide logistical support to ensure that they are successful. An estimated 1 800 participants from various backgrounds attend these camps, where learners are taught leadership skills, life skills, and the importance of national pride. The Department plans to spend R3 million on the camps while each province allocates an additional R3 million each from the mass participation and sport development grant.  Linked to this, is the Trailblazer Movement which is a platform for all youth camp participants to develop themselves and their communities further.   The mission is to develop a movement driven by youth pioneers dedicated to Learn, Lead and Serve, while making an impact on the lives of others in their pursuit of nation building.

In addressing the priority of rural development, the Department 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 conceptualised out of a realisation that the most disadvantaged communities, particularly in the rural areas and in areas under Traditional Leadership, still require a structured focused sport development programme. Even though many communities in rural areas do host tournaments, they do not feed into or link with any structured sport development programme. Therefore, there is neither growth nor an exit platform for the athletes who may demonstrate potential and talent. This programme seeks to close this gap and 1 100 participants are expected at the 2019 events.

The Indigenous Games Festival will once again be hosted in September 2019, catering for participants in dibeke; diketo; drie-stokkies; kgati; iintonga; kho-kho; ncuva; morabaraba and jukskei.  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. Now that we have the nine codes codified, we are scoping ‘Skop die Bal’ to see if it cannot be added as the 10th code. Since some of these codes are played internationally under different names, there is a need to standardise rules and scoring methodologies at international level to allow competition with other countries. Currently, our Indigenous Games teams are only able to showcase our games at The Association for Fitness and Sport for ALL (TAFISA) Games without competing.

The Golden Games will continue in October 2019, in partnership with the Department of Social Development (DSD).  It will remain an active recreation festival for older persons and, directly supports the notion that people can significantly improve the quality of their later years by staying active and being fully engaged in life. 

School sport remains a core deliverable for the Department in 2019/20 and the bulk allocation of our budget to this objective supports our strategic intention.  The Department remains committed to maximising access to sport, recreation and physical activity in every school in South Africa and is unapologetic about rolling out functional sport in schools. This programme will remain the flagship programme in the Department with the focus being devoted to implementing a Long-Term Participant Development model.  

Of the projected 50 000 learners who are set to participate in school sport competitions at the district level in 2019/20, 5 000 are expected to progress to participate at the autumn; winter and summer championships and as school sport participants at the 2019 Indigenous Games Festival.   An estimated 2 500 schools, hubs and clubs are expected to receive equipment and attire in each year over the MTEF period to facilitate sustainable participation at a cost of R45 million.

For the success of our school sport programme, we continue to regulate our relationship with the Department of Basic Education through the Memorandum of Understanding. This MoU forms a foundation for the successful transformation of Sport in the country and brings in, sustainability. Its proper coordination will assist to also channel all our intervention in focused areas and integrate efforts that will develop a clear talent pipeline of development in sport.

The National School Sport Winter Championships took place in Durban at the University of KwaZulu-Natal from the 30 June- 5 July 2019. These championships featured 7 sporting codes for Winter: Football, Volleyball, Tennis, Hockey, Rugby, Chess and Netball. All nine provinces participated with the total number of participants being 3825. During the Games talent scouts were in attendance to identify talented learners with the view to nurture them further though the various academies.  
We wish to congratulate Gauteng Province for being the overall winners at the 2019 School Sport Winter Games. 

We are also cognisant of the fact that greater effort is required to develop rural and disadvantaged provinces like the Northern Cape. We appreciate the efforts to better resource the Northern Cape through the conditional grant and applaud the gesture from Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal in sacrificing a portion of their grant to increase the grant allocation to Northern Cape which has made a vast contribution to the development of Sport and Recreation in the province.

The 30th edition of the Summer Universiade (the 11th hosted in Italy) took place from the 3rd to the 14th of July 2019 in the City of Naples and its surrounding region of Campania.  218 countries formed part of the 2019 Universiade competing in 18 codes of Sport.      
The South African delegation consisted of   178 participants in   six (6) codes of Sport, namely Football, Athletics, Swimming, Archery, Rugby and Tennis. 
University Sport South Africa set a target to bring home 8 medals. Team South Africa brought home 18 medals in total, 6 gold, 4 silver 10 bronze and being ranked 10 out of 57 countries. In the process we also saw new records being set. We wish to congratulate University Sport South Africa for putting together a strong team of athletes who have done us proud. Gratitude goes to Ms Nomsa Mahlangu and Mr Mike Ralethe for all their efforts and who represent South Africa with pride.

Considering the dire need for social unification, the Department as an Outcome 14 signatory, will continue to utilise sport as a vehicle for social cohesion. The UNITE campaign will be delivered as one of the projects of the new Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture, during the 2019/20 financial year, with the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day being the core tenant of this campaign.  

Honourable Members, as the Honourable President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa said in the State of the Nation Address, “In an economy that is not growing, at a time when public finances are limited, we will not be able to do everything at one time”. However, there are things that we have control on, that we can use to good effect. We are among other things, able to plan in line with the allocated budget, and we have the capacity to make policy and develop or review legislation, in order to grow the sector.

The Draft National Sport and Recreation Amendment Bill seeks to amend the National Sport and Recreation Act, 1998, so as, amongst others, to –

•    provide for the promotion and development of sport and recreation; 
•    establish a Sport Arbitration Tribunal to resolve disputes between sport or recreation bodies; 
•    provide for and regulate combat sport; 
•    provide for and regulate the fitness industry; 
•    provide for the procedure in bidding for and hosting of international sports and recreation events; and
•    provide for offences and penalties.

Solidarity court application:
Solidarity has on 3 May 2017 served a Labour court application on the Minister of the former Sport and Recreation SA, SA Rugby Union, Cricket SA, Netball SA, Athletics SA and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee  challenging and declaring the provisions of the Transformation Charter as invalid

Subsequently, in March 2019, the Labour Court rejected the court application of the Applicant (Solidarity). 

In conclusion, I hope you share my enthusiasm as I have noted the numerous indicators that the former departments of sport and recreation and arts and culture can now jointly deliver moving forward as the newly constituted national Department for sports, arts and culture.  Intensive work streams have been established and are working diligently such that I anticipate delivering a robust joint budget vote next year sharing with you the plans we have to deliver sport, arts and culture to our nation. 

The Minister and I are inheriting a Department that has a track record of good governance, having achieved the clean audit opinions over the years. As a political leader of the Department, this gives me confidence that I am surrounded by committed officials, who respect the controls and work processes that have been established towards proper functioning of the Department and the sustainability of its support to all South Africans, through the various sport delivery agents we work with.

Let me also thank the Minister and the DG, Mr Alec Moemi, who are ensuring that I settle into this new portfolio with ease. It is only when we work together, that we can achieve more. Our people know that the socially cohesive winning nation we aspire to, is not just a dream; but a reality that while may be far, is reachable. Let’s walk there together, hand-in-hand. 

I Choose to be Active. How About You?
I thank You.

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

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