Minister of Sport embarks on a Woman and Sport Policy Consultative roadshow

11 April 2019

Tshwane - Commencing this week, Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Ms Tokozile Xasa MP, will be embarking on a proposed policy road - show with the objective of consulting with various stakeholders and role players within the Sport and Recreation fraternity in order to finalise a Policy for Women and Sport.

In the history of South Africa, sports women played a major role in the resistance movement in the struggle to liberate this country from apartheid, especially during the 1980’s and 1990’s.  South African sports women used sport as site of resistance against racism and sexism. Unity talks in South African sport led to the synchronisation of all South African sporting codes across the racial divides apparent in the country at that time. Against this backdrop, the status of women in sport in South Africa changed dramatically and has continued to do so as women have become more visible, despite their limited access to sport, especially at leadership level.

The Case for Sport in South Africa (2019) noted that gender transformation has accelerated across multiple sport & management structures since the 2004 Report on the Status Women in Sport yet participation & leadership inequalities are still prevalent. Globally & locally, remaining barriers relate to cultural influences, lack of multiple resources, hegemonic male structures & practices from playground domination by boys to leadership positions occupied by men.
Today, the South African Constitution prides itself on the fact that it guarantees everyone the right to equality and equal opportunities. Since the birth of democracy in 1994, gender inequality in South Africa has been legislated against by a number of constitutionally binding instruments.
Noting that women are underrepresented in many areas of Sport and Recreation (EPG report 2018), Sport and Recreation South Africa embarked on a process of developing a policy for women and sport.  
Considerable work has been completed in among other, conducting research, literature review, analysing the declarations of the various Women and Sport conferences. This process has led to the finalisation of a discussion document towards the formulation of a policy.

The Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa will be embarking on provincial road shows to consult with key stakeholders in soliciting their contributions into the focus areas of the discussion document about woman and sport.

The inaugural Roadshow is set to kick off this Friday, 12 April 2019 in Mthatha (Eastern Cape) with the venue confirmed as Savoy Hotel commencing at 08H00 – 15H30.

The Roadshows will be convened in partnership with the Provincial Departments of Sport Arts and Recreation in the Eastern Cape.
Provinces will lead in identifying key role players who will be in attendance and who will engage in discussions and deliberations so that they make a meaningful contribution to the content of the Women and Sport Policy.

Other provinces proposed Roadshows dates are listed as follows:

•    17 April 2019     Limpopo         (venue still to be confirmed)
•    25 April 2019        Kwazulu-Natal (venue still to be confirmed)
•    30 April 2019     Gauteng          (venue still to be confirmed)
•    03 May 2019        N W Province (venue still to be confirmed)

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Mr. Mickey Modisane
Chief Director: Marketing & Communications
Sport & Recreation South Africa
012 304 5159
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Mr Vuyo Mhaga
Minister liaison Officer
Sport and Recreation South Africa
012 304 5239
076 636 5193