National Sports Week Activations
The Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa mandate as outlined in the National Development Plan is to ensure that South Africa remains a socially cohesive nation, South Africans have equitable access to sporting facilities, that there is sport development and excellence at all levels of participation through initiating and implementing targeted Campaigns and Programmes.
One such targeted Campaign is the National Sports Week which this time around takes place under the euphoria of the National Rugby Team winning the 2019 World Cup. The strategic intent of the National Sport Week will this time around also place emphasis on Social Cohesion and nation building using the Springboks as the tool.
The National Development Plan (NDP) in South Africa clearly recognises that sport plays an important role in promoting wellness and social cohesion. It also acknowledges the importance of increasing access to international tourism. In the NDP South Africa is positioned as a conference and sports event destination and an area of global niche tourism. However, the NDP also emphasises that South Africa can do more to develop the region as an international tourist destination by accentuating the broader biodiversity, cultural diversity, scenic beauty and range of tourism products, and making it easier for tourists to travel between countries in the region.The strategic intent of the National Sport Week is to inculcate the development of sports; driving business through sport and to foster open communication as a way to overcome the challenges confronting the sporting fraternity. The National Sports Week further highlights four key activation platforms which are underlined by a 4-pronged strategy in delivering the following programme elements for the duration of the week: Discussion, Showcasing, Engaging and Honouring.
The National Sports Week will this year coincide with the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) conference that will be taking place from 05-07 November 2019 in Katowice, Poland. WADA was established in 1999 with the key aims being: education, scientific research, development of anti-doping capacities and the monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code. As one of the founding members of WADA, South Africa continues to play a pivotal role in the adherence to the code and the pursuit of fair play, health and wellness within the sports fraternity as well as ensuring that there is credibility in various sporting codes.
The Minister of Sport and Recreation Hon Nathi Mthethwa will proudly represent the country at the fifth World Conference on Doping in Sport. This further cementing our position as a sporting nation.
The proposed programme for the National Sports Week in line with the above is as follows:
For information on National Sport Week, log onto the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa website or visit the Department social media platforms @SPORTandREC_RSA
Members of the media are therefore urged to check with the Department on various activities in which to attend. For more information, you can contact Zikhanyile Sitali 060 965 1462 or send an email to Zikhanyile@srsa.gov.za