The Minister of Sport and Recreation in South Africa Mr. Fikile Mbalula, MP, met the Boards of ASA, CSA, NSA, SAFA and SARU at his Pretoria Office on the 20th of May. In attendance at the meeting was also the CEO of SASCOC, Mr Tubby Reddy as an implementing partner of the Transformation Charter Sports Barometer and Memorandum of Understanding with the aforementioned respective federations.
The meeting is a sequel to the Minister’s announcement and release of the 2015/16 Eminent Persons Group (EPG) Transformation Status Report and Transformation Barometer on the 25 April 2016. The meeting was occasioned by the request of the five sport federations to ventilate, discuss and make recommendations on remedial steps to be taken to redress the gaps in the system. The afore-going pertains to the EPG’s recommendations followed by the implications of the penalties and the implementation of the directives issued by the Minister due to the federations’ underperformance on their individually set transformation targets for 2015/2016 year under review.
The meeting underscored the following observations emanating from the EPG Report that:
- The Barometer initiative highlighted once again, that transformation may not be seen as a high priority responsibility in some board rooms.
- Actual Barometer performances suggest a need for more accountableleadership involvement at both national AND provincial federation levels.
- The Barometer process will clearlysignal progress or lack of progress in defined areas in the future.
- Commitment to transformation at federation sub-component level e.g. operational departments nationally and provincially, clubs and schools are suboptimal.
- Effective coordinationand alignment between all levels of government and all sport federation structures targeted at a common and clearly defined set of transformation goals remains a challenge.
- A primary focus by some federations on about 80 schools (old model C and private schools) out of 25 000 will continue to fuel exclusivity and if not addressed will continue to be a major transformation stumbling block.
- The shapeof underage representative pipelines and ‘high performance’ structures in most codes is insufficiently transformed to have meaningful impact on demographics of national teams.
- If national federations do not extend Barometer Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to provincial federations (and their school and club structures) with associated penalties, rate of change will be slow.
All federations engaged the Minister constructively on pertinent issues ranging from the involvement of provinces and districts in transformation, strategic leadership from the various sports federations and their Boards on Transformation, dealing with systemic shortcomings in data collection, access, demographics, data quality and analysis.
The meeting further agreed on general key deliverables that require acceleration and these are amongst others:
(a) Support for Women Sport
(b) Rural Sport Development Programme intervention strategies
(c) Improving the School & Club system
(d) Focusing on academies and delivering support to under-age teams
(e) Strategic levers for enhancing scientific and technical support for all teams.
(f) Preferential Procurement to be applied by Sporting Federations.