Sports Minister puts his foot down on transformation numbers

Minister of Sports, Fikile Mbalula has announced the ban of four of South Africa’s biggest sporting codes privileges to host or bid for future sporting events. This is due to their failure to reach the agreed transformation numbers.

Mbalula made the announcement during the release of the Eminent Persons Group on Transformation in Sport in Pretoria.

The minister revoked the privileges of Athletics South Africa (ASA), Cricket South Africa (CSA), Netball South Africa (NSA) and South African Rugby (SARU).

CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Marc Lewis of EWN Sport about the Minister’s decision.

I think this is a bit of a scary statement for some of the big sporting codes

Marc Lewis, EWN Sport

Listen to the full conversation below:

We have to realise that this is the Minister now putting his foot down, saying he is tired of threatening and playing games when it comes to transformation. This is where the teams now should start delivering.

Marc Lewis, EWN Sport

We were really excited to see South Africa hopefully host its first rugby world cup since 1995. Obviously there are urgent issues needing to be addressed by South African rugby

Marc Lewis, EWN Sport

John Maytham also spoke to Dr Ross Tucker, Sport Scientist about what exactly transformation means.

When you set transformation as a target, somehow you should be able to measure it and they have decided that numbers are the way to go

Ros Tucker, Sport Scientis

My feeling is that transformation means that every person who wants to participate in these sports has equal opportunity to do so and that is very difficult to measure

Ros Tucker, Sport Scientis
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