Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula says that the Rural Sports Development Programme will not only provide resources to develop aspiring sports stars in rural areas, but it will also offer opportunities to make sports development in the country more inclusive.
The Rural Sports Development Programme is to be launched in Mthathwa on Wednesday. The programme is the realisation of a need to include rural communities in the country's sports development endeavours.
Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo, Minister Mbalula says that the Department of Basic Education will be assisting in rolling out the programme, together with traditional leaders.
Treasury and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) will also provide financial impetus to the programme, through a portion of the R300 million budgeted for the Sports Facility Programme.
Listen to the conversation below:
We don't want to leave anyone outside in this particular programme— Fikile Mbalula, Sports and Recreation Minister
We are increasing the tempo of this buzzword - development - by giving it meaning in rural communities— Fikile Mbalula, Sports and Recreation Minister
When our players are on a break, we want them to come along, to inspire a generation of people who equally are thirsty for success— Fikile Mbalula, Sports and Recreation Minister
Makudlalwe ezikolweni: this Wednesday, I'm in Mthatha launching our Rural Sport Development Programme. pic.twitter.com/3DECGwDuIH— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) May 2, 2016
Young people in rural areas must be given equal and fair opportunities to play sport and not be disadvantaged because of where they stay.— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) May 2, 2016