Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
30 Mar 2015
11:43 am

Mbalula’s tough stance on transformation

Wesley Botton

Five national federations will sign a memorandum of understanding next month as the government continues to push sports bodies to focus on transformation, according to sports minister Fikile Mbalula.

Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Speaking at the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) annual general meeting in Joburg on Saturday, Mbalula said Cricket SA, the SA Rugby Union, the SA Football Association, Athletics SA and Netball SA would implement a transformation barometer.

Another 12 sports codes would sign agreements in July.

“The report will be submitted to Cabinet, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee (on Sport) and MINMEC,” Mbalula said.

“We must tackle transformation at all levels and from all corners.”

Mbalula was criticised last year after calling for a national quota system, which had previously been abolished, though he later claimed he wanted “targets” as opposed to set quotas.

“It is generally accepted that processes to change the face of sport over the past 21 years have been largely ineffective,” he said.