New sport program for SA schools

The Department of Sport and Recreation is intending to launch a program, generally known as School Sport, to ensure that active involvement of several sporting codes in all schools throughout the country.

Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula revealed this in Parliament while delivering his budget policy statement.

Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula


“We are going to be starting School Sport before the end of June, immediately after officially signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Basic Education.

“Our fervent objective is to make sure that there exists sport in every single school in South Africa, which will culminate into a National Olympics Championship every year,” he said.

As outlined by Mbalula, all strategic stakeholders, including trade unions, universities and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), are all on board.



He further reiterated that his department is going to proceed to resolve and stabilise Boxing South Africa, beginning with the appointment of a brand new board in the near future. Having said that, Mbalula stated that they have formerly appointed Mandla Qithi, as the new CEO of Boxing SA.

“What we present to this House today is a Budget Policy Statement characterised by shrinkage from R1.255 billion in 2009/2010 to R802 million in the 2011/2012 financial year.

“Aggregated, in 2007/2008 financial year it stood at R5 billion, and to date, it stands at R802 million — an annualised decrease of about 40 percent,” he said.

The 2011 Budget allocates an additional R205.7 million over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period.


For more information, contact the Department of Sport and Recreation directly:

Postal Address: Private Bag X896, Pretoria, 0001
Physical Address: Regent Building, Corner of Vermeulen & Queen street, Pretoria
Telephone number: (012) 304-5000

Source: BuaNews,


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