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Bursary to assist post-graduate students within the sport sector


A bursary scheme worth R9.74 million has been launched to support and assist post-graduate students within the sport, recreation and fitness field study towards their PhD’s or Master’s Degrees.

The scheme is an initiative of the Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) along with the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA). The bursary is going to be provided to 30 post-graduate students each year for the upcoming 3 years. Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation, Gert Oosthuizen, explained that the programme would comprise of 10 PhD and 20 Masters Studies.

He stated the fact that the selection of this level of study was in fact motivated by a situational analysis conducted by SRSA in September 2012 to establish the total number of registered Masters and Doctoral candidates currently at universities which offer sport as a learning area in 12 out of 17 universities. The research established that there are just 267 post-graduate students in sports related studies at these 12 universities.

The programme objective is to address the anomaly of skills shortages, inadequately qualified individuals, and unemployed graduate students in the sport and recreation sector. “The post-graduate development programme will assist our sport system to close existing gaps in information and research which can in turn empower our system to address skills development and contribute towards employment creation,” he was quoted saying.

The department is going to inform reputable higher education institutions in South Africa that provide sport, recreation and fitness as a field of study, in order to identify potential students who are eligible for this bursary.

In order to be eligible for this program, both participant and institution of higher learning associated with this programme will need to fulfill specific requirements which are going to be drawn up by a joint steering committee from SRSA and CATHSSETA.

Types of subject areas that might be taken into consideration include things like:

the impact of sport on social cohesion;
the impact of sport on the improvement of the overall academic performance of learners;
the correlation between winning athletes and a sustainable school sport programme;
the position and role of women in sport and recreation.

“This programme will assist SRSA and the government … in confronting the challenges of education, skills shortages, research and development as well as the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality,” said Oosthuizen.

The sport research programme is made up of three key pillars, namely

1. Applied Research programme (centering on knowledge generation and will be carried out in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology along with its agencies including the National Research Foundation in lieu of long term policy development);
2. Action Research programme (concentrating on researching contemporary matters having an effect on sport in lieu of providing solutions and evaluating the current policies and programmes of sport);
3. Post-Graduate Development Programme (PDP).

The effort to assist post-graduate students in the sport sector is the third pillar of the sports research programme of SRSA and is also in line with the National Sport and Recreation Plan (NSRP) that draws attentions to the significance and value of education and training when it comes to the sports sector. The goal is to enhance the current sector landscape which is characterized by skill shortages, inadequately qualified individuals, and unemployed graduates.

For more information, contact SRSA – Justin de Allende (0826992253) or CATHSSETA Leku Nkabinde (0722171610)

Source:  SAnews.gov.za, srsa.gov.za


Hi-tech software to assist future sports stars

For the very first time in South Africa, amateurs and young athletes have the opportunity to make use of iTrainer, an online video analysis tool which has been in the past limited to professionals.

This provides future sports stars the chance to not merely get closer to their heroes, but to in fact be trained by them as well.

The iTrainer is run by PowerChalk, a web-based sports motion telestrator – a system that enables the user to draw a sketch over a video image.

Individuals can upload videos of their sports moves using their desktop or laptop computer or mobile phone, after which you can obtain feedback, that comes with voice-over and mark-up, from world-class athletes online.


Amongst the 34 South African sportsmen and women who have decided to offer their time, knowledge and expertise are Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Roland Schoeman, golf stalwart Dale Hayes, Proteas cricketers Albie and Morne Morkel and Springbok rugby players Victor Matfield and Morné Steyn.

Speaking at the release of iTrainer in June, Schoeman stated the technology makes it possible for young athletes to analyse their range of motion frame-by-frame, as a result furnishing them with beneficial insight into their technique.



Schoeman added that he felt confident that he would likely have realized success years earlier, had he been exposed to the technology earlier.

Thus far, the initiative continues to be appreciated amongst the local sports fraternity, with the iTrainer website logging in excess of 1 000 hits in its first two days.


Assisting young athletes to improve their game

Veteran South African golfer Nico Van Rensburg was first encouraged to get involved with iTrainer mainly because it was an opportunity to give back to South Africa’s schoolchildren who would like to boost their game.

He explained that the iTrainer will also help young athletes avoid travelling and coaching costs. “Coming from a small town, my mom and dad were forced to travel long distances in order to take me to my lessons. It cost a lot,” he said.


Van Rensburg, a 1999 Volvo Masters champion and winner of nine international tournaments, has helped bring on board 18 other champion golfers, who are going to be on hand to assist golfers make improvements to fundamental techniques such as grip, stance, posture and swing.

Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn mentioned that he, like many professional rugby players, trains for approximately five hours and afterwards doesn’t have much to do – now he is able to basically turn on his laptop and provide 20 to 30 lessons a day.


Making sports coaching accessible

Van Rensburg pointed out that there are programs to broaden the iTrainer initiative later this year.

At the moment the iTrainer caters for athletes involved in cricket, rugby, swimming, hockey, golf, netball and tennis.


Having said that, Van Rensburg pointed out that football will in the near future be on that list, as iTrainer is on the brink of adding top Bafana Bafana stars to their undoubtedly extraordinary line-up of coaches. General wellness assistance is at the same time on the cards.

In order to spread the word, coaches and facilitators intend to travel to a wide variety of schools following the mid-year holidays to provide one-on-one lessons to interested pupils. They will in addition offer incentives for individuals who subscribe.

Something for everyone

The program is sold in two bundles. The first is Powerchalk Plus which costs $49 (R338) per year. This makes it possible for the user to upload and store up to 100 videos, watch and record five minutes of video analysis, and participate in audio conferencing.

The Powerchalk Pro package offers the same services as the Plus but also permits the user to store up to 500 videos, watch and record 10 minutes of video analysis, provide dual view and split screen options, and create groups. This latter package is sold for $99 (R667) a year.



Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com,


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
Website: http://www.srsa.gov.za/

Source: BuaNews, sportindustry.co.za


More sport and physical exercise on the cards for SA learners

South Africa Parliament’s Select Committee on Education and Recreation has supported ideas to have sports and physical eduction as an element of the school curriculum.

Having said that, it has brought up a number of questions on the subject of whether the Department of Basic Education had sensible programs in place to operate an effective programme which unfortunately had taken on board disadvantaged schools in rural areas and townships.

Basic Education chief director Themba Kojana made an appearance before the committee to provide a briefing regarding the growth and development of school sport in the country.

By way of Action Plan 2014, Kojana said they planned to promote “mass involvement in school sport” through process of creating school leagues and thus entrenching sports and physical eduction.

The training of teachers when it comes to physical education, despite the fact that it is not a new thing, has been arranged to commence next month.

Following on from the legacy from the FIFA World Cup in schools, the Departments of Basic Education and Sport and Recreation have established a task team in order to develop an Integrated School Sport Plan. The task team are going to now deliver a presentation of the plan to other ministers.

Kojana revealed that pay channel Supersport flighted instructional classes on physical education and teacher development, at the same time Redcap Foundation and Sportstec backed them with subject matter development and distribution to provinces.

Certainly one of numerous questions, committee members needed to find out was when the integrated plan might possibly be tabled, precisely how learners are going to be assessed when it comes to sports and physical eduction in addition to development on teacher training with regard to physical education.

In addition, they would like to fully understand whether or not the department had got into contact with local authorities in an effort to provide significantly better sporting facilities with respect to disadvantaged schools.

Independent Democrats committee member John Gunda stated that a lot more attention ought to be paid to rural schools, at the same time COPE’s Swaphi Hendrick wanted to understand how the department was planning to contend with school sporting at district level.

The ANC’s Pinky Mcube recommended that the programme needs to be aggressively marketed. Her comments were echoed by committee chairperson Wendy Makgate, who said sports and physical eduction needs to be given serious attention and also monitored in schools.

While Kojana responded to a number of the questions, he explained that he was “learning and took note of the committee’s creative ideas.”

Source: BuaNews, bethechangeworldwide.com, stcyprians.co.za, college.bishops.org.za


THSBS School of Business

THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS (THSBS) has specialised in Education and Training for more than 20 years, and operates from campuses in Johannesburg, Centurion, Durban, Cape Town and Port Alfred.

THSBS offers qualification programmes for school leavers in Business, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport. It also offers skills programmes and short courses. Information about THSBS’s various courses may be viewed at our website at www.thsbs.com


THSBS offers Bridging Programmes for school leavers and work seekers to build skills needed to succeed in finding employment.

These Bridging Programmes cover specially designed modules in

•    The work environment: what Employers expect from new staff
•    Office etiquette
•    Personal presentation
•    Office administration
•    Fundamental business skills
•    Customer service
•    Communication skills
•    Identifying careers and building your Resume’ / CV
•    Job interviews

THSBS encourages students who have completed the Bridging Programme to further their studies either by correspondence or through full-time studies.

THSBS also offers short Bridging Programmes in English Language Skills (writing, speaking); Maths Literacy; Computer skills and Business Administration.