The Gauteng Sports Confederation wishes to issue its condolences to the family and friends of respected sports administrator Banele Sindani, who died tragically on Tuesday.
“South Africa and Gauteng have lost a stalwart of sports administration and progress whose contribution to development cannot be underestimated, said Gauteng Sports Confederation president Barry Hendricks.
According to media reports the well-known sports official was shot and killed during an armed robbery at his home in Ruimsig, Roodepoort, in the early hours of Tuesday morning and he is survived by his wife and six children. Mr Sindani was a former chief executive of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and Athletics SA. The 60-year-old administrator was still actively involved in athletics as a member of the Soweto Marathon Trust, which organised the annual 42km race.
“Our first thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the Mr Sindani. I would like to express our profound sadness and heartfelt condolences to all who are dealing with this sudden and tragic loss. The entire sporting fraternity and more especially South African Olympic family are struck by this senseless tragedy”, said Hendricks.
“We at the GSC had the privilege of working with Mr Sindani during the period in which the Soweto Marathon faced it most serious challenge for survival. During that time Mr Sindani was instrumental in the negotiations with regards to restoring the Soweto Marathon back to its former glory. Today, the success of the Marathon are to a large part as a result of his endeavours and leadership.”
“We salute Mr Sindani’s commitment to the advancement of sport in South Africa and would like to implore the SA Police Service to speedily investigate this crime and bring the perpetrators to book as soon as possible,” he said.