SASCOC president Gideon Sam commended Gauteng Sports Council on its achievements and asked it to showcase its leadership model and programmes at its national conference in Mangaung Municipality in Free State later this month.
Sam was addressing a SASCOC Road Show meeting hosted by Gauteng Sports Council in May. The meeting was attended by the Gauteng Department of Sport and Recreation; regional sports councils; schools sports; various federations and The Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA).
Sam indicating that at the upcoming meeting in Mangaung, Free State, in July, the GSC should have their own booth to showcase their successes.
GSC secretary-general Yaseen Lombard said the council was honoured by the invitation which was a sign that much had been achieved in developing sport in Gauteng. “We will be first to admit that there is much that still needs to be done but it’s always a motivating factor when one’s good work is recognized. We are very proud at the positive recommendation that we have received from SASCOC and will be continuing to drive the good work in the province.”
Mr Sam stated that SASCOC’s mandate was to build the sports councils across the country and in addition had also identified sports confederations which were Gauteng Province; Free State; and KwaZulu-Natal, which he said should account for the money given by SASCOC.
“We at SASCOC have to make sure that all codes are functioning properly therefore the reason for the road show is to make sure that codes have proper sports leadership in place and they must be accountable,” Sam said.
He also emphasised that federations should attend districts meeting. He suggested that federations and districts/regions should go to meetings together and form one part and meet regularly and align according to Geo Political Boundaries.
In giving feedback to Mr Sam, the GSC district affiliates raised a several issues. Johannesburg Sports Council – requested assistance on partnership with Universities in terms of facilities and capacity building. Ekurhuleni stated that they have 30 affiliates but that they had few youth involved in sporting codes than young adults.
West Rand said that getting woman involved in sport was a challenge as there was no formal structure, indicating that most are on sub-region level, while Tshwane said that school sports were integrated into federations but they no form of support from the city of Tshwane.
Sedibeng also raised the issues of a lack of support from their local government as well as poor communication around their meetings and events.
In response Mr Sam stated that the Gauteng Sports Council should show leadership and also directed the district councils to SASCOC for assistance with their guidelines.