By SYDNEY MORWENG
GAUTENG Sport Department is hard at work in preparation for the much talked about Gauteng Sport Indaba to be held at Gallager Estate on June 3 and 4.
During his media address MEC for Sport and Recreation Lebogang Maile said, sport in Gauteng needs a new direction and the Indaba will patch the way forward in championing that cause.
This will be a pre-cursor to the National Sports Indaba scheduled for later this year.
The purpose of the Gauteng Sport Indaba is to develop a shared policy framework that will guide the work of civil society organizations in sport and engaging with private sector; approaches on the development and maintenance of sport infrastructure; develop and strengthen partnerships with sport academies; passing legislation to empower government to intervene where there are failures and compiling a training development progamme that will focus on building technical, managerial and coaching skills, amongst others.
Asked whether municipalities and private sector will be part of the Indaba- considering their local and investor involvement- Maile said all the stakeholders have been invited to outline their part in developing and re-reshaping sport in the province, particularly school’s sport.
“Municipalities have been urged to send their representatives since they’re the one with resources and have a final say in what the community and school’s sport need.
We will draft strategy on school sport with a view of soliciting input from the Indaba,” he said.
Although Soccer, Boxing, Aquatics, Rugby, Athletics and Netball which have been prioritized due to their popularity in communities and school’s other sporting codes will receive attention as well.
Our view is that the Indaba will engage this matter of human settlement which must include multipurpose sporting facilities, says Maile.
It remains to be seen whether the gathering of sports stakeholders will give blue-print on factions wrecking sport in the country such as cricket, SAFA, and athletics.