Minister Nathi Mthethwa on the 2019/2020 EPG Report

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05 Jun 2020
On 4 June 2020 Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa and Deputy Minister Ms Nocawe Mafu met with the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) led by its Chairperson, Mr Happy Ntshingila. It was a frank and robust engagement that was held in good spirit.  
Minister Mthethwa was concerned about the lack of implementation of the EPG team recommendations; and went as far as proposing an enforcement mechanism using legislative instruments to ensure that all the transformation objectives are realised. 
The report highlights that more than 50 percent of the audited federations have achieved their transformation targets. Black Africans and women are underrepresented in every sphere of South African sport. Less than 10 percent of the 25 000 schools participate in sport and the Minister emphasised that this needs major improvement. 
The Minister raised his concern on the leadership and governance matters that have consistently undermined the development and transformation of sport in the country. He highlighted the urgent need for a fundamental discussion of re-imagining sport in the country, a major part of that being transformation.  
The Minister also added that we must sharpen our tools for recruitment of talent in townships and rural areas, where a majority of talented athletes come from. 
Minister Mthethwa urged South Africans to read the report, to mull over it's content and reflect on it deeply. 
In that meeting, it was agreed that the 2019/2020 Sport Transformation Audit Report should be released today, 5 June.
You can download the full report here: 
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Issued by: The Department of Sport, Arts & Culture