South African sporting icon and legendary boxing trainer Mzimasi Mnguni has passed away. In his lifetime, Mnguni produced many National and World Boxing Champions. He put South Africa on the global boxing map through his famed Eyethu Boxing Gym in Mdantsane, East London.
Due to the growing concern on the rising number of COVID-19 infections; Cabinet took a decision to move the country back to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, as announced by the President on the 28th of December 2020. This announcement saw the Sport, Arts and Culture sector suffer yet another financial set-back as Government had to put in place tighter restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus and saving lives of South Africans.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa is deeply saddened by the passing of Sport Broadcaster, Sandile kaNqose, who reportedly passed away yesterday at the age of 42. He was a die-hard sport fan who had an insatiable passion for broadcasting.
The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture has learned of the passing of Soweto-born, South African Jazz and Opera Musician, Dr Sibongile Khumalo, who enthralled audiences across the globe, as a multi-talented, soulful and dynamic musician and an ambassador of our heritage.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa has expressed concern over the manner and frequency of club ownership changes and its impact on the development of the game of football and the welfare of players in particular.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa, having taken note of weekend reports relating to a call between the Chairman of the CSA Interim Board, Judge Zak Yacoob and a newspaper journalist, took time to engage with the Judge to agree on the best way forward on the matter.
In appointing the Interim Board of Cricket South Africa (CSA), in October 2020, Minister Nathi Mthethwa gave the board three months to complete their mandate. On that basis, the Interim board assignment would end in January 2021.
The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture wishes to convey his heartfelt remorse for the tweet regarding theatre in South Africa. More so, in light of the fact that the creative sector has been the hardest hit by the pandemic.
In the last few days, we have learned of the passing of practitioners such as Thoko Ndlozi, Wandi Nzimande, Knowledge Simelane, Welcome “Bhodloza” Nzimande, Kabelo “KB “ Molopyane and Dr Sam Phillips.
The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has learnt with sadness of the passing of the founding CEO of the Premier Soccer League (PSL), Mr Trevor Phillips, who was popularly known as the “British Bulldog”.
Phillips is credited as the brain behind the commercialisation of the PSL, taking the league into a professional era and turning it into a commercial success, thereby paving the way for the league to be recognised as the richest league on the African continent and among the top 10 richest leagues in the world.
Minister Mthethwa said “Phillips left an indelible mark in the history of South African football and will always be remembered for his colossal contribution to the game. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family, friends and the football fraternity at large”.
May his soul rest in peace.