The week that was in SA sport ...

The week that was in SA sport ... A sports tax? “Fikile Mbalula wants to tax sports fans to pay for school sport” – Sunday Times Not a week goes by without Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula grabbing the headlines. The tax is an old debate in which you the public would end up having to pay a levy on your sporting tickets. “We are saying to soccer, rugby, cricket fans, please contribute more to sport development not [more]

No Winners From “Victory” Parade

No Winners From “Victory” ParadeMinnie Samaai, the mother of South Africa’s long jump bronze medallist at the Commonwealth Games was called by the Department of Sport and Recreation (SRSA) last Wednesday and asked if she would be attending the welcome home parade in Johannesburg on the Friday.  She explained to Ntombomzi Hlanjwa (SRSA) that she lives in Paarl and it wouldn’t be possible to make it, although it would have [more]

The week that was in SA sport ...

The week that was in SA sport ... SASCOC’s medical bungle ... SA’s lawn bowlers were the toast of the Commonwealth Games with no fewer than seven medals. But what happened behind the scenes was one of the most disgraceful administrative bungles and cover ups by SASCOC. Rudi Jacobs was selected as part of the men’s bowls trips team for Glasgow. Every SA athlete was required to fill out a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) document and [more]

Westville Athletic Club Turns 40

Westville Athletic Club Turns 40On Thursday 24 July the Westville AC celebrated their 40th anniversary at their clubhouse. There were emotional scenes as some of the founder members embraced each other many of which had not seen each other since the early days of the clubs history. Derek Kay the elder statesman among the founder members and previous world 100 mile record holder which he established in 1972 at [more]

What's Next For SA Sport?

What's Next For SA Sport?At a recent meeting of SASCOC at Olympic House, which they called a ‘President’s Council’ meeting, various resolutions were passed. While some of them make sense and are necessary, there are others which call into question whether the leaders of the national federations understand the hard won rights contained in the national [more]

Who’s on the bus?

Who’s on the bus?Here we go again. I remember the hoo-ha in 2010 around the open top bus parade for Bafana Bafana before the World Cup. A “victory parade” before you’ve even won a game? Perhaps, it was based on the friendlies they won before the World Cup, which have since come to light as allegedly fixed. Bafana coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira didn’t want the parade and coming from a country that [more]

SA’s Commonwealth Games – the real story

SA’s Commonwealth Games – the real storyIt doesn’t matter how much SASCOC’s expensive, “buddy, buddy” public relations company spins it, South Africa has once again under achieved at the Commonwealth Games. I’m not for one minute blaming any of the athletes who all gave 120% in an effort to win medals but one needs to look at the facts. Commonwealth Medals table: 2002 2006 2010 2014 SA medals 46 38 33 40 Winning country 207 224 177 174  Should we be satisfied with 40 medals after getting 46 [more]

Presidential Report (September 2013-June 2014)

Presidential Report (September 2013-June 2014) INTRODUCTION The vision of the new SAFA Leadership under my Presidency is called Vision 2022.  It is  fundamentally, re-building the structures of SAFA at all levels to create the conditions that will bring about the sustained international success of our national teams.  As a National Executive Committee, and we have set our eyes on a long-term development plan to achieve the goal of always being in [more]

ASA failing our athletes ...

ASA failing our athletes ... South Africa sent 24 athletes to the IAAF World Junior Championships in Oregon, USA last week. The result: One 7th place and one 8th place. Another athlete made the final but did not finish his event and the 4 x 400m men's relay team were disqualified in the final. South Africa was not even listed on the Medals Table. But, let's be fair to the athletes: they didn't [more]


JACQUES KALLIS RetiresJACQUES KALLIS RETIRES FROM ALL INTERNATIONAL CRICKET JACQUES KALLIS today announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket. “I realized in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in a World Cup was a bridge too far,” said Kallis in a statement. “Ï just knew on that tour that I was done. The squad that was in Sri Lanka is an amazing one and I believe [more]

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