16 November 2015
“Sport is a significant part of any nation’s culture, leisure time, health and education,” said Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula at the launch of the inaugural National Sports Week on 13 November.
“When integrated into the broader framework of development, sport constitutes an important tool for advancing sustainable development in the different sectors of society.”
National Sports Week will take place from today till 22 November. As part of South Africa’s National Development Plan, sport is recognised as a pillar to promoting social cohesion. It also acts as a catalyst for nation building.
— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) November 13, 2015
Sport, said the minister, had gained the attention of countries as a key contributor to attaining government priorities, with global leaders recognising that sport touched every aspect of a nation’s ethos.
“Over the past decade, United Nations agencies, international sports federations, international non-governmental organisations and grassroots organisations have been using sporting events as tools for social development and peace,” the minister said.
The aim of National Sports Week is to boost the development of sports; drive business through sport; and to foster open communication as a way to overcome the challenges confronting the sporting fraternity.
According to the department, the following events will be taking place during National Sport Week:
- National Sport Business Exhibition: 14 to 17 November
- International Sport Exchange Conference: 15 to 19 November
- Ministerial Golf Day: 21 November
- South African Sport Awards: 22 November
The department will also provide sporting equipment to local sport clubs and various schools in Welkom, Hanover, Botshabelo, Kroonstad and Thaba Nchu.