Newly-formed Overberg District Sport Council receives support from DCAS
Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Theuns Botha handed over R160 000 to the newly-formed Overberg District Sport Council on 13 April 2015. This forms part of the annual plan of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) to provide support for sport and recreation in the Western Cape.
The new council will distribute these funds to four affiliated sport federations for major events, development, transformation, administration and capacity building. The federations are Overberg Equestrian, Overberg Gymnastics, Overberg Karate and Overberg Netball. The council received additional funding for the “Foot of Africa” event taking place later this year.
The event was attended by delegates from various Overberg sport federations, as well as the Executive Mayor of Theewaterskloof, Cllr Lincoln de Bruyn, Director of DCAS Sport Promotion, Thabo Tutu and the chairperson of the Overberg District Sport Council, Rudi Johannes.
“Sport is the one thing that unifies our nation,” said Cllr de Bruyn. “The funding you receive tonight is a first step towards a fruitful future for all.”
Three clubs in the Overberg region received equipment from Sport and Recreation South Africa (the national department) to assist them to grow their sports, unearth new talent and become more competitive. These clubs are Hawston Rugby Club, Overstrand Whale Boxing Club and Mount Pleasant Netball Club.
“I believe that sport makes the biggest single contribution to building our country,” said Botha. “DCAS’s contribution creates valuable opportunities for our young people to excel in their different sport codes.”
Three more handovers will take place in the next week:
- 14 April 2015 – Cape Winelands Sport Council
- 15 April 2015 – Western Province Sport Council
- 20 April 2015 – West Coast Sport Council
Through its partnerships with sport councils and sport federations, DCAS is assisting the people of the Western Cape to become better together through sport and recreation.