Department funds Metropole Sport Federations
Sport federations in the Metropole region that work together with role players to assist athletes to step onto the field and win deserve government support. This was the message from the Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Dr Ivan Meyer, at a cheque handover ceremony in Bellville on Friday, 12 April 2013.
In total, R1 741 000 was allocated to 46 federations. This amount has been allocated to support sport development, transformation and administration as well as jointly organised major sporting events. Some federations also received sports equipment, with support from the club development programme of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.
Dr Meyer thanked representatives from federations for their daily personal sacrifices to promote and develop sport in the region. “Your contributions to enabling athletes deliver top performance support cultural warmth because they make us a proud province at provincial and national events”, he said. The Minister encouraged federations to work together to instil pride in communities and encourage peaceful spectator behaviour.
Dr Meyer said he could imagine closing streets so that netball, soccer, volleyball and chess games could be played there. This could bring joy to children and reduce the impact of gangsterism on communities.
Mr Elton Davids, acting Chairperson of the Western Province Sport Council, said federations are using sport to make sustainable differences in the lives of others. He encouraged federations to become actively involved in the department’s Mass Participation, Opportunity and Access, Development and Growth (MOD) programme this year.
The event showed that, with the Department’s support, the region’s athletes, sport federations and communities can be better together in their efforts to promote excellence in sport in the City of Cape Town.