Mossel Bay Sports Festival | Western Cape Government

Speeches

Mossel Bay Sports Festival

1 October 2015

The Mayor of Mossel Bay, Alderman Ferreira

The Municipal Manager, Dr Grants

Councillors

Chief Director of Sport and Recreation of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Adv. Bouah

Distinguished guest,

It gives me great pleasure to address you at the fourth Mossel Bay Sports Festival.

Community festivals with a focus on sport are important for social inclusion and social inclusion through sport is at the centre of my department’s mission. Our mission is to encourage excellence and inclusiveness in sport and culture through the effective, efficient and sustainable use of our resources, and through creative partnerships with others. In moving to excellence, we will create the conditions for access and mass participation, talent identification and skills development. It is through sports festivals of this nature that we become closer to realizing our vision of a socially inclusive, creative, active and connected Western Cape.  

Dit is ook deur middel van feeste wat op sport konsentreer wat ons bydra tot toerisme van die plaaslike munisipaliteite, soos byvoorbeeld die pragtige Mosselbaai. Dit is een van my doelwitte om die Wes-Kaap die sportbestemming van Suid-Afrika te maak en hierdie fees staan sentraal tot die verwesenliking van hierdie doelwit.

Navorsing het getoon dat die voordele van sport vir sosio-ekonomiese ontwikkeling grootliks onderskat word en dat sport en ontspanning as 'n belangrike ekonomiese inspuiting en werkskepper gesien moet word.

Dit is om hierdie redes dat die Departement van Kultuursake en Sport besluit het en ook verheug was om bykans R60 000 elke jaar aan die fees toe te ken om sekuriteits- en mediese koste te finansier.

Die geskiedenis het getoon dat sport die vermoë het om diverse groepe mense saam te bind en ek glo hierdie fees verpersoonlik hierdie idee. Die organiseerders sowel as die deelnemers bevorder 'n gesonde leefstyl wat bydra tot die verhoging van welstand in die Wes-Kaap en hiervoor kan ek u nie genoeg bedank nie.

In closing, sport and recreation make a substantive and significant contribution to the socio-economic development of the province. I thank each person who had a hand in the success of this festival and encourage you to enjoy each day of it, each code and most importantly the company of each other.

I thank you.

Media Enquiries: 

Stacy McLean
Spokesperson for Anroux Marais, Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport
Tel: 021 483 4426
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Email: Stacy.McLean@westerncape.gov.za