Right of Reply
WITH reference to the Head “Ministry scored own goal with Mokhotlong race” on page 34 of December 10 — 16 2015 issue, may I humbly submit that it is not proper for your reporter to put such a heading whereby there is no side of the story from my Ministry. This is interpreted as malicious attack to my Ministry since your reporter simply rushed to conclusion without first getting the views from those involved in the organization of the event.
Again I may put it to you that your reporter seems to be misinformed by arguing that the organization, marketing and planning of the race were very poor. The fact of the matter is the organization, marketing and planning of this year’s event all followed the similar trend that has been employed during the previous years and hence, the registration of athletes was as usual. However, even though we got the registration even from the Eastern Countries as usual, but they did not show up due to reasons not known to us. Which means the said athletes knew about the race and the date was also clear to them. So, one cannot simply conclude that their non participation was due to poor organization since there are many factors involved that could lead to their non participation.
One other piece of information that I also wanted to furnish your reporter with is that this year we had a challenge due to the fact that there was another marathon taking place concurrently in Umthata — South Africa. This led to some of our usual athletes from own country taking part in that race and hence failing to honor our High altitude Summer Marathon.there are also issues around Letšeng Diamonds and I think in this regard, it’s better to reserve my comments since the reporter clearly states that they are based on assumptions.
Let me finally submit that I fully agree with the reporter on the point that he expects a lot from my Ministry and I think it is not only him but the entire nation expects much as well from the Ministry. What worries me is when he argues that to this day, he thinks there isn’t anything worth talking about that has been achieved by the Ministry. To say the least, I think it’s wise to retract that statement since it’s tantamount to saying everybody at the Ministry is doing nothing but only robbing the government which I think this is something that can be argued in the Courts of Law. M Matsepe; Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation.