SA’s first gong

Finweek English Edition - - Letters -

WHAT HAP­PENED THE OLYMPIC GAMES were in the head­lines in SA for sev­eral less pleas­ant rea­sons. The dis­clo­sure of the squan­der­ing by the Depart­ment of Sport of R11m meant for an ex­hi­bi­tion in Bei­jing to mar­ket SA trig­gered one of them. In terms of achieve­ments, Khotso Mokoena can at least proudly dis­play a sil­ver medal for his long jump per­for­mance, but no other South Africans had yet stepped on to the win­ners’ podium. THE HER­ALD said this was just an­other ex­tremely costly missed op­por­tu­nity to mar­ket SA, and heads must def­i­nitely roll in the depart­ment. Un­for­tu­nately, that’s symp­to­matic of the in­ef­fi­ciency in the pub­lic sec­tor. Rap­port warned that the team’s dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance de­mands a dras­tic re­think. Mail & Guardian said that for a sports-crazy coun­try, SA’s sports de­vel­op­ment is woe­fully in­ad­e­quate.

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