Re­cre­ation sum­mit boosts Gaut­eng

The New Age (Free State) - - GAUTENG NEWS - DIKELEDI MOLOBELA dikeledir@the­

RE­CRE­ATION in Gaut­eng was given a huge boost fol­low­ing the pro­vin­cial sum­mit at the week­end, be­ing hailed by many in the sec­tor as a quan­tum leap to­wards the growth thereof in Gaut­eng.

The prov­ince is the only one yet to host a re­cre­ation sum­mit aimed at find­ing an­swers to what re­cre­ation is, dif­fer­ent from sport but in­clu­sive of arts and cul­ture.

An ini­tia­tive of the Gaut­eng depart­ment of sport, arts, cul­ture and re­cre­ation, the sum­mit sought in­put from stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing the pub­lic to­wards the devel­op­ment of a pro­vin­cial in­te­grated re­cre­ation pol­icy.

Giv­ing their per­spec­tive to the dis­cus­sions were renowned speak­ers in­clud­ing the pres­i­dent of Leisure and Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa, Maliga Naidoo, Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg’s Prof Yoga Coopoo and the chair­per­son of the Arts and Cul­ture Trust, Prof An­dries Oliphant.

Del­e­gates fur­ther en­gaged on dis­cus­sions in­clud­ing pol­icy and gov­er­nance sup­port, en­abling en­vi­ron­ment, ac­cess, in­fra­struc­ture, equip­ment, pro­grammes/projects and struc­tures re­quired. Mat­ters in­clud­ing fund­ing and re­mu­ner­a­tion, safety mea­sures, mass par­tic­i­pa­tion and play ver­sus com­pe­ti­tion dom­i­nated dis­cus­sions.

Some of the rec­om­men­da­tions of the sum­mit in­clude con­duct­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal scan and anal­y­sis to check the needs of com­mu­ni­ties. This will en­sure rel­e­vant pro­grammes and in­fra­struc­ture are im­ple­mented where they are re­quired.

This also in­cluded im­ple­ment­ing skills devel­op­ment pro­grammes for vol­un­teers and ad­e­quate re­source al­lo­ca­tion.

MEC Faith Maz­ibuko said as the home of cham­pi­ons and artis­tic ex­cel­lence, she was proud to have hosted this sum­mit in Gaut­eng.

“Re­cre­ation is crit­i­cal as it tran­scends just how we spend our leisure time, it has ef­fects which im­pact our phys­i­cal health, hap­pi­ness and well-be­ing and so­cial co­he­sion. Ul­ti­mately, we need to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment that al­lows for max­i­mum in­clu­sion and par­tic­i­pa­tion in recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties for all peo­ple. Peo­ple must have ac­cess to re­sources and fa­cil­i­ties which meet the needs of peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties. From the youth to the el­derly to the dis­abil­ity sec­tor, ev­ery­one has a right to re­cre­ation.”

QUAN­TUM LEAP: Re­cre­ation in Gaut­eng is to get a boost fol­low­ing the pro­vin­cial sum­mit at the week­end.

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