Recreation summit boosts Gauteng
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.