Sport fed­er­a­tions re­ceive wel­come boost

The New Age (Gauteng) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS - NA­DINE FORD-KRITZINGER nadinef@the­

SEEK­ING to pro­mote sport and con­trib­ute to the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment of com­mu­ni­ties, sport MEC An­roux Marais has handed over mil­lions of rands in fund­ing to sport­ing fed­er­a­tions across the prov­ince.

Fol­low­ing her bud­get speech at the end of March, Marais trav­elled to all six dis­tricts to hand over the cash.

At the be­gin­ning of the month, she started by hand­ing over R120000 to fed­er­a­tions in the Cen­tral Ka­roo re­gion and a day later was in Eden dis­trict where she pre­sented over R1.5m to fed­er­a­tions in the dis­trict.

The MEC trav­elled to the Over­berg dis­trict a day later to present a to­tal of R360 000 in fund­ing.

The Cape Winelands dis­trict fol­lowed a day later when they re­ceived R1.1m in fund­ing which will serve 26 fed­er­a­tions.

Yes­ter­day Marais handed over an­other R1.8m to the Cape Metro dis­trict fed­er­a­tions.

The al­lo­ca­tions from the de­part­ment of cul­tural af­fairs and sport (DCAS) is a com­mit­ment to the fed­er­a­tions to sup­port tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment across the prov­ince.

Speak­ing at a pre­sen­ta­tion event, Marais said: “The de­part­ment is de­lighted to be hand­ing over these funds to the re­spec­tivedis­tricts.

“These al­lo­ca­tions will un­doubt­edly pro­mote sport and con­trib­ute to the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment of the com­mu­ni­ties.”

She said DCAS was pleased to pro­vide sup­port through fund­ing to sport­ing fed­er­a­tions and that com­mu­ni­ties should sup­port their lo­cal sports teams and en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion and growth.

“There is a need for sport­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in com­mu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially for the youth. This fund­ing will as­sist fed­er­a­tions to in­crease the pool of sport­ing tal­ent at grass-roots level.

“Sport plays an im­por­tant role in keep­ing youths away from so­cial ills and we must en­cour­age all the youth to par­tic­i­pate,” she said.

Ru­dolph Jo­hannes from the Over­berg dis­trict sport coun­cil, thanked DCAS and Marais for sup­port­ing their fed­er­a­tion.

Breede Val­ley mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s mayor, An­toinette Steyn, also wel­comed the han­dover.

All dis­tricts in the re­gion said they were sure the al­lo­ca­tions would strengthen their com­mu­ni­ties.

LET THE GAMES BE­GIN: Sport MEC An­roux Marais handed over al­lo­cated funds to sport­ing fed­er­a­tions across the prov­ince.

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