Sport federations receive welcome boost
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.