Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties must sup­port sport, arts

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Big Read - Hon Makhosini Hlong­wane

PUR­SUANT to a needs as­sess­ment vis­its to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties around the coun­try by our min­istry dur­ing the last half of 2017; a call is hereby made to all ur­ban au­thor­i­ties to en­hance their so­cial ameni­ties de­liv­ery struc­tures to en­sure that they have es­tab­lished bud­get frame­works for 2018 to sup­port sport, recre­ation, arts and cul­ture ac­tiv­i­ties at com­mu­nity level.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties play a very piv­otal role in the pro­vi­sion of an ex­ten­sive range of pub­lic ser­vices in both ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas. These ser­vices sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of an en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive for so­cial de­vel­op­ment and well-be­ing.

In ad­di­tion, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties pro­mote the in­ter­ests of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties’ so­cioe­co­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal, recre­ational and cul­tural de­vel­op­ment.

It is through these ser­vices that com­mu­ni­ties have and con­tinue to be able to im­prove their liveli­hoods.

Cog­nisant of the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties’ man­date, the Min­istry of Sport, Recre­ation, Arts and Cul­ture appeals to all ur­ban and ru­ral coun­cils to make high con­sid­er­a­tions in terms of:

Es­tab­lish­ing stronger hu­man cap­i­tal fo­cused on sport, recre­ation, arts and cul­ture ser­vice de­liv­ery;

In­tro­duc­ing in­ter-coun­cil sport, recre­ation com­pet­i­tive plat­forms; as well as arts and cul­ture fes­ti­vals;

Mak­ing de­lib­er­ate bud­gets al­lo­ca­tions for the de­vel­op­ment of these ar­eas of pub­lic in­ter­est;

Ac­cel­er­at­ing the con­struc­tion and main­te­nance of sport, recre­ation and cul­tural in­fras­truc­tures in lo­cal au­thor­ity plan­ning pro­cesses. As well as pre­vent­ing change of use for land ear­marked for these so­cial ser­vices.

Sport, Recre­ation, Arts and Cul­ture are phe­nom­ena that en­gen­der virtues of tol­er­ance, re­spect, so­cial co­he­sion, em­ploy­ment and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

They over­ally con­trib­ute to the joy and sat­is­fac­tion lev­els in the com­mu­ni­ties. There­fore, these so­cial ameni­ties are a ve­hi­cle to strengthen in­di­vid­ual ca­pac­ity and im­prove lives through cre­at­ing sus­tain­able so­cial liveli­hoods in com­mu­ni­ties.

Bear­ing in mind that the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties’ bud­get pro­cesses are un­der­way, the Min­istry of Sport, Recre­ation, Arts and Cul­ture im­plores them to con­sider im­proved bud­getary sup­port to sport, recre­ational, artis­tic and cul­tural fa­cil­i­ties within their ar­eas. Sup­port to these fa­cil­i­ties is a very ben­e­fi­cial ser­vice to the com­mu­ni­ties.

This is be­cause de­lib­er­ate de­vel­op­ment focus in these im­por­tant spa­ces and plat­forms of so­cial in­ter­ac­tion pro­mote cit­i­zen well­ness, sat­is­fac­tion and in­clu­sive par­tic­i­pa­tion in sport, recre­ation, arts and cul­ture.

Hon Makhosini Hlong­wane is the Min­is­ter of Sport, Recre­ation, Arts and Cul­ture.

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