Gauteng Sport Department Parties on While Athletes are Short-changed

Gauteng Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture (SRAC)Solly Msimanga DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Sports

The Gauteng Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture (SRAC) is more focused on hosting lavish events than nurturing young sporting talent in Gauteng.

In December 2014, the Department spent R3,9 million over two days to host a “Gauteng pre-camp” event for athletes attending the SA Schools Championship to be held in 2015.

According to the Department this event hosted 1 266 people.

This number seems extraordinarily high considering that only 250 young athletes qualified for the Gauteng team to attend the SA Schools Championship.

No Funding Secured

In March of this year, letters were sent out to the parents of the 250 qualifying learners indicating that funding had not been secured to supply transport, accommodation and food at the event hosted in Rustenburg.

While this funding comes from the National Department of Sport, the Gauteng SRAC Department should have made up the shortfall, as many qualifying learners could not afford to attend.

Instead, the department sees fit to utilise its budget on costly events.

The DA has for years been calling for the re-prioritisation of the department’s expenditure from hosting lavish events and overseas trips for MECs to focussing its attention on budding young talent.

A Crushing Blow to Sport Development

Gauteng Sports MEC Molebatsi Bopape, like her predecessors, continues to ignore this advice – dealing a crushing blow to sport development.

The DA will demand MEC Bopape provide more detail of the event hosted in December – and whether it entailed coaching, whether coaches were certified and how the event prepared learners for SA Schools Championships.

The DA will continue to pressurise MEC Bopape until this department re-prioritises itself from being a “department of events” to one that develops and nurtures the province’s sporting talent.


Media enquiries:

Solly Msimanga MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Sports

060 558 8308

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Madam Speaker,

South African democracy has now come of age. We stood in long queues for the first time in 1994, full of hopes and dreams of a South Africa we can all proudly call our home. A place where opportunities wouldn’t be a pipe-dream, but a reality that could be reached when one applies themselves.

Amartya Sen in his Book, “Development as Freedom” persuasively argues that freedom is at once the ultimate goal of social and economic arrangements and the most efficient means of realizing general welfare.

Madam speaker, even though our people today have a right to vote, which is something hard won, this hasn’t really freed them. Most in South Africa may not be technically speaking “slaves”, they are denied elementary freedom and remain imprisoned in one way or another by economic poverty, social deprivation, political tyranny or cultural authoritarianism. My colleagues have or will talk on the other contributes. I will today focus on the Economic aspect of the equation.

Events taking place in our country of late demonstrate the growing discontent amongst the unemployed, especially black youth who mainly lives in terrible conditions, feel that, after 21 years of freedom, nothing has changed for them. It’s true. If anything, things have become worse for them. Unemployment is soaring. Food prices are increasing, inflation is sky-high. And crime just keeps getting worse.

The question is then asked “What will it take to realize economic freedom in our lifetime?”

The way we answer this question, will decide the destiny of our country, good or bad. This requires open minds, honesty and intellectual curiosity. No one who cares about South Africa can shy away from it.

People who feel like equals tend to behave like equals. This is why equality of opportunity is the best way to achieve reconciliation and the total freedom we so wish for.

The truth is that the majority of South Africa’s people in 2015 have a legitimate claim to economic redress. Economic inequality is wider than it was in 1994. If we do not redress this, reconciliation – how we relate to one another – is put at risk.

It flows from this that economic freedom, which we precisely define as equality of access to economic opportunity, will only be attained with large scale growth and job creation.

Some people like to talk about “redistribution” as if it is an instant cure for our society’s ills. We saw some organizing jobless youth to  march to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), his pretext being that if JSE listed companies “gave” their profits to jobless young people, this would provide economic freedom. Those are the ones who use populist rhetoric about “expropriation without compensation” and “mine nationalisation”. What this group failed to comprehend is that without growth, redress and reconciliation will be consigned to oblivion. We would just be slicing up a shrinking pie.

The solution cannot be to make the rich poorer. It must be to make the rules of the game fairer, and to extend opportunities for those who cannot access them today, this madam speaker, will lead to the true economic freedom which we will see in our lifetime.

The push should therefore should be to create jobs by building many new job creators. The DA’s Growth and Jobs Plan says that we cannot fix South Africa’s economy where it is broken until we create the wealth to invest in education and health.

To build this society requires changes to our economy that will challenge the status quo. We will need to break down the monopolies that keep the cost of living high.

We need to promote greater competition in the economy so that the cost of things like food and clothing comes down.

Building this society requires breaking down the high costs and bureaucratic red tape facing strangling would-be-entrepreneurs and small businesses. And it will mean making it easier for people to access credit so that they can grow and prosper.

Most new jobs in the world today are created by small businesses and innovative companies. This is also how we will dramatically cut youth unemployment.

There is much more that needs to be done to build an inclusive economy. Our Jobs plan say:

We want to distribute shares in the State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and release ‘dead capital’ by putting financial assets into the hands of poor South Africans.

Hundreds of thousands of South Africans must be enabled to make financially sound bids to acquire individual or collective shares in SOES, and in this way, become real shareholders in South Africa Limited.

We can really liberate our Nation, question is, are we willing?

DA Calls for Urgent Intervention at Lyttelton Police Station

This morning Councillor Clive Napier of Ward 57 (Lyttelton-Centurion) and I visited the Lyttelton Police Station which remains under-resourced almost a year after the Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane was made aware of the problem.

Residents of the greater Centurion area have for months been victim of sustained criminal activities, ranging from hijackings, to armed robberies and burglaries, while the Lyttelton Police Station has simply not had the necessary manpower and resources to protect the community.

Despite a number of dedicated police officers at the station, they are hampered in their work through understaffing, a shortage of vehicles and the lack of safe holding cells.

The reconstruction of the gate house and charge office has been on hold for years, further hampering the effective operation of the police station.

The DA has received a petition with hundreds of signatures from Centurion residents requesting a thorough and urgent investigation into the staffing and equipment shortages of the police station as well as the condition of its infrastructure.

The DA will hand over the petition to MEC Nkosi-Malobane and Provincial Police Commissioner Lesiba Mothiba, and demand that the shortfalls are addressed with utmost urgency, and for the police station to be upgraded

Centurion’s residents need an effective and well-resourced police station to combat rapidly spiralling crime levels in the area

Media enquiries:

Solly Msimanga MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Centurion

060 558 8308

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John Moodey to Stage Picket Calling for Provincial Referendum on e-tolls

Tomorrow, Wednesday, 4 March, DA Gauteng Provincial Leader John Moodey MPL, accompanied by Neil Campbell MPL, Solly Msimanga MPL and Khume Ramulifho MPL will stage a picket outside the Office of Gauteng Premier David Makhura in response to the premier’s failure to call for a provincial referendum on e-tolls during his State of the Province Address.

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Date: 04 March 2015

Time: 10:00

Address: Office of the Premier, 30 Simmonds Street, Johannesburg.


There will be ample opportunities for interviews and photographs. Members of the media are welcome to attend.


Media enquiries:

Tanya Heydenrych

Provincial Media Officer




Madam Speaker,


Please allow me to congratulate the Premier on his second State of the Province Address delivered on Monday. Hon Premier, I remember the day you delivered your inaugural address. You were hailed as David, the great giant slayer. You were praised as the one who’d kill goliath.


So sir, I will not call you a broken man, because I don’t believe that YOU are at that stage yet. But, I feel that I should also tell you that goliath is still alive and you need to step up to the challenge. The goliath that is standing in our pathway isn’t the unwillingness of our People in Gauteng, but the unwillingness of those in power to rid government of corruption. It isn’t because of people are lazy, but it is because opportunity remains a resource given to only the connected few.


I listened to the Premier’s speech in anticipation that I would hear how we will address the failing service delivery in our Municipalities. I was hoping there will be plan to address how we will help those municipalities in Gauteng, which are either bankrupt or on the brink of bankruptcy, turn around to being investor friendly, service delivery orientated, financially healthy running municipalities. But I got none of the above.


Instead what I got is more unrealistic promises and plans that lacked in detail. Honourable Premier, while you were making your speech on Monday, another piece of land belonging to the Tshwane Municipality was being sold. This is flowing against your plan to “strategically use land owned by government and the development approvals to prioritise and earmark the location of specific sectors and industries in the five development corridors of our province”. Could this be the case of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing?


The Premier spoke of partnership with the private sector. What commitment have you received from the private sector Hon Premier? How exactly are you going to improve the CBDs and parts of inner cities? What plan has been put in place to ensure that we don’t continue to put money into a never filling pit? How will you “Mobilise” the billions that would be put by private investors into these Cities?

Premier, in your speech, you said “there is appetite and passion to invest”. I am therefore asking these questions to satisfy myself and the residents of Gauteng that this appetite can actually be meet with a meal.


In light of the fact that the Alexandra renewal project has been brought to a standstill by a court order since 2008, how exactly then, are you going to “Revitalise Alexandra”? This applies also Kliptown, to which you have admitted “is in a terrible and sorry state of disrepair”. Tell us how sir.

In Everton, there was a project called the Everton Renewal Project to which almost half a billion Rands has been allocated and used, yet residents in Everton still finds themselves using pit toilets. It gets worse. The area is rotting with half build roads and infrastructure.


140 000 in Diepsloot and surroundings

160 000 in Mogale and surroundings

120 000 in Sedibeng


These are the amount of housing units in the next 5 years as promised by the Premier. 580 000 new units promised. Broken down, 116 000 units per year. Premier, this goes against what the housing departments in the province and cities had to say in a meeting held just last week. They confirm that there’s a backlog in housing demand of over 700 000 units which demand could be currently satisfied at 30 000 units per year. This is by the way province wide.


580 000 units in 5 years across 5 years. This is stuff dreams are made of and would be great if we can achieve. I humbly request that we be provided with details of how this rollout will transpire, so that we can be sure that this sweet and beautiful dream doesn’t turn into a nightmare.

We once again hear of the building of the Tshwane Convention Centre. This is really déjà vu, as I have heard of this Convention Centre for the past 10 years, attending 2 of the 4 sought turning ceremonies, yet no Convention Centre to date.


It is time that we really stop politicking, and start delivering to our people, because they really deserve better!



I thank you.














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