NEW ROLE: Fikile Mbalula
FIKILE MBALULA has been replaced by Thembelani Nxesi as the Sports Minister following Durban being stripped of its right to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Looking forward to the new Sports Minister’s “fresh approach” to the current sporting challenges in the country, Nxesi’s appointment as part of a major cabinet reshuffle from President Jacob Zumahas been welcomed by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).
He admitted the nation, which hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup, was not “in a position to make huge financial commitments given the current competing socio-economic needs and global economic down turn” to stage the Commonwealth Games.
Earlier this month, Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said they were left with no choice but to seek an alternative host for their flagship event in 2022.
“We believe Minister Nxesi will adopt a fresh approach in addressing these challenges and we, as SASCOC, are confident of having a good working relationship with the Minister,” SASCOC chief executive Tubby Reddy, who performed the same role for Durban 2022, said.
“We hope to meet with the Minister at his earliest convenience to brief him about the state of sport in our country and to address common objectives as contained in the national sports and recreation plan.”