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Sport and Recreation SA launches Rural Sports Development programme

By: Maano Nekhavhambe

Polokwane City hosted all provinces in the country gathered for an official launch of the 2017 Rural Sports Development Programme (RSDP) held at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Monday, 10 July.

The Rural Sport Development Programme emanates from the National Department of Sport and Recreation Plan which highlights the need to develop and invest in previously disadvantaged communities. The RSDP is also aimed at moving sports in rural communities forward, while amplifying the work in sports development already done by villagers.


The programme will impact positively on the lives of young disadvantaged South Africans as they will be equipped with multi-sporting facilities addressing shortage of infrastructure in their neighbourhoods

Speaking on behalf of the Limpopo Province MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture Mme Onicca Moloi; the MEC for Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba reckoned that the initiative is significant because it will unearth talent and promote sport in rural communities. A survey conducted in the year 2000 indicated that fewer children were obese, but today those between 10 and 19 years of age have shown a 21% increase in obesity, due to unhealthy lifestyles.

“Research has proven beyond reasonable doubt that sport on its own assists athletes to improve their learning and listening capacity” Dr Ramathuba lauded. The MEC also emphasised the fact that there is a gap in the levels of IQ between a sport fanatic and a child who does not participate in sports. That is why the province hosted a (sports) symposium back in April which included athletes, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and other relevant stakeholders to discuss issues specifically relating to sports development.

“SALGA which represents municipalities, indicates a willingness to prioritise the building of sport infrastructures in the rural areas,” Dr Ramathuba concluded