Mbalula insist on transformation, “no turning back!”

Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula says there is no turning back on transformation following his announcement to impose penalties on sports federations that have failed to meet transformation targets.

The Minister said this when he briefed the media after tabling the department’s Budget Vote in the Old Assembly Chamber, in Parliament on Friday.

On 25 April, Minister Mbalula released the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) report on Transformation in Sport in South Africa, and also announced the Transformation Barometer.

“For us there is no turning back on transformation and [we are] forging ahead with the penalties imposed on rugby, athletics, cricket and netball based on their failure to meet their own set targets.

“I have signed memoranda of agreements with each of the aforementioned federations and I expect them to act on their commitments,” he said.

The Minister said he will be signing memoranda of agreements with the 14 federations that were part of the 2015/16 transformation audit report.

He expects federations to also set their own targets against which the department will measure their performance on an annual basis.

“In sport today, you must either shape up or shape out. South Africa has two choices – transform or perish! Transformation is non-negotiable!”