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Sport and Recreation Amendment Bill on Track

December 15, 2021

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

The Draft National Sport and Recreation Amendment Bill has been submitted to the Chief State Law Advisor for certification.

The sports, arts and culture department revealed this in a recent briefing in parliament on the draft bill.

The draft legislation designed to promote and develop sport and recreation in South Africa was published for comment in December 2019.

The draft bill also aims to set up a Sport Arbitration Tribunal to resolve disputes between sport or recreation bodies.

The draft bill aims to amend the National Sport and Recreation Act, 1998, so as to:

• delete, amend and insert certain definitions;
• provide for the promotion and development of sport and recreation;
• establish a Sport Arbitration Tribunal to resolve disputes between sport or recreation bodies;
• provide for and regulate combat sport;
• provide for and regulate the fitness industry;
• provide for the procedure in bidding for and hosting of international sports and recreation events;
• provide for the delegation of powers;
• provide for offences and penalties; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

The proposed legislation calls for the Sports Confederation to, inter alia, co-ordinate all activities relating to high performance sport in South Africa, including team preparation for major international events; develop and implement guidelines for the promotion and development of high performance sport; develop an incentive policy for high performance sport achievers in consultation with the minister of sports, arts and culture; comply with the guidelines or policies to promote equity, representivity and redress in sport and recreation; monitor and submit recommendations for the bidding and hosting relative to an application to host international events to the minister and set up a professional body for sports coaching to develop, educate, train and license aspiring or current coaches.

A Combat Sport Regulatory Authority is also on the cards tasked with overseeing, administering and governing all forms of combat sport.

A proposed Fitness Industry Regulatory Authority will also oversee, administer and govern a safe environment for the fitness industry.

Meanwhile, in another briefing, the department updated the portfolio committee on sports, arts and culture on implementation of the revised White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage.

The revised White Paper was approved by cabinet in October 2018.

The department pointed out that action plans for the implementation of the revised White Paper will, among others, include the enactment, amendment and/or repeal of some of the legislation currently administered by the department.

One proposal includes draft legislation for National Museums or amending the Cultural Institutions Act to clarify the role of National Museums.

The department declared that there is a need to review almost 90% of department legislation so that it is “in line with the latest Court judgments, new legislation for an example, the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 as amended, the current democratic dispensation and the democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa”.