2024-w553 - 20 March 2024

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

What steps has he/his department taken to address concerns raised by the freedom park branch of National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union in their December 2023 letter to the Portfolio Committee on Sport, Arts and Culture, specifically regarding the alleged controversial transaction involving (i) some members of council and (ii) Freedom Park management, (b) what do the specified transaction entail and (c) how are the concerns addressed?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 20 Mar 2024

(a). The matter was referred to the Freedom Park Council which in turn commissioned an internal investigation to establish the veracity of the claims. The report presented showed that the allegations made were not factual.

  1. There are no transactions of whatever nature that any Council member was involved in.
  2. There are no transactions of whatever nature that the management was involved in.

(b). A ...

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2024-w349 - 20 March 2024

Traverse Anatole Le Goff to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

What are the full details of all (a) sponsorship, (b) donations and (c) financial transfers provided for lawfare and//or any other purposes to (I) him, (ii) his department and (iii) officials of his department by any (aa) Qatari, (bb) Iranian and/or (cc) Russian organ of state, organisation and/or resident since 1 January 2021 up to the latest date in 2024 for which information is available?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 20 Mar 2024

During the specified period between 01 January 2021 and to the current date in 2024, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has not received sponsorships, donations, or any transfers for lawfare and for any other purposes from Qatari Iranian and/or Russian organ of state, organisation and/or resident.

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2024-w552 - 20 March 2024

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1) Whether he will furnish Mrs V van Dyk with (a) copy of the forensic investigation report into matters at freedom park that was conducted by SNG Grant Thornton and (b) the fraud case number including an update on the investigation initiated in 2019; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; and (2) whether the report will be made publicly available; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details. (3) What actions have been taken against the (a) Chief Financial Officer and (b) Financial Manager who are being accused of negligence in the forensic report. (4) whether the employee responsible for the improper procurement of fried chicken has been disciplined as the auditor recommended; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 20 Mar 2024

(1)(a). Copy is attached for your attention.

 

(b). Case number 421/1/2018. I am not able to provide update as the case was opened by Freedom Park.

(2). The Freedom Park Council commissioned the report, and it is their prerogative to make if they wish to make the report publicly available.

(3)(a). The Chief Financial Officer resigned prior to the finalization of the report, ...

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2024-w427 - 20 March 2024

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

What is the (a) status of the criminal charges brough against a senior official of Boxing South Africa for alleged involvement in the credit card saga and (b) CAS number of the specifies criminal charges?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 20 Mar 2024

The information at my disposal, which was verified with Boxing South Africa is that there was no criminal case opened against a senior official of Boxing South Africa. The said official tendered a resignation before the commencement of a disciplinary hearing against him.

THANK YOU

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2024-w3788 - 03 January 2024

Denis Joseph to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1). In light of the fact that multiple boxing promoters host commemorative tournaments to honor the late father of the nation, Mr Nelson Mandela, with promoters of the tournaments being sponsored by government departments (details furnished), and in view of letters issued by the Nelson Mandela Foundation attorneys that many of these promoters do not have their permission to host these tournaments, what measures has he put in place to address the situation; (2). Whether he intends to involve law enforcement agencies to recover public money that has been paid out to promoters based on false pretenses; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in this regard.

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 3 Jan 2024

(1). The promoters have a prerogative of naming conventions of their tournaments so long the naming will not jeopardize the image of the department as well that of Boxing SA. In line with the mission to strengthen social cohesion boxing promoters are encouraged to intertwine tournaments with national days that are celebrated and commemorated within the country. However, it is upon the promoter and ...

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2023-w4138 - 22 December 2023

Eugene Mthethwa to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

What (a) are the relevant details of his department’s COVID-19 pandemic recovery plan, (b) programmes will be put in place to stimulate the creative and cultural sector economy in terms of development and growth,(c) is the roll-out plan, (d) are the time frames regarding the specified plans and (e) are the details of the projected budget?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 22 Dec 2023

(a). The Department have through the COVID 19 pandemic recovery plan aim to focus on the following Five Critical Priority Areas:

    • Job creation using the employment multiplier model through the PESP 2&3
    • Creating an enabling environment through the Regulatory Environment
    • Enabling access to local and international markets
    • Monetisation of the cultural, creative and sport industries
    • Enhancement of the arts, culture; heritage and sport tourism ...
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2023-w3464 - 22 December 2023

Denis Joseph to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1). Since what date has his department assisted representatives to attend events (a) inside and (b) outside the Republic as ambassadors of SA Sport as is the case regarding a certain person (name furnished); (2). (a) what number of persons is his department currently supporting with the specified initiatives and (b) how are the persons selected; (3). what is the breakdown of cost for each person from the date the financial support started to up to the latest specified date; (4). whether his department has a revolving policy that benefits more than just the persons who have been selected; if not, why not; if so, (a) are persons allowed to apply to his department to become ambassadors and (b) what are the relevant details; (5). what criteria were used to choose the specified person as a super fan who is seen at rugby, cricket and netball matches with her trademark face painting, isicholo hat and flag colours of the Republic?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 22 Dec 2023

(1). The Department has not assisted any persons to attend events inside the country or outside the country as ambassadors of SA Sport and hence we are not able to respond to;

  • the number of persons that are currently supported,
  • how they are selected
  • , the cost and dates related to the support.
  • The date the financial support started to up to the latest ...
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2023-w3832 - 22 December 2023

Denis Joseph to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1).What are the reasons that the South African Boxing Act, Act 11 of 2001 and the rules and regulations are only applicable to some licensees, but no action is taken in cases where promoters fail to pay in purse monies within the specified time (details furnished); (2). what (a) measures has he put in place to ensure that the sport does not continue to be run in this manner and (b) are the detailed reasons why the entire Board of Boxing South Africa (BSA) should not be immediately suspended; (3). whether he intends to initiate a full commission of enquiry into the administration of BSA; if not, what is the position in each case; if so, what are the full relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 22 Dec 2023

Boxing South Africa has responded as follows to this question:

(1). Most promoters owe Boxing South Africa due to the income declarations that are made after tournaments through affidavits in terms of the Boxing Regulations. The Board resolved to establish a sub-committee that looks at the tournament applications of each promoter and each promoter that is owing Boxing South Africa appears before the committee to commit to some ...

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2023-w3058 - 19 December 2023

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1). Given that the Republic has not won a medal for three years in a row at the World Athletics Championships (WAC) (details furnished), (a) how will the Government support (i) Athletics South Africa and (ii) the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic can team leading up to the Olympics next year. (2). What (a) total amount has been spent on officials and athletes attending the WAC in Budapest, Hungary this year and (b) is the breakdown of the specified amount in terms of the (i) number of officials and athletes who attended and (ii) cost of flights, accommodation, meals, allowances and any other specified expenses?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 19 Dec 2023

1a(i). Athletics South Africa( ASA) is one of the priority 16 Sport Codes and is therefore a beneficiary of the conditional grant that is accessed through provinces for sport events, competitions, capacity development for coaches, managers, technical staff, and other areas as identified by ASA and the respective provinces. Through the grant, DSAC supports ASA (through its affiliate South African Schools Athletics (SASA) to ...

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2023-w3683 - 19 December 2023

Veronica Van Dyk to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

With reference to the recent settlement reached with a certain person (name and details furnished) after an eight-year legal battle, what are the details of the total amounts paid (a) to the specified person as part of the settlement and (b) in legal fees fighting the original decision of the commission for conciliation, mediation, and arbitration?

Reply from the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on 19 Dec 2023

Boxing South Africa has indicated to the Department that the details of the settlement agreement shall be submitted to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee because the provision of the settlement prohibits Boxing South Africa from divulging the contents thereof. The Chairperson to take into cognizance the contents thereof and act accordingly.

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