MEC Arts, Culture, Sport & Recreation
Mrs N. Sibhidla – Saphetha, MPL

Head of Department


Head of Department
Mrs Rohini Naidoo

KZN Sports Awards
Schools Sport League

The HoD and officials of Highway House Head Office spent 67 minutes with the children of the Durban Children’s Home in Glenwood, Durban. The beneficiaries were treated to meals, refreshments, gifts and play.   

The Mandela Day Programme contribution comprised a provincial set of activities to spread goodwill and assistance to the needy citizens of the province that required it the most...    Read More...
Design the KZN Sport Awards logo and you could win!

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation is accepting entries for entries for designing the KZN Sport Awards logo.  The logo should reflect the diverse and unique culture of KwaZulu-Natal while celebrating the achievements of those who have represented KZN at different levels in sport.  The winning entry will receive a laptop equipped with design software.

Post your entry, with your full name and contact number to:  Sagren Govender, Department of Sport and Recreation, Private Bag X9141, Pietermaritzburg, 3200


Hand-deliver your entry to 135 Pietermaritz Street, Pietermaritzburg. 

Entry deadline is 1 August 2014.


The 2014 Dundee July Rural Horse Riding race will mark its 10 years in grand style.  Under the theme “Freedom to Rein; Celebrating 20 years of Democracy”, this year’s event will pull all stops to showcase the glitz and glamour that have become vital part of this horse racing event.

The race will take place on Saturday, 19th July at its tradition venue, Dundee Horseracing track in Endumeni Municipality.  As it has become a tradition, it will be preceded by a multi-cultural street parade on Friday through the town centre at midday.                                 Read More...

Bongumusa Mthembu is the pride of KwaZulu-Natal

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha has praised the 2014 Comrades Marathon Winner, Bongumusa Mthembu for his great performance and making the people of KZN proud.

Mthembu’s win has ended many years of drought for KwaZulu-Natal runners to win this prestigious race.  Sibhidla-Saphetha said that Mthembu’s great achievement will inspire many developing athletes to excel in sport.

 “What makes his achievement remarkable is that he was a runner up in the 2012 Comrades Marathon. This will certainly send a strong message to our young athletes that nothing is impossible if you are committed and hard-working,” Sibhidla-Saphetha added.

Mthembu’s triumph comes at a time when the Department of Sport and Recreation in partnership with KZN Athletics are finalising plans to identify young and upcoming sport people in the province and provide them access to High Performance and Training Facilities to ensure they become gold medal contenders at international events.

Youth Run to unearth future stars of road running

The Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) in conjunction with the KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA) will be hosting the 6th KZNDSR/KZNA Youth Run on Saturday, 31 May 2014.  A record number of 8,000 young people from across the province are expected to participate in this ever-growing fun run.

Formerly known as the National Youth Run, the KZNDSR/KZNA Youth Run aims to expose young people to the joys and benefits of running, while also providing them with an opportunity to be part of the Comrades Marathon experience. Although the focus of the event is on the youth, both the 5km and 10km events are open to participants of all ages.

DSR organised a series of Youth Runs in all the 11 districts where the top 60 finishers were selected to participate in the KZNDSR/KZNA Youth Run event.

Comrades Marathon runners, their families, friends, supporters, walkers, joggers, school kids, international runners and ordinary sporting enthusiasts can all get into the Comrades Spirit with a relaxing and exciting run the day before the big race.

Both the 5km and 10km events will start and finish at the Hoy Park in Durban at 08:30.

This is a pre-entry event and due to the overwhelming response from schools and district participants, registration has been closed.  Strictly no entries will be taken on race day.

The minimum age restriction for the 10km race is 15 years and for the 5km fun 9 years.

There are exciting cash prizes for the first ten junior male and female finishers in the 10km race as well as for the top 5 schools will the largest number of finishers.

All entrants of both the 10km race and 5km fun run will receive t-shirts and finishers will also receive medals. Exciting lucky draw prizes will be awarded at random to the finishers.


Tuesday, 22 April 2014:  The names of players who have made the cut for the KwaZulu-Natal U19 squad were officially unveiled during the Mayoral send-off breakfast that was hosted by eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo at the Durban City Hall this morning.

Attending the send-off were the KwaZulu-Natal Sport and Recreation Head of Department Rohini Naidoo, South African Football Association’s Alpha Mchunu and the Head of Delegation Kwenza Ngwenya.

The squad left the province this morning to participate in the South African Football Association U19 Championships (Inter Provincial Tournament) to be held in Bloemfontein from 26 April to 01 May 2014.  The tournament will feature nine provincial sides and three invited Premier Soccer League (PSL) sides. The matches will be played at Clive Solomon Stadium.              Read More...

Sport & Recreation opens Ugu District Offices


In an effort to improve sport and recreation services across the province of KwaZulu-Natal, the Department of Sport and Recreation officially opened its new offices in Ugu District.  Situated in Uvongo near Margate, the new building will enable the department to deliver services quicker and more efficiently.

Standing in for MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation Mrs Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha, MEC Weziwe Thusi was on hand to cut the ribbon and unveil the plague.  Thusi was joined by local leadership including mayors and councillors to mark this important development.    Read More...

Celebration of 20 Years of Freedom Through Sport


The Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) in partnership with the Ilembe District Municipality organised a sport tournament for the community which saw teams from the four local municipalities compete in soccer, netball and fun run.

The sport event was preceded by the welcoming ceremony on 4 April of the Freedom Flame by MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation Mrs. Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha.  The flame marked the 20 Years of Freedom celebration of South Africa’s democracy in Ilembe District.      Read More...

Uthungulu District hosts the first Work and Play Club Championships.


The government’s endeavor to promote a healthy workforce has reached new heights. 

Flowing from the success of the inter-departmental games that involve all gover   nment departments and parastatals in the province, public servant clubs that have now been formed compete at provincial level.  

 The very first provincial championships of this nature took place on 28 March 2014 at the Richards Bay Sports Complex in the Uthungulu district.  Competing in the tournament were teams that had won in their respective district leagues.                        Read More...


In a major step forward in the promotion of the role of women in sport, the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation (KZNDSR) will, from 7–8 March, host a ground-breaking seminar which will see administrators, coaches and athletes chart new ways to take women’s sport to new heights.

Women’s participation in sport has a history marked by gender discrimination, but also filled with major achievements by female athletes, who against all odds, have managed to advance gender equity and ensure empowerment of women and young girls.  Former Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini will be one of the keynote speakers.                                Read More...

Updating of Supplier Database

KZN Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) is in the process of updating its Supplier Database. All Suppliers are invited to register for their placement on the KZN DSR Suppliers Database. Completed forms can be delivered to the nearest DSR District office or Head Office/s (2nd Floor Highway House, 83-93 Jan Smuts Highway, Mayville 4058 or 135 Pietermaritz Street, Pietermaritzburg 3200).  For more information contact Veronica Naidoo on 031-2421745.
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