MEC

 

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

Head of Department

 

Head of Department
Mrs Rohini Naidoo

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KZN congratulates Comrades runners



The Department of Sport and Recreation in KwaZulu-Natal congratulates Comrades Marathon (Sunday 29/05) winners David Gatebe - who smashed the men’s down run record - and Charne Bosman who won the female category. KZN is also proud of the Province's first runners to cross the finish line, Bongumusa Mthembu (3rd male) and Fikile Mbuthuma (8th female) who received an additional R35 000 incentive from the Department of Sport and Recreation KZN. Read more...

  
Young runner continues to impress in the KZN Youth Run


Young Nonhlanhla Gcina from Umzimkhulu is no doubt a future road running sensation to watch for South Africa. The young Umzikhulu girl was again the winner of the KZNDSR/KZNA Youth Run 10km women’s category on Saturday, 28 May in Durban, making it two in a row. In 2014 she had come second in the race. Read more...

  
MEC & First Lady encourage active lifestyles


MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Mrs Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha and South Africa’s First Lady, Mrs Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, have encouraged KwaZulu-Natal citizens to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle in order to fight opportunistic diseases.                                                   

The two ladies participated in the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk on Saturday, 22 May 2016, which attracted over 30 000 people who took part in the 5km, 10km, 15km and 20km walks along the Durban beachfront promenade. Read more...

  
Social Development win Government Games


KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development public servants proved the toughest of them all in 2016 when it comes to sport.                                        

They are the new champions of the Work and Play Inter-departmental Games after beating almost 20 other Government departments in the 2016 games held at Umhlathuze Sports Complex this past weekend (20-21 May). Read more...

  
KZN Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation MEC congratulates Maritzburg United



KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha has congratulated Maritzburg United for retaining their status in the ABSA Premiership after beating Jomo Cosmos by 3-1 in their last game of the 2015/16 season. Read more...

  
MEC bids farewell to Rio Olympic stars


MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha, this morning, (19/05), bid farewell to KwaZulu-Natal athletes who have qualified for the Rio2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place in Brazil in August. Read more...

  
KZN honours Rio 2016 qualifiers



HEAD Coach of the South African national swimming team, Graham Hill, has encouraged upcoming athletes to believe in their abilities and work hard to achieve their goals of becoming top achievers in their sport codes. Hill was speaking in Durban on Saturday, 14/05, during a function organized by the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation to honour KwaZulu-Natal athletes who have qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games later this year. Read more...

  
MEC Sibhidla-Saphetha encourages communities to adopt active lifestyles


The MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha has reiterated the call for people to live an active and healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly.Sibhidla-Saphetha was speaking at the Imbali Unit 2 Outdoor Gym in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, 07/05. Read more...

  
Tough conditions bring out the best of Para World Cup competitors

For the majority of cyclists, racing competitively in wet, treacherous rainy conditions would be enough to raise the senses of fear and adrenalin. The experience and privilege, on Sunday (08/05), however of watching Para-cyclists from across the globe racing for gold and also for points to keep Rio Olympic dreams and hopes alive, was not only invigorating and challenging, but instilled immense respect and sheer admiration for these incredible athletes who will stop at nothing to achieve both personal and team honours. Read more...

  
Bike warriors ready for 2016 PMB MTB Festival


South Africa’s greatest Elite Cross-country mountain bike warriors will head to KwaZulu-Natal this week to take part in the UCI HC Category event at Cascades MTB Park on Saturday 30 April and included in the line-up is 2016 Elite Women’s African Continental MTB XCO Champion, Mariske Strauss. The all-important race offers valuable UCI points for those taking part, and forms part of the second annual Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival taking place from 30 April – 2 May. Read more...

  
Ndlela eyeing top Comrades performance




The Comrades Marathon fever is building with a month to go until one of the largest Ultra-Marathon’s in the world and for two-time finisher Siphiwe Ndlela, the lofty heights of the race’s top ten are within his sights ahead of the 89 kilometre race’s start in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, 29 May. Read more...

  
KZNDSR to review pace of transformation in sports – 2016/17 Budget Speech



As part of efforts to fast track transformation in sport, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of  Sport and Recreation (KZNDSR) is conducting an audit of 12 sport federations to determine the effectiveness of their development programmes.                              

This was announced by MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha when she delivered KZNDSR’s 2016/2017 Budget at the Provincial Legislature in Pietermaritzburg this morning, Thurdsday 21/04/2016.  Read more...

  
MIGHTY KIDS FITNESS ADVENTURE ENDS SWIMANATHI PILOT


The Department of Sport and Recreation – in partnership with Ushaka Marine World and KZN Aquatics – will host the Mighty Kids Fitness Adventure Challenge at Ushaka Marine on Saturday, 16 April 2016. The Challenge will mark the culmination of the five-week-long Swimanathi programme – a KZN Children’s Water Safety initiative, involving 285 children from different districts in the Province who have undergone extensive coaching on water safety techniques. Read more...

  
Durban hosts SA National Swimming Championships


The coastal city of Durban will be hosting SA’s swim stars who will be racing against the clock in a quest to post Olympic qualifying times when the SA National Aquatic Championships, doubling as official Olympic Trials, takes place at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre in Durban, from 10 - 16 April 2016. Read more...

  
Kingdom Stars ready for exciting 2016 season



With their agonising defeat in the 2015 Brutal Fruit Netball Cup promotion match now a distant memory, KwaZulu-Natal netball team Kingdom Stars has been hard at work preparing for their assault on the larger, more competitive 2016 edition which gets underway with an opening clash against the Eastern Cape Aloes this weekend. Read more...

  
#BoxingIsBack


In celebration of Human Rights Month and United Nations International Women’s month, KwaZulu-Natal hosted a successful all-women boxing tournament at the Olive Convention Centre on Friday, 18 March 2016. Read more...

  
KZNDSR to supply portable swimming pools for six schools



MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha has instructed the Department of Sport and Recreation to supply portable swimming pools to six rural schools that are part of the Swimanathi programme taking place at Ushaka Marine World in Durban. Read more...

  
KZN first to recognise experienced coaches



The Province of KwaZulu-Natal has taken the lead in the recognition of sport coaches’ experience by becoming the first province in the country to roll out the National Coaching Framework (NCF), an integrated plan of SASCOC (the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee). Read more...

  
KZNDSR encourages active ageing



The Department of Sport and Recreation continues to strengthen its partnerships with non-profit organisations to encourage elderly citizens to remain active in order to stay healthy. The Department recently teamed up with Age in Action - a non-profit organisation based in Pietermaritzburg – in a programme to encourage active ageing and to create a platform for senior citizens to interact. Read more...

  
KZN Sport Federations urged to fast track transformation


Sport Federations in KwaZulu-Natal have been encouraged to up their game in driving transformation and ensure prudent financial management. Read more...

  
Nkhoesa’s miracle return ends with 2016 FNB Dusi podium


KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation’s (KZNDSR) Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP) paddling star Banetse Nkhoesa defied the odds at the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon to recover from a severe stabbing in December and finish the three-day adventure in third place overall with partner Sbonelo Khwela. Read more...

  
Swimanathi programme promote water safety


With KwaZulu-Natal experiencing the highest number of drownings in the country, the Department of Sport and Recreation (KZNDSR) in partnership with key stakeholders, is intensifying the water safety education through a programme aptly named Swimanathi. Read more...

  
A Dusi crown to savour for Birkett & Kime



A flawless three days of racing from Andy Birkett and Lance Kime resulted in a combined eighth FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon crown for the pair as Birkett registered his sixth and Kime his second title at Blue Lagoon in Durban on Saturday. Read more...

  
Flawless Birkett & Kime produce ominous Day One showing



Pre-race favourites Andy Birkett and Lance Kime steered clear of the carnage of the drama-laden opening minutes of Thursday’s first stage of the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon to paddle and run themselves to a commanding three and a half minute overnight lead. Read more...

  
Dusi Marathon build-up laced with drama




The path that has led to the start of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon on Thursday, 18 February features more intriguing twists and turns than the fabled route up the Nqumeni Hill portage and more drama than the 65 year-old race usually dishes up before the Carbineer's cannon is fired at the start at Camps Drift. Read more...

  
Eshowe Gets New Sports Facilities


The youth from the rural area of Mbongolwane in Eshowe's Ward 4 under Umlalazi Municipality will soon have proper facilities to develop and showcase their sports talent after the Department of Sport and Recreation announced the building of a major sports field in the area. Read more...

  
An inspirational return to action for paddling star Nkhoesa





Emerging Shongweni based paddling star Banetse Nkhoesa is on track to completing a near miraculous recovery from a serious shoulder and lung injury from a December stabbing incident and has the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation’s Elite Athlete Development Programme to thank for being able to take his place on the FNB Dusi start line on Thursday 18 February. Read more...

  
Summer Beach Games Festivals promotes water safety

                     


The Department of Sport and Recreation will continue its campaign to encourage safe usage of water for recreation purposes. This follows the successful hosting of the Festive Season Summer Beach Games in conjunction with various municipalities... Read more...

  
Jacob Zuma Chess Tournament open doors for youth



Wilfred Gwabeni’s determination to participate in a competitive chess tournament and to play a game with the country’s first citizen got him more than what he had bargained for. Gwabeni, who is visually impaired, boarded a taxi from Mabopane, in Pretoria to Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal with his father to showcase his skills and get a rare opportunity to meet President Jacob Zuma in person at the annual Jacob G Zuma Chess Tournament. Read more...

  
Ilembe Hosts Successful Salga-KZNDSR Games



The 2015 version of the SALGA KZN-DSR Games hosted by Ilembe District Municipality will go down as one of most successful municipal games. The annual tournament was held between 10-13 December at various venues around the District, but mainly in KwaDukuza with a few events in Mandeni, Balitto and Ndwedwe. Read more...

  
Mthalane to defend his international title in Durban boxing extravaganza



The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation in conjunction with Ludonga Boxing Promotions will host the IBO Flyweight World Title Boxing Tournament at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Saturday, 12 December 2015. The main draw card for the tournament is the IBO Flyweight World Title match between one of KwaZulu-Natal’s favourite sons Moruti Mthalane against Renz Rosia from the Philippines. Read more...

  
Netball development under spotlight



The development of Netball in KwaZulu-Natal will be under the spotlight when stakeholders meet in Durban this weekend for the KZN Netball Indaba. Read more...

  
Entertainment Galore At 2015 Harry Gwala Summer Cup




The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation (KZNDSR) in conjunction with Rural Horse Riding Association (RHRA) have successfully hosted the 7th edition of the Harry Gwala Summer Cup. This year's event took place on Saturday (21/11) and was finalised on Sunday (22/11) at Kilmon near Underberg under the Harry Gwala District Municipality. Read more...

  
KZN Athletes Honoured





It was bigger, better and more glamorous. The 2015 KZN Sport Awards ceremony held at the International Convention Centre in Durban on Saturday evening (14/11/15) was praised by close to 1000 guests, athletes and administrators who attended the glittering function. Read more...

  
Public vote for favourite sport personality for 2015 KZN Sport Awards




The final countdown towards the KwaZulu-Natal Sport Awards is gaining momentum with the opening of the SMS vote line to allow members of the public to vote for their favourite sport star in the Sport Personality of the Year Category. Read more...

  
Football Indaba draws development roadmap for KZN


KWAZULU-NATAL has become the first province to align its football development plans to the South African Football Association’s (SAFA) Master Plan and Vision 2022 plan. Almost 250 delegates from the different SAFA KZN Regions, Local Football Associations, KZN-based Premier Soccer League clubs, Futsal, USSA, Masters/Legends, SAFA National Executive Committee members and Government representatives, met in Durban over three days to deliberate on the plans to restore the province to its former glory. Read more...

  
Mvuzo Mbebe was an exceptional sport administrator- KZN Sport MEC



The MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha has expressed her heartfelt condolences to the family of Sport Administrator Mvuzo Mbebe, who passed away last night. Read more...

  
KZN to honour sports stars in the 2015 KZN Sports Awards

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation will host the 2015 KwaZulu-Natal Sports Awards at the Chief Albert Luthuli ICC, in Durban on Saturday, 14 November 2015. The date for the Awards was announced by MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Mrs Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha following the successful start of the nomination process. Read more...

  
2015 Youth Camp in full swing in KZN



About 200 KwaZulu-Natal Youth from different races, backgrounds and social status have assembled for the 2015 National Youth Camp taking place at Umlalazi Resort in Mthunzini on the Province’s north coast.  Read more...

  
Hundreds participate in National Recreation Day



The Department of Sport and Recreation in KwaZulu-Natal (KZNDSR) has today, Friday 02/10/15, marked National Recreation Day at Moses Mabhida Stadium’s People’s Park with a kilometre walk and a number of other activities to encourage citizens to live active lifestyles. Read more...

  
KZN defends National Indigenous Games championships again




TEAM KwaZulu-Natal has once again been crowned national champions for the fifth time in a row after collecting nine medals in the National Indigenous Games held at Polokwane in Limpopo this week.   Read more...

  
Durban hosts second leg of Top Schools Champs


 Fresh talent will once again be on display this week-end when more leaners from all parts of the province gather in Durban to compete in other sports codes that were not part of the first leg of the KZN Top Schools Championships held two weekends ago.   Read more...

  
2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES HEAD FOR DURBAN


The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation (KZNDSR) has pledged its full support for Durban as the City begins its preparations to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Durban was unanimously confirmed as the host city by the Commonwealth Games Federation at its meeting in Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday, 02 September.   Read more...

  
Durban hosts KZN Top Schools Championships


KwaZulu-Natal’s top youth talent will be on display when over 6600 learners from across the province compete in different sports codes during the KZN Top Schools Championships to be held in Durban over two weekends.  Read more...

  
BOXERS REMEMBER PHINDILE MWELASE

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation in conjunction with Starline Boxing Promotions as well as the Umnambithi-Ladysmith Municipality hosted a very successful boxing tournament on Saturday, 22 August 2015, at the Area J Community Hall at Steadville area in Ladysmith.   Read more...

  
EThekwini dominate 2015 Indigenous Games


Ingqathu

ETHEKWINI Metro continued to dominate the results at this year’s Provincial Indigenous Games held at the 121 Battalion Military Base in Mtubatuba, on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, on Friday and Saturday, 14-15 August. Eleven District teams competed in various codes that have been recognised including Ingqathu (rope skipping), Umlabalaba (the board game), Dibeke, Drie Stokkies, Amagende (stones), Incuva and Induku (stick fighting).   Read more...

  
Drowning incident after KZN Indigenous Games closure


Players participate in the game of kho-kho

The Department of Sport and Recreation is saddened by the tragic drowning of Nonkululeko Xaba, a 17 year old participant in the Provincial Indigenous Games that took place in Mtubatuba on the 14-15 August. The incident occurred on the evening of Saturday 15/08/15, after the closure of the Games.   Read more...

  
UMKHANYAKUDE HOSTS THE INDIGENOUS GAMES

It’s all systems go for the 2015 edition of the KZN Provincial Indigenous Games to be  hosted by the Umkhanyakude District this coming week-end from the 14 -15 August. The Games which are organised by the Department of Sport and Recreation will take place at the 121 Battalion Military Base in Mtubatuba.  Read more...

  
MARITZBURG UNITED WIN THE PREMIER’S CUP

KZN’s Premiership club, Maritzburg United have once again proven their dominance in the province by winning the KZN Premier’s Cup, a tittle previously held by fellow professional Club Lamontville Gold Arrows. United had to overcome a spirited display by National First Division side Thanda Royal Zulu, before emerging 3-2 winners in the final at Umhlathuze Sports Complex in Richards Bay, on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, on Sunday, 2nd August 2015.   Read more...

  
PSV BACK IN CONTENTION AS KZN ACADEMY DRAW WITH ARSENAL

Dutch side PSV Eindhoven picked up their first win of the Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament at King Zwelithini Stadium on Friday, while the KwaZulu-Natal Academy XI picked up a crucial point as they came close to stunning English giants Arsenal. After another day of quality football Glasgow Celtic had their semi-final hopes dashed, but for the rest of Group A the dream of the knockout stages remains very much alive.   Read more...

  
Thrilling start to the 2015 Durban U19 International Tournament


The Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament got under way on Wednesday, 29/07/15, with two remarkable games in Group A that included a thrilling 3-2 victory for the KwaZulu-Natal Academy XI over Dutch side PSV Eindhoven at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi.  Read more...

  
Premier’s Cup feast of football awaits UThungulu District

                                                               

A feast of football awaits soccer enthusiasts in the UThungulu District when five of KwaZulu-Natal’s top teams clash in the KZN Premier’s Cup at Umhlathuze Sports Complex in Richards Bay on Saturday and Sunday, 01-02/08/15. The draw for the prestigious pre-season tournament was conducted in Richards Bay on Tuesday, 28/07, with representatives from the five clubs promising to field their best teams for the tournament.   Read more...

  
DUNDEE JULY FUN DESPITE RACE CANCELLATION

 

FUN, fashion and entertainment continued into the night at the Dundee July Horse Racing Festival, in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, 25/07/2015 despite the cancellation of the horse racing element due to inclement weather. On Saturday morning the Local Organising Committee (LOC) took a decision to cancel the race indefinitely after heavy rains made conditions unsuitable for horses to race due to poor underfoot conditions on the track.    Read more...

  
Sport and Recreation Budget 2015-16 tabled

On 14th May the  MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Mrs Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha  tabled a budget of R454, 389 million for the Sport and Recreation Department at the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature in Pietermaritzburg.  Of this amount Administration has been allocated R97. 625million and an amount of R356.764million is for implementation of Sport and Recreation programmes.

The budget focuses on programmes to inculcate the culture of physical activity, transformation, talent identification, creating of opportunities for young athletes in the Province to perform at the highest level and the construction of community facilities.                                Read More....

  
DRAFT BILLS FOR COMMENT

FITNESS INDUSTRY REGULATORY BILL, 2015        Read More...

DRAFT NATIONAL SPORT AND RECREATION                           AMENDMENT BILL, 2017                                                         Read More...     

SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE FOR DRUG-FREE SPORT AMENDMENT BILL, 2017                                                        Read More...


SOUTH AFRICAN COMBAT SPORT BILL, 2015
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CURBING OBESITY THROUGH SCHOOL SPORT

The MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation Mrs Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha has encouraged parents to ensure that their children participate in sporting activities at schools. This will assist in curbing obesity and preventable lifestyle diseases as well as assist in keeping young people away from the many social ills in our communities.

Sibhidla-Saphetha was speaking during the sporting event at KwaMbonambi, near Richardsbay on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, under the Umfolozi Local Municipality, where the Department of Sport and Recreation handed over a revamped multi-code sports field and an outdoor gym to the community. The Department spent an amount of R2.1milion to revamp the Nzalabantu sports field in Ward 14 which is in close proximity to a number of local schools. The facility includes two soccer fields, new change rooms with running water and ablution blocks and a combo court for netball, basketball and volleyball.             Read More...

  
AmaZulu F.C. visit xenophobia victims

As part of ongoing efforts to cement peace and stability, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation in partnership with Durban-based AmaZulu Football Club on Wednesday, 22/04/15, visited the temporary shelter in Chatsworth set up to house fleeing foreign nationals following recent xenophobic attacks in Durban and surroundings.                           Read More...

  
Outdoor gym for KwaMsane

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha has handed over a fully equipped outdoor gym to the community of KwaMsane Township in Mtubatuba, northern KwaZulu-Natal as part of government’s programme to promote active and healthy lifestyle in communities.

The Department of Sport and Recreation is rolling out the provision of outdoor park gyms throughout the province in line with the Provincial Government’s objective of encouraging people to live active lifestyles in order to prevent lifestyle diseases and fight social ills.                    Read More...

  
SPORT AND RECREATION RECOGNISES SERVICE EXCELLENCE

The Department of Sport and Recreation hosted the Departmental Service Excellence Awards (DSEA) at a glittering function in Durban on the 7th April 2015.  The DSEA seeks to recognize and award excellence in service delivery. This year the awards also incorporated the Long Service Awards, and the best performing districts from the previous financial years were also recognized and awarded.

The Amajuba District, under the leadership of acting district head Ms. Zanele Khumalo, reclaimed its crown of being the best performing service centre for the 2014/15 financial year.  Ilembe has held the title briefly in the 2012/13 financial year before returning it to Amajuba which has held the title since the inception of the Awards.    Read More...

  
WOMEN IN SPORT CALL FOR GENDER EQUALITY IN SPORT

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation hosted a successful second KwaZulu-Natal Women in Sport Symposium from 6-7 March at Riverside Hotel in Durban.

In a ground-breaking move, the symposium adopted the implementation strategy for improving gender equality in sport structures in province. 

The strategic document will provide a roadmap for delivery of women sport in the province, addressing many challenges facing females participating at different levels of sport.             Read More...

  
KZN hosts Primary Schools Athletics Championship

KwaZulu-Natal will host its provincial Primary Schools Athletics Championship where future stars in track and field will be fighting for a spot in the provincial team to represent KZN at a national tournament. 

The event, which takes place on 6 March at Kings Park Athletics Stadium, is part of the School Sport Programme established in partnership between the Department of Sport & Recreation and Department of Education.  The initiative seeks to revive and promote sport activities in every school in KZN.

Over 700 young athletes will descend on Durban from across the province to compete at this year’s event.  Such competitions also help ensure that the young and talented athletes are identified at an early age, nurtured and receive necessary assistance to progress to the elite level in their respective sport. 

  
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.
 
Please find below the relevant documents, viz Advert, Registration Form and Guideline document.

  
 
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