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
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....

MEC Congratulates Golden Arrows for promotion

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha congratulates Lamontville Golden Arrows for gaining promotion to the Premier Soccer League’s ABSA Premiership after a gruelling season in the National First Division (NFD).

Arrows confirmed their qualification to the elite league after playing to a 1-1 draw with Cape Town All Stars on Sunday.                           Read More...

Phoenix Festival encourages social cohesion

Encouraging social cohesion and physical activity as well as fighting drug abuse and opening up opportunities for youth will be the underlying theme when thousands of young people from Phoenix, Inanda, KwaMashu and Ntuzuma (PINK) areas participate in the Phoenix Festival in July this year. The Festival which will have five sports codes was launched at Phoenix Youth Centre on Wednesday evening (29/04/15). The participating codes are soccer, netball, cricket, volleyball and athletics as well as early childhood education.




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



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...

MEC Sibhidla-Saphetha says NO to Xenophobia
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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...


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...


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. 


The media launch for the 11th Annual Salt March, held at the Ciao Bella Café in Durban on 26 February 2015, afforded the department an opportunity to interact with other stakeholders whilst reflecting on the reasons to support the project. The Salt March, presented by the Gandhi Development Trust, is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 29 March 2015.      Read More...


Andy Birkett put up another dominating performance in the final stage of the 2015 Dusi Canoe Marathon smashing the course record by five minutes, arriving at Blue Lagoon in Durban, ahead of defending champion Lance Kime.  Sbonelo Khwela finished the day in third.

Birkett, who earned his fifth Dusi title finished comfortably in the end, having started aggressively from day one.  Birkett thanked his family for the support which he said provided a solid foundation for him to perform well at this year’s event...                      Read More...

State-of-the-art scientific support for KwaZulu-Natal Athletes

On 17 February, MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation Mrs. Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha officially launched the ground-breaking Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP), which will ensure KwaZulu-Natal produces champions.

The EADP is a partnership between the Department of Sport and Recreation in KZN and Prime Human Performance Institute.  A total of 123 athletes from 18 sporting codes enrolled into the programme, including 2014 Comrades Marathon winner Bongumusa Mthembu.

In her address marking the official launch of the EADP held at the Prime Human Performance Institute in Durban, MEC Sibhidla-Saphetha said the programme presented great hope for KwaZulu-Natal athletes to ensure the province continues to produce world-class athletes that can perform on the global stage in their respective sporting codes...                           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.
Please find below the relevant documents, viz Advert, Registration Form and Guideline document.

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