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 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...

Andy Birkett wins first stage of the 2015 Dusi Canoe Marathon

The first stage of the 2015 Dusi Canoe Marathon saw Andy Birkett and two other top finishers break the stage record from Pietermaritzburg to Dusi Bridge on Thursday, setting up a mouth-watering prospect for the next two stages of the three day event.

Birkett broke the stage record by a whopping seven minutes, with other title contenders, defending champion Lance Kime in second place and local hero Sbonelo Khwela finishing third.

The four-time champion completed the 42 kilometre stage with an impressive time of (2:36.26), just 25 seconds ahead of Kime.  Khwela in third position will be hoping to close the two minute gap from Dusi Bridge to Inanda Dam on Friday.

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...

SA hosts inaugural African Track Cycling Champs

Pietermaritzburg will host the first CAC (African Cycling Confederation) African Continental Track Championships at the Sax Young Cycling track in Alexandra Park from 21-25 January, entrenching the city’s status as Africa’s “Bike City”.

With the best track cyclists from the continent expected to be entered by their federations for the event, Cycling South Africa has announced a team of 40 male and female athletes to challenge for the continental titles across the various race formats.        Read More...

The MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation Mrs. Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha officially opened the two-day provincial boxing implementation plan seminar where boxing stakeholders from across KwaZulu-Natal will come up with plans to revive the sport of boxing in the province.

As a follow-up to the KwaZulu-Natal and National Boxing Indabas, KZN plans to lead the way by coming up with a comprehensive strategy and action plan.

In her address MEC Sibhidla-Saphetha called on boxing community in KZN to develop clear programmes which will ensure that the province produce Olympic and world title champions.       Read More...


The much anticipated Harry Gwala Summer Cup took place at Kilimon village near Underberg on Saturday, 29 November, with thousands of spectators braving the cold weather.

 However, due to worsening weather and poor visibility, the last two races including the main event had to be called off, with stake money shared by all participating horses.   This i was because the conditions were such that it was no longer safe for the riders and horses to continue the competition.

The first four races provided great entertainment for spectators who had come from across the province of KwaZulu-Natal to support horses from their hometown.  With horses coming from all 11 districts, there was no clear favourite which made the competition even more interesting and unpredictable for race-goers.  Read More...

KwaZulu-Natal Honours its Sport Stars in Style

Prolific sportsmen and women were honoured for their sporting achievements and diligent administration in their respective sporting codes at the 2014 KwaZulu-Natal Sport Awards held on October 4, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu said the event showcased the wealth of talent in the province. “As KwaZulu-Natal we are proud to host these awards and recognise our sporting heroes and heroines for their exceptional performance both on and off the field. KwaZulu-Natal is growing in stature to become the sporting destination of choice and this explains our continued desire to host big sporting events.” said Mchunu.   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...

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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