About Us



The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation was promulgated on 25 June 2004 by the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr J.S. Ndebele. As the first, and only, stand-alone (Provincial) Department in South Africa, the onus has fallen onto this Department to charter the way forward, in terms of the provision of strategic and operational leadership, in order to allow South Africa to take its true place in the Global Sporting Arena.

Prior to June 2004, Sport was just a programme within the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education and, as such, received very little prominence as academic educational issues received priority status. Whilst this is quite understandable, the contribution of sport to the educational and holistic development of individuals and society was not maximized.  

Hence KZNDSR has been in the process of undergoing a fundamental paradigm shift in terms of providing a vision for sport in the province, and managing the additional responsibilities associated with the provision of quality service delivery in Sport and Recreation

As its contribution to nation-building, the Department has adopted strategies which include, amongst others:

  • Programmes that promote recreational activities as sport has always received the greater & prominence;
  • Creation of partnerships with municipalities, business houses, etc, to provide basic sporting and recreational facilities;
  • programmes that focus on development of coaches, leaders, volunteers and administrators;


The Department currently comprises of Head Office in Pietermaritzburg, and 11 District Centres of Delivery in eThekwini, Umgungundlovu, Zululand, Uthukela, Umzinyathi, Harry Gwala, Amajuba, Ilembe, Ugu and King Cetshwayo districts.

Core Functions

The core functions of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation are to promote, develop, administer and fund sport and recreation in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. The purpose is to ensure the:
  • Advancement of participation in sport and recreation,
  • Fast-tracking the revival of school sport,
  • Talent identification and optimization of talent,
  • Empowerment programmes,
  • Infrastructure development,
  • Transformation through effective and sustainable development programmes,
  • Promotion of performance excellence,
  • Implementation of organized and community recreation and,
  • Mass participation and sport development programmes to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.
The Department’s plans are aligned to the key deliverables in the National Sport and Recreation Plan (NSRP), National Development Plan (NDP), Provincial Growth and Development Plan (PGDP) and other key priorities of government.


A healthy, winning, and socially cohesive province through sport and recreation.

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Contact us

  • 135 Pietermartiz Street, Pietermartizburg, 3200
  • Call Us: +2733 897 9400
  • Mail Us: info@kzndsr.gov.za
  • 07.30 am - 4.00 pm.