NMMU to plot sports charter

Indaba on support, way forward and transformation agenda at varsity

In a quest to give all an equal opportunity to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan University through sport, Madibaz Sport will be hosting a sport transformation indaba on Monday.

Madibaz Sport director Yoliswa Lumka says the aim of the conference – at the Goldfields Auditorium, north campus, from 5pm to 9pm – is to have an honest discussion about sport at NMMU and to get feedback from the students and other stakeholders.

The idea was to develop a sports charter, Lumka said.

“We need this information to plan appropriately and get the maximum support for future sport programmes at NMMU.

“Secondary, is to give information to our stakeholders on what the varsity is busy with and where we are with transformation.”

A request for an open discussion had come from the SA Students Congress (Sasco), Lumka said.

Sasco had penned a letter to the vice-councillor, questioning some issues, including sport transformation.

“That letter led to engagement between Sasco and Madibaz Sport and a decision was made to hold a sports indaba for an inclusive forum for all NMMU sports people.

“It is also for organisations and the people who affect sport in the Eastern Cape, like the Eastern Cape Sports Confederation, the provincial and regional federations, the office of the mayor as well as macro bodies, the Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and the Department of Sport and Recreation SA (SRSA),” Lumka said.

Expected to be discussed are:

How the National Sport and Recreation Plan is linked to transformation in the higher education institution sector;

The national and provincial status of transformation

The status of transformation of sport at NMMU;

The role of other stakeholders – like the Department of Basic Education, Department of Culture, Arts, Sport and Recreation, municipalities, provincial and national federations (SRSA and Sascoc) in the transformation of sport in the Eastern Cape; and

The role of high-performance focus areas in the transformation of sport.

Lumka said the university hoped to get an understanding of the needs of students.

“It is to get answers on some of the questions, like why are the women participation numbers declining and why do certain sports get more support than others?

“The indaba is also to educate other institutions of higher education on how to manage their sport codes and showcase statistically how much NMMU is committed to transformation,” Lumka said.

The issues raised at the congress would be encompassed in a strategic plan of the sport going forward.

The university had delayed to update its Madibaz Sport plan for the second semester until after the indaba, so that the issues that are raised can be included in the plan.

“It is crucial that the views of students are incorporated in everything that we do as a university,” she said.

“In the same way that students can raise political issues, they can raise similar issues in the sports arena.

“It is important that we develop programmes in accordance with what our 27 000 primary stakeholders want.”

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