How Minister Zizi Kodwa Can Prioritise Women’s Sport

Newly appointed Department of Sport, Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Zizi Kodwa, has hit the ground running as he aims to take his portfolio to the next level during his tenure.

On Monday 6 March, Kodwa was officially appointed, and since then, the Minister has been outspoken in the media on his agenda. Transformation in the sport industry tops his list of priorities.

“Transformation in 2023 must not be negotiable. We negotiated transformation in rugby, but those times are gone, in the same way we shouldn’t be talking about equal pay for men and women, we shouldn’t be talking about transformation,” he revealed in an interview on MSW with seasoned broadcaster, Robert Marawa.

“Transformation must be enforced, its non-negotiable. We must use sport to build non racialism. Racism must not be tolerated in sport or in society as a whole and any act of racism must be punished. It needs to be a case of “hit one to teach others”. Access to sport must not be on the base of money or race.”

The Minister also spoke to the Weekend Argus on the investment on school-based sporting codes.

“We look forward to working with all stakeholders and sectors in the industry to aspirations of development and prosperity of all South Africans with a focus in school sports. We will work hard to use the power of the economics of sport to create possibilities and opportunities across all sectors.”

All parties should engage further on bringing more world class women’s sporting events to South Africa to showcase the extraordinary talent of women’s sport.” – Canoeing South Africa President, Kim Pople

As the Minister bares out his promises, gsport chatted to Canoeing South Africa President, Kim Pople, who says she would like to see Mr Kodwa closely involved with various federations to positively impact sport going forward.

“Minister Kodwa can work closely together with both the National Federations and SASCOC to gauge how the Department can assist with further prioritising women’s sport together. Ring fenced funding, incentives in various forms, and capacity building identifying future sport leaders/administrators/technical officials will make a huge difference going forward. It was great to hear the Minister address GBV already and safeguarding our sport should be a priority.

“Furthermore, with the recent hosting of the T20 Cricket World Cup and the upcoming Netball World Cup, all parties should engage further on bringing more world class women’s sporting events to South Africa to showcase the extraordinary talent of women’s sport. Our teams are inspiring future generations in not only competing in sport but an avid supporter following,” she continued.

“It is an exciting time in this area, and we look forward to Minister Kodwa’s involvement.”

“The funds will also assist in building sports by improving facilities that women use for training and development.” – Banyana Banyana and Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Goalkeeper, Andile Dlamini

From an athlete’s view, Banyana Banyana and Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Goalkeeper, Andile Dlamini believes the Minister should bridge the gender pay gap.

“How can the new minister prioritise women sport in SA? I think he can prioritise women’s sport in South Africa by redirecting funds to the growth of the sports. I say redirect funding because that means women get the same treatment as men sport. Treatment like professional contracts that have terms and conditions that encourage and protect us from exploitation and ensure that we are paid equally bridging the gender pay gap that plagues women sports. The funds will also assist in building sports by improving facilities that women use for training and development.

“This will also force people to take and support women seriously as we are doing well as South african representatives regionally and internationally..”

Minister Kodwa will honour the cream of South African sport at the 16th Annual SA Sport Awards in a week’s time where leading Momentum gsport Award winners are in line for top honours in various categories.

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