National Sport and Recreation Bill Tabled

Department of Sport and Recreation

A bill designed to promote and develop sport and recreation in South Africa has been tabled in parliament.

The National Sport and Recreation Amendment Bill was drawn up by the sport and recreation department.

The bill seeks to amend the National Sport and Recreation Act, 1998 in order to:

•    delete, amend and insert certain definitions;
•    provide for the promotion and development of sport and recreation;
•    establish a Sport Arbitration Tribunal to resolve disputes between sport or recreation bodies;
•    provide for and regulate combat sport;
•    provide for and regulate the fitness industry;
•    provide for the procedure in bidding for and hosting of international sports and recreation events;
•    provide for the delegation of powers;
•    provide for offences and penalties; and
•    provide for matters connected therewith.

According to the bill’s memorandum, the proposed legislation “recognises that there is a need in South Africa to create a new dispensation that will govern and regulate the sport and recreation industry in the best interest of all the role-players by clarifying the roles of Sport and Recreation South Africa, the Sports Confederation and the national federations respectively”.

The bill’s explanatory summary was published in Government Gazette 41918 in September 2018.

The portfolio committee on sport and recreation will now process the bill.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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