As part of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) annual funding plan for sport and recreation in the Western Cape, on 8 April 2015, Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Mr Theuns Botha handed over cheques to the Eden Sport Council and the Central Karoo Sport Council (previously a single entity known as South Western Districts – SWD).
The Eden and Central Karoo sport councils will distribute the funds to their various affiliated sport federations for major events, development, transformation, administration and capacity building.
A total of R1.7 million was handed over, a significant increase on previous years. The event was attended by delegates from various Eden and Central Karoo sport federations as well as the Executive Mayor of George, Charles Standers and Chief Director of Sport and Recreation at DCAS, Adv. Lyndon Bouah.
“This funding assists federations to function from day to day, providing opportunities for people to participate in sport. By doing this, we create a better lifestyle for all,” said Bennett Bailey of DCAS.
The Department also handed over equipment to Central Karoo Netball and other federations to assist them to grow their sports, unearth new talent and become more competitive.
“In the Western Cape, we create opportunity through economic growth,” said Botha. “Sport has become a very important component of improving opportunity and economic growth. We are actively developing and transforming sport so that we can become the best in the country. From there, we aim to compete on the world stage.”
The remaining four handovers will take place on the following dates: