Mbalula hails 'healthy cash injection' into ministry

In the Sports Minister budget speech to Parliament, he pledged over 66 percent of the budget to development.

Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says the department has received a healthy cash injection for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Mbalula delivered his budget speech in Parliament where he pledged over 66 percent of the budget to development.

"The total budget allocation for national Department of Sports and Recreation for the 2016/2017 financial year stands at R1.28 billion having gone up by R48.1 million from the previous year allocation of R979.77 million. We are proud of this development."

He also emphasised the penalties imposed on the rugby, cricket, netball and athletics federations for failing to meet their transformation targets will stand.

Last month, the minister revoked the privilege of four of South Africa's biggest sporting associations to host future events because of their failure to reach their agreed upon transformation numbers.

According to Mbalula, they may not host and bid for major international tournaments or events in South Africa as a consequence of that failure.

He went on to say that he will review this decision when his department considers the results of the 2016/2017 transformation barometer while also outlining a host of other punitive measures his department can mete out should that failure continue.