The Sports Committee of the National Parliament has reiterated its disappointment with Nala Municipality comprising, among others, the towns of Bothaville and Wesselsbron in the Free State Province.
The committee states that there is a lack of sports infrastructure development at Nala. In a statement, the committee says it’s aware that the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) funding that this municipality receives does not cater for the development of sports infrastructure despite the fact that 15% p-Component of the MIG funds should be utilised for sports infrastructure development.
The Committee conducted an oversight visit to several sports facilities at Nala on Wednesday and was allegedly shocked at the old dilapidated tennis court, vandalised community swimming pool and an unfinished community stadium (worth R5,5 million) that has never been used.
The Committee is of the view that the 15% p-Component of the MIG funding should be allocated directly to the Department of Sport and Recreation to avoid such situations at municipalities, that are not utilising the MIG funding to develop sports infrastructure.
The Committee is continuing its oversight programme in the province and will be visiting Parys indoor sports center to assess the state of facilities, maintenance plans and new facility development plans built with the MIG allocation.
The Committee will also visit the District High Performance Unit at Harry Gwala Stadium in Sasolburg in Metsimaholo Municipality.
Statement Issued by the Parliamentary Communication Services on behalf of the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Sports and Recreation.