National conference to embrace social cohesion

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REFILWE GAESWE

The South African Local Government Association and South African Sports Confederation Olympic Committee will convene a two-day national conference in Bloemfontein on Friday and Saturday to promote social cohesion.

According to SALGA’s Marriam Lehlokoa the consultative sessions between municipalities and sports federations will address related challenges hindering sports development, identify long-lasting solutions to increase access to sports facilities and strengthen working relations with other relevant structures within local government. She said earlier this year the two institutions agreed to further deliberate sport development challenges. Lehlokoa added that the national conference is the first ever in the country that will take place at Bloemfontein’s City Hall.

“Some of the outcomes of the conference is to define further, growth and responsibilities of some issues that would have been discussed post the conference and to explore further on the partnership between various stakeholders. The most important thing is that we need to come out of the conference with a signed declaration as a commitment to sport development. The Minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula will give a key note address,” she said.

Lehlokoa said Free State MEC of Sports, Arts and Culture Mathabo Leeto, SALGA’s national chairperson Thabo Manyoni and Tokyo Sexwale are some of the delegates that will be attending the conference and they are expecting 500 delegates.

“The two-day national conference will bring together under one roof all key stakeholders from the sports fraternity, local government, the provincial and national government leaders to deliberate on issues of sports development, guided by a common vision to reconstruct and revitalise the sport and recreation sector for an active and winning nation whilst improving the quality of lives of all South Africans,” said Lehlokoa.