Paul Willemburg MPL
Shadow MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation
According to Gauteng’s Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation annual report for 2013/14, the department undertook six overseas trips in the year under review.
All the trips were conducted under the guise of ‘international relations’ but very little is disclosed about the outcomes of these undertakings.
Trips were made to Manchester, London, Toronto, Egypt, Cuba and China; some for nothing more than a “Carnival study tour” and “networking at a Football Conference”.
I will be submitting questions to Gauteng MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Molebatsi Bopape, to request an exact breakdown of the cost of these trips and what outcomes, if any, were achieved.
Like much of our country, Gauteng suffers from a serious lack of sports infrastructure and development programmes.
It is imperative that all available funding be spent on the growth and upliftment of young people in the sports field and not on overseas trips.
The MEC must account for each trip and why these were prioritised over other more pressing mandates for the department.