Unpacking the issue of transformation in SA sports

Minister Fikile Mbalula's shock decision to suspend the national cricket, rugby, athletics and netball teams from bidding for international tournaments has sparked a national debate.

Mbalula attributed his decision on Monday to a lack of transformation within the sporting codes.

Eusebius McKaiser (standing in for Redi Tlhabi) hosted a transformation discussion with three individuals in sport.

Listen to the conversation below:

We've heard this kind of strong talk from the minister and he's built a reputation as being just a talker. It doesn't affect the federations in any material way as the moment.

Chulumanco Macingwane, rugby journalist

Super Rugby will continue, all the other competitions including the IRB Sevens and everything that is currently on will continue.

Chulumanco Macingwane, rugby journalist

What is encouraging is that the sports minister has drawn a line in the sand. He will have to convince rugby people that this is not just posturing because we've had targets in the past.

Chulumanco Macingwane, rugby journalist

White talent and black talent are the same thing. Because of the opportunities that whites get at an early age and as a result of accumulated advantage, those are the guys who are good.

Chulumanco Macingwane, rugby journalist

Because rugby is on Supersport 1, it means that access to it is for to those who have premium access to DSTV.

Chulumanco Macingwane, rugby journalist

It's a situation of people willing to accept and embrace change. To understand that we are in a democratic country, we live in it.

Lawrence Sephaka, former Sprinbok player

To exclude majority of people from the game, then how will you allow for it to grow? Kids needs to participate from an early age.

Lawrence Sephaka, former Sprinbok player

We signed an agreement and we knew what the consequences were going to be, but it still came as a shock.

Blanch De La Guerre, Netball SA CEO

We also have our challenges... There are situations that prevent us from being fully transformed regarding umpires, coaching and technical officials.

Blanch De La Guerre, Netball SA CEO

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