Deadline looms for sport and recreation amendment bill submissions

The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture has published a draft amendment bill for written input from affected bodies.

The bill is looking to bring all sports code, clubs and fitness organisations under the direct regulatory control of the minister.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, sports regulation and law expert from the University of Pretoria Professor Stevens Cornelius says he advises against reading the bill on its own.

This is as an amendment so one has to read the bill with the current Sport and Recreation Act.

Professor Stevens Cornelius, Sports regulation & law expert - University of Pretoria

If you look at that act, the minister already has regulatory control over all sports in South Africa so from that point of view this is nothing new.

Professor Stevens Cornelius, Sports regulation & law expert - University of Pretoria

South African Sports Federation board member Kobus Marais says the amendments are very wide and people should read to find out what powers it gives the minister.

We must really have a strong look at this, it splits its powers and functions very wide.

Kobus Marais - Board member - South African Sports Federation

When the bill was published it definitely said 30 days from the time it was published and that is this coming Friday. And in the same notice, it says everything must be in by the end of February.

Kobus Marais - Board member - South African Sports Federation

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