Dr Lyndon Bouah is the chief director for sport and recreation in the Western Cape department if Cultural Affairs and sport in they Western Cape. He completed his doctorate at the university of the Western Cape in 2016. He will bring his practical experience to the academic space and wishes to learn best and good practice.
An analysis of the implementation of the national sport and recreation plan in the Western Cape
In November 2011 South Africa adapted the national Sport and Recreation Plan (NSRP). The NSRP is an eight year sustainable implementation plan for sport and recreation. The nucleus of the NSRP provides details of the three core pillars of implementation which are an active nation, winning nation and an enabling environment.
At the National Sport and Recreation Indaba held in November 2011, it was declared that the key role of Government is to create the applicable policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks and to support an enabling environment for the equitable delivery of sport and recreation
In the Preamble to the White Paper (2011:11) it is stated that to assist with the implementation process this White Paper is supported by a National Sport and Recreation Plan that expands on the implementation of pertinent policy directives emanating from the White Paper. The Preamble to the Declaration also noted that the lack of physical education and participation in sport in schools has led to increased inactivity, obesity and socially deviant behaviour. Part of the reason for this inactivity is that there is still an inequitable and inaccessible provision of sport and recreation infrastructure at community level, especially in peri-urban and rural areas. The Declaration further acknowledges that “we” have not successfully implemented the sport development continuum which will ensure the well-co-ordinated and seamless development of athletes from talent identification to the elite levels.
The paper will describe the NSRP, analyse the concept of public value and through the use of the 5-C protocol make recommendations on the further improvement of sport in urban and rural South Africa.