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Thembelani Thulas Nxesi Minister of Sport and Recreation and Trevor Nyakane share a joke during the 2017 Supersport Rugby Challenge Launch at the Bill Jardine Stadium, South Africa on 10 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The new minister of sport Thulas Nxesi has made his first big steps as minister when he decided that  SA Rugby’s can host international events again.

Thembelani Thulas Nxesi Minister of Sport and Recreation
and Trevor Nyakane share a joke ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

In April 2016, former minister Fikile Mbalula revoked the hosting rights of SA Rugby, Athletics South Africa, Cricket South Africa and Netball South Africa for failing to meet its transformation targets.

On Tuesday, the department of Sport and Recreation confirmed via Twitter that Nxesi had lifted the ban with immediate effect.

Speaking at the release of a new Eminent Persons’ Group (EPG) report – set up by the Ministry of Sport and Recreation – to monitor the pace of transformation in sport, Nxesi confirmed that rugby had met the targets set out in the Transformation Charter.

‘I would like to congratulate rugby, cricket and netball on their improved scores, you were clearly willing to walk the extra mile. Their right to bid for and host major sporting events, which was revoked before, is hereby immediately reinstated,’ he said. ‘But we would like to re-emphasise our expectations for sporting federations to take charge and provide leadership at school and club levels.’

The new minister also met with SA Rugby bosses at Saru House in Cape Town last week, where he said hosting the 2023 World Cup could bode well for the country.

‘A big part of the 2010 Fifa World Cup legacy are the stadia which were built, which means the necessary infrastructure is in place. It means the hosting costs would be seriously reduced and I believe that the hosting of the Rugby World Cup in 2023 can also leave a huge legacy and make a big impact,’ said Nxesi.

‘Rugby is very important in South Africa. We know our team had a slump last year, but we believe we will go back to where we belong as South African rugby.’

 

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  1. The way we are going, if we host it we at least won’t have to qualify for it.

    By the way, isn’t the world cup draw sometime this week?

  2. @Craven:

    SA drawn with NZ and Italy in Group B.

    Fortunately we have avoided giants Japan this time around, but seeing that Italy and NZ beat us last year, no guarantees that we will get out of our Group.

  3. Group C: England, France and Argentina, apart from our group of death, this might be the real group of death.

  4. Final Groups:

    POOL A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1 and Play-off winnerf

    POOL B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, Repechage winner

    POOL C: England, France, Argentina, Americas 1, Oceania 2

    POOL D:Australia, Wales, Georgia, Oceania 1, Americas 2

  5. Great photo. Smiling happy fellas. Better than these European drolle coaches who always going on about things to improve. These African fellas know how to enjoy life.

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