Fikile Mbalula is a South African politician and the current Minister of Sports and Recreation. Mbalula is a key member of the African National Congress; he has worked his way up from the ANC Youth League through hard work and loyalty.
Before Fikile Mbalula became the Minister of Sports and Recreation, he was the former Deputy Minister of Police and a former leader of the ANCYL. Mbalula was appointed the Deputy Minister of Police in 2009; under Jacob Zuma as President.
Fikile Mbalula was elected president of the ANCYL in 2004; he was also the manager of the ANC’s general election campaign in 2009 (which turned out to be a very successful one).
When it comes to sports, Mbalula is a big football lover and locally supports the Kaizer Chiefs, not forgetting the National Team “Bafana Bafana”.
Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSC) is the national government department responsible for sport in South Africa. The SRSC primarily focuses on providing opportunities for all South Africans to participate in sport; managing the regulatory framework and providing funding for different codes of sport.
To transform the delivery of sport and recreation by ensuring equitable access, development and excellence at all levels of participation and to harness the socio-economic contributions that can create a better life for all South Africans.
The SRSA currently runs and supports four strategic projects; through which it believes the ministry can achieve direct impact on sports in South Africa. Active Nation, Winning Nation, Sport Support and Sport Infrastructure Support are the four strategic projects; which facilitates the successful execution of the following annual programs:
Mbalula has called on South Africans to give the National Football team; Bafana Bafana the well needed support ahead of the FIFA 2018 World Cup. Though they are still in the qualifiers stage, he believes the support is needed now more than ever as they hoist the National Flag with pride.
Here is what he had to say:
“It is that time again to unite behind our national team. Our young boys are a symbol of perseverance and dedication. They soldier on in these qualifiers with honour gallantly fighting to see our nation in the World Cup tournament. As a nation of patriots, we have confidence in our national team and its coach Mr Shakes Mashaba. I pledge my full support and call on all South Africans to support our boys as they hoist our national flag with pride,”
He further went on to thank those who are already doing their part at supporting the team and can only hope for the best in the near future.