REPORT TO THE PARLIAMENT OF SOUTH AFRICA

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON CONDITIONAL GRANTS AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE: DECEMBER 2006

GAUTENG PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT: DEPARTMENT OF SPORT, ARTS, CULTURE & RECREATION

 

 

1 DATA ON TREND ALLOCATIONS OVER A THREE YEAR PERIOD

 

 

 

2003/2004

% of funds spent

2004/2005

% of funds spent

2005/2006

% of funds spent

2006/2007

% of funds spent

Alloc

Transf

Actual

Alloc

Transf

Actual

Alloc

Transf

Actual

Alloc

Transf

Actual

R000

R000

R000

R000

R000

R000

R000

R000

R000

R000

R000

R000

Conditional Grant:

-

-

-

 

1,000

-

705

70.50

2,670

-

2,410

90,26

16,820

-

2,866

17,00

         Mass Participation (recreation and school sport)

-

-

-

 

1,000

-

705

70.50

2,670

-

2,410

90,26

16,820

-

2, 866

17,00

CAPEX / Infrastructure

43,876

42,369

37,448

 

43,876

42,369

37,448

 

48,230

38,676

38,676

80,19

71,870

21,000

21,000

30,47

         Facilities

43,043

41,537

36,598

88,09

48,246

48,353

46,483

96,13

12,400

12,400

12,400

100

11,400

-

-

0,00

         Competitive Sport

-

-

-

 

-

-

-

 

35,000

25,500

25,500

72,86

60,470

21,900

21,900

36,22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1.1 EXPLANATORY COMMENTS ON SIGNIFICANT INCREASES/DECREASES IN DATA TRENDS ABOVE

 

1.1.1          Facilities: Transfers to local Government

 

Overview:

 

Municipality Project Name 2006/2007 (R)

Project Name

Total Budget

Transferred

Expenditure / Transferred

Business Plan

SLA

Council resolution

Completion Date

City of Johannesburg

R3,9m

R3.9

00

Yes

Yes

Yes

31 March 2007

Tshwane Metropolitan

R1,8m

R1, 8 Processed 2 weeks ago

00

Yes

Yes

Yes

31 March 2007

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan

R2,8m

00

00

Awaiting

Awaiting

Awaiting

31 March 2007

Sedibeng District

R1,5m

R1M processed and R,5 still outstanding

00

Yes

Yes

Yes

31 March 2007

West Rand Municipality

R1,4m

00

00

Awaiting

Awaiting

Awaiting

31 March 2007

 

Comments:

 

The advent of the MlG Programme informed the decrease of Departmental allocation of funds toward infrastructure development projects. Most of the funding is allocated towards the upgrading of projects (Hubs) linked to the Mass Participation Programme. SLA agreements have been signed and Council resolutions obtained (except for two).

 

1.1.2          Facilities: Competitive Sport Stadia

 

Overview:

 

The four competitive sport stadia approved for upgrade are as follows:

 

Sinaba Soccer Stadium Daveyton Home Ground for Benoni Premier United

 

Rand Soccer Stadium Turffontein Home ground for Swallows/Cosmos

 

George Thabe Sharpeville Mvela League

 

HM Pitje Tshwane Home ground for Sundowns

 

The competitive sport stadia focus on the upgrade and development of legacy infrastructure for football within the province, and is linked with the overall objective of ensuring that the different Premier and First Division Gauteng Teams play their matches in the province (provision of home grounds), as well as a broader initiative to ensure that we contribute to tourism and job creation initiatives through the Home of Champions concept. The provision of home grounds to professional teams ensures sustained usage and maintenance. Planning and implementation processes (guided by a Memorandum of Agreement, as well as according to agreed professional standards) are done via coordination and implementation structures that include the Department of Public Transport, Road & Works (implementation agent), as well as representatives of local government.

 

Phase 1 of this project (which is also guided by the development of master plans) has been concluded, and included the provision of the following bulk services:

 

         Replacing grassing on the pitch

         Adding ablution blocks

         Replacing or installing light masts with four 1000 lux light masts

         Installing subsoil drainage

         Replacement and upgrade of main stands

         Creation and upgrade of boundary wall (Sinaba)

 

The secondary development to include replacement of stands improvement of infrastructure within the parameters of the stadium and provision of further bulk services.

 

Comments:

 

The R35m received in the 2005/2006 financial year, has been increased in this financial year to R60,470,000. During the implementation of Phase 1 it became obvious that previous estimates were inadequate, and that remedial action were necessary.

 

 

1.1.3          Mass Participation: Recreation and School sport

 

Funds thus allocated are geared towards the establishment and management of recreational hubs / community sports centers programmes, as well as the revival of the School Sport Culture in 121 schools (focusing on football, netball, cricket, rugby, volleyball and athletics), and is utilized for:

 

         Payment of contract workers who are employed to implement recreational sporting codes in the hubs.

         Purchase of sport equipment that is utilized in the hub.

         Coordinate recreational tournaments and festivals, and the marketing thereof.

         Capacity building (workshops, training, seminars) for staff and contract workers.

 

The significances of the increase:

 

The increase of this grant has inevitably enabled the province to increase the number of communities that are participating in recreational activities that take place in the hubs. The province began with 8 hubs in 2004, 22 in 2005, 32 in 2006 and 40 in 2007. The increase of these hubs in communities means an increase in the number of participants (youth, women, disabled people and the elderly) as well as capacity building programs that we impart amongst community members through training in coaching, refereeing and sport administration.

 

There are currently 32 recreational centers (with discussions on identifying the additional eight for 2007 in line with the Top 20 Township initiative) that are spread throughout the province and most of them are situated within the previously disadvantaged communities. These hubs are clustered according to municipalities for the purpose of ensuring collaboration and coordination of programs between the province and the municipalities, guided by Memorandum of Agreements, which are currently in the process of being amplified practically through detailed Service Level Agreements.

 

The Revival of school sport culture project is rolled out in partnership with the Department of Education. This relationship is further unpacked through the Memorandum of Agreement, which is in the final stages of completion.

 

Comment:

 

The increase from R2,670,000 to R16,820,00 is due to an additional allocation for the School Sport Mass Participation Programme, which has previously not been granted. The Department went out on a tender process (lasting for three years) for the purchase of equipment to be used in the MPP programme. Although it experienced technical difficulties, especially in terms of specifications and procurement processes, it has been published, adjudicated and awarded. Ordered equipment is currently in the process of being delivered.

 

2                     ASSESSMENT OF DEPARTMENTAL MONITORING AND EVALUATION CAPACITY

 

 

The Department has appointed a DD: Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation. Taking due cognizance of the strategic importance of measuring the impact, return on investment and value for money of all its activities, interventions and resource allocation, a M&E strategy has been drafted and circulated for discussion. Further to this a contract management implementation strategy has been compiled and work-shopped with staff, with a view on increasing capacity management in this regard.

 

The formulation and researching of departmental KPIs as has been initiated, i.e. a horizontal and vertical Gauteng cultural mapping project, as well as sport specifications.

 

Staff in the facility management unit also undertakes regular monitoring visits to the sites to monitor progress and reports compiled and submitted.

 

 

 

3                     RECEIPT OF MONTHLY REPORTS FROM RECEIVING MUNICIPALITIES RECEIVING CONDITIONAL GRANTS

 

 

3.1 Facilities: Competitive Sport Stadia

 

A Steering Committee comprising of PTR&W, SACR and Participating Local Government municipalities meet regularly to discuss progress in each of the projects. It is attended by high level officials, and minutes are kept of these meetings to track progress. Progress reports on each of the projects are submitted and problem areas identified for action.

 

3.2               Facilities: Transfers to local government

 

Staff operative in the Office Administration, Facilities and IT Directorate is in regular contact with municipal officials, and regular site visits are made to ascertain progress. Upon completion of these monitoring visits, technical progress reports are submitted in which areas for attention are highlighted.