"Our nation's sportsmen and women must be celebrated for their achievements and rewarded accordingly. However, spending R65 million on an event is beyond excessive and the department needs to cut down the amount of money used for the Sports Awards", said the IFP spokesperson on Sports and Recreation, Mr. Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP.
The IFP's main concern revolves around the fact that athletes need money to cover their sporting needs, such as travel, and some of that money could be used to cover these costs instead of spending it on one ceremony.
"If we want to celebrate sports in this country, we should do so by giving the different codes all the resources they need, rather than throw an extravagant party that caters to the desires of the elite." said Hlengwa.
The IFP calls on the department of Sports and Recreation to relook at their budget and spend an appropriate amount of money on the event, as there is no reasonable logic as to why the budget for the awards has increased so drastically.
Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, 083 871 2711
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer
Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252