Parliament - Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday pledged to spend a quarter of his department's budget on school sport development.
“School sport is the bedrock of our entire sport development continuum,” he said in his budget vote speech.
“As a department we intend to set aside 25 percent of our budget, which is approximately R400 million for schools sport development.”
He said it was unfortunate that a clear government directive, that all new schools be built with sports facilities, was often ignored.
“We cannot over-emphasise the need to incorporate sport facilities in the plans drawn ahead of the construction of new schools. If we fail on this, we will forever have a backlog of facilities in our country and thus, reduced participation levels.”
He said government would press ahead with plans to register 890 schools across the country as specialist sports schools.