The Department Of Sports And Recreation South Africa

By | January 13, 2022

The Department Of Sports And Recreation South Africa, in striving to create an active and winning nation, SRSA not only indicates the core focus of current endeavours, but also expresses firm commitment to keep on doing whatever it takes to have a significant and positive impact on the entire South African nation.

The scope is clearly one of nationwide impact with the implication that despite the delivery of sport and recreation at three different spheres of Government, all of the actions and initiatives within SRSA’s mandate will be optimally integrated and coordinated for maximum impact. It is sincerely believed that SRSA can achieve this ideal of making a difference in our nation.

Mission Statement

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.


Accountability Taking responsibility for actions and decisions.

Batho Pele Putting people first.

Dedication Going beyond the call of duty and committing to service excellence.

Innovation Finding creative solutions.

Integrity Doing the right things even when not watched.

Transparency Being open to scrutiny.

Teamwork Demonstrating inclusivity in delivery.

Current Positions

  • Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation in the Republic of South Africa, since 10 May 2004 to present date.

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Sciences from Rand Afrikaans University (RAU). Cum Laude in Major.
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Development Studies from (RAU) Suma Cum Laude.
  • Various other courses and study tours.

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

  • Member of the South African Air Force up to the Rank of Captain (1980 – 1983).
  • Self employed (1984 – 1987).
  • Elected as Member of Parliament for the Constituency of Pretoria Central (6 May 1987 – 1994).
  • Re-elected as Member of Parliament (1994 – 1999).
  • Whip in Parliament (1989 – 2 July 1999).
  • Joined the African National Congress (ANC) on 24 October 2000.
  • Deployed to the National Parliament from 16 February 2001 to date.
  • Served as member of the ANC Strategy Committee in Parliament (2001- 2004)
  • Served as member of the Portfolio Committee of Correctional Services (2001- 2004)
  • Served as member of the Portfolio Committee on Defence (2001- 2011)
  • Served on the Joint Defence Committee (2001- 2004)
  • Appointed as Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation SA on 10 May 2004 (on his birthday).
  • As Deputy Minister, oversaw the implementation of the Ministerial Task Team Report on Rationalisation of Sport in SA.
  • Played a major role as member of the Inter-Ministerial Organising and Planning Committee hosting the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup (Awarded to South Africa in May 2004) successfully in 2010, under the Chairmanship of the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa.
  • Re – appointed as Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation SA by President Jacob Zuma on 11 May 2009, until present date.
  • Elected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the Vice- Chairperson of the UNESCO Fund for the Elimination of Doping in Sport during October 2009; representing South Africa.
  • Elected by the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace(UNOSDP) as the Chairperson of the Thematic Working Group on Sport for Development and Peace, which is one of the five International Working groups resorting under the UNOSDP office of the Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General for the period May 2011- 2012 ;representing South Africa
  • Elected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the Chairperson of the Third Session of the UNESCO Conference of Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport during November 2011; representing South Africa.
  • Deputy Minister is a renowned public speaker and an excellent debater.
  • Deputy Minister is also an outstanding marksman and likes to hunt, if the time allows.
  • Played rugby for the first XV at Rustenburg High School as well as Craven Week.
  • Enjoys a game of chess and likes to play a social round of golf.

Contact us

Postal Address:

Private Bag X896

Physical Address:

Regent Building
Corner Madiba (Vermeulen) & Queen street

Telephone number:

(012) 304-5000

Office Hours:  08:00 – 16:30 (Mondays – Fridays)

Weekends:  Closed

Public Holidays:  Closed

GPS co-ordinates

25.74437   28.19202

Directions from Johannesburg: 

Approaching Pretoria, stay on the N14 highway until it becomes Potgieter Street. Passing the Pretoria Central prison, pass a number of traffic lights, then turn right into Madiba (Vermeulen) Street. Carry on past several traffic lights then turn right into Thabo Sehume (Andries) Street. Keep left and enter left into Church Street, which is a pedestrian walkway. Tell the guard you’re visiting SRSA. Turn first left into Queen Street, which is also a walkway, and proceed to an underground parking garage on your right. 

Note that you’ll only be allowed in if you’ve confirmed parking beforehand – ask your host to do that!

If you’re only dropping off or are visiting for a short period of time, park in the nearby Sammy Marks parking garage in Madiba (Vermeulen) Street. Note that finding parking in Madiba Street is very difficult during daytime.