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Govt and SARU agree to revive Border Rugby

Nov 25, 2019
Govt and SARU agree to revive Border Rugby

East London -Eastern Cape MEC of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Fezeka Bayeni, on Friday held a meeting with the South African Rugby Union, (SARU) President, Mark Alexander; Monde Tabata - the SARU representative in the Border Rugby and Basil Haddad the Administrator of Border Rugby.

The meeting was requested by the MEC in a bid to revive and intervene in the challenges facing the Border Rugby Union.

The meeting received a comprehensive report on the state of Border Rugby in terms of Governance, Finances and SARU’s future plan for Border Rugby.

As part her address to the meeting MEC Bayeni, said, “The Springboks World Cup victory inspired many young people across the country who now see themselves as future Springboks.

"As government it becomes imperative on us to create an environment where the talent of these young people is nurtured in order to realise their dreams of becoming the Siya Kolisi’s, Lukhanyo Am’s and Makazole Mpimpi’s of the future.

"We must therefore put in place measures to create a nurturing environment for the development of rugby in the province.”

The meeting was very fruitful and agreed on a partnership between SARU and the Eastern Cape Provincial Government in reviving Border Rugby.

The partnership between SARU and the Eastern Cape Provincial Government will lead to a development of a 2 year plan to revive Border Rugby including financial injections by both SARU and the Provincial Government.

The Administrator of SARU, further gave a detailed report of the financial injection of R4,2 million the Department gave to Border Rugby in April, which was welcomed by the MEC.

MEC Bayeni and Alexander agreed to directly champion the campaign to revive Border Rugby.

The MEC will further embark on a broad consultation of all the stakeholders of Border Rugby including the sub-unions, rugby clubs, rugby veterans, local businesses and the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality in an effort to build a broad front to help revive Border Rugby.

The full and detailed plan to help revive Border Rugby will be communicated once these consultations have been concluded and all the relevant stakeholders have submitted their contributions to the plan.

The immediate plan is attend to the pressing challenge at Border Rugby but the long term includes extending the support to also the Eastern Province Rugby Union.

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