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28 October 2016

Release: Immediate

The DA in the Western Cape notes with concern the current challenges as reported by recent media allegations that Western Province Rugby is facing.

It is alleged that WP Rugby is under tremendous financial constraints, having already projected at a board meeting in July to make a loss of R11.2 million for the year. This may have devastating effects on the team and the sport in the province as a whole. We are seriously concerned about the impact with regards to the development of the sport should WP Rugby indeed be in financial trouble.

In order to ascertain the true extent of the issue and offer assistance where necessary, I will invite WP Rugby to visit the Standing Committee of Cultural Affairs and Sport in the Western Cape Parliament to clarify the current situation. We understand that WP Rugby Union had the option of moving to the Cape Town Stadium, a move that would’ve put them in a much better financial position.

In my capacity as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs and Sport in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, I have written to the Minster of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, to inquire what financial support, if any, her Department affords or have afforded WP Rugby and what are the relevant details.

We are aware of the R2.9 Million that was given by the Western Cape Government to the WP Rugby Union for the bidding of the Sevens Rugby Tournament and we hope that the current situation won’t have any impact on this magnificent event.

The DA is committed to providing a conducive environment to creating sporting opportunities for all in the Western Cape.

 

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