Sports council benefits from tour

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Bilateral ties strengthened through informative session

 BILATERAL ties between two neighbouring metropolitan sports councils were strengthened in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.

Buffalo City Metro Sports Council members under the leadership of president Xolani Bishoti, conducted a study tour to Nelson Mandela Bay and held meetings with its counterparts at the Motherwell Sport Centre.

GOING BEYOND THE TEXTBOOK: BCM Sports Council executive members travelled to Port Elizabeth to form bilateral ties with their counterparts of Nelson Mandela Bay in at the weekend Picture: SUPPLIED

Residents from King William’s Town and surrounding areas – Desmond Coetzee and Zizo Papu – attended and will assist their communities with the knowledge they’ve gained.

Bishoti was accompanied by his second deputy Zola Theo, secretary Papu from Dimbaza, transformation officer Coetzee from Breidbach and Mandla Moshani representing rural development.

According to Bishoti, the purpose of the study tour was to improve the critical thinking skills of officials and administrators, develop insight into risks factors and gain a better understanding of a variety of the organisational structures.

“The purpose is to provide opportunities for our sport leadership and administrators to discover what is behind the textbook theory of sport by taking them to visit their counterparts to experience the enticing complexity of the real world of sport,” Bishoti said.

“It is also making sport inspirational, contemporary and relevant by visiting an advanced sporting operation.”

Papu said that some of their objectives with the tour are to develop an understanding of the sports and tourism aspects of sustainability and to understand how Nelson Mandela Bay has become a leader in the successful hosting of major provincial events.

The meeting was well represented by five members of each council and the initiative given the thumbs-up by both leaders.

“I am fully in support of this informative weekend as it is something that has been long overdue,” NMBSC chairman Freddie Makoki said.

Bishoti presented a brief background about BCM SC and mentioned about the relations his body has with stakeholders such as the municipality and the department.

He was further assisted by Theo who added that a roadmap be set up about all programmes to be hosted.

NMBSC secretary Sibongile Fundini delivered their presentation on how they are functioning.

“We have a healthy relationship with our municipality and we would advise you to also get your universities on board.

“We are now working in getting a sports house to run our affairs and will count on the municipality to assist,” Fundini said.

On the way forward an agreement was reach that similar meetings will be held regularly, minutes to be distributed by the secretary of the hosting body and that all stakeholders from both sports councils be invited.

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