Eastern Cape boxing promoters gathered in Chintsa from July 15 to 17 in a bid to pave the way forward after ongoing administrative issues had cast a shadow on the sport.
The meeting was spearheaded by the department of sport, recreation, arts and culture (Dsrac).
Those attending attendees hope to iron out issues, address structural challenges and improve boxing development.
Dsrac MEC Fezeka Bayeni said their goal was to see a united front in promoting the sport and the province, and take boxing to another level.
“We condemn the past divisions of the fraternity. You should put the interests of the boxers first and produce great boxers or we might as well close up shop,” a stern Bayeni said.
She also said that when a bout was staged, it should encourage local economic development in that particular town.
Boxing South Africa (BSA) CEO Tsholofelo Lejaka said they should assist in facilitating the dialogue and drive the sport forward.
“We have had similar platforms in Gauteng and we’re happy that the Eastern Cape has now joined this. We want to intensify dialogue and discussions within the sector,” Lejaka said.
Speaking on an issue raised about the exploitation of boxers, Xaba Boxing Promotions’ Ayanda Matiti said it was a challenge at times to keep track of arising issues as some boxers often moved from one club to another.
The meeting also saw the announcement of the Eastern Cape Boxing Promoters’ Association provincial structure. The members are:
Thando Zonke – chairperson;
Khaya Majeke – deputy chairperson;
Bongani Zulu – secretary;
Monica Goci – vice secretary;
Sibongile Nkebe – treasurer;
Additional members include: Thobela Ngondwana, Kwezi Booi, Mlungisi Siyo, Xolani Mampunye and Thando Nqanqali.