- The Board, led by President Adam Mthethwa, met the Minister
- The courtesy call marked the first official meeting between the Minister and the newly elected Board
Mbabane: The newly elected Eswatini Olympic and Commonwealth Games (EOCGA) Board of Directors paid a courtesy call to the Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Harries ‘Madze’ Bulunga on Thursday April 15, 2021.
The Board, led by President Adam Mthethwa, met the Minister in the company of Principal Secretary Prince Mlayeto, Under Secretary Nhlanhla Motsa, Director of Sports Lucky Sihlongonyane as well as Eswatini Sports and Recreation Council (ESRC) CEO Darius Dlomo. The meeting took place at the Ministry’s offices.
The new Board was elected on March 7 during a virtual general assembly. The new Board comprises of Mthethwa, Vice President Maxwell Jele, Treasurer Zakhele Zulu and members, Victor ‘Mavikane’ Dlamini, Pearl Dlamini, Muriel Hofer, Nhlanhla Maphanga and Lee-Ann Young. EOCGA had its zoom handover meeting on March 17, 2021.
The courtesy call marked the first official meeting between Hon. Bulunga and the newly elected Board and was aimed at underlining the commitment from both partners towards achieving the mutually shared aspiration of a developed sporting sector in Eswatini.
Among the issues discussed were ways in which collaboration can be strengthened in issues of mutual interest including high performance and anti-doping education as well as the upcoming Olympic Games amongst others.
Minister Bulunga commended the affiliates for electing a Board that is highly representative of the wider sport movement and most importantly, for electing a considerable number of two (2) women into the Board.
He said as Government, they continue to strongly advocate for the incusing of women in leadership positions. “EOCGA is one of our Ministry’s biggest partners in terms of sport development and indeed high performance. Moreover, the values of Olympism: excellence, friendship and respect are perfectly aligned with how we view sport as a Ministry thus this meeting has been critical in underlining our own commitment to working together with EOCGA to achieve our shared goals,” said Bulunga.
EOCGA President Adam Mthethwa said they were honoured to have met the Minister today (Thursday). “We believe meeting the Minister is a good start for us as a new Board.”
Mthethwa said they were encouraged by the issues touched by the Minister when addressing the meeting especially on issues of the Cooperation Agreement that governs their relationship with the Eswatini Sports and Recreational Council (ESRC).
He added that the existence of the Board was for the benefit of athletes and there was a need to empower their respective associations to achieve shared goals.