Sports development

As South Africa experienced first-hand during the 1995 Rugby World Cup and 2010 Soccer World Cup, sport is a powerful tool for uniting people from all walks of life. Through its universal language, it has the ability to transcend differences and promote equality. However, participation in formal and professional sport in South Africa can be expensive. Government and the private sector must continue to find ways to help create inclusive sporting opportunities for talented youth.

Overview of CSI

Sports development was supported by 31% of companies and received 3% of CSI expenditure in 2016.


Guidelines for effective funding

  • It is more prudent to select and focus on one sporting code, rather than to span several
  • Grantmakers can collaborate with sporting federations to meet the needs of specific regions, particular sporting codes, or smaller sporting unions.
  • In recent years, there has been an increase in sports development programmes that also aim to impart life skills, raise HIV awareness and/or combat gender violence through specialised curricula. For many funders, sports development is one of several focus areas, and these types of programmes can complement initiatives in sectors such as education, health and community development. It is preferable to support programmes that have an evidence-based approach.
  • Sports programmes may involve the training of young people as coaches. Some funders have linked graduates of these programmes with other youth development or employment initiatives – either their own or those of other organisations – with good effect.

Big picture figures

  • The budget of the national Department of Sport and Recreation increased by 5%, from R979.4 million in 2015/16 to R1.028 billion for 2016/17.
  • Statistics from the National Education Infrastructure Management System found that 42% of schools had sports facilities in 2015 and 2016.
  • Also, in both years, Gauteng and the Western Cape consistently had the least number of schools without sports facilities (less than 25%) while the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal consistently had the most schools without sports facilities, at over 50%.