“Suspension of inter-school participation remains suspended,” said Busisiwe Jemsana-Mantashe, spokesperson for the MEC of sport, recreation, arts and culture in the Eastern Cape.
“The critical issue for a smooth transition is that the school sport associations are supported to co-ordinate the registration of schools and learners for the annual sports programmes, prepare to develop adjusted leagues and fixtures to be ready once inter-school participation is allowed.
“DSRAC’s annual performance plan will focus on support to structures, facilitate capacity building programmes, provide sports equipment and attire and co-ordinate the participation of Eastern Cape in provincial and national schools’ championships,” Jemsana-Mantashe said.
East London’s Hudson Park High has welcomed the measures of school sports returning, but is still slightly disappointed.
“We are tentatively excited and a little bit apprehensive, seeing that the government has the final say on the reintroduction of contact sport for school pupils,” the school’s director of sport James Winstanley said.
“What we have is a situation where kids are excited and hopeful of sports but within that, there could be false hope.
“We are nervous because we may have a situation where it may not happen. With that said, they should be allowed to play.”