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The Business of Sports with the Minister of Sports and Recreation Nathi Mthethwa

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Attending a sporting event, watching your favourite local teams on TV or purchasing merchandise from your favourite team helps contribute to an industry worth close to R10 billion a year in South Africa.

That’s without the added advantage of tourism when fans jet in from around the world to watch their teams play. Not only is sports great for our economy but it is a great builder of social cohesion. Who can forget how we all felt last year when the Boks lifted the Webb Ellis World Cup Trophy?

Without a pipeline of future talent and successful sporting teams, the commercial value that often influences every decision in how sport is administrated, will diminish.

Join us for a frank conversation with the Minister of Sports, Art and Culture, Mr Nkosinathi Mthethwa, about his portfolio and the challenges and opportunities he foresees.

Minister of Sports, Art and Culture, Honourable Nkosinathi Mthethwa
Appointed  Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture on 30 May 2019

  • Nkosinathi Emmanuel "Nathi" Mthethwa was born on 23 January 1967, he is from Kwambonambi, KwaZulu-Natal
Current Positions

  • Mr Nkosinathi Emmanuel "Nathi" Mthethwa was the Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa from the 26 May 2014 to 25 May 2019. From 28 May 2019 now Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture.
  • He is also a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC); member of the ANC National Working Committee (NWC) and an active member of King Dingiswayo branch of the ANC in KZN.
  • He was elected as the first Branch Secretary of ANC in Klaarwater in KZN since 1990 and has been a member of Parliament from 2002.
Academic Qualifications

  • Mr Mthethwa holds a Diploma in Community Development from the University of Natal;
  • Certificate in Mining Engineering from the University of Johannesburg; and
  • Certificate in Communications and Leadership from Rhodes University.
Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

  • He has been a member of the Klaarwater Youth Organisation from the age of 15 in KZN between 1982 and 1983, and as a Chairperson of the Klaarwater Youth Organisation from 1987 to 1989.
  • He has also served as a Shopsteward of Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) where he was recruited into the underground work of the ANC as part of Operation Vula between 1988 and 1989. He was arrested during Apartheid Regime's state of emergency in 1989, and later elected as Secretary of the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO) in Southern Natal and as a Chairperson of the Southern Natal Unemployed Workers Union, an initiative of Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) between 1989 and 1990 respectively.
  • He became Regional Secretary of the Southern Natal African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) from 1990 to 1992, and he was elected to the NEC of the ANCYL and served in its NWC as Secretary for the organisation from 1994 to 2001. Later in that year, he was deployed into the ANC National Organising team during the period 2001 to 2002.
  • As a member of Parliament Mr Mthethwa had served as a Chairperson for Minerals and Energy Portfolio Committee from 2004 to 2008, and as Chief Whip of the ANC in 2008. He also served on the Board of Directors of 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organisation Committee.
  • Prior to his appointment as Minister of Police; Mr Mthethwa was the Minister of Safety and Security of the Republic of South Africa from 25 September 2008 to 10 May 2009. Mr Mthethwa was the Minister of Police of the Republic of South Africa since 11 May 2009 till 25 May 2014.
Additional Info:

  • Registration: 17:45
  • Starts: 18:00
  • Ends: 19:30
A light supper will be served after the event.

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