Fikile Mbalula, South Africa’s sports minister has banned Cricket South Africa (CSA), Rugby, Football, Netball and athletics from hosting any international matches or tournaments in the country. This report was released on April 25,2016 and which will be again reviewed in 2017. The ban comes to immediate effect as per the sources. The 2020 Under-19 cricket World Cup was scheduled to be held in South Africa besides that the country will not host any other major tournament at least 2023.
This annual transformation report on the ban was presented by eminent person’s group (EPG) with one of its members Willie Basson who is a former CSA president. He also praised CSA and the South African Rugby Union for having transformation committees in place. Transformation committees of CSA and the South African Rugby Union were praised.
All five federations agreed on various transformation targets with the government in 2015. The main goal of these rule is to get a lot of black players at school, club level, and national levels. The sports ministry also intends to agree on transformation targets with another South African sports federations like swimming, where South Africa has had success at the Olympics. Especially in Cricket and Rugby, those two sports are still generally dominated by whites despite the fact that blacks make up over 80 percent of South Africa’s population.
The ban made by the sports minister will not affect regular tournaments which will be in South Africa like Super Rugby and the four-nation Rugby Championship.