South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) (Afrikaans: Suid-Afrikaanse Sportkonfederasie en Olimpiese Komitee) is the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for South Africa, and the responsible body for South Africa at the Commonwealth Games. It is also responsible for high-performance sport in the country and coordinates the relationship with various international sports federations.

At the Annual General Meeting held on 9 December 2013, SASCOC decided to de-register as a non-profit company. This has created a great deal of confusion as its status as the official Sports Confederation (in terms of the Sport and Recreation Act, number 110 of 1998, as amended) and its affiliation to the IOC, ANOCA and the Commonwealth are not transferable.

There too is an Association that is attempting to trade as SASCOC. However this association is not a registered non-profit organisation and in terms of its constitution (as can be seen on its website) it cannot be adopted as such either. Thus the association is a taxable partnership in which all the ‘Board Members’ are partners and share in the profit and losses of such body.

Currently SASCOC is under investigation by the Public Protector. The National Lottery Board has initiated a forensic audit into the amounts paid across by itself to SASCOC.

The South African Olympic and Empire Games Association (SAOEGA) was the first South African NOC affiliated to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The word “Empire” was changed to “Commonwealth” (SAOCGA) when the “British Empire Games” became the “Commonwealth Games”, and “Republic” (SAORGA) when South Africa became a republic. In apartheid South Africa mixed-race competitions were banned and SOARGA’s member bodies only governed white sports. In 1966 the anti-apartheid South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SANROC; the O later standing for “Open”) replaced the SAORGA in the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA). However, the SAORGA (though not invited to the 1964 or 1968 games) remained affiliated to the IOC until 1970 and SANROC was not invited to replace it. As part of the negotiated ending of apartheid, the Interim National Olympic Committee of South Africa (INOCSA) was formed by SAORGA and SANROC in 1991 as their respective member bodies merged into single mutiracial governing organisations. INOCSA joined the IOC as the National Olympic Committee of South Africa (NOCSA) in time for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

SASCOC was formed following a process beginning with a task force established by Minister of Sport, Ncgonde Balfour, and chaired by the CEO of the South African Sports Commission manual meat tenderizer, Joe Phaahla. Its recommendations were given to a steering committee led by Willie Basson and with representation from all the macro sporting bodies in South Africa. The process culminated at the NOCSA annual general meeting on 27 November 2004, when NOCSA member bodies formed SASCOC, initially as a Section 21 non-profit company. The various predecessor bodies of SASCOC were dissolved during the course of 2005 and their functions, insofar as they relate to high performance sport womens football shirts, were taken over by SASCOC. All other functions which relate to mass participation in sport became the responsibility of Sport and Recreation South Africa.

SASCOC’s memorandum of association states that its main object is to promote and develop high performance sport in the Republic of South Africa as well as and to act as the controlling body for the preparation and delivery of Team South Africa at all multi-sport international games including but not limited to the Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth Games, World Games and All Africa Games.

The Executive of SASCOC comprises a President, a 1st and a 2nd Vice President, five elected members, any IOC member resident in South Africa, one member appointed by each of DISSA, SASSU and USSASA and one member representing the Athletes Commission.

At the Annual General Meeting held on 9 December 2013, SASCOC decided to de-register as a non-profit company.[citation needed] This has created a great deal of confusion as its status as the official Sports Confederation (in terms of the Sport and Recreation Act, number 110 of 1998, as amended) and its affiliation to the IOC, ANOCA and the Commonwealth are not transferable. Tagged , , ,