BNSC bemoans stadiums burden

Neo Masanako BG correspondent
Thursday, 22 November 2018
BIG BURDEN…BNSC Chairperson Solly Reikeletseng BIG BURDEN…BNSC Chairperson Solly Reikeletseng

The Chairman of Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) Solly Reikeletseng says that the time has come for BNSC to consider returning management of stadiums to government.Addressing National Sport Associations (NSA) at the BNSC Annual General Meeting (AGM) this week in Gaborone, Reikeletseng revealed that the management and maintenance of the stadia has depleted the BNSC resources.

He said the expenditure of the stadia goes up to 8 million on an annual basis, however they are granted only half of the amount to do the job.Reikeletseng added that sport funding is always not enough and now is their responsibility to explore other options to ensure that they do as much with what they have.

Meanwhile, ahead of the Region 5 Youth Games Gaborone 2018 scheduled for next month, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) General Manager, Steve Bothasitse informed BG Sport recently that they will spend about P1, 8 million resurfacing the track at the facilities. The stadiums maintenance is currently ongoing as the games fast approach.

For his part, Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) president Joshua Gaothobogwe said that supporters tend to relieve themselves on the stands during premier league games. “It is an unhealthy site that side and if only measures can be reinforced such would not happen,” Gaotlhobogwe said.

The BISA president noted that BNSC has to hold accountable all and reinforce security measures so that they can be on high alert of those that vandalize the stadia.  In other matters, BNSC recorded a healthy financial bill with the independent auditor’s report, suggesting that the annual financial statements gave a true and fair view of the financial position of the BNSC.

The report also suggests that the commission has kept proper books of account from their own examination. Also the commission’s statement of financial position, profit and loss is in agreement with the books of account.

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