SASCOC president Gideon Sam, said : 'The issue of travel is always a vital part of our planning and strategy here at SASCOC.
SASCOC Acting CEO, Vinesh Maharaj, added : 'We once again express our sincere gratitude to S for their magnanimous support.
SASCOC was established as a section 21-company (25) (non-profit organization).
Amongst the quite significant powers of SASCOC vis a vis national sports federations in the execution of their private governance functions in their respective sporting codes, is the power (through the organisation's National Executive Board) to inquire into the administrative and/or financial affairs of member federations and, where necessary, to recommend corrective measures in this regard (and even to make recommendations to take over the administrative and/or financial affairs of a member until such affairs are put on a satisfactory footing); as well as the power to award national colours to federations and sports persons.
In order to evaluate this process and the expected role of the new structure, it is necessary to first consider the nature of SASCOC as an entity within the regulatory system.
This raises the interesting question of the exact status and legitimacy of SASCOC, a section 21-company, within the regulatory framework of South African sport.
While SASCOC therefore appears to be founded upon the private law institutions of contract and agency (namely through the previous SASC's representation of private sports federations in establishing the company), it clearly exercises or purports to exercise (quasi) public powers and authority in fulfilling the government mandate of sports regulation.
Mention was made above of the quite extensive powers SASCOC may assume in respect of regulating sports governing bodies' and federations' control and administration of sport and of sporting competitions at the level of 'high performance sport'.
One must ask whether a body such as SASCOC can legitimately exercise regulatory powers based, apparently, only on state sanction.
It is also submitted that the very structure of internal decision-making within SASCOC and the exercise of its regulatory authority are suspect.