Thursday’s press briefing by Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma offered some hope to local golfers, writes WADE PRETORIUS.
The lockdown level 3 regulations though will still need further clarity with Dlamini-Zuma’s ambigious statement and accompanying slides used in her presentation clouding the issue.
While government will allow ‘non contact sport matches without spectators’, the slide made specific reference to professional athletes of non-contact sporting codes.
So … “non contact sport matches without spectators” allowed.
And the slide says …
— Wade Pretorius (@wadepretorius) May 28, 2020
Leaked regulations circulating online also appear to suggest that level 3 will allow certain facilities to open ‘for training of professional athletes and pro non-contact sport matches’.
That leaves all eyes on Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa, who is likely to address the issue on Friday at 10:00am, when he elaborates on the regulations laid out by Dlamini-Zuma. *this has been moved to Saturday …
Meanwhile, golf in South Africa received a significant boost when the European Tour confirmed the Nedbank Golf Challenge’s place on the 2020 golf calender.
One of the country’s most iconic events returns to its old date of 3-6 December at the Gary Player Country Club.