Due to the current economic climate and limited funding and as part of our cost cutting and financial management discipline Cycling South Africa has instituted a few very important measures. One of these is the requirement for national team riders to fund their own travel and subsistence to international events – self-funded trips.
For a long period Cycling South Africa has tried to absorb as much of these costs for national teams, but we have reached the stage where this is no longer possible. This self-funded decision (along with the other cost-cutting measures) was not taken lightly.
We appeal to our Provincial and Regional affiliates to please assist riders with applications for funding at the local provincial and regional levels.
Available funding sources:
- Provincial Sports Departments
- Provincial Sports Confederations
- Regional Sports Councils
- Regional Sports Departments
- Municipal Sports Departments
- National Lotteries Commission
Provinces, regions and clubs are urged to make application for rider assistance to these entities.
With the self-funded option the same selection criteria will prevail – riders will be selected on merit and not on favourable economic circumstances. Once selected, the rider must make an effort to raise the necessary funding via the above channels through his/her club, region and province.
Although self-funded, all travel arrangements are still to be co-ordinated via the Cycling South Africa office and the respective discipline Directors.
Our situation is by no means unique with many other National Federations in a similar situation as was shared at the recent SASCOC General meeting I attended last month.
The work continues within Cycling South Africa to attract funding into the organisation with many income generating solutions being pursued along with ongoing discussions with potential partners.
The cyclists remain Cycling South Africa’s number one priority and we assure you of our continued support.