This follows recent media articles, and social media posts alleging that promoters have smoked a “peace pipe” with Bot50 Board. Below are events leading to the sudden social media blackout by promoters:
Letters were written to various relevant authorities seeking intervention since the Minister of Youth Sport and Culture Hon Thapelo Olopeng, and the Bot50 Coordinator Mrs. Charity Kgotlafela were not responding to our calls. Eventually after the Public Accounts Committee instructed BOT50 Board Coordinator to give us audience, we were granted a meeting where the BOT50 coordinator Mrs. Charity Kgotlafela promised the BEPA Task Force Team that; There was a misunderstanding from their office regarding our requests to meet and that our meeting had brought clarifications that our intentions were good and she was happy to start working with promoters on BOT50 Events going forward; and That the BEPA Task Team had to draw an activation plan of all BOT50 related events based on the calendar of events that BOT50 will immediately share with BEPA.
A week later, a second meeting was convened where the BEPA Task Team once again met with the BOT50 coordinator Mrs. Charity Kgotlafela. In that meeting, BEPA Task Team alerted Mrs. Kgotlafela that BOT50 had not yet shared the promised schedule of events, and she promised that the schedule will be shared later that day. When BEPA Task Team asked for a letter or Memorandum of Understanding to show commitment to agreements between the two parties, Mrs. Kgotlafela responded by saying that due to time constraints an MOU cannot be drawn; thus minutes of our meetings were sufficient to act as proof of our agreement.
We wish to clarify that we have not reached any conclusion with BOT50 neither have we been given any job to work on. In the current state we are still awaiting the calendar of events from BOT50 to enable us to gauge if we can work on it. To date we are being sent from pillar to post when we request for it. In conclusion, should there be any developments we will communicate.
Ms. Zenzele Hirschfeld