WHAT DOES SAKA DO FOR YOU?
SAKA achieved (amongst other things) the following:
- A relationship with DCAS and SASCOC. This relationship is of enormous value, because DCAS and SASCOC is the body that government uses as a gauge for high level success in sport.
- A relationship with the National Department of Sport. This was cemented by South African Sailing presenting and implementing the Long Term Participation Development Programme. South African Sailing was the first national authority to do this, and the authorities were left with the impression that this was a serious sporting code that could be relied on to meets its obligations.
- A relationship with regulatory authorities like SAMSA. Again, an initiative which was much maligned, but the fact is that the implementation has given South African Sailing an enhanced reputation of being a really responsible National Sports Body.
- A relationship with the Department of Water Affairs, especially with regard to access to inland sailing waters in terms of Resource Development Plans.
- A relationship with WS/IKA, especially as regards the development of sailing and the development of an African Sailing Federation.
- Helping in keep our beaches open and safe for kiteboarders (Liason with local Councils and SANPARKS regarding keeping Kiteboarding safe at your beach)
- Helping to nominate a team to endorse and represent South Africa at international levels
- Nominate members for regional as well as national kiteboarding colors
- Help create training facilities for South African instructors (Implement a South African teaching standard and system)
- Offer clinics to train up underprivileged kids to kite board and be part of our SAVE project
- 3rd Party Liability Insurance Cover for Kiteboarders, Instructors and Schools within South Africa
- SAKA is dedicated to promoting safety and enjoyment of the sport whilst encourage growth in the competitive realm.
- To establish South Africa as a premier kiteboarding destination.
- To grow awareness about the sport in the local community at large
- Provincial colours for Kitesurfing were awarded since 2014 season to 23 of our achievers.
- Very successful championship events were held under the direct management of SAKA. These efforts resulted in over 70 competitors entering the event – the largest field for any kitesurfing(freestyle/wave) event ever in South Africa
- Increased membership of SAKA – total membership database now exceeds 500
- Support from kitesurfing / industry brands in the form of sponsorship and prizes
- Youth Olympics – SAKA kiteboarder going to 2018 Olympics
- SAKA represented kiters at the Witsand SANPARKS debate and at Stilbay also Langebaan.
So, let us examine the example of a kite boarder that practices his sport off the beach in Milnerton. He enjoys no permanence of access to the water. He is under the scrutiny of officials who do not understand his sport, and are fearful of some undisclosed level of liability that can be imputed on them. Not a happy situation at all. Driven by SAKA, an association is established between the Kite Boarding community and SAS. Suddenly, Kite Boarders enjoy the respectability that comes with the association with SAS, and their relationship with the authorities undergoes a metamorphosis, which includes the provision of upgraded beach premises to use as operational headquarters.
The answer to the question “what does SAKA do for me?” can be couched in terms of access to the rules of sailing, or in terms association with WS/IKA. But the biggest benefit of an association with South African Sailing, is that it gives you a level of respectability by association, that makes it possible for you to properly negotiate what you need, to practice or to support the sport that you love.
The fact is that the bigger the membership of South African Sailing, the greater the clout that SAKA has, and the greater the value to be found in your membership. The more you understand the value to be found in your membership, the more you will encourage others to be part of the growth.
If kiteboarding as a sport is going to grow, then we, as the current incumbents, must become the people that other people want to mix with.
In conclusion, I believe that the question “what does SAKA do for me?” is answered in terms of the credibility that the association gives to all members, and I believe that huge value lies the benefits that accrue from that credibility.