The International SETE Convention held at Durban’s ICC in September 2012, was hugely successful in showcasing South Africa’s abundance of offerings for international Sport and Tourism events. The Convention also successfully brought different countries together to share their expertise and experience with South Africans and each other.

CDII (Community Development Initiatives International) was pleased to have been involved, in a small way, with recommending Invited Guests to SETE 2012. Visitors from Brazil, India, France, America and Jamaica all left Durban and South Africa with fond memories and a desire to work with South Africans to encourage international relationships and business opportunities.

The SETE Convention has been a catalyst for international exchange programmes and for relationships across countries. CDII wishes to share some of the developments arising from the SETE 2012 Convention with which it has been directly involved.

After SETE 2012, and facilitated by CDII, Marva Bernard, President of Netball Jamaica, and Donovan Vincent, Coach of Jamaica’s Young Umpire Programme were hosted by Protea’s Netball Coach, Elize Kotze, at her Netball Camp outside Pretoria. They were also hosted by Gauteng North Netball and Protea Team Manager, Claudine Claassen, in Eersterust. This has led to a closer relationship between the South African and Jamaican Netball Associations which are ranked 6th and 3rd in the world rankings respectively.

The Jamaican Visitors, including Dr. Colin Gyles, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Sport at Jamaica’s University of Technology, Jason Henzel, Chairman of BREDS Foundation and Tony Davis of the Treasure Beach Sports Park, have each promoted South Africa in different ways. South Africans have been invited to participate in the Jamaica Soccer Cup and in Cricket exchange programmes. Also, Jamaica Netball has invited South African young Netball enthusiasts to attend a Young Umpires Training Camp in Jamaica.

Facilitated by the South African High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Mathu Joyini, the University of Pretoria and the University of Technology (Jamaica) have exchanged visits during 2012/13 aimed at encouraging exchange student programmes between the countries. A Jamaican student registered at UP in 2012 as part of this Programme. This Programme was supported and encouraged by CDII and the Jamaican visitors to SETE 2012.

During their visit to South Africa, the Jamaican visitors were invited as special Guests to the launch of the Totiusdal Primary School’s Legacy 2 Generations Sport Community Development Project. This event was also attended by Jamaica’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Her Excellency Norma Taylor-Roberts, members of the South African Protea Netball team and Miss South Africa, Melinda Bam, who charmed SETE delegates at the SETE Dinner to honour South Africa’s Olympic Team in September 2012.

CDII has arranged for internationally acknowledged Motivational Speaker, Billy Selekane, to visit Jamaica, at his own cost, in July 2013 to support Jamaica Netball’s efforts to raise funding for youth netball development programmes. South Africa’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Mathu Joyini, will receive Billy Selekane and support his various Speaking engagements in Jamaica.

As a result of the relationships forged with the Jamaican visitors to SETE, CDII was able to obtain a special Message of Goodwill from Jamaica’s Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt. The message was addressed to the Youth of South Africa at a special World AIDS Awareness Day & Netball Skills Development Programme held in Cullinan on 1st December 2012. The Event was sponsored by Cullinan Diamond Mine and CDII and was supported by Gauteng North Netball led by Claudine Claassen.

Lisa Bradshaw of Challenge-Activ in France attended SETE 2013, and actively encourages sport and cultural ties between France and South Africa. With Lisa Bradshaws’ support, CDII has nominated two South African cultural acts to participate in the ‘France South Africa Seasons Exchange 2013’. If approved, these actors, dancers and musicians will travel to France to showcase their talent as part of the France – South African arts and culture exchange programme. This was made possible because of relationships developed at SETE 2012.

Visitors from Brazil at SETE 2012, representing Soccer League heroes, Palmeiras, presented SASCOC Chairman, Gideon Sam, with a signed Palmeiras soccer jersey. The Palmeiras Club hosted two young South African soccer players in 2010/11, one of whom returned for further soccer development clinics at Palmeiras in December 2012.

The Palmeiras Club has strengthened its relationship with KZN’s BRAZA Soccer Academy and, with the required funding, wish to return to South Africa to coach young South African soccer players.

The Palmeiras Soccer Club has invited CDII and Thebe to present Palmeiras soccer jerseys to South Africa’s Minister of Sport and Durban’s Mayor during SETE 2013.

The President of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT), Louis D’Amore, attended SETE 2012 from America. During his visit to South Africa, the IIPT President canvassed opportunities for holding an IIPT Conference in South Africa. The IIPT has shown a keen interest in CDII’s activities in South Africa. The SETE Convention was referenced in IIPT’s international newsletters which have a wide international audience amongst Tourism authorities and organizations, including the World Travel Organization.

Jay Shah of The Sports Gurukul in Mumbai, India, visited SETE in 2011 and in 2012. His visits have cemented relationships with sports academies in South Africa and concerted efforts are being made to arrange sport exchange programmes for young sports talent from India and South Africa.

CDII thanks SETE for the opportunities to develop international associations and links aimed at encouraging visits to – and investment in – South Africa by sportspeople and tourists from other countries.

To the organizers and sponsors of SETE 2012, we say a huge thank you and we look forward to an equally interesting and rewarding Convention in 2013.

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