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SARFU to thrash out anti-racism policy
May 30, 2000

The South African Rugby Football Union(SARFU) has called together its top 260 administrators to thrash out an anti racism policy in the sport.

Minister of sport Ngconde Balfour and SARFU president Silas Nkanunu addressed the opening session of a two-day meeting which began in Midrand on Tuesday.

"We are looking at racism in general in South African society to identify how it has an impact on rugby," said SARFU communications general manager Anthony Mackaiser.

"We have a responsibility in rugby to highlight issues among stakeholders and if we find racism to find ways to root it out."

The presidents and chief executives as well as schools administrators from SARFU's 14 largely white-led provinces are attending the conference.

The conference will be addressed on issues of racism in society and the media by black and white academics as well as politicians and media professionals.

"We want to sensitise people to the issue of racism," said Mackaiser. "We want to make people aware that they may do things that they do not consider discriminatory but are actually racist.

"This conference was one of the 30 or so recommendations that came out of an audit we did of our development programme.

"It's basically the rugby community in South Africa working together to discuss the issues, find any problems and discuss the solutions."

A declaration on anti-racism within rugby is to be issued at the end of the conference.

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