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Could sports be the panacea to South Africa’s social cohesion ills?

Could sports be the Panacea to South Africa’s Social Cohesion Ills?
Author: Thando W. Dlmini, BA
Copyrights: Photo by Benny Jackson on Unsplash

Could sports be the panacea to South Africa’s social cohesion ills?

We explore the potential role of sports and social cohesion in addressing the prevalent and persistent social divisions in South Africa.

Twenty-five years into democracy, South Africa still remains one of the most divided nations in the world. While most South Africans agree that the creation of a united, reconciled nation remains a worthy objective to pursue, the country is still afflicted by its historical divisions. South African history has proven time and again that sports have a vital role to play in promoting a cohesive South Africa. Sports and Exercise Dev SA decided to investigate this question further.

In summary

We highlighted the potential role that sports can play in promoting social cohesion to introduce this concept in a broad sense as most people are new to it. We then researched the potential causes of social division in South Africa in order to apply the concept of sports and social cohesion to the South African context specifically. This then enabled us to investigate if sports could be the pill to South Africa’s social cohesion ills. With that, we were able to come up with a list of key areas of social cohesion in South Africa that sports and can contribute to.