Council hikes affiliation fee, increases subvention
Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has hiked affiliation fee for associations under its wing from K50,000 to K150,000 representing 200 percent increase.
Council has also increased the minimum annual subvention from K500,000 to K5 million, representing a 900 percent hike.
The institution’s board chairperson Sunduzwayo Madise announced this during a consultative meeting with over 30 sports associations at Malawi Sun Hotel in Blantyre on Saturday.
“As you have heard, only about 20 of the associations paid. At K50,000, associations could get K500,000 minimum allocation. Now, at K150,000, they can access a minimum of K5 million. If they cannot raise a small amount of money, can they be in a position to implement programmes?” he asked.
Meanwhile, Madise has described the meeting as fruitful, as associations voiced their concerns and also showed their commitment to implement sports guidelines which target term limits, tenure of office and academic qualifications for various posts.
“We wanted to find out the progress on the implementation of the guidelines. As such, the first thing we have noted is that we have been surprised because the impression that was created was that the associations were against the guidelines and associations are not implementing the guidelines, but what we have learnt today is that the associations are implementing the guidelines. They do have challenges, but they are implementing them,” he said.
Malawi Wrestling Association General Secretary Maggie Chikuni said they had adopted and started implementing the guidelines.
“The only concern is the affiliation fee. It is on the higher side. Otherwise, we already paid K50,000,” he said.
Netball Association of Malawi Vice President Chimwemwe Bakali said they will adopt the guidelines but will refer the issue to their affiliates.
“We, as Nam, are geared to implement the guidelines but what is important is to refer the issue to the affiliates to map the way forward,” he said.
Council introduced the guidelines in September last year.