South African sports minister Fikile Mbalula says he has not been made aware of any proposed contract extension for Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.
Reports had surfaced before the 2015 World Cup that SARU would offer Meyer another four years, but that has ruffled some feathers with many thinking that he is not the man for the job.
Meyer has been challenged on his transformation policies while losses to Argentina and Japan have also not helped his cause.
But despite all that, there remains a strong belief in rugby circles that Meyer is still being lined up for another four years.
But Mbalula knows nothing of this.
“I’ve got no report on my table saying that SARU have appointed a coach for another four years,” Mbalula said at a briefing in Johannesburg that discussed transformation in the Springbok squad.
“It is SARU that will determine whether a coach is hired or fired.
“The minister of sport does not make a decision as to who the coach must be.”
Mbalula added that whether the coach was “black, white or purple” it was his job to implement the transfer policies that SARU had agreed to enforce in their discussions with government.
SARU are set to discuss the World Cup and Meyer’s future at acouncil meeting to be conducted on December 4.
Meanwhile, The 2015 SA Sports Awards nominees have been revealed.
The 10th annual awards will be held in Free State on 22 November.
Here are the nominees:
Sportsman of the Year:
Greg Minnaar, Chad le Clos, Wayde van Niekerk
Sportswoman of the Year:
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Shabnim Ismail, Bridgitte Hartley
Sportsman of the Year with Disability:
Lucas Sithole, Ernst van Dyk, Pieter du Preez
Sportswoman of the Year with Disability:
Kgothatso Montjane, Ilse Hayes, Peggy de Villiers
Team of the Year:
SA Proteas, Lightweight women’s 2X, Springbok Sevens
Newcomer of the Year:
Nokwanda Hlongwane, Jayde Andrew Julius, Kagiso Rabada
Coach of the Year:
Holger Losch, Geoffrey Toyana, Roger Barrow, Graham Hill
Administrator of the Year:
Virginia Mabaso, Karen Losch, Tim Cornish
Volunteer of the Year:
Zelda Hansen, Nkosinathi Ngubane, Jeremy Campbell
Indigenous Games Star of the Year:
Limpopo Drie Stokkies Males Team, Western Cape Iintonga Team, KZN Dibeke Team
Federation of the Year:
Roller Sport, Cycling, Basketball
Recreation Body of the Year:
Isqal-Waves 4 Change, Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy, Indigo Skate Camp
Photographer of the Year:
Gavin Barker, Veli Nhlapo, Motswari Mofokeng
Sport Journalist of the Year:
Bareng-Batho Kortjaas, Daniel Mothowagae, Mbali Mokoko
School Team of the Year:
Oakdale Agricultural High School, St John’s College, Hoërskool Waterkloof
Developing School Team of the Year:
Iqhayiya Secondary School, Montshiwa Primary School, Phayizani High School