South African Rugby
Springbok is here to stay
November 18, 2008
The combined Springbok and King Protea logo that has been used on this month's tour of the UK © Getty Images
South Africa's world champions will be allowed to continue to use the Springbok emblem for the foreseeable future despite claims it is divisive.
The country's Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins and his deputy Mark Alexander agreed to keep the Springbok at a meeting in Cape Town today.
"We enjoyed a very positive meeting with the sports minister in which issues of mutual interest were discussed," Hoskins reported. "He explained that legislation requiring the national emblem to be worn on the left-hand side of the jersey of national sports federations will be promulgated by the end of this year.
"We informed him of the earlier decision of the President's Council to fall in line with national legislation. The minister also advised us that the commercial emblem of national sporting federations - in rugby's case the Springbok - can be utilised as federations deem fit, so long as that use does not compromise the national emblem."
Hoskins will brief the SARU President's Council of the meeting at an extraordinary council meeting in Cape Town on December 1.