Volleyball South Africa

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Volleyball South Africa
Sport Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball
Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball
Jurisdiction South Africa
Abbreviation VSA
Founded 1992 (1992)
Affiliation FIVB
Affiliation date 1992 (1992)
Headquarters Johannesburg
Location  South Africa
President Anthony Mokoena
Official website
South Africa

Volleyball South Africa (VSA) is the governing body for volleyball in South Africa and is responsible for the administration of the South African national volleyball teams (both men's and women's). VSA has been an affiliate of FIVB and CAVB since 1992. Its offices are located in Johannesburg, and its president is Anthony Mokoena.[1] The organization holds its presidential elections every 4 years; the next election is set to occur in 2020.

VSA's goal is to be a leader in encouraging the growth of volleyball throughout South Africa. Its values include honesty, integrity, accountability, excellence, and leadership. [2]


In 1992, it was decided that a single governing body was needed to regulate volleyball in South Africa. VSA was the first national volleyball federation in South Africa to include members of all races.[2] It was a merge of the separate white and black controlled leagues that had been split due to the Apartheid, the racist regime that existed in South Africa between the late 1940s to the early 1990s.

The previous division in sport based on race resulted in the existence of two separate bodies, each believing that they were the primary organization responsible for developing the game of volleyball in South Africa. The white athletes were playing for the South African Volleyball Union (SAVU), while the Amateur Volleyball Association of South Africa (AVASA) represented people of color.[2] AVASA had significant ties to the Black Consciousness Movement, which encouraged solidarity between the races, which led many to believe they would be open to forming a unitary organization.[2] This turned out to be incorrect, as AVASA refused to merge their teams with those of white South Africans.

In 1990, a group of administrators broke away from the AVASA to form the South African Volleyball Congress (SAVCON) which championed the desegregation of volleyball and began negotiations between the two entities. These actions were recognized by the National Sports Congress, who were responsible for encouraging unification amongst segregated athletic teams across South Africa [3]. With the encouragement of SAVCON and the National Sports Congress, the AVASA and SAVU began the negotiation process necessary to forming a desegregated national volleyball federation. [2] On February 11th, 1992, Volleyball South Africa was created to be the unified national volleyball federation of South Africa.

VSA has been recognised by FIVB from 1992 and is a member of CAVB, the African Volleyball Confederation.[4]

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  1. ^ FIVB National Federation – RSA Volleyball South Africa (VSA), fivb.org, accessed 16 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "About Volleyball South Africa". Volleyball South Africa. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  3. ^ kyle (2016-02-22). "National Sports Congress looks at mass-based future". South African History Online. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  4. ^ "CAVB", cavb.org, accessed 16 September 2017.

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