Thursday, August 20, 2020

Camping Cricketing Combo Catches Covid, chaotic collapse continues

Cricket South Africa has confirmed that there were two confirmed Coronavirus cases in the squad which went on camp this week. The camp, which was designed to foster a culture of unity as well as mapping a way forward for the national team is being held at the Kruger National Park.

CSA had tested 50 players and official prior to the camp, which started on Tuesday. and have confirmed that there were two cases amongst the camping party. CSA declined to name the pair.

"There were no replacements made for the two players who tested positive. All those unable to attend the camp will join the proceedings virtually,” CSA said in a statement on Thursday.

This news comes hot on the heels of a rather forgettable last 18 months for CSA which has seen its board for all intents and purposes dissolved before our eyes, seen them lose eight of their last nine Tests, and an even more calamitous past four weeks, which has seen the a racial scandal rock South African cricket. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Curious Case of Beresford Williams

Newlands Cricket Stadium is set to upgrade their offices from next year in an attempt to become debt-free by 2021. Why is this important? Because in order to reach this level of financial prosperity Western Province Cricket Association had to go cap in hand to Cricket South Africa's offices to ask them to help fund this venture. Fortunately for the Cobras, their president, Beresford Williams was also the Vice-President of CSA. This potential conflict of interest was flagged as an actual conflict of interest by former CSA board member, Jack Madiseng in an email to former CSA President Chris Nenzani and Williams. 

Here's an excerpt from the email; 

“At the time of the proposal for CSA to partner with Western Province, CSA Fincomm comprised of the now vice-president, treasurer and the president of Boland [Williams] (which also sits on the Cobras Board, which is made up of Western Cape, Boland and South Western Districts),” Madiseng said in his submissions to the forensic investigators on May 25.

“The partnership proposal (CSA and Western Cape) was pushed/driven by the CSA vice-president and the treasurer of the board, which in my humble opinion were conflicted due to the following: At the time of the proposal, the vice-president (Williams) was president of the WCA but sat in all meetings (board and CSA finance sub-committee) relating to the subject.

“He only recused himself at our recent board meeting at OR Tambo [airport]. Maybe the conflict has been declared according to clause 13 of our board charter and recorded in our minutes. This can only be proven by records in our minutes.”

It is interesting that despite that apparent conflict of interest, and various other complaints which led to the South African Cricketers Association requesting that the entire board as presently constituted step down, CSA have promoted a president from within. Even Madiseng, himself a board member at the time found it ludicrous that the CSA leadership brass was trying to suggest that all of the ills in CSA could be laid at the feet of Thabang Moroe, with Madiseng saying it would be better if the entire board - which includes the Vice President - were to be dissolved. 

"At the present moment, the people who should be fired should be the board or the president and the vice-president for poor/lack of leadership and lacklustre decision-making,” Madiseng wrote.

“Your non-visibility gave the media and the public a perception that the CEO unilaterally makes all the decisions, which is not true. We all know the CEO can't act without the mandate from both of you.

“Based on the above statement/challenges, who do we hold accountable for such own goals? In my humble opinion, I hold ourselves (the board) accountable, and not the CEO and his executive team,” said Madiseng.

“If someone had to be fired/dismissed, in all honesty, the 'entire board' should be fired/dissolved for 'rubbishing' the CSA's brand."

It is therefore quite interesting, and almost unbelievable, that of all the people who were involved in that potentially messy affair, as well as just the disastrous running of CSA in general for the last year and a half, Beresford Williams is the last man standing. More than that, he has ended up the President. 

Oh what tangled webs we weave

Kugandrie Govender named CEO of CSA

Cricket South Africa have named Kugandrie Govender as the acting Chief Executive. This hire came on the back of previous CEO, Jacques Faul's abrupt resignation. 

Statement by CSA

“We are pleased to announce Kugandrie Govender’s appointment as Acting Chief Executive of CSA. She is a multifaceted executive leader with more than 23 years’ experience in the corporate sector and currently holding the position of Chief Commercial Officer at Cricket South Africa,” said Acting President of CSA’s Board of Directors, Mr. Beresford Williams.

Acting President of CSA’s Board, said: “We believe that Kugandrie is the right person to drive the organization forward during this period. Her experience has more than prepared her to fulfill this role with excellence, we are confident that she will propel the many strategic initiatives that CSA undertakes, to inspire and unify our stakeholders, partners, and employees, to continue the work of building the reputation of Cricket and more importantly Cricket South Africa, so as to contribute to its sporting competitiveness.”

“CSA’s mandate is to ensure that cricket is an inclusive sporting code for all South Africans.  It is important to improve our reputation both locally and internationally. This is a critical time for our organisation and crucial for key stakeholders to work together to improve the rating of cricket among those who love, support, and follow the sport and those who have trust in the sport’s ability to unify all South Africans. We will work hard to improve the levels of pride amongst our stakeholders and I am humbled to be a part of the collective that commits itself to ensure that CSA is a federation of which South Africans are proud,” said Kugandrie Govender.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Beresford Williams named President of CSA

Beresford Williams has been named the acting president of Cricket South Africa (CSA) until the 5th of September. Williams, who was embroiled in scandal himself over the handling of the Newlands Cricket Ground upgrade, had been the incumbent President of Western Province Cricket, as well as the Vice-President of CSA.

"The Board of Cricket South Africa (CSA) notes that following the resignation of the President of the Board of Cricket South Africa, the Members’ Council has announced that Beresford Williams will fill the role of acting President until the AGM set for the 5th of September 2020.

Further, the Board advises that Acting CEO, Dr Jacques Faul, has decided to end his secondment with immediate effect, which secondment was due to terminate on the 15 of September 2020.

Dr Faul has put in place a detail transitional plan that will ensure the organisation makes a seamless transition to a new Acting CEO, that the Board will advise on shortly. The Board is for ever grateful for the outstanding commitment and leadership that Dr Faul has made and continues to make to CSA and the game of cricket"

Monday, August 17, 2020

Chris Nenzani resigns as president of Cricket South Africa

President of Cricket South Africa, Chris Nenzani has resigned from his post, according to a press release from CSA. 

"Chris Nenzani has resigned as the President of the Members Council and the Chairman of the board of directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA) with effect from the 15th of August 2020.

Mr. Nenzani led Cricket South Africa with dedication and astutely since 2013. Mr. Nenzani has provided valuable leadership, insight, assistance and direction in advancing the game of cricket with a focus on achieving transformation and access for the majority of the South African population.

On behalf of Cricket South Africa’s Members Council and the board of directors we thank Mr. Nenzani for his contributions to Cricket South Africa and for being a loyal servant to the game of cricket for over 20 years. We wish him well in his future endeavours, and we are sure that he will continue to contribute to the game of cricket.

The Members Council notes that in terms of the Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) the Vice President, Mr. Beresford Williams will act as President of the Members Council until the appointment of a new President at the AGM scheduled for the 5th of September 2020.

All members of staff are urged to continue with their commitment and dedication in advancing the game of cricket."

Sunday, August 16, 2020

South African men's team to go on a culture camp

 The South African men's cricket team is set to go on a culture camp this week. The camp, which  is to be held at the Kruger National Park, is being held with the aim of facilitating engagement on team elements that require attention. The touring part consists of mostly Proteas, with only four uncapped players set to attend. Faf du Plessis has been excused from the camp to attend the birth of his second child, while Theunis de Bruyn has been excused to attend to a family matter.

The attendees for the camp are: 

Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Anrich Nortje, Beuran Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin, Daryn Dupavillon, David Miller, Dean Elgar, Dwaine Pretorius, George Linde, Glenton Stuurman, Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, Jon-Jon Smuts, Junior Dala, Kagiso Rabada, Keegan Petersen, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Verryenne, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Pieter Malan, Pite Van Biljon, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks, Rudi Second, Senuran Muthusamy, Sisanda Magala, Tabraiz Shamsi, Temba Bavuma, Zubayr Hamza.

To the couch for Bouch

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