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    BREAKING NEWS: South Africa government suspends CSA, takes control of cricket in the country.

    What a mess.



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    Every time I've read world cricket news over the last year, there's always been some blowup in South Africa.

    The administration appears a shambles with corruption, regular sackings and resignations, and a poor relationship with the Players Association.

    They've lost sponsors and now CSA have lost control of cricket.

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    New Zimbabwe in the making.

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    Could this lead to ICC taking action against South Africa for government interference ?

    They suspended Zimbabwe for govt interference last year so there ought not to be any double standard.

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    And these people want the Big3 to give them more money.

    Now WI and SL have company.

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    good time for SA cricketers to move to England or Australia.


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    What's going on?

    Will South Africa get banned?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Every time I've read world cricket news over the last year, there's always been some blowup in South Africa.

    The administration appears a shambles with corruption, regular sackings and resignations, and a poor relationship with the Players Association.

    They've lost sponsors and now CSA have lost control of cricket.
    Thats what they call transformation.

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    This makes me sad. Hope they sort out their problems soon.

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    End of SA cricket.

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    More issues than Pakistan cricket. Surprising!

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    That's the end of SA. Thank you for all the beautiful memories.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    BREAKING NEWS: South Africa government suspends CSA, takes control of cricket in the country.

    What a mess.
    People laugh at FIFA, but in football:

    1. South Africa would now be banned for ceasing to be independent of government interference.
    2. India would also be banned for refusing to play Pakistan on government orders.

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    Congrats to the British posters.

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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) has received the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee’s (SASCOC) communication pertaining to various resolutions which SASCOC has passed in relation to CSA.

    CSA, including its Members’ Council, does not agree with the resolution taken by SASCOC and has not had the opportunity to engage with SASCOC on various issues raised in the communication.

    In addition, CSA is taking legal advice regarding the basis on which SASCOC has sought to intervene in the business affairs of CSA. CSA does, however, commit to engaging further with SASCOC to understand its position and to find common ground with it in the best interests of cricket.

    The Members’ Council and the Directors of the Board of CSA will hold a joint workshop this weekend to discuss critical matters.


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    This is terrible but this is short term suffer for SA. They won't become a Zimbabwe, cricket infrastructure is still high class, there is abundance of talent and sports culture.

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    The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) board has instituted an intervention into Cricket South Africa (CSA) but, acting CEO Ravi Govender insists CSA is not under administration.

    Sascoc on Thursday told CSA that its board and executive, including the company secretary and acting CEO, should step aside while its soon-to-be-named task team conducts an investigation into the organisation, before reporting back within a month of commencing the "intervention".

    "The Sascoc board further resolved that in order to facilitate the work of the task team, the CSA board and those senior executives who serve ex-officio on the board (the company secretary, the Acting CEO, the CFO and the COO) are directed to step aside from the administration of CSA on full pay pending the outcome of the task team’s investigations," a letter from Sascoc's acting president, Aleck Skhosana, read.

    CSA has cascaded from one crisis to another in the past year, resulting in the dismissal of a number of high-ranking managers, not least its CEO, Thabang Moroe, as well as board member resignations, chief of which was president Chris Nenzani's less than three weeks before its AGM.

    Sascoc, which met CSA last week regarding the administrative malaise, took the decision to institute a task team, whose members have yet to be finalised.

    This hot on the heels of the Fundudzi Forensic Services external audit into cricket's affairs dating back to 2018, including the conduct of Moroe and the board.

    "The short answer to that is, no, it's not under administration," Govender told Sport24.

    "[But] the board has resolved to intervene with regards to Cricket South Africa. And we have further applied our minds that we need to appoint an independent task team, with the right kind of expertise, to look into the various issues expressed by the cricket community over the recent times.

    "We have written to the Members' Council, the highest decision-making body in cricket, to inform them of the resolution of the board and to request to meet with them to further engage in terms of the roadmap that we believe would serve cricket correctly."

    Part of the thorny relations, it appears, stems from the secrecy around the Fundudzi report, which Govender confirmed Sascoc had not received.

    It has also been reported the Members' Council, cricket's highest decision-making body that comprises the affiliate presidents, has also not been presented with Fundudzi's report, bar the members who serve on the CSA board.

    "We are not yet in receipt of the forensic report," said Govender. "Yes, the relationship is cordial. We are resolute in making sure that cricket can move forward.

    "But we have been observing the reports in the media since December last year and the contentions among the cricket public and the recent resignations on the board plus the utterances by those who have left the board.

    "We have also considered the fact that not all of us are privy to the Fundudzi report - certainly not all those that should be privy to it.

    "The report was sanctioned by the Members' Council and they themselves didn't even see the report yet, or not all of them.

    "We've met with Cricket South Africa, the minister and we are now going to meet with the Members' Council. All those things put together has identified a need for an intervention."

    In its letter to CSA, where they mentioned invoking section 13 (4) of the National Sport and Recreation Act, Sascoc said:

    "There can be no doubt that [recent events] have caused cricket to lose the trust and confidence of members of the public, stakeholders, sponsors and the players represented by SACA (South African Cricketers' Association). All this has brought cricket into disrepute".

    The letter from Skhosana added:

    "SASCOC has attempted to address these issues in two meetings with the CSA Board: one was exploratory, and the other failed to take place mainly because of the fact that CSA failed to make the Fundudzi Forensic Report available to the SASCOC Board despite promises and undertakings by CSA to do so. CSA is in receipt of our letter which records that the Board’s decision to make the said report available only on a limited basis to the President and Board members of SASCOC, is wholly unreasonable and irrational given the apparent nature and scope of the report.

    The SASCOC board deliberated in relation to the above issues and concerns, and unanimously resolved to appoint a task team to conduct investigations into the affairs of CSA and within one month of its appointment to report its findings and recommendations to the SASCOC Board and Members Council of CSA."

    Meanwhile, Govender insisted Sascoc had enough capacity to institute these intervening administrative proceedings against CSA despite being shrouded with its own administrative problems.

    Its administrators, Ntambi Ravele and Barry Hendricks, have been in a dispute that required an arbiter after the former accused the latter of allegedly conspiring with Tennis SA president Gavin Crookes to prejudice her from standing for the Sascoc presidential elections.

    "Most certainly," said Govender on whether it had the capacity to handle its administrative problems plus CSA's.

    "This is not about Sascoc. This is about Cricket South Africa. As far as Sascoc is concerned, there are processes already in place for that to be resolved.

    "We are having our special general meeting on the 19th of September and thereafter the elective conference. We have embarked on a roadmap, with the support and assistance of stakeholders, including the IOC [International Olympic Committee].

    "We are well on our way to implementing all that needs to be implemented to take Sascoc to a higher level. Similarly with CSA, we've recognised the need for an intervention and we will put it in place."

    Despite that, Govender said relations between CSA and Sascoc were cordial.

    Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa also met with CSA and Sascoc recently and is said to be in possession of the Fundudzi forensic report.

    "They [CSA) have been quite cordial to us in our first meeting," Govender added. "Obviously, there are certain grey areas like the forensic report but I anticipate co-operation all round. Let's rather do things in the best interest of the game.

    "In terms of our mandate as the macro body, people have turned to us, Sascoc, to provide an intervention.

    "It's nothing untoward. It's all due process. It's applying the prescripts of our constitution. It doesn't matter who the individuals are … we are absolutely empowered by the [Sascoc] constitution to make such an intervention.

    "We are meant to review, recommend and guide and if needs be place the organisation under administration. Various bodies have been asking for interventions, some of them directly to Sascoc. We have a duty to address these things. CSA is our member in … at this time, in good standing," he said.

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    for God sake.

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    There is plenty of talent in South Africa. It's a shame that these administrative problems overshadow the talent.

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    Not sure how many South Africans, Australians were sad when Pakistan cricket were close to extinction a decade ago. No need to feel sympathy for them, they have pretty much messed up an excellent set up with no external threats such as terrorism.


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    CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has rejected a resolution by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to suspend its board while a task team investigates its conduct.

    SASCOC told Reuters on Thursday night that the embattled board of CSA was asked to step aside after, among other things, failing to share a damning report that led to the sacking of former chief executive Thabang Moroe some nine months after he was first suspended.

    It also follows heavy criticism from sponsors and national team players, the latter accusing the board of “self-interest” in failing to deal adequately with the contents of the report, and the postponement of an Annual General Meeting scheduled for Sept. 5 which was to elect a new president after Chris Nenzani resigned last month.

    “CSA does not agree with the resolution taken by SASCOC and has not had the opportunity to engage with SASCOC on various issues raised in the communication,” CSA said in a statement on Friday.

    “In addition, CSA is taking legal advice regarding the basis on which SASCOC has sought to intervene in the business affairs of CSA.

    “CSA does, however, commit to engaging further with SASCOC to understand its position and to find common ground with it in the best interests of cricket.”

    SASCOC acting chief executive Ravi Govender told Reuters on Thursday the intervention was needed to allow a thorough investigation of the board’s conduct that has drawn widespread criticism.

    “We are deeply concerned about the issues that have been permeating around CSA recently,” Govender said. “We met with the board and requested sight of the elusive forensic report, which has not been forthcoming.

    “The International Cricket Council have also expressed some concerns (about the running of CSA) and we believe our decision is warranted, and that it will be embraced by the ICC,” he said.

    Govender later confirmed to Reuters on Friday that the CSA board have requested to meet SASCOC on Monday to discuss the matter further, and says for now their resolution stands.

    SASCOC is the macro-body that oversees sport in South Africa and has the power to rein in its federations, of which CSA is one, if deemed to be acting improperly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    People laugh at FIFA, but in football:

    1. South Africa would now be banned for ceasing to be independent of government interference.
    2. India would also be banned for refusing to play Pakistan on government orders.
    what is the obsession of playing with India. They did not tour during 1961-1978 as well. Current situation is similar. So why do posters here keep on harping about playing with india.

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    the south african cricket team is a reflection of the country, there is mismanagement at every level.

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    What a shame. They have been one of the most consistent cricketing nations.

    Cricket has been in a downward spiral in most cricketing nations except India and maybe England, New Zealand if we push a little. In every other country cricket has gone down (not including the test inductees in last couple or so of decades).

    It has been individual boards but, lack of vision and execution from ICC has damaged cricket a lot as I have mentioned quite a few times. Big 3 mess up, only 3 countries holding almost all the main events, one league getting a separate window so that all players are available (No offense) and etc. Cricket is already played by handful of countries and such kind of decisions was never gonna help it grow within already existing cricket playing nations let alone outside.

    Yes CSA messed up but it was going in the wrong direction for over 5 years or so and ICC showed no interest or had any decisive talks with CSA to change its course. Things are not looking good and I hope its sorted out otherwise, as a cricket fan I can just put forward my disappointment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoshiarpurexpress View Post
    what is the obsession of playing with India. They did not tour during 1961-1978 as well. Current situation is similar. So why do posters here keep on harping about playing with india.
    There is one reason and one reason only, $$$. Playing India brings in money like no other.

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    When you add the fact that CWI and Sri Lanka Cricket are also a financial mess there are only 6 economically viable cricket nations: India, England, Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Bangladesh.

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    Cricket in Pakistan is in decline but the PCB is a cash rich organization that is optimizing less than half of its economic potential.

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    What if the ICC refuses to recognize the SASCOC and continues to recognize CSA.

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    If this keeps up, I think we can expect SA to go the Zimbabwe way. More and more white cricketers will leave for England and other predominantly white countries. Still, South Africa will be stronger than Zimbabwe, as even SAs black cricketers are leagues above Zimbabwe's, but stilll the SA national team will decline. Maybe in 10-20 years, a predominantly black time can match the performance of the SA we have seen this century so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    What if the ICC refuses to recognize the SASCOC and continues to recognize CSA.
    Still wont help the mess and the tug of war will remain there. One option which might be possible is that ICC gives termination of membership warning to SA which will force the government to sort this out and possibly maintain the independence of CSA.

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    The cricket board is just one part of what is happening to South Africa.

    South Africa Heading Toward Becoming a Failed State

    South Africa faces a precipitous economic and political collapse by 2030 unless it changes its economic model and implements growth-friendly policies, according to Eunomix Business & Economics Ltd.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...ate-group-says


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    There is a reason why you call Malaysia truly Asia but you never called South Africa truly Africa.

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    What can I say, it's very confusing and embarrassing. I've been ranting about the incompetence of CSA on pakpassion for years. I don't want to derail this thread but, do people really wonder why AB's retirement was such a "thing" when one side of the story are these clowns? The members Biff fired probably called in friends from the corrupt government to help secure looting of the cricket pie.

    I can only hope they come out stronger from this and we win a WC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    If this keeps up, I think we can expect SA to go the Zimbabwe way. More and more white cricketers will leave for England and other predominantly white countries. Still, South Africa will be stronger than Zimbabwe, as even SAs black cricketers are leagues above Zimbabwe's, but stilll the SA national team will decline. Maybe in 10-20 years, a predominantly black time can match the performance of the SA we have seen this century so far.
    The racism and self hate in your comment is disgusting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozymandiasza View Post
    What can I say, it's very confusing and embarrassing. I've been ranting about the incompetence of CSA on pakpassion for years. I don't want to derail this thread but, do people really wonder why AB's retirement was such a "thing" when one side of the story are these clowns? The members Biff fired probably called in friends from the corrupt government to help secure looting of the cricket pie.

    I can only hope they come out stronger from this and we win a WC.
    South African cricket has faced quite a few obstacles and issues throughout the history but it always came back pretty strong. On cricketing aspect as a Pakistan cricket team fan I can relate to it to an extent considering setbacks, obviously of different nature dimensions.

    South Africa has a pretty decent overall structure so revival from this mess (If somebody tries) shouldnt be difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giannis View Post
    The racism and self hate in your comment is disgusting.
    Why? What's racist about what I said? It's pretty much a fact that on average SAs white cricketers are better than their black. Now that isn't inherently because I think white players are superior, it's more to do with wealth, history and interest. Black people in South Africa haven't had as much interest in cricket as they have in soccer, which is why the soccer team is predominantly black, and cricket team is predominantly white.

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    A difficult situation. Hopefully , cricket will not suffer in the long run due to good structure.


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    The crisis in South African cricket deepened with five former employees of the sport’s governing body in the country accusing it of being “unfair and unlawful“.

    They made the accusations in a six-page letter to the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), which has asked Cricket South Africa’s board to step aside as it investigates “many instances of maladministration and malpractice” in the organisation.

    The five persons in question are former head of sales and marketing Clive Eksteen, former chief operating officer Nassei Appiah, ex-senior manager of finance Ziyanda Nkuta, former manager for procurement Lundi Maja and Appiah’s former personal assistant, Dalene Nolan.

    “Our concern is that Cricket South Africa has, through various officials, misled and continues to mislead Parliament, the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture and the public,” they said in the letter, according to www.iol.co.za.

    “By so doing, Cricket South Africa has created a narrative that the organisation’s woes are the results of irresponsible stakeholder and financial management for which we were suspended and in most cases dismissed.”

    While Appiah was the last to be sacked, in August, Eksteen, too, was fired this year in June and the three others were shown the door last December.

    “The organisation seeks to paint a picture whereby it appears to have dealt with the problem by our expulsion and to assure all interested parties that this was done in keeping with good governance, natural justice and the law of the land.

    “This cannot be further from the truth as Cricket South Africa has been underhanded in its dealing with us by completely abandoning any ethics that demand that a disciplinary hearing is conducted in a manner that is lawful, procedurally fair and in the best interest of the organisation and the sport.”

    The CSA has been left with no one to run the daily affairs after SASCOC asked the board to step aside.

    CSA has been in the middle of administrative chaos for last two years and is currently also facing allegations of corruption and racial discrimination.

    CSA’ former chief executive officer Thabang Monroe was fired last month following the findings of a forensic report that revealed “acts of serious misconduct“.

    Acting CEO Jacques Faul and president Chris Nenzani resigned last month with Kugandrie Govender replacing Faul.

    The country’s elite players have also criticised CSA for postponing its AGM scheduled for September 5.

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    MEDIA RELEASE: CSA AND SASCOC HOLD POSITIVE MEETING

    Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) held a positive meeting on Monday night.

    The meeting presented a step forward towards a collaborative approach in the interest of good governance and executive operations.

    Key points were identified and deliberated by the attendees, which included CSA’s Members’ Council and the Board of Directors of SASCOC, with the ultimate end goal of achieving a unified focus on the game of cricket.

    It was agreed that further details of the key points will be discussed during a joint press conference on Thursday, 17 September 2020. In view of this decision, today’s press tele-press conference with Members’ Council delegates Anne Vilas, John Mogodi and Xolani Peter Vonya, which was scheduled for 14:00 today, has been postponed.

    The members will instead feature in the joint press conference on Thursday. Further details will follow soon.


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    MEDIA RELEASE: CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA APOLOGISES TO MOMENTUM



    Wednesday, 16 September 2020



    “Cricket South Africa (CSA) sincerely apologises to Momentum for the unfortunate and unwarranted tweets made by one of our Board Members, in her personal capacity. CSA wishes to reiterate that Dr Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw did not act in her professional position as a non-executive board member of CSA,” said Beresford Williams, Acting President of Cricket South Africa.



    “While we respect the personal views of all South Africans, CSA wishes to distance itself from the articulations made by Dr Kula-Ameyaw on Twitter. We further wish to reiterate that CSA does not ascribe to the views expressed regarding Momentum and we sincerely value the benefits Momentum and all our sponsors bring in making cricket accessible and inclusive for all South Africans,” Williams said.



    CSA is taking this matter very seriously and in light of the reputational damage potentially caused, CSA’s Members’ Council has referred the matter to the Social and Ethics Committee and once all internal processes have been completed, the necessary corrective action will be taken. As part of its ongoing efforts to improve the reputation of Cricket South Africa, the organisation’s management will be re-educating all its internal stakeholders on better understanding its Social Media Policy and to ensure employees across all levels understand the value afforded by sponsors and supporters.



    CSA has issued an apology to Momentum but wishes to reiterate that the company remains forever grateful for Momentum’s sponsorship and the fruitful relationship both organisations have enjoyed for almost ten years.



    “We thank Momentum for the substantial contributions they have made towards cricket upliftment and the milestones we achieved through their sponsorship and we assure them, that we will continue to build on the successes to grow and develop the game of cricket even further,” concluded Williams.


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    Another sponsor lost !

    I really fear for the future of South African cricket.

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    SACA Thanks Momentum Group

    The South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) today thanked the Momentum Group for their contribution to the development and health of South African cricket over the past 8 year period. The decision of Momentum to exit the game at the end of their current ODI sponsorship agreement is regrettable, but their concerns regarding the governance of cricket are shared by SACA.

    Andrew Breetzke, SACA CEO, commented; "I spoke to Carel Bosman (Momentum Group Head of Sponsorship) today, and thanked him on behalf of our members. Momentum has been committed to our game since 2012, and in addition to sponsoring ODI cricket in South Africa, they pioneered the Pink Day ODI together with CSA – an event that has become a leading event on South Africa's sporting calendar. We are grateful that Momentum will continue to sponsor the Proteas Women and look forward to working with them in this regard.

    Momentum Health remains an important sponsor of SACA members, and their role in providing players with medical aid cover is critical to the well-being of professional cricketers in South Africa. We would like to thank them for the great work that they do for players in providing quality health care services.”

    "The current economic environment is heavily constrained due to the Covid-19 impact and consequently many businesses are reviewing their partnerships. The sporting community is not immune to the impact of the current economic hardship. Domestic cricket, in particular, which was in part sponsored by Momentum had already seen a decline in sponsorship funding and it is therefore imperative for cricket to use this crisis to re-invent the sponsorship business model of the game in a way that gives confidence to the sponsors and creates space for value to be derived from cricket", added Omphile Ramela, SACA President.

    The South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) is the players’ union of South Africa’s professional cricketers. It represents over 300 players comprising of the Proteas (men and women) teams, the franchise teams and the provincial teams. It is run by the players, for the players and is the collective voice of South Africa’s professional cricketers.


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    MEDIA RELEASE: CSA RESPONDS TO SASCOC’S REQUEST FOR FORENSIC REPORT


    Thursday, 17 September 2020

    Following today’s media briefing by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), CSA echoes its position on the disclosure of the forensic report.

    While various CSA stakeholders, groups and individuals have requested the disclosure of the forensic report, CSA again today reiterated that the forensic report was commissioned as an internal document, which was never intended for public release.

    To ensure that the management of the forensic report and the implementation of the recommendations and findings subscribes to the principle of fairness, as well as ensuring that such management and implementation is done in the best interests of CSA, the organisation sought a legal opinion from Bowmans Attorneys on the distribution of the forensic report.

    Bowmans’ legal opinion outlined the implications of disclosure of the contents of the forensic report to the public. The firm of legal experts made it clear that significant damage and/or harm could be done to CSA for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to, any current or future legal and other proceedings in relation to matters dealt with in the report, and that CSA would likely be prejudiced.

    “The distribution of the report may well frustrate the very purpose for which the forensic report was commissioned. It is therefore important to understand that the contents of the report may also lead to litigation. In addition, there are also certain aspects of the forensic report which require further investigation,” said Mogodi, a non-independent director to the Board of CSA.

    To this end, the CSA Board appointed Bowmans Attorneys to assist the independent Audit and Risk Committee members to project manage a legal roadmap to give effect to all findings and recommendations. The forensic report has been made available to all members of the CSA Members’ Council for inspection, subject to certain conditions, including the execution of the non-disclosure agreement. Such limited disclosure has been made in the interests of transparency whilst safeguarding CSA and mitigating any potential harm to CSA and other parties, which may be caused by the unregulated disclosure of the forensic report.

    To comply with its direct stakeholders’ request for a copy of the forensic report, and considering the potential legal implications of the distribution of the document, CSA instructed Bowmans to compose a summary presentation of the forensic report, which CSA has agreed to share with SASCOC.

    CSA is positive that it has entered into positive dialogue with SASCOC and that the organisation is making great strides to form a collaborative agreement in the best interest of cricket in South Africa, good governance and operations.

    “In so far as the provision of access to the forensic report is concerned, we, the Members Council, fully understand SASCOC’s frustration for not being provided unrestricted access to a copy of the forensic report. However, as stated at today’s press briefing, the distribution of the forensic report comes with major potential legal implications. We will therefore be having a separate discussion with SASCOC to resolve the issues pertaining to the report in the interim, by allowing Bowmans to present the summary of the findings to the relevant SASCOC officials,” concluded Mogodi.

    We do note that the CSA Board has proposed that the Chair of SASCOC may have full access to the forensic report and forms part of the Independent Directors tasked with implementing the findings and recommendations of this report.

    The Members’ Council reaffirmed its position that it fully supports the CSA Board of Directors until the forthcoming AGM. The CSA Board has committed to work with SASCOC and the task team, who is being appointed at SASCOC’s cost.

    CSA assures the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, the Portfolio Committee of Sport, Arts and Culture, the public and all stakeholders, that CSA’s Members' Council, the Board and the independent Audit and Risk Committee members are taking the necessary action to address the findings and to implement the recommendations as outlined in the forensic report.


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    The crisis in South African cricket deepened on Tuesday when it was revealed that the country's sports minister had been asked to get involved in the administrative problems affecting the sport. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has written to sports minister Nathi Mthethwa claiming that it had met with "serious resistance" from Cricket South Africa (CSA) over an attempt to investigate the issues in cricket.

    The letter asks the minister for assistance to launch legal proceedings against CSA or "to take whatever action in your powers you deem necessary to restore the dignity of the game".

    The latest move could put CSA's membership of the International Cricket Council in jeopardy because the ICC's constitution forbids government interference in its member bodies.

    The latest revelation came a day after CSA announced that the Mzansi Super League, its flagship T20 tournament, would not take place as scheduled in November and December due to logistical problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The tournament usually features several foreign players and is broadcast internationally.

    No local or international fixtures for the 2020/21 season have yet been announced by CSA, although the South African cricket season traditionally starts in October.

    Covid restrictions are just one problem for the embattled controlling body.

    Sascoc, an umbrella body for all elite sporting codes in South Africa, demanded earlier this month that the board of CSA step aside to allow an independent task team to investigate cricket's administrative and financial affairs.

    A major stumbling block has been CSA's refusal to allow unfettered access to a forensic report which formed the basis for the dismissal last month of chief executive Thabang Moroe after an eight-month investigation.

    Sascoc believes the report implicates individuals other than Moroe.

    CSA is currently without a president or a permanent chief executive.

    Its scheduled annual general meeting earlier this month was postponed indefinitely and the organisation has been criticised by its players' association, while sponsors have withdrawn their support.

    https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/cris...edings-2302809


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    The corruption allegations surround a fee paid to an unnamed contractor — the report called it “Service Provider X” — to help CSA make money through corporate sponsorship deals. The agreement was spearheaded by Moroe and CSA’s former chief operating officer, Naasei Appiah. Despite “Service Provider X” receiving more than $200,000, there was “no evidence of delivery of services,” the report said.

    The investigators found Moroe had failed to follow “procurement processes” and recommended a criminal case be registered under South Africa’s anti-corruption laws to allow police to investigate the deal further.

    In other findings, the investigators concluded that Moroe failed to ensure due diligence was conducted when CSA signed a media and commercial rights deal with a company to market the Mzansi Super League, South Africa’s domestic Twenty20 competition. CSA is set to lose at least $750,000 because of the deal, and possibly as much as $1.6 million, according to the report.

    Moroe also used a CSA credit card to spend nearly $4,000 on alcohol, the report said. Appiah spent $12,000 of company money on alcohol. Appiah was also fired in August.

    And Moroe was responsible for revoking the accreditation of five journalists who were viewed as overly critical by CSA. CSA’s move to prevent the journalists from entering any cricket stadiums last year backfired badly and led to a public outcry against the cricket body for its attack on the freedom of the media.

    Cricket South Africa’s reputation has been shattered by the scandals and the country’s quasi-government South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee wants to conduct its own investigation. It has asked the sports ministry to help it do that. That government interference would put South Africa’s team, once the top-ranked test team in the world, in danger of being banned by the International Cricket Council.


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    Not good for SA cricket and the world cricket as well. Top level Cricket is already played by a handful countries so you dont want to see such things happening in cricket playing nations. SA needs to sort this out soon before the issue deepens further.

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    So far whenever the SA cricket appoint any non white, it ends with corruption and incompetence.what the hell is going on

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    South Africa is in danger of being banned from international cricket after its government said that it intended to intervene in the affairs of the sport's national body following revelations of serious misconduct by senior officials.

    The statement from sports minister Nathi Mthethwa said he had informed the International Cricket Council of the intended action. The ICC's constitution forbids government interference and the punishment is normally a ban from international games for the country's teams until the national cricket body is operating independently again.

    The tension between the South African government and Cricket South Africa relates to a long-running investigation into the affairs of the cricket body, which resulted in the firing of CEO Thabang Moroe for serious misconduct in August.

    But Cricket South Africa refused to make the report by independent investigators public and also resisted an attempt by the government-aligned South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee to conduct its own investigation into CSA.

    CSA ultimately relented and publicly released a summary of the forensic investigation's findings this month, more than two months after it received the report. CSA was also forced to hand over the full report, nearly 500 pages long, to a committee of South African lawmakers last week after they demanded to see it.

    The parts of the report that have been publicly released revealed serious misconduct and possible acts of corruption and implicated Moroe and former chief operating officer Naasei Appiah in the wrongdoing. But lawmakers who saw all the documents questioned on Tuesday why other executives and board members at the body were not investigated, and if CSA was trying to hide wrongdoing by others.

    They called it a one-sided report.

    Thabang Moroe was sacked as CEO of Cricket South Africa for serious misconduct

    CSA is currently operating with an acting president and an acting CEO, and the board has been severely criticised for failing to act to stop the misconduct during Moroe's tenure.

    On Wednesday, Mthethwa said a series of meetings with CSA to try and assist CSA to stabilize its governance matters had come to nothing and accused the cricket body of being uncooperative.

    "I have now reached a point where I see no value in any further engagement with CSA," Mthethwa said.

    The sports minister gave cricket officials until October 27 to argue why he should not intervene.

    https://www.skysports.com/cricket/ne...nior-officials
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    Well, that escalated quickly!

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    The South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) today called on the CSA Board of Directors to stand down following the Notice of 14 October 2020 advising of Government Intervention from the Minister of Sports, Art and Culture (DSAC), Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

    The crises that have engulfed the CSA Board of Directors over the past 18 months have culminated in a situation where there is no longer confidence in their ability to govern the organization and provide guidance on resolving many of the crises that remain.

    SACA believes that an interim Board of Directors must be established to stabilize the organization. This interim Board should include a SACA player’s representative as well as a representative from the remaining stakeholders in the game (sponsors and broadcasters). Furthermore, the interim Board should appoint an experienced Administrator to assist in the operational work that is required at CSA, ensuring a link between the interim Board and operational staff.

    Andrew Breetzke, SACA CEO stated, “Cricket is in an existential crisis, and the intervention of Government will result in the International Cricket Council (ICC) reviewing CSA’s position as an ICC Member, and will furthermore jeopardise the England Tour scheduled for next month. Players will suffer, development will suffer and the future of the game will be prejudiced. However, as has been recognised by DSAC and SASCOC, the current Board has no credibility to resolve the crises, and it is clear that the current impasse between Government and CSA will not be resolved until such time as the Board stands down.”

    “We therefore implore the CSA Board to stand down and thereby take a decision that will be in the best interests of cricket,” added Breetzke.

    “As we have stated previously, CSA is not able to self-correct, and the intervention of Government is further evidence of this. The current governance structure of CSA must be reviewed, and this has been acknowledged by CSA. The interim Board must facilitate the implementation of the Nicholson Recommendations through amendments to the MOI, as this will allow for an effective Board of Directors to ultimately take over the responsibility of the governance of the game. The Fundudzi Forensic Report has identified various failures in governance, failures that have consistently been highlighted by SACA, and this is the opportunity to remedy these for the sake of the game and ensure that experienced personnel are recruited into key executive positions,” concluded Omphile Ramela, SACA President.


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    JOHANNESBURG - Cricket SA has received the go ahead from the government to host the England team for a set of limited overs series’ next month.

    The tour was under a cloud in the wake of CSA’s administrative problems which saw the organisation rebuked by Sports Minister, Nathi Mthethwa this week.

    However while Mthethwa is angry with the organisation’s administrators he also understands what the financial implications would be for the sport in general in this country, if the tour did not go ahead. In that regard he gave his backing for the trip to happen, although that support will have no bearing on the announcement on Wednesday that he would intervene at CSA, given the administrative mismanagement at the organisation.

    Cricket SA stands to make around R70-million because of the tour. That money is absolutely critical for an organisation that is facing a harsh economic outlook given the Covid-19 lockdown and the loss of sponsors.

    England will spend 10 days in isolation at a ‘bio-secure environment’ in the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town from November 17 and they will have practice sessions at Newlands. The tour party will number more than 50 individuals including around 40 players for three One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals. Cricket SA will cover all costs for accommodation and transport in Cape Town, but the ECB will be playing for a special charter flight to transport the 50-over world champions to SA. On Thursday, the Daily Mail website reported that costs for the return charter flights will run to about R8-million.


    While Minister Mthethwa is angry with the organisation’s administrators he also understands what the financial implications would be for the sport in general in this country. Photo: GCIS
    Both the England and South African teams will be staying at the Vineyard, with matches set to be held at Newlands and Boland Park, in Paarl. Cricket SA has to update the department of Home Affairs about all England’s arrangements, given that the UK is listed as a high risk country by that department.

    While England completed a home season with matches against the West Indies, Ireland, Pakistan and Australia in a ‘bio bubble’, the Proteas last saw action in March, winning all three ODIs in a series against Australia. Tours to the West Indies, India and Sri Lanka, have all had to be postponed. South Africa was due to host India in August for three T20 Internationals and Pakistan this month for ODIs and T20s.

    The series’ against England will be critical in showing that South Africa can host international matches again, albeit without crowds. Should it occur without too many hassles, the country could play host to Sri Lanka in the summer for a couple of Test matches.

    Pakistan’s board has also said the Proteas will tour that country in January although that hasn’t been confirmed yet, while Australia are due for a Test series in February.

    The domestic season will start on November 2, with a round of four-day matches.

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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) can confirm that the Members' Council met on Thursday, 22 October 2020 to discuss various matters including what is in the best interest of cricket, as well as the organisation.

    The meeting was an analysis of several scenarios that were put on the table by the Board, who met on Wednesday, 21 October 2020 to discuss the best way forward for CSA and cricket.

    Beresford Williams and the other board members who are also Members’ Council members recused themselves from the Members’ Council meeting in accordance with the CSA Code of Ethics, to allow for transparent and confidential discussions amongst the rest of the members to take place.

    CSA can confirm that no board members resigned last night and that media reports that stated that Dheven Dharmalingam, a director of CSA, had resigned, are inaccurate and inappropriate.

    “The Members’ Council deliberated on the various proposals submitted by the Board. The Board had met prior and discussed various strategies that would best position CSA, one of these approaches was that if the Board would need to step down for the best interest of CSA, the Board would then do so as it would be for the greater good of South African cricket.

    “Dheven Dharmalingam presented a letter to the Board of Directors indicating his willingness to step down, should the Members' Council believe that it is in the best interest for cricket and the organisation as a whole,” says Rihan Richards, CSA Members’ Council member, who chaired the meeting in Williams’ absence.

    “The story currently out there was not corroborated officially by CSA and we again appeal to the media or any other stakeholder who requires information, to contact us directly for accurate information. CSA will continue working with our various stakeholders as the oversight body to ensure cricket continues to receive the administrative support it needs to flourish in South Africa,” concludes Richards


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    The Members’ Council of Cricket South Africa (CSA) met on Thursday, 22 October 2020 to discuss various matters including what is in the best interest of cricket, as well as the organisation.


    The meeting was an analysis of several scenarios that were put on the table by the Board, who met on Wednesday, 21 October 2020 to discuss the best way forward for CSA and cricket.


    “Cricket South Africa would like to inform you of the resignations of its Acting President, Mr Beresford Williams; Mr Tebogo Siko, President of the Northerns Cricket Union; Mr Angelo Carolissen, President of Boland Cricket Union; Mr John Mogodi, Deputy President of Limpopo Impala Cricket; and Mr Donovan May, President of the Eastern Province Cricket Union. The resignations were handed in at the meeting of the Members’ Council held on Sunday, 25 October 2020,” said Rihan Richards.


    Mr Williams has resigned both from the Board and the Members’ Council while others had resigned as Board Members but would remain on the Members’ Council.


    The Members' Council has appointed Rihan Richards as the Acting President of the Members' Council.


    “CSA thanks them for their dedication, commitment and service to CSA and wishes them well in their future endeavours’, concluded Richards.



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    RESIGNATION OF CSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Monday, 26 October 2020

    Following a meeting of the Members’ Council of yesterday, Sunday, 25 October 2020 held to discuss a roadmap for Cricket South Africa (CSA), the Members’ Council received and accepted resignations from all the Board members. All resignations are with immediate effect except for three members, namely, Zola Thamae, John Mogodi and Donovan May, who will remain as directors until the interim board structure has been appointed to ensure the continuity and stability of the organisation.

    Rihan Richards, who was appointed Acting President of the Members’ Council, will, in accordance with the provisions of the CSA Memorandum of Incorporation, be Chairperson of the Board and thus the fourth member of the Board.

    “The Members’ Council sincerely thanks every member who diligently served on the Board, and selflessly sacrificed their time for extended and often, overwhelming periods, to assist Cricket South Africa in addressing some very burdensome conditions. We appreciate their commitment to cricket, and despite the turbulent economic climate, Cricket South Africa, under their leadership, received an unqualified audit for the financial year ending 30 April 2020. We wish them well in their future endeavours,” concluded Richards.


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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) is pleased to announce a busy international programme of home international fixtures for the 2020/2021 season against England, Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan – all for crucial points in either the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League (CWCSL) or the ICC World Test Championship (WTC).

    The international season begins with a three-match, KFC T20 International Series and three-match, Betway One-Day International (ODI) Series presented by Momentum, against England in Cape Town and Paarl. Sri Lanka follows with a two-match, Betway Test series in Centurion and Johannesburg. The fixtures will fall into the traditional Boxing Day and New Year’s Test match windows.

    Australia arrive in February 2021 for a three-match, Betway Test series ending in March, with Pakistan rounding off the South African summer of cricket with a three-match Betway ODI Series Presented by Momentum and a three-match KFC T20 International series in April 2021. Complete fixtures for these tours will be announced in due course.

    CSA is also pleased to confirm that it has appointed a delegation that will perform a security assessment on the feasibility of the Proteas embarking on their first tour to Pakistan since 2007. The delegates are earmarked to depart this weekend and will report back on their findings for the tour which is scheduled for early 2021.

    “We are delighted to announce the schedule of men’s international cricket for the home season,” commented CSA Acting CEO, Kugandrie Govender. “It is an absolute pleasure to deliver more good news for our cricket-loving fans to consume, following last week’s confirmed tour against England and domestic season launch.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic predictably forced many changes to the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP) and the traditional sequencing of scheduling matches in South Africa this season. This is why I am particularly proud of today’s announcement. It comes as a result of many hours of dedication, negotiation and hard work by individuals behind the scenes to ensure that our fans have an exciting line-up of cricket to look forward to throughout the summer and, although the matches will be played behind closed doors, we will have enough entertainment to make them feel as though they are a part of match-day activities.

    “It is an important season for all of the formats of our beautiful game, with players having a lot to play for no matter the team they are selected in. The KFC T20 internationals will provide important preparation and a platform for selectors to monitor South Africa’s best ahead of the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in October and November in India. The Betway ODI series presented by Momentum will play a vital part in our team’s chances of direct qualification for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and the Betway Test series will offer a home ground advantage as our team looks to make headway in the ICC Test Championship points table.

    “All of this, while we continue to investigate the possibility of a historic return to Pakistan in the near future.

    “Finally, I would like to express my gratitude and thanks on behalf of CSA, to the boards of England, Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan for their agreement to these tours and assisting us in bringing the beautiful game to the South African public under the ‘new normal’ that COVID-19 has presented us. I am certain that we will be thoroughly entertained by very competitive displays of cricket,” Ms. Govender concluded.

    England men’s Tour to South Africa

    Friday, 27 November at 18:00 SAST: 1st KFC T20I South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town

    Sunday, 29 November at 14:30 SAST: 2nd KFC T20I South Africa v England, Boland Park, Paarl

    Tuesday, 01 December at 18:00 SAST: 3rd KFC T20I South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town

    Friday, 04 December at 13:00 SAST: 1st Betway ODI presented by Momentum (CWCSL) South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town

    Sunday, 06 December at 10:00 SAST: 2nd Betway ODI presented by Momentum (CWCSL): South Africa v England, Boland Park, Paarl

    Wednesday, 09 December at 13:00 SAST: 3rd Betway ODI presented by Momentum (CWCSL): South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town

    Sri Lanka men’s Tour to South Africa

    Saturday, 26-30 December 2020 at 10:00 SAST: 1st Betway Test match (WTC) South Africa v Sri Lanka, SuperSport Park, Centurion

    Sunday, 03-07 January 2021 at 10:00 SAST: 2nd Betway Test match (WTC) South Africa vs Sri Lanka, Imperial Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
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    Former Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Haroon Lorgat was included Friday in a nine-man interim board tasked with restoring the image of the scandal-tainted organisation.

    The 60-year-old ex-International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive led South African cricket for four years from 2013 before departing after a breakdown in his relationship with the national body.

    Recent administrative crises led to the entire board resigning by Monday this week and the nine replacements headed by a judge, Zak Yaqoob, have been given a three-month tenure.

    Former chief executive Thabang Moroe was blamed for much of the CSA mismanagement and, after being suspended last December, was sacked two months ago.

    Before his suspension, Moroe alienated the national cricketers' association and banned five journalists who had been critical of his decisions.

    Later, one member of the former board splashed 520,000 rand ($32,000/27,000 euros) on a full-page newspaper advert without authority even though the CSA is heavily in debt.

    CSA president Chris Nenzani, who was repeatedly criticised for poor leadership, quit soon after, amid reports of "gross credit card abuse" within the governing body.

    Sponsors, including one of the big five South African banks, abandoned the organisation, saying involvement with cricket was affecting their reputation.

    Sports minister Nathi Mthethwa, who announced the stand-in board, said the members were "men and women with a range of skills in law, governance, business and international relations".

    "We think that within three months they would have delivered, especially because this is a group of people who would know what to do."

    Jacques Faul, who temporarily replaced Moroe, said this week that cricket in South Africa had lost credibility and those in leadership positions were responsible.

    "People do not trust us (cricket officials) to do the right thing and I do not think credibility will come back overnight.

    "A lesson we have learnt from this mess is that officials must love the game and have an understanding of sport and cricket rather than be interested only in personal gain.

    "Hopefully we now have people who are willing to serve cricket and help the sport get its credibility back."

    South Africa will host England for three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches during November and December behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Proteas will also host two Test matches against Sri Lanka and three against Australia during the 2020/2021 season and welcome Pakistan, who will play three one-day internationals and three T20 matches.

    South Africa may also tour Pakistan next year for the first time since the 2007/2008 season if a CSA security assessment delegation gives positive feedback.

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    CSA BOARD TAKES IMMEDIATE ACTION



    Tuesday, 3 November 2020



    The newly appointed Interim Board (“the Board”) of Cricket South Africa (CSA) met on 2 November 2020 to address a host of matters as outlined below but also to emphasise that its main objective is to restore public confidence in the game of cricket amongst all its stakeholders, particularly the players, media and the cricket-loving public.



    Newly appointed to the CSA Interim Board, lawyer and governance expert, Judith February, said, “We will do everything possible to ensure that those responsible for misdeeds and bringing the game and the organisation into disrepute, are held to account. The new Board also looks forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder with CSA’s dedicated employees who have never lost sight of the organisation’s mandate to develop and uplift cricket. Taking immediate action is paramount to the progress of the game as we enter a busy cricketing season.”



    The CSA Board discussed the matters below:

    Appointment of the Board: The current Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) would be amended to facilitate the appointment of the Board. This would reflect the agreement reached between the Members’ Council and the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, last week. The Board presides over a transition period to deal with corporate governance failures which had taken place within CSA, and will further manage the nominations process for a new Board to take its place.

    The Minister’s referral: It was agreed that transformation, and growing the women’s game, were two specific aspects of the Minister’s brief. These were issues for longer-term consideration even as they infuse all current discussions.

    Lines of Authority: In terms of the current MOI, CSA Members’ Council is the highest decision-making authority in South African cricket. The Board therefore accounts to the Members’ Council. However, the Board clarified the lines of authority between itself, the Members’ Council, and executive management. The Board is responsible for all operational matters within CSA, with the executive management reporting directly to the Board and not the Members’ Council.

    The Nicholson Report: The Board revisited this report and is determined to focus on the restructuring of CSA, specifically the Nicholson recommendations regarding Board composition. On this, the Board discussed two options: one being a 9-member Board as recommended in the Nicholson report, and the second, being a smaller Board. Both options would have a majority of independent members and an independent chair. The Members’ Council has already held consultations regarding both these options. The Members’ Council and the Board will engage on the issue in the next days, with the view to amending the MOI expeditiously and with due care.

    Domestic restructuring of cricket: The Board considered Dave Richardson’s recommendations regarding restructuring the men’s domestic game. This discussion will be ongoing between the Board, the Members’ Council, and SACA. The Board mandated Haroon Lorgat, Omphile Ramela and Andre Odendaal to engage with the Members’ Council as well as the Cricket committee on this issue.

    ICC Presidency: A discussion ensued regarding South Africa’s view on the ICC Presidency given that the vote on this is imminent. The two candidates are Greg Barclay of New Zealand and Imran Khwaja of Singapore. In addition to a discussion on the merits of each candidate and the implications for CSA, the Board discussed who the appropriate representative of CSA should be at the ICC. The Chair will discuss this as a matter of urgency with the Acting CSA President, Rihan Richards, this week. The Board is of the view that one of its members ought to represent South Africa at the ICC.

    Fundudzi Report: The Board discussed certain aspects of the report and has tasked a small sub-committee comprised of Judge Yacoob, Dawn Mbatha, Judith February and Caroline Mampuru to assess the implications of the report and the action which needs to be taken. The Board resolved to take independent legal advice regarding the process for action which will arise from the report. The sub-committee will also discuss making the report public.

    Media concerns: The Board discussed ways in which the damaged reputation of Cricket South Africa could be restored. Regrettably, the relationship between CSA and the media has broken down. Urgent steps will be taken to restore that relationship and also to provide comfort to the media, the players, employees, and cricket fans, that the focus will be on restarting the season while the Board works to bring governance stability. The Board specifically noted the dissatisfaction expressed by many journalists and cricket fans regarding the four-day matches, which had commenced, but were not being broadcast live. Judith February will be the Board Member tasked with gaining an understanding of the capacity and competency within CSA to deal with media and its stakeholders. She will make recommendations to the Board with a view to improve communications and repair the reputational damage CSA has suffered.


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    Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Members Council today announced that it will not be appointing the Interim Board.

    Following various engagements and a meeting on Sunday, 8 November 2020 between the Members Council, the proposed Interim Board of CSA, Minister Nathi Mthethwa, and members of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, the Members Council have written to the Minister to raise material concerns about the proposed Interim Board. Matters include several unresolved issues; overstepping and disregarding agreed upon duties, responsibilities and lines of accountability; and ultimately, a breakdown in the relationship between the Members Council and the propose Interim Board.

    Notwithstanding its decision not to appoint the Interim Board, the Members Council remains deeply committed to resolving the issues that have surfaced within CSA, and will take the necessary steps to ensure that the concerns, which Minister Mthethwa and SASCOC have previously raised, are addressed efficiently and professionally.

    Rihan Richards, Acting President of CSA on behalf of the Members Council, said, “The Members Council embarked on a process last month to facilitate the resignation of the then-incumbent board members of CSA, with the intention of appointing an Interim Board that would work collaboratively with all stakeholders. The main objective of the new Interim Board was to work closely with the Members Council and CSA executives, to achieve necessary change within the organisation and to take cricket forward until a new board is elected at the annual general meeting.”

    In accordance with the rights afforded to the Members Council by CSA’s Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI), certain individuals remained on the board of CSA until the formal appointment of a Board of Directors.

    “During the initial consultative meetings, the Members Council did propose a recommended structure of the board, with certain preconditions attached to the appointment of members of the Interim Board, including having the prerequisite collective skills, professionalism and capability to comply with the legal and operational duties, at all times.

    “In a ministerial update published on 28 October 2020, the Minister confirmed the Members Council’s views that our engagement was constructive, and he expressed an appreciation for our leadership,” continued Richards.

    In a subsequent media announcement and in his Interim Board announcement address, Minister Mthethwa confirmed that the Interim Board would report to the Members Council. He described it as a necessary transitional step to nurse cricket back to its place of pride both locally and internationally.
    “Importantly, the Minister also made specific reference to certain matters that the Interim Board would deal with, and the Members Council aligned with all of these. The Interim Board was given clearly specified roles and responsibilities, with accountability to the Members Council.

    “While the logical next step would have been for the Members Council to appoint the Interim Board, if they were nominated to the board of directors of CSA, and as outlined in the MOI of the organisation. The MOI governs the relationship between the board and its members, as well as the roles of the Members Council and that of the Board,” said Richards.

    Despite CSA and the Members’ Council’s attempts to constructively engage members of the proposed Interim Board, unresolved matters including a conflict of interest relating to a proposed member of the Interim Board; opposition to outlined roles, responsibilities and reporting lines as outlined in the MOI; unprofessional conduct; non-cooperation; and misalignment between the Members Council and the Interim Board, remained contrary to the arrangements agreed to by the parties. Had such a relationship continued, CSA would have failed to ensure that it acts in the public interest at all times as these concerns severely reduced our focus on our key business, the development of cricket.

    “As the Members Council of CSA, we have a responsibility to ensure compliance with legal and corporate governance requirements in the administration of cricket and the organisation, and a duty to cricket supporters to uplift and develop the game. We further also have a duty to the International Cricket Council (ICC) in terms of its articles of association,” continued Richards.

    As the propositioned Interim Board has not been appointed as directors of CSA, they have no legal standing in relation to the company. The Interim Board has therefore been requested not to continue representing themselves as representative of CSA as they have no such authority and it is our expectation that they will not continue to do so.

    “Following the concerns outlined above which remained unresolved, the Members Council is not prepared to appoint the members of the proposed Interim Board to be directors of CSA in terms of the MOI. However, the Members Council will continue to work with the Minister, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and SASCOC on a collaborative basis to address and correct the ills of the past. The basis for the relationship between the parties is clearly prescribed by the law and requires mutual respect by all parties in complying with their obligations,” concluded Richards.


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    The South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) today noted its despair and disbelief at the refusal of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Members’ Council to recognize and support the interim Board of Directors as proposed by the Ministry of Sport, Art and Culture (the Minister).

    This decision has placed CSA in direct conflict with the Minister, as evidenced by the formal response from the Minister to the Acting President of CSA. This again raises the possibility of direct intervention on the part of the Minister, which could result in the ICC reviewing the status of CSA as an ICC Member Country. This would have a devastating impact upon cricket in South Africa.

    “We are back to square one, and the glimmer of hope has now been replaced by further disappointment and confusion. At a time when our domestic cricketers are excelling, and we are about to welcome England to our shores, the governance structures of CSA are again in crisis,” commented SACA CEO, Andrew Breetzke.

    “We have addressed formal correspondence to the Members’ Council advising them of our dismay at their decision, and highlighting their disregard for the welfare of players in passing this decision”

    “Self-interest and politics are continuing to triumph over the best interests of cricket, at a time when the game is crying out for stability and certainty. It would appear as if the Members’ Council do not realise the extent of the damage being done to cricket, and sadly we are reaching a point where that damage may be irreparable.”

    “We have been in this state of crisis for over 18 months, and the window of opportunity to change direction is closing fast,” concluded Breetzke.


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    CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA’S MEMBERS’ COUNCIL APPOINTS INTERIM BOARD

    Tuesday, 17 November 2020

    Acting President of Cricket South Africa (CSA), Rihan Richards today confirmed that the Members’ Council of CSA has appointed the Interim Board in terms of the CSA Memorandum of Incorporation (MoI), with a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities for the immediate future of CSA.

    The appointment follows a frank, honest and constructive engagement held between representatives from the Members’ Council and the Interim Board. Everyone agreed on the way forward and to collaborate, strictly in accordance with the relevant legal framework.

    Speaking on behalf of the Interim Board, Judith February added, “The Interim Board regards this as a positive step and looks forward to work together to achieving the desired results.”

    Richards concluded, “In the spirit of the CSA vision, the Members’ Council considers the engagements with the Interim Board on the way forward, a leap in the right direction and anticipates cricket to be the winner as a result.” ​


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    What could be the dates of pak home series against south Africa? Pls let me know if anyone can.
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    Strengthening its cricket portfolio, Star India has acquired the media rights of Cricket South Africa (CSA) till the end of the 2023/24 cricket season, across Asia, Middle East and North Africa. The agreement grants Star India exclusive rights across linear and digital mediums including all India tours to South Africa in this period. The association will commence with England’s tour to South Africa starting on the 27th of November 2020 which is the return of cricket on Star Sports Network after its biggest IPL. Star India already has the global rights for ICC, BCCI cricket, Indian Premier League apart from other cricket rights.

    “We are delighted to collaborate with Cricket South Africa. This alliance fortifies our commitment to cricket and our belief in the significance of sport in Star India's consumer proposition. South Africa has some of the most highly recalled Cricketers and competitive teams, which pride themselves in taking on the best from around the world. We look forward to hosting the best of South African cricket till 2024," said Sanjog Gupta, CEO – Sports, Star India.

    “Star India has made significant investments over the years to deepen the relationship that fans have with the game via enhanced story-telling, innovations in broadcast and regionalisation. The broadcast of Dream11 IPL was an unprecedented collective endeavour built on the same principles. We will hope to apply the same approach and elevate the consumer experience of CSA's matches. The partnership will kick off with England tour of South Africa on 27 November 2020 during which the three T20Is will be broadcast in Hindi for the very first time. This will give these matches significant reach in the Hindi-speaking markets," he added.

    CSA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Kugandrie Govender said, “There are few social events on the South African sporting calendar that rally our fans up as much the cricket-showdown between South Africa, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, so we wholeheartedly welcome this agreement with Star India. Knowing that the sport reaches millions of people all over the world, which is now further amplified by this Star deal, will see our Protea teams even more powered up to impress fans and to outperform their rivals! We look forward to partnering with Star India and to delivering wicket-smashing cricket until the end of the 2023/24 season!”

    The agreement will cover all international cricket matches played by the South African men’s cricket team. As per Future Tours Plan, South Africa will be playing 59 matches at home including series against top teams such as India, England and Australia. With the Indian cricket team scheduled to tour South Africa thrice in this period, this deal comprises of 20 South Africa vs India bilateral matches across formats, with the first of these tours commencing in 2021/22 and comprising of three Tests and three T20Is. The agreement will also cover women’s international cricket matches played by the Momentum Proteas as well as CSA’s domestic men’s franchise matches.

    Cricket resumes on the Star Sports network with the T20I matches for South Africa vs England series. This will be a first for Star India for a non-India bilateral cricket tournament to be produced in Hindi on SS1 Hindi, in addition to the English feed. England’s tour of South Africa will consist of three T20Is and three ODIs, beginning on the 27th of November. The upcoming campaign for the series focuses on the battle between the South African pacers, pitted against the strong English batting line-up. This will be the first big series for both teams after the IPL, with strong performers from the season such as Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Joffra Archer, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje.


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    Cricket South Africa (CSA) would like to inform members of the media and public that the Interim Board (‘The Board’) met on 23 November 2020 and after considering legal advice, decided to make the full forensic report

    The Board is alive to the fact that some individuals and organisation have concerns that they have been mentioned or implicated in the report, that some individuals have not being heard and that the report does not necessarily paint a full picture. The Board has nevertheless concluded that it is overwhelmingly in the public interest and in the interest of CSA to release the report at this time.

    All stakeholders will be given a fair opportunity to convey their views. In addition, no action will be taken against any person implicated without a full investigation, fair procedures, and in particular everyone being given the opportunity to be heard.

    Chairperson of the Interim Board commented. “We trust that everyone will find this acceptable and we will continue to enjoy your support.”


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    Summary Forensic report:


    I welcome you to Cricket South Africa’s media briefing on the highly publicised Forensic Report.
    As you may be aware, CSA has very specific procedures on how the organisation manages
    communications but as you will understand for reasons soon to be explained, the distribution of
    information around the Forensic Report is handled very differently, and sensitively. To avoid any
    potential consequences of miscommunication, misunderstanding, or misrepresentation, Cricket South
    Africa is releasing this Summary Forensic Report to our internal stakeholders, sponsors, and the media,
    simultaneously.

    BACKGROUND

    At the outset, I would like to dispel any misconceptions of insolence and defiance in matters relating to
    the release of the complete Forensic Report and reaffirm CSA’s commitment to transparency. I reiterate
    what has been said at various meetings, media briefings, interviews and various stakeholder
    communications: the forensic report was commissioned to be used as an internal document, and never
    intended for public release. Any utterances to the contrary of this, was done so without mandate from
    CSA.

    The independent legal opinions that CSA obtained, clearly outlined the potential risks and significant
    damages the organisation could face, were the full report to be distributed publicly. Before I launch into
    the summarised details of the report, allow me to explain the rationale behind the legal concerns:

    • The Fundudzi Forensic Report released to CSA on 31 July 2020 covers a 48-month period, from
    2016 to 2019, and contains extensive information about the organisation, individuals and third
    parties, which we, as Cricket South Africa, have not been able to investigate, corroborate or
    clarify in its totality as yet.

    o While we are not claiming the report to be inaccurate, it is important to understand that
    Fundudzi’s forensic analysis is a single-sided report, and not all of the individuals or
    parties mentioned, have had the opportunity to provide responses to the findings as yet.

    o For current or potential litigation on matters relating to this report, the identity of certain
    people or entities will not be not disclosed at this time as such disclosure may cause
    harm to the interests of that juristic parties or CSA, and could potentially prejudice any
    legal action that CSA is pursuing or may take accordingly.

    ▪ The summary report contains footnotes of where certain identities are not being
    revealed in the interim.

    SO, WHY THE CHANGE OF HEART?

    Following requests from the Ministry of Sports, Art and Culture, South African Sports Confederation and
    Olympic Committee (SASCOC), members of the media, and concerns from sponsors and employees
    about the contents of the Fundudzi Forensic Report, CSA has, with legal counsel, decided to make a
    summary forensic report available to all stakeholders, including cricket-loving members of the public,
    via the media and other distribution channels.

    The full forensic report was made available to the CSA Members’ Council for inspection, subject to
    certain conditions related to confidentiality, including the execution of non-disclosure agreements, in line
    with the protection of the organisation.

    In the interest of cricket and to mend relationships, CSA’s Members Council, unanimously agreed to
    make the summary Forensic Report available to all stakeholders, including the Board of CSA and its
    executives, and thereafter to all interested stakeholders including members of the media.
    Importantly, the summary of all findings and recommendations (“Summary Forensic Report”) is a direct
    extract from the Fundudzi Report and has not been amended by CSA’s lawyers, save for the matters
    detailed below.

    As previously reported, the CSA Board appointed Bowman’s Attorneys to assist the independent Audit
    and Risk Committee members to project manage a legal roadmap to give full effect to all findings and
    recommendations in the Fundudzi Report and identify matters that require further investigation and or
    corroboration.

    INTRODUCTION OF THE FUNDUDZI FORENSIC REPORT

    Upon the suspension and subsequent dismissal of CSA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Thabang
    Moroe, CSA’s Cricket Council and its Board Members unanimously agreed to appoint a service provider
    to conduct an investigation into various governance issues and allegations relating to possible failure of
    controls and insufficient executive oversight.

    Fundudzi Forensic Services (Fundudzi), completed the forensic audit and delivered the 4-year final draft
    forensic report (period covered January 2016 to December 2019) to the CSA Audit and Risk Committee
    on 31 July 2020.

    The scope and objectives of Fundudzi’s investigation was as follows:

    1. Determine whether CSA Management and Board of Directors adhered to the governance
    framework;

    2. Determine whether effective internal controls were in place to prevent or detect material
    misstatements and other irregularities;

    3. Determine whether key sub-committees, reasonably relied on management information and
    applied reasonable levels of professional scepticism to such information before recommending
    such proposals for approval by the Board;

    4. Determine whether there were completeness and adherence to key policies, such as:
    i. Delegation of authority (ensuring adherence to levels of authority);
    ii. Declaration of conflict of interest;
    iii. Procurement policy;
    iv. Enterprise risk management policy;
    v. Employee expense claims policy;
    vi. Fraud prevention policy;
    vii. Asset management policy;
    viii. Cell phone policy;

    5. Determine the completeness and correctness of management reports over the last twelve (12)
    months;

    6. Determine whether CSA’s funds were used for intended purposes;

    7. Determine whether decisions were made in the interest of CSA; and

    8. Provide feedback on allegations against Thabang Moroe (Moroe).
    Fundudzi prepared an investigation report containing, inter alia, various findings, conclusions and
    recommendations (the Final Draft Forensic Report).

    The full Forensic Report touched on roughly 20 themes/areas of concern:

    1. Revocation of media accreditation.
    2. Relationship with SACA.
    3. Allegations of non-responsiveness by CSA.
    4. Appointment of ‘Service Provider X’1.
    5. Step-in rights at WPCA.
    6. Step in rights at NWC.
    7. Framework Agreement entered into between GSC and CSA.
    8. Production Agreement entered into between GSC and CSA.
    9. Expenditures relating to CSA credit cards.
    10. Extending loans to affiliates / unions.
    11. Effectiveness of internal controls.
    12. Examining payments related to tax and VAT liability.
    13. Structure of the Board.
    14. Fraud detection and prevention.
    15. Value-In-Kind sponsorships.
    16. Organisational design.
    17. Appointment of Chantel Moon as Head of HR.
    18. Reviewing policies.
    19. Review of key procurement contracts.
    20. NSA Vulindlela Agreements.

    The Fundudzi Report was used in the proceedings to discipline Moroe, who was subsequently
    dismissed. The conduct of Moroe is dealt with extensively in the Forensic Report, and many of the
    recommendations are to act against him.

    While the Summary Forensic Report contains all the detailed information, we summarise some of the
    key findings below for easy reference:

    1. Revocation of media accreditation.
    Instituting disciplinary action against Moroe for the revocation of media accreditation which
    contravened section 76(3)(b) of the Companies Act, clause 2.1 of the CSA Code of Conduct
    and Clause 4.1 of his employment contract.

    Review and update CSA Media Guidelines Policy and Protocols as well as the CSA

    Accreditation Policy to outline the processes to be followed in addressing an impasse between
    CSA and Media.

    2. Relationship with SACA.
    That CSA Board considers instituting disciplinary action against Moroe for failure to protect
    the interest of CSA in that he failed to ensure that SACA was paid timeously.

    3. Allegations of non-responsiveness by CSA.
    The fact that Board members had to intervene in operational matters indicates that
    Management and/or Moroe failed to respond to SACA accordingly.

    4. Appointment of ‘Service Provider X’1.

    Instituting disciplinary action against Moroe for:

    o failing to follow procurement processes in the appointment of ‘Service Provider X’; and
    o failing to act in the best interest of CSA in terms of Section 76(3)(b) of the Companies in
    that he caused CSA to pay ‘Service Provider X’ R3 019 244.82 without following
    Procurement Policies and Procedures.
    o Register a criminal case in terms of Section 34 of the Prevention and Combating of
    Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004.
    o Obtain legal advice regarding the desirability to institute legal action to recover funds paid
    to ‘Service Provider X’ in view of no evidence of delivery of services.

    5. Step-in rights at WPCA.

    That the CSA Board considers instituting disciplinary action against Moroe for the following:
    o Failing to act in good faith and for a proper purpose and in the best interests of the
    company in terms of section 76(2) of the Companies Act in that he withheld information
    relating to the signing of the lease agreement as well as the withdrawal of the suspension
    letter by Stefanutti Stocks;

    o Failing to comply with clause 12.4.2 of the MoI which required that the Board shall as
    soon as possible after determining that action is required to be taken by the Company as
    contemplated in clause 12.4.1, notify the Affiliate Member or Associate Member in writing
    thereof;

    o Failing to exercise step-in rights with immediate effect as he only informed WPCA of the
    decision to step-in on 21 September 2019 (14 days later) in a letter dated 20 September
    2019;

    o Failing to act with integrity in that he failed to inform the CSA Board of the change in the
    trigger and that the CPUT lease agreement had been signed;

    o Failing to act with the degree of care, skill and diligence that may reasonably be expected
    of a person carrying out the same functions in relation to the company as carried out by
    him having his general knowledge, skill and experience in terms of section 76(3)(c) of the
    Companies Act by not informing the Board of the signing of the CPUT lease agreement
    and withdrawal of the suspension notice by Stefanutti Stocks; and

    o failing to take the lead in ensuring that the Board’s directive was implemented without
    delay in terms of Section 66 of the Companies Act; and

    o For causing the CSA to incur costs in the amount of R565 000.00 relating to the
    arbitration matter against WPCA which costs could have been avoided had he exercised
    due care, skill and diligence as expected of a director.

    6. Step in rights at NWC.

    The CSA Board considers instituting disciplinary action against Moroe for:

    o failing to ensure that the NWC kept and provided audited financial statements for the
    period of two years 2016/17 and 2017/18; and
    o failing to obtain Board approval for the extension of the Administrator period beyond six
    months.

    7. Framework Agreement entered into between GSC and CSA.
    Instituting disciplinary action against Moroe for:
    o Failing to act in good faith and for a proper purpose in terms of Section 76(3)(a) of the
    Companies Act in that he did not inform FinCom and the Board that the due diligence on
    GSC was not conducted;
    o Failing to act in the best interest of CSA in terms of Section 76(3)(b) of the Companies
    Act by not ensuring that the due diligence was conducted, and the Bank Guarantee was
    obtained; and
    o Failing to act with the degree of care, skill and diligence that may be reasonably expected
    of a person carrying out the same function in relation to the company in terms of Section
    76(3)(c) of the Companies Act in that:
    ▪ He failed to show leadership by ensuring that the risk identified by Manning were
    properly addressed;
    ▪ He failed to ensure the FinCom and Board’s instructions were complied with in
    relation to the provision of due diligence report;
    ▪ He failed to ensure the FinCom and Board take decisions based on properly
    presented and complete information; and
    ▪ He failed to ensure that CSA does not suffer losses or potential losses flowing
    from GSC’s failure to fulfil its obligations in instances where their bank guarantee
    was not obtained.
    o Instituting disciplinary action against Appiah for failure to exercise due care and skill
    expected from a reasonable person in a similar position in that he failed to ensure that
    FinCom and the Board’s instructions were complied with in relation to the provision of the
    due diligence report.

    8. Production Agreement entered into between GSC and CSA.
    Instituting disciplinary action against Moroe for:
    o Failing to act in good faith and for a proper purpose in terms of Section 76(3)(a) of the
    Companies Act in that he as he was aware or ought to have been aware that the RFP
    for Production Services included a matching rights clause as the RFP was sent to him by
    Appiah and Becker;
    o Failing to act in the best interest of CSA in terms of section 76(3)(b) of the Companies
    Act in finalising the appointment of GSC;
    o Failing to act with the degree of care, skill and diligence that may be reasonably expected
    of a person carrying out the same function in relation to the company in terms of Section
    76(3)(c) of the Companies Act in that he in that he was aware or ought to have known
    that the 2018 Production Agreement between CSA and GSC did not include any
    matching rights clause; and
    o Failing to exercise due care, skill and diligence in terms of Section 76(3)(c) of the
    Companies in finalizing the appointment of GSC Act in that he ought to have identified
    the risk of possible litigation against CSA by unsuccessful bidders.

    9. Expenditures relating to CSA credit cards.
    o Approve a detailed Credit Card Policy.
    o Provide guidelines relating to expenditure on alcohol in terms of the approved Credit Card
    Policy.
    o Provide guidelines relating to the use of credit cards for travelling expenses in terms of
    the approved Credit Card Policy.
    o Limit the allocation of credit cards to the CEO and CFO.
    o Centralise procurement of goods and services as provided for in the SCM policy.
    o Keep a register of all clothing items distributed to CSA staff and stakeholders to ensure
    that the items are distributed to the correct recipients.
    o Institute disciplinary action against Moroe for failing to ensure that CSA has an approved
    Credit Card Policy, which resulted in the inappropriate use of CSA s funds.

    10. Extending loans to affiliates / unions.
    o Amending the composition of the Board to include more Independent Directors in order
    to ensure independence and objectivity in respect of matters relating to Affiliates.
    o Review the Delegation of Authority document and the Financial Assistance to Affiliates
    and Associate Members Policy relating to FinCom’s authority to approve loans to
    affiliates.

    11. Effectiveness of internal controls.
    o Commencing with the process of nomination of candidates to fill the independent nonexecutive director vacancies.
    o Ensure that the appointment of independent non-executive directors in is line with
    Companies Act and the CSA MOI.
    o Review the nomination Committees TOR to determine whether it is desirable for the chair
    of the Board to be a member of the Committee.

    12. Examining payments related to tax and VAT liability.
    o The Report contain no express recommendations in relation to the examination of payments
    related to tax and VAT liability.

    13. Structure of the Board.
    o Commencing with the process of nomination of candidates to fill the independent nonexecutive director vacancies.
    o Ensure that the appointment of independent non-executive directors in is line with
    Companies Act and the CSA MOI.
    o Review the nomination Committees TOR to determine whether it is desirable for the chair
    of the Board to be a member of the Committee.

    14. Fraud detection and prevention.
    o CSA to consider conducting detailed investigations into the following allegations:
    ▪ Allegations of mismanagement at ‘Cricket Club A’ in Mpumalanga; and
    ▪ Allegations of illegal practices taking place at ‘Cricket Union B’

    15. Value-In-Kind (VIK) sponsorships.
    o Develop a VIK policy or guideline.
    o Ensure that there is centralised control and management of the VIK products.
    o Keep a detailed register of items distributed to CSA staff and various team members in
    respect of VIK products

    16. Organisational Design (OD).
    Fundudzi were further not able to compare how the current CSA OD looks like versus the OD
    Project recommendation as not all positions (as per the approved OD) have been filled.

    17. Appointment of Chantel Moon as Head of HR.
    o Advertise and fill the position of HR Manager/Head of HR as per the approved OD
    structure.
    o Institute disciplinary action against Moroe for:
    ▪ Contravening paragraph 3.4.2 of the SCM policy in the appointment of Moon;
    o Failing to act in the best interest of CSA in terms of section 76(3)(b) on the Companies
    Act in that he caused CSA to pay People Link R1 699 335 for the period August 2019 to
    April 2020 without following procurement processes; and
    o Failing to act with the degree of care, skill and diligence that may be reasonably expected
    of a person carrying out the same function in relation to CSA in terms of Section 76(3)(c)
    in that he appointed People Link without following procurement processes.

    18. Reviewing policies.
    o Instituting disciplinary action against Moroe for failing to ensure that procurement
    processes were followed in the appointment of NSA Vulindlela.
    o Update the Procurement Policy and Procedure to clarify that deviation must be done prior
    to entering into a contract with a supplier as opposed to CSA ratifying minor breaches of
    procurement policies after the fact (entering into a contract or placing an order with a
    service provider).
    o A tender process should be followed in the future in relation to the appointment of security
    related service provider to ensure that CSA benefits from obtaining competitive bids.

    19. Review of key procurement contracts.
    o Fundudzi could not determine whether procurement processes had been followed in the
    procurement of goods and services in terms of the top 40 contracts due to lack of
    documentation.

    20. NSA Vulindlela Agreements.
    o Instituting disciplinary action against Moroe for failing to ensure that procurement
    processes were followed in the appointment of NSA Vulindlela.
    o Update the Procurement Policy and Procedure to clarify that deviation must be done prior
    to entering into a contract with a supplier as opposed to CSA ratifying minor breaches of
    procurement policies after the fact (entering into a contract or placing an order with a
    service provider).
    o A tender process should be followed in the future in relation to the appointment of security
    related service provider to ensure that CSA benefits from obtaining competitive bids.

    Having highlighted the Fundudzi concerns, Cricket South Africa has already taken action on many of
    the findings and recommendations of the forensic report and has further engaged Bowmans to detail a
    roadmap to address:
    • What further actions will be taken by CSA,
    • Who will be responsible for these actions, and
    • When they are expected to be completed.
    Once consensus has been reached by the Board and Bowmans the detailed roadmap will be presented
    to the Members Council and other key stakeholders. A third-party assurance provider will be appointed
    to provide stakeholders with assurance that the required actions have been taken.
    The current Bowmans Draft roadmap recommends the following key areas to be considered by the
    Members Council:
    o Appoint an independent director as the Chairperson of the Board, and ensure that the
    appointed person has the skills required;
    o Ensure that the MOI and related governance processes lead to the appointment of a
    Board with a significant range of skills to perform, with a majority of Board members who
    are not members of the Members Council or participants in the member structures;
    o Separate the Members Council and its workings from CSA through amendment of the
    MOI and bolstering the constitutional documents of the Members Council so that
    regulation of Members happens at that level;
    o Ensure that the Board of CSA can always constitute a Nominations Committee and
    appoint Directors to fill casual vacancies quickly (noting that the Members Council
    appoints the Board at General Meetings and retains strong influence at that level);
    o Take steps to ensure that the Members Council fulfils its role by resolving the
    geographical alignment issues;
    o Clarify the roles, responsibilities of each type of member, i.e., Affiliate Members, Ancillary
    Members etc., the membership requirements and the regulations governing such
    membership including, but not limited to, the impact of failure by each member to
    adhere/comply with the membership requirements;
    o Review the terms of the MOI relating to step-in rights to learn from the experiences in the
    Western Province and North West step-ins as detailed in the Fundudzi Report;
    o Deal in the MOI with the consequences of the failure of Members to comply with
    provisions such as the current 10.9, and provide that Members adhere to appropriate
    governance requirements before they can exercise their rights pursuant to the MOI.
    Bowmans further recommends that the following urgent steps are concluded before the 2020
    Annual General Meeting scheduled for the 5th of December 2020:

    We recommend that the following matters be dealt with:
    • Internal disciplinary proceedings against many employees mentioned in the Fundudzi Report
    are either ongoing or completed.
    • The evidence in regard to other employees of CSA mentioned in the Fundudzi Report should be
    brought to the attention of the Board and delegated to the Human Resource and Remuneration
    Committee or another appropriate governance structures to brief external legal counsel to advise
    on possible disciplinary action, and assist with the taking of such appropriate disciplinary action,
    where necessary.
    • Given the steps taken against many other employees, the Board needs to take, and be seen to
    be taking, a consistent approach against all CSA employees in respect of whom the Fundudzi
    Report identifies allegations of serious misconduct;
    • In addition to the disciplinary proceedings referred to above, the provisions of the Fundudzi
    Report relating to the Western Province and North West Steps-Ins (5.12) and the Framework
    Agreement between GSC and CSA (5.13), should be referred for legal opinion to determine if
    action should be taken against any external parties to recover funds for CSA.
    • The recommendations in regard to the appointment by CSA of a certain service provider named
    in the Fundudzi Report should be followed – a legal opinion should be obtained regarding
    recoveries of the amounts paid by CSA, and the relevant notifications under the Prevention of
    Organised Crime Act, 1998 made;
    • Management of CSA should be instructed to develop an appropriate credit card policy for
    approval by the Board, including clear guidelines on the procurement of travel, purchases of
    alcohol and clothing with credit cards.
    • In addition, further investigation should be undertaken on whether to take steps to recover any
    amounts due to CSA through the unlawful use of credit cards; Management of CSA should
    review and update CSA Media Guidelines and Protocols, and the CSA Accreditation Policy to
    outline the processes to occur when an impasse happens (Board approval required for certain
    actions).
    • The process of the necessary appointments for the Internal Audit and Risk position should be
    commenced immediately, and management should conduct the process under the guidance of
    the independent directors on the ARComm.
    • Management of CSA should be instructed to prepare a draft Value-In-Kind policy for approval
    by the Board, and should confirm the measures taken to ensure that there is centralised control
    and management of products and a register of items distributed to staff and team members.
    • A collaborative team with representation from Members’ Council and Board has been appointed
    by Members’ Council to work in consultation with external Legal Advisors to review the CSA
    Memorandum of Incorporation. This Task Team submitted a total of 19 key in principle proposals
    to Members’ Council and approved principles have been applied in drafting of a new MOI which
    will be reviewed by the MOI Review Task Team. It is envisaged that new MOI will be lodged with
    CIPC and approved by 23 October 2020 in order to be adequately prepared for the AGM.
    Following the recommendations regarding contracting with a major third party security provider,
    management of CSA should be requested to update the Procurement Policy and Procedure to clarify
    that any deviation from the policy must be applied prior to any contract being entered into, as opposed
    to CSA ratifying breaches after the fact.

    IN CONCLUSION

    It is important to note, that External Auditors, PWC, has had full access to the complete forensic report,
    before passing a clean, unqualified audit.

    While Cricket South Africa would have preferred to investigate the Fundudzi recommendations and
    completed the processes in its entirety, before sharing the findings of the report with our very important
    stakeholders in cricket, CSA has had to release the report as is, due to the aforementioned factors.
    The matters detailed in this memorandum by Fundudzi is for consideration by the Board, to allow the
    Board to deliberate on the issues raised, and to speedily reach consensus on the key components of
    the roadmap, and who should take responsibility for preparing and finalising the detailed roadmap.
    Cricket South Africa, officially places on record that, while we understand that the Forensic Report is no
    more than an analysis prepared by Fundudzi on their investigative findings, CSA’s Members’ Council,
    Board of Directors, and our executives, will not tolerate fraud, corruption or mismanagement of any kind.
    Although the Forensic Report is not a court judgment, and the findings and conclusions therein have
    not been tested, CSA takes the Fundudzi recommendations and Bowman’s Attorneys’ reiteration, very
    seriously.

    Further to CSA’s commitment to address the Forensic Report findings, the Members Council is confident
    in the Board’s ability to effectively address the challenges and to focus on protecting the long-term
    sustainability of Cricket South Africa.

    Cricket South Africa is committed to act with determination, without fear, favour or prejudice to restore
    the image of the organisation and to continue promoting the beautiful game of cricket


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    It really is endlessly entertaining how cricket's administration works. Zimbabwe's sports ministry step in to probably the single most corrupt cricketing institution on the planet and get suspended, kicked from two world cups and funding frozen.

    Meanwhile literally every Asian board seems to have direct government influence, some have prime ministers as patrons for gods sake, and CSA is literally now ran by the Government and nilch.

    Do have to laugh at the insanity of it all.


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    The CSA Interim Board can announce that its investigation emanating from the Fundudzi report into allegations of poor corporate governance and maladministration within CSA is well under way. As a result of our ongoing investigations the Interim Board has taken the following steps:

    The Board has through CSA’s recently appointed attorneys (Dingley Marshall Inc.), terminated the services provided by CSA’s public relations independent contractor, PR Worx CC, with immediate effect..

    The Board has (also through CSA’s attorneys) delivered a notice of breach to CSA’s outsourced Human Resources service provider, People Link (Pty) Ltd. The breach arises out of People Link having appointed Ms Chantel Moon as its representative to fulfil CSA’s HR function.

    As has been revealed in the Fundudzi Report (released by the Interim Board on 25 November 2020), various material procedural irregularities took place when People Link was appointed by CSA’s erstwhile CEO, Mr Thabang Moroe. The Fundudzi Report has also revealed that Ms Moon lacks CSA’s minimum qualification requirements for the HR position. People Link has therefore been afforded 48 hours to remedy its breach by appointing a properly qualified representative, in accordance with the terms of CSA’s service agreement with People Link.

    The Board has delivered a notice of disciplinary hearing to CSA’s company secretary, Mr Welsh Gwaza, regarding various allegations of misconduct against him. The hearing is to take place on 14 December 2020, when Mr Gwaza will be allowed to answer the charges which have been laid against him. Mr Gwaza has been suspended with full pay pending the determination of the disciplinary hearing.

    The Interim Board remains committed to fulfilling its mandate and restoring confidence in CSA and its structures. The steps set out above have been taken to this end. Due to the sensitive nature of these actions CSA will make no further comment at this stage. Finally, we wish to say that these decisions were taken after serious consideration and debate during which differences of opinion were aired.


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    JOHANNESBURG: The CSA Interim Board has delivered a notice of suspension and a disciplinary hearing to CSA’s acting-Chief Executive Officer, Ms Kugandrie Govender, earlier today.

    This notice sets out allegations of misconduct by Ms Govender while in the position as Chief Commercial Officer of CSA and while Acting CEO. The hearing is to take place on 28 January 2021, when Ms Govender will be allowed to answer the charges which have been brought against her.



    The charges against Ms Govender relate to, inter alia,

    (i) the role she played in the revocation of media accreditation of certain journalists in December 2019;

    (ii) various breaches of the provisions of the Companies Act as a prescribed officer of CSA; and

    (iii) the role which she played in the dismissal of Mr Clive Eksteen, which CSA has now acknowledged (in terms of a settlement agreement with Mr Eksteen) was an unfair dismissal.



    Ms Govender has been suspended and will receive full pay until the matter is decided.

    In ensuring that CSA remains fully functional during this time, the Interim Board has arranged for the appointment of a capable person from an auditing firm to stand in the breach until early January 2021. The executive management team is being led by CSA Chief Financial Officer, Mr Pholetsi Moseki, with immediate effect. He has agreed to take on this short-term role and we look forward to working with him. The Chair of the IB also addressed CSA staff this afternoon to allay any concerns they may have and to ensure them all of the IB’s support.
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    JOHANNESBURG: The Interim Board of Cricket South Africa met today, 15 December 2020 at 9am and removed Mr Omphile Ramela as a director.

    It was not an easy decision but the IB had no other option but to do so.

    Excerpts from the transcript and a summary of what happened has been provided in the interests of transparency.

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    The Interim Board of Cricket South Africa (CSA) met on Saturday 12 December to prioritise the issues it needs to act on in the remaining very short two-months of its term in order to fulfil the nine-point mandate given to it by Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Among the matters discussed were transformation, Black Lives Matter and the Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) initiative launched by CSA in August this year.

    The Proteas team issued its press statement on 25 November stating that it would not be taking the knee during the recent England series, but ‘together, we are exploring [in a continuing way] the significance of taking the knee and a raised fist’. Interim Board chairperson Judge Zak Yacoob expressed concern about the implications of this statement. The IB believes that the subsequent public and media criticism has justified these concerns.

    The chairperson noted in a letter to Director of Cricket Graeme Smith and Coach Mark Boucher on the same day as the players’ statement that while the IB respected the constitutional right of individuals to freedom of expression as guaranteed by the constitution, the IB felt that ‘we should embrace every aspect of our constitution’ fully as South Africans and show ‘the world that all of us are together in opposing racism at every turn’.

    In its discussion this weekend, the IB re-affirmed the significance of the current world-wide movement against systemic racism in sport, noting that it was not a sectarian political cause but a broad social justice campaign garnering wide support from athletes all over the world, bringing together a coalition of support across national, racial, class, religious and generational lines. The IB feels black lives matter has a particular meaning given South Africa’s apartheid past. Therefore, the IB has confirmed CSA’s support for BLM - first expressed on 9 July in the aftermath of the letter sent to CSA by 36 former national players and senior coaches.

    Judge Yacoob explained that while the IB could not compel the national team to act, it would encourage the Proteas to continue with their stated intention of engaging with this issue. He said it was in the national interest that our sports representatives reflected the constitutional imperatives for South Africans to address lingering discrimination, indignities and exclusions.

    Finally, the chairperson noted that while the IB would remain engaged with this issue, it had also applied its mind to the SJN initiative and subsequently placed it on hold, pending further consideration which includes obtaining legal opinion from legal counsel.



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    Cricket South Africa’s (CSA’s) Members’ Council has resolved to accept the recommendations of the David Richardson Task Team to restructure the domestic game. This follows months of consultation between CSA and the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) after a roadmap for the process was initially drawn up in February 2020.

    The roadmap agreement complied with SACA’s requirement to be consulted in terms of the Recognition and Procedural Agreement of July 2018 between SACA and CSA. The recommendations from the Richardson report was presented to the CSA Interim Board. The Interim Board resolved to recommend its implementation to the Members’ Council, who in turn supported the new domestic cricket structure through the passing of a special resolution.

    The Acting CSA Members’ Council President, Rihan Richards said, “The resolution to accept and approve the Richardson Committee’s recommendation to restructure the domestic competition is the culmination of a process over many years. It heralds a new era for CSA and its affiliates. I must thank Dave Richardson, his committee, and all who have been involved in the process. The support that the resolution received indicates the buy-in from all the stakeholders and a commitment to strengthening South African cricket. We really hope that the system will improve not only access and opportunity at all levels but will contribute to a sustainable CSA and the game.”

    Under the new structure, the current six-team franchise cricket make-up will be dissolved and replaced by a 15-team first-class system. The format will see the teams split 8-7 into a Division 1 and Division 2 arrangement with automatic promotion and relegation to be implemented. This automatic promotion and relegation system aims to provide healthy tension in the system which will enhance a high performance environment, while providing opportunity for those Division 2 Members, who want to be part of a competitive first division.

    The calendar for Division 1 will be similar to the current system where the eight teams will play four-day, one-day and the Twenty20 cricket (MSL) all in a single round.

    The same eight teams will also compete in a domestic T20 knockout tournament with the seven teams from Division 2, whose season will comprise of a four-day and one-day competition. Division 2 players will have an opportunity to play in the MSL via a Player Draft. Proteas and other international players will also feature in the Player Draft.

    The 8-7 divisional split will be determined by a “Bid process” in which each Member will be evaluated based on its performance, both current and historical, against defined Evaluation Criteria, as well as its Strategic Plan for running and sustaining a professional team within this new professional era at Affiliate Member level.

    The enhancement will include: an improved contract system, an increase in the number and quality of opportunities as well as an improvement of leadership talent within CSA’s coaching structures. The proposed competition structure will offer more opportunities to players at the highest first-class domestic level, essentially widening the talent pool for the national selectors.

    Furthermore, the aim is to also strengthen the development pipeline by offering a clear “line of sight” pathway for all players, wherever they may be based in the country, to progress from club cricket to international cricket.

    “After considering the wide-ranging review and consultative process undertaken, the Interim Board recommended adoption of the new domestic cricket structure by the Members’ Council. This new structure will better serve our transformation goals which includes providing increased playing opportunities at the highest domestic level,” remarked Interim Board chairperson Judge Zak Yacoob.



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    JOHANNESBURG: The Interim Board (IB) met last night after a joint meeting with the Members’ Council on Tuesday evening, 16 March, 2021 to discuss the proposed amendments to the Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) of Cricket South Africa (CSA).

    The Minister of Sports, Art and Culture, the Honourable Nathi Mthethwa, has provided the IB with a clear mandate to restore the reputation of cricket in South Africa and internationally. In addition- and key to this- is the restoration of good governance within the game. The IB has been clear in accepting its mandate and has always been committed to implementing the mandate given to it by the Minister and endorsed by the Members’ Council on behalf of the people of South Africa.

    At the joint meeting, the IB and the Members’ Council discussed, inter alia, the composition of a future Board. A non-negotiable principle for the IB is that any future Board is constituted of a majority of independent members. This is a universally accepted principle of good corporate governance and best practice not only in South Africa but around the world. It is also a core recommendation of the Nicholson Report of 2013.

    Arguably, cricket finds itself in the current quagmire of dysfunction because of a lack of independence of the Board. The past failures of good governance and accountability at CSA has led to a regression of our international standing as a cricket-playing nation and our ability to influence the running of the game globally.

    The IB, therefore, stresses that cricket cannot afford to retain its governance status quo.

    There was disagreement between the IB and Members’ Council specifically on the concept of having a majority independent Board.

    The Members’ Council agreed to reconsider their position and revert to the IB at a final meeting to be held on Saturday 20 March 2021.

    The IB is confident that it will find the necessary common ground and understanding with the Members’ Council to ensure that sound governance prevails in the future.

    This is undoubtedly in the best interests of cricket in South Africa.


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    JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Members’ Council today met with the Interim Board to discuss amongst others the composition of the CSA Board.

    After the Interim Board had communicated its discussion document on the composition of the CSA Board, the various Representatives of the Members’ Council underwent a comprehensive exercise of consultation with its Affiliates to seek input and obtain a mandate on what was put forward. The majority of the Affiliates rejected the proposals that were advanced by the Interim Board, specifically on areas that were non-negotiables. The Affiliates felt that the Interim Board was imposing certain decisions on the Members’ Council without room for further exploration.

    It should be stressed at this stage that the proposals that were advanced by the Interim Board are far removed from the recommendations of the Nicholson Report. Therefore, it cannot be said that the Members’ Council does not want to implement the recommendations of the Nicholson Report.

    The Members’ Council recognizes the status of Professor Michael Katz. However, it must be noted that Professor Katz was briefed by the Interim Board, without due input from the Members’ Council, to draft the discussion document.

    The assertion that the Members’ Council has disappointed the cricket community is unfair and unfortunate. The Members’ Council had consulted with its Affiliates and obtained a mandate, which was duly communicated to the Interim Board. The Members’ Council cannot deviate from the mandate of the constituency it serves. That would be irresponsible and dereliction of its responsibilities.


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    The South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) has noted with shock and disappointment the actions of the Members’ Council (MC) in not agreeing to the proposals put forward by the CSA Interim Board to amend the CSA Memorandum of Incorporation. The Interim Board has acted on a mandate from the Minister of Sports Arts and Culture, Minister Nathi Mthethwa, to resolve the governance issues that have plagued CSA over the past decade. Key to this has been the implementation of the widely supported 2013 Nicholson Recommendations.

    SACA CEO Andrew Breetzke stated, “the actions of the MC are in extreme bad faith, and are a direct challenge to the authority of the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture. Furthermore, in November 2020 the MC approved the appointment of the Interim Board with the specific mandate to amend the Memorandum of Incorporation – a majority of independent directors being the cornerstone of that amendment. Their actions are indefensible and evidence of pure self-interest.”

    “This major setback has come at a time when the operational team at CSA has achieved great success in ensuring that our players enjoyed a domestic season despite the significant Covid challenges. This has been achieved through collaborative work between CSA, SACA, CSA Sponsors and Broadcasters, and is evidence of what can be accomplished when stakeholders work together in the best interests of the game. Whilst the MC has indicated that they are acting on the instructions of their constituencies, these constituencies do not include the players, sponsors and broadcasters – nor would I imagine the general public.”

    “The consequences of the decision taken by the MC could be devastating to our game. Ironically, the very existence of the individual Provinces may be in peril as a result of their decision, as CSA’s financial sustainability will be placed under further pressure,” concluded Breetzke.

    “South African cricketers have suffered under dysfunctional governance at CSA for over three years. As a consequence, players will suffer a significant financial deficit this financial year. We have welcomed the role of the Interim Board in resolving these governance issues, and have been looking forward to the building of a robust and effective governance structure, with a strong leadership team at CSA. The events of the past few days are evidence that the best interests of the game we love are not being protected – we therefore urge the MC to review their decision and move in a direction that will benefit the game” added Khaya Zondo, SACA President.

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    JOHANNESBURG: The Interim Board (IB) of Cricket South Africa (CSA) met on Wednesday evening, 24 March 2021, to discuss the current impasse regarding the amendment of CSA’s Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) and, in particular, the Members’ Council’s refusal to accept the well-entrenched corporate governance principle of a majority independent Board.

    The IB has updated Minister Nathi Mthethwa verbally and in writing and has reiterated the following non-negotiables, which formed part of the Minister’s mandate to the IB: the implementation of the 2013 Nicholson Report and a majority independent Board.

    This of necessity means an independent Chair and a separation between the position of President of the Members’ Council and Board Chair. There can be no compromise or negotiation on these two fundamental principles, specifically given the 9 years of inaction since the Nicholson Report.

    In November 2020, the Members’ Council appointed the IB and accepted the mandate provided by the Minister. In addition, in 3-a-side meetings between the IB and the Members’ Council, the principle of majority independence and separation of the chair and President was accepted.

    The IB is,, therefore astonished and disappointed that the majority of the Members’ Council has made this last-minute about-turn in rejecting the principle of a majority independent Board. We commend those on the Members’ Council who were forward-thinking enough to vote in favour of a majority independent Board.

    History has proven that the current governance structure within cricket is untenable and has been the cause of past maladministration and a lack of accountability. “One cannot continue with the same governance structure and expect a different outcome as regards good corporate governance,” commented the Chair of the IB, Dr. Stavros Nicolaou.

    “A majority independent Board is a widely-held corporate governance principle both in South Africa and internationally. That the Members’ Council has reneged and now refuses to accept this principle is short-sighted and has yet again brought cricket administration to the brink of crisis.

    “The brinkmanship, - which has become all too familiar - displayed by certain members of the Members’ Council, cannot be tolerated for much longer by the cricket-loving public. This is evidenced in the public reaction since the Members’ Council decision was communicated,” added Dr. Nicolaou.

    The IB has written to the Acting President of the Members’ Council, Mr Rihan Richards, to ascertain the voting patterns of individual affiliate members. The IB has done so in the interests of transparency and for the benefit of all cricket’s stakeholders.

    The IB has also been speaking directly to the Presidents of affiliate unions in an attempt to further clarify its position and what is at stake for the future of cricket. The IB has done so because it appears that some of the affiliate votes may not have been recorded accurately and/or there may have been some misunderstanding regarding the interpretation of certain principles including the principle of ‘independence’ of a future Board.

    It must be noted that thus far the Members’ Council has been responsible for spending millions of Rands in legal fees in an attempt to stave off the amendment of the MOI and the principle of a majority independent Board as set out in the Nicholson Report.

    “The IB does not believe the expenditure of millions of Rands on legal fees is justified and deems it wasteful expenditure. These millions could instead be used for much needed development and transformation of cricket,” said Dr. Nicolaou.

    He went on to say that “the Members’ Council is seeking to engage in lawfare by defending the indefensible. It is nine years since the Nicholson Report. The time has now come for those recalcitrant affiliates on the Members’ Council to act in the best interests of cricket and find themselves on the right side of history.”

    The IB has also noted the increased public pressure on the Members’ Council and has been speaking to stakeholders, especially commercial partners, who have indicated their discomfort with the latest stonewalling by the Members’ Council. There is widespread consternation amongst the cricketing public and specifically the players themselves. Their very livelihoods are at stake if CSA continues to flounder.

    The IB resolved to continue its work and to ensure that it implements the Minister’s mandate on behalf of the people of South Africa.

    The IB also received update reports on the Gwaza and Govender disciplinary hearings and noted that these matters were well in progress. The IB is committed to see these matters through to completion regardless of its term of appointment.

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    Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Members’ Council has noted a statement released by the Interim Board on Thursday, 25 March 2021. It is unfortunate that the Interim Board continues to try and cause irreparable harm to CSA through its actions by engaging in a public spat with the Members’ Council.

    The Members’ Council unconditionally and categorically denies all allegations levelled against it in the issued statement specifically. The Members’ Council deems these utterances as not only inflammatory but without substance and merit.

    An MOI drafting task team was established between the Interim Board and Members’ Council and after a series of meetings that seemed promising, however, the Interim Board discarded the inputs from the task team that represented the 14 Affiliates and failed to provide Professor Katz with those inputs for consideration but their own.

    Members’ Council expresses its grave disappointment in the manner the Interim Board dealt with the matter which we regard as negotiating in bad faith. It must be noted that when Members’ Council questioned the non-consideration of those inputs the Interim Board instead of negotiating, the Members’ Council was met with a list of non-negotiables and ultimatums.

    In addition, Members’ Council invites the Interim Board to clearly define and quantify the funds it alludes the Members’ Council had spent. The Interim Board is encouraged to make public the funds spent on legal costs and to which party these costs are attributed. Specifically, on funds it spent on legal costs incurred in dealing with disputes within the Interim Board itself.

    The Members’ Council categorically denies that the Chairperson or any member of the Interim Board had written any letter to them regarding the voting patterns of its members, prior to his media statement. Similarly, we dispute that the Members’ Council outcome of the votes have been manipulated or misinterpreted in any way when in fact Members’ Council conveyed the views as mandated by their respective Affiliates.

    Members’ Council requests that the Interim Board provides proof of these allegations or retract such claims. We implore the Interim Board to refrain from such acts, as they have the fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of CSA and not their own.



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    It continues to be a complete mess in South Africa. The only solution for me seems to be a complete dissolution of CSA and creating a new structure afresh, akin to the UCB days.

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    JOHANNESBURG: The Interim Board and the Members' Council met with the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, this evening.

    The meeting was a productive one. The Minister was unequivocal on the principle of a majority independent Board and an independent Board chair.

    The Minister also reconfirmed the initial mandate given to the Interim Board in October last year. He encouraged the Members' Council to reconsider its position on the structure of a future Board by no later than Tuesday, 6 April 2021.


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    JOHANNESBURG: The Interim Board of Cricket South Africa (CSA) welcomes the decision taken by the majority of the Members' Council to accept the principle of a majority independent Board led by an independent Chairperson.

    This paves the way for the formal amendment of CSA's Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) and sets cricket administration on a new governance path.

    Interim Board Chair, Dr Stavros Nicolaou, said: “This is a landmark moment for South African cricket administration. It lays a solid foundation for transparent and sound governance in the future. It is 9 years since the Nicholson Report recommended a majority independent Board and the moment has finally been seized to make a clean break with the past. It is a step in the direction of transparent, innovative and best practice governance for cricket.

    “A new Board, comprised of individuals with a balance of skill, cricketing knowledge and the ability to ensure accountability, is required to administer the modern game. It is hoped, too, that this new governance structure will lay a foundation for on-field success and restore public faith in the administration of the game.”

    Dr Nicolaou went on to say: “A new majority independent Board should ensure that our country once again takes its rightful place at the International Cricket Council. We are aware of the deep public concern expressed regarding past governance failures in cricket. We trust that players, sponsors and all who love the game will take comfort in the latest developments and the historic agreement reached between the Board and the Members' Council yesterday.”

    The Interim Board will now finalise the technicalities related to the amendment of the MOI and setting a date for CSA's long overdue 2020 AGM.

    "We are looking forward to the AGM where the new governance structure will be adopted unanimously by the members," concluded Dr Nicolaou.


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    JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa (CSA) today held its Special General Meeting (SGM). The purpose was to amend the Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) to allow for a majority independent Board and an independent Chair.

    These proposed changes would be in line with the Nicholson Report and good corporate governance. The Interim Board (IB) has held over the past few months several consultative sessions with the Members’ Council. In addition, Professor Michael Katz has also consulted and provided legal advice to the Members’ Council on the proposed amendments.

    Disappointingly, the Members’ Council voted not to accept the amendments to the MOI which would have steered CSA on a new path and restored confidence with its stakeholders. Despite the IB requesting transparency, the Members’ Council insisted on a secret ballot.

    CSA Interim Board Chair, Dr Stavros Nicolaou, said: “What happened today was extremely disappointing and certainly not in the best interests of cricket. A minority of the Members’ Council have yet again shown itself to place self-preservation ahead of the interests of the game and indeed, the national interest. This minority is determined to hold the game - and the country - hostage. It has been aided and abetted by SASCOC, whose intervention in the CSA SGM today was totally unacceptable and indeed appeared orchestrated. Fortunately, members of the media were present at the SGM to ensure the public will be informed as to what happened today.”

    Nicolaou went on to say that, “the Interim Board is in discussion with the Minister about the way forward for cricket in South Africa.”



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