A newly formed management committee is set to guide operations at the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union (KZNCU) over the coming years after a quintet of independent directors was appointed on Friday, 28 August at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead to work closely with the Union’s elected office bearers.
Re-elected KZNCU President Fa-eez Jaffar and Vice President Ben Dladla are now joined by newly chosen Vice President Rajesh Sookhay and Treasurer Michael Govender while the five independent positions are filled by Dr. Sifiso Mtshali, Ruben Reddy, Rais Pearson, Dale Tomlinson and Dr. Mpho Mhlongo will provide valuable, independent oversight.
As experts in their respective fields, Mtshali (HOD: KZN Health Department), Reddy (President of the KZN Institute for Architecture ), Pearson (former Head of Strategic HR, FNB Corporate), Tomlinson (Chief Executive Officer of The Hardy Boys Advertising Agency) and Mhlongo (Specialist Psychiatrist in private practice) bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to KZNCU matters.
“I wish to express my gratitude to all the independents for making themselves available to serve cricket in our province,” said Jaffar.
“The sporting landscape in South Africa has changed in recent times and their expertise, skills and business acumen can only benefit the KZN Cricket Union and aid in making the Union more professional.
“I look forward to working with these incredible people,” he added.
The body’s Annual General Meeting also saw the Treasurer’s report reconfirm the healthy financial state of the Union as a loss of R1.9million in the 2013/2014 year was turned around and the Group attained a profit of R2.35million during the 2014/2015 year.
Operating costs declined by 8% to R28.4million, giving the Union an operating profit (profit before any returns from the financial investments) of R339 000, the first such operating profit in many years.
“Almost R1.5million was spent on upgrades to Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in the previous financial year and a further R4million has been earmarked for this coming financial year, the results of which are already clear to see” said Sunfoil Dolphins CEO, Pete de Wet.
“The healthy financial state that we find ourselves in is down to the stringent checks and balances in place as well as a robust procurement policy and I expect to see further improvements this year as we prepare to announce further investments from sponsors and new revenue streams.”
The renewed energy at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead makes for a very exciting 2015/16 season with all the hard work off the field sure to yield great success on it when the Sunfoil Dolphins start their domestic campaign on 11 October 2015.