Following a seven year tenure at the helm of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Fa-eez Jaffar has stepped down and will be replaced by his Vice-President Mr Bernard Dladla following the union’s Annual General Meeting on Friday evening.
Dladla began his administrative career 15 years ago when he was elected onto the Executive council of the Umlazi Cricket Club. His career in cricket administration grew steadily as he took up a handful of positions before being elected as the Umlazi Cricket Club member on the Durban and Districts Cricket Union (DDCU).
From 2006, when he started with the DDCU, he moved through the ranks to the position of deputy president and took up a spot on the KZNCU council as the DDCU representative.
In 2013 he was elected to the position of vice-president of the KZNCU behind Jaffar and has held that position ever since.
“Taking over as the president is a daunting task and I have some big boots to fill,” Dladla said. “It is a huge responsibility but it is one that I am ready to take on. Fa-eez and I have had a long chat about the position and I am looking forward to starting.”
Dladla believes that he is surrounded by great people at KZNCU and his transition into the presidency role should be a smooth one.
“We have a great CEO and there are sound structures in place at the Union, so I am excited by the prospect of leading KZNCU into a new era.”
Outgoing president Jaffar has left the union in a solid position following one of its strongest seasons to date.
“I think we have around 17 to 19 players involved in national set-ups, from the Proteas, the SA ‘A’ team, the ladies’ national team to the national academy and schools’ teams.
“To be seen as the most improved union by Cricket South Africa last season shows that we are moving in the right direction but there are still areas we can improve on.
“It has been an interesting journey for me getting everyone to walk the same path, but I have also learnt so much and grown as a person,” Jaffar said.
Jaffar was full of praise for those that he sought advice from and wished Dladla and the union all the best for the future.
“I was helped and guided along by many people during my tenure and I am grateful for their help.
“Ben and I have worked together for a long time and he is a level-headed man who has not only junior cricket at his heart, but is a passionate supporter of Dolphins cricket,” added Jaffar.
Following his first season as the Chief Executive Officer of KwaZulu-Natal Cricket, Heinrich Strydom thanked Jaffar for his contribution to the game in the province.
“Mr. Jaffar’s role in getting KZN Cricket to where it is today has been massive. He has been at the helm for many years and has led the union with pride. He leaves a sound foundation for us to build on. We thank him for all that he has done for cricket in KwaZulu-Natal.”
Speaking on the appointment of Dladla to president, Strydom is excited with the belief that the union will continue on its journey to a glory era.
“I have worked with Mr. Dladla for one season and I am encouraged by his passion for the game. I admire his ability to remain level headed in all situations and I look forward to learning from him. We have now got an important job of continuing the hard work that we put in last season,” Strydom added.
Reflecting on what was a successful season for the union both on and off the pitch; Strydom highlighted some crucial role players in their success.
“To have the Hollywoodbets Dolphins share the Momentum One Day Cup and be finalists of the RAM SLAM T20, as well as our KZN Coastals side winning the Sunfoil 3 Day Cup, and Hollywoodbets Inland winning the Africa T20 Cup – it was a terrific season.
“The support from our sponsors has been incredible. Hollywoodbets continue to go above and beyond for cricket in the province and we cannot wait to continue this winning partnership,” an excited Strydom commented.
With the vacation of the vice-president position, Daniel Govender will move from his position on the board and fill the second vice president position.
In other changes to the KZNCU board, Kugen Subrayen and Ravi Padayachee come onto the management committee as non-independent directors while Ernest Shozi and Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize take up positions as independent directors.
President – Bernard Dladla
Vice President – Adv Rajesh Sookhay
Vice President – Daniel Govender
Treasurer – Michael Govender
Neville Barron, Dilip Hariram, Yunus Bobat, Ernest Molotsi, Prof Logan Naidoo, Kugen Subrayen, Ravi Padayachee
Prof Ashwin Desai, Suresh Naidoo, Ruben Reddy, Ernest Shozi, Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize