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Corporate world central to new CSA board

Firdose Moonda

October 16, 2012

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Willie Basson, the CSA acting president, Colombo, October 9, 2012
Willie Basson: 'I am delighted by the quality of the independent component of our new board' © Getty Images
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The newly constructed CSA board will be chaired by one of the country's top bankers and also includes high-profile businessman and legal experts. The five independent directors were selected by a nominations committee as part of the Nicholson Committee recommendations that the organisation completely overhaul its governing structures and streamline its board.

What was previously a 22-member board has been halved and five of the 11 members on the new board come from the corporate world. The remaining six will come from five provincial presidents and CSA's chief executive and will be voted in at the AGM on October 27. By then, suspended boss Gerald Majola's disciplinary hearing, which is continuing in his absence, will be complete and he will either be back at work or CSA will be in the process of appointing a new head.

The process of choosing the independent directors took two months and resulted in the selection of Louis von Zeuner, Dawn Mokhobo, Vusi Pikoli, Mohamed Iqbal Khan and Geoff Whyte. All the nominees are of high pedigree and have been met with approval from CSA's current leadership.

"I am delighted by the quality of the independent component of our new board and I know they will work well with the other members to lead CSA into an exciting new era," Willie Basson, CSA acting president said.

Von Zeuner is currently deputy group chief executive of Absa Group Ltd, one of the country's big four banks.

Mokhobo is a former South African businesswoman of the year and was previously involved with the UN. She chaired a committee which looked into women in economic decision making. Currently, she is chairperson of a mining company and serves on the boards of several other companies.

Pikoli is a member of the EU Foundation for Human Rights and the Magistrate's Commission and also serves as a Trustee of the Constitutional Court - the highest legal authority in the country. He was fired as head of the country's National Prosecuting Authority but is known for being behind the laying of criminal charges against former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, who has since been found guilty of corruption, and president Jacob Zuma.

Khan is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and works as chief operating officer for Old Mutual Investment Group South Africa, a financial institutional. He is also a former cricketer and played for SA Schools under the South African Cricket Union and the South African Cricket Board (the body set up for non-white players).

Whyte has worked for Unilever, Pepsico, Cadbury Schweppes and SAB-Miller. He was named marketing person of the year in 2009 by the Sunday Times and was a judge of the major marketing and media experience awards in the country.

The independent directors will be ratified at the AGM in 11 days.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by notquickbutsudden on (October 18, 2012, 0:54 GMT)

Tricky situation here. Cricket is now BIG business and SA are definitely one of the money teams. Wouldn't it make sense to have financial and marketing types intimately involved to make sure you get a fair shake? Looking in from the outside the Board does seem to have a good balance ...

Posted by Clan_McLachlan on (October 17, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

Mixed reactions to this. One the one hand, a smaller board of professionals is a good thing. On the other hand, a number of these people have political connections, and CSA getting dragged into the ANC factional power struggles would be a bad thing.

On the whole I think this is an attempt to tie the board more closely to the ANC government, and that we can expect a transformation agenda to get pushed harder than before.

Posted by judeye on (October 16, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Oh NO! Now we have the corporates with their sticky fingers all over CSA. The beginning of the end. and bankers nogal! Sis man, have you no shame?

Posted by priceless on (October 16, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

Would sincerely hope that a number be previous good cricketers. We don;t want more persons who do not understand cricket 5 day Tests, 1day and 20/20. Imperative that the board be FOR CRICKET NOT OTHER INTERESTS.

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