South Africa news September 12, 2013

CSA to review transformation policy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cricket South Africa will host its first transformation 'indaba' (conference) in Johannesburg in more than a decade this weekend to review the progress of its ability to reach out to previously disadvantaged groups. The meeting will focus on the transformation policy and assess where it can improve in providing facilities, resources and access in previously disadvantaged communities, with particular emphasis to black African areas.

The organisation admitted that in the past they, "might have been policy complaint without achieving real transformation" and there is evidence of such in the numbers. Since South Africa's readmission in 1991, 81 players have played Test cricket, of which only five - Makhaya Ntini, Mfuneko Ngam, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Thami Tsolekile and Monde Zondeki - are black Africans.

Last season was the first time a black African was in charge of a franchise. Geoffrey Toyana was appointed at the Lions and had a successful debut season winning the domestic T20 competition and sharing the one-day cup in 2012-13. In an attempt to increase representation, earlier this year, Linda Zondi, a former black African KwaZulu-Natal wicketkeeper, was appointed to the national selection panel.

The indaba will focus on seven broad streams, including governance, procurement of goods/services and appointment of staff, professional cricket, amateur cricket, funding, transformation legacy/history, selection of teams/appointment of officials.

"Transformation: 'time to do the right thing', will be the theme behind our indaba," said CSA President Chris Nenzani. ""We should remind ourselves that it is also a constitutional imperative and we owe it to all the people of our country to make sure that the playing field is level for everyone. In the past we might have been policy compliant without achieving real transformation and the time has arrived for that to change."

Haroon Lorgat, CSA CEO, said that one of the first steps he had taken since assuming office was to appoint a dedicated transformation manager, Max Jordaan, in his executive team.

"Transformation must be in our hearts and minds and I have noticed a willingness from all stakeholders, in particular, the Proteas who have been a driving force in recent times," Lorgat said. "As our senior role models they would also be the ultimate beneficiaries of all the good that we intend to achieve.

"There have also been some fantastic initiatives recently such as the Momentum eKasi Challenge and I hope to develop this across the country before the start of every new season."

The last conference on transformation took place in 2002.

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  • Soso on September 13, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    The article threw me off when it said a coloured African was employed in the selection panel in order to bring more players through.

    Look i'm all for transformation. But it has to be done in the right way. A selector's job is to select the best performing players in the country without prejudice. If you want to bring players through the system then you create a new department which will try and identify those players. They will also be in charge of making sure all communities have proper facilities.

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Transformation policy should not focus on a protea level.

  • Tim on September 13, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    South African cricket needs to do a lot more work to sell itself to the majority and to make it a part of the summer culture of all South Africans. Rather than moaning about quotas we should be asking why the transformation policy has been a failure so far. Guys can make a tidy living out of this great sport. With SA's population and resources we should have no trouble trotting out a few D'Oliveiras, Gavaskars and Malcolm Marshalls. When we finally do it is curtains for the rest of the world.

  • Kendal on September 13, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    @Xolile - maybe Vilas or Kuhn can feel a bit unlucky (they wouldnt get into the team anyway because of AB) , but De Kock is nowhere near ready for Test cricket. In fact I thought he looked pretty unconvincing in his limited overs games so far. He is young, his time will come no doubt. But Tsolekile batted very well against Aussie A recently. I dunno, to me he is there on merit, that's just my opinion. You are entitled to yours. No worries.

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    It's got to start at school. Ntini is a great example. He showed some talent, was given a bursary to Dale Colledge (a very good sporting school from the Eastern Cape province) and played representative and ultimately represented SA with great effect. Ngam followed a similar course, but was struck down by injury.

    Identifying talented youngsters and getting them in the right kind of (cricket) schools is the way to go. Forcing transformation on representative cricket is window dressing and does more harm than good.

  • Deon on September 13, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    @greentop - There is no doubt that Tsolekile is a political selection. He has a poor First Class batting record, he has a poor List A batting record, and he has a poor T20 batting record. If De Kock, Kuhn or Vilas were black they would have been in the team ahead of him.

  • Kendal on September 13, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @Robster1 - Ok just looking at our Test squad here - I dont believe there are any 'unofficial quotas' there. Players of colour in Test squad: A. Petersen, H.Amla, JP Duminy, T Tsolekile, V. Philander, R. Petersen. If anyone tried to tell me those players are not there on merit I would take real exception to that. People can argue till they are blue in the face about the back up keeper but to me Tsolekile is there on merit. If there were really quotas Tsolekile would play every Test match instead of being the reserve keeper. Ok Robby P has lost of a bit of form lately but he is still one of the more experienced international spinners we have in this country. The others mentioned are merit, pure and simple.

  • Andre on September 13, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    @Farmer_Oak. The Article also says, "professional cricket, amateur cricket, funding, transformation legacy/history, selection of teams/appointment of officials. " You can read what you want to into that, but I see professional teams being selected based on colour. This whole "indaba" should not even be necessary. We've been a democratic society for almost 20 years. We must start acting like it.

  • Android on September 13, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    @farmer_oak initially nothing is wrong with the policy, but in the long run it will be exactly that-a transformation. players will be selected to make sure the team remains rainbow, it is inevitable. if said players are if the highest calibre and willing and able to rake on the best the world has to offer, so be it. however, if it is purely political selection and the is a player stuck in provincial cricket or on the bench, be they black white green or gray, south african cricket will never reach its full potential. one more thing, why choose the word 'transformation' to be the name of said policy in the first place?

  • Rashad on September 13, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    @ Andre Smith: There is nothing in the article or the conference theme to indicate that individulas will be selected for the Proteas based on skin colour. Your comment is just another example of people like you reading the word "transformation" and jumping to a conclusion. If you read the article correctly, you will have noticed the following: "The meeting will focus on the transformation policy and assess where it can improve in providing facilities, resources and access in previously disadvantaged communities, with particular emphasis to black African areas." The latter part of this sentence is excatly what transformation is all about. In simple terms it means that more resources are allocated to previously disadvantaged communities. What is wrong with such a policy?

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