PRESS STATEMENT: Sports, Arts Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa Holds Successful Talks with the Leadership of Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday Evening

Min of Sport & Recreation

17 December 2019

The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, has met with the leadership of Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday evening. The leadership comprised the Board of CSA led by its President Mr Chris Nenzani, and council members.

CSA had an opportunity to present to the Minister an overview and the financial status of South African cricket; its challenges, and risks and the mitigating action thereof. Subsequent to a robust and frank engagement, Minister Mthethwa conveyed his sentiments to the leadership of Cricket about the recent and widely publicised challenges plaguing Cricket South Africa.

 The Minister impressed upon the leadership of CSA to provide the details of actions in the roadmap as well as clear timelines and allocated responsibilities. Minister Mthethwa also impressed his encouragement that CSA, would embark on a forensic audit that would not only look at its Management but also matters of governance by the Board. These- in addition to added focus on its financial health. 

CSA- as a member federation- was advised to engage with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) on these matters in order to send a clear and consistent message to the public who include dedicated lovers and supporters of Cricket. 

 During this meeting, the CSA leadership unanimously committed to implement the “Turn-around Roadmap” in four (4) phases over the next six (6) months. An undertaking was given by Cricket SA to provide monthly updates to the Department and SASCOC on all matters. Finally, Minister Mthethwa told the CSA leadership that it should always act in the best interests of the game and the nation: 

“In the final analysis, what we must always ensure is that South Africa is not placed in a position that is contrary to how we are known the world-over: that of being a ‘winning nation’. Whenever we are not viewed as a winning nation, it is self-inflicted. In order to perpetually demonstrate that we are indeed a winning nation- not just as players and teams, or individual athletes, but as administrators and governing bodies, we must learn to accept the challenges that have been experienced with humility. It is this humility that develops the self-improvement to ensure we remain the winners we have always been. I am humbled to have enjoyed the forthright and fruitful engagement with the leadership of this greatly loved sport of Cricket on this day.”

-   Hon. Nathi Mthethwa


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