TALE OF TWO CHIEFS: Cricket SA names permanent CEO while SA Rugby comes to Jurie Roux’s defence

TALE OF TWO CHIEFS: Cricket SA names permanent CEO while SA Rugby comes to Jurie Roux’s defence

It was a day when two of South Africa’s biggest sports organisations backed their chief executives in two vastly different circumstances. 

The chairman of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) board, Lawson Naidoo announced Pholetsi Moseki as its new CEO after an eight-month search. Moseki will formally take the position on April 1, although he has been the acting CEO for more than a year. 

Moseki only joined the organisation in mid-2src19, a few months before its leadership collapse started in earnest. In December 2src19, Thabang Moroe was suspended and CSA has not had a permanent CEO since, underlining the flux the organisation has endured. 

Moseki has navigated the challenging times with skill and integrity in his 14 months as acting CEO. Given the amount of intellectual capital he has earned in that period, the confirmation of his role as permanent CEO makes sense in terms of continuity. 

Moseki has spent months rebuilding bridges and trust in the organisation and has achieved relative stability, despite not formally having the backing of the board until this week. 

“Pholetsi has displayed extraordinary dedication and commitment since he joined the CSA family in 2src19,” Naidoo said. 

“He has been the key link in the leadership chain at CSA, especially during challenging periods. He has played a key role in getting the organisation moving in the right direction.” 

Moseki, a qualified chartered accountant, understands the enormity of the role before him, which he can now start with a five-year contract and a clear mandate. He is certainly mature enough to shrug off the insult of not being initially considered for the role. 

He and Naidoo said all the right things, but the reality was that the board searched high and low for someone else before settling on what many believe was the obvious choice. 

“We need to rebuild faith in our organisation,” Moseki told the media. “Breaking trust is very easy but building it takes a long time. There’ve been numerous challenges, which resulted in a lot of our stakeholders losing trust, and me being confirmed CEO doesn’t necessarily mean there is going to be trust. It will be a process, but it is something we are focused on. 

“A lot of our stakeholders have lo

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