South Africa: CSA finally appoint a new full-time Chief Executive Officer

South Africa
Pholetsi Moseki Cricket South Africa

After an incredibly long period of transition Cricket South Africa have finally appointed a new chief executive.

On Wednesday 16 March 2022, Pholetsi Moseki was unveiled as the permanent CEO of Cricket South Africa.

CSA have undergone a massive overhaul, which has also been extensively resisted by various parties, extending the process of finding a replacement to disgraced form CEO Thabang Moroe.

Cricket South Africa finally appoint a new full-time CEO

The extent of Moroe’s wrongdoings is still unclear and remains disputed, nontheless the appointment of Moseki marks the beginning of a new era.

This has been recognised by CSA Chairman Lawson Naidoo.

“The path to finding a new CEO has been a critical component in the process of fixing cricket from the ground up and setting us on a path to renewal and growth,” says CSA chairperson Lawson Naidoo.

“I am delighted that Pholetsi has agreed to take up this exciting challenge and have every confidence that he will ensure that cricket becomes a national game of winners that makes all South Africans proud.

“Pholetsi has displayed extraordinary dedication and commitment since he joined the CSA family. He has been the key link in the leadership chain, especially during challenging periods.

“He has played a key role in getting the organisation moving in the right direction,” Naidoo concluded.

The omnishambles that preceded CSA’s rudderless period

Moroe had been suspended just over a year into a three-year contract as CEO, as allegations of widespread and varying wrongdoing came to light.

While Moroe was later fired, his dismissal came only after an initial eight-month paid suspension.

Moroe has also delivered testimony to the Social Justice and Nation Building hearings, whilst criticising the process which was initiated shortly after his dismissal.

His controversial tenure heaped scandal on CSA as they continue to try to shed their past, both as a union divided along racial lines, and an entity exposed to extreme corruption.

Moseki is now charged with marrying good governance with transformation whilst trying to rescue the finances of CSA hit hard by the pandemic and a loss of sponsors. His task is unenviable and the scrutiny will be fierce, extreme and at times unfair.

It is hoped that CSA’s revised structure will prevent instances of executives and other board members gaining too much power and influence.