BSA’s new acting CEO certainly packs a mean punch

2011-04-30 16:44

She has recovered from her original astonishment at being the first ­female acting CEO of Boxing South Africa (BSA) and pledges to ­improve the game’s image.

Tumelo Kekana (29) has the humility to admit that she initially experienced a “cocktail of feelings” when she was given the formidable task of ­being the chief executive of the boxing body.

There was an exclamation of “wha!” by some reporters, people who are normally ­phlegmatic, when BSA’s chairperson, Peter Ngatane, announced the new boss.

However, her performance when she attained an unblemished audit report in 2009, “unlike in previous years”, certainly played a part in her appointment to her new role.

This is what made Ngatane proudly tell the media: “Ms Kekana has been doing a sterling job in the background and we are confident that she will surpass her performance.”

Even though Kekana points out that she was ambivalent when she was told of her appointment, she says confidence prevailed and she pledges to transform boxing. “The game has been perceived negatively and [portrayed] as barbaric by critics and cynics and I hope to transform that perception slowly but certainly,” says Kekana. The new chief also stresses that she will be able to handle even occasions that require seemingly spontaneous decisions because she “will be governed by the boxing act, rules and ­regulations”.

“The task is very challenging but I am ready for it and optimistic of holding my own in the so-called man’s game,” says Kekana. The new boss emphasises that among her goals is to help boxing attract more sponsorship. The fight chief executive will need to be far more than just a financial manager to take charge of a cutthroat game that has among its ranks a number of hotheads.

“I would like South African boxing to be seen in a positive light, not as a dying sport and this can be accomplished by improving its image,” she says. “I admit that boxing is a brutal game indeed but the relieving thought is that it is controlled.”

She speaks enthusiastically, suggesting that the job excites and fires her imagination.

“Since joining forces with BSA three years ago I have learnt a lot about different divisions, boxing rules and regulations,” she says.

“I am not intimidated by my tough assignment because Ntate Ngatane, the board and staff have confidence in me and will be supportive.”

Who is Kekana?
She was born on October 16 1981, grew up in Tembisa and currently lives in Midrand. She joined BSA in 2008 as an ­accountant. She is married to Colin Molefe and the couple have a four-year old daughter, Bontle.

She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South ­Africa. Her favourite boxer is the country’s unbeaten heavyweight sensation, Flo “Black Panther” Simba.

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