Mass staff exodus on the horizon at the PSL

2012-07-14 19:21

Following CEO’s departure last week, another top official makes a sudden escape and others are set to follow suit

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) could face a mass exodus of disgruntled staff members.

The league’s chief executive, Stanley Matthews, resigned last week, five months into the job.

His departure followed that of Advocate Zola Majavu, who only lasted three months at the helm of Africa’s richest league.

The latter took over from a Norwegian businessman Kjetil Siem, who occupied the position between 2007 and 2010.

The PSL was this week rocked by another uncertainty after communications manager Altaaf “AK” Kazi tendered his resignation.

He was quick to mention that he had joined Cricket SA in the same capacity.

Kazi, a journalist, is said to have handed a long list of grievances to chief operations officer Cambridge Mokonyane, who is now acting chief executive.

Mokonyane is said to be the reason behind the unhappiness at PSL, according to a source.

The reason behind Kazi’s sudden departure is said to have been the appointment of Connie Motsomi as stakeholder relations and communication manager.

Motsomi is said to have a similar job description as Kazi.

A source within the PSL told City Press that marketing managerZola Nkuta was expected to leave after a Sharon Ditshego was employed and given the same job description as hers.

Said the source: “It has become unbearable now and people are looking for other employment options. Maybe it is the case of ‘a new broom sweeping cleaner’ as those who were there during Kjetil’s tenure have become disillusioned.

“One of the reasons Altaaf left was because there is someone appointed with the same job description as his. This was the case with Zola. Don’t be surprised if many other people follow suit.”

PSL’s club licensing manager, Kabelo Bosilong, and Senzo Mazingiza (special projects manager) resigned last year.

Mokonyane, who is said to be on leave, didn’t answer his mobile phone nor respond to a City Press SMS.

Instead, a person purporting to be acting on his instruction called this reporter to say that Motsomi was the person to give answers to our questions.

She was quick to dispute that she had a similar job description to Kazi’s, saying: “He (Kazi) reported to me when he was still here. I am responsible for media and stakeholder relations, and in a normal business sense, it would be called corporate affairs.”

Motsomi also denied that Ditshego had the same job description as Nkuta.

“It’s not true that someone is doing Zola’s job. Sharon is a brand marketing manager and Zola is a marketing general manager.”

However, she could not respond to questions relating to Kazi’s alleged grievances. “It would be unfair for me to discuss employer-employee issues.”

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