Are the windows just getting a tinted dressing or is CSA heading to real transformation?

2012-10-26 00:00

IS Cricket South Africa (CSA) bent on transformation?

Or is it intent on the window-dressing that is so prevalent in South African society?

That will now only be known in November, due to the postponement of their annual general meeting, which was supposed to take place on Saturday. It is clear something is wrong at the Wanderers Club office block where CSA is housed.

CSA eventually succeeded in jack booting its mischievous chief executive Gerald Majola. He was guilty alright, even though he needed more than the decision review system to ensure his dismissal.

That is one bugbear off CSA’s shoulders, but their next challenge is to redress the racial challenges they are faced with.

That obstacle is in the form of how they are going to wash down the non-acceptance by the board of Advocate Norman Arendse.

If you want to effect change, it should be wholesome, not just servicing where you think a problem needs to be looked at.

I would know better than to cherry-pick which parts of a car need to be touched upon rather than having the whole unit undergoing a thorough service.

Unfortunately, where there is administration, irrespective of the discipline, there will always be some sort of power-broking or ganging up to prevent certain individuals from ascending the ranks of power.

We all know how poisonous that trading can be, with the South African Football Association (Safa) the perfect example of power-broking gone wrong.

It is a lesson CSA has to heed carefully, for it is the disjointedness and the lack of direction at Safa that is having a detrimental effect on football, not only Bafana Bafana, but also the general decline of the standard of the Premier Soccer League.

A weak South Africa is something cricket cannot afford and by God’s grace and sheer mental strength, this nation’s cricketers have managed to look beyond the boardroom shenanigans. And how well they have done, especially the Highveld Lions, whose mother union, the Gauteng Cricket Board, is eating itself from the inside with no signs of stopping.

Former CSA steering committee member Shawn Christiansen, who resigned last week over the Arendse saga, made a valid point when he said that South Africa’s demographics cannot allow one race group to hold sway over others. It is an argument that holds water and unless that issue is redressed, all the gains that have been made will go down the drain.

The most unfortunate part of this saga is that the shadow cast by Majola’s thievery is that black and coloured administration could be looked down upon as those whose sole end when entrusted with high positions is to milk organisations dry.

A further peculiarity is that the current CSA board, which has vetoed Arendse’s inclusion, is the same board that manoeuvred him and Mtutuzeli Nyoka out of power when the two went against their grain.

Then again, it is the same board that rubberstamped Majola’s thievery and the bridges burnt by Arendse with the same board were not easily forgotten. I do have high regard for the new chairperson Louis von Zeuner and the board that will be elected, but race should not and must not play a role in leadership positions.

Nor should there be satisfaction in having a requisite amount of coloured and black people to satisfy the powers that be and the pandering of affiliates.

That only builds tensions and weak leaders as they are stung by those who put them in those positions.

One hopes that cricket does not degenerate into such debauchery for this is a sport played primarily in white, signifying pureness, durability and stickability.

Those two latter values, along with honesty, are in dire need and hopefully the new board will live by them.

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