Safa has installed Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe as the federation’s new permanent chief executive.
This was announced during a media conference at Safa House on Friday, where Safa president Danny Jordaan revealed that Motlanthe had been appointed on a five-year contract.
According to Jordaan, Motlanthe received a unanimous vote from the Safa national executive committee (NEC), following a rigourous interviewing process before an independent panel.
Motlanthe was shortlisted alongside renowned marketing guru Happy Ntshingila and former Banyana Banyana player and team manager Lydia Monyepao, who were also considered for the post that has been vacant for early three years.
“He was highly recommended by the interviewing panel and the NEC endorsed his candidature unanimously. He has been appointed on a five-year tenure and commences with immediate effect,’’ Jordaan told the media.
Motlanthe has been the acting CEO since April after the then incumbent Gay Mokoena vacated the position in a huff towards the end of his short tenure.
Mokoena stepped in as a stop-gap measure in November 2019 following the departure of Russell Paul, who was also in charge on a temporary basis.
Safa has been without a permanent accounting officer since Dennis Mumble parted ways with the football controlling body in 2018.
Motlanthe said his immediate task was to ensure that Safa operated with a leaner administration.
This has already been set in motion as Safa began a section 189 process last year in line with the plans to implement retrenchments on a major scale, citing operational cost-cutting.
“We are at the implementation phase and about 19 of our staff members took voluntary packages. We should be done with the process by the end of February,” said Motlanthe, who has been with Safa since 2011, when he started out at the association’s legal representative.
He said his other immediate task would be to oversee the finality of Safa’s much-vaunted Vision 2022 that should culminate in Bafana Bafana qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.