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Sports minister Mthethwa officially re-recognises Cricket SA as a sporting body

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  • Sports minister Nathi Mthethwa has officially re-recognised Cricket South Africa as a sporting body.
  • In a Tuesday government gazette, Mthethwa said CSA could assume its place as cricket's mother body after withdrawing national recognition last week.
  • Mthethwa's decision came after CSA complied with Chris Nicholson's 2012 recommendation that they form a majority independent board.

Sports, Arts, and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa has officially re-recognised Cricket South Africa (CSA) as a sporting federation.

In a government gazette notice that was published on Tuesday, Mthethwa said CSA is now recognised as a federation in terms of Section 1 of the National Sports and Recreation Act of 1998 "with immediate effect upon compliance with the recommendations of Judge Christopher Robert Nicholson's committee of enquiry."

The notice comes after Mthethwa signalled his intention last week to withdraw the notice after CSA's members' council voted unanimously to implement the Nicholson recommendations that would allow for the formation of a majority independent CSA board.

Mthethwa had enforced Section 13 (5) of the Act after CSA's members' council failed to get the required 75% to pass through Memorandum of Incorporation amendments that would have facilitated the election of a majority independent board at the 17 April Special General Meeting (SGM).

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That meeting left Mthethwa, who has allowed the MoI process between the members' council and the interim board to unfold with minimal government intervention, with little choice but to use his powers.

On 29 April, CSA was stripped of its national recognition and funding by Mthethwa following the failed SGM, acting on his previous threats to go down this route that CSA failed to heed.

The publishing of that particular gazette notice had come after the members' council, and the interim board had found the necessary middle ground that satisfied Mthethwa to motion for the return of CSA's federation status.

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