Newly-elected KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA) president Steve Mkasi says that the first 100 days of his four-year term in office will determine the failure or success of the new leadership of the organisation.
Pietermaritzburg-based Mkasi, who launched a strong 10-point manifesto in his bid for the presidency, was voted in as the new KZNA boss during a quadrennial general meeting last weekend.
Now Mkasi, who was born in Jo’burg and became a member of Umkhonto weSizwe at the young age of 14, wants a quick implementation of his ideas for the good of the sport.
“We are either going big or going home; the first 100 hundred days must determine whether we are coming or going. We don’t have time to dilly-dally,” he said.
“In the first 100 days, which started on Sunday, we intend to have all the plans drawn and ready for implementation.”
The 47-year-old, who also spent time in exile, is no stranger to the sport or KZNA as he was the chairperson of the Capital City Marathon and has been part of the five-member task team assigned by Athletics South Africa to lead KZNA after the suspension and dissolution of the previous board over irregularities.
The new president is also the co-founder of Phuma KZN Athletics Club.
Another well-known figure in athletics, Mandla Mngomezulu, was elected as the vice-president.
Mkasi is thrilled with the victory but he said the most important thing now was to repay the faith of the clubs that voted for him by delivering on his promises.
“The people bought into my idea of what is required for KZNA to turn the corner,” said Mkasi, a qualified lawyer.
“I did the first lap of the work because it’s a relay, I’ve come up with the strategy which states where we want to go, and the clubs liked what they saw.
“The relay reverts, not only to me but to the people I’ve been elected to lead KZNA with and who are doing the actual work, and those will be the commissions.
“The commissions have to take the ideas and run with them.
“They have to look at what we have put together as a manifesto and then breathe life into it.”
Among other things, Mkasi promised to include the re-establishment of an academy in the province, going to the grassroots level to develop talent, and help technical officials and coaches with all they need to make KZNA a winning province.
“Everyone that’s part of the plan must know exactly what they are expected to do, and we must also know how much it is going to cost us to do those things.
“One of the things that we said in our manifesto is that we are only going to do those things that can be done with available resources.”
KZNA held their first board meeting on Tuesday.
KZNA EXECUTIVE BOARD
President: Steve Mkasi
Vice President: Mandla Mngomezulu
Chairperson, Athletes Commission: Martin Ngwenya
Chairperson, Cross Country Commission: Sabelo Ndlovu
Chairperson, Road Commission: Ray Khanyile
Chairperson, Track & Field Commission: Khura Buthelezi
CROSS COUNTRY COMMISSION
Chairperson: Sabelo Ndlovu
Vice Chairperson: Simphiwe Zulu
Secretary: Adelaide Xulu
Chairperson Ray: Khanyile
Vice Chairperson: Mandla Makhathini
Secretary: Lani van der Mescht
TRACK & FIELD COMMISSION
Chairperson: Khura Buthelezi
Vice Chairperson: Ngane Nxumalo
Secretary: Mangethe Zwane
Chairperson: Martin Ngwenya
Vice Chairperson: Sandile Mthembu