Cheeky postpones AGM!

EP Kings President, Cheeky Watson

EP Kings President, Cheeky Watson

The Eastern Province Rugby Union Executive have taken the decision to postpone the Annual General Meeting which was scheduled to take place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, 28 November 2015 at 12pm.

Executive Member, Mr Freddie Makoki, who is Vice President and Head of Provincial Affairs for the union, said the decision had been taken in light of the current discussions taking place with SA Rugby over the assistance that the parent body would be providing to the EP Rugby structures ahead of Super Rugby.

“We have received a number of questions from the clubs ahead of the AGM around SARU’s involvement. There are still a lot of issues which we need to gain clarity on and we are not in a position to be able to provide our members with the answers that they are seeking at this time,” he said.

Executive Member Vernon Stuurman, who is also Chairman of the Sub Union Committee, said the decision had been passed by the majority of the current executive.

“This is not a decision we take lightly, but as the executive, we felt that it was prudent to postpone the Annual General Meeting until such time as we are able to more accurately report back to our constituents on the actions that will be taken and the implications that this will have for both the professional structures, as well as for the Union and its various divisions,” he said.

Stuurman confirmed that Watson had been one of the executive members who had opposed the motion to delay the AGM.

Executive Member, George Malgas, said the executive was entitled to postpone an Annual General Meeting in terms of the currently binding constitution, which was adopted on the 2nd of March 2011.

Malgas said according to the current constitution the AGM only had to take place before the 28th of February next year.

Malgas pointed out that the amended constitution, which was sent out for comment from the clubs last year, has not yet been adopted by club structures and as such is not binding. Clubs have yet to send in their proposed amendments.

Stuurman said once the executive felt that they were in a position to adequately address the concerns raised by the clubs with regards to the SA Rugby assistance programme, the executive would then issue a notice of the new date of the AGM as per the guidelines of the constitution, which requires a minimum of 21 days notice.

Southern Kings planning moves into second stage


The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has established an operational implementation task group to oversee the running of the Southern Kings franchise in Vodacom Super Rugby, SARU announced on Monday.

The group will meet in Cape Town on Wednesday to put in place the structures and processes required to take control of the running of the Southern Kings.

“We will be leaning heavily on EPRU personnel in this implementation process in due course and they are providing us with certain documentation to determine the current landscape at the franchise,” said Jurie Roux, SARU CEO.

“This is a nuts and bolts process to establish what needs doing in the short term and what the longer term requirements may be.
“We understand that Kings supporters as well as staff and players have dozens of questions but until all the planning is in place and firm decisions have been taken it would be unfair to comment on all the speculation that is currently underway.

“Our single aim is to put in a place a robust structure that attends to the playing and commercial needs of the Southern Kings for Vodacom Super Rugby. Once that is well underway we will be able to go into more detail.”

Roux said that he the implementation task group would initially comprise SARU general managers with differing expertise and a management representative from the EPRU and one from the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium management company.

Media are advised that Wednesday’s meeting is not expected to produce any significant announcements although, should that change, SARU will issue a media release.

Transformation coalition condemns ‘all white’ Kings signings

Bantwini Matika, Chairperson of newly formed Rugby Transformation Coalition (RTC)

Bantwini Matika, Chairperson Rugby Transformation Coalition (RTC)

In a letter to SA Rugby, SASCOC, Department of Sports and Recreation, Parliament potfolio committee on Sports, and EP Kings President Cheeky Watson, the chairperson of Rugby Transformation coalition Bantwini Matika labelled as both ‘disrespectful and pissing on the very existence of our franchise’ EP kings actions of signing white players only.

In an explosive letter in our possession, the Coalition blasted EP Rugby and its President as failures that ran EPRU to bankrupcy, “As if running the EP Rugby Union to bankruptcy was not enough, now Mr  President Cheeky Watson and his Executive have went on to piss on the very existence of this franchise, transformation, by signing 8 new white players on the Kings squad for Super Rugby”.

EP Kings on Monday announced the signing of nine (9) new players for their 2016 Super 18 rugby competition. Eight (8) of those players are white, and only one is black. These are the players : SP Marais, James Hilterbrand, Jurgen Visser, Stefan Watermeyer, JC Roos, Caylib Oosthuizen, Mark Richards, Louis Fouche and Carel Greeff.

“In 2013 we were made to believe winning was the reason why they used more white players, not that we agreed with that stereotype but we understood because they were trying to avoid relegation. Now theres no relegation and the mandate from the clubs and the greater south african public to  SARU is that we need more players of colour in the Kings franchise and others inorder to feed our National Teams”, continued the letter.

“We are asking you to explain the signing of 8 white players for Super Rugby when we were promised more players of colour? Why is SARU allowing this nonsense when their transformation trajectory is at its worst position? Why are Border and SWD players of colour sidelined here?”

“We demand that SARU ensures that the administration being put together will meet the employment equity targets including coaching staff and team support staff. We request that decision making be not the preserve of white people only in the running of Eastern Cape franchise and that local black business benefits from the franchise budget”.

Then the Coalition requested an urgent meeting with SAR to further discuss these matters. “We therefore request to hold an urgent meeting with SARU around these matters”.