CSA warns of ‘1000 job losses’ if board is derecognised by South Africa government

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Joint letter signed by staff including Graeme Smith, as crisis looms for national body

Cricket South Africa’s staff have warned of more than 1,000 job losses if their organisation is derecognised by the country’s sports ministry, and have asked the Members’ Council and Inteirm Board to hold a “meeting of minds” to save the game.

In a letter, signed by all 72 members of staff which includes director of cricket Graeme Smith, issued on Saturday afternoon, the staff conveyed their dismay at the events which caused sports minister Nathi Mthethwa to use the National Sports and Recreation Act to intervene at CSA. Mthethwa issued his intention to defund and deregulate CSA yesterday, an action which is awaiting publication in the government gazette and could happen as soon as next Friday.

If Mthethwa’s use of the Act is published, CSA would no longer be recognised as the game’s official governing body and would not be permitted to hand out national colours, which means all representative teams including the men’s and women’s national teams would cease to exist. The wider impact of Mthethwa’s actions will affect everyone involved in the running of the game, something the CSA staff are concerned about.

“This intervention not only has the potential to put our jobs at risk, but also the jobs of people employed at our Member Boards,” the letter reads. “It also has the potential to set us back in terms of any sponsorships that CSA has acquired and any future sponsors who wish to be aligned to this great game, thereby affecting the day-to-day operations.