CCMA rules in favour of Sunfoil Dolphins
Durban – The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)
has handed down its finding on former Sunfoil Dolphins head coach Lance
Klusener’s referral of an alleged unfair dismissal arising out of the
non-renewal of his coaching contract . The Commissioner tasked with
considering Klusener’s claim dismissed it and ruled in favour of the
The franchise indicated to Klusener in February that it did not plan to
renew his contract, and he left his post as coach of the professional team
at the end of February, and sought to challenge the non-renewal of his
contract at the CCMA.
Following the departure of Klusener the Sunfoil Dolphins franchise was
coached by caretaker coaches Yashin Ebrahim and Roger Telemachus until
Grant Morgan was announced as the new full-time coach in May.
In the Award, the CCMA found that Klusener had failed to discharge the
onus of proving a legitimate expectation of renewal of the contract
existed at the time of the non-renewal.
Furthermore, and significantly, the Commissioner agreed with the
franchise’s view that in modern sport, past glories are meaningless if the
team’s performance falls below expectations.
When the team failed to match the expectations of the franchise and for
that matter the public and fans, any expectation Klusener may have had of
renewal, would have diminished.
“It is relief to have this matter now resolved, and we can focus all our
energies on the upcoming season,” said Rajesh Behari, acting CEO of the
“The squad is energised and enthusiastic, and we are encouraged by the
pre-season preparations. The conclusion of the CCMA matter involving Lance
Klusener now clears the way for everyone at KZN Cricket to commit all our
energies into the new season,” said Behari.
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