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Dladla takes the reins as new KZNCU
Durban – Following a seven year tenure at the helm of the KwaZulu-Natal
Cricket Union Fa-eez Jaffar has stepped down and will be replaced by his
Vice-President Mr Bernard Dladla following the union’s Annual General
Meeting on Friday evening.
Dladla began his administrative career 15 years ago when he was elected
onto the Executive council of the Umlazi Cricket Club. His career in
cricket administration grew steadily as he took up a handful of
positions before being elected as the Umlazi Cricket Club member on the
Durban and Districts Cricket Union (DDCU).
From 2006, when he started with the DDCU, he moved through the ranks to
the position of deputy president and took up a spot on the KZNCU council
as the DDCU representative.
In 2013 he was elected to the position of vice-president of the KZNCU
behind Jaffar and has held that position ever since.
“Taking over as the president is a daunting task and I have some big
boots to fill,” Dladla said. “It is a huge responsibility but it is one
that I am ready to take on. Fa-eez and I have had a long chat about the
position and I am looking forward to starting.”
Dladla believes that he is surrounded by great people at KZNCU and his
transition into the presidency role should be a smooth one.
“We have a great CEO and there are sound structures in place at the
Union, so I am excited by the prospect of leading KZNCU into a new era.”
Outgoing president Jaffar has left the union in a solid position
following one of its strongest seasons to date.
“I think we have around 17 to 19 players involved in national set-ups,
from the Proteas, the SA ‘A’ team, the ladies’ national team to the
national academy and schools’ teams.
“To be seen as the most improved union by Cricket South Africa last
season shows that we are moving in the right direction but there are
still areas we can improve on.
“It has been an interesting journey for me getting everyone to walk the
same path, but I have also learnt so much and grown as a person,” Jaffar
Jaffar was full of praise for those that he sought advice from and
wished Dladla and the union all the best for the future.
“I was helped and guided along by many people during my tenure and I am
grateful for their help.
“Ben and I have worked together for a long time and he is a level-headed
man who has not only junior cricket at his heart, but is a passionate
supporter of Dolphins cricket,” added Jaffar.
Following his first season as the Chief Executive Officer of
KwaZulu-Natal Cricket, Heinrich Strydom thanked Jaffar for his
contribution to the game in the province.
“Mr. Jaffar’s role in getting KZN Cricket to where it is today has been
massive. He has been at the helm for many years and has led the union
with pride. He leaves a sound foundation for us to build on. We thank
him for all that he has done for cricket in KwaZulu-Natal.”
Speaking on the appointment of Dladla to president, Strydom is excited
with the belief that the union will continue on its journey to a glory
“I have worked with Mr. Dladla for one season and I am encouraged by his
passion for the game. I admire his ability to remain level headed in all
situations and I look forward to learning from him. We have now got an
important job of continuing the hard work that we put in last season,”
Reflecting on what was a successful season for the union both on and off
the pitch; Strydom highlighted some crucial role players in their
“To have the Hollywoodbets Dolphins share the Momentum One Day Cup and
be finalists of the RAM SLAM T20, as well as our KZN Coastals side
winning the Sunfoil 3 Day Cup, and Hollywoodbets Inland winning the
Africa T20 Cup – it was a terrific season.
“The support from our sponsors has been incredible. Hollywoodbets
continue to go above and beyond for cricket in the province and we
cannot wait to continue this winning partnership,” an excited Strydom
With the vacation of the vice-president position, Daniel Govender will
move from his position on the board and fill the second vice president
In other changes to the KZNCU board, Kugen Subrayen and Ravi Padayachee
come onto the management committee as non-independent directors while
Ernest Shozi and Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize take up positions as independent
President - Bernard Dladla
Vice President - Adv Rajesh Sookhay
Vice President - Daniel Govender
Treasurer - Michael Govender
Neville Barron, Dilip Hariram, Yunus Bobat, Ernest Molotsi, Prof Logan
Naidoo, Kugen Subrayen, Ravi Padayachee
Prof Ashwin Desai, Suresh Naidoo, Ruben Reddy, Ernest Shozi, Dr
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After serving as the Vice
President of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union for five years, Bernard
Dladla will replace long-serving president Fa-eez Jaffar, who has
stepped down, at the helm of the KZNCU following the Annual General
Meeting on Friday.
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