The Western Province Professional Rugby Board has resolved to make pivotal changes with the aim of achieving excellence, both on and off the field, underpinned by sound governance and leadership in the company.
In order to achieve the goals of fielding a world-class rugby team, player happiness and security, financial accountability and sustainability, transparent governance and engagement with all stakeholders and inclusive transformation, the Board has put together a practical action plan.
This commitment to rugby excellence is not based simply on guaranteeing player welfare and happiness and successfully negotiating new contracts, but also creating an enabling environment for them to keep performing with pride and determination.
In terms of governance stability and integrity, the Board has undertaken to further separate the powers and functions of the Union and the company.
This will include a search and appointment of a new separate company CEO in January 2021, as well as the co-option to the Board of Solly Moeng onto the Management Committee in order for independent board members to be predominant.
There will be an increased focus on sustained and meaningful engagement with players, staff, sponsors and the public. The Board will endeavour to ensure financial viability into the future by engaging positively with all stakeholders, thereby ensuring confidence and a shared understanding of our common objectives.
Chairman of the Board of Directors Ebrahim Rasool said that these resolutions are intended to have all stakeholders on the same team, pulling in the same direction.
“We have incredible potential as a company and we also have some valuable assets in the form of our world-class players, top sponsors and of course our passionate support base. With all of these groups working together in a carefully co-ordinated strategy we are confident that we can achieve great things going forward,” he said.
DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that the players and management are committed to delivering the kind of rugby that all stakeholders can be proud of.
“As players and management we are privileged to represent this team and this brand and we remain committed to doing both justice on the field. We are encouraged by this new path that the Board has embarked on and we look forward to a successful 2021 for Western Province Rugby,” he said.