Box­ing SA en­ters new era of lead­er­ship

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

Sports Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula has ush­ered in a new era for lo­cal box­ing with the an­nounce­ment of three key ap­point­ments plus an R11 mil­lion wind­fall for Box­ing SA (BSA) on Fri­day.

Mr Razzmatazz filled the po­si­tion of CEO with Tsholofelo Le­jaka, and an­nounced Tha­bang Moses as chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer and Sa­belo Silinga as di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions.

He said the be­lea­guered box­ing gov­ern­ing body would re­ceive an R11 mil­lion fi­nan­cial in­jec­tion to as­sist with ad­min­is­tra­tion costs.

The three po­si­tions have been va­cant for some time, caus­ing BSA to limp from one crisis to another.

An ec­static Mbalula said the new ap­point­ments au­gured well for the box­ing body.

“A lot has been done and the wheels are turn­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” said the en­thu­si­as­tic min­is­ter.

On Le­jaka’s ap­point­ment, he said: “I can vouch with my cows at home, I am giv­ing you the best.”

Le­jaka, who pre­vi­ously held the po­si­tion of chief di­rec­tor at the sports de­part­ment, be­lieves his sound knowl­edge of ad­min­is­tra­tion will come in handy to en­sure the BSA runs smoothly.

He said the other big fo­cus, with the sup­port of the board, would be to put the in­ter­est of the box­ers first. “We need to en­sure that fight­ers oc­cupy cen­tre stage and are well looked af­ter. This will ob­vi­ously oc­cur with the co­op­er­a­tion of the pro­mot­ers,” Le­jaka said. On BSA, Le­jaka had this to say: “I’m aware that I’ve in­her­ited an en­tity that ex­pe­ri­enced huge chal­lenges be­fore. I would like to turn things around. “One of my pri­or­i­ties is to en­sure that the is­sues of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s fi­nances are com­pletely sta­bilised.” The 40-year-old Le­jaka was born in Thaba Nchu, Free State and ed­u­cated in Mafikeng, North West.

The much-awaited nam­ing of the CEO had been the sub­ject of much spec­u­la­tion.

Le­jaka’s nam­ing as the man to chart the way for­ward for the ad­min­is­tra­tion of pro­fes­sional box­ing should come as a breath of fresh air for the po­si­tion that had pre­vi­ously been be­dev­illed by con­tro­versy.

This af­ter the res­ig­na­tion last year of for­mer CEO Loy­iso Mtya, who threw in the towel af­ter be­ing sus­pended by BSA fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­lat­ing to abuse of power.

He had suc­ceeded another con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure, Mof­fat Qithi, who was put aside in 2013 and sacked last year for, among other things, not declar­ing that he had a crim­i­nal record.

PHO­TOS: TE­BOGO LETSIE

OR­DER Tsholofelo Le­jaka, the new CEO of Box­ing SA, says he wants to turn the as­so­ci­a­tion around

POS­I­TIVE Sports Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula an­nounced the ap­point­ment of new BSA of­fi­cials as well as an R11m cash in­jec­tion

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