South Africa government derecognising CSA could lead to 1000 job losses, CSA warns

CSA warns of 1000 layoffs if South Africa government does not recognize cricket board: Report; Cricket South Africa; Graeme Smith
CSA warns of 1000 layoffs if South Africa government does not recognize cricket board: Report; Cricket South Africa; Graeme Smith

South Africa government derecognising CSA could lead to 1000 job losses, CSA warns- As many as 1,000 jobs are at risk if the South Africa Cricket board is derecognized by the South Africa sports ministry. Cricket South Africa (CSA) has asked for an immediate meeting in order to save the game. As per a report, CSA staffs conveyed their dismay at events which caused sports minister Nathi Mthethwa to use the National Sports and Recreation Act to intervene at CSA via a letter signed by all 72 members of staff including the signature of Director of Cricket Graeme Smith.

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As per a report from ESPNCricinfo, the sports minister 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 his use of the Act is published, CSA would no longer be recognised as the game’s official governing body. The biggest impact of Nathi Mthethwa’s actions will affect everyone who is involved in the running of the game.

“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.

“We implore the Interim Board and the Members Council to go back to the table and have a meeting of the minds and find an amicable solution in the interests of all who serve this wonderful game and, by extension, the nation. We are of the opinion that an intervention of this nature would mean, to say the least, the disruption and destruction of all grassroots initiatives and ongoing projects, and the loss of more than 1000 jobs. These jobs affect the following, but not limited to, CSA staff, Member Board staff, cricket media, suppliers, sponsorship & hospitality services.”

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