Chaos in Boland Rugby

November 15, 2012
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Daar is chaos in Boland rugby nadat klubs in die unie besluit het dat hulle genoeg van unie president, Francois Davids, gehad het.

Marco Botha – Die Burger (English translation further down)

’n Paleisrevolusie dreig in Wellington nadat “talle senior klubs” ’n mosie van wantroue ingedien het teen die uitvoerende bestuur van die Boland-rugbyunie, insluitend en primêr sy president, Francois Davids.

Sport24 het die dokument van vier bladsye gisteroggend bekom, en daarin word nege klagtes geopper. ’n Senior amptenaar, wat uit vrees vir intimidasie anoniem wou bly, het aan Sport24 gesê die grootste besware gaan oor beweerde nepotisme en rassisme.

“Hierdie mosie het die steun van talle senior klubs, wat keelvol is vir hoe dinge in die Boland gedoen word,” het hy gesê.

Daar heers skynbaar al lank ontevredenheid in die Boland oor die “skaamtelose aanstelling van vriende en familie in poste, wat terselfdertyd met buitensporige salarisse gepaardgaan”.

Die oorspronklike renons het glo ontstaan toe Davids sy broer, Abe, verlede jaar as hulpafrigter van die Kavaliers aangestel en sy seun, Franzel September, die span mettertyd begin lei het.

Dít het die Boland vanuit klubgeledere die bynaam “Huis van Davids” besorg – ’n verwysing na ’n plaaslike televisiereeks.

Toe die direkteur van rugby, Loffie Eloff, en talle van sy spelers onlangs aansienlik kleiner salarisse aanvaar het, het September na bewering ’n verhoging gekry.

En, word in die mosie aangevoer, is Bolla Conradie en Milroy Isaacs nie weer gekontrakteer nie om mededinging om onderskeidelik die leierskap en nr. 6-trui van September te voorkom.

Voorts wys die mosie daarop dat Denver Pienaar, ’n voormalige hoof van ontwikkeling en spanbestuurder van die Kavaliers, glo in 2010 aangesê is om teen ’n kleiner vergoedingspakket tussen die twee poste te kies.

Hy het by ontwikkeling aangebly aangesien hy glo net R2 000 per maand as spanbestuurder gekry het. Hendrik Snyders het as spanbestuurder oorgeneem, en toe hy die unie verlaat het, is Willie Small, “’n groot vriend van die president”, in albei Pienaar se vorige poste aangestel.

Die uitvoerende hoof, Piet Bergh (61), is vandeesmaand gevra om ’n jaar voor sy voorgenome aftrede sy pakket te vat.

Dié aankondiging is oombliklik opgevolg met gerugte dat Small die gunsteling is om hom te vervang.

Small het in 2010 sy pos as uitvoerende hoof van die Suidwestelike Distrikte verlaat, toe daar ernstige vraagtekens oor sy kop gehang het oor onder meer beweerde onverklaarde finansiële transaksies.

Hy het in 2009, midde-in ’n tugverhoor teen hom, ’n magdom klubs gesnoer om ’n mosie van wantroue in te dien teen die bestuurslede wat hom verhoor het.

Sport24 verneem dat die SWD se finansiële jaarstate vir 2009 eers volgende week goedgekeur kan word.

Buiten vir kommer “dat hierdie man nou as die Boland se Messias geoormerk word”, meen die Bolandse mosieleiers dat daar geen deursigtigheid in die aansoekproses is nie, aangesien aansoeke direk aan Davids se persoonlike assistent, Anthea Jantjies, gestuur moet word.

Sy is glo onlangs in hierdie nuwe pos aangestel. Haar man, Hoban Jantjies, is na bewering sonder ’n tenderproses as die unie se amptelike spysenier “aangestel”.

Wat rassisme betref, lui die mosie: “Dit is ’n ope geheim dat die president geen blankes in die Boland wil hê nie. Loffie Eloff moet weggewerk word sodat die president se broer, Abe, hoofafrigter van die Kavaliers kan word…”

- Die Boland-rugbyunie het teen druktyd nie gereageer op ’n versoek deur Sport24 om kommentaar te lewer nie.

English

Threats of a revolution has hit Wellington after several ‘senior clubs’ passed a motion of no confidence in the executive management of Boland Rugby Union including its president, Francois Davids.

Sport24 is in possession of a 4-page document in which nine accusations are made against the union.  A senior official who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of intimidation confirmed to Sport24 that the majority of the accusations made centers around nepotism and racism.

“This motion has the support of numerous senior clubs who are fed-up with the way things are run in Boland rugby,” he said.

Apparently the accusations has been a long time coming because of the “shameless appointments of family and friends in positions accompanied with exorbitant salaries”.

It started when Davids’ brother, Abe, was appointed as assistant coach of the Cavaliers last year with his son, Franzel September, eventually ending up captaining the team.

This has earned Boland rugby the nickname “Huis van Davids” (House of Davids) after a popular local television series.

When the director of rugby, Loffie Eloff, and many of the players had to accept a cut in their salaries, September apparently got a raise.

The motion further states that Bolla Conradie and Milroy Isaacs were not offered contracts to avoid a stand-off between players and September’s son for the captaincy and number 6 jersey.

Further claims in the document suggest that Denver Pienaar, former head of development and team manager, was told in 2010 that he had to choose between the two roles and would subsequently receive a smaller remuneration.

He decided to stay on as head of development since he only received R2000 as team manager.  Hendrik Snyders took over as team manager and when he left the union, Willie Small, “a good friend of the president”, was appointed in both positions Pienaar previously held.

Also, Piet Bergh, the union’s chief executive was told to take his retirement package a year before it was due.  Rumours suggest Small is the favourite to replace him.

Small left his position as the chief executive of South Western Districts (SWD) after serious questions were raised over unsanctioned payments that were made at the union.

In 2009 during a disciplinary hearing against him, Small managed to get a number of clubs to pass a motion of no confidence against the management members that instituted the disciplinary actions against him.

Sport24 understands that SWD’s financial statements of 2009 can only be declared next week.

Apart from the fact that “this man is now seen as the Messiah of Boland” individuals are also unhappy about the lack of transparency in the process to apply for the position where applications can only be sent to Davids’ personal assistant, Anthea Jantjies.

She has also been a recent appointment at the union while her husband, Hoban Jantjies, was apparently appointed as the official caterer to the union without following a tender process.

As far as racism is concerned the document claims that: “It is an open secret that the president does not want any white people in Boland.  Loffie must be worked out so the president’s brother, Abe, can take up the position of head coach…”

A request for a response from Boland Rugby union has not been received by the time of going to press

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5 Comments

  1. avatar Craven says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Sport administration in this country is a joke.

  2. avatar DavidS says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    True enough

  3. avatar Boertjie says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Check who’s running the show in Boland.
    Check the nepotism.
    Lot of guys with newfound power.

  4. avatar Timeo says:
    November 16th, 2012 at 3:53 am

    This is not dissimilar from the situation in many on the unions. Boland is just at a different place in the cycle. The root of the problem is that they have a large stable income stream that has no connection to the quality of their product or whether they have any customers buying or not.

    A business with secure income but no demanding customers.
    Who would not want that?

    I suspect the discontent is much more related to how the spoils are being shared than to actual governance.

    The surest way to change things is to tie their income to their ability attract customers (fans).

  5. avatar Timeo says:
    November 16th, 2012 at 4:05 am

    I also have a hard time to understand the value of having over-the-hill players like Bolla Conradie, et al on professional contracts.

    Their salaries should be funded by the fans who watch them play. If not enough fans attend Boland games they should find gainful employment elsewhere. To funnel monies, raised from Superugby or Test matches to small unions in order to pay for players that adds no value is a waste and a drain on resources. Those monies should rather be used to develop young players or lure back some of the many top quality players, playing in Europe.

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