Logan D. Naidoo
Associate Professor in Human Resource Management at the Mangosuthu University of Technology. Involved in sports for over 40 years as an active participant and administrator. Captained the Natal Cricket Board Team and served as Manager of the Proteas Cricket Team and also Acted as President of Cricket South Africa. Presently one of the Directors on the KZN Cricket (Pty) Ltd. Board.
Also serve on the Executive of KZN Athletics and the Management Committee of KZN Sports Confederation
The ministerial appointment of Judge Nicholson to investigate the affairs of Cricket South Africa (CSA) was a much publicised issue that gained wide spread coverage in South Africa and around the world. The investigative report that ensued, resulted in several changes at the national cricketing authority. CSA was requested to augment these changes by certain deadlines at the behest of the Minister of Sport. A particular area of concern for the minister was the issue of Corporate Governance.
In order to ensure that affiliates and officials complied with the new requirements, CSA devised an incentive scorecard. This scorecard included areas such as administration, finance, academies, and development, and also included the important area of governance. It was deemed, in terms of the King III recommendations on Corporate Governance, that this area was in sore need of attention. The intention of the incentive scorecard was to provide opportunities for affiliates to gain monetary rewards for achieving pre-set norms and hopefully also achieve sound corporate governance requirements by focusing on areas such as: board names, elections and tenure; size of board; board subcommittees’ TOR and meetings; conflict of interest; dispute resolution; AGM dates and CIPC registration; and minimum level 5 BBBEE contributor. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the incentive scorecard has had a difficult passage and created an onerous administrative burden on officials struggling to attend to both their administrative duties and promoting and facilitating cricket in their jurisdictions.
This paper will review information available in CSA documents, minutes of meetings and other related documents. It will also reference interviews with cricket officials. The intention is to investigate whether the enforced corporate governance compliance by CSA has been effective on cricket administration, how it has impacted cricket as a whole, and whether there is a the better way to ensure responsible corporate governance.