Sport and Recreation Minister Thulas Nxesi will appoint a new Boxing South Africa (BSA) board in November.
The current board’s three-year term ended in May, but were given a six-month extension as the minister was new in the portfolio.
It is important for the new BSA board to be appointed as it has to continue to carry out the mandate of, among other things, regulating, controlling and exercising general supervision over professional boxing at tournaments in the country.
And the new board is expected to perform its mandate to put boxing administration on a good platform.
Sports department director-general Alec Moemi said about the current board: “Their term ended just after a Cabinet reshuffle and we had a new minister.”
He said Nxesi accepted BSA’s recommendation to extend the board’s tenure.
“We are now in a process to expedite the appointment of a new board. We will have a new board by end of November.”
BSA chief executive officer Tsholofelo Lejaka said: “In terms of the Boxing Act of 2001, the appointment of the BSA board is the competency of the minister and the process is in the safe and capable hands of the minister.”
The new board is expected to chart the way forward for the administration of professional boxing.
The current board has performed fairly well under chairperson Muditambi Ravele’s stewardship since 2014. This included jacking up the organisation’s administration process by having a stable unit with a full staff complement.
But there were also a few negatives, with BSA often facing administrative challenges. This included the body going through several court cases, which involved former chief executive Moffat Qithi being suspended in 2013 and then sacked in 2015. His felony, among other things, was failing to declare that he had a criminal record before assuming his position.
Other members of the current board are Dr Malefetsane Peter Ngatane, Advocate Mzamo Alfred Gumbi, Zandile Matilda Kabini, Khulile Radu, Mandisinde Zoyisile Gcilitsana and Luthando Jack.