Cricket SA are ignoring our concerns, say players

SA Cricketers Association president Omphile Ramela says the players were not consulted. Image: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

South Africa’s cricketers say administrators are ignoring worries about the state of their profession despite attempts to find out what’s going on.

They say that even though Cricket South Africa (CSA) have made wider announcements about mounting losses and hatched measures to try and stop the bleeding‚ which the SA Cricketers’ Association (SACA) say will lead to job losses and pay cuts.

“Saca has formally written to CSA twice in the last six weeks to express its concerns relating to CSA’s financial position‚” Saca president Omphile Ramela was quoted as saying in a release issued by the organisation on Tuesday.

“To date we haven’t received any reply at all to those letters.

“It is critical for us as the players’ association and the representative of all of South Africa’s professional cricketers to know the extent of the financial challenge facing cricket and to be comfortable on how that challenge is being dealt with.

 “The players’ livelihoods depend on cricket’s financial sustainability but this is not only about the players. It is also about the future of the entire game in our country.”

CSA said at the weekend they would “review [their] financial model in order to recover historical losses that have been accumulated since 2011” — a plan that includes scrapping of the six-team franchise system and a return to a 12-side version of the provincial model that it succeeded in 2004-05.

That followed CSA chief executive Thabang Moroe telling parliament in October that the board anticipated losses of R654-million in the rights cycle that will end in 2022.

Tuesday’s release quoted SACA chief executive Tony Irish as saying: “A four-year deficit amounting to hundreds of millions of rands is unprecedented in South African cricket and is a serious concern to us as the representative of the players.

“The future of the game is in the balance and as a critical stakeholder we believe the players have a right to know what the financial position actually is‚ how it is being dealt with and how this is going to affect not only them but also all other cricket stakeholders.

“We have asked CSA for clarity and to date it has not provided this.

“SACA wishes to act responsibly and play its part in dealing with the challenge but in order to do that CSA must play open cards with us and properly engage with us.”

Some of SACA’s most pressing questions pertained to the austerity plan that has now been accepted by CSA’s board without‚ Irish was quoted as saying‚ “any meaningful consultation with SACA and despite the fact that this will directly affect the players”.

Irish was quoted as saying that implementing the measures “is likely to lead to at least 70 players losing their contracts and many other players at franchise level having their earnings reduced”.

Irish said CSA had broken the bounds of their memorandum of understanding‚ a set of legally binding obligations‚ with SACA.

“SACA has a collective agreement in place with CSA‚ franchises and provinces‚ known as the MOU‚ which deals with these issues yet CSA has‚ in announcing this structure‚ disregarded that agreement‚” Irish was quoted as saying.

“As a first step to resolve this situation we urge CSA to respond to us on the concerns which we have raised in writing with it.”

Asked for comment‚ CSA did not immediately respond.

Ishmiza SA brings back hope to Zandspruit youngsters


Qhwala Fam co-founder Ishmael Masuku popularly known as “Ishmiza SA” abided by his mission earlier this year, as he revived depressed underrated soccer players back into the pitch and brought back ambition to some young drug addicts in the community of honeydew.

The young propitious musician who dwells in Zandspruit instigated the initiative in 2016 collaborating closely with Siyabonga Banda and Vitos. The initiative  could not  prosper, initially, due to lack of interest by some of the young soccer players who dealt with troubling issues endured in the community.

Three years down the line Ishmiza SA decided to revive the initiative by targeting narcotic users to further their dreams through soccer. Mighty Madrid FC was then formed, which so far is one of the best team in honeydew. The team has initially played 15 matches and in these matches they have managed to win 13 games and have only lost twice this year.

“Stoping drug abuse and bringing back hope in the hearts of each vulnerable kid in my community has always been my motto”,Ishmiza SA said.

“I saw an opportunity to transform the situations that these kids encounter and through this team I have acknowledged that second chances are always obstructed by each individual’s mentality”, He added. “Some of these players are quite good participants on the field, they only desire support and encouragement which might lead them into playing for great team’s such as Orlando Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs”.

“We will be playing against Orlando Pirates development team on the 27th of March which will be a friendly match and we would kindly like your support, please come through in numbers”, Ishmiza SA concluded.

Life Saving SA examines Cosmo Dolphins swimmers

Life Saving South Africa visited Cosmo City’s swimming academy Cosmo Dolphins for the first time to assess its swimmers 16 March 2019.

In a test-oriented event held in extension 8, Life Saving SA examined young swimmers on how well they understood swimming rules. This time, they focused on swimmers under the age of 14, the Nippers.

The assessment determined whether or not the young swimmers are being taken in the right direction to become professional swimmers, according to Pat Wilcox, the senior examiner at Life Saving SA.

“It is our first time to come and assess Cosmo City swimmers, and I am very impressed with their progress,” she said. “They are young, but they understand a lot about swimming rules and first aid. Once they understand that, they automatically become professionals in the water and will compete at higher stages.”

She added that swimming is a very important sport because it brings water awareness to children and reduces their risk of drowning.

“Swimming can be dangerous if you do not follow the rules,” said Wilcox. “However, it is a sport that someone enjoys from a very young age to his or her old age. The most important thing is that there should be safety wherever swimming is taking place. In countries like Australia, people use dams to practice swimming and they make sure it is a very safe environment for the swimmers.”

The co-founder of Cosmo Dolphins Swimming Academy Moipone Mohapi said the visit by Life Saving SA means the academy is committed to saving lives in and outside the water in a professional way.

Diepsloot cricket club promoted to senior Sunday League 5.

Gauteng Cricket Board promoted Diepsloot junior club into Sunday senior League 5 early this year.

The league kicks off later this year across some communities in Gauteng, in order to ensure sports is developed in South African communities.

Formed by Salman Khan in 2013, Diepsloot Cricket Club is a team that is Gauteng Cricket Board registered and playing its third season in SU8 (Sunday league 8) with junior & senior teams. The team was formed prior to Mr. Khan’s understanding of the conditions endured by most youths in Diepsloot. He saw a vision to establish an ultimate resolution to reduce crime, drugs, high level of unemployment among youth’s in the community of Diepsloot through Cricket.

The Initiative proves sincere involvement that is socially based on empowering young stars to be better leaders in their community. Mr. Khan’s vision brings a great impact in this community and through sports Mr Khan believes that it enhances change and absolute chances that young talented kids can better their lives.

Besides the lack of resources like proper cricketing gear, kits and equipment which are most of the challenges that the team are facing at the moment, it seems nothing will deprive the teams confidence as the hype is at the top of the trophy to an extend of proving that the team will win this upcoming session. At the moment the team is showing absolute resilience and perseverance to survive and stabilize a club and some of the players are of exceptional talents in batting and bowling.

“Sports has always been a fundamental element that unites people,” said Mr. Khan. “And through sports you can educate a child to do wonderful things with the talent they pose.”

“I don’t want the dreams of these kids to be lost drastically,” Mr. Khan explained. “We need your help to make these kids dreams a reality.” “We look for all kinds of support in donation, financial assistance or strategic partner to resource mobilization.” Mr. Khan concluded.

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