Pholetsi Moseki has been named Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) permanent CEO, 15 months after taking over as interim CEO in December 2020. Moseki’s position was reaffirmed by a unanimous decision of the CSA board, which had been looking for a CEO for nine months. Moseki’s formal tenure begins on April 1 for a five-year term.
Moseki was confirmed following a protracted process that began with an advertisement for the post in August of last year. CSA was considering appointing South African Airways CEO Vuyani Jarana to the role, however, since Jarana couldn’t take up the role, the cricket governing body appointed Moseki after further internal analysis.
Moseki is a certified accountant with over two decades of company experience. Moseki joined CSA as a chief financial officer in June 2019 before taking over as interim CEO.
“The path to finding a new CEO has been a critical component in the process of fixing cricket from the ground up and setting us on a path to renewal and growth,” says CSA chairperson Lawson Naidoo.
“I am delighted that Pholetsi has agreed to take up this exciting challenge and have every confidence that he will ensure that cricket becomes a national game of winners that makes all South Africans proud. Pholetsi has displayed extraordinary dedication and commitment since he joined the CSA family. He has been the key link in the leadership chain, especially during challenging periods. He has played a key role in getting the organisation moving in the right direction,” Naidoo concluded.
Since Thabang Moroe’s suspension in December 2019, CSA has been without a full-time CEO. During that time, the board has had three interim CEOs: Dr Jacques Faul, who left to continue his job with the Titans domestic squad, Kugandrie Govender, who was sacked for malfeasance, and Moseki, who has managed the organisation for the majority of the Covid-19 outbreak.
“We need to rebuild faith in our organisation,” Moseki told a press conference on Wednesday. “Breaking trust is very easy but building it takes a long time. There’s been numerous challenges, which resulted in a lot of our stakeholders losing trust, and me being confirmed CEO doesn’t necessarily mean there is going to be trusted. It will be a process, but it is something we are focused on.”
The CSA and SACA are now negotiating a memorandum of understanding, which controls player contracts and commercial deals, and want to finalise it “in the next couple of months,” according to Moseki. It is believed that they have already reached an agreement on certain crucial areas.
He’ll have to do it all without the current director of cricket [DOC] Graeme Smith, whose contract with the CSA expires this month. After considering splitting the function into distinct cricketing and commercial roles, the CSA has announced that it will advertise the position as is, and ESPNcricinfo has reported that Smith will not reapply for the role. CSA is interested in re-engaging Smith in a consultancy position, but according to a reliable source, no negotiations about Smith’s future engagement at CSA have taken place.