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Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Incoming board members of Boxing SA must know that they will be obliged to work hand in glove with all stakeholders in making sure that boxing thrives.

The outgoing regime, whose term ends next month, have failed to do that and their dictatorial manner has turned them against licensees.

Its chairman Dali Mpofu, who has showed his face only at glittering tournaments, has indicated his unavailability for the next term.

Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile will appoint Mpofu's successor and other board members next month. Stakeholders will present a list of people who Stofile should consider when making the appointments.

"We know too well who we want at the helm," promoter Xoli Gumede said yesterday. He is deputy chairman of the Gauteng Promoters Association (GPA), which had called for a boxing indaba last weekend.

He said the talks were around issues of common interest but the appointment of BSA board members, the renewal of licence fees and the role of the SABC in boxing were the main topics.

BSA announced two weeks ago that boxers would now pay R750 (national, international and world champions) while others would pay R250, managers and trainers R550, trainer/manager R1050, seconds R250, matchmakers and announcers R350, officials R750 (grade A star), R450 (A) and R250 for grade B.

Promoters will pay R5050 (international licence plus R70000 deposit, R30560 (national licence plus R30000 deposit and R2050 (development licence plus R10000 deposit).

But BSA, in terms of an Act of Parliament, does not have any legislative powers to do this. The regulations stipulate that only the minister may, after talks with BSA, make regulations with regard to the fees payable to BSA in respect of the grant, issue or renewal of any licence certificate or other similar document, under the act.

"This may end up in court," warned Gumede. "We agreed that this conditional renewal fees of licencees be deliberated upon by an independent authority.

"I have delivered the mandate of the executive of the GPA to seek legal advice. BSA got it all wrong and none of its board members is doing anything to stop this row from getting out of hand. Its unfortunate that this matter will end up drawing in Stofile."

Gumede said most promoters around the country shared the same sentiments with the GPA.

"It's only one promoter from Durban who sees this thing differently. However, we understand where he is coming from. He is trying to curry favour with the BSA."

On the issue of appointing new board members, Gumede said the forum made it clear that if needed, professionals would see to it that corporate governance was upheld in the office. "We will call for a meeting with other regions to discuss the appointment of people we want. We further discussed the SABC's contribution, and we truly believe it is negative. We requested a meeting with its board through chairman Khanyisiwe Mkhonza, who is yet to get back to us. The case of suspended manager Krish Naidoo was also discussed," he said.


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