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By unknown | Jul 15, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

FORMER Springbok lock Kevin de Klerk will be the next Golden Lions Rugby Union president.

FORMER Springbok lock Kevin de Klerk will be the next Golden Lions Rugby Union president.

De Klerk was the only nominee when nominations for the general meeting on July 27 closed on Monday. He will succeed Jannie Ferreira, who resigned early last month with the one deputy president, Manie Reyneke, who stayed on as chief executive. The remaining deputy president, Neville Jardine, is the acting president.

Two deputy presidents and four vice-presidents also need to be elected because the four-year term of the whole executive committee has come to an end. With the exception of Ferreira and Reyneke all the members of the current executive committee are available for re-election.

De Klerk's nomination had to be specially approved by the present executive committee as he has not served the mandatory two years on the chairman's council as stipulated in the constitution.

The constitution will have to be changed at the same meeting on July 27 to allow him to be elected.

There are three nominations for the two positions of deputy president.

They are incumbent Jardine, Altmann Allers of Pirates and current vice-president Sampie Pienaar from Alberton. All three are available for the position of vice-president should they not be elected as deputy.

The other three current vice-presidents, Margie Shackleford, Tony de Munnik, and SA referees' boss Steve Meintjes - plus the unsuccessful deputy president candidate - will be opposed by Randfontein's Ettiene Hoeksma, Harlequins' Steve Prinsloo, Smiley Smith of Police and Nico Swartz, who is a co-opted vice-president.

It has been mooted that the four-year term of office be changed back to two years. - Sapa


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