Boxing SA enters new era

BACKING: Moffat Qithi BSA chief receives support. PHOTO: SIBUSISO MSIBI
BACKING: Moffat Qithi BSA chief receives support. PHOTO: SIBUSISO MSIBI

BOXING South Africa chief executive Moffat Qithi is the saviour of boxing and should be given all the necessary support to realise his vision of bringing glory back to the fistic sport.

This is the plea of BSA ITC officer S'Khumbuzo Motha and Human Resource manager Thalifani Khubana.

Motha and Khubana poured their hearts out to Sowetan last week during an interview with Qithi after his 90 days in the hot seat.

Motha said: "The CEO diagnosed the problems of the BSA well. It helped in that people now know what is expected of them. Most of us did work that was not really ours. But things are turning around for the better since the arrival of the CEO."

Khubana said: "The process of the diagnosis enabled every employee to understand what is expected of them.

"He needs people who carry a mandate to achieve their objectives.

"The system in place enables the organisation to move in the right direction. Much has been done to date since he arrived here. We are moving in the right direction."

Qithi took over in May. He revealed that he identified problems in the first five minutes of his arrival at the BSA.

"I discovered that staff were doing more than two jobs. There is no CFO, marketing and communications person and I don't have a secretary or PA," Qithi said.

He said BSA board must explain to promoters that it was their duty to take liability insurance when they stage tournaments.

"The regulations demand that they do that. It must be clear to them that no tournament will be approved or sanctioned unless promoters meet all requirements," he said, adding that the controlling body's first step to recovery was to properly position itself geographically.

"I prefer a stand alone structure - Boxing SA House," he said making an example about Safa House in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg.

"At the moment BSA is renting someone's building and so we can't put our banners. We have no visibility."

Qithi made it clear that the new board that is expected to be appointed by Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula next month must buy into his vision to take BSA to greater heights.

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