I live abroad and I primarily get my information second-hand; mostly via press-releases, some via the internet and some by word-of-mouth.
One name that often pops up when I speak to media insiders in South Africa or when I trawl the Internet (when it comes to South African rugby) is that of MegaPro.
I have always wanted to look into reasons why this is so and when a press-release from SARU popped up in my InBox recently, I decided to start a Category dedicated to this on this website.
By starting this Category, I would like to explore the relationship between SARU as the custodian of the game in South Africa and a major mover-and-shaker in the sports marketing field back home.
To kick off this Category, here is the press release, verbatim, that inspired this:
Thursday, April 28, 2011
SARU Media Release:
SARU confirms appointments of additional Executive Council members
The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has confirmed the election of Mputumi Damane and Monde Tabata as the two independent members of the Executive Council (Exco) of the Union.
The pair were elected at the Exco meeting of April 18 from a number of nominations and have confirmed their acceptance. Mr Damane and Mr Tabata fill the two positions on the 13-man Exco reserved for two independent members “on the strength of their exceptional business, rugby and professional acumen.” The position is for one year after which they may be eligible for re-election. Mr Tabata has been appointed for a second term.
Mr Damane is a graduate of the Michigan State University and completed his Masters in Business Administration in 1981. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Energy Fund (CEF). This company has established itself as a leader in renewable energy and climate change in South Africa through their involvement with countries worldwide.
He also served as the acting CEO of Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA). His responsibilities included the implementation of their transformation agenda, and actively pursued the corporatisation of the commercial division. Mr Damane also acted as a consultant and advisor to the Minister of Minerals and Energy during 2000 – 2003.
Mr Tabata is a graduate from the Rhodes University, completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in African Political Studies and Industrial Sociology in 1985. He also was awarded an honorary doctorate in laws by an Australian University.
He has established a granite quarrying businesses in the Eastern Cape; and was previously the Managing Director of Megapro Marketing – a subsidiary of the Primedia Group – and the commercial agents of the South African Rugby Union. He is a director of Peermont Global Resorts (a casino company) and chairperson of the East Rand Youth and Children’s Trust.
BlitzBokke.com is going to be looking into the relationship between SARU and MegaPro in detail in the coming months so stay tuned.
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