The South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Kirsten Nematandani, confirmed today that “SAFA’s NEC has directed the Ad-hoc committee with CEO to proceed with the re-engineering of SAFA’s structure in order to ensure that the organisation is optimally structured and resourced to deliver on its mandate in these challenging times.”
SAFA CEO Dr. Robin Petersen commented... “On appointment last August I realised that there was much to be done to build on the achievements of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to take us from success to success. South Africa’s failure to qualify for the 2012 Afcon threw immediate focus onto the need to develop a new technical strategy. We started the process in January and will shortly be sharing how we intend to make South Africa a consistent Top 3 football nation in Africa by 2022.
“The challenge of achieving the desired results for the National teams requires a strong, business focused organisation that is able to deliver on the strategy,” says Petersen.
“The recent announcement of a number of renewed sponsorship partnerships, combined with the decision to outsource all financial management, procurement and company secretarial functions to Ernst &Young, means that we now have a solid financial foundation and platform and enhanced King III compliance,” added Nematandani.
“With these key pillars in place, it is now time to ensure that the organisation is appropriately resourced and structured to enable the achievement of the vision of being a global top 20 football nation by 2020”.
“SAFA staff was advised formally that the NEC has directed the Ad-hoc committee with CEO to undertake a thorough review of the current organogram, expenditure patterns, revenue streams, organisational culture, administrative capacity, brand value and corporate image of the Association. This decision is based entirely on ensuring that the football-loving public gets an effective and affordable organisation that is able to deliver results that make the nation proud.”
“Within this process,” continued Nematandani, “it is envisaged that there will need to be major changes to ensure that SAFA remains a focused and sustainable business. Key factors are measurable football development and financial sustainability and profitability. We will make sure that this difficult process is followed fairly and in terms of all legal requirements and with due consideration for anyone affected.”
The re-engineering is underway and will yield a new organisation in time for the Annual SAFA Congress on 30 th September 2012.