There are changes at the top of Cycling South Africa, with a new president and a new board.
President Ciska du Plessis-Austin has made way for Qondisa Ngwenya and he will be tasked with engaging stakeholders to grow cycling membership and revenue. Part of his brief is to ensure cycling is recognised as a priority sport that plays a significant role in mobility within South Africa.
Ngwenya has 25 years’ experience in senior and executive management roles, and is the former CEO of Octagon SA, where he spent 15 years of his career. He’s also the former Deputy CEO and COO of the SA Sports Commission.
“Much work has been done to develop the #GrowCycling Strategy and we have a much clearer view of where we want to be and what our priorities are,” said Ngwenya. “Our vision is to transform the way we develop and deliver the performance of tomorrow’s talent. We want to be a diverse and inclusive organisation.”
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Du Plessis-Austin remains on the board as Chairperson of the finance committee and strategic advisor.
She gave notice to the general assembly in November that she would step down as President to pursue new ventures. The general assembly accepted her resignation, but requested she remain on the board as a non-voting member. Du Plessis-Austin will also be Acting Treasurer for up to six months after the resignation of Andre du Toit.
“Special recognition needs to be afforded to Mr du Toit and Ms Du Plessis-Austin for the work done, together with the financial department, in drastically reducing the debt of Cycling SA over the past two years, with the prospect of being debt-free at the end of March,” Cycling SA said.
The other executive board members are Kevin Green (Deputy President, Chair of the provincial council), Zuki Mxoli (Second Vice-President, Chair of diversity and inclusivity), and Greg Stedman (Fourth Vice-President, Chair of sport and technical).