Former Springbok flank Thando Manana has been elected Chairman of the South African Rugby Employers’ Organisation.
Manana is the current General Manager of the Eastern Province Rugby Union and succeeds another former Springbok, Rudolf Straeuli, the CEO of the Lions, who has stepped down after several years in the role.
SAREO is the representative council of the professional and amateur rugby employers in South Africa, managing relationships with the players’ union (MyPlayers – SARPA) and the non-playing employees (Sport Employees Unite (SEU)) representing employers’ interests to SA Rugby.
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Manana steps up from the role of Vice-Chairman, which has now been taken by Edgar Rathbone, the CEO of the Blue Bulls.
The balance of the executive is made up of Veda Manie (SWD), Eduard Coetzee (Sharks), Pieter Burger (Ellis Park (Pty) Ltd), Eugene Fourie (Leopards) and SA Rugby representative, Ian Schwartz.
Manana toured with the Springboks in 2000 and played for EP, Griquas, the Bulls, Griffons and Blackrock College (Ireland) in his professional career and has coached at club level (Spring Rose and Motherwell). He worked as a broadcaster for 15 years and has been EP’s General Manager since 2019.