@Guru, thank you! For years I have preached the 'We are all responsible' gospel, it is comforting to know Im not alone. I fully agree with you that bballers are quick to demand accountability in others but forget to recognise that it starts with us. I maintain that until bballers learn and practise governance at ground level bball development will always stall. And yes, instead of going on witchhunts we should concentrate on building governance.
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SASCOC takes action in Basketball SA affairs
- Updated: June 15, 2012
South Africa’s Olympic governing body SASCOC has called for an urgent meeting on Sunday, 17 June 2012 where an interim committee will be installed to conduct the affairs of Basketball South Africa (BSA).
This follows a report delivered to SASCOC by the Transformation, Ethics and Dispute Resolution Committee who recently met with the leadership of Basketball South Africa.
The report found a number of irregularities in the day to day running of Basketball South Africa, including the fact that the association has effectively been bankrupt┬ásince 2010.
Other irregularities include the fact that the annual general meeting for 2011 did not take place in terms of the BSA Constitution, nor did the annual general meeting for 2012.
An audited financial statement for both 2011 and 2012 is outstanding while draft financials submitted to the committee reflected numerous shortcomings.
As of 31 March 2010 the association had accumulated losses amounting to R5 772 106 and the association’s total liabilities exceeds its assets to the tune of the same amount (R5 772 106 million).
SASCOC also takes note that a letter from the National Lotteries Board, dated 14 May 2012, was handed in by the BSA treasurer, and from queries raised it can safely be assumed that BSA will not have their application for funding processed and/or approved until such time as any queries raised have been responded to, and to the satisfaction of the NLB.
Following the above information, the SASCOC Board has now taken the following action regarding the BSA’s serious financial situation:
1. The current BSA Executive committee members who failed to comply with their fiduciary duties are removed from office with immediate effect. They are however not absolved from any liability that may arise out of their fiduciary duties.
2. SASCOC has called an urgent meeting of the BSA membership, scheduled for 11am on Sunday, 17 June where an interim committee will be installed to conduct the affairs of BSA in compliance with the provisions of the BSA Constitution.
3. The new interim committee members will be empowered to deal with outstanding financial issues, including a thorough internal audit of all expenses incurred.
4. SASCOC will at the same time conduct an investigation into the financial affairs of wheelchair basketball, which is a subsidiary of BSA.
5. SASCOC will engage the services of Mr Tshepo Nyewe, the administrator of BSA, to call for the urgent meeting of Sunday 17 June, 2012.
SASCOC CEO Mr Tubby Reddy said: “SASCOC places the utmost importance in the integrity and good standing of all the various sporting codes under its umbrella. Good corporate governance is not negotiable under any circumstances. In this regard we have previously seen the need to take action in a number of other codes and will not hesitate to do so again should the need arise.”
It is amazing how we are all eager to crucify BSA Executive. They do bear responsibility as the custodians of the game, but if we critically look at the game WE are all to blame. How many clubs do we have in the country? Not teams, but clubs? Teams are just a bunch of friends who go out buy a kit , call themselves some American NBA teams name coupled with a local name.No structures, no coaches let alone training venues. These teams then don't pay registration fees to participate in the league and somehow expect the provincial body and the national body to have funding. Oh worse still, when they are part of the league - they are the first ones to query why there are no referees at matches. We get the government we deserve! the so-called crisis in basketball cannot be solved by continously chopping the head. I do believe this is not the first time Sasscoc is intervening in basketball matters. So surely only a fool does the same thing over again in the same manner and expect different results. Perhaps , we should look at the root cause of these issues. No matter who you put as chairman or President of BSA, if the structures at provinces and subsequently clubs are not solid , we can even put Sascoc president , and still there will be no progress. We need clubs that are functional. We need organised school basketball. To think Sascoc is the saviour of basketball in South Africa borders on serious naivety tantamount to blind stupidity. Top to bottom will not work and has shown that it is ineffective. I shudder to think of the consequences with regards to FIBA and the legality of the dissolution and the imposition of an interim committee. Not to exonerate the expelled BSA executive, issues of corporate governance are of utmost importance. On a number of occasions where they have tried to stick to their guns,issues of popularism and the majority held sway. Corporate governance needs to be ingrained in our culture right from the club level. I can point out numerous examples where the owner of the club, is the chairman,treasurer, coach and also starter in their teams. Great strides have been made by this current executives to run technical (coaching clinics), but I would even go a step further and run some administration courses and referees. Let's take this opportunity to really reflect on our actions and stop the blame game. The question is - "Am I ready to take the necessary steps to correct the situation". Just removing the leadership is a short term solution. We need long term plans.
I really hope that the current state of affairs will finally convince ballers of the importance of having proper Provincial structures since they inform BSA direction. I also hope that ballers understand that we cannot sacrifice good corporate governance in the altar of expedient popularism.
The disgruntled suspended members of the board are all trying to save face at this stage, guys please watch out for "urgent" meetign to setup structures by these guys, they trying to stay in the system and we need to replace them. @MJ, BSAs constitution is clear on the accountable structures of basketball and if it was respected BSA wouldnt have rejected certain requests by provinces in the past. BSA has covered up alot and I for one have been at them for a while with no luck on behalf of my province but due to their ignorance our efforts were not even acknowledged. I have a problem with the current interim committee as well, it is once more a top down solution to a bottom up problem...Each province must be represented on the committee and in so doing the interim committee must stabilize provincial structures before a new baord is elected.
@Ms B, we have had indabas before, clearly this has not worked. @Chaole, this to me is the crux of the failure of BBALL, administrators at district and provincial levels do not have the skills required to effectively govern and therefore cannot hold BSA accountable. This points to the fact that we need to review the current administrative/political model of SA bball as the current model is dependent of effectively functioning ground structures.
This is the best news for basketball country wide.I am the chairman of a basketball club that serves as a community development projects for young people in our town.we strive to teach young people life skills through sport and develop them into well rounded individuals.we operate out of the north west town of mafikeng. The biggest hindrance to our operation has been the district federation as they call themselves,with the backing of their provincial counterparts who ignore our pleas for assistance and do not even communicate or respond to communication. we tried raising our issues with the national body and got stone walled. The arrogance of these people who feel that they own basketball and all who wish to participate must go through them even while they do absolutely nothing for anyone but are out to cash in at all cost is holding back the development of the sport in our province and indeed country.
The best way forward for everyone is for sascoc to host an indaba where everyone who wants to see change in this sport can attend and air their grievances and put forward some workable solutions to get basketball on the right track in SA
The question then is how can WE claim back authority? What measures are WE going to put in place to ensure accountability? May I suggest to the interim committee that they have an open invitation for their facts gathering instead of the previous 'secret club' members only approach. There are a lot of us who were sidelined because of our critical views and thus are not part of Exec committees.
It is a sad day for basketball. The facts are on the table, MJ indicates that that there is no evidence, I believe that if there was evidence of accountability we wouldnt have had to come to this point. The lack of provincial representativity on the BSA board is the first structural problem. For the arrogance of the suspended president and his lack of willingness to work with provincial structures I applaud the SASCOC intervention. Now WE, as MJ puts it, must claim back authority of OUR sport and not allow for a few power hungry friends to rule it ever again.
Here we go again celebrating Sascoc intervention and accusing people without evidence. I have said before and I say it again, WE are to blame for not holding the Board and other structures accountable and not making them functional.
I agree with everyone and speaking as a person who has worked both with the GBA and BSA, i find it hard when the politics of the game outweighs everything else. I do have to disagree though on the point that GBA execs are in it for the money. I personally know 2 of them and neither of them have ever seen a cent from being in the organisation. One even resigned from the organisation because the politics was so horrible. It is sad when dedicated people like that are forced to leave because others cannot see the bigger picture. SA basketball truly is in shambles and it disgusts me that even school level sports is not supported by a national structure such as BSA due to politics. If we are to ever produce a formidable team at any level then i say clean it all up, from execs to current coaches who are only there by knowing the right people. And the least BSA could've done is said they were broke because i'm still waiting for my money from the 3 tournaments i worked for them last year... We need change and SASCOC is there to bring it.. FINALLY!
I concur with Jake and Nipo. I was a Team Manager for the Gauteng team last year. It was a nightmare! SASCOC must remove the current committees from BSA to GBA. They're in it for the money and not the development of basketball in RSA. Last year, it was so bad that the Gauteng Provincial team members were asked to pay for their own transport and accommodation. My organisation BFA was endorsed by FIBA to promote 3x3 tournaments, my biggest mistake was mentioning it to the BSA and GBA officials that I know and they tried to find ways to make people pay for streetball. I had to put the project on hold. One of the development managers of FIBA said they don't inject any funds to African countries anymore because of the corruption of the officials which is true, its just not something good to hear from a FIBA official from Switzerland. Players are not longer interested in competitive basketball because of the politics and I hate to see basketball die in RSA. I do hope that SASCOC follows through.
1. I would like to aplore SASCOC on the steps they have taken, it is rely a good step for basketball. 2. I agree with Jake, since SASCOC will be looking into WBSA, SASCOC should also investigate Provinces, as committees have been there for numerous years with no activities taking place. 3. When FIBA world came to RSA a number of years ago, they recommended that the BSA National Administrator be removed immedietly, and surprisingly even with BSA being disbanded, the same person is still asked to call the meetings. SASCOC should also look into the National Administrator. 4. I strongly reccomend that a personal financial Audit be conducted on every chairperson from Provincial structures.
I think at last SASCOC has taken the right decision. One only hope that proper follow-up will be done to ensure that every cent is accounted for and failing which the responsible parties should be taken to task to the full extend of the law. I also hope that as part of the process, the provincial structures will also be looked at as that is where all the problems start. There are some provincial committees that have been there for years without elections.