CAPETOWN: The Transformation Committee of the Board initiated a novel idea, a sustainable response strategy under its project, Social Justice and Nation Building. The Cricket for South Africa(CSA ) Board of Directors analysed the latest developments in the nation related to #blacklivesmatters campaign initiative taken by Proteas fast bowler Lungisani Ngidi. Many allegations regarding racial discrimination in the team by former players had already added fuel to the fire.
On 22 July, the Board officials have written to the Minister of Sports and the Portfolio Committee about its launching and objectives.
The project will address the following issues:
- The establishment the Office of the Transformation Ombudsman, whose main function will include the management of the independent complaints system, convene a National SJN Imbizo and provide assurance regarding the extent to which transformation programmes are impactful on society, amongst others.
- Engage in the healing, restoration and uniting process of cricket players, fans, and the nation, starting with the disgruntled former players.
- Formation of The Restoration Fund inorder to deal with opportunity cost due to discrimination
- Promote and intensify Diversity, Belonging and Inclusivity (DIBS) program implementation.
CSA have launched the Cricket for Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN) project to strengthen its transformation strategy.
The project is aimed at promoting and intensifying diversity, belonging and inclusivity.
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The Ombudsman will be appointed by the end of August 2020. As per the official reports, Independent Director and Transformation chair, Dr Eugenia Kula- Ameyaw will lead the process of ensuring that the SJN will maintain its credibility and fulfils their responsibility well.
“We are sorry that our cricket players had to endure the emotional hardships that they did; subjugated by their peers along racial lines under our new democracy that enjoined us to embrace reconciliation and inclusivity. SJN is the first-of-its-kind project meant to rid cricket of apartheid racial discrimination. This is the very important project that all stakeholders must make sure it succeeds for the future sustainability of cricket ”, stated Cricket South Africa Chair Mr Chris Nenzani.
He further added, “the fortunes of cricket, its players, stakeholders, and fans are not going to be held to ransom by the wayward few who have no place within our ranks. We are determined to pull out all stops to ensure that healing takes place for those who have been wronged and that perpetrators are exposed, sanctioned, and isolated.”
This initiative will ensure to make efforts to build up an inclusive cricket environment, free from discrimination and racism.