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Majola celebrates milestone

2011-01-02 13:37
Gerald Majola (File)

Cape Town - Gerald Majola on Sunday celebrated the 10th anniversary of his appointment as chief executive officer of Cricket South Africa (CSA) on the first day of the third and final Test match between South Africa and India at Sahara Park Newlands.

Majola, 50, spent his first day as CEO of the United Cricket Board of South Africa (now CSA) at Newlands on January 2, 2001 during the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka.

A special award was made to Majola during the luncheon interval by the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) CEO, Andre Odendaal, to mark his decade long service.

Majola, the longest serving CEO in world cricket, comes from an Eastern Cape sporting dynasty, including his late father Eric, a double Black Springbok in cricket and rugby, and his brother, the late Khaya, who was a South African cricket development pioneer.

Majola himself played cricket and rugby at the highest level available to him before the unification of South African sport.

"It has been an honour and a privilege to be CSA CEO for 10 years. It has been particularly meaningful to have been CEO during the hosting of all of the International Cricket Council world tournament finals as well as the IPL and Champions League tournaments," said Majola.

"It has also been gratifying to be part of the rise of the Proteas into one of the most formidable outfits in all forms of world cricket.

"It has been particularly uplifting to being part of the continuing transformation of South African cricket in CSA's mission to make cricket a truly national sport of winners.

"This mission will continue, and I am looking forward with excitement and energy to continue to contribute in terms of my duties as defined by the CSA Board of Directors and its members' forum.

"I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all CSA's stakeholders and my family for their wonderful support over the years."

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