Durban - Having been in the position as CEO of the Dolphins
for a little over a year and just starting to sink his teeth into his role,
Pete de Wet’s reign at the franchise will come to an end at the end of July
when he and his family relocate to New Zealand.
The former sports marketing and sponsorship expert, who
started at Kingsmead in April 2015, brought with him an element of freshness
during his short command as he looked to realise the goal of the Dolphins
becoming the No 1 franchise in South Africa.
“The decision to leave the Dolphins is a purely personal one
and has been an extremely difficult one that I, together with my young family,
have thought long and hard about,” said De Wet.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Dolphins and
believe our plans to achieve our ultimate goal is starting to gather momentum
so it is disappointing to hand over the reins so soon.
“I have however been made a very exciting offer to become
the Chief Executive of the Central Districts Cricket Association in Napier and
am looking forward to the new challenge and opportunity that presents,” he
During his time at the Dolphins, De Wet managed to bring
about some positive change, including a revamp of the franchise’s brand,
upgrade of much of Kingsmead - home of the Dolphins - and saw the team finish
as runners up in the 2015/16 RAM Slam T20 Challenge.
De Wet was also proud of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union’s
recognition at the KZN Sports Awards when the union won the prestigious KZN
Federation of the Year Award.
“There have been some great highs and a few challenges
during my time here in Durban but on a whole I am confident that the pathway
the Franchise is on is one that will ultimately see the Dolphins become a force
to be reckoned with, something that the players, coaches, administrators,
sponsors and fans alike all want.
“Despite not being a part of that journey with the Dolphins
any longer, I wish everyone everything of the best for the future and look
forward to seeing the great results that I’m sure will be achieved shortly both
on and off the field.
“I, along with the board, am determined to ensure that we
identify and appoint a strong and experienced individual to continue the
momentum that we have started to develop during the past year” he added.
Chairperson of the Dolphins’ Board, Graham Abrahams and
KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union President, Faeez Jaffar echoed De Wet’s belief in
the franchise’s current direction and wished him well for his new venture.
“While we are sad to see Pete go, we are grateful for the
positive impact he has made in such a short time and for the processes he has
put in place, and we are fully committed to ensuring they are continued going
forward,” said Abrahams.
“On behalf of KZNCU, we wish Pete and his family everything
of the best as they start a new chapter in their lives and look forward to our
paths crossing at some stage in the future as both parties look to continue
contributing to the game we all love,” added Jaffar.
The search for De Wet’s successor is already underway and
will be announced in due course.