Durban - The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has
handed down its finding on former Dolphins head coach Lance Klusener’s
referral of an alleged unfair dismissal arising out of the non-renewal of his
The Commissioner tasked with considering Klusener’s claim
dismissed it and ruled in favour of the franchise.
The franchise indicated to Klusener in February that it did not plan to renew
his contract, and he left his post as coach of the professional team at the end
of February, and sought to challenge the non-renewal of his contract at the
Following the departure of Klusener the Dolphins franchise was coached
by caretaker coaches Yashin Ebrahim and Roger Telemachus until Grant Morgan was
announced as the new full-time coach in May.
In the award, the CCMA found that Klusener had failed to discharge the onus of
proving a legitimate expectation of renewal of the contract existed at the time
of the non-renewal.
Furthermore, and significantly, the Commissioner agreed with the franchise’s
view that in modern sport, past glories are meaningless if the team’s
performance falls below expectations.
When the team failed to match the expectations of the franchise and for that
matter the public and fans, any expectation Klusener may have had of renewal,
would have diminished.
“It is relief to have this matter now resolved, and we can focus all our
energies on the upcoming season,” said Rajesh Behari, acting CEO of the Dolphins.
“The squad is energised and enthusiastic, and we are encouraged by the
pre-season preparations. The conclusion of the CCMA matter involving Lance
Klusener now clears the way for everyone at KZN Cricket to commit all our
energies into the new season,” said Behari.