Cape Town - The PGA of South Africa has thrown its full support behind the
collective drive within South African golf to fully transform the industry,
with the association building on its already longstanding commitment to this
In 2017 the PGA of South Africa and its partner, the Black Management
Forum (BMF), joined all the major golf bodies in the formation of a
Transformation Council and which drove the Transformation Indaba held that same
year. The Transformation Council now sits under the auspices of GolfRSA, and a
Transformation Officer has also been appointed to assist the major bodies
within South African golf to work collectively towards agreed transformation
"We are aware we have a big role to play in transforming the entire
industry, from people who play golf at clubs to people working in the
industry," said PGA of South Africa Chief Executive, Ivano Ficalbi.
"We will drive as much change within what we control. Our members are at
the forefront of the game, meeting with new golfers and driving the growth of
the game. The game needs to grow and the only way it will do so is by golf
clubs adapting and changing the barrier to entry. We are an association of 670
men and women who are actively involved at clubs and golf facilities, and we
see ourselves as the conduit to driving the transformation discussion at these
"It boils down to the PGA of South Africa using our membership to play a
more active role in getting the transformation message out there and taking
golf forward in this country."
In 2013 the PGA of South Africa first partnered with the
BMF to work more closely together in terms of its transformation goals.
The PGA of South Africa has also made allowance for Non-Executive
Directors to assist the Board of the PGA of South Africa, and appointed Monde
Ndlovu from the BMF to the Board.
Joseph Phiri, a PGA member based at Zwartkop Country Club, is also a
National Director on the Board and a proposed future Vice Chairman of the
The PGA of South Africa has also built a strong relationship with The
R&A "Working for Golf" committee, and all R&A projects within
Sub-Saharan Africa are managed through the PGA of South Africa Education
Department. To date the PGA has managed projects in Botswana, Malawi, Uganda
and Madagascar, and provided training through the PGA Training Program for
African delegates from Mauritius, Madagascar, Malawi and Zambia.
"As an association of
professional golfers with a long and proud history in the game of golf in South
Africa, we are committed to promote the game of golf and to bring about
meaningful transformation as we also help to stimulate growth and participation
within the golf club environment, business of golf and PGA membership," said