Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union
(SARU) announced on Wednesday that it had assumed control of the financial and
administrative affairs of the Border Rugby Football Union, following a
resolution by the union’s executive.
The union handed over control to SARU to
allow Border’s operations to be normalised. No time limit has been put on
SARU’s control. The decision was taken in November at SARU’s request.
The impact of the decision is that only
SARU personnel will have signing powers on Border’s accounts.
Monde Tabata, an East London-based member
of the SARU Executive Council (Exco), has been confirmed as the union’s
administrator. Tabata has assisted Border for a number of months in an advisory
role at the direction of the SARU Exco.
“The Border executive agreed to SARU taking
control at our request,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU.
“It is not SARU’s role to run member
federations and it is something that the Exco would only consider as a last
resort. That point had been reached with Border and we pointed that out to
their executive, who agreed to hand over the management of the union to SARU.
“The union faces severe financial issues
due to a number of historical factors and on on-going management
challenges. We have put in place a
number of checks and balances - all in the hands of SARU officials - to assist
the union in regularising its affairs.
“Our sole aim is to ensure that rugby at
all levels in Border is restored to a sound footing and once again makes a
positive contribution to the game in South Africa as a whole.”
Roux said that SARU would return control of
the union’s affairs to Border officials once that had been achieved.