Watson remains the King at EP

2014-12-01 12:11

Port Elizabeth - The clubs and the affiliates of the Eastern province Rugby Union made it very clear who they want in charge of their union over the next four years, with an overwhelming majority vote in favour of Cheeky Watson and his executive.

The elections, which took place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday during the Annual General Meeting, were presided over by independent auditor Jako Liebenberg, from LDSW Chartered Accountants and Auditors, as well as a delegation from the East Cape Sports Council led by their president, Mkhululi Magada, to ensure a free and fair election.

The AGM was exceptionally well attended, with 239 of the 258 delegates with voting rights, in attendance, many travelling in from far and wide to be there.

Once the voting process itself had been concluded, the clubs adopted the minutes of the previous AGM as well as the Annual Report and Financials, before the current executive was dissolved and the newly appointed executive was announced.

The newly elected executive are: President, Cheeky Watson; Deputy President, Phillip Jospeh; Vice President: Freddie Makoki; Finance and Marketing, Shelly Ann Baatjies; Coaching and Development, Denver Wannies; Facilities, Charles Kleinbooi and enquiries, George Malgas.

The executive were welcomed to their positions by a jubilant crowd of EP Rugby representatives.

Speaking after the AGM, Watson said his plans were to continue building on the foundations that his executive had already laid.

“We plan to take EP rugby right to the top. We planned to do that when we first came into office and it is what we will continue to strive for,” he said.

“We are extremely excited. It looks very positive, and I feel that the next few years are going to be the most exciting four years for EP Rugby yet,” he said.

Watson also extended an olive branch to the members of the EP Rugby Transformation Movement.

“It is vitally important that we embrace the opposition and that they become part of the building process going forward. We are not going to engage on all the negative stuff said in the build-up to the elections,” he said.

The election results were:


Cheeky Watson - 219

Eben Coltman - 20

Spoilt votes - 0

TOTAL - 239

Deputy President:

Philip Joseph - 211

Bantwini Matika - 27

Spoilt votes - 1

TOTAL - 239

Vice President:

Freddie Makoki - 216

Willie Blunden - 23

Spoilt votes - 0

TOTAL - 239

Finance and Marketing:

Shelly Ann Baatjies - 210

Gillian le Grange - 26

Spoilt votes - 3

TOTAL - 239

Coaching and Development:

Denver Wannies - 214

Maasdorp Cannon - 25

Spoilt votes - 0

TOTAL - 239


Charles Kleinbooi - 212

Marius Gysman - 26

Spoilt votes - 1

TOTAL - 239


George Malgas (unopposed)

Zolile Ngqeza (withdrew)


  • Terrence Schwartz - 2014-12-01 13:12

    OM Goodness - sorry, but they will still struggle like the ...

  • Johan de Bod - 2014-12-01 13:26

    I am off to Puke.

  • ryk.vanrenen.9 - 2014-12-01 13:37

    So much for EP rugby.

  • Kersey van Niekerk - 2014-12-01 13:46

    You mean Watson remain the anc kader at EP

  • Annemarie Lotter - 2014-12-02 06:17

    Well done Mr Watson and thank you for transforming rugby in the eastern Cape. Very exciting times ahead

  • Annemarie Lotter - 2014-12-02 06:19

    Well done Mr Watson and thank you for transforming rugby in the eastern Cape. Very exciting times ahead

  • Laurent Riviere - 2014-12-02 13:34

    And that's why they will get pomped all over again next year, and the next, and the next, and the next...

  • Brandewijn van Coke - 2014-12-03 12:59

    People who comment against Watson regarding his election at EP obviously dont know who his competition (EP Rugby Transformation Movement) was and what they intended. In this case it was a matter of rather the Devil you know than the Devil you dont. Cheeky might not be liked by many (well most - even in PE) but he has achieved a lot for EP rugby since taking over. I fear Cheeky will remain until there is at least a Semi decent candidate running against him for votes. The opposition (EP Rugby Transformation Movement) would have taken EP rugby back a few years - same type of management and goals as when EP basically folded early 2000's .

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