Zizi Kodwa announces Boxing South Africa board

Zizi Kodwa announces Boxing South Africa board

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Zizi Kodwa has announced the seven member board that will be in charge of boxing in the country for the next three years.

The board Kodwa appointed on November 28 was interdicted in a legal battle with the National Professional Boxing Promoters Association (NPBPA) which accused Kodwa of disregarding the requirement by the SA Boxing Act No 11 of 2001 in the appointment of the board.

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It was requested for the minister to consult with associations of federations before appointing the board of BSA. 

Kodwa then started the process all over again and consulted with stakeholders to nominate the person they preferred for consideration for the Boxing South Africa board.

The new board comprises chairman Sifiso Shongwe, Sakhiwo Sodo (who served in the old board), Romy Titus, Koketso Tsebe, Luvuyo Precious Bayeni, Luxolo September and Nandi Mheshe. Their term begins today and will end in May 2027. 

Their appointment concludes a seven-week roadmap that was followed to appoint the board of Boxing SA.

Kodwa consulted Boxing SA stakeholders last Friday on prospective candidates for the board. 

That was after the department of sports, arts and culture had issued 14 names of the individuals who were shortlisted.

In a statement, Kodwa said further to the consultation, he invited all stakeholders in their organized or individual capacities to submit written comments to the department for his consideration.

"The board has been given the task of revitalizing boxing in South Africa, and to ensure that the sport in the country returns to the great heights it once scaled," said Kodwa, and encouraged the members of the board to come up with a renewal and recovery strategy, and to ensure good corporate governance and ethical leadership at Boxing BSA.

By Bongani Magasela