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Monday, January 23, 2006

 

Rugby administration: A vision materialized, or flawed? (1)


Article by Donner

On the official SARU website there is an extensive document called Vision 2005. In this document SARU sets itself goals on what they want to achieve within rugby in South Africa and the continent. Let's look how successful they are.

Vision 2005 starts of as follows:

“SA RUGBY and the Game of Rugby have been at the forefront of change in South African sports over the past decade. Management structures and strategies have continuously been adapted over time to move with changes to the environment and the onset of new challenges. Throughout, however, South African rugby has consistently demonstrated its commitment to the new South Africa, emphasizing the role of the sport and the country’s National teams in ensuring patriotism and instilling national pride. Rugby, too, is the only sport that is able to compete and win regularly against the top teams in the world.

One of the key strategies guiding the progress of SA Rugby is Vision 2005, adopted in 2001 following widespread consultation with all rugby stakeholders. Vision 2005 sets out the sport’s ideals for the future, taking into account milestones that must be reached to ensure long-term survival.


"SA RUGBY’s vision is for rugby to be a National Sport that represents the aspirations of the Nation through consistent top class performance, thereby bringing the Nation together. SA RUGBY will achieve this by:

• Developing a shared value system that is representative of the Nation
• Being the most professional sports organisation in Africa
• Being the most professional rugby organisation in the world
• Developing world-class playing skills
• Developing world-class management and customer service skills
• Developing world-class strategic alliances

The Vision 2005 strategy is based on four key imperatives - Transformation, Growth, Winning and Financial Sustainability. The four strategic imperatives are based on the balanced needs of SA RUGBY’s stakeholders. They are inter-dependent and therefore success can only be possible if all four are equally achieved.”

EVALUATING THE GOALS

Now let us evaluate the paragraph setting the goals and look at the goals individually.

• Developing a shared value system that is representative of the Nation

At first thought it does seem if they could have been successful in part, but then the constant objections from ANCYL and the government springs to mind. This is a difficult goal to evaluate, because these objections don’t always carry the support of the people represented by these organizations. I must however concede that the overall image of the support that rugby gets in South Africa, does support some degree of success on this front.

• Being the most professional sports organisation in Africa
• Being the most professional rugby organisation in the world
• Developing world-class management and customer service skills

I have grouped these three objectives together for one reason and one reason only. It all boils down to the quality of management and their ability to run the administration of SA Rugby.

It was very difficult not to start laughing, when reading these with the events of 2005 still fresh in the memory and the recent reports in the lead up to the meeting of 23 February 2006. I cannot be anything else than honest in this regard and call the administration what it is: a joke.

Evaluating the objectives set, they have failed dismally and even took a few steps back. At this stage SARU seem to be more of a circus than a sports organisation. When it comes to the "world-class management and customer service skills", some of them seems to be thinking that they are directing the clowns.

During 2004, things on the administration front were quiet while the Boks moved up from sixth in the world, back to third. Then 2005 came along and all hell broke loose. While the administrators could hide behind the successes of the Boks in 2004, 2005 did not allow them that luxury. Although the Boks continued performing, the administrators started to show their true colors.

The first embarrassment was the allocation of the fifth S14 franchise. It was allocated to the Central Unions and we all thought it was done and dusted, but ANCYL wasn’t happy. All of a sudden the relegation factor was introduced to afford the Southern Spears the opportunity to compete in the S14. This opened a can of worms which will most probably only be settled by the lawyers in the end.

Then came the first attempt to oust Brian van Rooyen, with catfights in the media followed by the supposed interferences of André Markgraaff with Jake White. Van Rooyen played the innocent victim and Markgraaff et al was portraited as the predators waiting to pounce. All of this is the very public eye of the media.

A report on the lack of corporate governance at SARU was issued specifically highlighting Van Rooyen's involvement and the unions started to doubt him, but still he was not voted out at the Presidents Council meeting. It went from bad to worse - and every time the culprits came away clean.

Up to today there are still unresolved issues surrounding the report on the poor corporate governance, and some people are doing their utmost to smother these. Were they professional and did they behave like a world class management? You decide that for yourself, but I am still struggling not to fall down in a fit of laughter.

• Developing world-class playing skills

Fortunately for the SA rugby supporter this objective was not in the hands of the management of SARU. On this front we saw the Boks continue on their path to being the best team in the world, although there are some question marks hanging, but that is another discussion.

We saw skillful players from all communities in SA develop. We saw fully representative junior level teams. In this objective they were very successful: our u.19 and u.21 teams are the world champions. But can we acclaim these successes for SARU, or must we congratulate the Unions? I’ll say well done to everybody involved.

• Developing world-class strategic alliances

On this we heard about the butt kissing during the vote for the 2011 WC bid, but other than that no new alliances was formed that I am aware of. This does not come as a surprise to me, because if they couldn’t even find a way of working together within SARU, how on earth would other people be willing to work with them?

In summation, it seems that SARU did not achieve most of the goals they set for themselves and failed dismally in the simple goal that is set to them by SA rugby supporters - to give us an administration that we can be proud of and that runs this beloved sport of us, in a quiet and effective way.

The shareholders of any company in South Africa would have been climbing up the walls with fury if this was the evaluation of their top management. It is in some cases forgivable to not reach objectives other people set for you, but to fail so dismally in those you set for yourself, is atrocious. A top management team at a company won’t survive the AGM even if the financial rewards were better than ever before.

The management of this SARU company needs to sit down and ask themselves the question: “If we can’t reach these simple goals we have set ourselves, are we are capable of doing this?” I realise that some of these goals are long term, but surely to conduct yourself and your business in a professional manner, cannot be a long term goal. "Okay we will start conducting the business professionally next year." That just sounds bloody rediculous.

The ultimate responsibility has and will always be with Brian van Rooyen and Johan Prinsloo and it is of them that we need to ask the questions. Recent reports states that Van Rooyen is going to stand for president of SARU again in February, but by his own admission on a live radio talk show, he is focusing more on his own company Labat than on SA Rugby. Is this a healthy situation?

One also have to ask the question why the media in South Africa has not picked up on this document and started to ask these questions. A corporate document of this importance, by an institution administering a sport so many people in our country love and support, should surely carry a very high degree of interest from the media reporting on that sport?

One can only guess the answers to the questions is and hope that we can get the people who care in charge of the “company” of SA Rugby and that we as “shareholders” will not only be proud of our “dividends”, but also the way the company is run.

In the news this morning, Van Rooyen made his intentions clear that he wil not go down with a fight. He stated: “I believe I have done a reasonably good job as president of Saru,” he said. “Reports that I have been asked to leave are factually incorrect. I’ve gone on the campaign trail and I am confident that I have the support of most of the provincial unions. I’m ready for a fight, meneer.

My question to you, mr Van Rooyen, is: Do you think reasonable performance was good enough?

(Thank you very much to Boertjie for his input in this article)
Comments:
Nice arti Donner. All I can say is: Bring back Luyt.  
my comment will be longer that your article if i have to give my feeling on this, so i will just say i agree with what has been said.  
HappyMonday All  
Clucking Bell Donner


I'd like to blow my top, but thebguys around me may not understand.

"F"'s all round SARU.

Jy dop

Bly agter en doen die jaar oor.

Or the words we used to dread at school:

"F"

(Then teacher comments)

"Kom sien my"

Which was a euphimism for:

You didn't study hard enough and I intend to cane your butt to make sure you do next time


Man. If only we could get one of my old headmasters to go and write "Kom sien my" on Vision 2005 and send it to SARU
 
Eish but you guys are "omgekrap"! SARU is a messed up union, but I see that the Sharks guy is next inline. This is the same guy that helped create a position to bring good old "uhm, uhm ja, we can like to learn a lot from this loss, and will be can playing next week" Rudolph Straulli in. I don't know if that is the right way to go. Don't know who else, but not the sharks man.  
The meeting on 23 February will tell us just how serious the people involved in rugby now is over the sport in SA.

Should Van Rooyen get re-elected I cannot see us going forward at all in becomming a complete professional setup. The first mistake that BvR made IMO was moving away from the corporate setup created by Rian Oberholzer.

I have always said that the appointment of Ali Bacher by the sponsors was a positive step, but I am starting to question how effective it wil be in this whole boetie-boetie setup.
 
Oops, ek het vergeet om my profile te edit na brannasnacht.  
EK HET SLEGTE NUUS VIR JULLE.
UIT BEELD:

Mnr. Brian van Rooyen is reg vir die geveg om die voorsitter van SA Rugby te bly. "Ek gaan nie net loop nie."

Ek stem. Eintlik behoort hy van skaamte weg te SLUIP.
 
ons eie mugabe.....  
Nee Pissant, at least blameer Mugabe die weste vir al sy probleme! BvR dink daar is niks fout nie!  
hehehe

good point
 
Good one Donner, yes 23/2 is very important for the future of our rugby.  
JJ agree on 23/2, but 10/2 is also very important :-))  
More Kerels,


Het nou nog nie eers die arti gelees nie, want ek soek nog die Bulle/Stormers game se verslaggie. Gedag ek verneem maar net...of moet mens nou wragtag by keo loop soek?
 
Howzit Namboer
Goed om jou weer te sien en Yes OO 10/2 I cant wait.
 
Ja Namboer, daar sal hulle jou vertel hoeveel die afrigting span van die WP geleer het en dat daar geen rede vir paniek is nie, want dit is net WP se naasbestes gewees. Wat jy nie daar sal lees nie, is dat dit moeilikheid vir die Stormers beteken, want die S14 gaan lank wees en jy gaan jou naasbestes ook speelkans moet gee. Ek voorspel 'n moeilike jaar in die Kaap.  
Namboer,

Sorry no article. I mailed the contact person at WP rugby and asked contact details of someone that could give us the rundown, but to date has received nada.
 
Jack Spratt,

Believe me when I tell you we are completely independant
 
Geez I am fast.  
The problem with South African rugby is that it is incestuous.

Too few people carrying the whip, too much in the hands of too few.

Some companies, who have invested in rugby, own sections of the media as well. Obviously that section of the media won't be critical of anything that might embarras their owners etc. etc.

There is almost NO independent rugby media in SA. It's a grossly unhealthy position leading to 'factionalised' reporting.

Newspapers also have to be wary of offending companies with massive ad spend in their publications.

So, the public is left in the dark, jumping at rumours and clutching straws.
 
Van Rooyen has NO shame to lose.

Rats, when cornered, fight to the death.

If he is re-elected, after all that has passed, I wash my hands entirely of South African rugby.
 
Jack Sprat

You must be reffering to another well knows rugby site.
 
eish knows = known  
Namboer

This is not the official response, but sounds like the Stormers camp is impressed by the performance of the boys. Moaner says a lot of players put their hands up for a place in the S14 squad.
 
hehehe,

that is funny shit aldo
 
Aag Aldo, I is also impressed...then I read about the 2nd half. Then I wanted to impress somebody's balls in a vice, if u know what I mean.

Didn't really expect them to win and it sounds a fat load better'n 75-14! Glad that Banana looks to have awkened again, was worried after EOYT. But Boetie, you should be worried about your kicking 7 tries and only 3 cons - eish!
 
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