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Thu Apr 24 16:16:14 SAST 2014

SAFA axe entire department

TEAMtalk Media | 11 July, 2012 17:100 Comments
SAFA breakfast meeting
Safa president Kirsten Nematandani during a South African Football Association meeting at Sandton Sun Hotel on March 15, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Image by: Lee Warren / Gallo Images

The South African Football Association have found themselves floundering in financial debt, resulting in the organisation axing its entire finance department.

Domestic football's governing body are reportedly in debt totaling around R30million, sparking president Kirsten Nematandani to let go of 12 staff members as they look to ease their financial woes.

The 12 individuals were told of their fate at a formal meeting last Friday, with Nematandani, CEO Robin Peterson and national executive members Lefore Lerefolo, Xolani Mtumtum and Nomsa Mahlangu all in attendance

An axed staff member warned this may be just the first in a string of departments closing within the organisation.

He told The New Age: "They said the association can no longer afford to keep us in employment and that the services of the accounting company came as a sponsorship. We were therefore instructed to wrap up our work by the end of July.

"We were told that this would affect other employees as well. They told us that those who are still interested in working for SAFA should forward their CVs to Ernst & Young."

Another staff member added: "We all know that they are cleaning the association of all those who worked under the previous regime of Molefi Oliphant.

"This is a cleanup campaign of old foes and we are caught in the middle. Do they really think we can believe the sponsorship hogwash?

"It is a known fact that Ernst & Young is not the kind of company that would give charity service to a cash cow like SAFA. We are not children and we are not going to leave without a fight. This is unfair dismissal."

However, Peterson moved swiftly to clarify the situation, saying: "I will not go into who said what, but I will just offer you the facts as they stand.

"SAFA has concluded a sponsorship agreement with Ernst & Young, a mandate that began on Monday. They are tasked with setting up a world class financial platform for SAFA, which will assure our stakeholders that our finances are well administered.

"They have started the process of engaging staff within the finance department to see who among those will be needed to be retained in the department by the firm or deployed to Ernst & Young.

"Should there be those who cannot be accommodated at either, we will then look at whether they can be redeployed at SAFA. As for the rest of the employees, we have not informed anyone yet about job losses."

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