Incumbent Softball SA president, Mashilo “Mash” Matsetela [main picture] is greatly endorsed to retain his position following a distinguished tenure spanning two terms of office.

Softball South Africa is heading for its elective Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 8 July 8 in Kempton Park, Gauteng. The upcoming AGM is envisaged to be an election process with less drama and fierce contestation as the nominated candidates have no opposition.

When the AGM wraps up its business of the day, the Eastern Cape’s Nolwandle Nongauza and Surgent Skhosana of Mpumalanga will be endorsed as Matsetela’s deputies.

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General Secretary, Monica Phakalane from North West will remain the dynamic cog around which the SSA administration machine rotates.

Following an illustrious term in the treasury department, the astute John Legodi from Limpopo will still be entrusted with the federation’s coffers also responsible for compliance.

Limpopo-born administrator Mashilo Matsetela set to retain top Softball SA position
John Legodi

Meanwhile, Itumeleng Matlhakoane and Jolande Grobler, respectively from Free State and Gauteng, will be additional members.

During its incumbency, this executive committee has been commended for transforming softball in South Africa. An accolade that will forever linger in the annals of the national game.

MASHILO MATSETELA SET TO REAIN SOFTBALL SA TO POST AT THE AGM

The greatest moment under Matsetela’ stewardship was when softball scooped the Federation of the Year accolade. This was during the 2018 National Sports Awards in Bloemfontein. Today the gentle giant, Matsetela stands head and shoulders above the rest. Distinguishing himself like Moses who reputedly rescued the Israelites from bondage during biblical times.

“Upon my appointment in office, I ensured that softball in the country is well-structured according to the geopolitical boundaries. Since then, SSA has been able to stage successful National Provincial Championships annually while developing and improving our branding. “While our transformation agenda was in full swing, we were generating greater attention and becoming the envy of our counterparts,” said Matsetela.

However, Matsetela concedes that there are enormous challenges facing the national structure.

“The lack of sponsorship, adequate facilities, noncompliance and low morale in volunteerism are among our constant challenges” he explains.
Matsetela and his cohort have been given the thumbs up in various quarters, including softball’s living legends.

Among those who believe in the current office bearers is Matsetela’s predecessor, Mathews “Bra Tebe” Kutumela, the Honorary Life President of SSA. Kutumela, who has been inducted in the WBSC Hall of Fame, says he has observed with admiration how the current executive has executed its duties during its term.

Limpopo-born administrator Mashilo Matsetela set to retain top Softball SA position
Mathews “Bra Tebe” Kutumela

“It delights me very much to see how Matsetela and his executive have raised the bar. The greatest moment was when softball scooped the Federation of the Year award during the National Sports Awards. That moment really confirmed that softball is indeed in good, capable hands.” says Kutumela.

By Moyahabo Mabeba

*Mabeba is Head of Marketing and Publicity at Limpopo Softball Association