Former Blue Bulls CEO dies
NEWS: A former Chief Executive Officer of the Bulls, Gert Janse van Vuuren, has passed away at the age of 87.
Janse van Vuuren, or Mac as he was known, was CEO of the former Northern Transvaal rugby union from 1982 to 1994.
This was during the time that the game of rugby was in the process of moving from amateur into the professional era.
Notable successes during his time were in the development of talent, positioning of the franchise and lobbying for the establishment of a high-performance environment are just a few examples of the indelible mark he had for the years that would precede his time.
“Mac was the CEO that helped establish what we have now come to appreciate as the Bulls. His contributions over his 12-year tenure benefited not only the game of rugby in the Highveld but the professionalisation of our environment, which remain invaluable,” said Willem Strauss, president of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union.
“We remain eternally grateful for his services and share with the Janse van Vuuren family in their grief.”
During his tenure, Janse van Vuuren was an instrumental guide to the establishment of the blueprint that helped the (then) amateur rugby setup which was known and appreciated for its success.