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Lions have a new MD

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Ellis Park Stadium (Pty) Ltd on Wednesday announced the appointment of Pieter Burger, who will assume the position of Managing Director effective from 1 August 2020.

The position was vacated when Rathbone became the Chief Executive of the Blue Bulls Company earlier this year.

Burger, currently the CEO of Mpumalanga Rugby Union, is an experienced rugby administrator and strong business development professional.

“We believe that his strategic business and management skills will bring valuable experience to the Lions Group,” said Altmann Allers, Chairman of Ellis Park Stadium (Pty) Ltd.

“Burger has demonstrated through his career the ability to work successfully in different environments. Working with him in SA Rugby and on SAREO as a colleague I look forward to Pieter bringing exciting new skills and ideas to the Group.” added Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the Lions Group.

Burger said he was very excited about his move to Johannesburg.

“I feel extremely honoured, blessed and privileged to be considered for the sought-after position. Even more so given the tough times and uncertainty so many fellow South Africans are enduring.

“The Pumas moulded my career and made me who I am today.


“I learned a lot and look forward to continued growth and learning until my last day. The Rugby Industry is extremely fluid and dynamic, combine this with a diverse beautiful country like South Africa, and there is truly never a dull moment.

“We are in the entertainment Industry after all,” Burger added.

“Altmann, Rudolf and the rest of the staff at the Lions and EPS are innovative, experienced and I have the utmost respect for them.

“When you have successful and passionate people like that in an organization, it is truly infectious.

“It creates an environment that is not only sustainable but stimulates creativity and breeds success on all levels,” concluded Burger.

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