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WP's 'interim' CEO confirmed

NEWS: Western Province Professional Rugby (WPPR) revealed the man that will be in charge of tasks until a permanent CEO is in place.


In a statement on Tuesday, WPPR announced that “Ruben Machelm has been seconded temporarily to assume responsibility for some of the tasks that would fall within the job description of the CEO”.

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Machelm’s role before Tuesday’s announcement was personal assistant to WPRFU President Zelt Marais

“He will assume the responsibility on a fulltime basis as an employee of WPPR and will be accountable to the Board of the company,” said the statement.

“Conditional on this singular accountability, the Board accepted the nomination of the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU), but was also impressed with Machelm’s long involvement in sport, his experience in rugby and most importantly, his qualification with an MBA.

“Machelm will fulfil this responsibility until a CEO is in place. His role in the meanwhile is crucial because it fills a gap in our administrative operations, especially with rugby competitions being rolled out, the move to a new stadium, and the day-to-day work required to anticipate the ‘normalisation’ after Covid-19, whenever that may be.”

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WPPR Chairman Ebrahim Rasool said: “I welcome Mr Machelm’s appointment and ask the media and the public to support him and judge him only on his experience, performance, competence and qualifications.”

It has been previously reported that Tony McKeever, the former CEO of the now-defunct Southern Spears, has gone public with his desire to become Chief Executive of WPPR.

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