Mackenzie quits Sharks

Graham Mackenzie resigned as KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union president at a council meeting on Friday. He will be replaced by current vice-president Francois Louis.

Mackenzie, who served the union for nine years – five of which as president – says he has reached a personal juncture in his life and needs to focus on his personal and business life.

'I’ve served the KZNRU for nine years in various capacities. My business life requires that I will have to be abroad for prolonged periods. I believe that in fairness to all concerned, with both the club and amateur season now over, it is best that I create the opportunity for the KZNRU to appoint a successor,' said Mackenzie.

Sharks chairman Stephen Saad says Mackenzie's tireless efforts to raise funds and grow the game at grassroots level will be missed: 'His work in the transformation and development arena was recognised by our provincial government, resulting in a five-year sponsorship of youth development rugby. He unified all structures and his positive engagement with both primary and secondary schools resulted in improved coaching and identification of talent.'

In addition to Mackenzie's announcement and the earlier resignation of former CEO John Smit, the union’s general manager, Pete Smith, also stepped down. 

This means the Sharks now have a new chief executive (Gary Teichmann), a new president (Francois Louis) and a new general manager (to be confirmed).

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