Western Province Professional Rugby has 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.
WPPR has been on the lookout for a CEO and although they have yet to find the preferred candidate, Machelm will assume certain responsibilities on a full-time basis as an employee of WPPR and will be accountable to its board.
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 MBA qualification.
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,’ a WP statement read. ‘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.
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.’