Transformation

Springbok players. Image via Instagram @bokrugby

SARU president defends transformation amid media criticism

SA Rugby celebrates significant progress in its Strategic Transformation Development Plan 2030, fostering diversity, inclusion, and success.

Transformation

Springbok players. Image via Instagram @bokrugby

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has expressed its satisfaction with the progress made in the Strategic Transformation Development Plan 2030 (STDP 2030), according to the latest internal audit.

Mr Mark Alexander, president of SARU, stated on Monday that the sport is firmly tracking in the right direction.

Transformation Progress Across All Areas

The STDP 2030 encompasses various aspects of rugby, including operations such as procurement, governance, staffing, committees, and team demographics.

“Transformation is a process, and when you turn on the television and watch rugby at all levels, it is very easy to see the progress we are making on the field,” said Mr Alexander.

He further emphasised that the plan focuses on access to the game, skills and capacity development, demographic representation, performance, community development and social responsibility, and corporate governance.

National Teams Showcase Transformation Success

Mr Alexander highlighted the ground-breaking strides made at the level of national teams under the leadership of Rassie Erasmus.

“Yes, we have targets for the Springboks in demographics, but we also have performance targets which we will not compromise, and we are definitely tracking in the right direction on both fronts,” he stated.

The SARU president also addressed the recent media outburst regarding transformation, calling the headlines “misleading” and stating that the organisation has a much broader lens through which to view the state of play.

Inclusion and Diversity: Key Pillars of Transformation

Mr Alexander stressed the importance of inclusion alongside diversity, ensuring that every player feels valued and heard, regardless of their background.

“Our commitment extends beyond diverse representation; we are dedicated to fostering an inclusive culture where every player, regardless of their background, feels valued and heard,” he said.

The Springboks, he noted, are the best players available in any calendar year to represent the country, reflecting the funnel of available talent and the progress made in creating opportunities and new heroes for every community.

Springboks Contribute to Social Cohesion

Mr Alexander praised the Springboks for their positive contribution to social cohesion in South Africa. He commended Rassie Erasmus, who recently received an honorary doctorate, for understanding what it means to be a South African and picking players based on their commitment to one another and what they can bring to the team.

STDP 2030: A Process with a Finishing Line

The STDP is a process with a finishing line set for 2030, and the annual reports serve as a means to measure progress, celebrate success, and identify areas for eventual improvement.

“The STDP is a process with a finishing line in 2030. The annual reports are our way of measuring progress, celebrating success, and noting areas for eventual improvement,” concluded Mr Alexander.