Advocate Nicolas Kock is President of the Western Province Cricket Association.
An alumnus of the University of the Western Cape, Adv. Kock completed his LLB and became an Advocate and full time lecturer. Adv. Kock teaches Theories of Social Transformation at the Institute for Social Development. He has also taught Sport Management at UWC’s Sport Recreation and Exercise Science (SRES) department.
His passion for higher education and sports development led him to found a non-profit organisation called Sports Skills for Life Skills (SS4SL) in 1999 at UWC. A committed philanthropist, he continues to serve as Executive Director for the programme that has become an award-winning model for holistic cricket, career and community development in South Africa. SS4LS helps students in previously disadvantaged areas enhance their talent in sport and obtain a tertiary education. Adv. Kock is active in campus sports, and serves as the chairman of the UWC Rugby Football Club.
Adv. Kock has worked as a legal counsel for the South African Institute for the Drug-Free Sports; he managed the initial research for and served on the governing body of the Western Cape Sport School and served on the Commission of Inquiry, set up by the Western Cape Government in 2004, into the ongoing violence and other problems in club rugby in the Province.
In outlining his priorities for WPCA, Adv. Kock affirms his commitment to promoting good governance and integrity within the cricket community and to protecting the interests of its members, clubs and the faithful supporters of Western Province cricket. Adv. Kock has served on the board of WPCA for 13 years, of which eight years have been as vice-president.
Ashraf Burns serves as Vice-President of the Western Province Cricket Association. Burns is a short term Insurance broker by profession with years of experience in the insurance underwriting and administration sector. He is the Director of independent insurance brokerage, Intasure.
Burns has a lifelong passion for cricket and is a leader in Western Province cricket. Burns’ playing career highlights between 1977 – 1990 include playing senior cricket with United Cricket Club, he was a regular member of the 1989/90 team that won the 'double' under the captaincy of Andre Odendaal. Burns also represented WP Colts & WPCB during this period.
Burns is former President of the United Cricket Club. Burns continued with his dedication to cricket as a serving member of the Western Province Cricket Association’s executive since 2005.
Among the highlights, Burns headed up the Club Cricket Task Committee when the season was cancelled due to the water crisis in Cape Town in 2018.
Burns’ passions include golf, rugby and outdoor activities.
Omar Sonday serves as treasurer of the Western Province Cricket Association.
Sonday is a Finance Manager at Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. His responsibilities include managing the Finance, Commercial and Material Management Departments. The budget under his control exceeds R10 Billion.
Sonday graduated with a B.Comm (Accounting) from UWC and an Honours degree in Business Management from the University of Stellenbosch. He is a member of the South African Institute of Public Accountants and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
He has been involved in Cricket and Sport Administration since 1982. He has served in various capacities at Cravenby Cricket Club and the Cravenby Sports Board. He has also been involved in various institutional Framework Structures including the City of Cape Town Sport Forum, the District Sports Forum, local Sports Councils and Facilities Management Committees.
Sonday has a 90% attendance record for WPCA General Council Meeting since unity under the following Presidents of WPCA: Clem Druker, Percy Sonn, Arnold Bloch, Sedick Emeran, Solomon Makosana, Mohamed Ebrahim, Beresford Williams and Nicholas Koch. He has served on various committees over the years including the Facilities Committee, the Development committee, the Local leagues committee, the Disciplinary Committee, and has been a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and HR Remco committees.
Richard Noor serves as a non-independent Director of the Western Province Cricket Association.
Noor is the Managing Director of W-Tech Manufacturing, CEO of Fibretek Manufacturing and Director at H&M Group.
A successful business man and PhD candidate with the Nelson Mandela University, Noor holds several board memberships focusing on Strategic management of the group, including Drycoat Manufacturing, Impregnation Web Technology, Dap Resins (Pty) Ltd, G-Force Fabrication, GRP & Composites, W-Tech Manufacturing, MD, Fibretek Manufacturing, MD.
A seasoned school governor, Noor has redirected the course of many schools through promotion of clean governance and the development of talent for the well being of the organisation, its effectiveness and individual growth. Noor has served on the School Governing Bodies of Plumstead Pre Primary, John Graham Primary and Bergvliet High School. His commitment to social responsibility and non governmental organisations sees Noor serving on the boards of the Ocean View Association for People with Disabilities and Miracle Kidz Home for abused children among many other organisations.
Noor is a longstanding advisory board member and current Chairman for Operations Management of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Noor is Chairman of the Victoria Cricket Club. He previously served as Executive Member and Treasurer 2014-2018.
Noor’s service to the WPCA is an expression of his commitment to meaningfully contribute to the association’s collective growth and development, placing the needs of the clubs at the forefront of WPCA’s objectives.
Dr. Matthys De Vries Basson
Dr. Matthys De Vries Basson serves as a non-independent director of the Western Province Cricket Association Dr. Basson is a Specialist Physician experienced in clinical trials with a special interest is cardiovascular disease. He has been Head of Internal Medicine at Karl Bremer Hospital since July 2005. He is also very active in the pre- and postgraduate educational programmes of the University of Stellenbosch.
Dr. Basson completed his undergraduate studies in 1996 and postgraduate training in 2003, both at the University of Stellenbosch. He completed his Honours in BSc (Epidemiology) at University of Stellenboch in 2010. Dr. Basson provides over 12 years’ of clinical research and 12 years’ as a specialist physician. He has taken part in many studies and he was asked to represent South African Prevail investigators at the International Stroke Congress in San Francisco in 2007 and also attended the International Stroke Congress in Los Angles in 2016. He serves on the Metropool Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Committee since 2014. He has also been a promoter of many MMed research projects in Internal medicine at the University of Stellenbosch and is a member of the World Stroke Organisation.
Dr. Basson was first team Captain of Bellville High School, and played in club cricket actively from 1991- 2016 with Sanlam 1st side, Oakdale Cricket Club 1st side and Durbanville Cricket Club 1st side. He became a SA Schools cricket umpire whilst continuing to play Cricket. Dr. Basson has served as both Vice Chair and Chair of the Durbanville Cricket Club committee and he was a long serving Convenor of Local Leagues WP cricket and served with distinction in this capacity before being elected to the WP Cricket Association board.
Johannes Nicolaas Adams
Johannes Nicolaas Adams serves as non-independent director of Western Province Cricket Association.
Adams is Acting Deputy Principal and educator at Belhar High School. He has been the Head of the Commerce Department for the last 10 years. He is also the Centre Manager of Belhar Community Learning Centre that provides training to all adults who could not complete their schooling due to circumstances.
Adams qualified as an Educator at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in conjunction with the University of the Western Cape with a Higher Education Diploma specializing in Commerce. He completed an Advanced Certificate in Education and an Honours Degree in Educational Management from CPUT.
He has been involved with the administration of sport for the past 38 years and is currently serving on the WPCA Board and WPCA Youth Executive. He was the Chairperson of Tygerberg Cricket Club for 19 years. Adams has a level 3 coaching qualification and has acted as convener of selectors and as a selector for numerous WP age groups and SA Schools’ country district selection panels. He managed a number of WP Provincial Youth teams to national tournaments and is the WP representative to the national SA School’s General Council meetings. He mentored and coached Alphonso Thomas (represented Proteas, Somerset in England and coached Somerset and bowling coach for West Indies), Denver Carolus (played for Cape Cobras) and Vernon Philander (represented Proteas in test matches).
Adams has served on a number of WPCA sub-committees, including the Disciplinary Committee, Legal and Constitution Committee and is the current chairperson of the WPCA Cricket Committee.
Fezile Mguqulwa serves as a non-independent director of the Western Province Cricket Association.
As Principal of Zimasa Primary School in Langa, Mguqulwa is an ardent believer in the benefits of sports development. He is centrally involved in creating sports opportunities for youth in the disadvantaged communities of the Cape. He is an active cricket, rugby and hockey coach and teaches life skills to primary school learners.
Mguqulwa, himself a cricketer, started out playing for the Gugulethu Cricket Club. His qualifications include a B-Tech in Education management (CPUT) and a sports management diploma, as well as a level 3 coaching course.
Mguqulwa’s long involvement in Western Province cricketing community has seen him manage the U13 Western Province Teams and serve on the SA Schools Cricket committee where he was appointed to the constitutional amendments task team. He also served as Vice chairperson of SA Schools cricket and former Youth Cricket Chairperson. Mguqulwa has previously been appointed liaison officer for the SA National Cricket team, the India Women’s Cricket team and the ICC.
For Mguqulwa, ‘youth cricket in not only the heartbeat of the game in Western Province; it has also been an award-winning, pulsating part of the winning recipe of the Cape Cobras’ ten domestic titles the past eight years as the pipeline-structures have been superb.’
Mguqulwa is Chairperson of the Western Province Youth Cricket Association, leads the coordination of township based primary and high school cricket teams and serves on the Transformation committee of the WPCA.
Mustaq Brey is an independent director of the Western Province Cricket Association.
Mustaq Brey serves as Chief Executive Officer of Brimstone Investment Corporation Ltd, a company he co-founded in 1995. A qualified Chartered Accountant by profession, Mustaq currently serves as non-executive chairman of the Oceana Group Ltd, Life Healthcare Ltd and International Frontier Technologies SOC Ltd. He also serves on the boards of Equites Property Fund Ltd, AON Re SA (Pty) Ltd, Lion of Africa Insurance Company Ltd, House of Monatic (Pty) Ltd and FPG Property Fund.
He serves on and chairs various board committees including the finance, audit and risk committee of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation.
Mustaq is an independent director and chairman of the finance committee of Western Province Cricket Association. Mustaq played cricket for over 30 years for Victoria Cricket Club and Primrose Cricket Club.
Mustaq has an unwavering passion for uplifting communities and this is the golden thread that connects his business and personal life. He serves as a trustee of the Jakes Gerwel Foundation. He has been integral to the startup of many NGO’s and is the founder of the Saabri & Ashrafi Relief Fund.
Itumeleng Langeni is an independent director of the Western Province Cricket Association.
Itumeleng is the Chief Stakeholder Relations Officer at MTO Forestry. Langeni is a seasoned Communication Specialist who started her career journey as a journalist after qualifying as BA Communication Science graduate, University of Zululand. Her multi-industry experience of almost 30 years has put her in a good stead to engage and understand diverse stakeholder needs and expectations in today’s environment.
Langeni has held senior managerial positions in the following industries: Pharmaceutical; Petroleum; Fishing and Tobacco. Her previous board membership has been in the South African Responsible gambling Foundation (three years) and the Forestry Industry (eight years).
Current board membership:
Tellumat (Pty) Ltd: Non-Executive, Member of the Transformation Committee ECUFPA (Eastern Cape Umbrella Fire Protection Association): Non-Executive
Currently she serves as an Independent Director and Chairman of the Transformation Committee in Western Province Cricket Administration.
Fagmeedah Peterson-Cook is the Lead Independent Director for the Western Province Cricket Association.
Peterson-Cook is an actuary with 23 years of technical experience in the pensions and investments industry. Until 2016, she was the chief investment officer at the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund, where she was responsible for the investment of R120 billion. Peterson-Cook was appointed to the board of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) by former finance Minister Pravin Gordan, to bring her expertise to the oversight of the investment activity of the PIC. In 2012, she was appointed as member of the clean-up board of Telkom, where she chairs the investment committee. She was appointed to the board of Pepkor (then Steinhoff Africa) in April 2018, to help deal with the fallout from the Steinhoff saga. She is an independent director of Absa Financial Services and chairs the investment committee of the ABSA Pension Fund, as well as being Chairman of the Bankmed audit committee. As an actuary, Peterson-Cook brings enterprise risk management skills and multi-generational planning techniques to the boardroom.
Peterson-Cook is passionate about cricket, having watched cricket with her Dad from a young age. The only time this Actuary ever cut classes while attending UCT was for One Day Internationals at Newlands, in the days when there were still Oaks alongside the railway line shading bench seating. Peterson-Cook is also the former Lead Independent Director of Gauteng Cricket Board.
Peterson-Cook chaired the stadium development committee and gave the development momentum, until the establishment of the property company in May 2019.
Mandla Mgogoshe serves as Independent director of the Western Province Cricket Association.
Mgogoshe is the Compliance & Contracts Manager at Stellenbosch Municipality with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors.
Mgogoshe holds a B. Juris degree from Vista University in Port Elizabeth as well as an LLB degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. Mgogoshe began his career as a legal officer at ABSA legal Department. After graduating with LLB he worked as a paralegal intern at the Wits Centre for Applied Legal Studies. Mgogoshe then worked at the Land Rights Project at CALS as an Associate Researcher before joining the Wits Centre for Applied Legal Studies.
Mgogoshe specialises in legal compliance, government, contract law, legal writing, and corporate governance. His work includes oversight and monitoring of contracts management practice and compliance, ensuring compliance and adherence to the legislative framework governing Local Government and the proper monitoring and proper evaluation of service providers and/or contractors.
His previous experience includes working for the City of Cape Town as Compliance Officer and legal advisor where he monitored adherence to policy and legislation by the City Administration, reviewed and/or submitting comments on legal framework reviews, drafted and submitted reports to Portfolio Committees of the Provincial legislature and coordinated and managed the Risk Management Portfolio.
Mgogoshe is an avid fan of F1 and Silver Arrows and loves playing golf with great opponents.
Suliman ‘Solly’ Noor Mahomed
Suliman ‘Solly’ Noor Mahomed is an independent director on the board of the WPCA and has been involved with Western Province for the past five years.
Noor was born in Louis Trichardt and started his business from scratch at the age of 14. He is now the head of an empire comprising of Sollys Discount World Group, Solly Noor Properties and Computron Group and many other companies ranging from consumer and Hi- Tech Electronics to Real Estate. Noor is also an Independent Non-Executive Director serving on the board of Investec Property Fund Ltd and a trustee of the Wits University foundation.
Noor is the first to admit that it was difficult to start a business in the apartheid era, when a lot of obstacles stood in the way of a black owned business. His commitment to giving back to communities has ensured that he is recognised not only for his business accomplishments, but also for his dedication national and internationally philanthropy. Noor is President of international philanthropic organisation, the World Memon Organisation. His involvement in community projects has seen him play an important role in South Africa and internationally.
Noor has had a lifelong involvement and passion in rugby and cricket and other sports. He served on the board of WP Rugby before joining the Western Province Cricket Association’s board.
Noor chairs the WPCA Remco committee.
Dr. Garth Van Gensen
Dr. Garth Van Gensen is an independent director for the Western Province Cricket Association and chairperson of its social and ethics committee.
Dr. Van Gensen holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration from Central University of Technology (CUT), an MBA from the University of Wales and a BA (Hons) from the University of the Western Cape. Dr. Van Gensen joined CPUT from the University of the Western Cape in 2018 and serves as the Director for Marketing and Communications at CPUT; his field of expertise lies in branding and marketing communications.
Dr. Van Gensen has researched, delivered papers locally and internationally and published articles on branding practices in a new South African higher education landscape. He is a Council member of Central University of Technology, Deputy Chairperson of the CUT Council, Chairperson of human resources committee and Remco committees.
Dr. Van Gensen describes himself as a sports crazy person who can be found at Newlands Rugby Stadium on a Saturday afternoon following a morning park run. He is a member of the Western Province rugby football union President’s trust fund that disburses bursaries for young people of disadvantaged backgrounds that excel in rugby.