Beresford Williams, the WPCA-president, and the incoming Chief Executive, Nabeal Dien, had high praise for Du Preez, noting not only his competence, but also his passion for and unwavering commitment to Western Province cricket.
As coordinator of club- and women’s cricket at the Association for the past five years, the sport has always been more than a pastime for Du Preez since matriculating from the Elsies River High School.
His intimate affair with cricket administration in 1995 started when he was working in Indoor Cricket. Du Preez spent 14 years as arena manager at Howzat Indoor Cricket Centre in Epping, Maximum Indoor Cricket in Kuils River and Spoiler’s Indoor Cricket in Parow Industria.
In 2007, he ventured into cricket administration. Initially, he served as an assistant in the amateur office of the WPCA.
By May 2008, he was promoted to become club cricket coordinator.
He bloomed into becoming coordinator of club- and women’s coordinator at the WPCA since 2009.
“I am grateful for the new opportunity. It is a vast opportunity and responsibility to manage the entire amateur office.
“The 11 components encompass mini-cricket, schools-, club- women’s-, disability, scorers, umpires, coaches and the first class team.
“Much of the toil is done after office hours and he is very thankful for the support of his wife and family, but cricket has been a childhood-passion of mine, and I still love it,” said Du Preez.
He is also a selector for the SA senior Protea women’s team.
“I served on the executive of the Tygerberg Cricket Club for ten years.
“One of my mentors has been the newly appointed Chief Executive of the WPCA and the Nashua Cape Cobras, Nabeal Dien, who has given me invaluable insights into the strategic incentives needed to administer the amateur game.”