Nabeal Dien, the chief executive officer of the Association, also said Newlands will host 18 international games over the next four years. It forms part of a new dispensation announced by Cricket South Africa (CSA) which is geared to maximise income generation by only allocating internationals to the main five stadiums in South Africa.
Williams, the president of the Association for the past four years, underlined the proactive incentives implemented by WPCA the past year in accelerating the empowerment of black African stars in the Western Cape.
These programs included the Langa cricket festival and the formation of the Newlands Cricket High School, which is a unique South African cricketing institution and has received rave reviews from Cricket South Africa (CSA).
He also applauded the efforts of the WPCA to erase Newlands’ debt in the next five years through the redevelopment model of the stadium that is geared towards that purpose, which will involve the transformation of suites to mixed-use facilities. The new redevelopment plan, when fully implemented, will potentially cost in the region of R450 million over the next five years.
Williams challenged the WPCA to capitalize on the Cape Cobras’ domestic on-field-dominance which saw them win 10 trophies the past seven trophies, and to “make Newlands the home of champions in every sphere.”
Dien committed himself to create a framework for non-racialism in Western Cape cricket by utilizing resources, capacity and human capital to ensure proper access and opportunities to all the communities under the jurisdiction of the WPCA.
At the annual general meeting, advocate Nicholas Kock was elected vice-president.
Four non-independent directors, Trevor Blake, Ashraf Burns, Fezile Mguqulwa and Albin Wagner were elected. The five independent directors of WPCA is Mustaq Brey, Itumeleng Langeni, Suliman Mohamed, Johannes van der Merwe and Lance Witten.
According to the treasurer’s report, WPCA has finished in the green in the 2014/2015-season, showing a profit of R340 013,00.