Williams is a close friend of Shawn Christiansen, with whom he shared the cricket field during his playing days and the boardroom for a substantial period after his retirement from the game.
“As a family at WPCA, our thoughts and prayers are with Shawn, his family, colleagues and board members at St. Augustine Cricket Club. They lost a loved one after a long battle against illness. In their hour of bereavement, we will continually draw alongside them and support them.
“Shawn is not only a life president of St. Augustine Cricket Club but also a former vice president of the WPCA. When the new governing principles of Cricket South Africa were implemented, he was steering the nomination process to elect independent directors,” said Williams.
“Chantelle was a graduate at the University of Cape Town, where she completed a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
“She was instrumental in assisting Northern Cape cricket with its memorandum of understanding. She will be sorely missed,” he said.
“Personally, it is a painful moment, as I have a long-standing friendship with Shawn since starting to play the game. We were also in the boardroom at WPCA and St. Augustine as colleagues,” Wiliams added.
Robin Poggenpoel, chairperson of St. Augustine Cricket Club, said: “We just wish to express our sincere condolences to the Christiansen family on the passing of Chantelle, her passing is an enormous loss.”
She was a strategic figure at the club, assisting them with her great business acumen and insights on strategy and compliances. She was also an integral part of the social life of the club.
“From the WPCA, we express our sadness at the loss of Chantelle Christiansen and we wish the family strength during this period. Chantelle will be fondly remembered by all who knew her in the Western Province cricket family,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Association.
Detail on the funeral will be finalized shortly.