Anne Vilas has become only the second woman President of a provincial cricket union in South Africa after being announced as the President and Chairperson of the Central Gauteng Lions (CGL).
Vilas is the first female to hold this position at CGL and follows in the footsteps of pioneer Zola Thamae who in 2013 became the first woman provincial cricket union President when she was elected to the position at Free State Cricket Union.
In a media release, CGL welcomed Vilas, who is a passionate cricket supporter and has worked in the sports industry for more than 30-years particularly on the marketing of the GM brand with various professional cricketers.
“I am extremely humbled to be elected as the first woman President and Chairperson of CGL and look forward to working with my two Vice Presidents, Ebrahim Lambat and Batlhalefeng ‘Lucky’ Lesele, my lead Independent Director Ziyanda Ngcobo and all the board of directors,” Vilas said in the release.
“We look forward to growing all cricket in our province especially focusing on growing the game in townships and rural areas.
“As CGL, we are working with various organizations like Cricket South Africa; the Department of Health; Department of Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation and SASCOC amongst others to ensure the safe return of our staff, clients and service providers, safe return to training and play.” – Central Gauteng Lions President, Anne Vilas
“We understand that there are currently more pressing COVID-19 challenges and will not deter from those,” Vilas continued.
“As CGL, we are working with various organizations like Cricket South Africa; the Department of Health; Department of Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation and SASCOC amongst others to ensure the safe return of our staff, clients and service providers, safe return to training and play.
“I look forward to working with all our stakeholders – CSA affiliated unions, staff, sponsors, partners, clients, unions, public sector entities, tenants, clubs, schools, universities, NGOs, media partners and all the fans that continue to support all our CGL and Imperial Lions brands.
“I am happy to announce that the following Independent Directors were appointed to serve as part of the new CGL Board of Directors,” she concluded.
Photo 1 Caption: The Central Gauteng Lions have announced Anne Vilas as the first female President and Chairperson to lead the Union. Photo: Central Gauteng Lions