Middle distance runner turned sports administrator, Kesa Molotsane, says she is ready to serve South African athletics and bring about positive change for athletes.
Speaking to gsport about her election to serve as Vice Chairperson of the ASA Athletes Commission, Molotsane said: “It is an absolute honor to be considered and elected to serve on this committee. I am looking forward to serving South African athletes to the best of my ability. It is a greater opportunity to become a mouthpiece of the athletes and to strive for change in the Athletics.
“I want to help push a narrative of development and give the athletes a fair chance in striving for success in athletics by ensuring that all provinces prioritises each individual talents and capabilities of athletes within the sports. I’m ready to serve”.
Molotsane, who won the SPAR Grand Prix Challenge in her debut year, has a BA degree in General Management as well as certificates in Basic Labour Law, Advanced Labour Law, Social Security Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution, from the University of the Free State.
She is one of 15 women, elected onto the Board of Athletics South Africa, including seasoned administrator, Shireen Noble, who becomes only the second female Vice President of ASA.
Noble, who is still serving on the Transformation Committee of SWD Cricket, has served SWD Cricket in various portfolios over a period of more than two decades.
In 2004, with the establishment of women’s cricket in the province, she was elected as the first chairperson of the SWD Women’s Cricket Association and is still actively involved in the KFC Mini-Cricket program in the region.
She attended various National KFC Mini-Cricket seminars, served on the organizing committees of numerous national youth cricket tournaments and in 2008 she was a finalist in the category of KFC Mini-Cricket Coordinator of the Year at the prestigious Annual Cricket South Africa (CSA) Awards.
Having served Central Gauteng Athletics with dignity as the President since 2010, James Moloi has been elected as the new President of Athletics South Africa. He defeated Aleck Skhosana by 39 votes to 29 and Noble has been elected as the organization’s first female deputy president.
During his interview with SABC news shortly after he was announced as ASA President, Moloi says, “You don’t choose yourself, you don’t nominate yourself. My province nominated me because I was supposed to be nominated in 2014 but I declined, because I was not ready but this time my province told me I must go back again”
“My main aim is to bring more sponsorships to Athletics South Africa. You know very well that you need TV coverage, you need development manager and then you need to put more money forth for athletes so that they cannot over race each other, so these are things I’m going to put together as a new president”
The Full New ASA Committee:
President: James Moloi
Vice President: Shireen Noble
Chair Athletes: Hendrick Mokganyetsi
Chair Cross: Jakes Jacobs
Chair Road Running: Enoch Skosana
Chair Track and Field: Jean Verster
Vice Chairperson of Commissions:
Athletes: Kesa Molotsane
Cross Country: Jantjie Theletsane
Road Running: Moses Gericke
Track and Field: Sabata Kumalo
Additional Commission Members:
Hilda du Plessis
Track and Field:
Photo 1 Caption: The newly-elected Board Members of Athletics South Africa. Photo: ASA Facebook
Photo 2 Caption: Middle distance runner turned sports administrator, Kesa Molotsane, to serve as Vice Chairperson of the ASA Athletes Commission. Photo: Supplied