Friday, 19 November 2021

Bloemfontein: The Toyota Free State Cheetahs yesterday announced that the longest-serving rugby administrator in South Africa, Harold Verster; Managing Director of the Toyota Freestate Cheetahs, will be stepping down at the end of November after 28 years in the driving seat.

“Harold was a pillar for rugby in the Free State and a true ambassador for the Cheetahs through difficult and rewarding times. He will always be remembered for his passion and commitment not only towards the Cheetahs but in sports generally,”

“His knowledge and experience as sport administrator will definitely be missed. Free State Cricket Union (FSCU) wishes him only the best in his retirement, he will be missed but surely be remembered as a true legend in the South African sporting family.” FSCU President Xander Snyder said.

“I have known Harold for many years and a more dedicated knowledgeable administrator is infrequent. The passion he portrait for rugby in the Free State but also the Cheetahs made him a dominant figure in South African rugby. He surely will be missed. FSCU wish him all the best in his retirement and thank you for all you have done for sport in our province.” CEO of FSCU Johan van Heerden added.

Ross van Reenen, a well known businessman and former Free State player will take over as Chief Executive Officer of the Cheetahs on 01 December 2021.

Mr. van Reenen holds a BA Honours, Higher Education Diploma and a MBA degree, with background as financial, turnaround and transformation leader in business, international consulting and education. He is also knows for his bestseller book From Locker Room to Boardroom.

“On behalf of FSCU we wish to welcome Ross van Reenen to the sporting family and wish him all the best in his new assignment and believe through his experience will take the Cheetahs to newer hights and glory.” concluded FSCU.