Chartered accountant and financial manager Tennyson Botes has been appointed interim chief executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Association.
Botes previously worked alongside former chief executive officer Nabeal Dien as the WPCA’s financial manager. Dien’s tenure ended earlier this month.
“We would like to congratulate Tennyson on his appointment as interim CEO. Mr Botes has successfully fulfilled this role before in Mr Dien’s absence. The appointment is an acknowledgment of the excellent service he has provided to the WPCA and the confidence that we as board have in his abilities to lead the team through this trying time, albeit for a short period,” said WPCA president Nic Kock.
Dien addressed WPCA clubs with a detailed farewell letter earlier this week. The end of his tenure coincided with the suspension of formal cricket around South Africa – and the world – amid the spread of the coronavirus.
“It is with great sadness, after a tremendous and somewhat treacherous times, that my Western Province cricket journey comes to an end,” read an excerpt from Dien’s letter.
“I sincerely wish to thank each and every one of you that have directly or indirectly impacted on my career at this proud and history-laden cricket association.
“It brings about the termination of over 20 years of service to a game and province that is immensely close to my heart. It is one that I have served in virtually every capacity – from youth, development, club, women, stadium, marketing and HR, to the highest elite levels of professionalism.