Norman Arendse
President, SAFA Cape Town

Norman has been involved in the administration of sport from an early age, his first position having been that of General Secretary of the former Cape FA (Turfhall Park) at the age of 14. He has been involved in cricket and served as President of the Western Province Cricket Association (2005 – 2006), and President of the United Cricket Board of South Africa (now Cricket South Africa) from 2007 – 2008 (September) when he resigned. He was elected as President of SAFA Cape Town in July 2009.

He has also played competitive football, his highest achievement having represented Cape FA at board level. In cricket, he was the youngest player to represent the Western Province Cricket Board (WPCB) at the age of 16, and last played for the WPCB at the age of 27. Subsequent to unity in 1992, he continued playing Premier League cricket until the age of 46 for the Victoria Cricket Club, the first black club to participate in the National Club Championships.

As a Cricket Administrator, he represented South Africa on the ICC Council and its Governing Board, and was elected as Chairperson of the ICC’s Governance Committee, and the HR Committee.

He currently serves as a National Executive Committee (NEC) Member of the South African Football Association (SAFA) having been elected from the national list in September 2013. The NEC appointed him Chairperson of the Legal and Constitutional, Membership Affairs, and Player Status Committees, a position he currently holds.

Since becoming President of SAFA Cape Town in July 2009, Norman’s main objectives have been clean administration and the development of a sustainable financial model. Underpinning these objectives has been his unrelenting quest for transformation in football, especially the introduction of fair play, and specific focus on gender representation, and women’s football.
Under his guidance, financial stability has been achieved, and good corporate governance has become the order of the day.

He has represented SAFA National on various Commissions of Inquiry, and was appointed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to serve on its Appeal Committee which sits in Cairo.

As a practising advocate he has acted in numerous football disputes for the PSL, almost all PSL and NFD clubs, and amateur clubs.

Currently he serves as the Lead Independent Director of the Board of Directors of Cricket South Africa.

Since graduating from the University of Cape Town in 1980, Norman has practised law (mainly constitutional law), written legal articles, and has lectured in labour law in particular. He served his articles under the late Dullah Omar (democratic South Africa’s first Minister of Justice) from 1981 – 1983, and thereafter practised as an attorney at the Legal Resources Centre which he opened in Port Elizabeth in 1986. After being a founder member of the Labour Law Unit at UCT in 1987 and 1988, he took up chambers at the Cape Bar at the end of 1988. He subsequently was conferred Senior Counsel (Silk) status in November 1998 by former President Nelson Mandela. He is currently a member of the Cape and Johannesburg Bars.

Norman also served as Deputy Chair of the Cape Bar Council, and was elected as the first black practising advocate to Chair the General Council of the Bar (GCB) from 2005 – 2007. He is also a founder member of Advocates for Transformation (AFT).

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