Morné du Plessis has been at the helm of the Players’ Fund for over 35 years. Together with the Board of Trustees, the General Manager (Gail Baerecke) and the rest of the office staff, the Fund has developed a reputation built on integrity and honour. Trust in the Fund’s exceptional governance has been established through years of dedication and these values are what guide the day to day actions of all involved.
MORNÉ DU PLESSIS (CHAIRMAN)
FRIKKIE NAUDÉ (VICE CHAIRMAN)
Frikkie played rugby for Shimlas & the Free State between 1973-1975, Maties Rugby between 1976 –1977, for Villagers and WP Rugby between 1978 -1980. Currently he is the Chairman of Intertechnic, an Import & Export Company and has held this role since 1977.
He also is a wine and olive farmer at Yonder Hill Wines in Stellenbosch and Olyfberg olives and oil which is situated in Robertson.
As a retired President of the Maties Rugby Club, it is evident that rugby means a lot to Frikkie, who has served on the Players’ Fund’s board of Trustees since it’s inception in 1980. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Fund.
Frikkie is married to Danila (neé Maartens) with two children Nicola en Daniel.
On the 19th of August 1988, Anton was injured while playing rugby at LC De Villiers Rugby Stadium. He was in his 4th year of his MBCHB degree at the University of Pretoria. He suffered a C5/6 vertebra dislocation and was diagnosed as an incomplete quadriplegic, since then he has relied on a wheelchair for mobility.
Following his accident, he continued and completed a BMedSci degree, as well as a BSc (Hons) in Bio Systems in 1992. After working at Pretoria Academic Hospital, he joined Professional Provident Society (PPS) in 1993 and Alexander Forbes in 1995. Anton went on to complete an MBA in 2004. Currently he is responsible for business development and strategic consulting at Alexander Forbes Health. Providing expert advice into disability equity, accessibility and employment of people with disabilities in the corporate industry.
Anton’s hobbies are wine tasting, reading and visiting new places with his wife Stacey. His most recent achievement was finishing the New York ING Marathon 42km in 6 hours and 15 minutes with a hand cycle.
The Fund has been lucky to have Anton on the Board of Trustees since 2013.
In 1991, there was a welcome addition to the running affairs of the Fund, Well known WP forward FC Smit indicated that he was interested in the activities of the Fund. Morné du Plessis felt that the 25 year old, 2,02 meter and 112 kg flank could be a considerable benefit to the Fund, more especially as a link between current rugby players and the Fund. Other members wholeheartedly agreed and their confidence was not misplaced.
FC matriculated from Jan van Riebeeck High School in Cape Town and after completing 2 years national service went to Stellenbosch University where he studied psychology. He played for WP as a flank forward from 1991 to 1994 before moving to lock position in the scrum. He was chosen for SA in 1992 but played only one test as a Springbok. In 1997, an injury ended his career as a player. Today he is a successful businessman and CEO of Thorburn Security.
FC is still one of the dedicated Fund Trustees.
In 1974 George matriculated from Paul Roos Gynasium and went on to Stellenbosch University to complete his Bacholor’s degree in Economics in 1977.
George first became involved with the Fund in the 80’s when he held a golf day for the Fund in the Eastern Province where he played as lock forward for EP rugby.
After his playing days, he moved on to become founding partner of MegaPro Marketing in 1986.
With his heart as big as his large physical statue, George remains one of the devoted trustees of the Fund today.
Joel was born in Worcester and attended Worcester Boys’ High, now called Worcester Gymnasium, played cricket for Boland Schools, studied law at the University of Cape Town (BA. LLB), played under 20 rugby, and served on the SRC in 1977.
Joel is a member of the Cape Bar, practices from Huguenot Chambers in the field of human rights. He has 24 reported decisions on administrative and constitutional law, racially discriminatory practices, land claims, unfair labour practices, and also appears in the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court. He addressed the Constituent Assembly that drafted the new Constitution, Act 108 of 1996.
Joel joined the fund as an honourary legal adviser and trustee in 2011. He is a published poet with two anthologies of poetry, and has written on the history of cricket at the Cape Bar.
Whilst in Cape Town, Hanyani also completed a management course at the UCT Graduate School of Business, and spent several years working at the Bester Burke Slingers Advertising Agency whilst playing rugby. Hanyani currently works in the property industry as a business development manager for Aucor property.
Hanyani is also a media broadcaster for Supersport and a keen sports enthusiast. He is still involved in rugby and assists UCT rugby club as one of their coaches and has been involved with the Players’ Fund since 2015.
Jowa was educated as a teacher and then went on to be a high school principal and until retirement, a Director of Marketing and Development at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He served for five years as Education and Development in Communities Manager at the then Mobil/Energos(Engen) Foundation. Jowa was one of the co-founders of the Chris Burger / Petro Jackson Fund Players’ Fund in 1992 and was appointed by SARU as one of the trustees of the new Fund. Since then he has served as a trustee and later, a member of the Assistance Committee as well as the Executive Committee.
He played rugby from school to National level and has been involved in the administration of the game at all levels for more than 50 years. Jowa was appointed as Life Member of the W.P. Rugby Union in 2012 and life President of the Primrose club for 50 years service.
“It has been an honour for me to serve on the Fund with many rugby legends who render an outstanding service in assisting those rugby compatriots who suffered serious injuries playing the game we all love.” [/two_third_last]
Tiaan grew up on a farm in the Kalahari and matriculated in 1983 in Upington. He then went to Stellenbosch University where he studied law and acquired a B.COMM.LLB degree.
He worked as a lawyer in Cape Town until the end of 1995, when he and his family moved to Austalia.
In 1998, he joined the Australian Investment Group, a wholesale mortgage provider, as General Manager, where he worked until the end of 2005.
In 2006 Tiaan returned to SA and started working with Megapro Marketing in March 2009 as General Manager of Rugby. Part of his role is running of Premier Interschools as Managing Director.
Tiaan’s rugby career started at Stellenbosch under the watchful eye of Danie Craven. He was selected for WP in 1986 at the age of 20 and played a record 158 times for them, which included 93 as captain.
He was selected for the Springboks in 1992 and played 15 tests for South Africa.
He moved to Australia to play rugby league for 2 years for the Cronulla Sharks in Sydney. He then returned to Rugby Union in 1998 and played for the Waratahs for 3 years. Tiaan was selected for Australia in 1998, who he represented in 13 tests and was part of the World Cup winning team in Wales.
Tiaan retired from rugby in 2000.
He is an avid mountain biker and has completed several races, including the Absa Cape Epic twice.
Tiaan also enjoys surfing and golfing and has a Private Pilots licence.
He joined the Fund as Trustee in 2014.
Currently heading the Government and Stakeholder Relations Division of SARU, he exudes energy in abundance which allows him to juggle his many roles as an entrepreneur, an ordained minister, a father and husband, a licensed marriage officer, a Bible expositor, a counselor a motivational speaker, a well-known gospel musician, producer and a prolific orator.
Born in Johannesburg and matriculated from Jeppe High School for boys in 1988. After this I ventured down to Cape Town and the plan was to get a degree and then move back to Johannesburg. Well I fell in love with Cape Town and never left.
I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1993 at the University of Cape Town. After qualifying I worked for two years in the Spinal Unit at Conradie Hospital and it was here that I developed the understanding of the life changing journey a neurologically injured person has to endure following injury, through rehabilitation and finally trying to integrate back into society. It was through the work I did at Conradie that I was fortunate to watch the opening of the 1995 Rugby World Cup tournament match between the Springboks and Australia as a guest in the CBPJPF suite at Newlands. Rugby has been an integral part of my career, I have been actively involved in rugby for over 20 years. I have worked at all levels of the game and was a member of the South African u21 teams that won the Junior World Cup in 1999 and 2002. I become the physiotherapist for the Springboks in 2003 and was part of the Rugby World Cup Winning Springbok Squad of 2007, a career highlight. In 2008 I moved across to rugby administration and is the current Medical Manager at the South African Rugby Union.
I am married to Pippa who is an amazing women and together we have two wonderful children; Mathew, who is 12, and in his final year of primary school at Rondebosch and Emily, who is 10, and attends Rustenburg Primary School.
NEIL STRYBIS (HONORARY FINANCIAL ADVISOR)
Neil started his career at Shotland Sevenus Giles and Hobson, one of the firms which later became known as PKF (Cape Town) Inc. after completing his national service. In 1988 he qualified as a chartered accounting and in 1989 was appointed as a director.
During his career, Neil gained extensive experience and expertise in auditing, accounting, taxation and business consulting which allowed him to build outstanding relationships with key role players in the printing, retail, manufacturing and advertising industries.
He strongly believes in the values of maintaining strong relationships through sound communication and the delivery of quality professional services
GAIL BAERECKE – GENERAL MANAGER
TORI GARDNER – EVENT & MARKETING COORDINATOR
KIM MCBAIN – GENERAL & FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR
I started at the Players’ Fund, July 2017 as the General and Financial Administrator. I have already learnt so much about the daily office functions, the various injuries and our recipients. I am extremely happy to be a part of the Players’ Fund and where I can help people make a difference in their lives.
My dad had a saying which grew onto me and I have continued saying it to myself when I needed to be motivated, “If I persist I will succeed!” My dream is to encourage our recipients with this saying and hopefully I can help them make a difference to their lives, making their dreams become a reality.