LOCK-DOWN AS ORDERED BY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA
On the 23rd of March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa ordered a 21-day lock-down of South Africa from midnight on Thursday the 26th of March, in order to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This lock-down impacts the entire South Africa, and extends to everything other than the most basic of necessities. This includes the closing of bars and pubs, clubs and public open spaces. WPCC will naturally abide by this instruction.
From 6pm on Thursday the 26th of March, the Club will lock down for 21 days, and will not be accessible to anyone, including members, guests, staff and the general public. All Club facilities will be locked down, including all buildings (the Sports Centre, the Bowls Clubhouse, the Tennis Clubhouse, the ETA building, the Gym and the Members’ Pavilion at Newlands), as well as all sporting facilities (the tennis courts, the bowls greens, the hockey astros, the outdoor cricket nets and the cricket fields). There will be no access to the property through the booms both from the Avenue de Mist entrance and the Laidlaw Lane entrance. Our security company, SOG, who will remain on site, have been asked to police these restrictions, and have been instructed to assist with removing anyone from our premises after 6pm on the 26th of March. We ask for our members co-operation, and not to put SOG in an invidious position. We ask you to respect and adhere to
these instructions from the President for the good of all.
This remains a very difficult time for our country, all our members, and the Club itself. We trust that this 21-day lockdown period will help to break the back of this pandemic, and the Club is committed to doing its bit to reach this goal. We can then hopefully look forward to a brighter future for all, and a return to some form of normality.
We shall keep you informed as and when we receive any updates or relaxation of these regulations. In the interim, stay safe.
DUNCAN DE GROOT
REGULATIONS ISSUED IN TERMS OF THE DISASTER MANAGEMENT ACT
On the 18th of March 2020, the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, gazetted regulations in terms of Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act of 2002, in order to put further steps in place to combat COVID-19. These regulations are to be implemented with immediate effect, and directly impact on many business and institutions, including clubs like WPCC. The new regulations that directly impact WPCC are, per Paragraph 8 of the gazetted Regulations:
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PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA’S DECLARATION OF A STATE OF DISASTER
As you will be aware, President Ramaphosa declared a State of Disaster on Sunday the 15th of March 2020. It is required of the Club to comply with this declaration, and we must do our part in ensuring we reduce the possibility of the spread of COVID-19.
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In 2020, for the first time in 5 years the SASFIN Cape Town Sixes will have a change of venue. We are very excited to announce that Western Province Cricket Club (WPCC), in Avenue De Mist, Rondebosch, which is nestled under the mountain and almost a stones throw away from Newlands Cricket Stadium will be the host of the 5th annual SASFIN Cape Town Sixes. WPCC will undoubtedly be adding an enormous amount of value and is arguably one of the best sport facilities in the country. This festival takes place 14th, 15th and 16th February 2020.
The festival has more than doubled in size going from 40 teams in 2016 to over 100 teams booked for 2020. Cape Town’s most loved sporting and lifestyle festival continues to gain in popularity and this year’s is certainly not to be missed.
For more information visit their website: www.capetownsixes.com
WPCC will this year host their 2nd Wine Festival. Set on the Wally Wilson oval, we cannot ask for a better view and setting for a day out with fellow members, family and friends. Add to that 28 wine farms, craft beer, gin, ciders and brandy
tasting, live music and food trucks, it will be a great day out for all.
The confirmed wine farms are:
Boekenhoutskloof (Porcupine, Wolftrap, Vinologist), Bon Courage, Edgebaston, Groot Constantia, Kleine
Zalze, Leeuwenkuil, Reyneke Organic, Spier, De Grendel, Ken Forrester, Ernie Els, Leopards Leap, Haute
Cabriere, Boschkloof, Du Toitskloof, Remhoogte, Zevenwacht, Elgin, Anura, Groote Post, Rickety Bridge,
Mont Du Toit, J.C Le Roux and Durbanville Hills.
VENUE: Wally Wilson Oval, WPCC Sports Centre
TICKET PRICE: Members R150/Guests R200
Tickets are available at the Sports Centre reception and on My Club Account for both members and guests https://www.myclubaccount.co.za/WPCC/Account/Login
WPCC FESTIVE SEASON HOURS
Please note our office hours during the Festive Season:
13 December: Admin Office closes at 12h30
24 December: Club closes at 18h00
25 December: CLUB CLOSED
26 December: Club closes at 18h00
31 December: Club closes at 18h00
1 January: CLUB CLOSED
Please note that the gym will be closed from 20 December and will re-open on 13 January 2020. This is to allow for refurbishment of equipment and the gym in general. We look forward to a fresh start in the gym for 2020.
KITCHEN IS CLOSING
Please note the restaurant will run last service on Friday 20 December, after which they will be closed for the Festive Season. The kitchen will re-open on Tuesday 7 January 2020.
For those who are around, please feel free to visit us for the Last Man Stands cricket tournament from Monday 16 to Friday 20 December, as well as the Growthpoint Super 8 Tennis Tournament from 17 – 22 December 2019.
We thank our members for a fun filled year on the sports field and at the bar and look forward to a promising year ahead.
Join the Bowls Section on Friday 9 August for a fun morning of bowls from 9.15am – 12.30pm. All WPCC sporting section members are encouraged to enter as an individual or a team. Club bowlers, other sporting members, non-members, family and friends are ALL welcome to enter.
- Format is mixed team trips
- Dress: Wear something pink, casual flat shoes
- 2 games of 10 ends
- A lady to skip each end
- Bring and braai after bowls
- Enter as an individual or a team (R90/team or R30pp)
- Please enter your team on the list on the bowls notice board or call Gavin on 021 6573325 or Carol on 0840489668 by Monday 5 August.
- Entries are limited to 72 players (24 teams)
Western Province Cricket Club is inviting appropriately qualified and experienced individuals to apply for the above position. In this role, the successful candidate will need to balance the traditions, protocols and etiquette of the Club with the thinking and practice surrounding modern-day coaching and player development. Reporting to the Cricket chairman and the cricket committee, the successful applicant shall at all times conduct his/her duties in line with the objectives of the Cricket Section; that is to administer, organise, control, promote and foster the playing of cricket for the benefit of WPCC members. This position will initially be a 7-month coaching contract (September 2019 –March 2020), but it is envisaged that it will develop, over time, into a full-time DIRECTOR OF CRICKET position.
- Minimum Level 3 CSA coaching qualification.
- A proven track record of more than 5 years of coaching, including experience of coaching a premier league club as well as elite players on an individual basis.
- Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Computer literacy.
- Driver’s licence and own car.
- Senior Coaching: As per the requirements determined by the Committee from time to time.
- Junior coaching: Annual assessment of Junior section coaching needs based on numbers/finances and the recommendation of a suitable program to Committee.
- Discipline: To promote cricketing etiquette and appropriate behaviour both on and off the cricket field –including dress, language, alcohol and all relevant issues.
- Selection: Detailed input into weekly selection meetings. Written and timely notification of teams.
- Administration: Registration of all players, submission of match cards, membership checks and all functions of the match secretary.
- Player reviews: Both pre-season and post-season written reviews of each 1st XI player’s potential and performance.
- Season review: Annual written review, including playing and budgetary performance –and planning for the following season.
- Grounds: Weekly written report on pitches, outfields, outdoor nets.
- Equipment: Monitoring and control of all indoor and outdoor equipment.Purchasing recommendations.
- Attendance: At all Section meetings, functions, fund-raisers, as well as WPCA General Council meetings and WPCA coaches’ meetings.
- Communication: Fixtures, results, scores and news into Club newsletter and website/social media.
- Coaching Review: Full analysis and review of the current coaching structures with implementation of improvements where necessary.
Longer Term Strategies:
- Recruitment: Grow the player base and membership income, including active engagement with schools.
- Indoor Centre: Develop an in-house coaching program which benefits both the Club and individual Club members.
- Commercial: In time, turn the Section into a sustainable business entity within the greater Club structure.
- Provide high class coaching services with detailed analysis, comprehensive reporting and individual improvement programmes.
- Identify, develop and mentor high-calibre players capable of playing first class cricket.
- Establish a colt’s programme for promising youngsters and schedule development games against schools and other youth structures.
- Increase the number of players who experience ‘personal success’ through improved technical, tactical and mental skills.
- Improve the performance of all WPCC representative teams.
- Create an environment where players choose to play at WPCC and enjoy it.
Please email: A concise cv and a 1 page brief detailing how you would approach the challenges of the position, to Trevor.Pape@aurecongroup.com and email@example.com
Remuneration: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Closing date: Close of business on Tuesday, 25 June 2019.
Please note: If you have not received feedback within 14 days of the closing date, you may deem your application to be unsuccessful. Western Province CC reserves the right not to fill this position.
10 May 2019
ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS NOTICE – 1 June 2019 to 31 May 2020
The Clubs’ Financial Year End will be on us shortly, and this entails important processes of review, budgeting and planning in all sporting codes, within the Executive Committee portfolios and by our Management team and staff.
The Pakistan and Sri Lankan cricket teams visited South Africa during the season. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly apparent that – from a financial performance perspective – inbound tours by teams other than England, Australia and India provide muted results. This has a significant impact on the overall financial performance of the Club, as the cricket season at Newlands is a significant component of the overall financial performance of the Club, via the Long Room and the Oaks Bar. The Mzansi Super League provided some respite, but this has been outweighed by disappointing attendance for the domestic one-day and T20 competitions. This is not Cape Town specific, but has been seen throughout the country.
England is due to visit our shores at the end of this year, and we look forward to the New Year’s Test with anticipation. Despite the general disappointment of the inbound cricket season, we have had a successful year in most other aspects of the Club’s finances. The installation of the water de-ironising system has been completed, and occurred just before significant increases in water rates were implemented by the City. We now run de-ironised water for the showers and toilets throughout the Club, as well as for the watering systems on the astros. We continue to use potable water for the kitchens and water fountains.
The Notice of the AGM, scheduled for Thursday, 29 August 2019 and the Annual Report for 2018/2019 will be distributed by the end of July 2019, detailing the Clubs’ financial position and current business strategies.
We had strong performances from both the Bowls and the Sports Centre bar, which offset the muted Long Room and Oaks Bar performance. Sports Sections have come in slightly ahead of budget. The Mzansi Super League provided some unbudgeted income through Ground Rental income, which was welcomed. Members Income from subscriptions was slightly under budget, but this was tempered by tight Central Services expenditure. We have also changed our security company and our Sports Centre caterers in the financial year under review, and we have received favourable feedback regarding both service providers. Cash flow management continues to be tightly controlled which will continue into the new financial year. WPCC is a complex Club, with a large number of moving parts. The budget process is a complex process, with a diversified revenue and expenditure profile. Membership fees are an important component of the budget, accounting for roughly 32% of our revenue. With the above in mind, your Committee hereby gives notice of the annual subscription increase to be effective 1st June 2019. The by-category detail of the new subscription rates are detailed hereinafter. The increase is necessary to help meet the Club’s budgeted income requirements for the coming year, and on average represents a 7% increase on the previous year’s subscriptions. This is down from last year’s increase of 9%.
Your committee spends a significant portion of their time endeavouring to increase the value of your membership. To this extent, we are looking to remove the additional gym membership charge and include the gym membership in to your general membership subscription.
Members are reminded that the gym is a basic gym, with relatively limited space and limited equipment. However, we feel that access to the gym – as part of your general membership fees – will provide additional benefit to your membership. Members are advised that we are currently investigating material improvements to the gym and dependent on the extent, cost and general improvement of the gym space, we may be required to reinstitute this gym levy. However, in the interim, the gym access will be included in your general membership subscription.
Members are reminded that subscriptions fall due on the 1st June 2019. A statement of account will reach you by this date. A penalty of 10% will apply to late payment of annual fees. All sports playing members who no longer wish to participate in a particular section must please notify the Club, in writing, as soon as possible but no later than 31st May 2019. Active sports categories will be invoiced as at 1 June 2019.
The Club’s preferred method of contact is by email. Regular communication is distributed by email, posted on all Club notice boards and is available on the Club website. Please keep the Club Office informed of any changes to your personal details.
Members are reminded that an additional payment method is available via the MyClub Account app, available online. The Club encourages members to use this option, as this reduces the time spent on reconciling and allocating funds, as the payment will instantaneously be allocated to your membership profile.
We hope that you have had an enjoyable year at the Club and we thank you for your continued support.
Duncan de Groot
Click HERE to view the 2019/2020 Subscriptions and Sports Levies Table.