Gladwyn White was elected on the 12 September 2020 as Safa vice-president of the National Executive Committee (NEC).
Morale in SA Football Association (Safa) in the Frances Baard district is at an all-time high following the recent elevation of their erstwhile president Gladwyn White to the top echelon of the national football controlling body last month.
Safa’s Frances Baard Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) chairman Aubrey Baartman on Thursday issued a statement roundly applauding the nomination of White to the second-in-command position at Safa.
In their message to White Baard said: “The entire PEC congratulates Mr Gladwyn Martin White, who was elected on the 12 September 2020 as Safa vice-president of the National Executive Committee (NEC). We would like to applaud him and we (the PEC) promise to give our full support and assist him to make a success in his position.
“He is a son born of the dusty streets of a very small town, Barkly West about 30km from Kimberley. He started serving football at LFA Level in 1996 serving on different levels of football administration,” Baard said.
“We in the Northern Cape feel very honoured with this vice-presidency position within Safa. It is the first time in our history that the Northern Cape is represented at Safa NEC level with this position as vice-president,” he added.
Speaking from the Safa headquarters yesterday White spoke about his appointment. “My sincere gratitude to colleagues in the NEC for having unanimously nominated me. it’s a personal achievement as well as an achievement for the (NC) province,” White said. “The decision to elect me to the NEC goes hand-in- hand with a lot of responsibility and trust. It confirms what one has continuously been doing in advancing the agenda of football development in South Africa.”
White explained that he had all along been serving in various capacities in the Safa NEC since 2013. In 2018 he was appointed to chair Safa’s Competitions Committee and will likely still continue in that post.
“These are not full-time jobs. We do not have an executive president. I will still be operating as usual as I did as an ordinary NEC member. I will be frequenting Gauteng for meetings and other assignments,” he explained.
White, however, confirmed that he was due to sit down with Safa president Danny Jordaan later in the day for a full briefing on his new tasks. “The president allocates responsibilities. I will hopefully get that briefing today in a meeting with the president,” he said.
White matriculated from Homevale High School in Kimberley. He is currently studying towards a postgraduate diploma in Business Administration. He is a certified tax practitioner and manages a business, tax and consulting agency.