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CSA congratulates Ray Mali on lifetime achievement award

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) proudly congratulates its former President and Lifetime Honorary Member Mr. Ray Mali on receiving the prestigious Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th South African Sports Awards held last night.

The Awards honoured some of the nation’s top athletes and sports administrators for their remarkable contributions to sports. Mr. Mali, fondly known as Oom Ray in cricket circles, was awarded the prestigious Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution and long service to Cricket and Sport Administration both locally and internationally.

The Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement award honours individuals who, over a span of 20 to 30 years or more, have dedicated their lives to making a significant difference in South African sport and recreation, exemplifying excellence in sports administration. 

Named after former Minister of Sport and Recreation, Steve Tshwete, recipients of the award must showcase tangible evidence of their positive impact on the field, reflecting their long-term commitment to sports and recreation in South Africa.

Mr. Mali has held prominent positions within South African cricket. These include Chairman of Border Cricket, President of Cricket South Africa, and President of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Additionally, he has served as interim chairman of Athletics South Africa. 

The teacher-turned-administrator proudly forged a reputation as a skilled moderniser in South African cricket, leaving a mark as both an adept administrator and a visionary.

Cricket South Africa President, Rihan Richards commented:

“Oom Ray’s leadership has left an enduring legacy in South African cricket. His receipt of this prestigious award is well-deserved, and I extend my heartfelt congratulations. 

“Not only did Oom Ray revolutionise traditional provincial structures and grassroots cricket, but he also championed Twenty20 cricket, all while ensuring equal opportunities within the sport.

“His years of dedicated service have profoundly influenced and shaped the cricketing world. We are deeply grateful for his unwavering commitment and contributions, which have enriched the sport and will inspire future generations,” said Richards.

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