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Mocke, Austin take up key positions

Cycling South Africa’s drive to take the administration of the sport to a more professional status has gained momentum with the appointment of two new employees in key positions.

Barry Mocke is the new CEO and Ciska Austin is the new general secretary. Both are full-time salaried positions, which play a crucial role in the administration of the sport as a whole across all five disciplines ÔÇô BMX, mountain biking, road, track and paralympic.

For various reasons, most of them political, Cycling South Africa has fallen behind other sports that have moved on from being managed by volunteers to being run professionally. The process was started in earnest in 2008 under the presidency of Greg Till, who last month was re-elected for a second two-year term.

ÔÇ£Cycling needs to be run like a business if we are to make any progress,ÔÇØ said Till. ÔÇ£There needs to be transparency, accountability and expertise and I believe in Barry and Ciska we have found two individuals with a wealth of experience to steer the sport in the right direction.ÔÇØ

Mocke brings with him 15 years of experience successfully running businesses in various sectors. He has a human movement sciences undergraduate degree and a MBA. Johannesburg-based he has been cycling for 15 years, but more seriously since 2005 after his first Cape Epic.

One of Mocke’s main goals is to effectively commercialise cycling, while other key focus areas include the fine-tuning of the current licensing system, tackling the general lack of safety for cyclists, improving the support structures to ensure South Africans can challenge for world and Olympic titles and speeding up the transformation process.

ÔÇ£I plan to inculcate a commercial philosophy into the operations of CSA. This will include putting structures in place that enable good corporate governance, transparency, systems, policies and procedures,ÔÇØ said Mocke.

ÔÇ£We need to focus on creating a business where a major challenge is going to be revenue generation. We cannot rely on sporadic and inconsistent forms of revenue, but need to have sustainable and predictable income streams. Naturally this will need to be done in conjunction with prudent spending and expense controls.ÔÇØ

Austin also comes with a business background, having owned a travel agency before she became heavily involved in the administration and management of cycling teams through her husband, Barry Austin, one of South Africa’s most successful cycling coaches and team managers. Also Johannesburg-based Austin has completed a three-year management diploma and in 2008 and 2009 was secretary of the CSA Road Cycling Commission.

ÔÇ£To me structure is crucial and I’ll be working to ensure that is stable and clearly defined so that the sport’s administration can function efficiently and effectively through all tiers ÔÇô provinces, clubs, teams etc. I will also be working at improving communication at all levels within CSA,ÔÇØ explained Austin.

Both employees took up their new positions on 1 March 2010.