The SA Rugby Union got a vote of confidence from cellular giant Vodacom when they extended their sponsorship by another five years in Johannesburg on Thursday.
“We are in rugby for the long term. From us this is a vote of confidence in rugby and it is important for sponsors to help rugby realise their potential. We are aware of the everything else that happens in rugby,” said Mthobi Tyamzashe, executive director corporate affairs.
Tyamzashe also encouraged Saru not to let the sponsor down and said that the sponsorship could not have come at a better time with the Saru’s annual general meeting only a week away.
“Problems will continue to come. You (Saru) must have the mechanisms to deal with them. We have spoken and we trust that you will not let us down,” Tyamzashe said at the announcement of the sponsorship.
Saru chief executive officer Johan Prinsloo was quick to assure Tyamzashe that Saru’s current office battles would not stand in the way of the organisation going forward.
“Rugby is not a difficult sport to manage. I am confident that we have the people to manage it and I am also happy that we know where we are going,” Prinsloo said.
The cellular giant sponsors the Super 14, the Tri-Nations, the Vodacom Cup and is also the team sponsor to the Bulls, Cheetahs and Stormers.