Monde Tabata has been appointed as Executive Council member. The body which reports to the General Council (made up of representatives of the 14 provincial unions) – was constituted at the beginning of 2011 as a consequence of the merging of the old amateur and professional arms of SA Rugby. Tabata is a graduate of Rhodes University and holds an honorary degree from Australia’s Monash University. He is a former managing director of Megapro – the commercial agents of SA Rugby – and served for 16 years on the board of Directors of Peermont Global Group and was chair of the various Trusts linked to the group. He also owns granite quarrying businesses in the Eastern Cape. He is currently acting on behalf of SA Rugby as the administrator of the Eastern Province Rugby Union, having discharged a similar role at Border Rugby Union.