Who are we?

MyPlayers is the official organisation of the professional rugby players in South Africa. The organisation is 100% owned by the players as they play a key leadership role in determining the general strategy and vision. This is done through the various decision-making structures on which they serve. The organisation currently represents all the professional rugby players in South Africa.

Our Mission

We provide player-driven solutions to improve the lives of our members.

Our Proposition

We believe rugby is more than just a game.

Our Values

  • Respect
  • Accommodating
  • Integrity
  • Loyalty
What We Do

Our Divisions


Industrial (SARPA)

Player Affairs

Financial Services

Player Career Development

Brand and Communications

Players Charity

Player Benefits

The team behind the players

MyPlayers Key Individuals

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    Louis von Zeuner


    About Louis von Zeuner

    Louis completed 32 years’ service at ABSA and served as Deputy Group Chief Executive from 2009 until 31 December 2012. He has extensive business experience, particularly in the financial sector.

    Louis holds a B.Econ degree from Stellenbosch University and has a passion for sport. He currently serves on the Boards of Telkom, Edcon, Eqstra Holdings, Afgri, Cricket South Africa and Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut.

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    Piet Heymans

    Special Projects Stakeholder Executive

    About Piet Heymans

    Piet graduated with a degree in Political Science and Industrial Sociology. He joined the finance union SASBO in 1995, where he served as the Assistant General Secretary. He also served as a COSATU Executive Committee member.

    In 1998, Piet joined the South African Rugby Players Association (SARPA) as its CEO. Piet was appointed as non-executive director to the MyPlayers board in 2009 and became an executive director on 1 January 2013. His new position sees him fulfil the role of Special Projects Stakeholder Executive.

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    Eugene Henning

    Managing Director

    About Eugene Henning

    Eugene is an admitted attorney and obtained his B.Com, L.L.B and MBA degrees from Stellenbosch University. He practiced as an attorney where after he worked as a Legal Advisor for Bidvest in the UK. Upon his return to South Africa, he worked as a Legal Advisor in the financial services industry.

    Eugene joined the MyPlayers board in 2010 and is responsible to oversee and direct all MyPlayers operations, as well as manage the collective intellectual property rights of the South African professional rugby players.

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    Mandisi Tshonti

    Player Affairs

    About Mandisi Tshonti

    Mandisi holds a BA degree in Human Movement Studies and an Honours degree in Social Development through the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

    He was employed at UWC for a period of 8 years, a period where he also fulfilled other numerous positions, namely as the strength and conditioning coach at UWC Rugby Club and sports administrator at UWC Sports.

    Mandisi is responsible for the Player Affairs division at MyPlayers

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    David de Villiers

    Financial Services

    About David de Villiers

    David is a graduate from Stellenbosch University and Unisa with a B.Acc degree and and B.Compt honours degree. He is currently studying towards a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants qualification.

    He has more than three years experience in compiling financial statements, delivering tax advice and financial audits. He also played professional rugby for the Boland Cavaliers, Cheetahs and Lions before retiring in 2011. David heads up the Financial Services Division at MyPlayers.

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    Jonéll Bester

    Career Development

    About Jonéll Bester

    Jonéll has a Bachelors degree in Humanities, an Honours degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Research Psychology at Stellenbosch University.

    She worked at Cornerstone Institute and later at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) as a Career Advisor. More recently, she passed her Registered Psychometrist and Counsellor board examinations in 2014.

    Jonéll is the manager of player development, assisting players with their career and exit strategies from the professional game.

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    Yoland Shaw

    Legal, Compliance & Governance

    About Yoland Shaw

    Yoland is an admitted attorney and conveyancer. She obtained her LLB degree at the University of Pretoria. She previously worked at Nissan South Africa as their Legal Advisor, where she gained extensive experience in all aspects of law specifically corporate and commercial law.

    As the Legal, Compliance and Governance manager at MyPlayers, Yoland’s role is to ensure the prudent management of legal risk across the organisation.

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    Nyaniso Sam

    Brand & Communications

    About Nyaniso Sam

    Nyaniso completed his degree in Sport Communication at the University of Johannesburg. He has also completed his FIFA/CIES Sports Management qualifications.

    He was previously employed at public relations firm Magna Carta in Johannesburg, where he worked on the Team Barloworld and Indian Premier League (IPL) accounts.

    Nyaniso previously served as the Membership Liaison Advisor and Communications Manager at SARPA. He is currently responsible for Brand and Communications at MyPlayers.

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    Helga Esau

    Finance Manager

    About Helga Esau

    Helga is a graduate from Stellenbosch University, where she obtained her B.Comm degree in Financial Accounting.

    She is a registered member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA).

    She previously worked at Bernard Shaw Ouditeure Inc, where she completed her SAIPA articles, before joining MyPlayers as a financial manager in 2015.

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    Welmarie van der Spuy

    Senior Financial Manager

    About Welmarie van der Spuy

    A qualified Chartered Accountant, Welmarie joined MyPlayers in the role of Senior Financial Manager.

    She spent the last five years of her career as a Financial Manager at the popular retail giant Fruit and Veg City in the Western Cape.

    Welmarie previously worked at PKF and Ernest Young, where she was a Trainee Accountant and Senior Internal Auditor respectively.

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    Elma Smit

    Marketing and Events Manager

    About Elma Smit

    Elma obtained her BA Law degree from the University of Stellenbosch, before completing an honours in Journalism at Wits University.

    She has plenty of broadcasting experience in television and radio, having worked with music channel MK, SuperSport, kykNET and 5FM. She also did digital news work with Netwerk24.

    Beyond her role of Marketing and Events Manager for MyPlayers, she currently works as a weekly profile writer for Afrikaans daily newspaper Beeld and as the anchor of SuperSport’s weekly rugby magazine show TMO.

Contact Us

Let's get in touch

Physical Address

Tygerberg Business Park
163 Uys Krige Drive
Cape Town
South Africa

Contact Details

021 887 5786