The MyPlayers Team

Chief Executive Officer

Eugene Henning

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

He currently acts as the Chief Executive Officer at MyPlayers and is responsible to oversee and manage the operations at the Players’ Organisation.

General Manager: Player Affairs

Mandisi Tshonti

Mandisi Tshonti obtained a BA degree in Human Movement Studies and an Honours degree in Social Development at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He was employed at UWC for 10 years where he fulfilled numerous positions, namely as the strength and conditioning coach at UWC rugby club and sport administrator at UWC Sports.

He joined the MyPlayers team in 2013 and is currently the General Manager of Player Affairs.

National Player Relationship Manager

Isma-eel Dollie

Former Western Province flyhalf Isma-eel Dollie is part of the MyPlayers team as the National Player Relationship Manager. He was concluded in the Springbok training group in 2008 under head coach Pieter de Villiers. He also enjoyed a stint in Japan playing for the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries from 2011-2012.

Isma-eel holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree, a post graduate diploma in Management and a post graduate certificate in Education. He also gained experience at Wynberg Boys’ Junior where he was employed as the school’s Marketing Manager.

National Player Development Manager

Nicole Hayes

Nicole Hayes joined the MyPlayers team in 2024 as their National Player Development Manager. She is a registered Industrial Psychologist (PS 0153206). Nicole obtained her Master of Commerce Degree in Industrial Psychology at the University of Pretoria and went on to complete the required one-year practical internship through the Tygerberg Forum for Industrial Psychologists. She also has an undergraduate degree in Media Writing and Sociology from the University of Cape Town, and a National Certificate in Fitness: Personal Fitness Training from ETA.

Nicole has previously been an athlete, having obtained Protea Colours in ice-skating and competed in numerous national and international competitions in both ice-dancing and synchronised skating. Having competed in two ISU World Synchronised Skating Championships and captaining the National Senior Synchronised skating team for a season, Nicole hung up her skates in 2007. Since then, she has worked in various roles both in corporate, consulting, and higher education.

Senior Financial Manager

Welmarie van der Spuy

Welmarie van der Spuy is a qualified Chartered Accountant and joined the MyPlayers team as a Senior Financial Manager. She gained 8 years of work experience as a Financial Manager at the popular retail giant Fruit and Veg in the Western Cape. She also worked at PKF and Ernest Young, where she was a Trainee Accountant and Senior Internal Auditor respectively.

Finance Manager

Helga Esau

Helga is a graduate from the University of Stellenbosch, where she obtained her B.Com degree in Financial Accounting. She previously worked at Bernard Shaw Ouditeure Inc, where she completed her SAIPA article, before joining the MyPlayers as a financial manager in 2015. Helga is a register member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA).

General Manager: Financial Services

David de Villiers

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

He has more than three years’ experience in compiling financial statements, delivering tax advice and final audits with companies like BGR auditors & PWC. He also played professional rugby for the Boland Cavaliers, Cheetahs and Lions before retiring in 2011.

David started to work at MyPlayers in 2012 and is now the General Manager of Financial Services.

General Manager: Legal, Compliance & Governance

Reghana Harneker

Reghana Harneker is an admitted attorney and obtained her LLB Hons. at the University of the Western Cape. She also completed a certificate in Compliance Management at the University of Cape Town. Before joining MyPlayers, she was the Company Secretary and Legal Advisor at Cancercare for 6 years.

Reghana started to work at MyPlayers in 2020 as the General Manager of Legal, Compliance and Governance.

Office Manager

Tracey Cable

Tracey Cable was one of the first employees who started working at the Players’ Organisation. She was also the first female member on the team and today she is the anchor of the MyPlayers office. She started her journey on the 1st of April 1999 and celebrated 20 years of working for the Players’ Organisation in 2019.

Communications Manager

Laykin Rudolph

Laykin graduated from Stellenbosch University (SU) with an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology and completed her Honours degree in Journalism in 2016. She started working in the media industry in 2014 while at SU and has a wealth of experience under her belt. After graduating she worked as a motoring journalist for the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Since then she has worked as a journalist, content producer and social media editor for the likes of Media24, Expresso Morning Show, the University of the Western Cape and MotoGP.

Office Assistant

Lungiswa Kokose

Lungi is an integral member of our team, serving as our office assistant. Her commitment to excellence and continuous improvement is exemplified by her proactive approach to self-development. Recognising her potential, we provided Lungi with an introduction to computers course to enhance her skills and broaden her professional horizons. Since joining us as a temporary staff member in 2013, Lungi has exhibited exceptional dedication and determination, steadily advancing within our organisation. Through her hard work, perseverance, and eagerness to learn, she has successfully transitioned to the role of office assistant, embodying the spirit of growth and progression.

The MyPlayers Board

Jean de Villiers

Chairperson

Eugene Henning

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Lambie

Non-Executive Director

Teboho ‘Oupa’ Mohojé

Non-Executive Director

Siviwe Soyizwapi

Non-Executive Director

Nolusindiso Booi

Non-Executive Director

The Provincial Representatives

Stedman Gans
Blue Bulls

Thurlow Marsh
Boland

Onke Dubase
Border

Jeandré Rudolph
Cheetahs

Keano Hendricks
Eagles

Riaan Arends
EP Elephants

George Whitehead
Griquas

Thato Mavundla
Griffons

HP Swart
Leopards

Reinhard Nothnagel
Lions

Jaco Labuschagne
Pumas

Werner Kok
Sharks

Impi Visser
Springbok Men’s 7s

Eloise Webb
Springbok Women’s 7s

Valentino Wellman
Valke

Neethling Fouché
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