AFL South Africa was incorporated in October 2004, replacing Footy South Africa as the National Federation for Australian Football. The members of the AFL South Africa Board of Directors are both South African and Australian. Please scroll to meet the team!
My name is Neels Roodt , I am a Sport co ordinator in the Dept of Education ,seeing that all schools in the North West Province do sport and that development is done in 9 priority codes in schools. I am married to Yolanda and have two daughters,Michelle and Monique , both doing their own thing after school.
This keeps me busy all year long ,every weekend at a different venue in the province or even other provinces when participating on a higher level.
My interest started in 1998 when AFL was introduced in the NW Province,I was the first coach of the Buffaloes as they were known then as well as the team that went to Jim Stynes Tournaments in Canberra in 1998 and later the International Cup. Due to my workload I was not able to proceed to develop this code to its full potential and luckily volunteers and later full time staff was appointed by AFL Australia to proceed in developing this exciting code to the level where it is now.
I am a board member of AFLSA since 2003 and its an honor to work with exciting young players as well as the administrators who work full time in AFLSA.
Dingake Reginald Mokotedi is an educator by profession, having obtained his teacher’s diploma from Lehurutshe College of Education, Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Africa, Honours degree in Education Management, Law and Policy Studies and Masters in Assessment and Quality Assurance in Education and Training from the University of Pretoria. He is presently a Deparmental Head at Boingotlo Middle School in Montshioa (Mafikeng).
His love for AFL started in the year 1997 when a team of Australian Defence Force, pioneered by Major Marty Alsford visited Reeme-Batloung Middle school in Ramatlabama village. This team held AFL clinics for surrounding schools there, teaching the kids basic skills and rules of the game. Footy as it was known by then, took off to a great start, and an under 16 team was selected from mostly rural areas of the North West province to play in the Jym Steyns Cup in the year 1998. Regie, as he is known in the AFL circles, was the assistant coach of that team.
He established the game of Footy in Ramatlabama and Mafikeng communities. He together with Neels Roodt, Jooste Lebotse and Zack Labius travelled the province of the North West in 1999 – 2000 and held footy clinics in Vyburg, Taung, Kuruman, Rustenburg etc.
In 2002, he was the Head Coach of the AFL South Africa team that participated in the inaugural International Cup held in Melbourne. He was then an assistant coach in 2005 and 2008 at the same tournaments. He is presently serving AFL South Africa as a Director of the Board.
Mr. Shibale Labius Zacharia is a former employee of the Department of Sports, Arts & Culture in the North West province. He served this department for many years until his retirement in June 2011. During his service in the department, he showed a great passion to sports and he was given the responsibility to develop Aussie Rules, as it was known by then in the North West communities. This was after a team of the Australian Defence Force visited the country under the leadership of Major Marty Alsford in 1997. He has not looked back since then, and has been participating fully in the affairs and development of AFL in South Africa. He is presently a member of the AFL-SA Board of Directors.