CMASA is proud to host our annual CONFERENCE, AGM & COCKTAIL FUNCTION for our members, & encourage all CEO’s, General Managers, club employees, committee members & industry stake holders working in the club industry to attend this event & network with their peers.


We have powerful sessions and influential speakers scheduled for this years Conference, some of these sessions are;

  • Outlook on the SA Economy - Mamello Matikinca, Chief Economist at FNB
  • The Legal, Disciplinary & Reputational Risks of Social Media
  • Leadership 2.0 - Building a People-Centric Culture
  • Financial Insights – Applying the language of Finance to Clubs
  • Food & Beverage Trends - Tastes of the Future
  • Transformation & Diversity


Paul's session is entitled - Are you Mad? (Making A Difference).

Touching base to see whether you are Making A Difference in your Community. If not, don’t stress, this session will give you some feedback on a few ways you can, with local and international examples of how you can absolutely MAD.

For more information, or to book your spot, email

Welcome to CMASA

Club Management Association of Southern Africa (CMASA) is the representative body for the Recreation and Sports Club sector in South Africa. CMASA offers members access to information on international and local best practice material relating to the management of their clubs as well as current information on trends in this sector.

CMASA is committed to ongoing professional development for Management and Staff in the club sector and offers ongoing education programmes to suit all disciplines of employees.

CMASA's strength is heightened by the expertise of its elected Executive Committee and management team, who collectively have in excess of 150 years in club management.

Club management in South Africa and internationally is no longer a hobby but a profession and clubs require a paradigm shift in the application of sound business principles to sustain the sector. CMASA is able to offer these resources to assist clubs in this paradigm shift.


  • Gary Geddes - Chairman

    Gary is currently the GM of Durban Country Club. He was previously the CEO of Ruimsig Country Club and had held this position for the last 6 years.

    He recently attended the BMI Review Course in April to take the exam for the Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation which is the hallmark of professionalism in club management is a valuable and widely-respected mark of a manager's commitment to professional development and the club industry. Gary is still in the process of completing the requirements for this designation. Gary is has played golf for the past 35 years.

  • Brenden Fourie - Vice Chairman

    Brenden was educated at Selborne College in East London and he completed a BA (Ed) Human Movement Science degree at the University of Port Elizabeth where after he returned to Selborne College as a teacher between 1993 - 1999. He played provincial cricket for Border from 1988 - 2001 and also had various stints playing and coaching in England between 1994 - 2005. He is currently the GM at East London Golf Club and has been in the position for 9 years.

  • Janyne Marais - General Manager

    Janyne holds an International Diploma in Advertising & Marketing from the AAA School of Advertising and has over the years gained valuable experience in the industry, having worked for Compleat Golfer Magazine; Dale Hayes Golf Events and the PGA of South Africa first as Marketing Consultant, then as General Manager and held the position of Business Development Director of the PGA of SA before moving into her own consultancy business - Sports Guru.

    In 2013 she joined Glendower in order to gain further insights into club operations. Janyne has high energy levels and is continuously working at finding better and more efficient ways of dealing with new challenges. In May 2015 Janyne took over the reigns from Beryl Acres as General Manager of CMASA and we are excited with the prospects that lie ahead as she continues to develop CMASA.

  • Paul Leishman

    Paul Leishman completed a National Diploma in Hotel Management through the Wits Hotel School. He has been in the club industry for 20 years. He spent 6 years as GM at Crown Mines Golf Club, 14 months opening The World of Golf, at Glendower as General Manager for 9 years and is currently General Manager at Bryanston Country Club.He has served CMASA for a total of 12 years, three of which he was Chairman of CMASA. Paul has attained his CCM designation

  • John Boyce

    Immigrating from Zimbabwe in 1980 and entering the commercial sector where he worked as an industrial engineer for Gencor, was production and technical director for Glodina Textiles and then owned a business and managed a small group of companies.

    He has been in club management for 8 years after being headhunted and joined Modderfontein Golf Club as the G.M. and then moving to his current position of General Manager at Umhlali Country Club & Golf Estate KZN.

  • Sandra Lennox

    Sandra is the General Manager of George Golf Club since 2010. She completed a certificate in Contemporary Club Management from EIAH as well as her CCM through CMASA and CMAA, Georgia State University. She further completed a certificate from Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Turfgrass Management.

  • Ian Leach

    Ian has 45 years’ experience in Industry, Golf Club and Estate management and Estate consulting. Ian developed the Compleat Golfer Five Star experience Program and managed the process for 3 years. He also wrote and published over 30 articles on golf club management in the Golf Club Management magazine. Ian is currently the General Manager of Elements Private Golf Reserve.

  • Mark Wiltshire

    Mark is a qualified PGA Fellow Professional and has enjoyed being involved in golf most of his life. Having played amateur golf which included representing South Africa and winning the South African Amateur title he turned professional and spent 11 years as a full time Touring Professional. In 1996 he joined the Sunshine Tour administration as the Operations Director which meant coordinating all professional events including the 1995 World Cup of Golf at Erinvale. That was followed by a 6-year stint as General Manager the World of Golf and co-owner of the first Gary Player Golf Academy in South Africa. Mark then joined Fancourt as the Director of Golf at both The Links & Bramble Hill, as well as Golf Teaching Academy. One of the many highlights at Fancourt for Mark, was the set up and running of the Presidents Cup in 2003. In late 2006 he left Fancourt after 4 years of service to start up Mark Wiltshire Golf which is a golf club management business that includes club management, course maintenance, course design and construction.

  • Chris van der Merwe

    Chris is the General Manager of Stellenbosch Golf Club since 01 March 2015. Prior to Stellenbosch Golf Club, Chris was the CEO of the Prince’s Grant Coastal Golf Estate for 9 years. Chris has a Ph.D. in Zoology as well as a law degree. Chris is currently the Chairman of the Western Cape Golf Club Managers Association and is a Golf fanatic.