Central Gauteng Lions Cricket Board or Lions Cricket Union (previously known as Gauteng Cricket Board) is incorporated in terms of the Companies Act as a non-profit company (NPC) with Members in accordance with Schedule 1 of the Act and is a member of the Gauteng Cricket Council.
The Gauteng Cricket Board NPC trading as the Central Gauteng Lions, was formed in 1992 following the unity process in South African Cricket in June 1991. Although there was an official unification, cricket in the province remained divided.
In 2010 the Gauteng Cricket Board was placed under administration after the Langa Commission of Inquiry. The new Board and Memorandum of Incorporation currently speaks to three groupings from the constituencies (namely the Previously Advantaged Clubs, Concerned Cricket Fraternity and the Black African Cricket Clubs) and has been changed to align with that of Cricket South Africa.
In May 2018 the Gauteng Cricket Board underwent a total rebrand and was renamed as the Central Gauteng Lions, making use of a name that has a clear association with Johannesburg’s franchise team, the Imperial Lions. The renaming process was a directive from the Department of Sport and Recreation following the National Sports Indaba where after SASCOC and Cricket South Africa, was tasked to ensure that all its affiliates align with the geopolitical demarcation of their provinces. One of the consequences was that the Gauteng Cricket Board had to change its name, as it does not represent the whole Gauteng Province. Central Gauteng Lions now three substructures, namely, Johannesburg Metro, Sedibeng and West Rand.
The organisation is administered by a Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) duly adopted by the Members Council (or ‘Shareholders’). The MOI was adopted by Special Resolution passed on 9 May 2020, a copy of which was filed together with the notice of amendment. MOI first adopted 27 March 2013. Amendment date 11 March 2020 . Amendment date 9 May 2020.
The Gauteng Cricket Board NPC (“Non-profit company”) means a company –
(a) Incorporated for a public benefit or other object as required by item 1(1) of Schedule 1 of the Act; and
(b) The income and property of which are not distributable to its incorporators, members, Directors, officers or persons related to any of them except to the extent permitted by item 1(3) of Schedule 1 of the Act;
In addition, the Laws of Cricket as recognized by the controlling body of the game of cricket in the Republic from time to time shall be adopted and followed by Lions Cricket Union, provided that, if such laws conflict at any time with the laws, by-laws or regulations of Lions Cricket Union, the laws, by-laws or regulations of Cricket South Africa (CSA) shall prevail.