I’ve been a member of the  Referee’s  Association since  1989  and Chairman since 1998. I was secretary from 1994 till 1998.

In 2008 I started as Development Officer/Referees Manager at the Griqualand-West Rugby Union.

With the  implementing  of  BokSmart,  I  also  serve  as  BokSmart coordinator of this province.

I am currently the longest serving member on the SARRA Referees Forum, represented by all the provinces’ Refs and Chairmen.

In 2012 I was honoured with Honorary Membership by South African Rugby Referees Association because of my contribution in Griquas and SARRA.

Currently referees in Griquas Rugby is experiencing a very difficult time.

Less people are prepared to be a ref so numbers are limited.

There are a lot of reasons for this, but spectators and other officials are probably the main reason.

The ideal person to become a ref is retired player who still want to be part of rugby, they usually have an advantage to a person who has never played rugby.

The fact that a ref doesn’t get paid for the game he officiates, also play a big part in the lack of referees. In today’s day and age people want payment for everything they do. 
The fact that more and more clubs collapse because of boys not playing rugby after school is also a very negative factor.

Kat Swanepoel



BokSmart Coordinator

To become a ref you need to be someone with these characteristics:

1.   Strong Leader
2.   Humble
3.   Consist of a strong backbone
4.   Be a good ambassador
5.   Be fit physically and emotionally
6.   Be strong willed
7.   Willing to learn
8.   Be able to handle positive and negative critics
9.   Be willing to give more than he will receive
10. Never think he is the most important person  

      on the field

11. Be a ref because it is fun

If you think you consist most of these characteristics, join us at Griquas Refs !