Irvin Khoza is one of South Africa’s most powerful sports executives. He is the Chairman of the Premier Soccer League and one of its clubs, Orlando Pirates. His influence on South African football goes deep. He serves as the Vice President of the South African Football Association (SAFA) and was instrumental in bringing the 2010 FIFA World Cup to South Africa. Find out more about Irvin Khoza in this biography.
Irvin Khoza’s Profile Summary
- Full Name: Irvin Khoza
- Club: Orlando Pirates
- Position: Chairman
- Nickname: Iron Duke, Squveve
- Gender: Male
- Date of Birth: 27 January 1948
- Age: 74
- Place of Birth: Alexandra, South Africa
- Current Residence: South Africa
- Nationality: South Africa
- Ethnicity: Black
- Marital Status: Widower
- Spouse: Matina Khoza and Yvonne Mantwa Kgotleng-Khoza; died in 2020.
- Net Worth: $10 million
Irvin Khoza’s Biography
Irvin Khoza is a sports administrator who was born on 27 January 1948 in Alexandra, South Africa. He was a student at Roma Mission School and later went to Orlando High in Soweto. Irvin Khoza furthered his education at Fort Hare University but was expelled because he was allegedly involved in anti-apartheid protests.
Irvin Khoza’s Career
Chairman of Orlando Pirates
Irvin Khoza’s ties with Orlando Pirates go back to the 1970s when he worked as a cashier at the club. He was later appointed the secretary but was discontinued after a year on grounds that his uncle also held the same position.
Khoza, however, made a big comeback in 1991. Between the time he was ousted from Pirates to the time he returned, Khoza made more than enough money that allowed him to take over the club. A year later, he was appointed the Chairman of Orlando Pirates.
Under his stewardship, the Buccaneers, as Orlando Pirates is fondly known, has become one of the most successful clubs in the Premier Soccer League. It is the first club in the PSL to win the CAF Champions League, previously referred to as the African Champions trophy.
Orlando Pirates has also won the league title nine times, four of those in the PSL era, the Nedbank Cup, Telkom Knockout, MTN8 and the CAF Super Cup.
The football supremo has also been praised for raising the club’s financial status. He’s forged long-lasting deals with sponsors like Adidas, Vodacom, Carling Black Label and Electronic Arts Sports among others.
Chairman of PSL
Away from Pirates, Irvin Khoza also serves as the Chairman of the Premier Soccer League, a position he’s held since 2002. In 2020, he was re-elected unopposed and will be in the role until 2024.
The 74-year-old has been credited for the league’s commercial success. Former league sponsors ABSA Bank funded the league for 13 years, (2007 to 2020).
The bank reportedly pumped R500 million into the league in its first five years as a sponsor, in a bid to make the PSL a global product. Figures for the subsequent years remain undisclosed but it’s thought to run into the millions.
After their exit, Khoza announced DSTV as the new league sponsor, hence the name, DSTV Premiership. The company, through its channel, MultiChoice, is also the official broadcast partner of the league.
Vice President of the South Africa Football Association (SAFA)
When Irvin Khoza became the Chairman of the PSL, he automatically assumed the role of the Vice President of the governing body of South African football, SAFA.
His biggest achievement was helping the country secure the rights to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. For this, former South African President Jacob Zuma awarded him the Order of Ikhamanga.
Irvin Khoza’s Family
Irvin Khoza had two wives. Both of them; Matina Khoza and Yvonne Mantwa Kgotleng-Khoza, died in 2020.
Khoza had seven children with his wives. With Matina, he had four children; two sons (Mpumi Khoza and Nkosana Khoza) and two daughters (Sonono Khoza and the late Zodwa Khoza).
Sonono made headlines because of her relationship with Jacob Zuma, with who she has a child and Zuma’s 20th baby, Thandekile Matina Zuma.
With Yvonne, Irvin Khoza has three; one daughter and two sons.
Irvin Khoza’s Controversy
Irvin Khoza has a few black spots in an otherwise glittering career. He was heavily linked to the disappearance of Soweto businessman and drug dealer Robert ‘Rocks’ Dlamini,
The two were allegedly involved in a Mandrax deal, in which Khoza reportedly owed Dlamini R1.5 million. They even had closed-door meetings with other associates in the weeks leading to his (Dlamini’s) disappearance.
Despite extensive investigations in several countries, and some of the individuals involved being jailed, Irvin Khoza’s alleged involvement in the narcotics trade is yet to be legally proven.
For a man that seems to have a near-perfect public profile, many would be surprised to find out that Irvin Khoza was twice a convicted criminal. He was charged with insurance fraud in 1979 and 1989. However, reports indicate that his criminal record cannot be found in the police database.
Similar allegations surfaced in 2001, when the South African Revenue Services (SARS) raided his mansion in Diepkloof Extension, as part of their investigation into alleged tax evasion. The football administrator cum businessman was arrested but was later released after he reportedly struck a deal with the SARS.
Irvin Khoza’s Car
Like any millionaire, Irvin Khoza spends a huge chunk of his fortune on cars. One of his most expensive acquisitions is the Porsche Cayenne GTS that’s valued at R1 million. He is also said to have a Peugeot and Ford among other vehicles.
Irvin Khoza’s House
The Orlando Pirates boss has multiple properties. According to a South Africa Revenue Service (SARS) report, five of his properties are located in Johannesburg. This information was revealed during a raid by the agency due to allegations of tax fraud. His mansion in Diepkloof Extension was also raided.
Irvin Khoza’s Net worth & Salary
Irvin Khoza is one of the PSL’s richest owners. His net worth of $10 million is mainly generated from his footballing activities. He also earns from several businesses; Boitshepo Investments, founded in 1997, Marble Gols 261, founded in 2005, Global Foreign Exchange, Bophirimile Investment Holdings and Nevisian Trading.
Awards & Recognition
Irvin Khoza’s work in football has not gone unnoticed.
In 2011, he received the highest honour bestowed by the president of South Africa, the Order of Ikhamanga
In 2009, he was appointed an honorary colonel of the Logistic Division by the South African National Defence Forces
In 2004, Irvin Khoza was conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by the University of Zululand, hence his elongated name Dr Irvin Khoza.