Cwengile Jadezweni of Western Province is the latest addition to the South African Referees Elite Panel, where he will replace Jason Jaftha.
Jaftha had been plagued by injury problems during the past 12 months and will now operate on the National Panel. Jadezweni refereed his first Currie Cup fixture earlier this year, preparing him for his tenure among the ten most highly regarded referees in the country.
The Elite Panel includes: Stuart Berry (KwaZulu-Natal), Rodney Boneparte (Eastern Province), Quinton Immelman (Western Province), Cwengile Jadezweni (Western Province), Craig Joubert (KwaZulu-Natal), Lesego Legoete (Golden Lions), Jaco Peyper (Free State), Rasta Rasivhenge (Western Province), Marius van der Westhuizen (Western Province) and Jaco van Heerden (Blue Bulls).
In a statement released by South African referees this week, it was revealed that the panel was selected after reviews conducted during matches played in the past year.
"The panels are drawn up after reviews of matches during the year. For each match a referee would be monitored by an assessor/performance reviewer. He has a coach who would view his match, he is required to give his own review of his performance and the teams involved have a chance to state their views," read the statement.
"This would happen for each match and then reviewed during the season and finally, as now, at the end of the year when panels are drawn up."