Groenewald and Tabata were elected last week and bring sporting and commercial expertise to the Executive Council.
Groenewald succeeds Mputumi Damani as one of two independent members of the 12-person Executive Council.
Ilhaam joined Stellenbosch from the University of the Western Cape where she held the position of director of sport administration for more than a decade and has a degree in business administration and a masters degree in sports management.
Tabata is a graduate of Rhodes University and holds an honorary degree from Australia’s Monash University. He is a former managing director of Megapro – the commercial agents of SA Rugby – and served for 16 years on the Board of Directors of Peermont Global Group and was chair of the various trusts linked to the group.
Ilhaam Groenewald said: “My passion is sport management and development so when I was asked if I was happy to have my name put forward, I had no hesitation.
“You cannot work in sports administration in the Western Cape and not know about rugby so I have very good insight into the work that SA Rugby does. I have also received very positive support from Stellenbosch University management.
“I know SA Rugby has a very good story to tell and they are working hard to change the shape of the sport – as well as converting misplaced perceptions about it. I am excited to be joining them to offer experience and support in that process.
“I believe I have a very good understanding of sport at the grassroots level in our country and the challenges that are faced by our young athletes. I hope that type of background – as well as my experience in sports management – will offer some value to the Executive Council.”