Pine Pienaar has been axed as the Blue Bulls' Currie Cup coach.
All Black Carlos Spencer has been tasked to guide the Eastern Province Kings in their return to the Currie Cup competition.
The Sharks made a "great deal" to secure the services England international and current Saracens prop Matt Stevens.
Johnny Lourens, forever a hero when the Currie Cup's past is mentioned, died on the night of 12 February 2014. He was 89.
The decision to entrench the Eastern Province Kings in the Currie Cup for the next two years will aid "development" in the region.
The Currie Cup will feature an eight-team Premier Division and a new qualification round.
The Pumas may have secured their place in the Currie Cup competition, but they are still worse of than the Eastern Province Kings.
The planned SARU Special General Council meeting, to be held in Cape Town on Friday, has been postponed until February 13.
Western Province and Stormers forward Michael Rhodes will appear before a South African Rugby Union judicial committee on Thursday.
The Currie Cup debate took an intriguing twist with a suggestion that pre-season play-offs should determine who play in the Premier Division.