Cricket South Africa has begun its search for a new coach and will look "far and wide" for a candidate to replace Corrie van Zyl, it said on Thursday.
CSA will consider foreign coaches, with Van Zyl set to step down after the 2011 World Cup to return to his role at the federation's high performance academy.
"CSA is casting its net far and wide to find the right person to replace caretaker Proteas' coach Corrie van Zyl and take the team to even higher levels of performance," chief executive Gerald Majola said.
"We thank and applaud Corrie for stepping into the breach at such short notice after the resignation by Mickey Arthur as national coach last season."
Under Van Zyl, 49, the Proteas beat the West Indies and drew test series away against India and Pakistan in 2010, and took a 1-0 home series lead over top-ranked India this week in the three-match series between the top two test teams. South Africa has also won three of its last four ODI series.
Van Zyl's final challenges will be the home test and five-match ODI series against India and then an attempt to win a first World Cup for South Africa early next year.
The new coach will be appointed on a two-year contract, CSA said, which will cover the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, the inaugural World Test Championship, home and away series against Australia and a tour of England. Applications will close on January 7.