The Presiding Officers of the Parliament of South Africa, the National Assembly Speaker, and the National Council of Provinces Chairperson, have joined hands to extend their support and best wishes to the Proteas as they compete on home soil in the 2023 Netball World Cup. Additionally, they warmly welcome the world to South Africa for this historic sporting event.The netball World Cup, hosted for the first time on the African continent, signifies a significant milestone for the country and the sport of netball. This much-anticipated competition is scheduled to take place from 28th July until 6th August, showcasing the best of women’s netball. South Africa takes immense pride in providing a world-class stage for these talented athletes to shine and demonstrate their prowess.
The South African national team carries the hopes and pride of the entire nation, and there is a strong belief in their skill, determination, and fighting spirit to succeed against challenging opposition in this prestigious tournament. The dedication and sacrifice displayed by the team in preparation for this event have been truly admirable, and the nation eagerly awaits the opportunity to witness their electrifying performances.
In a fervent call to action, the Presiding Officers urge all South Africans to rally behind their national team and create an electric atmosphere during the matches. The hope is to fill the stadiums with vibrant displays of support, creating an unforgettable experience for both the players and the spectators. Emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship, they encourage all fans attending the matches to celebrate the shared love for netball and uphold the spirit of fair play.
The 2023 Netball World Cup presents a unique opportunity for South Africa to unite through a common purpose. With 16 outstanding teams competing, the event fosters friendships and understanding across borders. The hope is that together, the participants and fans can inspire future generations of netball stars, igniting a passion for the sport that will resonate for years to come.
In a show of unwavering support, the National Assembly Speaker, Ms. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, will attend the opening match tomorrow. Furthermore, the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts, and Culture, Ms. Beauty Dlulane, and the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, Ms. Nompendulo Mkhatshwa, will host 66 girls who are amateur netball players from Sophiatown in Parliament as part of the festivities surrounding this historic netball event.
The Parliament of South Africa sends its best wishes to the Proteas and all participating teams, hoping for an unforgettable World Cup that not only advances netball across Africa and the world but also fosters lasting camaraderie and sportsmanship among the nations.
Let the games begin! Go Proteas, go!