South Africa: MEC Anroux Marais On Support of Women’s Sport

The time to support women’s sport is now

Since the beginning of the year, it has been incredibly gratifying to have seen a huge show of support for women’s sport in our country. This recognition of the continuous hard work and the excellent sport played by our women’s teams have proven that sporting world is ready to embrace women’s sport. In the Western Cape, we have hosted the Netball Quad Series, the T20 Women’s Cricket World Cup and the Ice Hockey International Championships in Cape Town in the first half of this year.

The T20 Women’s World Cup final saw an all-time record attendance at Newlands. It is clear that women’s sport is growing at a rapid pace and bringing with it economic growth and international recognition of the Western Cape as a premium location to host sporting events.

Excitingly, over the next few days, we will see the start of another two large women’s sporting events. The FIFA Women’s World Cup starts today (20 July) hosted in Australia and New Zealand, with Banyana Banyana playing their first match on 23 July. The whole country celebrated last year when our women’s team qualified to play in this tournament, and I hope that we will see the same level of support for them while they compete there.

On 28 July we will see the start of the Netball World Cup in Cape Town. This is truly a historic occasion for the city, as this is the first time this tournament will be hosted in Africa. International teams have already started arriving and we are expecting large numbers of travelling tourists to fill the venue to capacity. The Netball World Cup is another opportunity to cement the Western Cape as Africa’s top sport venue host.