Department of Sports honors South African team with R22.5m award for reaching T20 World Cup final

The South African cricket team received a major honor from the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) for their impressive performance in the 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup held in the rainbow nation last month.

Notably, the Proteas reached the final of the 20-over showpiece event, finishing second to facing defeat from Meg Lanning-led Australia. Recognizing the blistering performance of the South African side, DSAC Deputy Minister Ms Nocawe Mafu announced a R7.5 million incentive for the Proteas team, as well as R15 million for Cricket South Africa (CSA). She also donated medals and incentives to South African cricketers.

CSA Director, Pholetsi Moseki, praised the chapter for their commitment to women’s cricket and expressed their appreciation for supporting and recognizing the women champions. Moseki reckoned that DSAC’s honor will professionalize women’s cricket in South Africa.

“Our gratitude goes out to the Department of Sports, Art and Culture for the support over the years and for celebrating our heroines. This cash injection demonstrates the department’s commitment to the development of cricket and will aid CSA’s ongoing efforts to professionalise cricket for women in the country. The department’s support shows that the development of women’s cricket depends on all of us: it is our collective responsibility to commit resources that will help us advance the women’s game,” Moseki said in an official statement.

Sun Luswho led South Africa to the final of the global event expressed her excitement at receiving the honor and thanked the CSA, along with other staff, for their special efforts to promote women’s cricket.

“It’s great to be here and get recognition for something we enjoy doing and representing our country. All the girls here woke up one day and decided that cricket is their dream, and they wanted to chase it – and these are the moments we live for. As a young girl dreaming of a World Cup final – a World Cup final at home – I don’t think we ever thought that would be possible. So thank you to Cricket South Africa, to SASCOC, Momentum, to every person and the department for making this happen for us,” said Luus during the event.

Source: Women’

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