2023 hosting rights inspire netball “infrastructure roll-out”

Thokozile Xasa, minister of sports and recreation

The minister of sport and recreation Tokozile Xasa has revealed the government’s plans to contribute towards making the hosting of the 2023 Netball World Cup even more worthwhile, by announcing that it would be standardizing netball infrastructure in the country’s schools across the nine provinces.

Xasa said this last Thursday in Cape Town after the announcement of the city as the hosts of the World Cup which will follow this year’s – to take place in Liverpool, England, between July 12 and 21 – making South Africa the first country on the African continent to host the sport’s biggest championship.

Xasa says the government’s “rollout of the infrastructure” will be done with the intention to help groom the next generation of Proteas, who will represent the country in the competition in four years’ time. The minister says the building of netball facilities is not only meant for certain areas of the country, but for the cities, townships, and rural areas.

“Fortunately for us, we’re finalizing our review of the case for sport in South Africa, and we’re now trying to identify areas where we think, even from the fiscus, we’re going to be able to pull together some resources,” she explains.  “At the moment we’re finalizing the latest [data] in terms of the costing of such infrastructure … also, [we’re] looking through our memorandum of agreement with (the department of) Basic Education, looking into to what extent can we have at least some minimum standard facilities in each and every school.”

Xasa says hosting the 2023 Netball World Cup will cost the city of Cape Town “about R50 million.”