17 July 2019, Liverpool – The Spar Proteas started their 2019 Netball World Cup campaign last week Friday like a house on fire winning four out of four games, beating FIJI, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and finishing off with Scotland.
The team that is currently ranked 5th in the world have really shown why they are in that position and based on this weekend’s results, one wonders why the team isn’t ranked higher than their current position.
Netball South Africa President, Ms Cecilia Molokwane has always maintained that the country has a team that can do very well at the world cup and this rings very true based on what they have produced on the court. Prior to the team leaving for Wales and Liverpool, the President had mandated the team to bring back a medal when they return from this World Cup.
As a former player herself, Molokwane has maintained and advocated for not only the sport to grow and improve, she has been of the view that the players who continue to play their hearts out with every game should be well paid as they continue to represent their country.
Netball South Africa would like to announce that the players who are currently in camp with the Proteas team will receive bonuses as per below, these bonuses will be paid over and above their promised salaries at the end of the tournament.
Sponsor of the domestic netball league, Telkom (Telkom Netball League) have pledged that each player will receive a whopping R1 million should the team win the 2019 Vitality World Cup and if the team brings the silver medal each player will receive R500 000.
“The SPAR Proteas are on a winning streak having won all four matches to make it to the quarter finals. Telkom is confident that the team will continue this winning streak and players should be rewarded for this performance”, said Mooketsi Mocumi, Executive Group Communication at Telkom.
“I think it is only fair that we pay these ladies such monies, they have earned them. Even before we talked money with them, they were here doing the most, delivering and winning games that have put us in the position that we are. I think we need to reward great work when we see it, in this team I see greatness and believe that they can deliver silverware for the country. To our sponsors Telkom who believed in my vision, I just want to say thank you for enabling us to change lives,” says Cecilia Molokwane, Netball South Africa President.
This will be the first that netball players in South Africa earn such monies. The sport is definitely growing in the country, we are seeing an uptake in the sport and also during the recently concluded Telkom Netball League, we saw more players getting paid more than what they had previously earned in the past and more sponsors coming on board.
“We could easily have 12 new millionaires at the end of this week, imagine how many lives we will change and impact with this. I believe that the team has earned all the good things coming their way. Coach Norma and her support staff have done very well to give us a team that we have today, and I think it is only that we reward them accordingly,” concludes Molokwane.