The South African netball team received a major consolation off the court after their loss to hosts England in the bronze medal match of the Netball World Cup in Liverpool.
Team sponsor Spar announced that it would be rewarding the team with a bonus of R1.2 million.
In the wake of that announcement, South Africa’s Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts and Culture urged sponsors to further reward the netball team, following their fourth-place finish.
"Corporate SA needs to come to the party and avail financial resources," said Chairperson of the Committee, Beauty Dlulane. "Had this team not been worried by such things as sponsorships, who knows if it might not have gone all the way in this tournament."
Dlulane added that a revenue-generation model was required for the sustainability of netball in South Africa and that it needed to feature on free-to-air television frequently.
The 2023 Netball World Cup will take place in Cape Town and the city has officially picked up the baton as the next host city.
"Through the 2023 Netball World Cup, we aim to further lift the profile of the sport and the talented players,” said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
Cape Town won the right to host the 2023 Netball World Cup after a successful inter-governmental bid which included the national and provincial governments, as well as Netball South Africa.
"In addition to the economic benefits that will come with hosting this event, the Netball World Cup opens up opportunities to elevate the status of netball as a national sport in the long run,” said Smith. “This will also provide means for the development of the sport at grassroots level and nurture the next cohort of national sportswomen. The event will leave behind a powerful legacy of facilities for the development of sport, which plays an important role in giving hope and opportunities to aspiring champions across our city."
The 2023 Netball World Cup will be the first tournament hosted on African soil in the competition's 50-year history.