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Department of Sports honours South African team with R22.5m prize for reaching the T20 World Cup final

The South African cricket team received a stupendous accolade from the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) for their stupendous performance at the Women’s T20 World Cup 2023, which was held in the rainbow nation last month.

Notably, the Proteas reached the final of the 20-over showpiece event and finished as runners-up after suffering a loss to Meg Lanning-led Australia. Acknowledging the South African side’s stupendous performance, DSAC Deputy Minister, Ms Nokawe Mafua announced an incentive of R15 million for the Proteas team as well as Cricket South Africa (CSA). He also presented medals and incentives to South African cricketers.

CSA Chief Executive Officer, Foletsi Mosecki, commended the department for their commitment to women’s cricket and commended them for supporting and recognizing women’s champions. Moseki believed that the honor by the DSAC would professionalize women’s cricket in South Africa.

“We express our gratitude to the Department for Sport, Arts and Culture for their support over the years and for celebrating our heroics. This financial injection demonstrates the department’s commitment to the development of cricket and will aid CSA’s continued efforts to professionalize women’s cricket in the country. The support by the department shows that the development of women’s cricket depends on all of us: it is our collective responsibility to commit the resources that will help us take the women’s game forward.” Moseki said in an official statement.

listen looswho led South Africa to the final of the global event, expressed her excitement at receiving the honor and thanked CSA along with other partners for making special efforts to promote women’s cricket.

“It is great to be here and to be recognized for doing something we love to do and representing our country. All the girls here woke up one day and decided cricket was their dream, and they wanted to pursue it – and those are the moments we live for. Being a young girl, dreaming of being in a World Cup final – a home World Cup final – I don’t think we ever thought that would be possible. So, thank you to Cricket South Africa, SASCOC, Momentum, each and every individual and department for making this possible for us.” Luce said at the event.

Source: WomenCricket.com


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