On Monday the Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, presented ceremonial cheques to various municipalities in the Western Cape for the upgrading of netball facilities ahead of the 2023 Netball World Cup that will be hosted in the province.
“Sport facility provisioning and upgrades create an enabling environment for local, district, regional, provincial, national and even international sports events to take place with the aim of developing sporting talent at different levels as we now navigate to and through our new norm in the sector,” Marais says.
The following municipalities were given cheques for the 2020/2021 financial year:
- The Hessequa Municipality was given R600 000 to upgrade the Riversdale Stadium
- The Knysna Municipality received R600 000 to upgrade the Karatara sport facility
- The Swellendam Municipality in the Overberg was given R600 000 for the upgrade of the Powell and Kelly Sportsground
- The Cape Agulhas Municipality received R800 000 to upgrade the Bredasdorp facility
Minister Marais along with the National Deputy Minister of the Department, Nocawe Mafu, will also handover the newly-upgraded Stephen Reagan Sport Field netball facility in Mitchell’s Plain to the City of Cape Town.
Marais says that she hopes that through the added resources, netball will flourish in terms of safe mass participation, skills development and talent identification to ensure excellent performances.