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To:  All Media

16 November 2017



The Department and the Ministry of Sport and Recreation SA under the leadership of Minister Thulas Nxesi, wishes all South African athletes who would be engaged in various international events the best of luck come this weekend.

On the Boxing front, Zolani Tete will be defending his Bantamweight belt against fellow South African, Sisonke Goya in Northern Ireland this Saturday, 18 November 2017.

Despite Zolani not walking away with the South African Sports Star of the year Award, this weekend the upcoming fight against his South African counterpart will grant him an opportunity to get back to winning ways. Meanwhile, Sisonke Goya who for the first time will be challenging Zolani Tete outside South Africa is confident enough to walk away with the WBO title.

In matters of football, SuperSport United travels to Lubumbashi to face TP Mazembe in the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup final, with the second leg scheduled for Sunday 27 November 2017. SuperSport FC looks set to continue their good run ahead of the return match.

On the Rugby front, the Springboks travel to Paris to take on the French rugby team in the test match that is billed as a grudge match after World Rugby awarded the hosting of the 2023 Rugby World Cup to France.

“We have dusted ourselves off the disappointment of failing to secure the rights to host the Rugby World Cup and we are looking forward as a nation to challenges ahead commencing this weekend. I urge all citizens to rally behind all our athletes who will be competing in various assignments and wishing them all the success. Let’s go out there in our respective corners and cheer all our sports stars so that they can all do well, forward ever, backwards never”, indicated Minister TW Nxesi.


Issued by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa.

Mickey Modisane (Head of Communication)

Tel: 082 992 0101    012 304 5159
Twitter: @SPORTandREC_SA

Mr Sabelo Mali

Media and Liaison Officer - Ministry

Mobile:  082 729 5804





13 November 2023

 Government high powerful delegation headed by Deputy President Ramaphosa, Minister of Sport and Recreation TW Nxesi and SARU President Mark Alexander has traveled to London where the final announcement on whether South Africa will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be made.

Subsequently two weeks ago, our country’s bid in London was named as the “clear leader” and “unanimous” choice by the Rugby World Cup board to host the tournament whilst contenders France and Ireland were rated second and third respectively.

The final decision now rests with 26 World Rugby Council members who will collectively exercise 39 votes which among them a simple majority will be required to secure South Africa as the host Country. The most important voting process will be conducted in a secret ballot on Wednesday, 15 November 2017.  

The announcement is scheduled for approximately 15h00 (SA time) and will be broadcast live on SuperSport (Channel 201) The Government therefore takes this opportunity to urge members of the public and the media this Wednesday (15 November) to wear green in support of the Rugby world Cup 2023 announcement and further, invite media and the public to the public viewing area to come witness the announcement of the preferred host country.

The Public viewing area details are scheduled as follows:  


VENUE: Sammy Marks Square (Tshwane)

DATE: 15 November 2017

TIME:  12h30 – 16H00


This green view area will be jammed pack with activities inclusive of, artist’s performance, dancers and various speakers. Let’s come out in large numbers in demonstrating to the whole World that we are ready to host 2023 Rugby World Cup.  


Issued by the Department of Sport and Recreation, Gauteng Provincial Government and South African Rugby Union

#SouthAfrica2023  #WRC2023


For any enquiries please contact:

Mickey Modisane (Head of Communications)
082 9920101
012 3045159

Sabelo Mali (Minister Liaison Officer)
082 7295804


Nomazwe Ntlokwana

Director (Media Liaison and Strategy)

083 507 8068 

011 355 2578

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