Minister Nathi Mthethwa compliments National Teams for both their past weekend achievements

12 August 2019

Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Mr. Nathi Mthethwa conveyed his compliments to the sporting excellence and achievements of the two national teams namely Banyana Banyana and Springboks.

Banyana Banyana, the SA’s Women’s national team, successfully defended and retained their Cosafa Cup title this past Sunday by beating Zambia 1-0 at Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

On the rugby front in SALTA, Argentina, South Africa walloped Argentina 46-13 to win the Rugby Championship trophy. The Springboks last won a competition of this nature 10 years ago when they competed and won again the New Zealand team, the All Blacks, during the 2009 Tri-Nations Series in Hamilton.

Communicating his congratulatory message to both teams, Minister Mthethwa stated: “We congratulate both our National teams for doing well on the rugby and football fields respectively. Banyana Banyana’s  performance, especially during women’s month celebration is significant as it symbolises once again the resilience, courage, perseverance, strength and winning streak of women of today - mirroring the same qualities of strength poignantly found in the women who embarked on the march of 1956.

This achievement will go a long way to assist in serving as an instrument to demonstrate to all those doubting that women are equally capable of overcoming patriarchal challenges to become victorious. This achievement also reminds us that sport indeed has the power to create hope where there was once none.

Banyana Banyana’s success to date empowers us to remain resolute in our intent to realise our objective of establishing that there is a professional woman’s football league in place.  Our Senior Rugby national team (AmaBokoboko) have indeed started on a positive note and they shouldn’t take their foot off the pedal and we wish them all the best of luck i their forth-coming match this Saturday. These national teams’ wins have indeed brought national pride to us a nation, “ concluded Minister Nathi Mthethwa.