The Trophy Tour concluded in Cape Town with activations in the CBD and neighbouring suburbs such Bellville and Langa as well as a photo shoot close to historic and picturesque landmarks.
With less than a month to go to the Vitality Netball World Cup (VNWC2023) in Cape Town, the official Trophy Tour reached a particularly significant point on Monday.
Having travelled across the country over the last month, the famed trophy crossed from the Eastern to Western Cape provinces of South Africa – the Western Cape being its final destination before being handed to the VNWC2023 champions when they are crowned on 6 August.
Even more significant was that the handover took place at the Tsitsikamma Khoisan Village – so honouring the indigenous inhabitants of South Africa. The Khoikhoi and San are believed to be among the oldest cultures in the world.
Apart from its pristine beaches, the Tsitsikamma area is well-known for its enticing tourist attractions, including one of the highest bungee jumps in the world at the majestic Bloukrans Bridge, and the Tsitstikamma Canopy Tours through Outeniqua Yellowwood trees that are up to 700 years old.
After a special celebration in Kareedouw with dignitaries, cultural groups and performances by local entertainers on Monday, the NWC trophy was taken to the Tsitsikamma Khoisan Village where Eastern Cape MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Nonceba Kontsiwe officially completed the handover to Anroux Marais, the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport.
“The Western Cape Government is very happy and honoured to receive this trophy and to embark on a tour across our province to get all communities excited for the Netball World Cup,” said Marais.
“Cape Town is ready and looking forward to hosting the Netball World Cup for the very first time on African soil.
“Although all the matches are being played in Cape Town itself, we want to include the whole province in the build-up and actual tournament and so we are very happy that various municipalities have partnered with us to host fan zones and viewing centres.
“These will ensure that people across the province can watch the live matches for free at a venue close to their homes.
“During this trophy tour, we will also encourage people to watch the matches at these venues so that we can make sure that no-one is left out in supporting our home team,” added Marais.
The VNWC2023 takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 28 th July to 6 August 2023, with 16 teams from across the globe all vying for top honours.
Details on tickets and travel packages and more information are all available on the official tournament website (www.nwc2023.org.za) with a range of tickets and packages still available.
Photos courtesy Chris van Gass
Celebrating Youth Day
President Netball South Africa, Cecilia Molokwane alongside Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and People with Disabilities, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma during the Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 trophy tour and Youth Day celebration at Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium on June 16, 2023 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Charle Lombard/Gallo Images)
Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 trophy tour celebrates Youth Day in the Free State with Minister in the Presidency
16 June 2023 – The Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 trophy tour reached the Free State province this week and today honoured a significant turning point in South Africa’s history by being part of a special Youth Day celebration.
While looking back and remembering the events of 1976, tournament organisers are also looking ahead to an event which promises to provide a legacy of youth empowerment.
The Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 will take place on African soil for the first-time next month – from 28th July to 6th August in Cape Town, South Africa.
The tournament’s Youth Day celebrations in the Free State took place alongside the national festivities in Bloemfontein and proved to be a colourful occasion with musical performances, recreational activities and the handover of sports equipment and kit to local youth.
The Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 trophy was also paraded through the streets of Bloemfontein on an open-top bus. The tour started from Hoffman Square and finished at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium – where the nation’s official Youth Day celebrations took place and the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and People with Disabilities, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, received the trophy from Netball South Africa president Cecilia Molokwane. Joining Minister Dlamini-Zuma for the handover was Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu.
Speaking about the occasion, Tournament Director Priscilla Masisi said: “Youth Day is a particularly special celebration in our country, marking a day in history when the youth took a stand against injustice. Those brave young people showed what is possible when we band together, and they changed the course of history.
“We salute their courage while also looking to continue their legacy by giving hope to our country. The Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 is doing just that – bringing the best netballers in the world to Africa for the first time to not only showcase the sport but also to inspire a dream in our young people and to show what is possible with hard work and determination,” she added.
“Today we say thank you to the youth of 1976. We recognise your indomitable spirit and resilience, and we will strive to continue your legacy as we utilise this great event as a compelling opportunity to engage the country’s youth in a celebration of unity and aspiration.”
Details on tickets and travel packages and more information on the Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 are all available on the official tournament website (www.nwc2023.org.za) with a range of tickets and packages still available.
The Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 Trophy Tour continues around South Africa ahead of the big event in Cape Town from 28th July. Here are some images taken from Friday as the trophy bus was spotted in Mpumalanga, with the official mascot Letsatsi and Netball SA president Cecilia Molokwane and many dignitaries, schoolchildren and members of the public. Friday also co-incided with the celebrations for 50 Days To Go to the big event.
The Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 Trophy Tour continues around South Africa ahead of the big event in Cape Town from 28th July. Here are some images taken from the weekend as the trophy bus was spotted in Gauteng, with the official mascot Letsatsi and Netball SA president Cecilia Molokwane.
The Vitality Netball World Cup trophy visited the Mayoral Chambers in Braamfontein, the DSACR Offices and Maponya Mall in Soweto on Wednesday on another busy day. Here are some photos from the day.
The Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 trophy is currently parading around South Africa. On Tuesday it will be in Midvaal at the Sicelo Stadium and the Saul Tsotsetsi Sports Complex.
Here are images, supplied by ThuliGraphyImages of its journey around KwaZulu-Natal.