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Second round of ticket sales for VNWC2023 now open

The Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 (VNWC2023) Local Organising Committee (LOC) has today announced the opening of the second phase of ticket sales for the VNWC2023.
The netball family who missed out on the first phase of ticket sales can now take advantage of this opportunity and secure their tickets for all 60 matches, including the all-important Semi-Finals, bronze medal match and
Final, by visiting https://nwc2023.org.za/tickets/

You can view the full schedule for the event, here.

The hosts Netball South Africa (NSA) welcomed three of the world’s top netball teams, Australia, New Zealand and England to Cape Town in January, for the recent Quad Series which was held in the VNWC2023 venue, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CITCC).

VNWC2023 Tournament Director, Ms. Priscilla Masisi, feels the country is now ready to welcome the netball family from 28 July to 6 August.
Masisi, said: “The Quad series has indeed given the LOC an opportunity to have a dry run and identify opportunities to ensure our athletes and fans have a memorable world class experience, and we are not indeed far off in terms of our state of readiness in hosting this upcoming international spectacle with effect from July – August this year.

“Together with our title sponsor Vitality, our premium sponsors Telkom and Spar, and our partners including the South African government, we take this opportunity to call upon the global netball family and all South Africans, irrespective of whether they are netball fans, to go out there and buy their tickets whilst time permits because we are ready!”

There will be a range of tickets available across the tournament, with ticket prices starting from 500 ZA, and classified in various categories inclusive of gold, silver and bronze levels, as well as adult and junior prices, making it accessible for everyone to be part of the action!

With 16 qualifying countries the VNWC2023 will be the largest women’s World sporting event ever to be held on African soil.

Four African countries have qualified namely, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Uganda.

To see the draw and competition pools click here.
To purchase your tickets, click here.
To purchase travel packages, click here.
To view the full schedule, click here

Q&A with South Africa captain Bongi Msomi

Ahead of the Netball World Cup 2023 we caught up with host nation South Africa’s captain, Bongi Msomi. 

We asked her how she was feeling ahead of the Netball World Cup 2023, and what she would recommend to those visiting South Africa to do while they are there.   

Do you feel more pressure with it being a home World Cup?

We have played in Netball World Cups away from our country; we can’t feel pressure about coming home.  When you are home you know that there are people that you love, and there’s definitely kids that we have coached out there watching. 

How is important is the event to the rest of the country and the continent? 

This event is very important, I think to Netball South Africa and for netball at large in Africa, this is the best event.  Obviously, we know the more we play in these events, the more our sport gets promoted, and we are hoping that more companies and sponsors are going to come on board now that we are hosting the event. It really is just one of the biggest events for netball.

Letsatsi has been revealed as the mascot of the event and everyone is excited to meet her. What is she like? 

I have met Letsatsi, I think she is just one of the most exciting mascots. We have had time to take pictures with her, and to walk around with her and she is just so fun!

For those visiting in July, what is a tourist spot that they should visit?  

Table Mountain! 

Is there a hidden spot within South Africa that you think the Netball Family should also visit?

Kruger National Park!

If you are not playing netball in Cape Town, how do you spend the day?

In bed first! Then probably just wander round by the sea and I will probably go to Table Mountain!

Do you have a message for the Netball Family, ahead of the Netball World Cup 2023?

The World Cup year is here, the Netball year! 2023 is going to be lit, don’t miss out! 

If Bongi has left you feeling inspired and you want to attend the Netball World Cup 2023 in Cape Town, you can purchase your tickets or travel packages, here through this website.  

Meet SA’s captain Bongi Msomi

Bongi Msomi recently chalked up a record 150th International appearance for South Africa. With less than a year to go until the World Cup, we caught up with the inspirational Proteas captain

SuperSport, Telkom and the SABC are coming together to broadcast the 2023 Netball World Cup. What were your thoughts at the announcement?
It gave me goosebumps! We understand the impact that major broadcasters have in the growth of sport especially for netball, which is semi-professional. This gives hope and makes the road to becoming professional seem more realistic and much easier. After all, one wants to be part of positive change.

What is your greatest ambition for South African netball?
To turn professional. Netball needs to be a tool to holistically develop the player, child, athlete and coach. The future of an athlete goes beyond sport but the fundamentals of this development starts now.

What are your impressions of this season’s National League?
The tournament has been great. This is a big year of netball and the National League helped with our Commonwealth Games preparations. The Proteas also got to play some preparation matches against men, which was exciting.

Is the team feeling any additional pressure to win a World Cup at home?
Sport teaches you to take everything one step at a time. In saying that, of course we are excited about the World Cup being played in our own backyard and we understand the magnitude of the event. Feeling pressure is normal.

Are future stars coming through the National League?
Definitely. The competition has a good mix of Proteas, national squad players and exciting talent. The league provides players with mental and physical training and preparation, which is vital. Playing against the best in the country forces you to step up your game.

You’ve helped to develop the next generation of stars. What are you doing in that regard?
The Bongi Msomi Legacy Project has an academics support programme. Its aim is to help kids understand their academics options based on their field of study and APS score. Most learners, especially from rural and township areas, are unaware of the application processes, registration and bursary options for tertiary institution education, and do not further their studies. We are also hosting our BMLP League in Hammarsdale. This allows us to create a space where we can educate athletes through netball.

What does your role as a SuperSport Schools ambassador entail?
Being a SuperSport ambassador is being the light and hope for upcoming stars. I am involved in plans and programmes and advise and give ideas that assist and empower the next generation. The biggest highlight for me was the St Andrew’s and St Stithians festivals. They made me realise how much of an impact elite or professional athletes can have on upcoming athletes, and that this is very much where and how talent is identified and nurtured. 


Msomi grew up in the KZN township of Hammarsdale and is the fifth of eight children in her family. She started playing netball at 16, made her debut for South Africa in 2011 aged 23 and was named captain in 2016. Msomi led the Proteas to their most successful Netball World Cup in 2019, a fourth-place finish, and will captain the Team SA side at the Commonwealth Games. Msomi’s difficult upbringing – marred by poverty and a lack of resources and opportunities – inspired her to start the Bongi Msomi Legacy Project, which is based in Hammarsdale.

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