With their first ever qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, There is no doubt that, the South African Women’s National Football team is on the rise. The team is finally attracting large crowds and getting the recognition that they deserve.

For the longest time female athletes in South Africa have played a secondary role to their male counterparts. From broadcast, to coverage, to sponsors and so much more. However, there are journalist who have played an important role in raising the profile of female athletes.

“This article aims to honor, acknowledge and show support to one journalist who has played an important role in promoting female athletes.” – gsport Bloggers Sinethemba Mbatha and Lerato Mkhondo

It is impossible not to acknowledge Busisiwe Mokwena for her role in raising the profile of female athletes in different sport codes.

Busisiwe was recently elected by FIFA as South Africa’s media representative who will be travelling to France, for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Busi will be giving South African fans content about everything relating to our women’s national team on and off the field.

For an individual who has dedicated her career in sport, breaking boundaries for other young women who dream of getting into sport, there is no doubt that Busisiwe is the perfect representative for South Africa.

In support of our official representative gsport bloggers Sinethemba Mbatha and Lerato Mkhondo spoke to other women in sport who have also dedicated their lives towards raising the profile of women in different sport codes to hear what message of support do they have for Busisiwe.

This is what they had to say:

Simphiwe Dludlu- National Women’s U/17 Head Coach

Firstly, I am proud of her and the journey she has travelled in capturing stories of women in sport. I want to wish her a wonderful trip to France, may she capture beautiful historic moments and continue to be the voice and pioneer for women’s football. She must remember to have fun, while raising the SA Flag high at the World Stage.

Lindiwe Dube- Supersport presenter

I remember how uncertain you were at the time about possibly covering the #FIFAWWC because of budget constraints at work, and I said believe and trust God’s plan, what is meant for you will not miss you. Look at you now on the World’s biggest stage. Thank you for being such an inspiration to young women in sport. I am and always will be a fan of your work. Remember God would not bring you this far to leave you, uBusisekile (you are blessed)…this is only the beginning! Wishing you all the best my plus one.

Lerato Phago- Supersport and Vision View Sports Radio presenter

Busi we are proud of you. For all the time I have known you have been an advocate for Women’s sports. I am happy to see finally getting the recognition you deserve. This is only the beginning of what has to come. May continue to raise the country’s flag and shining.

Mbali Nkosi- Vision View Radio presenter

To a woman who has been not only a blessing in my life, but an inspiration to many out there, thank you for your contribution to women’s football. Enjoy Paris and have a blast.

Rachel Makhura – Channel Africa Sports reporter

No one deserves this as much as you do Busisiwe. Your dedication to the womens game is unparalleled. Fifa has identified that, and now you get to live your dream. Keep soaring my friend.

Hloni Mtimkulu- eNCA Sports reporter

This team qualifying for the World Cup is SUCH a game-changer for Women’s football in this country. Busi herself has been such a game-changer for women’s sport (and football, specifically), and being part of this Banyana Banyana story is fitting — she has seen the most horrible lows, and witnessed the most stunning highs (we’re still waiting for the AWC trophy 😃).You already do such amazing work, Busi. Enjoy every minute of this, and may this take you even further in your career. Well done!

Kass Naidoo- gsport Founder

I have watched Busisiwe Mokwena grow on the gsport Awards stage as a multiple award winner. I am incredibly proud of this next step in her career. I truly hope it powers her career forward.

 

We also got Busisiwe’s close friends to share their messages of support and they surely had us soaking in tears with their warm messages below:

Lerato Ledwaba

This is a testament to your hard work, passion and dedication to the advancement of women in sport. Keep the flag flying high!

Mmane Boikanyo

A once in a lifetime opportunity for an amazing and hard working woman. We wish you all the best in France and we are so proud of you.

Ongeziwe Zondani

I know how much you have worked to get here, the tears and struggles of a male dominated industry. Soo many times being overlooked and feeling undervalued. I know the prayers and love for women’s sports. I am super proud of this moment and I celebrate you every day. Go out there and show the world that its true indeed dynamite does come in small packages. All the best my bestie❤ I know you got this! We prayed too long for it.

 

The gsport family would also like to extend their support to this award winning, dedicated journalist and wish her all the best in this huge task assigned to her.

We know that that you are more than capable of doing even beyond what is expected of you.

For news relating to Banyana Banyana please follow @Busisiwemokwena and @FIFAWWC_RSA on twitter.

 

Photo Caption: Busisiwe Mokwena pictured during her winner’s speech, at the 2017 gsport Awards in Johannesburg, on Saturday 25 August, 2019. Photo: Supplied

 

With editing by gsport