Hundreds of women joined Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka at Oliver Tambo House in Pretoria today to celebrate the rise of women’s golf in South Africa.
The Deputy President, who is also the honorary President of the Women’s World Cup of Golf, spoke with such passion about golf and its benefits that it made you want to go out and buy yourself a set of clubs.
It was also an occasion to pay tribute to two other outstanding women, the organizers and founders of the Women’s World Cup of Golf, Tania Fourie and Lesley Copeman, who have almost single-handedly turned around women’s golf to the point where internationally, their incredible efforts are also being recognised.
"Just look at how many men it takes to run other World Cups, yet with these two women look how far we have come, said the Deputy President.
Recently, Fourie announced the launch of the Ladies African Tour and today, it was also confirmed that Kenya will participate in next year’s Women’s World Cup at Sun City.
The Deputy President said events like the Women’s World Cup of Golf were helping women break the entry barriers into golf.
"On a wider scale, our duty is to teach and educate our girl childs and golf facilitates this. Through golf we can mobilise the talent. We need to use all at our disposal to invest in them. We should open the door for them to go through. They shouldn’t have to stand there and knock," she said.
Mlambo-Ngcuka also urged corporate South Africa to recognise its social responsibility and invest in women’s golf.
"South African corporates should move away from sponsoring events purely to gain something from it themselves and rather do it for the nation. We must commit to making the game more inclusive. Golf must never be so exclusive that talented poor girls are never discovered."
Fourie thanked the Deputy President for her support of women’s golf.
"You have helped expose women’s golf and done a phenomenal job of making South Africa proud of you."
The 2007 Women’s World Cup of Golf will be played at Sun City from January 19-21, with 20 countries competing for a purse of $1.2-million.