Kgothatso Montjane Grabs Top Honours at #GAL2023

Kgothatso Montjane, one of South Africa’s most visible sportswomen, has won the 2023 gsport Newsmaker of the Year award at the gsport Annual List of Newsmakers in Johannesburg, and she was joined on stage by the winners and their nominees in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on Friday, 1 December, 2023. Photo: gsport

Kgothatso Montjane, one of South Africa’s most visible sportswomen, has won the 2023 gsport Newsmaker of the Year award at the gsport Annual List of Newsmakers in Johannesburg on Friday, 1 December. 

Montjane, who has broken barriers both on and off the court, won the main accolade for the first time after featuring on previous gsport Annual Lists of Newsmakers including the inaugural event back in 2019.

Leading South African women’s sport teams feature prominently on this year’s list of newsmakers after playing their part to Close the Visibility Gap during the Year of Women’s Sport and got the media to sit up and take notice. 

Banyana Banyana, Proteas Women, SA Women’s Hockey, Springbok Women’s Sevens and Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies feature alongside dynamic women in sport, Netball South Africa CEO, Cecilia Molokwane, international cricket star Chloe Tryon, Banyana Banyana legend, Janine van Wyk, 2023 Women’s Boxer of the Year, Simangele Hadebe and Montjane. 

The aim of the gsport Annual List of Newsmakers is to celebrate gsport’s strides to #CloseTheVisibilityGap and recommit to efforts to increase coverage of women’s sport in mainstream media. 

The gsport Annual List of Newsmakers was launched in December 2019 shortly after gsport launched its #gsportGlobal chapter to close the gap between Africa and the rest of the world. 

Since then, gsport has hosted an annual event to announce ten annual newsmaker recipients from hundreds of names written about by gsport over the course of the year at gsport.co.za. 

gsport was launched on 1 August 2006 to raise the profile of women’s sport and encourage greater corporate support of women athletes and gsport Founder, Kass Naidoo, believes the mission is progress over perfection. 

“Every time gsport tells a story, it closes the visibility gap and helps raise the profile of women’s sport. This event helps us reflect positively on a year of constant effort by the gsport newsroom to shine a spotlight on women’s sport and encourage mainstream media to give more time to women’s sport.”

“It’s our fifth event and it feels good to announce such a formidable list the year before Paris 2024 when many of our athletes and teams will fly the flag high on the global stage. As the media, we have a role to play in closing the visibility gap and ensuring more airtime for women’s sport.”

gsport’s #GAL2023 NEWSMAKERS

Banyana Banyana

Banyana Banyana made history at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, becoming the first South African national soccer team, male or female, to reach the World Cup knockouts.

Cecilia Molokwane

Cecilia Molokwane, President of Netball South Africa, spearheaded the drive to bring Netball to the forefront in 2023. Her efforts ensured Netball’s significant prominence amidst other competing sporting codes, during a bustling year in South Africa.

Chloe Tryon

Chloe Tryon triumphed in two global cricket championships in 2023, securing victories in the Women’s Premier League with Mumbai Indians, and in The Hundred with the Southern Brave, and also part of the historic Proteas Women’s team that reached the Cricket World Cup final.

Janine van Wyk

Janine van Wyk, dedicated to women’s football development as a player and team owner, has significantly raised awareness of the game, advocated for professional advancements for women athletes, and for greater media support of women’s football at all levels.

Kgothatso Montjane

Kgothatso Montjane claimed two Grand Slam titles in 2023, winning the French Open and the US Open Women’s Wheelchair Doubles, while continuing to attract numerous sponsors, solidifying her status as South Africa’s most recognisable and sought-after sportswoman.

Proteas Women Cricket

The Proteas Women captured attention by making history at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, reaching the final, a first for any senior South African cricket team. Their journey culminated in a sold-out final, won by Australia.

SA Women’s Hockey Team

Hard work and determination has paid off for the South African Women’s Hockey Team who have qualified for Paris 2024 following their victory over Nigeria, securing gold in the African Olympic Qualifiers in Pretoria.

Simangele Hadebe

Simangele Hadebe, the current African Boxing Union champion and South African Female Boxer of the Year, aims to elevate women’s boxing and establish a lasting legacy for future generations.

Springbok Women’s Sevens

The Springbok Women Sevens claimed the African championship, earning a spot in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies reaffirmed their dominance in African football by securing their second Caf Women’s Champions League title in three years, solidifying their position as the continent’s football queens.


Photo Caption: Kgothatso Montjane, one of South Africa’s most visible sportswomen, has won the 2023 gsport Newsmaker of the Year award at the gsport Annual List of Newsmakers in Johannesburg, and she was joined on stage by the winners and their nominees in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on Friday, 1 December, 2023. Photo: gsport 

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