Minister Nathi Mthethwa Increases Banyana Banyana’s Bonuses

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa has awarded Banyana Banyana with a R15 million bonus for winning the Total Energies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco last month (July).

The minister had initially pledged R5.8 million at the packed O.R Tambo International airport upon the team’s arrival following their 2022 WAFCON triumph, however there was a change of events on Tuesday, 23 August at the SASCOC Headquarters as the Minister announced that the money was now increased to R15 million.

The special announcement was attended by SAFA President Dr. Danny Jordaan, CEO Advocate Tebogo Motlante, COO Lydia Monyepao, Banyana Banyana Head Coach Desiree Ellis, together with Banyana Banyana technical team and support staff; Goalkeeper coach Cameron Cox, Performance Analyst Mpho Maruping, Team Doctor Rodney Mokoka, Mental coach Leanne Redding, Team Manager Lauren Duncan and Player representatives included Thembi Kgatlana, Andile Dlamini and Nomvula Kgoale.

“So significant was this Banyana Banyana feat, particularly coming at a time when we, as a country, have made the positive role played by women in uplifting society, the focus of our activities, the team was invited to share their victory with the President of the country, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, at a celebration he hosted at the Union Buildings, shortly after their arrival,” the Minister told

“The President, noting the public calls for more funds to be channelled to the team, immediately asked that the R5, 8million promised by the Department, be increased by a considerable amount. Today I am pleased to announce that the National Government’s contribution to the team, has been increased to R15 million,” the Minister added.

SAFA President Dr.Danny Jordaan also praised the Minister and provincial governments for their contributions in rewarding African Champions Banyana Banyana for their hard work.

“For the first time you have the President of the country making a commitment to give them a bonus, the minister of sport doing the same, the federation doing the same, the provincial governments in our country doing the same.

“I am very happy that we can stand here and celebrate this special recognition of women’s football and the achievement of Banyana Banyana. Even on the continent, no team that has won the WAFCON has been given such recognition and support.”



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