The South African Women’s Basketball Association has been launched with a formidable all female Board of Directors tasked with growing basketball and creating opportunities for young girls.
SAWBA will be led by chairperson Nompumelelo Ramatsoga, with Kornelia Semmelink Vice Chairperson. The Board also includes Rudo Kaseke and Manyani Maseko who will focus on Legal and Ethics.
Ramatsoga and her team are currently working on a few programs to jump start their SAWBA vision.
Speaking about the formation of SAWBA, Ramatsoga says: “The women within basketball saw a need to get organised in order to address the issues which they were dealing with in the basketball environment, issues such as minimal opportunities for elite competition – both domestically and internationally for women and girls across all age groups.
“Currently, there is no competitive basketball outside of schools and universities. There are a few academies but young women are not motivated to join as they do not see the point since there is no professional league.”
She is confident that the association will bring female talent into the spotlight and create opportunities, as well as address important issues affecting women in basketball, both on and off the court.
“The association hopes to create safe spaces for women and girl within the basketball community as well as to serve as a strategic partner to Basketball South Africa and it’s associate members. We hope to create opportunities for the next generation of women in the sport.”
The formation of SAWBA follows pressure from the #FIXSABasketball Movement, led by Hale Bookholane, where the basketball community demanded good leadership, good governance, transparency and accountability.
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Photo 1 Caption: The South African Women’s Basketball Association has been launched, and a formidable all-female Board of Directors have been tasked with growing basketball and creating opportunities for young girls. Image: Supplied
Photo 2 Caption: A screengrab of the SAWBA executive’s launch video on Instagram. Screengrab: Supplied