Sport Minister Nathi Mthethwa Hands Over R5.8 Million Cheque to Banyana Banyana

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthwethwa has added an additional R5.8 million to the R400 000 a player they were promised before leaving for Morocco. The Minister awarded the cheque on stage as Banyana Banyana, the Champions of the Women’s African Cup of Nations, landed to a hero’s welcome on Tuesday morning at OR Tambo International Airport.

In addition to the bonus cheque during his speech, Minister Mthethwa also said that it would soon be a law for Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana players to be paid equally.

“It is going to be a law in this country for Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana to be paid equally because we are making that happen as a government. It’s not only this team, but all women’s teams. We are supporting them as the government.”

Following the victory in Rabat, Morocco calls have been mounting for the senior women’s team to receive equal pay to that of their counterparts, Bafana Bafana. We also saw SAFA President Dr. Danny Jordaan echo these sentiments, making a call for equal pay and for women’s football to be commercially viable in the country.

“We will call you again tomorrow, me and the minister have signed that agreement and we announce to you that Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana will be aid the same from now on.”

Ekhuruleni Mayor Tania Campbell addressed the gathering and spoke as on closing the pay gap between male and female players.



Photo 1 Caption: #TotalEnergiesWAFCON2022 champions Banyana Banyana receive a further financial boost as Department of Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa hands over a R5.8 million cheque as the team arrived back in the country from Morocco on Tuesday, 26 July 2022. Photo: Nathi Mthethwa (Twitter)

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