Vitality Netball World Cup Trophy Comes to Africa

The vibrant spirit of Africa swells with pride as the highly anticipated Vitality Netball World Cup 2023 draws near. Tomorrow on Africa Day, we mark the momentous occasion as the coveted trophy arrives on South African soil, embarking on an extraordinary nationwide tour that will captivate the hearts of our nation.

For the first time in history, this illustrious event will unfold on African soil, and South Africans couldn’t be more proud.

In a moment filled with significance, President of Netball South Africa, Cecilia Molokwane, and the esteemed CEO of Netball SA, Blanche De La Guerre, received the revered trophy from the respected World Netball President, Liz Nicholl CBE, at the South African High Commission in Trafalgar Square, London.

Present to witness this remarkable handover was the distinguished High Commissioner of South Africa to the United Kingdom, Jeremiah Nyamane Mamabolo.

Today, Molokwane and De La Guerre will embark on their journey back to the Rainbow Nation, carrying the illustrious silverware with pride. Touching down at KwaZulu-Natal’s King Shaka International Airport at 16h35 local time on Thursday, a momentous welcome awaits.

The esteemed Premier of KZN, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, and the Mayor of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, Mxolisi Kaunda, accompanied by their delegations and esteemed KZN netball officials, will receive them with open arms. Adding to the grandeur of the occasion, our very own South African captain for the World Cup, the indomitable Bongi Msomi, will grace us with her presence. Anticipation builds as a vibrant media presence is expected to capture this historic homecoming.

The arrival of the Netball World Cup trophy in KwaZulu-Natal signifies the commencement of an epic and far-reaching tour across our beautiful nation. As we celebrate Africa Day on the 25th of May, a day that unifies the continent, our VNWC2023 Trophy Tour sets forth on a journey that will showcase the passion, talent, and unity of our nation.


The NWC2023 Trophy Tour itinerary is as follows, spreading its radiance to every corner of our land:

15th to 29th May: KwaZulu-Natal
30th May to 3rd June: Gauteng
4th to 8th June: Mpumalanga
9th to 13th June: Limpopo
14th to 18th June: Free State
19th to 23rd June: North West
24th to 28th June: Northern Cape
29th June to 3rd July: Eastern Cape
4th to 12th July: Western Cape


With each stop along this grand tour, fellow compatriots are invited to join in the celebration. It’s time to proudly raise our hands high and unite under the rallying call of #PutYourHandsUp, embracing the joy, passion, and power of women’s sport. The Year of Women’s Sport has bestowed upon us this remarkable opportunity to host the Vitality Netball World Cup, and it is being embraced with African pride.


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