Honorary President of the Women’s World Cup of Golf, South Africa’s Deputy President, Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka hosted a tea party at the Oliver Tambo House in recognition of the rise of women in golf, and paid tribute to the huge strides that women have made in the game and golfing industry itself.
“The women’s game of golf is still one of the fast-growing sports, and it is with thanks to global events like the Women’s World Cup of Golf that gender equality is being realised, through the social and economic impact this event has, and strives to have, on the local community,” said Madam Deputy President.
More than three hundred golfing patrons came in support to the Tea Party. Showing the true spirit of the Women’s World Cup all brought donations of blankets and jackets for the Noah Aids Community, just as the cold winter weather starts to creep in.
The real success of the Women’s World Cup of Golf is shown in the impact it has on the social and economic development of local South African communities.
Tania Fourie, CEO states: “Our event is about gathering the South African nation together to appreciate and support great female golfing talent. It’s more than just golf.
“It is about welcoming the twenty participating nations to enjoy true South African hospitality and help make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
"The players are very excited about the fact that together we create income opportunities sustained by the event long after we all leave the province of the North West.
“It is a global event, yes, but the event enables us to give back. Our main goal is to build pride in our communities, ensuring they feel they are in fact the true hosts of this great event”.
After the 2007 event earlier this year, two houses were built and handed over to families who lost loved ones in the ongoing strife of HIV/Aids; more than fifteen women set up businesses in the North West Province, and proceeds of the event’s ticket sales went to the development of the rising stars in the women’s game, through the Acer Girls Golf Programme.
Further beneficiaries included the Nozala Trust an empowerment organisation, and to the Chrysalis Foundation, a home for abused children.
The global event returns to South African shores 18 – 20 January 2008, at the Gary Player Country Club, at Sun City in the North West Province.