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Netball SA partners with Telkom to grow the sport

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“Telkom are no strangers to sports and that is why their collaboration with us is very important.”

Seen at the announcement of the partnership are (from left): Gert Oosthuizen (deputy minister Sport and Recreation), Cecilia Molokwane (President NSA), Gugu Mthembu (Telkom SA) and Blanche de la Guerre (CEO Netball SA). Picture: Supplied

Netball South Africa has secured Telkom as the naming rights partner to their domestic league which kick starts on May 10 in Pretoria.

Telkom has been announced and unveiled as the new partner to Netball SA. This means that the league will be officially known as the Telkom Netball League.

Cecilia Molokwane, President of Netball SA expressed the federation’s excitement on landing a new sponsor for the league.

“As Netball SA, we are extremely excited about this partnership and we believe that it will help us in growing the sport and taking it to new heights. This partnership will definitely change the landscape of netball in the country and for all the teams that are participating.

“Telkom are no strangers to sports and that is why their collaboration with us is very important.”

The domestic netball league has been around for the past five years and has seen some of the biggest and best players come to display their talents on the court.

This year, the tournament will have 13 teams participating over a five-week period. The league is made up of 10 teams, representing all the nine provinces in the country with Gauteng having two teams.

The league also features the President’s Smileys, a team made up of SPAR Proteas players based in SA and coached by the Proteas assistant coach Dorette Badenhorst.

The 12th team in the league is the President’s Stars which is a male only team, competing only in exhibition matches.

The Zimbabwe national team who will be playing in their maiden 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup will make up the 13th team in the league and their coach will use the league as preparation for the World Cup.

“For us to be involved with Netball South Africa is very exciting. The whole world is looking forward to coming to our shores in 2023. As much as we have been involved with sports, this is our first time being involved with netball, the biggest women sport in the country. We’re looking forward to an exciting journey ahead,” said Gugu Mthembu,Telkom Executive of Brand and Product Segment

The two entities, Netball SA and Telkom, share the same commitment: to elevate the game of netball, prosperity, excellent values and a nation of champions