The most recent Netball World Cup 2023 legacy mural was unveiled this week, adorning the walls of the Portlands Indoor Centre. The artwork by Mitchells Plain-born artist Wayne Bks, who also goes by the name Conform, is a representation of netball, Cape Town’s female athletes, Africa and hope.
This mural joins the four Netball World Cup artworks that were previously unveiled in Langa, Khayelitsha, Strand and Bellville South.
The artworks form part of the City’s broader strategy as a partner in the 2023 Netball World Cup and are also aimed at creating awareness in the city about the event while also leaving a legacy long after the tournament.
The mural was unveiled by Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman Smith. He said:
“With about seven months before the start of Africa’s first-ever Netball World Cup, we want to ramp up our efforts to promote this tournament by ensuring its visibility in the communities where a majority of netball players and supporters of the sport live. We believe having these murals in the facilities used by our residents on the daily will assist in keeping the event top of mind and also serve as a reminder long term that they were part of a historic international netball event.”
The ceremony was also attended by Mitchells Plain-based netball players who will take part in inter-district netball competitions scheduled for May and June.
Just one month before the start of the Netball World Cup, the competitions will conclude with a grand finale hosted in Bellville.
“Our Recreation and Parks Department has been hard at work on the upkeep of our facilities including netball courts and related amenities. The upgrade of these facilities goes hand in hand with our Afterschool programme focused on the development of player skills, rules of play, teamwork as well as mentorships for coaches. Our goal is to ensure that we provide these inspiring netball players developmental opportunities and excellent facilities to hone their skills to potentially play at future Netball World Cups,” said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.
The after-school programme is open to girls between 10 to 16 years old and is available at 12 city facilities including:
- Rebecca van Amsterdam Recreation Centre | Westfleur SG, Atlantis
- Scottsdene Recreation Centre & SG | Kraaifontein
- Du Noon Recreation Centre
- Sarepta Recreation Centre | Kuilsriver
- Nomzamo Recreation Centre | Strand
- Khayelitsha CBD Centre | Khayelitsha
- Ravensmead Recreation Centre
- Proteaville Recreation Centre | Bellville South
- Gugulethu Indoor Centre
- Portlands Indoor Centre | Mitchells Plain
- Lotus River Recreation Centre
- Ottery Centre | Coniston Park
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