In the next 12 months, the City of Cape Town plans to commission several other murals to countdown 365 days to the Netball World Cup. A striking 33-metre by 9-metre mural was unveiled at the Langa Indoor Sports Centre. At the unveiling, the City also hosted an exhibition match between a City of Cape Town team and a Langa team. The breathtaking artwork was painted by local artist Skumbuzo Salman, who was supported by emerging artist Ayabonga Ntshongwana. The artwork is visible from the N2 highway.
With Women’s month coming up, the mural is themed around Cape Town, Africa, netball, women’s sports, a healthy lifestyle to women empowerment and hope. As we move closer to the start of this prestigious event, several murals in areas across the Mother city in partnership with emerging artists from those communities. Furthermore, the City will also be rolling out several netball activities leading up to the Netball World Cup to raise awareness about the event. Cape Town is scheduled to host Africa’s Netball World Cup from July 28 to August 6, 2023.
According to Cape Town’s Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis, a great deal of preparation has gone into planning for the Netball World Cup, since Cape Town was announced as the host city in July 2019. Hill-Lewis said that they’re ready to put on a world-class sporting display, saying: “We are very proud to host this competition and hopefully see the South African national netball team become world champions on home soil.”
The City’s Recreation and Parks Department has also spent over R6 million in the last financial year to upgrade netball facilities in various areas including, Scottsdene, Ravensmead, Delft, Gugulethu, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Strandfontein, Sarepta and Mitchells Plain. For the current financial year, the department has set aside approximately R2 million for netball facility upgrades.
In addition, the department is partnering with the Cape Town Netball Federation to roll out an after-school programme focused on developing player skills, rules of play and teamwork as well as mentorships for coaches.
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