Some goodwill and cheer went a very long way in yesterday’s South African Federation Association (SAFA) press conference held at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton as Ithuba donated a sum of R2-Million to Banyana Banyana as they are about to embark on a trip to the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
This comes after disagreement between the Banyana squad and (SAFA) regarding player-pay at the up-coming World Cup in New Zealand and Australia.
The payment debacle boiled to a point that the squad failed to represent the nation against Botswana on Sunday, to play their World Cup send-off game at Tsakane Stadium in Ekurhuleni.
The selected players were on grandstand while last-minute called players lost 5-0 signaling a concern before the World Cup.
Ithuba, South Africa’s proud National Lottery Operator, Head of Marketing Michelle van Trostsenburg joined by SAFA President Danny Jordan announced to the members of the media that a sum of R2-Million will be donated to reaffirm their unwavering commitment to equal opportunity and women empowerment.
Michelle van Trostsenburg, expressed that Ithuba is dedicated in ensuring women are given equal pay and support in sports.
“Mrs. Charmaine Mabuza CEO of Ithuba has significantly contributed to women empowerment in South Africa through her impactful Corporate Social Investment (CSI) projects, creating opportunities for women to thrive in various sectors by providing education, skills training, and entrepreneurship support. Her unwavering commitment has transformed countless lives, empowering women to break barriers, achieve economic independence, and become catalysts for positive
change in their communities,’’ she said.
The Banyana Banyana was blessed with words of encouragement from Michelle van Trostsenburg, wishing them the best of luck.
‘’We believe in your abilities, strength, and collective power to inspire millions of aspiring young football players in our country,” added Van Trostsenburg.