The dates for the Netball World Cup 2023 taking place in Cape Town have been announced.
Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa confirmed yesterday that it will take place from 17 July to 8 August 2023, and will consist of 16 nations, including host nation South Africa.
It will be the 16th edition of the international event which has been dominated by Australia and New Zealand since the first tournament held in 1963.
South Africa's best placed finish was a runners-up medal in 1995.
Most recently the Proteas finished fourth at the 2019 World Cup, held in England.
Mthethwa also revealed the six-person Netball World Cup Board that will be responsible for organising the logistics of the event to be hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
They are chairperson Patience Shikwambana, COO of Sascoc; representative of the mayor of Cape Town, JP Smith; Dr. Lyndon Bouah, director of sports and recreation of the Western Cape; Netball South Africa (NSA) president Cecilia Molokwane; COO of NSA Blanche de le Guerre; and deputy-director general of sport, Sumayya Khan.
Mthethwa said the board will be responsible for "strategic overall guidance and compliance; approval of all contractual obligations, finalisation of an organisational structure of the organising committee, financial oversight to ensure continued solvency of the organising committee, approval of all requisite policies, and overall project coordination and reporting".
The tournament will also form part of the country's economic reconstruction and recovery plan due to the Covid-19 pandemic.