Royal Bafokeng, South Africa - Royalty has been much in the news in recent weeks, with the birth of Prince George of Cambridge and the ascension to the throne of King Philippe of Belgium – and the SPAR National Championships at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace near Rustenburg next week is to have a touch of royal magic as well.
Her Majesty, the Queen Mother Semane Molotlegi of the Bafokeng nation.
Picture by: Royal Bafokeng Sports
Her Majesty, the Queen Mother Semane Molotlegi of the Bafokeng nation has agreed to be patron of the tournament, and will be part of the Opening Ceremony on the 5th August. The Queen Mother is well known for her interest in women’s issues. She founded, among others, the Bafokeng Women’s Club and served actively in health advocacy. She has managed several job creation centres, serves on several boards and is the Area President for the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) in Southern Africa. Among others, she is a Patron of the World’s Children’s Prize, South African Girl Guide, and the National Choral Music Awards.
In February 2003, Queen Semane was awarded the Leading Light Tribute by the International Women’s Forum as an achiever who has enjoyed success, not through privilege, but through resilience and perseverance.
Because of her passion for women’s interests, she said she was particularly pleased to be patron of the National Championships during National Women’s Month. “Netball is a sport that has done much for girls and women throughout South Africa,” she said. “There are few women in the country who have not been involved in netball at some time in their lives, and I salute what Netball South Africa is doing to develop the sport at all levels. I look forward to seeing the cream of South African netball in action next week.”
The tournament starts on Monday August 5 and ends on Saturday August 10.