Telecommunications parastatal Telkom has pledged to pay R1million to the 12 players in the team if they win the World Cup title and R500 000 each if they return with the silver medal.
South Africa reached the Netball World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 24 years after beating Uganda 67-40 on Wednesday. The Proteas have emerged as one of the on form sides in the tournament, winning five consecutive matches to march on to tomorrow’s semi-finals.
The Proteas reached the final at the 1995 Netball World Championship in Birmingham where they won the silver medal after losing to Australia in the final. They have not been able to emulate the class of 1995, finishing fifth on four occasions and sixth on another.
These bonuses will be paid over and above the incentives the team’s title sponsors Spar AR pledged before the start of the tournament. The long-time sponsors announced they would give the team R1m if they won the championship, R750000 for silver and R500000 for bronze.