The days are flying by until the first Netball World Cup in Africa ever, and Cape Town shared its excitement through art.
Cape Town, South Africa (21 April, 2023)—With less than 100 days to go until the first Netball World Cup is enjoyed on African courts, the City of Cape Town (set to host) can’t contain its excitement.
In celebration of the 100-day mark this week, the City unveiled another epic artwork dedicated to netball heritage in South Africa; earmarking that it’s high time for a South African—and African—hosting moment.
It was a busy day in the City’s CBD on Lower Long Street, with roads blocked off on Wednesday while the artwork was underway. Now, the busy street between Walter Sisulu Avenue and Wharf Street has an inspired makeover, adding to the list of artworks dedicated to the Netball World Cup all over Cape Town.
Several murals have been scattered throughout the city, including the vibrant Mitchell’s Plain mural by artist Wayne Bks.
Other murals celebrating the art of netball can be seen in Langa, Khayelitsha, Strand and Belville South.
As for the City, slickers will be able to enjoy the Protea-proud road artwork for months to come.
Not to mention, a fan park is also on the horizon.
“Cape Town is officially ready to welcome the world to our beautiful city this July. A lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes for over 36 months to ensure Cape Town is able to deliver a memorable Netball World Cup experience for players and spectators. Outside the CTICC, the City has earmarked a space which will be used as a fan park during the tournament.
“Just like we had thousands on the Grand Parade for the 2010 World Cup, we want this space to be a place where thousands of Netball fans can gather to enjoy games and everything netball. We call on the world to come experience a uniquely African Netball World Cup in one of the world’s top destinations and for locals to bring the gees to back the Proteas.”—Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.
Additionally, the street netball programme will see junior players from Grassy Park, Elsies River, Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Langa, Mfuleni, Ocean View and Nomzamo take part, have fun and be guided toward future opportunities.
The street netball games begin today, 21 April.
As for the Netball World Cup, we’ve got our calendars marked with protea doodles for 28 July.