South African free-to-air channel SABC Sport has taken broadcast rights to next year’s Netball World Cup, which is due to take place in Cape Town from July 28 to August 6.
The deal includes the opening and closing ceremonies, the opening games, all matches involving South African national netball team Proteas, one selected match on days Proteas do not play, the semi-finals and the final, plus daily highlights packages.
South Africans will be able to watch 16 nations competing in 60 matches that will be broadcast live on SABC Sport on DTT, Openview 124 and S3. SABC Sport will also provide South African telco Telkom with the 2023 Netball World Cup feed to stream on its digital platform TelkomONE in South Africa.
Gary Rathbone, head of SABC Sport, said: “At SABC Sport, we pride ourselves on providing South Africans with access to sport of national interest, and the acquisition of the 2023 Netball World Cup has just reaffirmed our brand mission.
“As a country, we are very proud to host the tournament in Cape Town – a first on the African continent, and as SABC Sport, we believe it’s imperative that every South African is given access to world-class sport content. We look forward to inspiring the nation and instilling national pride by making the Netball World Cup 2023 available to all. The SABC remains committed to broadcast sport of national interest to millions of South African citizens.”
Wanda Mkhize, executive for smart home and content at Telkom, added: “This is an enormously exciting initiative for us, not only because of Telkom’s dedicated support of – and investment in – South African netball, but also because it is another occasion to reflect the unique partnership we have with the SABC and the impact we collectively have on making premium content, such as the Netball World Cup, available to all South Africans.”