After a successful WAFCON campaign where South Africa won the ultimate WAFCON trophy for the first time, the then President of SAFA, Danny Jordaan has announced that an equal pay structure will be rolled out for both Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana.
Coach Desiree Ellis’ brave charges beat hosts Morocco to win a maiden Women’s Africa Cup of Nation (WAFCON) title at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium on Saturday 23 July 2022.
It was a tightly-contested final but in the end, the SASOL-sponsored South African senior women’s national team brushed aside the intimidating atmosphere created by the massive home support in the stands to win the match 2-1.
Banyana Banyana who were welcomed by a large crowd received $344,000 from South Africa Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa during their welcoming at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg.
The South African national women’s team brought their first ever Africa Cup of Nations trophy back to South Africa and was welcomed by thousands of fans at OR Tambo on Tuesday morning.
They were also greeted by a host of dignitaries, including the SAFA President and Sports Minister Mthethwa,
In the Welcoming speech, the South African sports minister promised to support the development of women’s football in South Africa.
“Three years ago we decided we are going to support SAFA we are going to establish the Women’s Football League in this country,” he said during the event which was on the live broadcast.
Many people who are happy today having seen Banyana Banyana winning don’t know that it didn’t start today.
“It was the money which government gave to SAFA, R21 million to form this league and this league is producing today.
“We have been going through the journey, together with the regional squads, the fans of football in this country, who have gone all over. Last year many people did not see Banyana Banyana winning COSAFA Cup and as a government, we were there with Banyana Banyana and we incentivised them.
“Last year Mamelodi Sundowns Women’s team won the CAF Champions League, yes this is the money we are talking about. We incentivised Mamelodi Sundowns and today this squad which was here, many of the players come from that squad of Mamelodi Sundowns.
“We are going all th way because we don’t start now supporting both financially and otherwise our women in sport. Dr Jordan is talking that pay parity is a process which we’ll finish in all the processes in ensuring that women are paid equally.
“It is going to be a law in this country, Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana will be paid equally because we are making that happen as the government.
“It’s not only Banyana Banyana but all the women’s team, we are supporting them as government and we’ve said that to SAFA when we give SAFA money they must put money aside for women. We have been doing it in cricket, we have been doing that in rugby.
“We are not coming now, we are claiming this victory because we worked for it as a government. ”
The South African Women’s team have now overall earned R23.4 million ($1.4 million) prize money, with SAFA promising our ladies R9.2 million, while they also received R8.4 million from the Confederation of African Football. The R9.2 million from SAFA and today’s R5.8 million from the minister will be shared among the players and staff.