Archive | August, 2019

DA-Ruled City Of Cape Town Disrespects Working Class Sports By Cheryl Roberts

28 Aug


Why is the DA-controlled city of Cape Town giving shabby and disrespectful treatment to working class sports of netball and football, and nt maintaining sports facilities in working class communities and townships? Why is the DA-controlled city of Cape Town, not making its sports facilities accessible and available when the facilities are required for use by netball and football? Why is the DA-controlled city of Cape Town strangling working class sport in Cape Town?
Its because the DA-controlled city of Cape Town refuses to look after and be there for all Cape Town’s communities and people, especially, the under-resourced, working class communities. Its because the DA-controlled city of Cape Town is more intent on strangling working class sports intead of assisting and helping the sports to survive.
Last night, a ‘BIG’ men’s pro football league match was played in Cape Town featuring the city’s football team Cape Town FC against Kaizer Chiefs. The match was played at a rugby stadium in Newlands, despite the city having a world cup football stadium. Two weeks ago I went out to watch and photograph Cape Town Netball Federation league matches and this was at the university of Western Cape netball courts, instead of the netball facility in Belville owned by the city.

Now I’m asking what is going on with the city of Cape Town in providing and making available facilities for these sports to be played? Why couldn’t the football match, attracting over 10 000 fans not be played at Cape Town stadium?
Why can’t the netball fixtures, featuring over 100 teams and 1000 players, not be played at the Belville netball courts. Both facilities are owned by the city of Cape Town. They are not owned by individuals, nor businesses, nor clubs. Its the ity of Cape Town’s municipal and local government responsibilty to ensure that these facilities are made available to regional sports events within the jurisdiction of Cape Town.
Get this! The DA controlled city of Cape Town municipality is not owned by the DA nor people associated with the DA! The Municipality provides jobs and work and salaries for all involved with the municipality, whatever political party they are connected with or are representing. And employees of the city of Cape Town, including councillors and the mayor must work for all of the city and that means looking after sports provision and making the city’s resources and facilities avaliable to sport.
Its obvious that the city is strangling football and netball, the popular sports of the working class people? How can the city’s administration not ensure that the football world cup stadium is not adequately looked after and prepared for football? How can the city allow a club to dictate use of its netball facility in Belville when the regional netball federation, Cape Town Netball requires a big facility for its netball activities?
The city of Cape Town’s representative, JP Smith at the announcement of the 2023 netball host country, told the world how the city of Cape Town will look after and help netball develop. Where is the help coming from the city of cape Town? Then there’s the ongoing accommodation space conflict between the city and SAFA Cape Town with the city intent on having SAFA CT, a regional football structure put out of a football stadium, that is the Athlone stadium. There’s also the neglect and rare maintenance of sports grounds, especially in working class communities.
What is the DA-administered city of Cape Town trying to prove in its rightful responsibility of providing sport and making sports facilities available and accessible? Its very clear that the city of Cape Town doesn’t respect working class communities and their sports. Its also very clear that the city of Cape Town is strangling sport in working class communities and sports played largely by the working class. And its very clear that the DA-controlled city of Cape Town doesn’t exist for the people and should be challenged, exposed and called out until they leave office!

Noko Matlou Wants To Coach After She Retires By Cheryl Roberts

12 Aug


Noko Matlou has scored many goals for South African women’s football and win the illustrious continental award of African ‘woman footballer of the year’. Noko knows that she’s moving on in the years as an elite footballer and that retirement as a player is about one to two years away. She wants to stay in football after retirement, as a coach. She still cherishes the ambition of winning a continental gold medal before she retires. Noko has just won another Cosafa Cup trophy and gold medal. It’s her 4th gold medal. Now it’s back to training, playing league and being available when the SA national women’s football team needs her football prowess.

I asked Noko Matlou some questions and she gave the answers. Did you know that Noko Matlou likes to cook?…..

Q: How did you enjoy your World Cup experience?
Noko: It was great experience every player wish to be there it was amazing.
Q: After your World Cup participation, how far behind is SA women’s football?
Noko: We still behind because you see the still huge gap between African teams and Europeans team.
Q: Are you retiring now or soon?
Noko: I think I still have 1 or 2 years to play.
Q: What would you still like to achieve from playing international football?
Noko: I would like to be recognised and be a role model to young, emerging players and up and coming girls who play soccer.
Q: What tournament would you like to win as a player, besides the World Cup?
Noko: I would like to win AWCON and be an African champion. That would go well with my ‘African woman footballer of the year’ award.
Q: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Noko: I get to be myself and do what I love most and it keeps me from a lot of negative things like doing nothing much with my life.
Q: Would you like to be a football coach after you retire as a player?
Noko: Definitely because I will love to see young players reaching the levels and higher levels where I am today and that I’ve reached.


Q: What do you do when you not playing football?
Noko: Being with my family and cooking for them.
Q: What music do you like?
Noko: Gospel and RnB
Q: Which young women footballers impress you?
Noko: South Africa’s Thembi kgatlana and Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala.

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SA Rugby Must Contract World Cup Bound Women Players By Cheryl Roberts

9 Aug


They’ve done it before and they’ve done it again, despite their being caught up in a self-imposed SA Rugby women’s international moratorium. That’s the SA team’s qualification for the 2021 women’s rugby world cup.

Yes, the women Springboks have qualified for women’s rugby’s global tournament, a tournament they’ve played in before and involving the world’s best rugby playing countries trying to be crowned world champions. This year, SA qualified via the Africa Cup played in SA in August, featuring a handful of other African teams; a continental tournament that showed SA being far ahead of their African counterparts.

Now that SA has qualified and the global championship is still over a year ahead, SA Rugby must look after the national women’s squad, ensure they are happy playing rugby and representing their country.


Women’s rugby in SA doesn’t get the same benefits and privileges as that given to men’s rugby. Actually, boys rugby gets much more than women’s rugby. South Africa’s women’s rugby gets some handouts here and there from a very rich, corporate backed rugby federation. The women rugby players play as amateurs, with training done after work/stud hours. They get to play just one round of about 5 matches in a national interprovincial championship. Some months ago, the SA women’s rugby team started again with international competition and undertook a tour of Europe.


Women’s rugby is fast developing and improving, especially youth girls rugby. But SA Rugby is not responding adequately to these fast improvements and flourishing enthusiasm to play rugby.

If South Africa’s women’s rugby team is to perform with good results at the 2021 world cup, they must be supported with much international competition to test their improvements and weaknesses and know their level of play.

Most of the national team women players are trying to study and work, or hold down a job or are unemployed with some players being nationally contracted 7’s players. The women Springbok squad must be nationally contracted, in full-time training in preparation for the journey ahead towards the 2021 world cup. Knowing they getting a monthly salary without having to worry and hassle about how to survive, will truly go a long way in ensuring the player’s happiness and confidence. This contracted safety will take their mental state to another level and should impact positively on their field of play.

But how prepared are SA Rugby to really prepare the national women’s rugby team with the best support, just as they do with the men’s national squad/team?

SA Rugby has a record of not giving much to women’s rugby. But this past record will have to change dramatically as we get SA’s national women’s rugby team adequately supported to perform well and display quality rugby at the women’s rugby world cup. SA is already far behind the world’s top and best women’s rugby playing countries. It does not mean we must stay lowly ranked internationally.

SA Rugby has a responsibility and must work out how its going to support our country’s world cup bound women’s rugby team. One of the poor excuses often offered by SA Rugby is that ‘we have no money’ and ‘women’s rugby can’t get sponsors’.

If SA Rugby is honest and serious about supporting women’s rugby to grow, then they will work at finding sponsors and corporates to be associatede with the women Springboks. We have the time, leading up to the world cup, to develop and support SA’s national women’s 15’s rugby team. What SA Rugby must show is the determination and passion to do this. We await to see SA Rugby’s responses.


Post-Apartheid South Africa’s World Class Women In Sport Photogaphic Essay By Cheryl Roberts

8 Aug

South African Sports Woman . Published by Cheryl Roberts. Published in May 2017. Published in Cape Town in South Africa - Copy

South Africa’s SportsWomen At Play In 25 Year Old Post-Apartheid South Africa

Photographs: Cheryl Roberts
(Photographs by Cheryl Roberts and are copyrighted)

After the horrendous apartheid regime deprived back women of resources and facilities in sport, democratic South Africa opened up opportunities with increased and much more provision of resources to participate in sport, especially at grassroots and community sport.

Noni Ntenge is a world boxing champion, holding multiple world champion boxing belts

National and provincial sports federations and structures had to also open up and create opportunities, particularly for the resource-deprived communities that were oppressed and ignored by the apartheid regime.


Chloe Tryon is an international cricketer

With a plethora of opportunities becoming available, sportsgirl and sportswomen talent surfaced and became visible. This talent went on to become provincial, national, world and Olympic champions.

Tatjana Schoenmaker

Tatjana Schoenmaker is a world class swimmer

And it wasn’t just the mostly still privileged white women who became the champions. Black girls and women also became national and international sports champions in democratic SA.


Kgothatso Montjane is a world class wheelchair tennis player

Despite opportunities being opened up coupled with more provision of resources and facilities, a litany of struggles still faced SA’s women in sport, especially the talented girls and women emerging from the depressed working class areas, communities, schools and towships.

Athlete Caster Semenya became World and Olympic champion in the 800m

For instance, getting training shoes, training kit, transport to and from sports training and events proved serious impediments to working class girls and women whom wanted to be in sport but whose families found it extremely expensive and luxurious to be paying for sports when survival in harsh living conditions still dominating in post-apartheid SA, was much more important.

Dune Coetzee is one of the wold’s best allround women cricketers

But the sportswomen persevered against the odds, despite their adversities because they wanted to be women and girls in sport and enjoyed being in sport. Throughout SA, many volunteer community and school teacher officials in sport helped the struggling girls in sport develop their participation in sport to higher levels; often using their personal time and money to fund this participation in sport. For the privileged girls in sport, money within their midle class and wealthy families was semingly always there to assist and ensure they were in need of nothing to participate in sport.

Phumza Maweni is a pro netballer and one of the world’s quality netballers

Post-apartheid South Africa has been blessed with women sports stars, women sports champions and women global sport superstars. Some have struggled to achieve and become the best in sport; others have been superbly talented and worked emphatically at training to find their performance levels.


Tsoanelo Pholo is South Africa’s highest ranked woman hockey coach and a continental champion coach

This women’s month in 25 year old post-apartheid South Africa, I present a visual narrative commemorating and celebrating South Africa’s sportswomen, centering black women who have surfaced from deprived and distressed working class communities, overcome adversitiy to become an achieving elite sportswoman.


Zanele Situ: Paralympic champion and medallist

Zanela Situ is a 2000 Paralympic champion and a parasport world ranked athlete


Thembi Kgatlana: South African football international

Thembi Kgatlane is a pro footballer and scorer of South Afria’s first world cup goal


Quanita Bobbs: South African international hockey player

Quanita Bobbs is an international hockey player


Bongi Msomi captained South Africa to the semifinals of the 2019 netball world cup


Zintle Ndawonde (rugby) and Precious Mthembu (netball) are international rugby and neball players

Sinazo Mcatshulwa is an international 7’s and 15’s rugby player