Unisa is offering bursaries to all 23 team members of Banyana Banyana for winning the WAFCON.

WAFCON champs Banyana Banyana offered bursaries by UNISA

Unisa is offering bursaries to the Banyana champions as they are an inspiration to the nation and the youth to believe in sport.


Unisa is offering bursaries to all 23 team members of Banyana Banyana for winning the WAFCON.

The University of South Africa (Unisa) is offering to grant WAFCON champions Banyana Banyana bursary opportunities to pursue any studies of their choice.

This is to help the national women’s soccer team to shape and better their future, the university says.

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To recognise what Unisa describes as the team’s‘ her-storic’ achievement, the university is making available a special bursary programme for the 23 players.

This is in accordance with the university’s admission policies, said spokesperson Edgar Rathelele.

The offer, whose terms and conditions will be communicated to the potential recipients, is effective from January 2023.

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Rathelele said the victory of South Africa in the African football scene after 26 years is inspirational to Unisa, the youth and the country as a whole.

“The achievement of Banyana Banyana resonates with Unisa’s values of innovation, excellence and responsiveness.”

This is the reason that Unisa saw it as suitable to offer the country’s champions the opportunity to further their studies and future, said Rathelele.

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Banyana Banyana have been receiving bonuses for winning the WAFCON, including bursaries from Unisa. PHOTO: South African Football Association

Unisa’s principal and vice-chancellor Professor Puleng LenkaBula hoped Banyana would continue to inspire the youth to believe in sport.

“We hope that in the same manner that Banyana has inspired the nation, this small gesture will inspire young girls and boys to believe in sport, virtues of discipline and excellence. That there are long-term benefits and rewards associated with such virtues,” LenkaBula said.

Professor Puleng LenkaBula

Unisa will, in the next few days, communicate the details for the official handover ceremony with the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the public.


The Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation will transfer an additional R1 million on top of the contribution by Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

This comes after calls and media enquiries pertaining to the contribution the province will make towards Gauteng players within the team, said the department’s spokesperson Nomazwe Ntlokwana.

“The province remains of the view that this approach will merely deepen the crisis with regards to pay disparities, and contradicts our overall call for equal pay. The salary disparities between male and female athletes ought to be addressed and we thank the Minister’s input in this regard,” said Ntlokwana.

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