As Botswana get set to host the Netball World Youth Cup – scheduled for July 8 to 16 – local companies continue to pledge generously towards the event.
The latest company to get behind the international sporting spectacle are Mascom Wireless, who this week unveiled a sponsorship worth half a million Pula.
The donation includes P100, 000 in the form of communications support to help the organising committee’s preparations – the other P400, 000 was a cash donation.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Assistant Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development Kefentse Mzwinila said the generous sponsorship would help ensure a successful event.
Mzwinila praised Mascom for the continued support of sporting activities in the country.
“Mascom sponsor Top 8 tournament, Mascom Derby, Mascom Cycling Race, Toyota Desert Race and Mmadinare Marathon. We are grateful for their contribution in sports development. I urge the organizing committee to account for the money they get as sponsorships to build sponsors trust. It is upon us as the ministry and Botswana National Sports Commission to ensure that the money will be utilized for the game preparations nothing else,” said Mzwinila
Mascom’s Chief Executive Officer, Jose Couceiro explained that the sponsorship was part of the company’s Corporate Social Investment.
He said it shows their commitment to sport development and in Botswana’s youth.
“I wish to assure Batswana that Mascom is for Batswana and will do our best to give back to Batswana. Let’s focus on building excitement in the community and encourage people to embrace the spirit of the games by showing their support for the competing athletes. These games are very important to this country as they are the first world cup event for Botswana for all sporting codes and also the first netball world cup in Africa,” said Couceiro.
Local Organising Committee Chair, Prisca Mokgadi said Botswana is proud and honoured to be the first African country to host a netball world cup.
She thanked Mascom for the sponsorship and promised to put the money to good use.