Netball South Africa has launched the logo for the 2023 Netball World Cup ©Netball World Cup 2023

Netball South Africa President Cecilia Molokwane has vowed to deliver a Netball World Cup in 2023 that will young boys and girls will "never forget and inspire them to dream beyond their wildest dreams" after officially unveiling the tournament’s logo.

South Africa was awarded the event for the first time after beating New Zealand to land the hosting rights in March 2019.

Excitement is building ahead of the World Cup which is set to be staged entirely at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

The unveiling of the World Cup logo comes after the International Netball Federation announced an official rebrand to World Netball.

"This is an interesting time for netball globally," Molokwane, also World Netball’s regional director for Africa, said.

"It is like we are entering into a new dawn because just last week we were introduced to World Netball and got to see their new logo, now South Africa will get to be the first country to host the World Cup under the new name and logo.

"As Netball South Africa we are very excited that we are here today.

"A name change offers one an opportunity to introspect, a chance to cement your place, and to write your name in the history books.

"We are very excited to be revealing the look and feel of the 2023 Netball World Cup, this is not only our World Cup as South Africa but that of the whole continent as well."

Molokwane claims South Africa has a history of staging "great" local netball events and spoke of her determination to maintain that standard.

"This is all about taking netball back to the people and we want to make sure that we give young girls and boys an experience that they will never forget and inspire them to dream beyond their wildest dreams," said Molokwane.

The Netball World Cup (NWC) 2023 Board was announced by Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa’s Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture in April as preparations for the event ramp up.

An independent chairperson, two representatives from Netball South Africa and one representative each from the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport make up the Board which has pledged to create a "world-class event that is befitting of a South African standard and flair".

South Africa is to be the first African nation to stage the Netball World Cup ©Getty Images
South Africa is to be the first African nation to stage the Netball World Cup ©Getty Images

"As members of the Netball World Cup 2023 Board, we are extremely excited about today’s event because we believe this is one of the many steps to take towards some of our obligations for hosting a successful World Cup," said Patience Shikwambana, chairperson for the NWC 2023 Board.

"Image is an important aspect of any event and now that we have unveiled the logo, it’s time to get to work and increase our efforts on tasks ahead of us as the Board.

"COVID-19 has really been a big challenge for us and therefore it’s important to be innovative and adapt to the New Norm in all our plans.

"Our next step as the Board is the finalization of policies and the appointment of the operational team."

Dan Plato, Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, added: "The launch of the official Netball World Cup logo brings us a step closer to Africa’s first-ever Netball World Cup.

"As the host city for this prestigious event, we are thrilled to be adding yet another major international sports event to our list of spectacular events which have earned us the title of world’s leading festival and event destination.

"We look forward to working with all the stakeholders involved to put together a world-class netball showpiece."