Durban-based designers have been instrumental in the creation of South Africa's uniforms for Birmingham 2022 ©SASCOC

South Africa have unveiled their kit for the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games here, which it is claimed is inspired by "all things South African".

Young designers Sandile Sikhakhane, Mbali Zulu, Sipho Lushaba and Nompumelelo Mjadu teamed up to create the print used on the kit for the Games' curtain raiser, with the City of Durban helping to recruit the creators for the uniform.

The team sought to showcase "all things South African", including the discovery of diamonds, South African royalty and the colours of the country's flag in their various designs.

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) Commonwealth Games technical apparel partner Mr Price Sport then showcased the designs via social media, with the final print to be used across the range selected and then tied together by Durban Fashion Fair designer Nontsasa Benstwana.

The men's uniform includes a shirt featuring the chosen design, a pair of chinos and Mr Price Sport's Maxed Elite Zeus trainers, while the women's apparel features a cropped linen shirt, tiered maxi skirt featuring the winning print and Nova trainers.

The South African kit was unveiled at the International Convention Centre in Durban.

SASCOC President Barry Hendricks believes the uniforms will prove a hit at Birmingham 2022.

"Team SA [South Africa] really caught the eye at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in their Mr Price Sport kit," he insisted.

"They were the envy of many other nations from the Opening Ceremony to the Closing Ceremony and all the competition in between.

"Having seen the designs and kit for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, we are expecting the reaction in Birmingham to be no different.

"Congratulations to all these inspiring young designers who have used their creative skills to come up with something truly South African and kit that will be worn with pride by Team SA’s athletes at the Opening Ceremony.

"We are going to look outstanding not only during competition, but away from it as well as on the medals podium."

Durban had initially been due to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games, but was stripped of the multi-sport event in 2017 having failed to sign the Host City contract and meet a series of financial deadlines, with the English city of Birmingham selected to replace it later that year.

The Opening Ceremony is scheduled for July 28 at the Alexander Stadium.