Netball South Africa has decided to suspend all activities with immediate effect until further notice. The federation’s president, Cecilia Molokwane, said the decision was taken due to the increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 infections and fatalities in the country.

She added that numbers have now become names of people they all know and are connected to.

The postponed activities include the Under 21 training camp which was scheduled for next week, the SPAR Challenge in Cape Town between the 20th and 27th of January and the Male National Championships.

Molokwane says this decision was taken with the aim of protecting the lives of all the players, members, stakeholders and partners of Netball South Africa.

“As the country continues to see COVID 19 numbers rising, it is very scary seeing what is going on around us. We see numbers rising and these numbers are names of people that we know. As an Executive, it was very important for us to take a decision to postpone all our planned activities until further notice. We will continue to take lead from government and consult all relevant stakeholder as we take all the much needed steps to ensure that we protect lives.”

She says the Netball SA Events team will continue to consult with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture as well as the Department of Health and will monitor the situation in order to take the best decision for the sport.

Netball SA has urged its members to minimise travelling.