Banyana bonus structure questioned | Zululand Observer

FOLLOWING the impressive victory of the South African women‘s football team Banyana Banyana in the final of the Wafcon (Africa Women’s Cup of Nations) on Saturday, there are fears that the players may still face gender discrimination in terms of compensation.

This is according to the Commission for Equality between Women and Men (CGE), which has learned that the players will each receive only one
R55,000 bonus for reaching the final of this World Cup qualifier.

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This is a significantly lower amount compared to the R250,000 each of their male counterparts would receive if they qualified for the FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar.

CGE spokesman Javu Baloyi said he had discussions in the past with the South African Football Association (Safa) regarding unequal pay structures between men’s and women’s teams.

“We will continue to engage different sports associations and federations on the issue.

“We understand that senior men’s national team players receive different bonus amounts when playing tournaments at the same level, and that should be a cause for concern in the sports fraternity,” Baloyi said.

“This injustice cannot continue. As far as we know, Safa had committed to pay Bafana Bafana players R250,000 each if they qualified for the FIFA Men’s World Cup.

“This is in the context of their appearance fees, camp money and food allowance. The CGE does not understand why Banyana Banyana players are not paid the same scale as their male counterparts for all the matches won to reach the final on Saturday in Morocco.

He said they were aware women’s football did not attract the same sponsorship as men, but felt it was “yet another form of systemic gender inequality in our society”.

“We are of the opinion that it is the duty of the Safa board members to find more funds to reward the women’s team for their excellent work.

“The Department of Arts, Culture and Sport could also have been approached before paying the bonuses to the women’s team, as the South African Sports Confederation and the Olympic Committee (Sascoc) have already done following the results. of the Olympics,” Baloyi continued. .

“The women’s team is the pride and joy of the country, and the players and the technical team deserve better treatment and more respect.”

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