TymeBank showers Banyana with millions for World Cup feat

TymeBank has delivered on its promise and officially presented Banyana Banyana with a hefty R2-million cheque for their excellent performance at the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Banyana did the unthinkable by defying all odds on a global stage. They made history by becoming the first South African team to reach the knockout stage of a Fifa World Cup.

Banyana also won the hearts of millions of football lovers for their unique singing and dancing. This signature act they performed before their games in the dressing rooms and after the game on the pitch.

Bank made a pledge in August 2023

TymeBank, which is majority owned by South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital, pledged a portion of each customer transaction processed (One million for every 10 million transactions) during Women’s Month (August 2023) towards the national team’s World Cup bonuses.

The official handover of the cheque was in Rosebank, Johannesburg on Wednesday.  TymeBank’s chief commercial officer Cheslyn Jacobs was present at the handover. He said: “TymeBank and our customers are immensely proud of the performances and achievements of our Banyana soccer team at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

“We are equally pleased that our customers played their part in helping attain our goal. That of ensuring that our heroines are recognised and get a reward for their efforts.

“To amplify the message of this worthy campaign, EVOLV Outdoor stepped forward. They  donated free billboard space to TymeBank.

Coach Desiree Ellis over the moon

“We would like to thank the EVOLV team for their role in recorgnising and rewarding the efforts of this remarkable team.

In attendance was Banyana coach Desiree Ellis alongside some members of her technical team. Goalkeeper Kaylin Swart, defenders Bambanani Mbane, Lebohang Ramalepe and Karabo Dhlamini. Midfielders Kholosa Biyana, Nomvula Kgoale and forward Melinda Kgadiete.

Ellis expressed her gratitude to TymeBank for their generosity. She commended them for their efforts to reward women athletes.

“It’s always nice to be rewarded. And this is a fantastic gesture from TymeBank,” Ellis told Sunday World.

“And I think more corporates need to come on board to help elevate women in sports. Because women in South African sports have shown that they can mix with the best in the world. They can still deliver even without enough sponsorships and resources.

“So, we urge everyone and corporates to come on board and help elevate women’s sport.”

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