Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday launched their much-anticipated Black Day ODI in Durban. The cricket governing body launched the event acting on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call to fight against the rising violence against women and children in the nation.
The game organized in an attempt to fight gender-based violence, is set to be staged on Saturday, January 23 at the Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Cricket Stadium. the Momentum Proteas will don black kit to play against Pakistan Women.
The Black Day ODI is the first of its type for the Momentum Proteas. The board expects to send a strong message against the social injustice and spread awareness so that steps can be taken to uproot the act of injustice from the south African society.
“The Black Day ODI is one event in our calendar that will allow us as a federation and the Momentum Proteas players to become servants of the community,” CSA Acting Chief Executive Pholetsi Moseki said.
“This is an opportunity for us to raise awareness and encourage our society to be intolerant of all forms of violence against women and girls. The Black Day ODI is an opportune platform to galvanise, educate, mobilize, create awareness, and agitate towards the eradication of GBV,” Moseki added.
For the purpose, CSA will be collaborating with social activists and stakeholders. It includes team sponsor Momentum, Women’s rights organization of People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA), national sporting federations (Netball SA and Banyana Banyana), and programs dealing with Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
Carel Bosman, Head of Events and Sponsorship at Momentum Metropolitan said, “We are in support of our partner in Cricket South Africa, who are driving the Black Day initiative and by doing so, placing the focus on GBV. It is a topic that we as Momentum feel very strongly about.
“Momentum is taking a stand against the spread of GBV in our families, communities & country and urge every South African to get behind this GBV Black Day campaign.”