President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated the rugby and cricket national teams for winning their matches against England in their respective World Cup matches.
“Our national teams are inspiring people all over the world and making all of us deeply proud,” the President said on Sunday.
South Africa advanced to the 2023 Rugby World Cup final on Saturday night following a 16-15 victory against England.
“Congratulations to our heroic Springboks on a hard-won Rugby World Cup 2023 semi-final at Stade de France, Paris. Now our nation can focus our hearts and flags on our second successive Rugby World Cup Final in as many tournaments. We are indeed stronger – and victorious – together,” the President said.
Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Zizi Kodwa, travelled to Paris to back the Springboks in their match against England.
“Most sporting nations use soft diplomacy such as sport and culture to achieve their diplomatic goals. As a global player, South Africa must continue to invest in these areas to advance its diplomatic goals.
“What a win by the Springboks! The Bokke have shown why they are the reigning World Cup champions. Bring on the finals. What a World Cup day for South Africa!” the Minister said.
Meanwhile, the Proteas beat England by 229 runs in their 2023 Cricket World Cup group match on Saturday at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
“Warm congratulations to the Proteas on their record win over England in the ICC World Cup tournament. The nation wishes you further victories on your way to the final. Between the Proteas and the Springboks, our national teams are inspiring people all over the world and making all of us deeply proud,” the President said.
Kodwa also congratulated the Proteas.
“What a fantastic victory! Congratulations on a mighty performance. You have inspired South Africans all over with your big win,” he said. –SANews.gov.za
Source: South African Government News Agency