Banyana players earn a fraction of what Bafana players do

By Drum Digital
22 September 2014

The DA have revealed that South African soccer teams Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana have great discrepancies in payment.

The DA's Phumzile Van Damme shared an article by Solly Malatsi, who wrote about the wage differences:

"A reply to a DA parliamentary question has revealed massive gaps between match fees for male and female national team players in cricket and football and as such I will be meeting with both the South African Football Association (SAFA) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) soon to discuss this matter with the hope of reviewing current remuneration packages for Banyana Banyana and the Proteas women’s team.

We are still awaiting a response from SARU on the match fees for professional rugby players.

The discrepancies are huge:

  • Banyana Banyana players earn between R2 000 and R5 000 per game, while Bafana Bafana players earn R60 000 for a win and R30 000 for a draw.
  • The Proteas women’s team players earn between R7000 and R10 000 per test match, while the Proteas men’s team players earn R46 000 per test match and earn an additional R34 000 bonus for winning a test match.

The current pay structure entrenches gender inequality in sports.

For the majority of these players, match fees from the national teams are their only income. The fees for women’s players are not enough to sustain a professional career in sports.

If the sports federations play their part, we can professionalise our women’s sports and create strong value propositions.

The bottom line is that both federations have lucrative sponsors, in addition to the individual sponsors for the senior men’s teams, which are a source of revenue they can use to reward our female national team players. The DA will continue to push for fair remuneration of sports players across all codes." The two took to Twitter to call out sports and recreation minister, Fikile Mbalula for not being vocal on the matter:  

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