Telkom has renewed its sponsorship of the Telkom Netball League for another three years. The Telkom Netball League (TNL) is all set to kick off its 2023 edition on April 27th at the Ngoako Ramahlodi Sports Complex in Seshego, Polokwane.

The tournament will then move to Pretoria in May. Netball South Africa (NSA) partnered with telecommunications company Telkom to announce the start of the 2023 TNL season at an official media launch event in Sandton. Telkom, the headline sponsor of the domestic league, has been in a partnership with the netball federation since 2019 and has committed to driving the development of netball in South Africa for a further three years from April 1, 2023.

In addition to sponsoring the league, Telkom is one of the premium sponsors of the Netball World Cup, which is set to take place in Cape Town in July. Like previous years, the 2023 TNL will be played across two provinces, with the opening week taking place from April 27th to May 1st at the Ngoako Ramahlodi Sports Complex in Seshego, Polokwane. The second and final leg of the league will see games played at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria between June 2nd and July 1st, 2023. Puma, the apparel sponsor for the league, unveiled new kits for the teams participating in this year’s TNL.

Gugu Mthembu, Telkom’s Chief Marketing Officer, expressed her excitement about the success of Telkom’s sponsorship, saying, “Through TNL, we want to continue showcasing the best netball talent in the country, whilst growing the sport and encouraging South African youth to stand tall through life’s adversities.” Netball South Africa also announced the addition of two new teams to the league, bringing the total number of competing teams to fifteen. The two new teams, Free State Sonoblomo and Limpopo Lilies, will compete in the second division of the league, while the Eastern Cape Aloes, champions of the same division, earn promotion to the first division. NSA President, Ms Cecilia Molokwane, said, “The addition of two more teams to the league can only mean one thing, and that is we are doing something right when it comes to growing the sport and making our domestic league more competitive.”