The Netball World Youth Cup (NWYC) and Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) committee revealed that in partnership with the Department of Broadcasting Services they will produce 70 games and all the nine games by Botswana will be broadcast live. This was said by Botswana Television (Btv) Acting General Manager Vuza Ziga at the launch of the partnership which took place at the Mass Media Complex. He urged the business community to come on board and sponsor the event because they will be assured of the mileage because the games will be broadcast in high definition after BTV managed to acquire their first Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) vehicle. “The event will be broadcast in high quality and with that any partnership with the business community will be a good and worthwhile one,” he said. The Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) chairperson Solly Reikeletseng shared his excitement about the news because he believes that this is the time for them to build capacity of broadcasting sports events of such magnitude. He acknowledged that he is very aware that they have made mistakes in the past where they allowed international broadcasters come and broadcast the sporting events here who will then fail to empower locals by developing their skills. “We put a lot of money in international broadcasters to come here and package the games, and if we did then what we are going to do now we would have built so much capacity locally,” he said.
Reikeletseng said the mistakes made in the past will help them in moving forward and in further developing sports in the country. He emphasised that it is important for stakeholders to help build capacity for Btv so that they could be able to broadcast the many events that are coming without external support. “Botswana will be hosting many major events, and in all these we have to look closely at the kind of legacy that we want to leave and that is why we should all come together to make this successful,” he said. Reikeletseng said the NWYC Local Organising Committee is ready to host the tournament in July. He said he is very confident that they will deliver a world class event come July and he does not have any doubts about that. “One of our key indicators is sport development, and with this partnership that is exactly what we are going to achieve. We are still looking for more sponsors to be part of this historic event,” he said. He assured them of a good projection for their businesses during the broadcasting of the games and after. Some 20 countries will be competing for the cup with Botswana in Pool C with Jamaica, Cook Island, Malaysia and Uganda.