Banyana shines spotlight on gender pay gap in sports

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JOHANNESBURG - Desiree Ellis' charges have already qualified for the 2019 Fifa Women's World Cup in France, but this is not reflected in their paychecks.

Banyana Bayana players earn around R5,000 per match while Bafana Bafana players would net up to R70,000 for the same.

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The vice-president of Safa in Ekurhuleni, Moonira Ramathula, stated "the reason we are still talking about this is because there is a lack of sponsors for women in sport. And that is the biggest problem we are sitting with.

"Commercial viability, where women are exposed in the media as much as the men are exposed, is not really there."

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Ntambi Ravele, the founder and chairperson of the SA Women and Sport Foundation, said the decision-makers in sports are overwhelmingly male and may unconsciously supporting male-dominated sports out of familiarity.

Ravele stated federations who have control of money to be allocated to teams should prioritise gender parity in remuneration.