Mpho Makhoba crowned Women of the Year


As women’s month in South Africa draws to an end, Tennis South Africa (TSA) has renewed its commitment to the development of women in tennis as part of its celebration of National Women’s Month.
In a major boost to the efforts by TSA, their Development Manager, Mpho Makhoba was crowned Woman of the year on Saturday at the 12th Annual GSport Awards.
Mpho Makhaba, is a shining example of the opportunities granted to women tennis administrators. “I recognise the role TSA have played in me winning this award” said Makhoba on receiving her trophy from Gauteng MEC of Sport, Arts and Culture, Faith Mazibuko.
“I love tennis, it’s my passion and the development of tennis is in my blood. Women are so in need of continued support to be better persons and live better lives. They deserve it as they play such a vital role in society.” Concluded Makhoba
Award winning, Makhoba, started as a tennis player and later became an official. Her love for the game has enabled her to create a successful career out of the sport. She is the first female tennis technical official in Africa to have been awarded the coveted ITF Silver Badge, and last year she was named Technical Official of the Year at the Gauteng Sports Awards
TSA Chief Executive Officer, Richard Glover, agreed with Makhoba that women are a major influence on tennis in South Africa.
“Research shows us that tennis is arguably the most gender balanced sport in the country, with players and fans enjoying almost a 50:50 male to female ratio,” he said.
“TSA also recognises that increasing participation and interest in tennis amongst South Africa females is a huge growth opportunity for our Federation. Further to this, we recently convened a Women’s Tennis Task Force, consisting of leading South African female coaches and ex-players, to review all aspects of women’s tennis and make some strategic recommendations as to how we can encourage more girls to play tennis at schools, keep more women in the game after school and produce more female high performance players.”
Glover congratulated Makhoba on behalf of TSA for her award and ongoing success and dedication to the game and development of sport in general.
Joining Glover in praising Makhoba was leading businesswoman and TSA Board member, Gugu Ntuli. “Mpho is a woman of exceptional character and determinations, who has made a career out of the sport she loves.”
“She is proving to be a great example to women who wish to make a career in sport” continued Ntuli.