South Africa has sent a 187 strong member team to participate in the 2014 Commonwealth Games taking place from 23 July to 3 August 2014 in Glasgow City, Scotland. The games are another chance for South Africans to rally behind our sporting heroes and heroines. Sporting events have always served to unite the country as was the case during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 2012 Olympics and the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations and the recently held African Championship of Nations.
Minister Faith Muthambi said "government is confident that the nation will support our men and women as they strive for gold at the 20th Commonwealth Games. The games will serve to further unite the nation in the year that we celebrate 20 Years of Freedom".
Our sportsmen and women carry the nation's hopes and dreams. Government is convinced that they will represent our nation's values of democracy, equality and respect for all. Our sportsmen and women are an extension of South Africa's core values of non‐racialism and non‐sexism.
South Africans abroad are invited to show their support for Team SA by visiting the Ekhaya, a hospitality centre that is a home away from home. Government is fully behind the Team SA, and we believe that they will do us proud. Team South Africa won 33 medals in the last Commonwealth Games; and is looking to match and exceed its previous record.
All South Africans are also encouraged to support the teams by watching the Games that will be broadcast on DSTV and SABC channels daily at: 10h00 and 22h00.
Let us all support our team in the spirit of moving South Africa forward.
Issued by: Department of Communications