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To: South African Football Association (SAFA)

Gender Wage Gap: Banyana Banyana must get equal pay!

Pay Banyana Banyana players the same as Bafana Bafana. Women should not earn less than men. South African Football Association (SAFA) should stop shifting the responsibility to corporate SA [1] give an equal pay now!

Why is this important?

South African women earn 27% less than men [2]. Our country already faces so many gendered social and economical issues and the gender pay gap also contributes to these issues. Our national women’s soccer team Banyana Banyana is just one example of women who work hard, yet they still remain underpaid and underfunded compared to Bafana Bafana (national men’s soccer team).

If the argument has been that men work harder than women and “deserve” a higher pay, then without a doubt our women’s team have proven themselves to have worked harder than the men, but the willingness to increase their salaries still remains low.

Earning an equal salary should not be about one’s gender, it should be about the fact that people do the same work in the same industry, and therefore should be paid the same. The time is now - SAFA must take action and pay the women what they deserve.

[1] Jordaan calls for help to boost Banyana salaries amid outcry, Matshelane Mamabolo for IOL, 30 November 2018
[2] Do South African women earn 27% less than men?, Gopolang Makau for Africa Check, 27 September 2017


2019-03-06 16:39:29 +0200

SAFA has committed to a bonus for Banyana Banyana, this is not equal pay, but it is a step in the right direction. Lets keep mobilising

2018-12-06 17:37:54 +0200

500 signatures reached

2018-12-04 15:27:36 +0200

100 signatures reached

2018-12-03 20:59:46 +0200

50 signatures reached

2018-12-03 11:03:48 +0200

25 signatures reached

2018-11-30 20:00:07 +0200

10 signatures reached