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CSA finds sponsor for Oz Tests

2011-11-03 15:17
AK Khan (File)
Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced a sponsorship deal for the upcoming two-match Test Series between South Africa and Australia. 

CSA and the Pietermaritzburg based Willowton Group, manufacturers of Sunfoil Pure Sunflower Cooking Oil on Thursday announced the deal which will see Sunfoil partner as the event sponsor of the series.

The event will be named the Sunfoil Test Series, starting with the first match at Newlands on Wednesday November 9.
“We are delighted to have the Willowton Group on board as the official sponsors of the Sunfoil Test series between the Proteas and Australia,” commented CSA Acting President AK Khan.

“They have been involved in South African cricket for some time now through the Sunfoil brand and they have shown great commitment to grassroots development through their programmes with the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal boards.
“I am sure that their partnership with the Proteas’ brand, one of the most respected and admired in world cricket, will be extremely beneficial to both parties.
“The Proteas have been one of the top Test sides since unity and that reached a peak in 2008 when they gained the No 1 ranking after beating both England and Australia away from home. They now have the task of regaining that top position under the leadership of our new coach, Gary Kirsten, and of our most successful captain ever, Graeme Smith.
“We have had some epic five-day contests against Australia in the past and I do not expect the Sunfoil Test series to be any different. Our loyal fans can look forward to some tense and exciting contests of the highest calibre in the purest format of the game,” he concluded.
Sunfoil has been involved in cricket development for the past five years, largely in the KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng regions, and more recently became sponsors of the Dolphins. This partnership not only gives the Group a bigger stake within the cricketing environment, but aligns them to one of the top brands in the country, the Proteas.
“Willowton Group has decided to sponsor the Test series to further support the game of cricket and help bring quality international cricket to the proud South African supporters of the Proteas. The company is passionate about the development of sport in South Africa and encourages corporate business to get involved in local and international cricket,” commented CEO of the Willowton Group Razak Moosa.
Further to the test sponsorship, Sunfoil will donate R1000 for every four and R2000 for every six hit during the two-Test matches towards the Willowton Group Education Fund formed to help give bursaries to the children coming through the Sunfoil development cricket programmes that show promise for the future and require assistance. The cricketers of both Test teams are encouraged to hit a high number of 4’s and 6’s to boost the Willowton Group’s donation to the Education Fund.
“Education is a vitally important part to helping build South Africa as a nation and we feel by forming this education fund we can encourage them to study and to help grow future stars in the game of cricket and also encourage children to play cricket which is a great team sport that teaches team work and good values,” said Moosa.

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