Tuesday is not only significant because of Mandela Day, but beacuse the Momentum Proteas will also seek to make history as they play against England in the first semi-final of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in Bristol.
Proteas captain, Dane Van Niekerk remains confident and expresses pride in her side reaching the semis since 2000 as she says, “I don't think most people thought we would be here - in that sense I'm very proud of the girls.”
Van Niekerk is the lead wicket-taker in the 2017 Women’s World Cup while South Africa won four of their seven round-robin matches.
According to BBC Sport, English cricketer Tammy Beaumont says that South Africa will “come out hard” in the semi-final to avenge defeat by England in the group stages.
The 26-year-old adds: "It is going to be a clean slate on Tuesday with a lot more to play for.
"It is really key that everyone is on song for the semi-final - South Africa have a really good all-round team to suit all sorts of pitches, they have a lot of pace up front and then leg-spinners in the middle and some pretty destructive batters."
Meanwhile, 24-year-old Van Niekerk is excited to see how her team will respond to the semi-final. As cited by ENCA, she says: Our first hurdle was the semi-final and we got here. We have a tough battle, but there’s a lot of excitement. It’s going to be a first experience of a semi-final for a lot of girls. It’s like going for an exam, if you’ve studied for it, you don’t have to stress about it.”