Basketball South Africa
IOC nationRSA
National flagSouth Africa
Year of formation1992; 32 years ago (1992)
International federationInternational Basketball Federation (FIBA)
Continental associationFIBA Africa
PresidentMr S Mthiyane
CountrySouth Africa

Basketball South Africa (BSA) is the governing body for men's and women's basketball in South Africa, and is responsible for the administration of the South African national basketball teams (both men's and women's),[1] BSA has been an affiliate of FIBA Africa since 1992 and its offices are located in Johannesburg. The president is Sanele Mthiyane.

BSA was admitted to FIBA in 1992, and its senior team has since competed at the AfroBasket but has yet to qualify for the FIBA World Cup. The Basketball National League administers the elite men's professional game.[2] BSA is registered with SASCOC as the officially recognised basketball federation.[3]

The President of Basketball South Africa is Mr. Sanele Mthiyane.


The Basketball Federation of South Africa (BFSA) was founded in 1953.[4][5][6][7][8] During the time, women were encouraged to play in the similar but different sport of netball. BFSA was expelled from international tournaments in 1980 by the world governing body International Amateur Basketball Federation (FIBA) in opposition towards the racial policies of the government of South Africa, the voting was 49 in favour with 2 against, and 10 abstentions.[9] BFSA had earlier been under suspension since 1977. In 1992, all the racially divided basketball organisations namely – Basketball Federation of South Africa (BFSA) for whites, Midlands Basketball Union (MBU) for coloureds and indians, with the South African Basketball Association (SABA) for blacks were united under the auspices of an interim body called Basketball Union of South Africa (BUSA) that had four members from each organisation, which led to the establishment of Basketball South Africa,[10] and ultimately being readmitted to FIBA.

In 2015, the American NBA held an exhibition game in Johannesburg known as the NBA Africa Game in an attempt to popularise the game further.[11] Tickets were quickly sold out although local games receive less attendances.[12] The game involved an all-star Team Africa vs Team World. The NBA held another instalment of the all-star game in 2017.[13][14]

National teams




Further information: Category:South African basketball players

See also


  1. ^ FIBA National Federations – South Africa, Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  2. ^ Mthiyane aims to make basketball every South African person's game, Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  3. ^ Basketball South Africa, SASCOC. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  4. ^ Douglas Booth. "playing the game? desegregating South African sport – IDS OpenDocs" (PDF). Development Studies Series Working Paper No. 18 : Development Studies Unit : University of Natal Durban : 1988. p. 14. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  5. ^ South Africa: Official Yearbook of the Republic of South Africa. 1984. p. 839. ISBN 9780868460246. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  6. ^ South Africa: sport and recreation. 1985. p. 7. ISBN 9780621097351. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  7. ^ South African Basketball, Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  8. ^ FIBA report on Basketball in South Africa, Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  9. ^ South African Basketball Federation is expelled from the International Amateur Basketball Federation (FIBA) in protest against, SAHO. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Pace". February 2002. p. 68. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  11. ^ Paul, Deng, Gasol brothers headline first NBA game in Africa, National Basketball Association. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  12. ^ Basketball (And The NBA) Try To Find Fans In South Africa, NPR. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  13. ^ Team World grind out slender win over Team Africa at NBA Africa in Johannesburg, TimesLive. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  14. ^ Gallery: Alley-Oop NBA Stars in South Africa, EWN. Retrieved 6 August 2017.