Proteas coach Sheldon Rostron announced an 18-player squad for the Hockey Women’s World Cup in London in July.
Boasting a good mix of youth and experience the side will have to do without the services of the retired Ilse Davids and Celia Evans, who has been ruled out due to injury.
The African champions will be looking to put their nightmarish Gold Coast Commonwealth Games campaign behind them as they hope to improve on their ninth-place from four years ago.
“We have looked at specific skill requirements as well as the players form over the past 12 months,” Rostron said.
“As much as this is a team for the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup, it is also a team to build for the future of South Africa Women’s Hockey.”
The team will have the experience of seasoned campaigners Shelley Jones and Dirkie Chamberlain, who will feature in their fourth World Cups.
Lisa-Marie Deetlefs and Sulette Damons will make their third appearances at the global showpiece with Nicolene Terblanche and Lilian du Plessis set to play in their second.
“Simone Gouws will add a different dynamic in our defence, which we feel is needed, while the return of Lilian will make us a more threatening attacking team,” Rostron said.
Playing in Group C, South Africa will go up against Germany, ranked sixth in the world on July 21, Spain (ranked 11th) on July 26 and Argentina (ranked third) on July 28.
South Africa Women’s Hockey team:
Phumelela Mbande, Marlize van Tonder, Erin Hunter, Kara Botes, Simone Gouws, Nicole Walraven, Lisa Deetlefs, Shelley Jones, Kristen Paton, Quanita Bobbs, Nicolene Terblanche, Sulette Damons, Candice Manuel, Ongi Mali, Lilian du Plessis, Tarryn Glasby, Dirkie Chamberlain, Jade Mayne.