The Limpopo club defied the tragic circumstance of losing four players in a motor vehicle accident last season to win the National First Division and their reward is Premiership football with a debut against Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
University of Pretoria, a club both Aces and City will be aiming to emulate after they ended in the top eight after their own elevation last year, kick off their season against Moroka Swallows at the Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium.
“The players say that they owe their promotion to their fallen team-mates,” club chairman Johnny Mogaladi.
“I have never seen anything like what happened at our club last season, I can only say that God is great and was working with us.
“The players played with more commitment, they were honouring their former team-mates in every minute they played. The four players have never left us, they were and are always in our thoughts – we play for them every time we go out on the pitch.
The Birds missed out on a top half finish in 2012/13 and will disappointingly not have the chance to defend the MTN8 title they had won at the start of last term.