Serena Williams again tops Forbes list of highest-paid sports women

US tennis superstar Serena Williams topped Forbes magazine's list of the highest paid women in sports for the fourth straight year on Tuesday.

The business publication calculated that the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion earned $29.2 million (about R434.6m) in the 12-month period ending June 1 - with just $4.2 million (about R62.5m) of that coming from prize money.

Japan's Naomi Osaka, who burst to international stardom with a stunning upset of Williams in the 2018 US Open final and went on to win the Australian Open in January, became just the fourth woman to earn more than $20 million in a year - after Williams and tennis stars Maria Sharapova and Li Na.

Forbes pegged Osaka's earnings at $24.3 million, putting her second on a list dominated by tennis players.

Former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber was third on the list with earnings of $11.8 million followed by this year's Wimbledon champion Simona Halep.

Forbes included prize money, salaries, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019 in the figures.

The highest placed athlete from a different sport was US footballer Alex Morgan, who clocked in at 12th. Morgan earned $5.8 million, most of it in endorsements.

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu and Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn were the other non-tennis players in the top 15.

Orlando Pirates officially launches a branch in Cosmo City

Jam-packed excitement prevailed at Multipurpose Centre on 14 July as Orlando Pirates officially launched a branch for supporters in Cosmo City.

The branch, which was initially established in 2015, saw hundreds of Buccaneers coming together to witness the official launch.

“In Cosmo City, we are now recognized by the Orlando Pirates office,” said Gigi Jacob Phajane, the chairman of Orlando Pirates Cosmo City Branch.

 The decision to form a Cosmo City Branch came in early 2015 on a Soweto Derby day, said Phajane. “On one weekend, Bophelo Sinah Ramalema met Amza, Nthabiseng, Selina and SamaPro. They then decided to form a branch. Later on more members joined .Then a committee was formed that was led by Josta Kgopa. Kgopa was the first chairman of the branch until 2017 when the new committee was elected.”

After the branch was formed, Phajane said, recognition from the Orlando Pirates branch was the only thing left.

Now that the branch has been officially launched, Phajane noted: “It means a lot to the community. Now they have a branch, which is going to represent them. There is a committee within the branch to deal with any concerns supporters may have.”

He added that the launch also means that supporters will have an access to transport to go to stadium games or to Orlando Pirates events organized by the Branch.

“That will help in reducing exploitation of supporter’s resources whereby people pay higher transport fares whenever they go to the stadium.”

Phajane said launching the branch just before the season starts was an amazing thing. “It was very important,” he said, “because we felt it will help boost the number of our members in the branch, in that way we increase our numbers in supporters going to the stadium.

Nale Academy Defends Youth Elite Games tournament

Nale Academy from The Vaal defended Youth Elite Games title after beating Cosmo City’s Royal Gunners one nil in a final match at Multipurpose Centre on 17 June.

The tournament saw eight under 15 teams participating to mark the youth day commemorations.

Speaking during the event, the tournament organizer Michael Sebola said it is a good thing to celebrate youth month through soccer.

“The motivation behind this tournament is to see the young boys improving,” Sebola said. “It is also their opportunity to be exposed to the scouts from well known academies. We brought some former professional footballers to address and inspire the young players before the tournament started. I hope it will help them to keep going.”

Having a team from The Vaal to win this tournament twice in a row brings a huge homework for the local teams, said Sebola. “It shows that something has to be done by the coaches in the Local Football Association. Royal Gunners did well, and I am also happy for the winners. I would like to thank all the sponsors for the tournament.”

Royal Gunners, who represented Cosmo City in the tournament, tried their best to hold Nale academy 0-0 in the first half.

Nale Academy, who won in the finals of last year’s tournament, came into the tournament as favorites to lift this year’s title.

An elated Nale Academy coach, Ghia Mokheti, congratulated his boys and daringly declared that they will always do their best in any tournament.

“You saw how wildly the boys celebrated after scoring the winning goal,” he said. “We are happy because we managed to win the tournament back-to-back. The secret behind winning this tournament is the support that we are getting from the parents.”

Youth Elite Games awarded the winning team a trophy, 10 soccer balls, two books, gold medals, two agility ladders, five soccer bibs, and a new MS sport football kit. The losing team got MS sport Kit, silver medals, five balls, agility ladder and five bibs. They also awarded the best defender, the best midfielder, the best striker and the best player of the tournament.

Amibex (Collin Madolo), Pick n Pay Cosmo City (Reggie Modisane), High Tech Multi Media Service (Moses Mathebula), MS Sport (Mike Sebola), and Thabo Phiri sponsored the tournament.

An opportunity for youngsters to go and watch AFCON

 Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) games are looming large, and Total South Africa is partnering with 32 schools across the country, to offer tickets to lucky football-talented primary pupils.

Two Zandspruit Primary students have been selected to be part of a lucky draw to win tickets to attend one of the Bafana Bafana Games in Egypt.

According to Total SA’s Bran and Public Relations manager Nadia Vosloo, only  two talented  students (a boy and a girl) are selected to represent their school and stand a chance to win AFCON tickets.

“Total tries to work within communities that are close to our service stations,” she said. “we always do our best to give back to the communities in which we operate in. In this case of Zandspruit, our Total Zandspruit dealer has been actively involved in the community for a number of years.”

She added that most of the disadvantaged communities do not have the facilities and are not always exposed to sport events. 

“The learners really enjoyed our visit to their school,” Vosloo added.  They were joyful and passionate to participate in the Total AFCON Schools soccer games. This shows that these interactions are so important not only to expose the learners to the physical activity but to also foster a love of sport.”

At Total South Africa, Vosloo said, they have a lot of Corporate Social Investment projects that focuses on Road Safety, Education, Heritage, Sustainable Development and Environment.

Total operates in 43 countries across the African continent, being the number one retail network with more than 4, 600 service stations. The Total Group is a proud sponsor of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the title sponsor for the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2019 in Egypt, which will kick-off Friday, 21 June.

Total signed a partnership agreement with CAF in 2016, becoming the official title sponsor of African football for eight years. Total became the title sponsor of 10 competitions — three inter-club and seven nationals. The partnership started in 2017 in Gabon with the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations, which was renamed the Total Africa Cup of Nations.

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