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.

Radebe hopeful Percy Tau gets shot in English Premier League

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana legend Lucas Rabede is hopeful Percy Tau will one day get a chance to play for Brighton and Hove Albion in the English Premier League.

Tau signed a four-year deal with Brighton at the start of the recently concluded season but then spent 2018/19 on loan at Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in Belgium's second division.

The 25-year-old proved his worth by being named Player of the Season in that division though it is a few steps down from England's top flight.

As such, Radebe, who is a legend for former EPL outfit Leeds United, remains optimistic that Tau can one day make the breakthrough for the Seagulls despite work permit issues.

He said: "It is difficult for Percy, if I were to put myself in his shoes, my ambition and aspiration is to play at the highest level and then you realise there are rules and requirements to be able to do so, it becomes demoralising.

"But at the same time, you've been signed by a big club so you might as well make the utmost best of it in terms of where you are

"To be honest, for me, I don't think he deserves that. I think he deserves to be where he's put his signature and actually play. But of course, we've got to adhere to the rules.

"I feel bad for him, but I think he's doing his best where he's been placed in Belgium, and I hope that he does eventually get an opportunity to play in the English Premier League."

Cricket SA are ignoring our concerns, say players

SA Cricketers Association president Omphile Ramela says the players were not consulted. Image: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

South Africa’s cricketers say administrators are ignoring worries about the state of their profession despite attempts to find out what’s going on.

They say that even though Cricket South Africa (CSA) have made wider announcements about mounting losses and hatched measures to try and stop the bleeding‚ which the SA Cricketers’ Association (SACA) say will lead to job losses and pay cuts.

“Saca has formally written to CSA twice in the last six weeks to express its concerns relating to CSA’s financial position‚” Saca president Omphile Ramela was quoted as saying in a release issued by the organisation on Tuesday.

“To date we haven’t received any reply at all to those letters.

“It is critical for us as the players’ association and the representative of all of South Africa’s professional cricketers to know the extent of the financial challenge facing cricket and to be comfortable on how that challenge is being dealt with.

 “The players’ livelihoods depend on cricket’s financial sustainability but this is not only about the players. It is also about the future of the entire game in our country.”

CSA said at the weekend they would “review [their] financial model in order to recover historical losses that have been accumulated since 2011” — a plan that includes scrapping of the six-team franchise system and a return to a 12-side version of the provincial model that it succeeded in 2004-05.

That followed CSA chief executive Thabang Moroe telling parliament in October that the board anticipated losses of R654-million in the rights cycle that will end in 2022.

Tuesday’s release quoted SACA chief executive Tony Irish as saying: “A four-year deficit amounting to hundreds of millions of rands is unprecedented in South African cricket and is a serious concern to us as the representative of the players.

“The future of the game is in the balance and as a critical stakeholder we believe the players have a right to know what the financial position actually is‚ how it is being dealt with and how this is going to affect not only them but also all other cricket stakeholders.

“We have asked CSA for clarity and to date it has not provided this.

“SACA wishes to act responsibly and play its part in dealing with the challenge but in order to do that CSA must play open cards with us and properly engage with us.”

Some of SACA’s most pressing questions pertained to the austerity plan that has now been accepted by CSA’s board without‚ Irish was quoted as saying‚ “any meaningful consultation with SACA and despite the fact that this will directly affect the players”.

Irish was quoted as saying that implementing the measures “is likely to lead to at least 70 players losing their contracts and many other players at franchise level having their earnings reduced”.

Irish said CSA had broken the bounds of their memorandum of understanding‚ a set of legally binding obligations‚ with SACA.

“SACA has a collective agreement in place with CSA‚ franchises and provinces‚ known as the MOU‚ which deals with these issues yet CSA has‚ in announcing this structure‚ disregarded that agreement‚” Irish was quoted as saying.

“As a first step to resolve this situation we urge CSA to respond to us on the concerns which we have raised in writing with it.”

Asked for comment‚ CSA did not immediately respond.

Ishmiza SA brings back hope to Zandspruit youngsters


Qhwala Fam co-founder Ishmael Masuku popularly known as “Ishmiza SA” abided by his mission earlier this year, as he revived depressed underrated soccer players back into the pitch and brought back ambition to some young drug addicts in the community of honeydew.

The young propitious musician who dwells in Zandspruit instigated the initiative in 2016 collaborating closely with Siyabonga Banda and Vitos. The initiative  could not  prosper, initially, due to lack of interest by some of the young soccer players who dealt with troubling issues endured in the community.

Three years down the line Ishmiza SA decided to revive the initiative by targeting narcotic users to further their dreams through soccer. Mighty Madrid FC was then formed, which so far is one of the best team in honeydew. The team has initially played 15 matches and in these matches they have managed to win 13 games and have only lost twice this year.

“Stoping drug abuse and bringing back hope in the hearts of each vulnerable kid in my community has always been my motto”,Ishmiza SA said.

“I saw an opportunity to transform the situations that these kids encounter and through this team I have acknowledged that second chances are always obstructed by each individual’s mentality”, He added. “Some of these players are quite good participants on the field, they only desire support and encouragement which might lead them into playing for great team’s such as Orlando Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs”.

“We will be playing against Orlando Pirates development team on the 27th of March which will be a friendly match and we would kindly like your support, please come through in numbers”, Ishmiza SA concluded.

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