Five aside tournament rocks the community

Local soccer teams battled it out during a five aside football tournament at extension 2’s Tanzania Park on 14 September 2019.

 Five aside football is a soccer game in which each team fields five players (four outfield players and a goalkeeper). Other differences from soccer  include a smaller pitch, smaller goals, and a reduced game duration.

Kgowa’s Entertainment organized the tournament.  Soccer fans from Zandspruit, Cosmo City, Diepsloot and Lion Park attended. Music by local DJs gave the event a thrilling atmosphere while the battle between sixteen soccer teams kept the spectators fascinated and cheering. The tournament was organized to bring the community together and expose football talent, according to Kgowa’s Entertainment founder Tebogo Matlou known as Legkowadadj.

“We managed to bring professional players from Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC),” he said, “because we wanted them to inspire our local players. We are currently focusing more on five aside so that it becomes as easy to spot the talent as it is easy to see the player movements.”

Matlou believes that there is need for the community to work together and develop the infrastructure for the game.

“I think we need proper grounds, and we can only achieve that when we unite as a community. We have been trying to get to the corporate communities, but it is always a challenge. There are many things that we need including soccer balls and goal posts.”

Many people enjoy five aside football even though it is not taken seriously in the community, said Thamsanqa Bhoqo a community  member.

“I always enjoy watching five aside matches,” he said. “I think the community is yet to notice the importance of these matches. Through these games, crime is reduced as the youth are taken off the streets.”

Huge turnout for Nteseng Chuene Golf InvitationaL

Scores of people turned out at Randpark Golf Club on 20 September when Tammy Taylor Mrs. South Africa Finalist Nteseng Chuene hosted a Charity Golf Day event to raise funds to support underprivileged women.

 Tammy Taylor Mrs. South Africa is a national beauty pageant for married woman that, aims to share true South African stories and to empower women.

All Tammy Taylor Mrs. SA Finalists have a contractual responsibility to host an event in order to raise funds in support of Women4Women, which is an official charity for Mrs. SA. 

“In honour of the Women4Women non-profit organisation,” Chuene said, “I chose to host a charity golf day and I called it Nteseng Chuene Golf Invitational, aiming to raise funds, make a difference & change the lives of underprivileged women and girl children.” 

Well known Celebrities and professional golfers such as the likes of Jimmy Tau, Andrew Corthing and Bella Modisha amongst other attended the event. Hlompho Maseko was the MC of the day. Incredible performances by Lady Zamar, Lioness and Mahlatze Vokal kept the audiences captivated and celebrating.

Tammy Taylor Mrs. SA journey has been such an empowering tool, said Chuene.  

“I have evolved in a positive way,” she said. “I have achieved things I never thought I would, such as hosting a successful event to raise funds. It was not easy, but I learned that determination and perseverance goes a long way.”

The journey has also taught me that running your own race is very important, she said.

“Sometimes it can be a lot, and you need to let yourself off the hook, and just do good and be sure to keep your Grace, peace and joy” she said.

She said she wants to establish her Impact Foundation nationwide if she goes all the way and win the beauty pageant competition. “The foundation thrives in providing both educational and job opportunities to underprivileged women by equipping them through training and mentoring towards their studies in order to strive for their independence. The foundation has produced 3 female graduates trained more than 20 females and pays registration fees to at least 8-10 female students yearly.”

People who attended the event expressed their happiness.

“The event was very fantastic,” said Women4Women speaker Cathy Heaton. “ I’ve been attending Mrs SA Finalist events for the past 5 years and tonight is without a doubt one of the most exceptional. 

 From the support she has received, to the fashion show, to the auction, the incredible entertainment and beautiful venue! Nteseng Chuene is definitely worthy of our support.”

It was an absolutely amazing golf day, said Andrew Corthing. “It shows that we are growing the game of golf in South Africa. It is a great thing to see women getting involved.”

A kickstart to a new journey

The Triple Threat Kickboxing Club held their open day on the 30th of August in Ruimsig to celebrate moving to a new and bigger gym. 

The club consists of three exercising regimes: kickboxing, self-defence and functional training, turning each individual into a triple threat. “The programs we run are very unique,” said Wade Rendall, the owner of the club. Triple Threat’s training emphasises individual attention, he said.   

Rendall founded the Triple Threat club about ten months ago. Rendall used to be a personal trainer and kickboxer. “When I did kickboxing, I really enjoyed it. It became such a big part of my life. I loved training people. It got to a point where I’m actually taking my own fighters to competitions.”  

The gym is also kid-friendly and one of the three trainers, Grant Myburgh, trains children in kickboxing, self-defence and jujitsu.  

The Triple Threat brand is everywhere, said Camielle Goldstone, a client at the gym. The club has been featured in the Roodepoort Northsider newspaper, Goldstone said, and one of their kickboxers won a South African kickboxing championship. 

The club’s popularity seems to be due to word of mouth. “People that come to the gym really enjoy it so much that they refer their friends to come to the gym,” said Rendall.

Goldstone found out about Rendall through one of her friends. The friend wanted to be in the right shape to fit into her wedding dress and asked for Rendall’s assistance. Goldstone thus met Rendall when he was a personal trainer and has stuck with him for three years. Goldstone also showed up at the club’s open day to show her support.  

The open day was successful, said Myburgh. The trainers worked hard to make the new gym ready, he said. The new gym is larger than the club’s previous gym in Little Falls, said Rendall. Delays caused the team to have to set up the new gym in just one day. In another week the gym will be fully operational, Rendall said. Despite the gym still being 10% away from completion, the training will go on, he said.  

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done” is one of the motivational quotes that Rendall frequently WhatsApps to his trainees.  

“Triple Threat is going to new heights,” said Goldstone.

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SABC’s PSL blackout should be resolved by this weekend

By Nick Krige

Minister of sport Nathi Mthethwa revealed the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and SuperSport would be meeting on Thursday to find solutions to the issues that have resulted in a complete blackout of Premier Soccer League (PSL) coverage on the public broadcaster’s television, radio, and online platforms.

PSL TV rights an ongoing issue

Mthethwa has been hard at work trying to resolve this impasse since it first became an issue at the start of August.

He, along with communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, met with the SABC a fortnight previously to hear their side of the story.

This was followed up by the two ministers engaging with Multichoice chairman Imtiaz Patel, CEO Calvo Mawela, and PSL chairman Irvin Khoza on Tuesday.

SABC and SuperSport to find a resolution by Thursday

Mthethwa is confident the meetings were successful and not only is he confident of a resolution being announced by Thursday 22 August 2019, he believes the interactions have ensured a sustainable and long-term solution will be reached.

PSL sponsors threaten to pull the plug

The pressure to fix this problem ramped up on the PSL this week when suggestions began to surface that the complete blackout on the SABC may start causing sponsors to pull out.

How the SABC and SuperSport’s impasse came about

The problem causing this issue involves licensing to broadcast PSL matches. SuperSport won the bid to renew their media rights for the PSL in sub-Saharan Africa for five years from this season following a tender process in 2017.

While the exact figure SuperSport paid is unknown, we do know they beat the SABC and Vodacom in the tender process and it is believed it spent more than the R2 billion it paid for the media rights in 2012.

There has been a standing offer from SuperSport on the table since it began negotiating with the SABC earlier this year.

However, the public broadcaster is adamant the R280 million SuperSport were asking for is unreasonable because the SABC only stands to bring in around R47 million from the PSL over the season. ,

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