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Banyana voted 2017 CAF Women’s national team
5 January 2018, 8:19 PM

Banyana Banyana’s star keeps on shining bright, the Desiree Ellis-led team won the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship in September.

And three months later, they were crowned Africa’s women’s team of the Confederation of African Football Awards ceremony in Ghana.

The South African women’s football team hoisted the country’s flag sky-high in Accra on Thursday night.

Banyana Banyana was voted 2017 CAF Women’s National Team of the Year.

They were a cut above the rest as they beat Ghana and Nigeria’s under-20 teams to the award.

Noko Matlou and Thembi Kgatlana accepted the award on behalf of Banyana Banyana.

Kgatlane was nominated for the CAF Women’s Player of the year but she lost out to Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala.

Woman player of the year Asisat Oshoala say: “This is one of my best moments in my career because when I left Arsenal to play in China, they said my career is over. I told myself I can do this. To any girl out there, don’t listen to people who talk you down, follow your heart.”

Liverpool’s Egyptian forward, Mohamed Salah, was named African Footballer of the Year.

Salah won the coveted award ahead of his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Borussia Dortmund’s Gabonese marksman, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The 25 year-old Salah helped Egypt reach the African Nations Cup final and qualify for 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Egypt took home the Men’s National team of the year award and Wydad Casablanca was named Africa’s Club of the year.

Egypt’s Hector Cuper and Zambia’s Patson Daka were named the coach of the year and Youth Player of the year, respectively.

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Steinhoff shares are 40% stronger on Monday after dropping 90% of their value last week.
Steinhoff requires near-term liquidity for some businesses
5 January 2018, 6:41 PM

Retailer group Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. said on Thursday significant near-term liquidity was still required in some of its business units although it had has achieved some degree of stabilisation after revelations of accounting irregularities triggered a run on its shares in December.

Steinhoff said its CFO Ben la Grange had stepped down from the post, and as a member of the management board, to focus on the preservation and procurement of liquidity in the group and finalising its financial statements.

Philip Dieperink would replace la Grange as acting CFO pending formal appointment to the board.

A process was also underway to contract an external independent debt restructuring expert, Steinhoff added.

The company is trying to pick itself up after the accounting scandal which forced CEO Markus Jooste to resign last month and which slashed billions of rand off the value of its listed shares.

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No deserving student should be denied education: Sasco
5 January 2018, 6:35 PM

Student body, Sasco says no academically deserving student should be denied access to education on the basis of late application.

Speaking  to the media in East London, newly elected national president, Avela Mjajubana says Sasco members  will be visible at all  institutions of higher learning to assist students who are still hoping to secure a place at universities.

Majajuba says they also welcome President Jacob Zuma’s announcement on free higher education.

“Walk in  are not  new  phenomenon  all institutions  must allow  for an extension in terms of considering  late application  and we are  saying that  we  will  be  on  guard because we  have  seen  inconsistency from the  department and NSFAS.”

“Therefore we are calling for applications to be reopened particularly from NSFAS and also walk ins must go to institutions.  They will find Sasco comrades that are going to assist them; they have done it before it’s not news in 2018.”

Meanwhile Vaal University of Technology is one of the first tertiary institutions to seek to implement President Zuma’s sudden fees announcement just ahead of the ANC’s elective conference.

However most other institutions including Wits and the University of the Western Cape say they will not allow walk-in registrations.

President Zuma offered no explanation about how the fee-free education will be funded.

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SA tourist killed in Egypt balloon crash
5 January 2018, 6:18 PM

A South African tourist was killed and 12 other people were injured when a hot air balloon crashed near Egypt‘s ancient city of Luxor on Friday, a health ministry official said.

Sharif Wadie, the assistant health minister in charge of emergency services, told AFP there were no other casualties but did not elaborate on the extent of the passengers’ injuries.

The nationalities of the injured were not immediately clear.

Egypt’s civil aviation ministry said 21 hot air balloons had taken off and landed with no incident on Friday but the one that crashed had landed too forcefully.

Twenty people had been on board, it said, adding that weather conditions had conformed to flight standards.

Tourists often take early morning hot air balloon rides over the city and the ancient Egyptian temples and relics in neighbouring areas.

One of the main attractions is the Karnak temple, which dates back thousands of years.

The hot air balloons also offer views of the Valley of the Kings, where paranoiac nobility were buried.

Hot air balloon companies in Luxor offer the tours usually starting at sunrise.

The government had previously suspended the rides after two crashes in four years.

In 2009, 13 tourists were injured when their hot air balloon struck a communications mast in Luxor and crashed.

In 2013, a hot air balloon caught fire in mid-flight over Luxor, killing 19 tourists.



Chippa United ready for next season
5 January 2018, 2:56 PM

The Port Elizabeth based PSL team, Chippa United, has big plans for next season and active in the transfer market.

The club’s ambitious Chairperson, Chippa Mpengesi, is eyeing a spot in either the CAF Champions League in the next season.

The success of Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates in continental competitions is the inspiration behind the plans.

But there’s still a lot of football to be played.

The Chilli Boyz are currently eighth on the log, not too far away from a Confederation Cup spot.

And with Teboho Moloi in charge, Mpengesi believes that is achievable.

Chippa United Chairperson Chippa Mpengesi says:”Our mission is to go to Africa by being number four or winning the Nedbank, any of those two, we don’t want to see ourselves in a situation where we are fighting for relegation like last season.”

The club signed four new players. One of them is Thabo Rakhale from Orlando Pirates. He has now re-united with his former coach, Teboho Moloi.

“It’s a great feeling, he is one of the coaches who made me to enjoy my football, and for being here with the team that plays entertaining football. I find it quite easy that I am doing well.”

An unbeaten run of ten matches was offset by losses in their last two games.

Their next game on Sunday is also a tough encounter against Amazulu away from home.



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