Daily Archives: July 17, 2016

South Africa: Safa’s Grassroots Football Festival

The South African Football Association (SAFA) hosted a grassroots football festival in Durban this week – the latest in a series of festivals around the country intended to introduce youngsters between the ages of 6 and 12 to the game.

As an integral part of SAFA’s Vision 2022, the grassroots programme introduces the sport to kids in a fun and interactive way. New coaches were taken through a short course to teach them the finer points of youth football coaching. They were put through their paces on the last day by giving them practical experience with the youngsters.

On Saturday, 16 July 2016, 400 kids joined in the festival and learned how to kick a ball, pass, dribble and, most importantly, score goals.

“The grassroots programme is part of FIFA’s worldwide push to introduce more kids to the game and allow them to play to have fun whilst teaching them discipline and the value of teamwork,” said Thondoo Govinden, FIFA’s Technical Development Officer for Southern Africa.”

The Mauritius-based Govinden joined the festival and coach training course.

SAFA has previously hosted festivals in all 9 provinces and has encouraged all of its 52 Regions to partner with local government to host these festivals all year round in an effort to double the numbers of people who play football in the country from three million to six million in 2022.

This is one of the cornerstones of Vision 2022.

Grassroots festivals are planned for all 9 provinces again next year.

Source: South African Football Association.

NPA applies for leave to appeal to Constitutional Court

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has decided to apply for leave to appeal directly to the Constitutional Court against the judgment and order of the full bench of the Pretoria High Court in respect of the spy tapes matter.

“Whilst the NPA initially hinted at approaching the Supreme Court of Appeal, the issue concerning leave to appeal was reconsidered afresh following the 16-page judgment refusing leave to appeal.

“This matter raises constitutional issues, particularly separation of powers. A further appeal to the Constitutional Court was inevitable. This matter also raises arguable points of law of general public importance that should be considered by the Constitutional Court. Some of these points affect the functioning and powers of the NPA and the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).

“The application for review was brought in 2009. It is hence deemed prudent that this important matter be resolved without further undue delay,” said the NPA on Friday.

Source: Government Communication and information System

Ekurhuleni joins Mandela Day celebrations

Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele will be joined by Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina in honouring struggle veteran Adelaide Tambo at a wreath laying ceremony on Monday.

“The wreath laying ceremony is part of Ekurhuleni’s Mandela Day commemorations,” said the City of Ekurhuleni on a statement.

Adelaide Tambo was born on 18 July 1929.

The Mayor will spend a large part of the day handing over houses to the vulnerable and senior citizens. He will hand over six fully furnished houses to elderly residents of Alra Park Extension 3.

A family that has been staying in a flood prone area for over 30 years will also receive a newly built house.

Source: Government Communication and information System