Daily Archives: January 12, 2019

SAFA on Sedibe allegations

It has come to the attention of SAFA, that its former CEO, LESLIE SEDIBE � currently serving a ban by FIFA for his alleged role in match fixing � may have laid a complaint with the South African Police Services. SAFA was earlier this afternoon sent a copy of an unsigned statement attributed to Leslie Sedibe � via a journalist from the City Press Newspaper.

SAFA wishes to state that Leslie Sedibe has no valid interest in this matter and in any event, was the CEO during the time of 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Leslie has also since been banned by FIFA for his alleged involvement with the alleged fixing of matches involving South Africa, leading up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

From this unsigned complaint seen by SAFA, Leslie Sedibe’s actions appear to be nothing but vindictive, malicious and above all wrongful, as it appears he is trying to gain retribution for FIFA’s action against him by defaming the SAFA leadership and the organisation as a whole.

In these circumstances Dr Jordaan, whose name is being besmirched by this concerted smear campaign, will seek to take the necessary legal action against Leslie Sedibe, if it is found that the currently unsigned complaint in SAFA’s possession is deemed to be authorised by him.

It has also become known that Leslie Sedibe has been meeting with former disgruntled SAFA NEC members to pursue this smear campaign, aimed to discredit Dr Jordaan and SAFA as a whole.

We also understand certain newspapers and journalist may be complicit in advancing this smear campaign and to this extent, the necessary legal action will be taken against those journalists and newspapers concerned. Furthermore, this immoral journalistic conduct will be reported to the Press Council and the Press Ombud, as the case may be.

In any event, SAFA once again places the following on the record (which is already in the public domain):

This alleged complaint is part of an ongoing smear campaign against SAFA and its leadership, and it is common cause that Leslie Sedibe is not acting alone;

This complaint matter was the subject of thorough investigation by FIFA;

The South African Government made numerous Press statements on the matter and requested SAFA or anyone from SAFA not to comment;

The FIFA led investigation determined that the LOC of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, did not authorize nor pay any money from its budget of 423 million USD;

This budget was never reduced by the LOC and or FIFA, and its common cause too, that the finances of the LOC were controlled by EY, who also confirmed that no monies were deducted from the FIFA approved budget of 423 million USD and as such, no loans were necessary from any 3rdparty to reinforce the FIFA approved budget;

Following the FIFA led investigation, FIFA further issued a statement on 20 March 2016, placing many documents in the public domain (which documents were made available to the media and on SAFAs website � and are still available to the media and the public).

FIFA has since closed their investigation;

Dr Jordaan, SAFA and any other South African stakeholder was cleared by FIFA and any other law agency around the world from any alleged wrong doing in this matter

Dr Jordaan recently stood for a position on the FIFA Council, and in order to have done that, was exposed to the vigorous FIFA Integrity checks required to declare him eligible to stand for such elections. Both FIFA and its Integrity Committee declared Dr Jordaan eligible to stand for election.

SAFA and Dr Jordaan reserve their rights in this matter, and will take the necessary appropriate action in law to protect their good names.

SAFA therefore calls on the media houses who will be publishing an article/s that intends to wrongfully besmirch Dr Jordaan and or SAFA’s good name, to also publish this release in full alongside such article, in order to provide the facts.

Source: South Africa Football Association

SAFA on Sedibe allegations

It has come to the attention of SAFA, that its former CEO, LESLIE SEDIBE � currently serving a ban by FIFA for his alleged role in match fixing � may have laid a complaint with the South African Police Services. SAFA was earlier this afternoon sent a copy of an unsigned statement attributed to Leslie Sedibe � via a journalist from the City Press Newspaper.

SAFA wishes to state that Leslie Sedibe has no valid interest in this matter and in any event, was the CEO during the time of 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Leslie has also since been banned by FIFA for his alleged involvement with the alleged fixing of matches involving South Africa, leading up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

From this unsigned complaint seen by SAFA, Leslie Sedibe’s actions appear to be nothing but vindictive, malicious and above all wrongful, as it appears he is trying to gain retribution for FIFA’s action against him by defaming the SAFA leadership and the organisation as a whole.

In these circumstances Dr Jordaan, whose name is being besmirched by this concerted smear campaign, will seek to take the necessary legal action against Leslie Sedibe, if it is found that the currently unsigned complaint in SAFA’s possession is deemed to be authorised by him.

It has also become known that Leslie Sedibe has been meeting with former disgruntled SAFA NEC members to pursue this smear campaign, aimed to discredit Dr Jordaan and SAFA as a whole.

We also understand certain newspapers and journalist may be complicit in advancing this smear campaign and to this extent, the necessary legal action will be taken against those journalists and newspapers concerned. Furthermore, this immoral journalistic conduct will be reported to the Press Council and the Press Ombud, as the case may be.

In any event, SAFA once again places the following on the record (which is already in the public domain):

This alleged complaint is part of an ongoing smear campaign against SAFA and its leadership, and it is common cause that Leslie Sedibe is not acting alone;

This complaint matter was the subject of thorough investigation by FIFA;

The South African Government made numerous Press statements on the matter and requested SAFA or anyone from SAFA not to comment;

The FIFA led investigation determined that the LOC of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, did not authorize nor pay any money from its budget of 423 million USD;

This budget was never reduced by the LOC and or FIFA, and its common cause too, that the finances of the LOC were controlled by EY, who also confirmed that no monies were deducted from the FIFA approved budget of 423 million USD and as such, no loans were necessary from any 3rdparty to reinforce the FIFA approved budget;

Following the FIFA led investigation, FIFA further issued a statement on 20 March 2016, placing many documents in the public domain (which documents were made available to the media and on SAFAs website � and are still available to the media and the public).

FIFA has since closed their investigation;

Dr Jordaan, SAFA and any other South African stakeholder was cleared by FIFA and any other law agency around the world from any alleged wrong doing in this matter

Dr Jordaan recently stood for a position on the FIFA Council, and in order to have done that, was exposed to the vigorous FIFA Integrity checks required to declare him eligible to stand for such elections. Both FIFA and its Integrity Committee declared Dr Jordaan eligible to stand for election.

SAFA and Dr Jordaan reserve their rights in this matter, and will take the necessary appropriate action in law to protect their good names.

SAFA therefore calls on the media houses who will be publishing an article/s that intends to wrongfully besmirch Dr Jordaan and or SAFA’s good name, to also publish this release in full alongside such article, in order to provide the facts.

Source: South Africa Football Association

Zimbabwe Promises New Currency as Dollar Shortage Bites

HARARE, ZIMBABWE Zimbabwe will introduce a new currency in the next 12 months, the finance minister said, as a shortage of U.S. dollars has plunged the financial system into disarray and forced businesses to close.

In the past two months, the southern African nation has suffered acute shortages of imported goods, including fuel whose price was increased by 150 percent Saturday.

Zimbabwe abandoned its own currency in 2009 after it was wrecked by hyperinflation and adopted the greenback and other currencies, such as sterling and the South African rand.

But there is not enough hard currency in the country to back up the $10 billion of electronic funds trapped in local bank accounts, prompting demands from businesses and civil servants for cash that can be deposited and used to make payments.

Two weeks of reserves

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube told a townhall meeting Friday a new local currency would be introduced in less than 12 months.

On the issue of raising enough foreign currency to introduce the new currency, we are on our way already, give us months, not years, he said.

Zimbabwe’s foreign reserves now provide less than two weeks cover for imports, central bank data show. The government has previously said it would only consider launching a new currency if it had at least six months of reserves.

Bad memories of Zimbabwean dollar

Locals are haunted by memories of the Zimbabwean dollar, which became worthless as inflation spiraled to reach 500 billion percent in 2008, the highest rate in the world for a country not at war, wiping out pensions and savings.

A surrogate bond note currency introduced in 2016 to stem dollar shortages has also collapsed in value.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is under pressure to revive the economy but dollar shortages are undermining efforts to win back foreign investors sidelined under his predecessor Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa told reporters Saturday that the price of petrol had increased to $3.31 per liter from $1.32 since midnight but there would be no increase for foreign embassies and tourists paying in cash U.S. dollars.

Locals can pay via local debit cards, mobile phone payments and a surrogate bond note currency.

Public transport drivers complain about having to pay for fuel in U.S. dollars at a fuel station, Jan. 11, 2019, in Harare. Motorists are spending nights waiting in long queues for petrol and diesel as the country is experiencing crippling fuel shortages.

Public transport drivers complain about having to pay for fuel in U.S. dollars at a fuel station, Jan. 11, 2019, in Harare. Motorists are spending nights waiting in long queues for petrol and diesel as the country is experiencing crippling fuel shortages.

With less than $400 million in actual cash in Zimbabwe, according to central bank figures, fuel shortages have worsened and companies are struggling to import raw materials and equipment, forcing them to buy greenback notes on the black market at a premium of up to 370 percent.

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries has warned some of its members could stop operating at the end of the month because of the dollar crunch.

Cooking oil and soap maker Olivine Industries said Saturday it had suspended production and put workers on indefinite leave because it owed foreign suppliers $11 million.

A local associate of global brewing giant Anheuser-Busch Inbev said this week it would invest more than $120 million of dividends and fees trapped in Zimbabwe into the central bank’s savings bonds.

Source: Voice of America

Listen: Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis talks about her CAF award and the journey ahead

Head coach of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana returned triumphant from Dakar, Senegal where she made history by becoming the first South African to win the 2018 CAF Women’s National Team Coach of the Year following a successful year for Banyana Banyana where they, amongst other achievements, qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled for France in June this year. Ellis also talks about Thembi Kgatlana, who came back with two trophies � the 2018 CAF Goal of the Year and CAF Woman Player of the Year. Banyana Banyana are in Cape Town to face the Netherlands and Sweden in international friendly matches, kickstarting their preparations for the World Cup.

Source: South Africa Football Association

News: Community requested to assist in tracing a missing person

Potchefstroom: Police in Taung are requesting the community to assist in tracing 82-year-old Obonamang Anna Moenyane. She was last seen at Moretele village in Taung. That was after she left her home in Cokonyane village in the morning on Monday, 31 December 2018. The missing woman was wearing a blue traditional dress (Seshweswhe), a black beret and black tekkie shoes.

The police request anyone who can assist with information that can lead to successful tracing of the missing person to contact the Investigation Officer, Warrant Officer Ogolotse Babe at 082 443 8680.

Source: South African Police Service