Veteran referee Daniel Bennett is one of the officials selected by CAF to officiate at the Rwanda 2016 Edition of the CHAN Orange tournament to take place from 16 January 2016 – 8 February 2016 in the East African country.
Bennett will be joined by assistant referee Steven Khumalo who has also made the cut among 17 other officials.
The pair will make their way to Kigali, Rwanda on 11 January 2016 for a series of physical tests ahead of the tournament kick-off on 16 January 2016.
The Motsepe Foundation has announced a partnership with the Department of Basic Education worth R117,5 million over 10 years for football, netball and choral and traditional music.
During the first five years R55m will be allocated to:
The Kay Motsepe Schools Football Cup, for football;
The ABC Motsepe Schools Choral and Traditional Eisteddfod, and
The Kay Motsepe Schols Netball Cup.
For the next five years from 2021 to 2025 the Motsepe Foundation will contribute another R62,5 million.
All the 25 000 public and private schools in South Africa from the rural and urban areas will be invited to participate in all three competitions.
The Kay Motsepe Schools Football Cup has been in operation for the last 10 years and is regarded as having the largest prize money in the world, with the winning school receiving R1m from a total annual prize money of 3,4m.
SAFA has been supporting and partnering with the Motsepe Foundation and the Department of Basic Education in schools football.
The Department of Basic Education and the Motsepe Foundation are currently in discussions to identify the prize money for the winners of the various categories of the ABC Motsepe Schools Choral and Traditional Eisteddfod, as well as the Kay Motsepe Schools Netball Cup.
“Sporting and cultural activities in education help advance social cohesion and are an integral part of a holistic education system. As the Department of Basic Education we are extremely grateful to the Motsepe Foundation for this generous contribution which we believe will go a long way in advancing the the development of our learners within the system.
These educational programs will help to enhance the National identity of our learners and promote our diverse cultural understanding,” said Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga.
The co-founder and deputy chairperson of the Motsepe Foundation, Dr. Precious Moloi- Motsepe, said, “Sports and music make an important contribution to the growth and development of our youth and hels them become good role models. My father-in-law Mr. ABC Motsepe loved choral & traditional music and before he started his businesses, the school of which he was a headmaster participated in choral & traditional music competitions.
I am also excited that we will sponsoring netball which is very popular amongst our girls in the rural and urban areas.
South Africa's participation in the upcoming U-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal may mean another extended PSL break, but the league's acting CEO Mato Madlala sees the bigger picture.
Madlala has urged South Africans to rally behind the U-23 side as they make the trip to Senegal with the hope of securing a place in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Madlala said the success of the SA U-23 side – which comprises of players from the PSL and National First Division – is important for the entire country.
"On behalf of all the members of the NSL, we would like to wish coach Owen Da Gama and his players the best of luck ahead of what will be a testing campaign," Madlala said.
"We trust that they are prepared for the task that lies ahead. The success of the U-23s is very important for our football as we strive towards reclaiming the number one spot in African football.
"I’m delighted to see that at both club and national team level, our country is now well represented in continental competitions.
"As the PSL, our support for the U23s has not only been lip service. As part of the agreement between the PSL Chairman and SAFA President, we have suspended all Premier Division and National First Division fixtures to ensure that the coach has the full complement of the players he wants to select for this mini tournament."
The top three teams from the eight-team tournament in Senegal will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
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