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Free entry to COSAFA U-17 Girls’ and Boys’ Championships <BuildDate>Fri, 13 September 2019 16:14:15</BuildDate> <item> <title>Victor Gomes among African match officials appointed for FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 – women also included on the panel</title> <link></link> <pubdate>Thu, 12 September 2019 00:00:00</pubdate> <p>With just over a month before the start of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 kicks off, the FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 20 trios of match officials, five Support Referees and 17 Video Assistant Referees (VARs), representing all six confederations.</p><p></p><p>The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will be represented by 10 match officials three referees, six assistant referees and one support referee.</p><p></p><p>Victor Gomes will fly the South African flag high as the only match match official from this country.</p><p></p><p>Others from the continent are from Lesotho, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Madagascar, Libya, Sudan, and Kenya.</p><p></p><p>Source: South Africa Football Association</p><p></p> <category>Education</category> </item> <item> <title>Banyana Banyana Coach and SA star heap praise on Varsity Women’s Football</title> <link></link> <pubdate>Thu, 12 September 2019 00:00:00</pubdate> <p>Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis and star player Bongeka Gamede believe Varsity Women’s Football is an ideal platform to grow South African Women’s Football.</p><p></p><p>The most talented university football athletes will travel to Potchefstroom for the Varsity Women’s Football tournament from 19-21 September 2019 with the final taking place on 26 September.</p><p></p><p>Ellis lauded the quality of the tournament and how it has been a feeder to the South African National team.</p><p></p><p>Varsity Football has been key in the evolution of Banyana Banyana, as well as the personal growth of the individual players. The quality of the Varsity Women’s Football tournament is evident by the number of players who came through the competition and were part of our World Cup squad.</p><p></p><p>Seven athletes came through Varsity Women’s Football including Refiloe Jane and Thembi Kgatlana. It’s fantastic that these talented women get this platform to show their skills to the country.</p><p></p><p>Ellis also highlighted the importance of the players receiving an education while playing.</p><p></p><p>It goes hand-in-hand and also gives an opportunity to football players to get an education. When I played in the National Team, 90 per cent of players were unemployed. Now approximately 90 per cent have degrees or are currently studying. It’s always exciting to see young girls play and it gives us hope for the future of women’s football in South Africa.</p><p></p><p>Eight Varsity Women’s Football teams will compete including current champions TUT. They will be joined by UJ, UKZN, UZ, CUT, UFS, UP-Tuks and UWC.</p><p></p><p>Banyana Banyana star, Bongeka Gamede, who will be representing UWC in Varsity Women’s Football, believes so many national players come out of the tournament because of the quality and competitiveness.</p><p></p><p>We have eight teams from all the universities. That means only the best teams compete in the tournament. This is why Varsity Women’s Football is always challenging; there’s a lot of high-quality players from different universities.</p><p></p><p>Although the tournament is tough, it is also a good platform for players to improve and become better. This is because the competition in the tournament is high, so this forces players to be on their best performance for the entire tournament, hence they often get an opportunity to be selected to play for the national team as well. Therefore, playing Varsity Football helps one learn a lot and also become better.</p><p></p><p>The tournament will take place at North-West University with selected games televised on SuperSport 204 and 210.</p><p></p><p>Source: South Africa Football Association</p><p></p> </item> <item> <title>South Africa’s informal sector creates jobs, but shouldn’t be romanticised</title> <link></link> <pubdate>Thu, 12 September 2019 00:00:00</pubdate> <p>The publication of South Africa’s latest unemployment figures was accompanied by the usual wringing of hands and promises of job creation. This time, however, a new controversy arose because of an argument that official statistics don’t count economic activities in the informal sector.</p><p>The claim that official employment data underestimates the informal sector is largely based on the premise that many people who undertake activities in the informal sector are mistakenly counted as unemployed. </p><p>Statistics South Africa has two surveys which measure informal sector employment. The Quarterly Labour Force Surveys (QLFS) provide the official unemployment numbers. They also count informal sector activities using an internationally comparable definition endorsed by the International Labour Organisation. </p><p>In addition, every four years the Survey of Employers and the Self-Employed interviews owners or operators of small businesses which are not registered for value added tax identified in the QLFS.</p><p>What do these surveys show? The latest QLFS found about 3 million people were working in the informal sector. This is just under 20% of total employment. </p><p>Critics of official data argue that a wide range of informal sector activities are not visible. Analysis of QLFS data by activity suggests otherwise. By way of example, analysis of QLFS data finds 92 600 mechanics, 71 800 construction labourers, 52 100 traditional medicine practitioners, 35 700 electricians and plumbers and 26 500 tavern and shebeen operators, among many other activities. </p><p>In short, official statistics suggest that the informal sector accounts for a large share of total employment. There seems to be little sense in quibbling about the numbers without compelling evidence to suggest that they are way off.</p><p>A shadow economy?</p><p>Some characterise the informal sector as the shadow economy. They also bemoan the lack of taxes paid by informal sector operators. These criticisms are one such outcome of misrepresenting the size and shape of the informal sector. The vast majority of informal operators (73%) earn well below the income tax threshold of R79 000 per annum (about US$5 372) set by the South African Revenue Service. For example, the hourly earnings of the typical own-account worker in the informal sector are R18 (US$1.20) for men and R13 (US$0.88) for women. </p><p>In addition many informal sector workers and particularly those in retail pay VAT on their purchases. But unlike their counterparts in the formal sector they are not able to claim these amounts back from the tax authorities.</p><p>This is not to deny that some informal sector businesses are more successful and have the potential to create employment. The Survey of Employed and the Self-employed data suggests that these operators are largely men and working in transport and construction. It is also true that incentivising them to register and pay taxes would benefit the economy. However, the data suggest that this intervention would not be appropriate for the vast majority of own account operators in the informal sector. </p><p>We would argue that the informal sector is worth supporting because it is a large part of the workforce. Further, while earnings are often very low in the informal sector, this type of employment is particularly important in keeping households above the poverty line. </p><p>But what kind of support should be given to the sector?</p><p>Do no harm</p><p>The critical first step is do no harm measures. Regulations, like municipal by-laws that often criminalise work in the informal sector, need to be reviewed. </p><p>If we are serious about supporting the informal sector, we should not assume that it will expand and grow on its own amidst contradictory, opaque and even hostile regulations and practices. </p><p>A key driver in punitive approaches is an attempt to regulate the activities of foreign migrants. Research on foreign migrants in the informal sector shows that, contrary to popular claims, they are in the minority. It outlines multiple contributions by immigrants to employment, rent, food security and the tax base.</p><p>The need for a conducive environment for informal sector activity applies to South Africans and immigrants alike, and the blunt instrument of harsh regulation damages livelihoods and denies consumers access to the goods and services informal operators provide. </p><p>Recent actions to tackle counterfeiting in inner city Johannesburg have gone way beyond this claimed intention, and prejudiced many traders not involved in selling counterfeits. These actions have effectively destroyed a hub of cross border trade, with annual turnovers twice that of Sandton City, South Africa’s upmarket shopping centre. </p><p>In the face of state failure, immigrants are easy scapegoats. Targeted closures of immigrant businesses are not only a violation of immigrants’ rights but also fundamentally damages the economy. </p><p>Support measures</p><p>In addition to the frequent emphasis on access to financial services and training, research on the informal sector demonstrates that investing in the relevant infrastructure has an important and positive impact on the resilience and productivity of informal workers.</p><p>Those working in public spaces need access to basic infrastructure such as water and toilet facilities. They also need access to infrastructure to support their work: shelter, storage and sorting facilities. </p><p>Homes are the workplace of many informal workers. But too little attention is paid to this in approaches to the upgrading of informal settlements and low-cost housing developments. </p><p>And for women working in the informal sector, care responsibilities affect productivity and the ability to earn reliable income and accumulate assets. Far greater attention needs to be paid to affordable and accessible child care and assistance with other care responsibilities.</p><p>The informal and formal economies are interlinked in multiple ways. Detailed analyses of value chains could inform more sophisticated policy interventions. </p><p>That said, it is important not to romanticise working in the informal sector. Our research has shown that working conditions are often difficult with few protections against shocks. This points to the importance of tackling decent work and social protection deficits in the informal sector. </p><p>Putting aside the controversy around the numbers, it is worth supporting those working in the informal sector. However constructing a narrative that suggests a massive shadow economy not captured by the statistics is not helpful in tailoring policies which address the realities.</p><p></p><p>Source: The Conversation Media Group Ltd</p><p></p> </item> <item> <title>South Africa’s Xenophobic Violence Victims Speak Out</title> <link></link> <pubdate>Thu, 12 September 2019 00:00:00</pubdate> <p>JOHANNESBURG – Violence targeted at foreign nationals and their properties in South Africa has left hundreds of them displaced from their homes. Nearly 200 of them, including children, are housed at the Tsolo community hall, in Katlehong Township in the city of Ekurhuleni east of Johannesburg. </p><p>Children playing, mothers chatting with sad expressions on their faces, while fathers are largely silent or sleeping. </p><p>This is the situation at the Tsolo community hall, now home to foreign nationals who were driven out of the Mandela informal settlements by angry local residents early this month.</p><p>Fibion Maimbidza, a 38-year-old father of three from Zimbabwe, is still struggling to accept that he is now destitute and has to depend on the mercy of well-wishers.</p><p>He rejects what he calls lame excuses given by the locals for chasing them away.</p><p>”They came to us and they said, we don’t want foreigners here because you cause problems as foreigners. So, we asked them, What problems do we cause here?’ They said, you took our wives. You took our jobs and you do nothing here.”</p><p>Fifty-year-old Polite Moyo, a mother of three from Zimbabwe, had been staying in the Mandela informal settlement for the past four years.</p><p>One morning she was told she and other foreign nationals in the area had three hours to leave or else lose their lives. Seeing that locals were already gathering in the streets ready to attack those who disregard the order, she ran, leaving behind all she had worked for.</p><p>She says she has no doubt that her property was looted as soon as she left.</p><p>”No foundation at all. No foundation, I have got no foundation. I lost my life here.”</p><p>Malawian national Kenias Banda says the trauma he experienced on the night he escaped the angry residents will haunt him for life.</p><p>”I’m a married man. I have got a wife and a six-months-old baby. So, I had to carry my baby, in my hand to run away during the night around two o’clock mid-night because it was just like we are in a war zone.”</p><p>Others weren’t able to escape. Isaac Sithole Mabandla from Zimbabwe was cornered by the locals while trying to run away. He was beaten to a pulp and burnt to death, one of the 12 people who have died in the violence.</p><p>Hundreds of foreign nationals who are now fearing for their lives have asked their embassies to repatriate them back home.</p><p>A Nigerian national who asked to be identified only as Nicholas was in the first group of Nigerians to leave South Africa.</p><p>”It’s better I rather die in my country than dying in your South Africa country like if I’m crazy. I’m not crazy. I’m not happy the way South Africa is treating us. They are treating us bad. I lost my cars. I lost my shop, even my equipment. I lost everything.”</p><p>The government has condemned the attacks and vowed to bring them to an end. Hundreds have been arrested. However, for most of these foreign nationals, this is too little too late.</p><p></p><p>Source: Voice of America</p><p></p> </item> <item> <title>In Rwanda, Some Wildlife Poachers Become Conservationists</title> <link></link> <pubdate>Thu, 12 September 2019 00:00:00</pubdate> <p>MUSANZE, RWANDA – Some Rwandans who used to be wildlife poachers have turned into conservationists.</p><p>These days, Felicien Kabatsi sings about the importance of gorilla conservation. You wouldn’t know from his lyrics that he used to hunt gorillas and other wild animals in Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda.</p><p>He was a poacher for 30 years and served four months in jail for it. Then one day a buffalo killed his brother.</p><p>Kabatsi says they were hunting together. Arriving in the forest, his brother and his other friends took another way, and unfortunately, a buffalo killed his brother right away.</p><p>After talking with animal conservationists, Kabatsi had a change of heart and joined their side. He now makes a living at Gorilla Guardians Village, where he plays traditional musical instruments for tourists.</p><p>Changing minds</p><p>His story is similar to those of other members of this cooperative, like Mukanoheri Venantie. She used to go poaching with her husband.</p><p>She says my husband used to carry spears, me, a machete with a bag to put in the meat of animals that we killed. But with training, and this project, they have changed their mindset.</p><p>Now she refers to poaching as a serious crime and works in the village making traditional baskets for tourists.</p><p>Visitors to the park, like South African tourist Nelis Wolmarans, go on hikes to see the gorillas, but their money supports projects that aim to employ Rwandans and promote conservation.</p><p>What they’ve done here, what they created here is an employment and opportunity for a lot of people that would previously use the forest for livelihood, let’s say subsistence living, Wolmarans said.</p><p>Conservation boosts tourism</p><p>Government figures show conservation efforts are boosting tourism revenue, said Rwandan President Paul Kagame. </p><p>The support of the local communities, whom I have had the opportunity to express our thanks to. We also made sure that they benefit from this good cooperation, he said.</p><p>In a bid to boost conservation and make Rwandans feel more connected to wildlife, Rwanda also began an annual gorilla naming ceremony in 2015. At this year’s event, 25 baby mountain gorillas were named, bringing the total number to 281.</p><p></p><p>Source: Voice of America</p><p></p> </item> <item> <title>Three African countries to repatriate citizens from South Africa as attacks on foreigners continue</title> <link></link> <pubdate>Thu, 12 September 2019 00:00:00</pubdate> <p>JOHANNESBURG, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi says his country is busy processing the repatriation of hundreds of Mozambican citizens from South Africa after continuing xenophobic violence resulted in 500 Mozambicans losing their homes in South Africa, the privately-owned STV Noticias reported.</p><p>Nigeria also reported that more than 600 of its citizens were ready to be airlifted home as South African ministers held a special security meeting on Tuesday and promised to clamp down on illegal migration into the country.</p><p>With regards to hiring of undocumented foreign nationals, we will clamp down on private business owners who do not abide by the labour and immigration laws. Home Affairs, Police Service and department of labour will intensify inspections, South Africa’s Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster said.</p><p>Meanwhile, South African police say they have arrested approximately 300 people as at least five more African nationals have lost their lives in the latest round of attacks.</p><p>Ghana has confirmed the injury of three of its citizens and the arrest of five others while Kenya says two of its citizens have been killed.</p><p>The head of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri, has called for South Africa to pay compensation to people affected by the violence, a call that Nigeria’s lower house says it will support.</p><p></p><p>Source: Nam News Network</p><p></p> </item> </channel> </rss>

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