Daily Archives: March 30, 2014

CAF Associate Member Presidents Descend in SA for Fifa Workshop

More than 27 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Presidents will this week descend in South Africa for a three-day FIFA workshop which will provide an update in a number of areas that include technical matters and the general cooperation between CAF and FIFA.

The workshop will take place at Sandton Convention Centre from 2-4 April, 2014 and will be attended by the Presidents, Secretary Generals and Technical Directors of the respective countries.

More than 27 Member Association Presidents, General Secretaries and Technical Directors have been invited and confirmed their participation. They are drawn mainly from the English speaking African countries.

Among the areas that will be discussed during the three day seminar are:

. FIFA governance reforms

. New regulations governing development programmes

. FIFA Development programmes and services for Member Associates

. CAF Development programmes (Club Licensing)

. Cooperation between FIFA and CAF

Other areas that will come up for discussion include how CAF’s Member Associates can maximise on the Goal Projects and the role of the Technical Director.

The seminar opens on Wednesday with the workshop of the Technical Directors followed by the bilateral meetings of the Presidents and Secretary GeneralsChief Executives.

On Thursday, the workshop will touch on FIFA Development Programmes and how they can be used to grow the game on the African continent.

The seminar will be opened by FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valcke and SAFA President, Danny Jordaan.

Source : South African Football Association

Durban U19 Iinternational Football Tournament Hopefulls Arrive for a Training Camp

The buzz surrounding the Durban Under 19 Football International Tournament has filtered to 123 hopeful trialists from all over the Province who arrived in Durban today for an intensive training camp. The camp started today, 280314 to 060414.

Between January and February this year, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, eThekwini Municipality, Hoy Park Management Ltd in partnership with the South African Football Association (SAFA) conducted trials in the 11 districts of the Province. This process has culminated into an intensive training camp aimed at coming up with about 20 dynamic footballers.

On arrival all trialists had to undergo compulsory medical tests and documents verification process.

These players will be fighting for a place in the KZN Hoy Park Academy XI (the trialist team) that will play against Under 19 teams from various international leagues in the upcoming inaugural Durban Under 19 International Football Tournament that will be held from 31 July to 09 August 2014 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

The participating teams are Everton Football Club from the English Premier League, the Italian Serie A, Associazione Sportiva Roma, the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Sporting Lisboa e Benfica, the Dutch Eredivisie, Feyenoord, the Argentinean Primera Division, Club Atletico Boca Juniors and the Brazilian Serie A, Santos Futebol Clube. They will be joined by South African Football Association Under 19 National Squad.

The road to the last 20 won’t be an easy one for the KZN hopefuls as the renowned soccer scout, Paulo Cardoso and his technical team will be looking for players with a special x-factor. The process of trimming down the squad will see the first elimination taking place after three days of the training camp and thereafter after two days up until 060414. The players will train twice a day with those that have been eliminated being sent home.

“We are excited to welcome all players. When we were selecting players during the scouting process, we saw them in different environments. This is the first opportunity where we will have all of them together to assess them on equal terms. We saw some talented players that we hope will be able to give us the same quality when pitted against their counterparts. What we saw gave us belief that there was immense talent in KwaZulu-Natal. We cannot wait to work with the boys,” said Cardoso

Source : South African Football Association

EU-Africa Summit

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, March 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The fourth EU-Africa summit will take place in Brussels on 2-3 April under the theme “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace”. Building on the spirit of their 2007 Joint

Strategy, Africa and the European Union will discuss as equal partners how to deepen cooperation under these three areas.

Africa and the EU are jointly committed to foster human capital through education and training, to create additional incentives for investment, and to find ways of stimulating growth that will create jobs in particular for young people. They work closely together for peace and security, which are prerequisites for prosperity and growth. .

The European Union will be represented by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso. The summit will bring together the Heads of State and Government of the European Union and the African continent, together with the leaders of the EU and African Union institutions.

A range of high-ranking international observers will also be associated.

“Both Africa and the European Union will come together to address the challenges that each of our continent faces and the ones that face the world as a whole. The theme we have chosen addresses the everyday concerns of our citizens– their safety and security, their job prospects, and their future as families and individuals. I am looking forward to a summit that will further reinforce our partnership and contribute to improve the quality of hope of our population “, said President Van Rompuy. President Barroso ahead of the meeting said: “Fulfilling the vision set out in the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, the summit will deepen our partnership of equals and seize further cooperation opportunities by expanding political, economic, investment and trade ties.

This includes the pursuit of durable and sustainable economic growth generating jobs for all our citizens”.

SOURCE: European Council

Almost 10 000 inmates trained as artisans

Pretoria: Almost 10 000 of South Africa’s inmates have been trained as electricians, plumbers and builders, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) said on Sunday.

The inmates were trained in various trades as part of government’s efforts to develop qualified artisans to support the country’s economy.

A total of 9 403 inmates received training in welding, electrical, plumbing, building, carpentry, painting, tiling and chef assistance in the 2013/13 financial year.

In addition to the department’s budget, from April 2012 to March 2014 approximately R50 million was spent from the National Skills Fund to train offenders in welding, plumbing, bricklaying, plastering, electrical, carpentry and agricultural skills programmes.

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said the department will produce more artisans to deal with the shortage of critical skills in South Africa.

During 2012/13 a total 1515 inmates per day worked in DCS Production Workshops where qualified artisans transferred skills to offenders in ten wood and steel workshops, 19 textile workshops, one shoe factory, six bakeries and three sanitary towel manufacturing workshops.

In addition, 3110 offenders were involved in agricultural activities each day. Offenders acquired work skills and experience in various agriculture projects such as vegetable production, fruits, broiler, egg, dairy, piggery, small stock (goat and sheep farming), beef and agronomy farming.

Minister Ndebele said improving the skills of offenders will enhance rehabilitation.

“DCS will produce more artisans to deal with the shortage of critical skills in South Africa. This will also contribute towards government’s Decade of the Artisan programme, with the goal of producing 30 000 artisans annually.

“As at March 2013, nearly a quarter (24.99%) of the sentenced offender population was youth. A number of inmates who, while not under 25, are still in the prime of their life. Children, as young as 17 years of age, have committed serious crimes,” he said.

Ndebele said the average inmate was a young substance abuser who had dropped out of school before high school, was functionally illiterate and, more often than not, homeless.

“Research shows that, at least, 95% of those incarcerated will return to society after serving their sentence. Thus, a focus on rehabilitation, and re-orientation, of offenders is critical. DCS is re-moulding the character, and improving the skills, of offenders so that they return to society with enhanced prospects of success,” said explained the minister.

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICIAL NEWS

Whistle-Blower Exposes Sanral’s E-Tolling Extravagance [press release]

The campaign against e-tolls, by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) and many others, has been powerfully vindicated by the testimony of a whistle-blower, employed by the Austrian company Kapsch, which works with Sanral on the e-tolling of Gauteng’s highways.

He reinforces our argument that e-tolling is a hugely inefficient and wasteful way to raise funds for a vital public service like our highways.

In correspondence with OUTA, the whistle-blower claims that the e-toll system was designed to monitor 7 000km of national roads. ldquoSanral,rdquo he says, ldquohad an ambition for the system to be planned and designed on the assumption that open road tolling would be implemented on a national scale, whereas Kapsch were of the opinion that the risk factors were too high, and argued for an incremental approach, starting in Gautengrdquo.

ldquoSanral insisted that their Central Operations Centre, the second largest tolling system in the Southern hemisphere, must have the capacity to handle several thousand kilometres of road with gantries erected to gather data from across the country, starting with Gauteng, but extending soon afterwards to national roads in KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape.rdquo

This added R2.5 billion to the project’s overall cost, which Gauteng motorists are being asked to pay for. Kapsch, he says, told Sanral the risks of a national roll out were ldquotoo highrdquo but was ignored.

He adds that there are serious design flaws in the current e-tolling system: Sanral’s use of cameras and radio frequency receivers to read e-tags on every gantry is contrary to best international practice it was done against Kapsch’s aice and significantly increased the cost of the system.

Sanral’s IT portal for the e-tolling system, he claims, is also vulnerable to hackers, who can easily access commuters’ personal information.

The whistleblower, who still works for Kapsch, says he’s willing to be interviewed by Public Protector’s office to prove his allegations, which have been compiled into an affidavit by OUTA, which has submitted it to the Public Protector. City Press reports that Thuli Madonsela is currently considering the affidavit and deciding whether to launch a full investigation.

This revelation will give a boost to the federation’s determined campaign to defeat this attempt to privatise our highways and charge the people of Gauteng to travel on roads they have already paid for through taxes and the fuel levy.

The fight against e-tolling – and for efficient, reliable, affordable and safe public transport for all the people goes on. We continue to urge motorists not to register with Sanral or buy e-tags, and to make the system unworkable.

We are certain that people power will finally convince the government to abandon a policy with is extremely unpopular, unfair and unworkable, for the following reasons:

1. Tolls will add to the burdens of workers and the poor, who will be forced to pay to travel on highways. It is a lie that only the middle class use our highways. Many low income earners use private cars to travel to work not through choice but because they have no reliable alternative. They are already burdened by rising fuel prices and electricity tariffs, and the tolls will be yet another blow.

2. It will not just affect the people of Gauteng the whistle-blower has confirmed that e-tolling will be used for future road projects throughout the country. Tolls will also put an indirect burden on the poor of the whole country, by adding to the cost of transporting goods, which will have an immediate effect on food inflation.

3. Tolls will perpetuate the exclusive ‘user-pays’, which means you cannot use the best roads if you cannot afford to pay the tolls. Those without money will be forced on to the potholed side roads, while those with the money glide along the highways in their fancy cars.

4. The ‘user-pays’ principle is a thoroughly capitalist and elitist concept, totally at odds with the progressive and socialist belief that public services should be delivered on the basis of people’s needs and not the size of their bank balances. Taken to its logical conclusion ‘user-pays’ would mean that only the sick would pay for medical services and only the parents of school-age children would pay for education.

5. There is a genuine problem of congestion on our roads, but this will not be solved by forcing people to pay to use them and excluding those who cannot pay, but by steadily improving our public transport services, making them more reliable, accessible, affordable and safe, until they become the preferred way to travel, and motorists can safely leave their cars at home.

6. The tolls will be ridiculously expensive to collect. According to Sanral’s own estimate, at least 17% of the money collected in tolls will simply be used to collect the money. So tolls are not only unfair but also a grossly inefficient way of raising the money for road improvements. Trying to collect all this money from four million motorists will be impossible to manage and will become unworkable.

9. COSATU has consistently argued that when additional revenues have to be raised by government, then this must be done through the tax system, rather than tolls which take no account of the drivers’ ability to pay. Taxation is both fairer, since the more you earn the more you pay, and far easier to collect.

Stop the privatisation of our public highways!

Reject user-pays for basic public services!

Don’t buy e-tags!

Don’t register will Sanral! Make e-tolling unworkable!

Patrick Craven (National Spokesperson)

Congress of South African Trade Unions

110 Jorissen Cnr Simmonds Streets

Braamfontein

2017

P.O.Box 1019

Johannesburg

2000

South Africa

Tel: +27 11 339-4911 Direct 010 219-1339

Fax: +27 11 339-6940

Mobile: +27 82 821 7456

E-Mail: patrick@cosatu.org.za

Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions