FNB pours R40-million into local football

first_imgFNB is contributing in developingSouth Africa’s future football stars. FNB’s Derek Carstens, right, handingover an R18-million cheque to Safa. Legends Kalusha Bwalya and LucasRadebe are programme ambassadors.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Mphilo DlaminiCorporate CommunicationsFNB+27 11 371 8381Bongani NkosiFirst National Bank, one of South Africa’s four major banks, will invest R40-million (US$5.8-million) in developing the country’s young footballers over the next few years.The bank will sponsor the national under-17 boys and girls teams, as well as school football tournaments. It’s already built four pitches in as many communities, and another will be finished in 2011.FNB’s investment was announced to the media on 9 December in Nasrec, Johannesburg. It is part of the bank’s legacy programme following the recent 2010 Fifa World Cup, into which it pumped R30-million ($4.3-million).“We’re happy to announce this, especially at a time when I can assure you that things are not easy in corporate South Africa,” said FNB brand director Derek Carstens.The government and the South African Football Association (Safa) praised the bank for its pledge.The biggest chunk of the sponsorship will go to the under 17-boys and girls teams, respectively known as Amajimbos and Abantwana. FNB has already channelled R18-million ($2.6-million) into these teams, which are eyeing spots in the next Fifa World Cups for their age group.“The key objective we’ve set ourselves is that Amajimbos and Abantwana qualify for the World Cup in 2012 and 2013,” Carstens said.FNB has been involved with the Amajimbos for a number of years now, but the Abantwana sponsorship is a new venture. “We look at male and female sports as equally important,” he added.Bringing the Beautiful Game back to schoolsThe FNB Festivals are tipped to become the next biggest fad in school football. A total of 162 schools will participate in the inaugural event in 2011, after which it will become an annual fixture.Twenty schools will battle it out in the Lucas Radebe Tribute Festival, which is the Soweto leg of the competition in south-west Johannesburg. St Davids Marist in Sandton, also in Johannesburg, will see 42 schools slugging it out for glory.Grey College in Bloemfontein will host 20 schools, while a further 32 schools will use Durban’s Kloof High School as their battlefield. Victoria Park and Benoni High, schools located in Port Elizabeth and east of Johannesburg respectively, will each host 16 school teams.The schools competition is viewed as a great way to get pupils back into the swing of the Beautiful Game. Local football experts agree that the sport has long lost its ground in both urban and rural schools, which has impacted negatively on talent development. This is blamed for the current under-performance of national squads.“Our football in schools, I must say, is dead,” said Serame Letsoaka, Safa’s technical director. “This is where we tapped in for talent.“Thank you FNB for creating this opportunity to go back to schools.”R15-million on turfsThe bank channelled about R15-million ($2.2-million) into the development of football pitches before the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The pitches were created in Thohoyandou in Limpopo, Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, Mthatha in the Eastern Cape and George in the Western Cape.A pitch in Kimberley, Northern Cape, will be completed by June in 2011, the bank said.Community leagues will play their matches here, and may also host touring international junior teams. “We’re looking at teams like Boca Juniors of Argentina to bring their under-17s to play at the turfs,” said Carstens.Carstens said they have partnered with local municipalities in the areas to maintain the grounds.Coaches will be groomed for all the venues. Letsoaka, a coach himself, is excited about coaching clinics that will be run at the pitches. “We have been saying, let’s produce developmental coaches. These are the areas where we’ll develop coaches,” he said.Lucas Radebe, the former Bafana and Leeds United captain, has been appointed the ambassador of FNB’s legacy programme and he’ll oversee activities on the pitches.Intensifying Soccer Classic ClashesThe bank’s Soccer Classic Clashes competition, which was launched in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, in 2007, will also be extended. Starting in 2011, there will be far more venues and matches than in previous years, according to FNB.Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula said: “This legacy programme will impact on thousands of lives. A number of Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana (national male and female teams) will be drawn from this programme.”last_img read more

How to Use Tumblr, Posterous & Other Light Blogging Services

first_img2. Subscribe to Other People (& Re-Blog)One thing that hasn’t changed about blogging is the sense of community. Half the fun of maintaining a blog is reaching out to your network. So be proactive in finding people who blog about similar things as you, then link to them and even re-blog their posts (copy and paste – it’s much more accepted in light blogging than in professional blogging!).At this stage, the market leader Tumblr still offers you the best chance of finding like-minded souls – due to the sheer number of people using it. Here’s an example of community from a Tumblr user called rudie. Note the “following” panel on the right, which lists the other blogs that rudie follows. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Blogging#Features#How To#Publishing Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 3. Aggregate Content From Your Other Apps With light blogging, you needn’t even spend time actually blogging – because you can pull in content automatically from other apps. While FriendFeed and even Facebook are common methods for many of us to aggregate our content from across the web (a.k.a. ‘lifestreaming’), it’s just as easy to do so using Tumblr, Posterous or Soup.io. To the right is an example from my own Soup.io blog. Every week Soup.io polls last.fm and automatically publishes the top 5 artists I’ve listened to in the past week.4. Customize Your ThemeAll of the leading light blogging services offer a variety of colorful themes. If you’re handy with HTML and/or CSS, you can customize your template too – if you want to make it unique. Here’s a cool MySpace-esque design from Tumblr user Juice in a Box: richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 5. Don’t Take it SeriouslyIt’s not called light blogging for nothing (actually it wasn’t called light blogging at all, until we clumsily coined it!). Services such as Tumblr, Posterous and Soup.io make it very easy to experiment with blogging, have fun, see new things, meet new people. Why not give it go…From Sween’s Tumblr blog Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Last week we took a poll asking for your favorite ‘light’ blogging service. These are blogging services that make it very easy for you to share content and media. While old-school blogging service Blogger.com got the most votes in our poll, newer slicker services such as Tumblr, Soup.io and the recently trendy Posterous are popular with early adopters. Many people are only just coming to know the newer services like Posterous, so in this post we give you 5 tips to get the most out of them. The post is in the same vein as our earlier How to use Facebook one.1. Post Lots of MediaBlogging started out in the early days as a text-heavy medium; and to this day professional blogs (such as ReadWriteWeb) rely mostly on text. But the whole point of light blogging – sometimes called micro-blogging – is to be more casual and colorful. So post lots of media: photos, video, audio. Most light blogging services offer a browser bookmarklet, which enables you to post media at the click of a button.Here’s an example of easily published media from a Posterous blog called ReflectionOf.Me:last_img read more

Shankarsinh Vaghela quits Congress; rules out joining BJP

first_imgAfter months of speculation, Leader of the Opposition in Gujarat Shankersinh Vaghela on Friday resigned from the Congress. Announcing the decision at a massive gathering to mark his 77th birthday, Mr. Vaghela said he had resigned as Leader of the Opposition and would resign as legislator after the Rajya Sabha elections.However, he ruled out joining the BJP, which he had split in the mid 1990s.Mr.Vaghela slammed the Congress leadership and culture while asking his supporters, including legislators, to decide their future.A veteran of Gujarat politics, Mr. Vaghela has been at odds with the Congress high command for “ignoring his suggestions” and not allowing him free rein to take on the BJP in the Assembly polls slated for later this year.“You don’t want to fight yourself, nor will you allow anyone to fight because you have taken supari from BJP,” Mr. Vaghela said, taking on the Congress leadership, without naming anybody. “It is my destiny that I became victim of political conspiracy, first in the BJP and now in the Congress. I have always fought against injustice,” he said, indicating that a few leaders in the Congress conspired to ensure his expulsion.“I had told Soniaji mein aapka bharosa nahi todunga (I will not betray your trust). I went to meet her, told her “Thanks a lot madam for everything. I may not remain with the party after sometime, but don’t worry I am not going anywhere.” I am not joining BJP,” he said.He said the party leadership did not even listen to the MLAs or try to resolve the issues they raised with the high command.“For three years, you have not been able to appoint a president for Ahmedabad city Congress. This is not how a political party can be run,” he said.last_img read more