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Alex gets multi-million soccer development centre

The South African Football Association (SAFA on Monday November 14 unveiled the first phase of a multimillion-rand, world-class football development facility in Alexandra, Region E.
Called the SAFA Alex Safe Hub, the facility has been developed in partnership with the City of Johannesburg, SAFA Development Agency and premier sportswear chain Totalsports to keep the youth off the streets and mischief and offer them a variety of development options.

The hub – the fourth of its kind in South Africa and the first to be developed by the SAFA Development Agency – includes, besides the football pitch, a 40-seater information technology and communication centre, a technology-enabled youth café, and a learning and enterprise centre. Similar youth centres have been developed in Khayelitsha and Gugulethu in Cape Town and Diepsloot in Johannesburg by sport development organisation Amandla EduFootball.

The objective of the SAFA Alex Safe Hub is to offer opportunities to young people through football development and to assist in building football talent development structures in Alexandra. The City facilitated the provision of the land on which the hub is located.

SAFA Development Agency CEO Dr Robin Petersen said it took almost four years to develop the facility.
“Initial meetings started around January-February 2013. We have partnered with Amandla EduFootball to build this centre. This is a facility for the development of football. We want to develop talent that we’ll see in our national teams. As from April 2017 onwards, we aim to enrol more than 2 000 participants in the safe hub programme here in Alex. About 25 people will be employed here.

Our goal is to have 100 safe hubs over the next 10 years,” said Petersen. Totalsports plans to invest more than R35-million in these safe hubs over the next five years. Its Head of Brands, Craig Lamb, said the sports clothing chain’s partnership with the SAFA Development Agency was an important one. “As Totalsports, we’re extremely proud to be funding this project. We believe that sport has the power to change lives. We’re committed to empowering and transforming the youth through sport. Thank you to everyone who has ensured that this hub becomes a reality,” said Lamb.

Alexandra North Rand Local Football Association President Phil Molekwa said local residents had been longing to have a facility of this nature for a long time.
“This is a marriage that will last forever. We wish to thank Totalsports and other partners for their support. I’m so excited and happy,” said Molekwa.


FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN entries closing soon

Runners, walkers, fitness enthusiasts and fun-seekers wishing to be part of the action of the inaugural FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN have until Wednesday, 14 September 2016 to enter.

Kicking off at the FNB Bank City Johannesburg on Saturday, 24 September 2016 (Heritage Day) entrants will have the unique opportunity to celebrate Johannesburg’s rich heritage by exploring their city.  Iconic landmarks to look out for on route will include:  the Nelson Mandela Bridge, FNB Bank City, Constitution Hill, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Wits University, Neighbourgoods Market and Ellis Park Stadium to mention just a few.

The FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN boasts an impressive prize purse of R190 000.00.  

Event information:

Date: Saturday, 24 September 2016 

Time: 08:00

Start Venue: FNB Bank City Johannesburg

Finish Venue: Mary Fitzgerald Square Newtown

Entry Fee: Standard Entry: R160.00 / licensed runner

Standard Entry:  R180.00 / unlicensed runner

Gold Package:  R650.00 / licensed runner

Gold Package:  R670.00 / unlicensed runner

Entries Close: Wednesday, 14 September 2016 or once 10 947 entries have been reached.


The streets of Johannesburg will come alive with activity with lively performances from leading dance groups:  Moving into Dance Mophatong, The Johannesburg Youth Ballet and The Field Band Foundation. The action of the inaugural event will be closed off by South African folk swing band, Rubber Duc.  “We will finally be releasing our debut album.  There will be a lot of new songs to look out for at the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN,” says Rubber Duc lead vocalist Nick Jordaan.


Thabo Sefolosha, Biyombo, participate in Basketball Without Borders in Angola


The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced the top 87 boys and girls from 27 African countries who will travel to the first Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa Camp in Angola, which will be held until September 3, at Pavilhão Multiusos do Kilamba in Luanda.  BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this summer.

BWB Africa, which will be supported by the Angolan Basketball Federation (Federaçao Angolana de Basquetebol) and the Angola Ministry of Youth and Sports, will bring together the top male and female players born in 1999 from across Africa to learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches, including Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic; Democratic Republic of the Congo), Eric Bledsoe (Phoenix Suns; U.S.), Luc Mbah a Moute (LA Clippers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2003), Salah Mejri (Dallas Mavericks; Tunisia), Thabo Sefolosha (Atlanta Hawks; Switzerland), and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets; U.S.).

 “We are pleased to partner with FIBA to bring the 14th edition of Basketball without Borders Africa to Angola for the first time,” said NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall.  

Working closely with longtime NBA Cares partners UNICEF and Hoops 4 Hope, NBA Cares will organise a variety of community outreach efforts teaching the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and the values of the game, including teamwork, respect and leadership as part of BWB Africa. In addition, Hoops 4 Hope will lead daily life skills sessions for the campers, focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention, education, leadership lessons and character development. 

South African Airways will return for the 14th year as a BWB Africa marketing partner.

Through NBA Cares, 61 places where kids and families can live, learn or play have been created in Africa, and Basketball without Borders Africa has been held 13 times.  


The league opened an African headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2010.

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