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Joburg 10K CITYRUN supports responsible waste management

 

The organisers of the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN have taken a serious approach to responsible waste management by investing in the services of Recycle Drive, a reputable waste management company that will assist in minimising the event’s carbon footprint.

“We believe that the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN will support the regeneration of the urban centre of Johannesburg.  The event will provide the ideal opportunity for Johannesburg to showcase itself as a world class city.  

“Providing a valuable service, we are proud to incorporate Recycle Drive as part of our strategy to make the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN one of the most unique and innovative running events on the South African calendar,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports.

According to Chris Erwee, Director of Greenovation, Recycle Drive offers a complete solution to the problem of event waste generation.  “We provide an efficient, reliable and consistent service, which enables companies to recycle with minimal input whilst at the same time making a positive contribution to saving the environment.  We are extremely excited to be working with the organisers of the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN.  We will be involved in the clean-up during the build-up phase, pre-clean of the route, post-clean of the route, main event clean-up and waste management as well as ensuring that the venue is clean post event.  We believe our modus operandi will tick all the boxes for delivering a first class service for such a prestigious event.”

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Runners, walkers, fitness enthusiast and fun-seekers will be granted the unique opportunity to celebrate Johannesburg’s rich heritage by exploring their city at the FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN.   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.  

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Trio head to Spain thanks to Future Players Gauteng talent search

Three budding  football talents from Gauteng  have been named as the winners of the Future Players Talent Search for 2016 and will travel to Spain as guests of LaLiga for an unforgettable experience of top European football.

Philani Kunene, Prince Moeketsi and Charlton Jade were chosen from 100  finalists at the Union Stadium in Newlands.

Their exceptional talent and dedication won the judges over after a series of skills tests and they join the likes of Banyana Banyana star Refiloe Jane as winners of the prestigious talent identification programme.
They will travel to Spain as guests of LaLiga later this year, visiting top clubs, watching training and experiencing the culture of one of Europe’s top footballing nations. The 2016 Future Coaches winner, Christa Kgamphe, will accompany the trio to Europe, along with representatives from Gauteng Provincial Government.

 

Kunene, who is only 13-years-old, with enormous talent, hails from the Jabulile Secondary School in Orange Farm.  “It is amazing for me to have won the Future Players search, this will give me so much confidence to work harder and try and make a career in soccer. I just went out there to show my best and I am happy that the judges recognised my talent,” Kunene said.

Sixteen-year-old Moeketsi is a learner at the Mosupatsela Secondary School and he says he cannot wait to get on the plane for Spain: “I cannot believe it, I am so thankful to everybody involved in the Gauteng Future Players. This will truly be a great experience for me, I have watched teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid and love the way they play football. To be able to go to Spain with LaLiga is something I will never forget.”

 

Jade is a 15-year-old from Rust-Ter-Vaal Combined School in Vereeniging and is also thankful for the opportunity given by the 2016 Future Players Gauteng:
“I love soccer and am so passionate about the sport. To be recognised in this way is amazing and gives me the belief that I can one day play the sport at a high level. I am so excited to go to Spain, I know it will open my eyes to a different culture and I am really excited for that,” Jade said.

 

MEC Faith Mazibuko from the Gauteng department of sport, arts, cultureand recreation congratulated the winners and said the task for the judges was a difficult one.
“Every year it seems the talent we see in the Future Players Gauteng gets better and better and I can safely say that the judges agonized over their decision. But congratulations to Philani, Prince and Charlton, who are all deserved winners and can now look forward to broadening their horizons in Spain.  As the Gauteng Provincial Government we are committed to providing opportunities for our young people to lead a healthy lifestyle and to use sport as a vehicle for social change,” MEC Mazibuko said.
  

 

Antonio Barradas, Africa Director for LaLiga, says they are delighted to be involved with the development of young talent in South Africa and to give the winners the opportunity to visit Spain.

“We identified the Future Champions last December and immediately thought it was a great project to support. The past weekend, three young talented players were selected and they will have the opportunity to visit Spain with LaLiga, to train and learn from the Spanish First Division and its culture. It’s a unique experience and we are delighted to give these amazing players a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We wish them all the success and hope the trip helps them further their football careers,” Barradas said.

 

Ray Whelan, MD of Global Sports International and the driving force behind the Future Champions Gauteng concept, hailed their partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Government and the Spanish LaLiga. “We are always in awe of the huge number of youngsters who take part in the Future Players Talent Search each year and we are grateful for the opportunity to make a positive change in these young people’s lives. It would not be possible without the support of the Gauteng Provincial Government, who have been gracious hosts of our tournaments and development programmes since 2009. We must also thank LaLiga for the way they have embraced the concept this year and we know our three talent search winners will enjoy a fantastic time in Spain,” Whelan said.

 

 

The trials were also supported by Clinix Health Group, who sponsored medical assistance and water for the participants, while LoveLife ran their empowering HIV-intervention programme focused on promoting healthy lifestyles for youth. SCORE Energy Drink was also on hand with their interactive penalty shootout arena.

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SA celebrates 10 medals in Rio

 

It’s all over. A total of 306 sets of medals awarded across 28 Olympic sports and Team South Africa will return with a haul of 10.

That’s reason enough to celebrate considering it’s the best haul by a South African team in 96 years. And while the nation celebrates the triumphs of Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya, one can’t help thinking of the medals that could well have been added to that total, had the powers that be managed to organise a 4x100m relay team entry or included star sprinter Akani Simbine in the 200m line-up.

But that was not to be and South Africans can certainly be proud of what was achieved in Rio, especially considering the team returned from Beijing eight years ago with a solitary silver medal.

As Semenya put it after her triumph in the 800m on Saturday night: “I was not really under pressure but obviously I had to do it for my people. They were expecting more out of me. They know what I can do so they knew I could produce such a performance.

"I think I make a difference. I mean a lot to my people. That was my main focus – just doing it for my people.

"This is the highlight of my life. It’s fantastic. I feel proud to be South African."

The 800m was a victory for African women in general with Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba taking the silver and Kenyan Margaret Wambui the bronze.

It seems hard to believe the event was scrapped completely for 32 years when many of the female participants at the 1928 Olympics passed out from exhaustion at the finish (as many of their male counterparts also did back then). It wasn’t until 1960 that events over 200m were reintroduced for women.

Van Niekerk’s achievement – winning the 400m gold on his way to shattering the great Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world record was one of the highlights of the Games, not only for South Africans but international athletics fans as well. Such was the margin and nature of his victory.

 

"He took it out so quick. I have never seen anything from 200 to 400 like that,” Johnson said while commentating for the BBC. “That was a massacre from Wayde van Niekerk. He just put those guys away."

 

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