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South Africans can look forward to a “unique” State of the Nation Address (SONA) this evening, as the important event is being held against the backdrop of the country preparing to commemorate 30 years of democracy.

This according to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, who was addressing the media in Cape Town on Wednesday, 7 February 2024.

SONA will be held at the Cape Town City Hall from 7pm.

“This [SONA] is different and unique in so many ways. It is important that it is allowed its own expression and that South Africans can take out of it the celebratory element. We are marking 30 years of our democratic dispensation. It is also the last SONA under the sixth administration.

“And so, what you will have is a reflection of the past 30 years, coupled with an account of the work of the sixth administration over the last five years. It is important you allow those key elements to be expressed as much as possible without adding other issues,” he said.

Magwenya explained that the delivery of SONA was a constitutional imperative.

“There is a constitutionally mandated democratic tradition for the President to open Parliament. So, it’s not just about the State of the Nation Address; it’s the opening of Parliament. This is something that has been part and parcel of our democratic dispensation since 1994.

“We urge all South Africans to follow the address as it deals with the state of the nation; not the state of only one segment or some segments of the nation. It is the state of all of the nation,” he said.

This year’s SONA will be held under the theme: Following up on our Commitments: Making your Future Work Better.

During a media briefing held by Parliament’s presiding officers this week, National Assembly Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, said that SONA had a greater impact beyond the walls of the Cape Town City Hall.

She said Parliament, together with Proudly South African, had come together to encourage guests and members of Parliament to walk down the red carpet in garments produced by local designers.

“The campaign aims to increase appreciation and visibility for local designers and their creations and to provide momentum for the growth of the fashion business. This initiative goes beyond mere fashion appreciation; it seeks to connect consumers with the rich stories, culture and creativity inherent to South African fashion, thereby fostering a sense of pride in local craftsmanship.

"This partnership has far-reaching implications for the country’s economy and the fashion industry. Encouraging public representatives and guests to don local designs sends a powerful message of support for local business, which is crucial for economic growth, job creation and addressing issues of inequality and poverty.

“This collaboration between Parliament and Proudly South African is not only a celebration of South African talent but also a step towards sustainable development, economic empowerment and a more responsible fashion industry,” she said.

The local economy is also expected to receive a boost.

“SONA significantly boosts the local economy by attracting increased tourism, media presence and business activities to the city.

“This influx of visitors and heightened economic activity during the SONA period contribute to job creation and increased revenue for local businesses, including hospitality, transportation and retail sectors,” she said.

SONA will be broadcast live on Parliament TV, mainstream broadcasters and streaming services, ensuring comprehensive access and engagement for everyone across the nation.

"Let us come together as a nation to witness, discuss and reflect on the state of our nation, as we continue to build a more inclusive, prosperous and resilient South Africa,” Mapisa-Nqakula said.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is deeply saddened by the passing of His Excellency, Dr Hage Gottfried Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, on 4 February 2024.
On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, President Ramaphosa extended deep condolences to the Government and people of Namibia and especially to the First Lady, Madame Monica Geingob, and the immediate and extended family.

President Ramaphosa extended his sympathy to the Acting President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr Nangolo Mbumba, the Cabinet of our neighbouring state and the leadership and members of the South West African People's Organisation Party at this time of mourning.

Dr Mbumba announced to the Namibian nation on Sunday, 4 February 2024, that President Geingob had passed away while being treated for cancer.

President Ramaphosa said: “Today, South Africa joins the people of our sister state Namibia in mourning the passing of a leader, patriot and friend of South Africa.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Geingob family and the people of Namibia who have lost an outstanding leader in a year in which Namibia, like South Africa, is due to hold elections.
“I am deeply saddened at this time as I reflect on the privilege I had as recently as October 2023 to be hosted by President Geingob, Madame Geingob and the Cabinet during a Working Visit to Namibia.

“During the visit, we committed our two countries to even closer partnership, inspired in great measure by President Geingob’s passionate conviction about our shared future as nations and greater opportunities and prosperity for citizens on both sides of the Orange River.

“President Geingob was a towering veteran of Namibia’s liberation from colonialism and apartheid. He was also greatly influential in the solidarity that the people of Namibia extended to the people of South Africa so that we could be free today.

“We are therefore filled with appreciation and sadness at the passing of a comrade in struggle and a close partner in our democratic dispensation.

“May his soul rest in peace.”

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has told leading figures in African mining that government is working hard to address the challenges that the industry faces.
He was speaking during the opening of the 30th Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town on Monday, 5 February 2024.

The mining industry contributes a hefty 7.5% to South Africa’s gross domestic product and accounts for some 60%, by value, of the country’s exports.

“We are all acutely aware that we face strong headwinds and a number of persistent challenges are impeding mining performance. Globally, commodity price volatility, high energy prices, geopolitical tensions and a global cost of living crisis are playing a significant role in dampening the business operating environment.

“Domestically, the energy crisis, and port and rail bottlenecks are putting serious pressure on miners’ operational costs. Illicit mining, cable theft and infrastructure vandalism place a further strain on mining output and returns. We are committed to work hard and work together to overcome these serious challenges,” he said.

Energy crisis

The President told the gathering that through the Energy Action Plan, government had taken “several critical measures to improve the performance of our existing generation fleet and to add new electricity capacity.”

“The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has secured 1 384MW of new generation capacity that is currently in construction or already in operation. The department has released requests for proposals for the procurement of 5 000MW of renewable energy under Bid Window 7 and 2 000MW of gas-to-power and 615MW of battery storage.

“Transmission capacity remains a challenge, especially in the Cape provinces. Eskom has therefore recently published a curtailment regime which unlocks 3 470MW of additional capacity in these provinces, and which will be essential to the success of Bid Window 7,” he said.

Additional capacity has also been garnered following government’s removal of the licensing threshold for embedded generation.

At least 6 300MW has flowed through this initiative with a third of that supplying mining houses.

Illegal mining and logistics

The President addressed the impact that illegal mining and copper cable theft have on the industry.

On illegal mining, he said: “Since the establishment of a specialised police unit, working with the defence force, we have seen a number of arrests, prosecutions and convictions of the perpetrators of this crime.”

Turning to cable theft and criminality, the President acknowledged that this had “serious impact on key rail freight corridors, including the supply of coal for export through Richard’s Bay”.

“Cooperation between the private sector, Transnet and the security services has resulted in an improvement in the security situation over recent months,” he said.

Delving deeper into the country’s logistics challenges, the President said the system itself was “undergoing a process of rapid and fundamental change to improve its efficiency and position it for the future”.

“By introducing competition in freight rail operations, while maintaining state ownership of the routes, we will unlock massive new investment in South Africa’s rail system. This will support jobs in every sector in the economy, from mining to manufacturing to agriculture.

“Similarly, by upgrading and expanding our port terminals through innovative public-private partnerships, we aim to position South Africa as a leading player in global markets.

“As government, we are alive to the reality that without bold, transformative reforms to the logistics sector, mining cannot flourish. We are working hard, in partnership with the industry, to ensure [the Freight Logistics Roadmap] is implemented without delay,” he said.

The President said mining had a “crucial role to play in building the economy of tomorrow”.

“We look forward to deepening our collaboration with industry as we write a new chapter in the history of South African mining. A story of inclusion, growth, transformation and innovation – and one in which no-one is left behind,” President Ramaphosa said.

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Deputy President Paul Mashatile believes that although the Mining Charter has achieved some success in reforming the mining industry, more still needs to be done.
“The 30 years of our nation’s democracy should compel us to become even more proactive about the issue of economic transformation in this industry and country.”

The Deputy President delivered a keynote address at the South African Youth Economic Council (SAYEC) Business Dialogue during the Mining Indaba in Cape Town.
“The transformation of this sector is important because it forms a vital part of our country's development trajectory, driving infrastructure development, which includes the construction of roads, railways, power plants and positively impacting the economy.

“Our country's rich natural resources provide a comparative advantage in processing, manufacturing and beneficiation through mining value chains,” he told attendees on Tuesday, 6 February 2024.

The Deputy President said while the economic growth of the sector was important, its transformation was equally important, to the extent that it was inclusive of women, youth and other marginalised groups in society.

“The subject of diversity and inclusion in the mining sector should be at the top of our agenda. We must ask ourselves, ‘How can we ensure equitable sharing of social and economic benefits in the mining sector?’”

He took the time to call on young people to explore opportunities that would make them a key part of this sector, integrating it with manufacturing and technology.

“As youth, you should identify your role in the value chain and position yourselves in a way that empowers you and benefits the mining sector globally.”

The Deputy President is of the view that the economic viability of the mining sector relies on developing strategies for expanding the industry through mineral beneficiation and improving the economic and social contribution of the sector.

“This presents an opportunity for youth inclusion in the value chains associated with the mining sector.”

Deputy President Mashatile cited President Cyril Ramaphosa who opened the Indaba and told guests that mining had a key role to play in building the economy of tomorrow.

“You are the future of this country and you need to take advantage of the valuable resources and huge business opportunities in the mining industry,” President Ramaphosa said at the opening of the Indaba on Monday, 5 February 2024.

In addition to diamonds and gold, the Deputy President said the country also contained reserves of iron ore, platinum, manganese, chromium, copper, uranium, silver, beryllium and titanium.

“We must capitalise on the increased demand for these raw materials to build our nation's economy and attract more investors.”

Transformation and skills development

As South Africa marks 30 years of democracy this year, the Deputy President acknowledged that the country's mining industry had undergone significant transformation.

For almost 150 years, mining has been a crucial part of South Africa's economy, contributing around 7.5% to the gross domestic product and accounting for about 60% of the country's exports by value.

Referring to the latest survey undertaken by the Minerals Council of South Africa, he said it found that 32 member companies reviewed, largely complied with the five key transformation elements of the 2010 Mining Charter.

These elements included ownership, employment equity, procurement, human resources development and mine community development.

“It is worth noting that the surveyed companies achieved a weighted average of 39.2% ownership equity by historically disadvantaged South Africans, which exceeds the charter's 26% target.”

In addition, he emphasised the significance of skills development for the youth that were not in employment, education and training between the ages of 15 and 24 in efforts to address unemployment.

The Deputy President challenged the mining industry to provide skills-development opportunities that would lead to much-needed employment opportunities.

“It is time for us, as government and private sector, to invest more than ordinary resources in the development of our youth. We must allow them to voice their concerns and their proposed solutions must be valued and integrated into the broader strategy for economic growth.”

He noted government’s commitment to including the youth in its sustainable development strategy.

“Our mining policies are more than paperwork; rather, they are strategic frameworks that direct us towards mining operations that are responsible, sustainable and socially inclusive.”

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The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, was the guest of honour and addressed a high-level reception of Invest Africa’s 11th Annual Mining Series, which was held on the margins of the Investing in African Mining Indaba Conference, underway in Cape Town.
According to the organisers, Invest Africa is a leading business and investment platform with a global footprint of more than 400 member companies, comprising multinationals, private equity firms, institutional investors, development finance institutions, professional service organisations, government bodies and entrepreneurs.
The event was part of Invest Africa’s Connect Mining Series, which provides members and close associates with an exclusive programme of events dedicated to identifying and examining investment opportunities across Africa’s mining sector.

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The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will host the annual Ubuntu Awards at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Saturday, 10 February 2024.
The event takes place after the opening of Parliament and brings together captains of industry, civil-society leaders, members of Cabinet and eminent persons, in addition to all ambassadors and high commissioners accredited to South Africa.

The Ubuntu Awards were launched in 2015 to celebrate South African citizens who play an active role in projecting a positive image of South Africa internationally through diligent service in their respective fields.

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Professor Dire Tladi was sworn in as a judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after being elected by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and Security Council.
Prof. Tladi will serve a term of nine years as a member of the ICJ.

He was sworn in on Tuesday, 6 February 2024, at The Hague and was joined by Bogdan-Lucian Aurescue of Romania, Juan Manuel Gomez Robledo Verduzco of Mexico and Sarah Hull of the United States as new judges of the World Court.

Tladi, who was a Professor of International Law at the University of Pretoria, has served in many roles in government and outside.

He previously served as special adviser to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and legal adviser to the South African Mission in New York.

The UN elected the four new members in November last year and they will now serve as judges of the ICJ.

During the sitting, they will each make the solemn declaration provided for in Article 20 of the statute of the court, which stipulates that members shall, before taking up their duties, make a solemn declaration in open court that they will exercise their powers impartially and conscientiously. The members’ nine-year terms of office will begin the same day,” said the ICJ.

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Denel is showcasing several of its top products in the fields of missile technology, air-defence systems, precision-guided munitions, artillery systems and unmanned aerial vehicle systems at the World Defence Show in Saudi Arabia from 4 to 8 February 2024.
The World Defence Show usually attracts the world’s top aerospace and defence manufacturers and is also attended by decision-makers, industry analysts and media from across the globe.

“This is an opportunity for Denel to demonstrate that we still design, manufacture and deliver high-technology products that are comparable and better than what is produced in the rest of the world,” said interim Group CEO, Mike Kgobe.
The 2022 show brought together some 600 defence and security exhibitors and attracted more than 65 000 visitors.

“It is important for Denel to have a strong presence in the fast-growing markets in the Middle East,” Kgobe said.

The exhibition followed a highly successful technology demonstration held in the Northern Cape, which was attended by decision-makers and analysts from 10 countries.

Denel said the display would focus strongly on the company’s proven capabilities in artillery, air-defence systems, guided weapons such as missiles and precision-guided munitions, and unmanned aerial vehicle systems.

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The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy, has welcomed the declaration of De Berg Nature Reserve as South Africa’s 30th Ramsar site under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.
The Ramsar Convention encourages the designation of sites containing representative, rare or unique wetlands, or wetlands that are important for conserving biological diversity.

“The conservation and restoration of wetlands are crucial to achieving many of our national and global Sustainable Development Goals. Estuaries, marshes and vleis, rivers and lakes and the biodiversity that they preserve matter for our health, food supply, tourism and jobs

“Wetlands are vital for humans, ecosystems and our climate, providing essential ecosystem services such as water regulation, including flood control and water purification,” Minister Creecy said on Friday, 2 February 2024.

Through the Working for Wetlands Programme, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has invested over R1.4 billion in the rehabilitation of 1 873 wetlands and created 43 662 jobs.

The programme commenced in the year 2000 and is being implemented in all nine provinces of South Africa by a dedicated team of experts working closely with communities.

De Berg Nature Reserve is located along the headwaters of the Dwars River in the highest part of Mpumalanga, approximately 20 kilometres north of the town of Dullstroom and lies adjacent to the Verloren Valei Ramsar Site.

At an elevation of just over 2 300 metres above sea level, the Ramsar site contains the highest altitude wetlands in Mpumalanga, consisting of numerous valley bottom, seep wetlands and mountain streams and represents some of the most pristine and habitat diverse watercourses in the South African grassland biome.

“The Ramsar site, which is a biodiversity hotspot, not only supports numerous pristine headwater wetlands but also supports numerous threatened, critically endangered and vulnerable species of plants and animals.

“The site falls within the Lydenburg and Sekhukhune centres of plant endemism and has a total of 878 indigenous plant species, which include 30 plant species that are threatened and near-threatened and a new species of Bulbine, (B decastroi), which can be found in the valleys of the reserve.

“This site also has 18 species of frogs, 71 reptile species, 432 bird species and 120 mammal species, including Van Dam's girdled lizard (Smaug vandami), various crane species such as blue crane and grey-crowned crane and mountain reedbuck,” the department said.

Many of these species are also rare and vulnerable species. They include flocks of up to 30 of the vulnerable Southern Bald Ibis, which roosts on the cliffs above Ibis Falls, one of 10 iconic waterfalls that can be found at the site.

Although wetlands cover less than 3% of South Africa’s land area, they offer diverse benefits that enrich human well-being.

The department said wetlands were increasingly regarded in South Africa as socio-ecological systems as opposed to only ecological systems.

Many of the country’s wetlands are in urban areas and are often the last remaining open areas for recreational use by the public.

“The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) – an entity of DFFE ‒ is also actively contributing to wetland conservation through its comprehensive approach to mapping and understanding this critical ecological infrastructure, emphasising that informed action today can make a significant difference for the future of wetlands, human well-being and biodiversity.

“Strategic water source areas are crucial to South Africa’s water security and various SANBI projects provide insight into land use and protection levels in these strategically important national assets,” Minister Creecy said.

The designation of De Berg Nature Reserve as South Africa’s 30th Ramsar Site under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance coincided with World Wetlands Day (2 February), which was commemorated under the theme Wetlands and Human Well-being.

Once designated, these sites are added to the Convention's List of Wetlands of International Importance and become known as Ramsar sites. In designating a wetland as a Ramsar site, countries agree to establish and oversee a management framework aimed at conserving the wetland and ensuring its wise use.

“Through the development of partnerships to monitor, protect and rehabilitate wetlands, by ensuring our wetlands are kept free of litter and invasive alien plant species and by ensuring that we follow best practices to ensure that wetlands are sustainably used for their services, we show our appreciation for and acknowledge the value of wetlands and ensure that they remain in place to provide future generations with the same services,” the Minister said.

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De Rustica Estate, nestled beneath the majestic Swartberg Mountains, has achieved a feat of remarkable proportions, making South Africa swell with pride.
At the esteemed “International Quality Awards for Extra Virgin Olive Oil” – The EVOOLEUM Awards ‒ De Rustica claimed the absolute best award, marking a significant milestone for South African olive oil on the global stage.

The gala, held on 16 January 2024, at Espacio Rastro Madrid, stood as the pinnacle of recognition for Extra Virgin Olive Oil excellence, drawing producers from across the globe.

The South African Olive Industry Association proudly announced this momentous victory, extending heartfelt congratulations to De Rustica Estate and its visionary founder, Rob Still.
Still, a South African mining entrepreneur, embarked on the journey of De Rustica with a fervent desire to contribute meaningfully to his homeland. In 2005, driven by a passion for olive oil and a deep-seated connection to the land, Still set out to create something authentically South African and truly exceptional.

Inspired by his mother’s love for landscape gardening, Still’s childhood explorations of Johannesburg’s diverse gardens instilled in him an appreciation for the beauty of nature. With meticulous planning and a keen eye for detail, he commissioned a comprehensive study to identify the perfect location for his olive farm.

The Klein Karoo, with its ideal climate and fertile soil, emerged as the chosen site, resonating with Still’s personal connection to the region.

In late 2006, the planting of olive orchards commenced, spanning the picturesque landscapes of the Oude Muragie, Le Roux and Grootkruis properties. Today, De Rustica Estate sprawls over 125 hectares.

The accolade bestowed upon De Rustica Estate reverberates far beyond the borders of South Africa. Spain’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, personally congratulated the estate, acknowledging its pivotal role in elevating South African Extra Virgin Olive Oil to global prominence. De Rustica’s Collection, Coratina, emerged victorious among 61 Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oils in the Top 100, reaffirming South Africa’s position among the world’s finest producers.

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The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Zizi Kodwa, congratulated the trailblazing South African musician Tyla for winning her first Grammy Award. At the 66th annual Grammy Awards, Tyla won the Grammy for Best African Performance.
South Africa had a notable presence at the Grammys, with Trevor Noah hosting the awards for a fourth time and being nominated for Best Comedy Album. Acapella group, Just 6, was nominated in the Best Arrangement, Instrumental or Acapella Category, while Musa Keys was nominated for Best African Performance for his collaboration with Nigerian artist Davido.

Minister Kodwa said: “Tyla’s Grammy Award win once again confirms her status as a music global superstar. Her meteoric success has been truly inspiring and there is so much more to come.”

Minister Kodwa added: “Tyla is a proud ambassador of South African arts and culture. I congratulate Tyla for a historic Grammy Award win, which comes before she has even released a full album. Continue to inspire and to raise the South African flag high.”

Minister Kodwa further said: “I also congratulate all the South African artists who were nominated for the 66th Grammy Awards. Trevor Noah, Just 6 and Musa Keys show the diverse South African artistic talent on display on the world stage. Continue to entertain and showcasing to the world the best of Mzansi,”

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The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Zizi Kodwa, has learnt with great sadness of the passing of legendary musician and activist Tony Cedras.
A renowned multi-instrumentalist and session player, Cedras was also as an activist who participated actively in the liberation struggle against apartheid. He also dedicated much of his time promoting Khoisan heritage.

Minister Kodwa said: “Tony Cedras is one of those names synonymous with the Cape Town jazz sound, who will be remembered for his excellent musicianship, activism and for taking South African music and culture to the world. Growing up in Elsies River, Cedras’ talents saw him performing in countries around the world.
Minister Kodwa added: “Mr Cedras was part of the group of artists who expressed their activism through the arts in the liberation struggle against apartheid. Mr Cedras used the arts as a tool to protest the injustices of apartheid, alongside the likes of Professor Mongane Serote, Ms Baleka Mbete, Mr Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and the late Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile, Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte, among others. He also played for many years alongside Paul Simon.”

Minister Kodwa also said: “Mr Cedras was proud of his Khoisan heritage, sharing his knowledge and playing indigenous instruments. I am saddened at the passing of a legend who fought so much for this country’s freedom and worked as much to enrich our heritage. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and comrades of Mr Cedras.”

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Artist Alfred Thoba’s 50-year-long career is set to be honoured in a legacy exhibition: “True Love” – a must for South African art and history lovers.
The life and work of South African modernist Alfred Thoba (1951 ‒ 2022) are both to be honoured in a new commemorative exhibition, titled True Love.

A collaboration between Strauss & Co and Kalashnikov Gallery, True Love will reflect on Thoba’s 50-year career in art as a unique force in the South African art scene, with a selection of his artworks to be exhibited along with archive materials in a special reconstruction of his Hillbrow home studio.

The story of Alfred Thoba is an important one in South Africa’s art and history, and one that has a deep relationship with the socio-politics of our country.
Hailing from Sophiatown, Thoba’s largely self-taught creations drew attention for the way they explored life from the lens of the disempowered, inspired by his personal life and the media he consumed through newspaper and magazine articles. But it also brought forward topics of love and marriage; fledged into art in ways that helped influence the South African modernist art scene.

True Love will give art lovers and historians a first-hand look at the works he exhibited from the 1980s right to his last completed painting. This way, the story of Thoba, his style, influences and contribution to South African art can be appreciated as a rich, evolving story.

The focus beyond honouring the late artist is also on art education so that school children can be inspired by the greats who came before.

True Love runs from 5 February to 1 March 2024 and can be visited at Strauss & Co Johannesburg.

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In the wake of Bafana Bafana’s valiant effort in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Nigeria, Nando’s has stepped up to remind us that victory isn’t just about hoisting a trophy. In a heartfelt message, the iconic South African brand echoed the sentiments of many, saying, “Lifting our spirits doesn’t require a trophy”.
The semi-final clash was nothing short of dramatic, as a 10-man Bafana Bafana squad poured their hearts onto the field in a tense battle against Nigeria in Côte d’Ivoire. Despite the odds stacked against them, Coach Hugo Broos’ determined charges fought tooth and nail, pushing the game into extra time and eventually a nerve-wracking penalty shootout, after ending the 90 minutes deadlocked at 1-1. Grant Kekana’s red card in the final minutes of extra time only added to the intensity of the match.

The game saw William Troost-Ekong opening the scoring for Nigeria from the penalty spot, answered by a resilient Teboho Mokoena, who equalised for Bafana Bafana in the 90th minute, also from the penalty spot. While the result didn’t swing in our favour, the spirit and determination displayed by the South African team captured the hearts of millions across the nation.
What truly stands out is not just the outcome of the match, but the journey Bafana Bafana has undertaken throughout the Africa Cup of Nations. They gave their all, igniting a passion for football in South Africans, even for those who don’t typically follow the sport. Their grit and determination echoed the sentiments of unity, reminding us that we are truly Stronger Together.

Looking ahead, Bafana Bafana will now face the losing side in the second semi-final between hosts Côte d’Ivoire and Democratic Republic of Congo in the third-place playoff on Saturday, 11 February 2024. As they prepare for the next challenge, the nation rallies behind them, showing unwavering support and belief in their abilities.

In times like these, it’s not just about winning or losing – it’s about the resilience, unity and spirit of a nation coming together to support its team. Congratulations to Bafana Bafana for their remarkable journey and here’s to many more moments that inspire us all.

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SAFA Cape Town, in partnership with the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC), will host the Football for Humanity International showpiece at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town.
Hosted in partnership with the DSAC and led by the Deputy Minister, Nocawe Mafu, the Football for Humanity event will feature the Palestine National Football team participating in two exhibition matches on Sunday, 11 February, and Sunday, 18 February, at the Home of Soccer, the Athlone Stadium.

The first match between a hand-picked Western Cape XI and the Palestinians coincides with the release of former President Nelson Mandela 24 years ago and it will indeed be an auspicious occasion. Mandela’s words at the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People in Pretoria on 4 December 1997 were: “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”.

The second match, to be played at the same venue, will feature a South African Invitational XI squaring up against the visitors from Palestine to compete in the Freedom Cup. Fresh from their historic achievement in the Asia Cup where they qualified for the Round of 16 for the first time, the Palestinian National Football Team will touch down in Cape Town on Thursday, 8 February.

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The men’s water polo team is in Doha, where they, alongside fellow South African swimmers, are competing at the 2024 World Aquatic Championships.
The World Aquatic Championships is running from 2 to 18 February 2024 in Doha, Qatar. The event is a highly anticipated one where the world’s best aquatic athletes come together to compete. This one is a significant competition as this is also an Olympic year and many athletes will be competing with that in mind, aiming to earn the final spots on national teams heading to the Olympics.

The championship events include artistic swimming, diving, open water swimming, water polo, swimming and high diving.

The opening took place on 4 February at Aspire Dome. The Aspire Dome will host the swimming, artistic swimming and water polo competitions and training. The men’s and women’s water polo teams started competing on 5 February, starting with the South African women’s team against Canada and the men’s team against Spain.

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