Mr.Wahl making a symbolic presentation at one of the hospitalsBy Gloria T. TambaThe Ministry of Health on Wednesday received a large consignment of medical disinfectant materials worth over 144,000 Euros (US$161,335) from Numelec, a Swiss group in partnership with Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai to improve the country’s health sector.The hospitals benefitting from the Swiss largesse are Phebe, in Bong County; Tellewoyan, in Voinjama, Lofa County; and Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County.Presenting the items to the Ministry recently, the president of Numelec, Mr. François Wahl, disclosed that the donation resulted from Vice President Boakai’s recent visit to Geneva, Switzerland where he requested for better health care delivery services in Liberia.Wahl said during the VP’s visit, the need to have foreign aid to buttress government’s efforts to strengthen the country’s health sector was the priority issue which prompted the Swiss group to send the medical supplies to Liberia.He explained that when it comes to health expenditure, Liberia has the lowest in the world, and recommend that new health centers be built, old ones renovated and to have current medical technologies introduced, “because when the health of the people is improved, it will reduce poverty, vulnerability and improve productivity, economic growth and health investment.”According to Whal, the disinfectant is a no-touch technology that makes life easier for infection free perfectionists, patients and healthcare workers.“The disinfectant materials are critical to hospitals because they help reduce the high death rates and will be used to help protect the hospitals against any outbreak,” he said.Mr. Wahl stated that the estimated cost of the materials is over 144,000 Euros, adding that the materials require users to be well trained before operating them for effective use.“For the first phase of our work with these materials in the country, we will train health workers on how to use them to ensure that the health sector yields more positive results,” he said.In response, VP Boakai told the gathering that the donation by the Government of Switzerland was based on an appeal to it for medical supplies to improve Liberia’s health sector.“This has always been my appeal when I travel to other countries – to see a difference in my country especially when it comes to the good of the country,” the VP said.“When we were in Geneva I was wondering what the people would appreciate, so I suggested the health sector, which is my key priority. And so, this is what they brought to improve our health sector, and we welcome this contribution to the healthcare delivery of our country.”Minister of Health Dr. Bernice Dahn lauded the people of Switzerland for the major support to the Ministry especially when the country is at the rebuilding stages of its health system.“I remember during the Ebola crisis a carrier of Ebola died in one of the hospitals and we had to close the entire hospital down for a longer period of time because we didn’t have disinfectants to disinfect the entire area. With these supplies of medical disinfectant our hospitals and patients will be in a safe environment,” she said.Minister Dahn promised to put in place mechanisms that will ensure the proper use of the materials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Forty-five outstanding British Columbians were named the recipients of the sixth annual BC Community Achievement Awards by Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation.Muriel Stanley of Dawson Creek is one of the recipients. Muriel advocates for people affected by dementia. Twenty years ago, Muriel helped establish the first Alzheimer’s Support Group in Dawson Creek, an organization which has served as a model for other communities. She is the support and education co-ordinator for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and serves her region with unwavering passion and commitment.Muriel will join the rest of the recipients of the 2009 British Columbia Community Achievement Award Winnersat a formal presentation at Government House in Victoria on March 10, 2009. Each individual will receive a certificate and a medallion designed by B.C. artist Robert Davidson. – Advertisement –
On the ManeLiverpool’s Sadio Mane took his tally for the season to four goals in four games at Leicester on Saturday © AFP / Oli SCARFFThe stunning form of Mohamed Salah left Sadio Mane in the shade when praise was dished out for Liverpool’s run to the Champions League final and the top four last season.However, with Salah struggling to match those standards early on in his second season, Mane is showing why he was considered the man Liverpool couldn’t cope without early in Jurgen Klopp’s reign.A 2-1 win at Leicester on Saturday ensured Klopp’s men still haven’t dropped a point and Mane has been the key figure with four goals in as many games.Liverpool were once again not at their free-flowing best with Salah subbed 20 minutes from time, but Mane’s goals have kept their bid for a first league title since 1990 intact while the Egyptian gets back up to speed.Alonso makes Chelsea clickChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri hailed Marcos Alonso as the best left-back in Europe after another fine performance against Bournemouth © AFP / Ian KINGTONChelsea sit alongside Liverpool with a perfect record despite new boss Maurizio Sarri’s fears it would take time to impose a very different style to his predecessor Antonio Conte.A move to a back four should in theory have curbed Marcos Alonso’s rampaging runs forward from left-back, but instead the Spaniard has been Chelsea’s most potent offensive weapon so far this season.Alonso scored the winner in a 3-2 thrillier against Arsenal, won penalties in victories at Huddersfield and Newcastle and now has two assists to his name after playing a part in both goals in a 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.“Alonso, at the moment, this position at left-back is maybe the best in Europe,” said an impressed Sarri.Mourinho out of troubleJose Mourinho was relieved as Manchester United ended their losing run © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYWith the vultures circling over Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho was given a welcome boost by Romelu Lukaku as Manchester United ended their two-game losing streak with a 2-0 win at Burnley.United boss Mourinho was reportedly in danger of losing his job if his spluttering side crashed to a third successive defeat.Already off to their worst start for 26 years amid Mourinho’s feud with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, over transfer policy, and star midfielder Paul Pogba, over a perceived lack of effort, this was a must-win game for the Portuguese coach.Lukaku’s double was just reward for a solid United performance despite Marcus Rashford’s red card for a headbutt.Arsenal pass test of mettleArsenal’s Aaron Ramsey stood up to Cardiff’s physical test © AFP / Geoff CADDICKWith Cardiff boss Neil Warnock vowing to get his players to “rough up” Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, Unai Emery’s side knew they were in for a fight in south Wales.Warnock’s aggressive team were as promised, producing a no-holds-barred display in front of a passionate crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium.Twice Cardiff came from behind to draw level in the kind of difficult match that often ended in disaster for Arsenal in the latter stages of the Arsene Wenger era.But, on this occasion at least, the Gunners showed some backbone, winning 3-2 thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s late goal.It was their first away win of the season and offered encouragement that Emery is capable of fixing Arsenal’s numerous flaws.Is Mitrovic Rafa’s regret?Aleksandar Mitrovic has made a fine start to the season with Fulham © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVAleksandar Mitrovic sits alongside Mane as the Premier League’s top scorer after netting for the fourth time in three games for Fulham in a 2-2 draw at Brighton.The Serbian has now scored more goals on his own than former club Newcastle, who lie in the bottom three after a 2-1 defeat at Manchester City.Much has been made of Magpies owner Mike Ashley’s failure to back Rafa Benitez in the transfer market.But Benitez himself has to carry some of the blame for Newcastle’s lack of firepower as he was happy to send Mitrovic out on loan to Craven Cottage last season before making that deal permanent for a reported £22 million.Mitrovic had already been worth that fee for Fulham in firing them to promotion with 12 goals in 20 games during his loan spell and his goals are making the Londoners look more likely to remain in the top flight than Newcastle at present.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victory for Manchester United at Burnley eased the pressure on manager Jose MourinhoLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 2 – Liverpool head into the international break on top of the table as Sadio Mane inspired their hard-fought win at Leicester, while Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso has made a fine start to the season for Maurizio Sarri’s team.Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:
“Time puts everyone in their place,” said Rodrigo afterwards. “We made a huge effort against Chelsea and it wasn’t to be but this team never tires of miracles and this is another one.”Ajax were arguably the story of the competition last season when their youthful team went all the way to the semi-finals but there will be no repeat this year.Gabriel Paulista was sent off in injury-time but even against 10 men, they could not find the equaliser they needed.Instead, Valencia not only progress but have earned themselves the best chance of a kind draw when the knock-out stage is decided in Nyon on December 16.It seemed unlikely after they missed a series of golden opportunities to beat Chelsea earlier this month but a 2-2 draw still left them with a chance, even if the odds were not in their favour.They knew they either had to beat Ajax, against whom they had lost 3-0 at home in October, or at least match the result of Chelsea, who always seemed likely to win against Lille at Stamford Bridge.Ajax, meanwhile, began the night two points clear at the top of the group and needed only a draw to go through.Valencia coach Albert Celades, who made his La Liga debut as a player under Cruyff, was now in the dugout of the stadium named after the iconic Dutchman and this will be a major boost for his side, who are eighth in La Liga after a rocky start to the season on and off the pitch.– Brilliant Gaya clearance –“It’s a huge reinforcement for us,” said Celades.Ajax sit three points clear at the top of the Eredivisie but last year’s heroics in the Champions League, and their heartbreaking defeat to Tottenham, meant they had European ambitions too.Rodrigo headed wide from a corner early on but after a frantic start, the game settled, with Ajax dominating possession and Valencia trying to counter-attack.Against the run of play, Valencia took the lead as Rodrigo’s bending run in behind was picked out by a Ferran Torres pass. Rodrigo controlled with his left and fired the ball with his right into the roof of the net.Ajax had to wait until the end of the half for their best chance as Donny van de Beek latched onto Hakim Ziyech’s pass and lifted the ball over Jaume Domenech, only for Jose Gaya to make a brilliant clearance off the line.Rodrigo might have made it two at the other end but it was Ajax that were pushing for an equaliser after the restart as Valencia retreated.Ziyech should have levelled but fluffed his finish at the near post before 20-year-old Noa Lang hooked over from inside the box.Lille pulled a goal back away at Chelsea to give Ajax further hope and they were almost gifted an equaliser by Valencia’s Daniel Wass, who chested the ball away from his own goalkeeper.Ziyech went close with a shot towards the near post and, three minutes into injury time, Gabriel was sent off for thrusting his head into Dusan Tadic.It left Valencia to defend two minutes, and a corner, with 10 men but Ajax could not find a way through.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ajax were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday after a 1-0 loss at home to Valencia © ANP/AFP / Maurice van STEENAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec 11 – Ajax’s hopes of another fairytale run in the Champions League were dashed on Tuesday as a 1-0 defeat at home to Valencia sent them crashing out and the Spaniards through to the last 16.Rodrigo Moreno’s 24th-minute strike proved the winner at the Johan Cruyff Arena and enough to flip the top three in Group H, with Valencia advancing in first place along with Chelsea, who beat bottom club Lille 2-1.
PARIS – A Paris prosecutor has thrown out a complaint against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture in Iraq and at the U.S. military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, a lawyer for one of the four groups that filed the case said Friday. The prosecutor dismissed the case on the grounds that Rumsfeld benefits from immunity, said attorney Patrick Baudoin, president of the International Federation of Human Rights. The organizations that brought the complaint have asked the prosecutor to reconsider. The complaint was filed Oct. 25 during a visit by Rumsfeld to Paris. Prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin said Rumsfeld is covered by the immunity accorded to heads of state or government and foreign ministers for acts during their time in office, according to a letter seen by The Associated Press. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings
A Competitive Start Fund (CSF) competition worth up to €750,000 in funding from Enterprise Ireland will open for applications to early stage companies in manufacturing and internationally traded services on Wednesday 13 September 2017.This is Enterprise Ireland’s seventh Competitive Start Fund in 2017 and is open to all sectors with a focus on agricultural, manufacturing, life sciences and renewables subsectors.Up to 15 successful applicants will receive high-level business development support and an investment of up to €50,000 each. The CSF is designed to accelerate the growth of start-ups and enable companies to reach key commercial and technical milestones. Launching the CSF, An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD said: “Start-up businesses offering innovative products and services are the lifeblood of the economy and Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund injects vital early stage funding into companies who have the potential to thrive in international markets.“Now that the rates of early stage entrepreneurship in Ireland have returned to pre-recession levels, the success of start-up activity will depend on this kind of funding as well as the crucial advice, training and business introductions offered by Enterprise Ireland to successful CSF applicants.”Applications are invited from companies that are active in the relevant industrial sectors or individuals who, prior to Enterprise Ireland’s investment, are based in Ireland and have a headquarters registered here. Other criteria apply.Joe Healy, Divisional Manager, High Potential Start-Ups, Enterprise Ireland said: “A key priority for Enterprise Ireland is supporting start-ups with global ambition. We do this through funding to help get businesses off the ground while also offering valuable business support and networking opportunities. “This is our seventh CSF in 2017 and this time the Enterprise Ireland start-up team is looking for applications from start-ups working in all sectors – in particular, the areas of agritech, agribusiness, agricultural machinery, eHealth, digital health, medical devices, diagnostics and cleantech.“Since the start of the year, we’ve seen an increased number of applications to our Competitive Start Funds and we are anticipating more great, innovative ideas with global market appeal in this call”.In addition to written online applications, companies will be asked to prepare an online video pitch. The fund will close for applications at 3pm on Wednesday 27 September 2017.Full details are available at www.enterprise-ireland.com/csfEnterprise Ireland launch competition worth €750,000 for start-ups was last modified: August 30th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:competitive start fundEnterprise IrelandfundingStart ups
Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars possible standings silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade shining smart causal Jurgen Klopp is one of the characters of the game but the team talk ahead of a charity match was hilarious even by his standards.The Liverpool boss managed James Milner’s side against Stiliyan Petrvo’s Celtic at Parkhead at the weekend and the German’s pre-match speech was something to behold! Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED REVEALED “You can decide how long you play, I don’t care!” 🤣🤣Klopp’s hilarious #AMatchForCancer teamtalk… pic.twitter.com/bPNkBreBcO— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 11, 2018 1 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Klopp was in a very relaxed mood before the charity game huge blow Latest Liverpool FC News Klopp said he “didn’t care” how long the players wanted to play for which included ex-Liverpool stars Luis Garcia and Jamie Redknapp.However, he told Redknapp he would have to play 120 minutes as he was working as a pundit which was met with a chorus of laughter.The match between Liverpool and Celtic XIs – which finished 3-3 – was in aid of the James Milner Foundation, the Celtic FC Foundation and the Stiliyan Petrov Foundation.Watch Klopp’s pre-match talk below. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade
The most popular travel TV show in Italy, Kilimangiaro, which has more than 1 million viewers per episode, is filming in Donegal this week.Tourism Ireland in Milan, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland, invited camerawoman Annapia Chico and cameraman Diego Nicoletti to come and explore Donegal for the Kilimangiaro show.It will air on the Italian national TV station, RAI Tre towards the end of 2018. Filming will take place in destinations like the Slieve League Cliffs, Glenveagh National Park, Fanad Head Lighthouse as well as many more.“We are delighted that the Kilimangiaro TV show is filming in Donegal this week – it’s the kind of publicity that money simply could not buy and a superb way to highlight the North West section of the Wild Atlantic Way to more than 1 million Italians, positioning Ireland as a highly desirable place to visit,” said Niamh Kinsella, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Italy.“Publicity is an important element of our overall promotional programme, helping to raise awareness through the Italian media of the many things to see and do on a holiday around the island of Ireland,” she added.2017 was the best year ever for tourism from Italy to Ireland. The county welcomed around 363,300 Italian visitors, an increase of 5.5% from 2016. Tourism Ireland is determined to ensure that success continues and the organisation has an extensive programme of promotions under way in Italy in 2018.1 million Italians expected to tune into show exploring Donegal was last modified: May 13th, 2018 by Chris CannonShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalitalyKilimangiarotelevision
Holders of UK Drivers licences have been urged to immediately exchange their licences for an Irish drivers licence or they run the risk of holding no valid licence after Brexit occurs, according to the Road Safety Authority. Drivers have until April 12th to exchange their licenses unless a further extension is agreed between the UK and the European Union.Speaking on Saturday, Deputy Gallagher said: “It would be prudent to act now rather than wait and see what eventual outcome there is to the UK Parliament decision on Brexit, as there will be natural delays in exchanging licences. “But if a crash out of the EU occurs with the United Kingdom, then overnight you could very well find out that your UK licence is no longer valid to use on Irish roads if you are residing in the Republic.”The Road Safety Authority (RSA) confirmed last month that the demand had reached up to 500 applications per day.The Minister for Transport Shane Ross said: “The Road Safety Authority (RSA), through the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) are informing people to avail of the exchange facility in place to swap over the UK licence for an Irish licence before that facility extinguishes in the event of a no-deal Brexit.“Therefore it is critical that holders of UK drivers Licences avail of this exchange scheme before the Brexit deadline.” Donegal drivers urged to exchange for Irish licence before Brexit deadline was last modified: March 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Football – or soccer, as many of us call it – is the most widely played sport in South Africa, with its traditional support base in the black community. South Africans can point to many sporting moments, but winning the African Nations Cup on home turf in 1996 and hosting the Fifa 2010 World Cup are among our proudest.The vuvuzela is identified forever with South African soccer after 2010. (Image: Andrew Moore)Brand South Africa reporterSoccer is intensely followed, and the quality of the local game keeps improving – as demonstrated by the increasing number of South African players-in-exile among the glamorous European clubs.Local teams, organised in a national league plus a plethora of knock-out cups, are followed with passion by paint-daubed, costumed, whistling and cheering fans. Mercifully, the country has been spared the spectre of football hooliganism.There’s probably no quicker way to “break the ice” with the South African on the street than to demonstrate some knowledge of local soccer. To help you improve your conversational skills, here’s a crash course on the country’s most important teams and competitions.Bafana BafanaBanyana BanyanaGlamour clubsPremier Soccer LeagueKnockout competitionsFirst DivisionBAFANA BAFANAOne of the gifts that democracy brought South Africa was its first truly representative national soccer team.In 1992, two years before the country’s first democratic election, the united South African team came into being, playing Cameroon in its first match in Durban on 9 July. It was a triumphant occasion for the side that came to be known as Bafana Bafana – “The Boys” – as they edged the West African powerhouse by a goal to nil.However, the win concealed the negative effect that apartheid-enforced isolation had had on local soccer. This lack of international experience showed as South Africa lost four matches in a row – to Cameroon, Zambia, Nigeria and Zambia – in failing to qualify for the 1994 African Nations Cup.When South Africa hosted the 1996 African Nations Cup, however, South Africa proved they belonged in the finals by defeating Tunisia 2-0 in the final. It was during the team’s run to the title that its nickname, “Bafana Bafana”, became known around the world.Read more: Bafana Bafana – a quick historyBANYANA BANYANASouth Africa’s senior women’s team, Banyana Banyana – “The Girls” – have traditionally been the strongest team in southern Africa and one of the best in Africa.For many years, Nigeria were their stumbling block, but that barrier was finally broken down in 2012 in the semi-finals of the Caf African Women’s Championship. Like Nigeria, though, Equatorial Guinea has twice beaten Banyana in the final of African Women’s Championship.The team finished runner-up to Nigeria in 1995 and 2000, and runner-up to Equatorial Guinea in 2008 and 2012. There were also second place finishes at the All Africa Games in 2003 and 2007. One of their biggest achievements was qualifying for the Olympic Games in 2012 in London. In a very tough pool, up against three teams ranked in the top 10 in the world, Banyana went down 1-4 to Sweden, lost 0-3 to Canada, but then held World Cup champions Japan to a goalless draw.GLAMOUR CLUBSKaizer ChiefsSouth Africa’s favourite soccer club never seems to play an away match. “The Amakhozi” often draw more supporters at away games than their opposition.Founded in 1970 by Kaizer Motaung – who made his name in the United States when the American league was drawing such superstars as Pele, Johan Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer – Kaizer Chiefs are one of South Africa’s most successful teams.Thrice the winners of South Africa’s Premier Soccer League since its launch in 1997, the Soweto, Johannesburg-based team secured their first African title in 2002 when they won the Cup Winners Cup – renamed after Nelson Mandela – by defeating Inter Luanda of Angola in the final.The most imporatnt derby in South African soccer. Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates. (Image: John Karwoski)Orlando PiratesFormed in 1937, Orlando Pirates has a support base extending across the country’s borders.Four-time winners of SA’s Premier Soccer League since its launch in 1997, “The Buccaneers” are the only South African team so far to have won Africa’s premier club competition, the Champions League, a feat they achieved in 1995.Like Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates – who are also based in Soweto, Johannesburg – are seldom disadvantaged when they play away from home, with fanatical supporters spread throughout South Africa.The fierce traditional rivalry between Pirates and Chiefs makes for one of the biggest derby matches in the world. In November 2007, on the day preceding the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ draw in Durban, the Chiefs-Pirates derby was broadcast throughout Africa and 43 European countries, a first for South African football.Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport UnitedWhile Chiefs and Pirates have long battled for the title of South Africa’s most popular club, other outfits have emerged to challenge for the position, among them two Tshwane/Pretoria-based clubs: Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United.Backed by billionaire mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, Mamelodi Sundowns have the finances to ensure a squad with depth and quality. The club is often compared to England’s Chelsea, which rose to prominence partly through the backing of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.Sundowns fans have been spoilt by the clubs history. (Image: Mamelodi Sundowns)“The Brazilians” have been the most successful team since the formation of the Premier Soccer League in 1997, winning the title on seven occasions, most recently in 2016.Supersport United, a “youngster” among South African football clubs was formed in 1994, when pay-television company M-Net bought Pretoria City and renamed the club after its popular sports channel. They lifted the PSL title in three successive years, from 2008 to 2010.PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUESouth Africa’s top soccer league, featuring the country’s best 16 clubs, came into being in 1997.The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has helped raise the standard of club football in South Africa, providing the sport with better media coverage and much-improved revenue through strong sponsorship deals. It has also provided a platform for local players to make their mark and catch the eye of overseas clubs.Sponsorship boomIn June 2007, the PSL pulled off an astounding coup when it signed a R1.6-billion broadcast deal with SuperSport International.In August 2007, corporate heavyweights South African Breweries (SAB) and Absa Bank announced a joint sponsorship of more than R500-million over five years for South African football. SAB is behind Bafana Bafana, while Absa sponsors the PSL’s Premier Division.In February 2008, Nedbank announced that it would be putting up R20-million in prize money for the Nedbank Cup knockout competition as part of a five-year, R400- million sponsorship of the local game.And in August 2008, cellular giant MTN committed the same amount – R400- million over five years – to the local game, while taking over the title sponsorship of the Top 8 knockout tournament.These deals combined have made South Africa’s Premier Soccer League the seventh biggest earner of sponsorship revenue among football leagues worldwide.Premier Soccer League champions:2016/17: Bidvest Wits2015/16: Mamelodi Sundowns2014/15: Kaizer Chiefs2013/14: Mamelodi Sundowns2012/13: Kaizer Chiefs2011/12: Orlando Pirates2010/11: Orlando Pirates2009/10: SuperSport United2008/09: SuperSport United2007/08: SuperSport United2006/07: Mamelodi Sundowns2005/06: Mamelodi Sundowns2004/05: Kaizer Chiefs2003/04: Kaizer Chiefs2002/03: Orlando Pirates2001/02: Santos2000/01: Orlando Pirates1999/00: Mamelodi Sundowns1998/99: Mamelodi Sundowns1997/98: Mamelodi Sundowns1996/97: Manning RangersBivest Wits – The Clever Boys = are the reigning PSL champions. (Image: Bidvest Wits)KNOCKOUT COMPETITIONSA number of knockout competitions are played alongside the league fixtures in South African soccer.Nedbank CupA knockout competition modelled on England’s famous FA Cup, giving lower league teams the chance to do battle with premier league clubs, has been in existence since 1978, under various names: the Mainstay Cup (1978-1987), Bobsave Superbowl (1988-2002), Absa Cup (2003-07) and, from 2008, the Nedbank Cup.With a total prize purse of R19.3-million, including R6-million for the winners, R2.5-million for the runners-up and R1-million for the losing semi-finalists, the Nedbank Cup is the most lucrative domestic soccer competition in Africa.Nedbank Cup champions:2017: Supersport United2016: Supersport United2015: Mamelodi Sundowns2014: Orlando Pirates2013: Kaizer Chiefs2012: SuperSport United2011: Orlando Pirates2010: Bidvest Wits2009: Moroka Swallows2008: Mamelodi Sundowns2007: Ajax Cape Town2006: Kaizer Chiefs2005: SuperSport United2004: Moroka Swallows2003: Santos2002: not played2001: Santos2000: Kaizer Chiefs1999: SuperSport United1998: Mamelodi Sundowns1997: not played1996: Orlando Pirates1995: Cape Town Spurs1994: Vaal Professionals1993: Witbank Aces1992: Kaizer Chiefs1991: Moroka Swallows1990: Jomo Cosmos1989: Moroka Swallows1988: Orlando Pirates1987: Kaizer Chiefs1986: Sundowns1985: Bloemfontein Celtic1984: Kaizer Chiefs1983: Moroka Swallows1982: Kaizer Chiefs1981: Kaizer Chiefs1980: Orlando Pirates1979: Kaizer Chiefs1978: Wits UniversityTelkom Knockout CupThe Telkom Knockout Cup, which features all 16 Premier Soccer League teams on a knockout basis, is African football’s second most lucrative domestic competition after the Nedbank Cup.The competition was first held in 1992 and has existed under a number of different names, including the Coca-Cola Cup and the Rothmans Cup.Telkom became the new sponsors in 2006, and in 2007 paid out R14.2-million in prize money, including R4.25-million to the winners.Telkom Cup champions:2016: Cape Town City2015: Mamelodi Sundowns2014: Supersport United2013: Platinum Stars2012: Bloemfontein Celtic2011: Orlando Pirates2010: Kaizer Chiefs2009: Kaizer Chiefs2008: Ajax Cape Town2007: Kaizer Chiefs2006: Silver Stars2005: Jomo Cosmos2004: Kaizer Chiefs2003: Kaizer Chiefs2002: Jomo Cosmos2001: Kaizer Chiefs2000: Ajax Cape Town1999: Sundowns1998: Kaizer Chiefs1997: Kaizer Chiefs1996: Umtata Bucks1995: Wits University1994: Qwa Qwa Stars1993: Umtata Bucks1992: AmazuluMTN 8The MTN 8 – formerly the Top 8 and Supa 8 – is contested at the beginning of each Premier Soccer League season by the top eight finishers of the previous season.Now known as the MTN 8 Knockout, after cellular operator MTN took over the title sponsorship, the tournament boasts a R8-million winner-takes-all prize – while guaranteeing each team R800 000 simply for participating.Top 8 champions:2013: Platinum Stars2012: Moroka Swallows2011: Orlando Pirates2010: Orlando Pirates2009: Lamontville Golden Arrows2008: Kaizer Chiefs2007: Mamelodi Sundowns2006: Kaizer Chiefs2005: Bloemfontein Celtic2004: SuperSport United2003: Jomo Cosmos2002: Santos2001: Kaizer Chiefs2000: Orlando Pirates1996: Orlando Pirates1995: Wits University1994: Kaizer Chiefs1993: Orlando Pirates1992: Kaizer Chiefs1991: Kaizer Chiefs1990: Mamelodi Sundowns1989: Kaizer Chiefs1988: Mamelodi Sundowns1987: Kaizer Chiefs1986: Arcadia1985: Kaizer Chiefs1984: Wits University1983: Orlando Pirates1982: Kaizer Chiefs1981: Kaizer Chiefs1980: Witbank Black Aces1979: Moroka Swallows1978: Orlando Pirates1977: Kaizer Chiefs1976: Kaizer Chiefs1975: Moroka Swallows1974: Kaizer Chiefs1973: Orlando Pirates1972: Orlando PiratesFIRST DIVISIONBelow the Premier Soccer League, South African football’s First Division features 16 clubs.At the end of each season, the winner of the league earns promotion to the PSL. The teams in second and third place have an opportunity to earn a place in the PSL through playoffs.They face the team that finished second last in the PSL in a mini-tournament, with the winner earning a place in the top league.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.