4 June 2012South Africa’s Bafana Bafana scraped a 1-1 draw against lower-ranked Ethiopia in their first 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier in Rustenburg, North West province on Sunday, thanks to a last-gasp goal by Katlego Mphela.Ethiopia are currently 138th in the world rankings, compared to South Africa’s 67th.A small crowd, including a strong Ethiopian representation, was on hand for the match, and the visitors’ supporters walked away by far the happier group of fans.Bright startBafana started brightly enough as Anele Ngconga brought a save out of the Ethiopian goalkeeper in the first minute.There was an early opportunity for the Premier Soccer League’s top goal scorer, Siyabonga Nomvethe, after a defensive error by Ethiopia, but he chose to square the ball rather than shoot when there was no support in the middle.The home side enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, but the East Africans stood firm and kept most of South Africa’s attempts on goal to shots from distance.There was a moment of concern for the visitors when a free-kick taken by Mphela was spilled by goalkeeper Sisay Bancha Basa, but he was able to regain control of the ball under pressure from two South African players.Sucker punchBafana Bafana were in the driving seat, but found themselves floored by a sucker punch in the 28th minute when the Ethiopians took the lead. Saladin Said dispossessed Tsepo Masilela and let fly with a powerful strike that rattled the underside of the South African crossbar and flashed into the net.Masilela’s day became even worse just five minutes later when was forced from the field by an injury, with Punch Masenamela replacing him.Just a minute before the break, Said fired narrowly wide with a powerful shot.With South Africa behind by a goal at half-time, Mosimane opted to replace midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane with Oupa Manyisa.Numbers behind the ballEthiopia worked hard after the break to get numbers behind the ball on defence, which made Bafana’s attempts to break down their defence more difficult, but they nonetheless managed to create a number of opportunities. However, the finishing was invariably wide of the mark.Captain Steven Pienaar and Mphela created a good chance 20 minutes into the second half, but the goalie was able to deny Mphela, saving the striker’s header with a out-stretched leg.Defender Morgan Gould got onto the end of a corner, but headed high of the mark.GoalAt last, in the 77th minute, South Africa managed to equalise. After Mphela picked up a pass on the left, he created a little space and then curled a right-footed shot beautifully around the goalkeeper into the far corner to make it Bafana Bafana 1, Ethiopia 1.Buoyed by the goal, the home side pushed hard for victory, and only a couple of minutes later Pienaar had a gilt-edged chance to put South Africa ahead when he received a pass from the left. He was right in the middle of the goal box, with plenty of time to finish, but fired miserably wide and high with a side-footed effort.A long range effort from Manyisa passed high over the bar with just four minutes remaining on the clock as Bafana desperately sought a winner.Extra five minutesWith regulation time up, an extra five minutes were added and Bafana furiously chased a second goal, but it was not to be.A free kick in a favourable position was taken by Mphela, but his shot was blocked, while Masanemela came close, but was just wide with another attempt.Finishing problemThe last time Bafana won a game was in August 2011, when they beat Burkina Faso 3-0 in a friendly. The last time they won a competitive match was in March 2011, when they edged Egypt 1-0 in Johannesburg after a last-gasp goal by Katlego Mphela.Again, it was South Africa’s finishing that left much to be desired. Coach Pitso Mosimane, however, afterwards refused to take the blame.Talking to Kickoff Magazine, Mosimane said: “How do I sort out the finishing [problem] of South African football? Siyabonga Nomvete is the only one who scored [many goals in the PSL], and I had him in the field. He scored 20 goals and he is here.“You can’t say this team doesn’t create chances, hey. Let’s play fair! I only have the players for seven days.”Mosimane blamed South African football’s development programmes, saying: “Whether I am here or not, they will miss the chances. Let’s be shrewd on our development programmes.”Bafana next face Botswana on 9 June in Gabarone in their second 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier. It may be that playing away from home will take some pressure off Bafana, but the bottom line is they need to win.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
18 January 2013South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has established a ministerial advisory committee to act on the prevention and control of cancer in the country.“The National Department of Health recognises that cancers, together with other non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases, are leading causes of preventable mortality and morbidity in South Africa,” the department said in a statement earlier this month.It is estimated that cancer currently accounts for about 7% of deaths in South Africa, but that the number of cases is rising and interventions to deal with the problem are inadequate.There are eight inaugural members of the committee, all experts on cancer from backgrounds including National Pathology Services and the National Cancer Registry.Expert collaboration to benefit patientsThey are Raymond Abratt, Kwanele Asante-Shongwe, Jennifer Moodley, Paul Ruff, Vikash Sewram, Nontuthuzelo Somdyala, Christina Stefan and Sue Janse van Rensburg.Abratt is head of department of radiation medicine and head of radiation oncology at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town; Asante-Shongwe runs a breast cancer advocacy group, BreastSens; Moodley is a senior lecturer in the Women’s Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine; and Ruff is head of medical oncology in Johannesburg’s Charlotte Maxeke hospital.Sewram is the director of the Oncology Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Unit; Somdyala is also from the Medical Research Unit and is a scientist in the Burden of Disease Research Unit; Stefan is a paediatric oncologist in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Stellenbosch University; and Janse van Rensburg is chief executive officer of the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa)“The inputs from a range of authorities are critical,” the department said.It is expected that the committee will yield “productive, evidence-based engagement with experts including medical specialists, representatives of civil society and survivors”.“This committee will benefit the state to plan and implement comprehensive preventative, control and support services and more importantly benefit patients and their families by meeting their needs for quality care,” the department said.SAinfo reporter
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has signed a US$285-million contingency credit facility with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that will provide the country with immediate financing during the emergency recovery phase after a sudden event.The agreement was signed on Monday (November 26), during a brief meeting with IDB officials in Washington DC, where the Prime Minister is attending the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Conference on Building Resilience to Natural Disasters from November 26 to 28.The loan is intended to buffer the financial shock of a disaster on Jamaica’s fiscal balance, thereby increasing the nation’s financial stability and efficiency as well as its disaster preparedness and response.The contingent financing, funded from the IDB’s Ordinary Capital, has a maturity period of 25 years, a grace period of 5.5 years, and an interest rate based on the London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR). This is a benchmark rate that indicates how much it costs banks to borrow from each other. The executing agency will be the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.Meanwhile, speaking at the IMF Conference on Monday, Prime Minister Holness said governments in the Caribbean must continue to acknowledge the importance of including disaster risk management in fiscal policy frameworks, to efficiently and financially safeguard future development.“We are thankful for the teams at the IDB, IMF and World Bank for the continued support that your organisations are providing to our region with respect to climate resilience-building. That support has been helpful in the pursuit of a development pathway that is consistent with Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals,” Mr. Holness said.