Tooro United appoints PML Daily editor Lubega new media boss

first_img Tags: Lubega ShabanPML DailyShaban LubegaTooro unitedtoptop Sports Stories PML Daily sports editor Shaban Lubega landed a job at Tooro United. (PHOTO/File)FORT PORTAL —Starttimes Uganda Premier League soccer side Tooro United have appointed sports enthusiast Mr. Shaban Lubega known by his social media Shaban Benteke as new media chief in charge of club information.The club has Tuesday August 27 evening confirmed thatMr. Lubega will take responsibility for overseeing the Tooro United media strategy, and the day-to-day operations the club’s in-house media operations offering.This website understands that Mr.Lubega will also look after the clubs official communications among other strategies including output of the club’s matchday programmes.Mr. Samuel Nyakuma will deputise Mr. Lubega as the assistant public relations officer.“We would like to being to your notice that we have appointed the above personalities as the club’s head public officer and assistant public officer respectively,” the club announced on Tuesday August 27.According to the clubs official communication, the duo takes office immediately.Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Lubega said it is a honour work with Tooro United as PR of a Uganda Premier League because “it is one of my dreams coming true.”“Tooro United is a club that I have followed for long and I love the way it is run,” he said.When he was approached, he said the answer was always going to be yes.“Hope we reach the desired heights in the end.”Lubega has previously worked as a StarTimes Uganda Premier League pundit, sports writer and editor at Vision Group, Record TV, Record Radio and PML Daily.The club was founded in 2007 as Soana F.C. and played at the Kavumba ground in Wakiso. They were named after an investments company.Soana were promoted to the Ugandan Super League for the first time in 2013, where they quickly made a name for themselves by winning their first four games of the season and ultimately finished fifth.In 2018, the club’s chairman, who was from the Tooro region of Uganda, decided to move the team to Fort Portal.Currently the team plays at the 1000 capacity Buhinga Playground in Fort Portal.Comments last_img read more

QPR striker ‘heading towards Sheffield Wednesday move’

first_imgQPR striker Jay Bothroyd is heading towards a move to Sheffield Wednesday, according to The Sun.Bothroyd played for Cardiff under Owls boss Dave Jones, who is reported to be tracking him after deciding not to sign Marlon Harewood.Bothroyd can leave QPR.Jones is apparently willing to pay £1m for the England international, who has been told he can leave Loftus Road.Meanwhile, West Ham have failed with an attempt to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham, the Daily Mail say.The Hammers are said to have made an approach for the American, who has been linked with several clubs this summer.Marseille want Gael Kakuta in exchange for Cesar Azpilicueta if they are to sell the Spanish right-back to Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed Marseille have rejected a £5m bid for Azpilicueta and are holding out for more money but also fancy Kakuta either on loan or in a permanent player-plus-cash deal.It follows an interview with L’Equipe in which Kakuta, 21, appeared to suggest he wants to return to France and that Marseille are one of the clubs he would be interested in joining.The Mail say Chelsea are refusing to be held to ransom in their pursuit of long-term targets Edinson Cavani and Hulk.The Blues are reportedly threatening to withdraw from both chases, with Napoli striker Cavani believed to be haggling over wages and Porto keen to negotiate a higher price for Hulk.This page is regularly updated.See also:Wednesday may struggle to prise away QPR man – report Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africans ‘more STI savvy’

first_img24 February 2006South Africans are increasingly aware of the dangers of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the need to inform their partners and seek treatment when infected, says the Department of Health.Speaking in Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said statistics from the SA Health Review and other sources indicate that South Africans have become better at notifying their partners when they became infected and seeking treatment together.The notification rate had doubled from around 39% in 2000 to 83% in 2004, the minister said, while the percentage of patients whose partners were subsequently treated had increased from around 15% in 2000 to 24% in 2004.“This indicates that we are moving in the right direction, but it is not enough,” Tshabalala-Msimang said. “We are going to push harder and ensure that both partners ultimately visit our health facilities for treatment.”The prevalence of STIs such as syphilis is also on the decline. In 1999, the Department of Health recorded a rate of 7.3% for syphilis infection among pregnant mothers attending public sector antenatal clinics. By 2004, this figure had dropped to 1.6%.“This is a very significant drop in the prevalence rate of this particular STI and it is an indication that our public health awareness campaigns and treatment interventions are becoming effective,” Tshabalala-Msimang said.The minister was speaking at an event to mark the end of national STIs and Condom Week. The week featured community events, TV adverts and radio campaigns to highlight the importance of preventing and treating sexually transmitted infections and promoting the use of condoms.STIs increase the risk of HIV infection and some may lead to infertility, particularly among women.The minister also noted that the distribution of free male and female condoms approved by the South African Bureau of Standards for quality was increasing.“We realised that people found the packaging for the previous public sector condoms unappealing,” Tshabalala-Msimang said. “We redesigned these condoms to a funky blue-and-yellow Choice brand, and distribution has been increasing ever since, rising from 150-million in 1997 to more than 300-million last year.“Female condom distribution also rose, from 1.3-million in 2003 to 2.6-million in 2004.”She said the government would continue to campaign for the prevention and management of STIs, abstinence, faithfulness to one partner and consistent condom use.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Backpacker lodges: rest of South Africa

first_imgFREE STATE PROVINCEThe Free State lies in the heart of South Africa, bordering the Kingdom of Lesotho. The region is one of flat, rolling grassland and crop fields, rising to lovely sandstone mountains in the north-east.In the north-eastern Free State, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains, is the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the province’s prime tourist attraction. The park gets its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on its spectacular sandstone cliffs.Find out more: Free State provinceBackpackers’ accommodationBuzz Backpackers (Ficksburg)Clarens Inn and Backpackers (Clarens)Close to Preller Stay Bloemfontein Backpackers (Bloemfontein)El Shaddai Backpackers (Bloemfontein)Graceful Estate (Bloemfontein)Karma Lodge (Kestell)Naval Hill Backpackers (Bloemfontein)br /> Parys Adventure Lodge Self Catering and Backpackers (Parys)Platberg Harrismith Backpackers (Harrismith)Ribblesdale Guest Farm (Bloemfontein)Rushoek Lodge (Bainsvlei)LIMPOPO PROVINCELimpopo is South Africa’s northernmost province, lying within the great curve of the Limpopo River. It is a region of contrasts, from true bushveld country to majestic mountains, primeval indigenous forests, unspoilt wilderness and patchworks of farmland.The province borders the countries of Botswana to the west, Zimbabwe to the north and Mozambique to the east. In the eastern region lies the northern half of the magnificent Kruger National Park, a world-famous game reserve teeming with African wildlife in a total area roughly the size of Israel.Find out more: Limpopo provinceBackpackers’ accommodationArtiFaRtIbacKpAckers (Phalaborwa)Bakkers B&B (Phalaborwa)Cheetah Inn (Hoedspruit)Daan and Zena’s (Phalaborwa)Half Human Backpackers (Tzaneen)Manfields Resort (Bela Bela)Zeederberg’s (near Vaalwater)MPUMALANGA PROVINCEMpumalanga – “the place where the sun rises” – is a province with spectacular scenic beauty and an abundance of wildlife, lying in the northeast of South Africa.Bordered by the countries of Mozambique and Swaziland to the east and Gauteng province to the west, Mpumalanga is situated mainly on the high plateau grasslands of the Middleveld, which roll eastwards for hundreds of kilometres.Find out more: Mpumalanga provinceBackpackers’ accommodationBig 5 Backpackers @ Kruger Park (Hazyview)Big Game Backpackers (Hectorspruit, near Kruger)Billy Bongo Backpackers (Sabie)Elands Valley Backpackers Lodge (Elands Valley)Explorers Adventure Base Camp (Long Tom Pass between Lydenburg and Sabie)Funky Monkeys International Backpackers (Nelspruit)Gateway Backpackers (Ermelo)Gecko Backpackers Hazyview (Hazyview)Gypsies Travellers Inn (White River)Hazyview Adventure Backpackers (Hazyview)Hhusha Hhusha (Malelane)Jungle Cafe Tented Camp (4km outside Hazyview)Kruger View Lodge for Backpackers (Komatipoort)La Luna Farm (R38 between Barberton and Kaapmuiden)Lizard Rock (Nelspruit)Loerie Guest Farm (outside Hazyview)Noma-Nini Lodge White River (White River)Old Vic Travellers Inn (Nelspruit)Sabie Backpackers Lodge (Sabie)Valley View Backpackers (Graskop)NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCEThe vast and arid Northern Cape is by far our largest province, slightly bigger than Germany and taking up nearly a third of South Africa’s land area. Yet it has the country’s smallest population – around 1-million people – and an extremely roomy population density of about three people per square kilometre.Its landscape is characterised by vast arid plains with outcroppings of haphazard rock piles. The cold Atlantic Ocean forms the western boundary.Find out more: Northern Cape provinceBackpackers’ accommodationAardwolf Backpackers (Upington)Augrabies Backpackers (Augrabies)Greatbatch Guest House (Kimberley)Gum Tree Lodge (Kimberley)Toverberg Guest Houses (Colesberg)NORTH WEST PROVINCENorth West lies in the north of South Africa on the Botswana border, fringed by the Kalahari desert in the west, Gauteng province to the east and Free State province to the south. It is known as “the Platinum Province” for the wealth of the metal it has underground.North West has a number of major tourist attractions, including the internationally famous Sun City, Pilanesberg National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve.Find out more: North West provinceBackpackers’ accommodationHodge Podge Backpackers Lodge (Magaliesberg)Paljas Backpackers (Potchefstroom)Prosper Guest Farm (Between Swartruggens and Koster)Red Ivory Backpackers (Hartbeespoort)Travellers Inn (Rustenburg)Backpacking accommodationEastern CapeGautengKwaZulu-NatalWestern CapeRest of South AfricaSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Africa’s mobile boom: ‘huge opportunities’

first_img13 November 2013Sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile industry has been the fastest growing region in the world for mobile users in the past five years, according to a report published on Monday by the GSMA, the body representing mobile operators worldwide.The region’s mobile subscriber base has grown by 18% a year over the past five years to 253-million unique users and 502-million connections. GSMA forecasts in their report, “Sub-Saharan Africa Mobile Economy 2013”, that mobile users in the region will be closer to 346-million within the next five years.Despite the high figures, there is still ample room for growth. “With unique subscriber penetration rates still less than 33%, this opens up a major opportunities for growth in the next five years,” the GSMA said.At 65.7%, South Africa has the highest penetration rate, while Niger represents the lower end at 20%.Economic effectThe mobile industry currently contributes more than 6% of Sub-Saharan Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) – higher than any other comparable region globally, according to the report. This contribution is expected to rise from $60-billion in 2012 to $119-billion, or more than 8% of GDP, by 2020.Last year, the mobile ecosystem directly supported 3.3-million jobs and contributed $21-billion to public funding in the region, including licence fees, the study shows.By 2020, mobile is set to double its economic effect, employing 6.6-million people in the region and contributing $42-billion to public funding.Fixed-line penetration rates in many countries in the region are less than 5%. “Mobile has emerged as the main medium for accessing the internet across sub-Saharan Africa. While 2G connections still dominate, 3G and 4G networks are gaining scale and smartphone ownership is on the rise,” the GSMA said.“Despite the significant impact of the mobile industry in sub-Saharan Africa in recent years, even greater opportunities are ahead,” said Tom Phillips, GSMA’s chief regulatory officer. “Beyond further growth for voice services, the region is starting to see an explosion in the uptake of mobile data.”However, Phillips said, a short-term focus by some countries on generating high spectrum fees and maximising tax revenue risks “constrains the potential of the mobile internet”.Policy reformThe GSMA has called on countries to develop a more “transparent and enabling policy environment” to help realise the mobile sector’s potential.“Operators and investors need clarity to fund the substantial investment needed to extend coverage to remote areas and meet the growing demand for higher speed connectivity.”The report highlights three key areas that it believes most affect the growth of the mobile industry:Managing spectrum allocation in a way that balances socioeconomic benefits with the costs needed to deploy advanced networks. The association urged regulators to use transparent and predictable processes for granting and renewing spectrum licences, which would allow operators to better plan their investments.The importance of spectrum harmonisation in the region, including the need to accelerate the analogue to digital television switchover, which would free up spectrum for mobile and help boost economic growth.“Broader economic analysis predicts that mobile broadband adoption would generate up to $197-billion in additional GDP in Sub-Saharan Africa between 2015 and 2020 and help fuel the creation of 16-million new jobs across a variety of sectors,” the report said.Taxation, including customs duties on handsets, is very high, retarding the take-up of new mobile services.“Lowering taxation levels on the mobile sector would benefit consumers, businesses and government by lowering the cost of ownership, encouraging the take-up of new mobile services, improving productivity and boosting GDP and overall tax revenues in the longer term,” the GSMA said.Transformative effectsMobile solutions are used to address a range of socio-economic challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the GSMA, there are almost 250 mobile health services in operation across the region. These support patients who may not have access to local healthcare services.Many people who never had a bank account are now able to be financially active. According to the study, there are more than 100 active mobile money initiatives and 56.9-million registered mobile money users in the region.Mobile solutions are also playing an increasingly important role in improving agricultural output, which generates around a third of the region’s GDP and employs nearly two-thirds of the labour force.“The mobile industry has already had a transformative effect on the social and economic life of sub-Saharan Africa, but there is scope for far greater growth and innovation, if the right conditions are established,” said Phillips.“In addressing key regulatory concerns, policy makers throughout the region have a major opportunity to unlock the potential of a dynamic and interconnected Africa.”Read the full report: Sub-Saharan Africa Mobile Economy 2013GSMA and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more