Safa and PSL in talks over restart to the season

We have moved a little bit closer to a PSL season restart but nothing is set in stone just yet after meetings with Safa this week.

Safa and PSL in talks over restart to the season

The first engagements between the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the Premier Soccer League have taken place, and it seems the top-flight competition will be the first to resume.

Television rights from the Premiership are the bread and butter of South African football, so it makes sense for the restart of the game to begin at the top.

Getting football back on the go

The Joint Liaison Committee made up of representatives from both SAFA, and the National Soccer League met on Tuesday to outline the return to football discussing an array of matters most of which centred around the health and wellbeing of all of those involved.

The PSL Executive Committee met last week to prepare for their meeting with Safa, discussing the protocols the league would need to put into place before the game could restart.

Safa confirmed they had received a submission from the PSL executive which would be considered in due course.

“The Joint Liaison Committee (JLC), made up of representatives of both the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the National Soccer League (NSL), met today to check the possibility of starting with the NSL matches,” A Safa representative told Soccer Laduma.

“They looked at both proposals from the NSL and SAFA, which had to deal mostly with health issues and the safe resumption of the game.”

“The purpose of the meeting was also to develop and present a one-voice policy for football in the country.”

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Task team to be established to look into PSL season restart

After the deliberations, the committee resolved as follows:

  • Form a task team comprising of Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe (SAFA Acting CEO); Mato Madlala (PSL Acting CEO); Dr Thulani Ngwenya (SAFA Chief Medical Officer); Dr Lervasen Pillay (PSL Head of Medical); Poobalan Govindasamy (SAFA NEC) and Jose Ferreira (PSL Executive Committee Member). 
  • The task team is briefed to look at concerns which were raised in the meeting.
  • The Task team will prepare a submission to the committee, which will later be submitted to the South African National Government for consideration.
  • The Task Team has been given a maximum of 14 days to complete the document and report back to the Joint Liaison Committee.

The PSL suspended all matches on 16 March in response to growing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. It is understood that all top-flight clubs support the resolution to resume playing and complete the season as soon as it is safe to do so.

Kaizer Chiefs lead the table, but the executive committee are opposed to handing the title over to Amakhosi, and a PSL season restart has been their focus for some time now.

Source : The South African More   

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Ramaphosa’s COVID-19 loan guarantee scheme kicks in as promised

The COVID-19 loan guarantee scheme, announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in April, is fully operational as of Tuesday 12 May.

Ramaphosa’s COVID-19 loan guarantee scheme kicks in as promised

The COVID-19 loan guarantee scheme announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa is officially in full swing as of Tuesday 12 May.

The initial set of participating banks which are; Absa, First National Bank, Investec, Mercantile Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank, are ready to accept loan applications from eligible businesses which bank with them.

The activation of the loan guarantee scheme follows the finalisation of legal details by National Treasury, the South African Reserve Bank and the Banking Association South Africa.

LOAN GUARANTEE SCHEME OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

The loan guarantee scheme is an initiative to provide loans, guaranteed by the government, to eligible businesses with an annual turnover of less than R300 million to meet some of their operational expenses. 

Funds borrowed through this scheme can be used for operational expenses such as salaries, rent and lease agreements and contracts with suppliers. Government and commercial banks are sharing the risks of these loans. 

Initially, the National Treasury has provided a guarantee of R100 billion to this scheme, with the option to increase the guarantee to R200 billion if necessary and if the scheme is deemed successful. Eligible businesses should contact their primary or main banker.

More details on the loan scheme can be found in a Frequently Asked Questions guide posted here.

Further queries should be directed to the individual banks, which are administering the scheme. Jointly issued by National Treasury, The South African Reserve Bank and The Banking Association South Africa. 

SCHEME SHOULD SUPPORT OVER 700 000 BUSINESSES

In his address to the nation on Tuesday 21 April, Ramaphosa announced a supplementary COVID-19 relief budget of R500 billion.

Ramaphosa said that while some measures were providing obvious relief to many companies and workers, it was clear that more had to be done for the economy. 

“We will, therefore, be introducing an R200 billion loan guarantee scheme in partnership with the major banks, the National Treasury and the South African Reserve Bank. This will assist enterprises with operational costs, such as salaries, rent and the payment of suppliers,” he said. 

Ramaphosa said that in the initial phase, companies with a turnover of less than R300 million a year would be eligible. 

It is expected that the loan scheme will support over 700 000 firms and more than 3 million employees through this period.

Source : The South African More   

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