Soccabet, Fashion Connect Africa distribute 70,000 nose masks to Nsawam, Winneba residents

Sports News of Wednesday, 25 November 2020



Victoria Michaels, Chief Executive Officer of Fashion Connect AfricaVictoria Michaels, Chief Executive Officer of Fashion Connect Africa

Betting giants, Soccabet and Fashion Connect Africa on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, donated over 70,000 nose masks to some persons in deprived communities.

Staff and volunteers from Soccabet and Fashion Connect Africa visited Nsawam in the Eastern Region and Winneba in the Central Region where they handed out Ghana Health Service approved nose masks to some residents.

The exercise forms part of a collaborative effort by the two firms to combat the spread of the coronavirus by distributing one million nose masks to persons in underprivileged communities.

Speaking to the press on the sidelines of the donation, Victoria Michaels, the Chief Executive Officer of Fashion Connect Africa said the ultimate aim of the donations is to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

She reiterated the need for corporate institutions like her outfit and Soccabet to assist the government in dealing with the pandemic.

“This project is to help protect people from contacting coronavirus. We so far have distributed over 70,000 nose masks and this one is in collaboration with Soccabet. When we arrived here most people did not have their face masks which was quite alarming. We also realized that the government has done his part but they have not reached everywhere so we decided to collaborate with Soccabet to do this”.

She also commended Soccabet for their willingness to impact positively on the lives of people and help battle the virus.

“Soccabet have been very supportive. They have supported us in various ways and I want to express our profound gratitude to them”, she said.

She advised the beneficiaries to wear the face masks and also adhere strictly to the other preventive protocols.

“Everyone is at risk of contracting this virus so when we give the nose mask don’t put it under your pillow, wear them so that everyone around you can be protected. Please accept this gift from us and put it to good use”, she said.

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5 hotels in Africa that celebrate the beauty of the outdoors

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If you thinking of visiting a hotel where the outdoors are celebrated, then there’s plenty available in Africa.

These hotels combine the beauty of the outdoors with luxurious and safe amenities to help you disconnect and re-energise without the worry of being in a confined space with too many people.

Here are five of our favourite:

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort

In the mood for an exotic holiday without the headache? Look no further than this luxury beach resort off the Mozambican coast.

You can spend endless days enjoying the fresh breeze and soak up the sun’s rays away from crowded beaches. The resort also offers an array of non-motorised water sports and sailing on a traditional dhow for the more adventurous traveller.

Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Nairobi Arboretum

Known for its majestic wildlife and fantastic safari adventures, Nairobi also celebrates its natural surroundings. Although this hotel is situated in the heart of Kenya’s capital city, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were out in the wild.

The hotel takes its name from the breathtaking Nairobi Arboretum forest reserve, whose lush vegetation is right on the doorstep.

In addition to a view of this oasis of calm from your hotel window, which has more than 400 bird species, guests can also visit the national park for a safari where they can spot lion, leopard, cheetah and giraffe.

Avani Suites Nairobi

You may have to wait until early 2021 for this one, but the New Year is around the corner. The first Avani in Kenya boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, a rooftop bar, international dining and a heated indoor pool – leaving little need to head to crowded facilities elsewhere in the city.

Avani Suites’ Westlands location also provides easy access to nearby shopping, entertainment and dining hubs, so whether you’re travelling solo, with a group of mates or the family, there’s plenty to do for everyone.

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

Travellers love this hotel for its majestic views over the ocean and the array of appetising cocktails and tapas served over the heated rim-flow pool at Tobago’s Bar & Terrace. Wake up to the sound of waves gently breaking on the shore, or indulge in a relaxing treatment at the Amani Spa.

Kruger Shalati Train on the Bridge, Kruger National Park

The Train on the Bridge launches next month. It is situated in the heart of the Kruger National Park, after all. Visitors to this luxurious and unique train hotel will enjoy unparalleled views of the park and the Sabie River below.

There’s also a spectacular bespoke lounge carrier, with an opulent bar and deck offering a stunning pool for relaxing and game-viewing from atop the river.

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2022 Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa postponed to February 2023

The ICC announced on Thursday that the next women’s T20 World Cup, originally scheduled to be held in South Africa in November 2022, has been postponed to February 2023. Therefore only two multi-team major women’s events will be played in 2022 – the ODI World Cup in New Zealand followed by the Commonwealth Games in July, with the multi-format Ashes scheduled for the latter half of the year.

According to an ICC release, the decision was made taking into consideration that there are “currently no major women’s events scheduled to take place in 2023, [so] the board confirmed the switch for the T20 World Cup to better support player preparation and to continue to build the momentum around the women’s game beyond 2022.

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Speaking on the development, ICC CEO Manu Sawhney said: “Moving the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup to 2023 makes perfect sense on a number of levels. Firstly, it will provide a better workload balance for players giving them the best possible opportunity to perform to the highest levels on a global stage. Secondly, we can continue to build the momentum around the women’s game through 2022 and into 2023. We are committed to fueling the growth of the women’s game and today’s decision enables us to do that over the longer term.”

In August, the ICC had announced that the 2021 women’s ODI World Cup, originally scheduled for February-March 2021 in New Zealand, was deferred by a year, with an eye on maintaining the “integrity of the tournament” in the wake of the disparity in the level of preparedness of the teams caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The governing body, however, is yet to make an announcement on the fate of the inaugural Under-19 women’s World Cup, which Bangladesh are due to host in January 2021.

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An Authentic Xhosa Wedding Ceremony in South Africa

“We really wanted the day to be an authentic African celebration, strongly reflecting our respective heritages,” says bride Sandiswa Sotashe of her wedding to Kwabena Shange. She, a South African woman from the Xhosa tribe, and he, Jamaican, it was important for the couple to blend their cultures into a meaningful, one-of-a-kind nuptials. Although she admits, “It ended up being heavy on the side of Xhosa symbolism, to be honest, but Kwabena loved and appreciated it.”

They first met at a mutual friend’s party in 2009 (although didn’t exchange numbers until several months later!) and in November 2017, Kwabena proposed moments before a John Legend concert (“That night was the most beautiful we’ve ever heard John Legend sing,” she says). With a ring finally on Sandiswa’s finger, the couple began making wedding plans, with the first step to secure a venue. As it turned out, the venue search was the easiest task for the pair as Die Woud, a woodland wedding venue just outside of Cape Town, South Africa, was perfect. “When we visited Die Woud, we immediately knew we found our perfect backdrop and confidently called off the search.”

From there, Sandiswa and Kwabena’s wedding theme took form: “a festive African party characterized by singing, music, dancing, food, and drinking,” adding, “we requested guests to pitch up in their favorite African garb.” And, wedding formalities were kept to a minimum—that meant a unique processional, no first dance, and more!

Ahead, see more of Sandiswa and Kwabena’s Xhosa wedding, which they planned themselves (think lots of DIY!) and had Thunder & Love photograph.

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“I wanted a Xhosa wedding dress with a more modern design and silhouette,” says Sandiswa, revealing she took her time dress shopping. The ultimate winner was an off-white Duchesse satin creation by Asanda Madyibi with Xhosa beading and black stripes.

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She accessorized with a Xhosa headwrap and blue beaded jewelry.

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Kwabena’s outfit—a wrap skirt, traditional scarf, and beads—was much more authentic compared to the bride’s. His look was even made of Umbaco, a classic Xhosa fabric.

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Photo by Thunder & Love
Photo by Thunder & Love

But unlike traditional Western weddings, guests didn’t arrive before the bride, rather they escorted her from the parking lot to the ceremony space in an exuberant fashion. “In typical African style, they sang and danced me down the aisle,” explains Sandiswa, who was joined by her mother, brothers, aunts, uncles, distant relatives, and friends for the processional.

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Photo by Thunder & Love

I remember seeing so many joyful faces, some of them I didn’t even recognize, and thinking, ‘Oh wow, everyone is so happy! I think I can relax now.’

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She recalls, “The singing, dancing, and the African drums started as we made our way to the ceremony. On the way, the group kept growing and

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Women and girls bear brunt of Africa ‘transport poverty’

JOHANNESBURG (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Long queues in the rain, daily four-hour trips in a public taxi, the constant threat of road accidents, and nearly having to use a pen as a knife to fight off an aggressive male passenger.

These are just some of the challenges Busisiwe Nongauza has faced while commuting to and from her job as an insurance underwriter in Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city.

Nongauza, who lives in Soweto, the country’s biggest township, is not alone in her experience.

A new study shows that in Sub-Saharan Africa “transport poverty” – when inaccessible or unsuitable transport negatively impacts a person’s quality of life – disproportionately affects women and girls in terms of harassment, getting to school and accessing jobs.

“Public transport is not safe for women at all. We are powerless,” Nongauza, 48, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Transport poverty in Africa is linked to unplanned, informally developed urban areas that place vulnerable groups on city peripheries, according to a November report by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF), a research financing group.

As a result, people who have to travel to the inner city for work can face long, pricey and often dangerous journeys, especially women travelling alone at night.

“This report comes at a critical juncture in African urban transport development as the continent emerges from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Gina Porter, a senior researcher at Durham University in Britain and one of the study’s main authors.

“It brings together, for the first time, knowledge about transport users’ needs and practices in African cities, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups,” she said in emailed comments.

According to the report, 70% of Africa’s urban population live in informal settlements.

The authors point to the transport challenges faced by women living in these settlements in dozens of African cities, including Tunis, Abuja and Cape Town.

A lack of safe transportation to and from work is linked with almost 16% lower labour force participation for women in developing countries, according to the United Nations’ International Labour Organization.

Transport poverty also impacts girls’ education, the VREF report says.

“Girls face major impediments to travel, like harassment and family constraints related to the travel risks they are perceived to face,” said Porter.

“Pubescent girls’ reduced access to secondary education … clearly impacts massively on their potential opportunities in the jobs market throughout their lives.”


Just over a quarter of South African women feel safe walking at night, according to a 2019 index by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security that measured safety in 167 countries.

Nongauza said it is essential she leaves work before dark to avoid any possible danger on the roads.

“I know of a woman who was raped by a taxi driver,” she said. “I know we have rights, but it sometimes feels like we don’t.”

The potential consequences of not addressing transport poverty are social exclusion, increased poverty and inequality, said Karen Lucas, a professor of human geography at the

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Qwabe twins give South Africa The Gift of Love

By Mpiletso Motumi Time of article published15m ago

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Johanneburg – Viggy and Virginia Qwabe, better known as the Q Twins, have spent the last few months perfecting their love for music.

The duo were catapulted to stardom on the previous season of Idols SA making it into the Top 10 before their dramatic exit after one of the twins, Virginia, was eliminated. Viggy did not want to continue without her sister and decided to quit

Fast-forward to this year, and the duo is ready to release their album, The Gift of Love, and reintroduce themselves to South Africa.

“We have a real love for each other and we are appreciative of the love we have received from people. It was during lockdown that we decided to get the album ready.”

The twins kept writing during the lockdown and that helped them to stay creative. Signed under DJ Tira’s label, Afrotainment, they had the freedom to write their own songs while still working with various producers and songwriters.

Their first single, Hamba, produced by Mondli Ngcobo, was their first introduction to the music world. They followed with AmaGifts and Show Me featuring the Jaziel brothers.

The Q Twins have made it known that nothing can separate them and intend to keep it that way.

“It’s always hard for our fans to know who is singing in our songs but that is the thing we love about ourselves; keeping the people guessing. It is an exciting part about us.”

They feel the album of 11 tracks will be a hit. One of the songs they relate most to is Umuhle.

“We faced a lot of negativity on social media with people saying bad things about us. With this song we don’t want people to look down on themselves but to rather feel free about who they are … beautiful just the way God made you.”

To the people who will be hearing their voices for the first time, the twins want them to open themselves up to love. The work features collaborations with DJ Tira, Claudio and Kent as well as Joocy.

Viggy’s biggest motivation is to push through the obstacles. “You don’t know what life has in store so don’t stop, push through it all.” The Gift of Love is now available on all digital platforms.

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Samsung to star at Glitz Africa Fashion Week

Fashion of Thursday, 5 November 2020

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Samsung will showcase its most avant-garde innovations on the runwaySamsung will showcase its most avant-garde innovations on the runway

The connection between fashion and technology has never been stronger. These days, people express their sense of style through smartphones and smart watches when taking pictures in their best outfits, whether in front of a mirror, at glittering events, memorable moments or on the red carpet. Clearly, technology has become an inseparable part of fashion, beyond the soft and hardware.

So it’s no surprise that at this year’s Glitz Africa Fashion Week, Ghana’s biggest annual fashion and lifestyle event, Samsung will showcase its most avant-garde innovations on the runway, including the Galaxy Z Fold2 and Galaxy S20 Fan Edition.

Running from 6 to 8 November, the 8th edition of Glitz Africa Fashion Week will roll out the red carpet as this exciting, pan-African celebrity, fashion and lifestyle brand assembles esteemed industry players, fashion designers, entrepreneurs, influencers, students and enthusiasts to engage in an interactive weekend in Accra.

Samsung firmly believes in using technology to connect people to exciting experiences the way fashion does. “Samsung has made the Galaxy Fold2 and the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition available to illustrate how fashion designers can enhance their work and creativity using these innovative devices,” said Eugene Nahm, Managing Director for Samsung, Ghana.

“At Samsung, we believe in reshaping and redefining the possibilities of the mobile device experience. Our innovative technology enables trailblazing innovators and entrepreneurs to be more efficient and perform at the peak of their industry,” Mr. Nahm added.

Despite the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, the Glitz Africa brand remains resolute in pushing the agenda of promoting the fashion industry in Ghana and Africa.

With the annual Business of Fashion Seminar, Free Street side event, presentations, film screenings and runway shows, characterizing the 2020 Glitz Africa Fashion Week, Glitz Africa is committed to providing a holistic experience in fashion education, exposure and entertainment.

These series of events lined up for the Glitz Africa Fashion Week create an ideal setting to showcase Samsung’s latest technology, given the important role they play in establishing cultural trends and innovations in design, fashion and lifestyle. Samsung’s new models are bound to turn heads.

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How the Miss South Africa Pageant Is Redefining Beauty

Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi, of South Africa, poses for photos with her crown after an interview in New York on Dec. 11, 2019.

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Why Global Citizens Should Care

Beauty pageants have long set the standard for what classifies as beautiful, and this definition has often left out women of colour, women from different cultures, and women of different sizes. The representation of diverse women in the role of Miss South Africa is important for young girls to feel empowered and comfortable in their own skin. The United Nations’ Global Goal 5 for gender equality can only be achieved if all women and girls are celebrated and equally valued in society. Join the movement and take action on this issue here. 

This past weekend a new Miss South Africa was crowned. Hailing from Limpopo province, 24-year-old Shudufhadzo Musida took home this year’s title. 

Without missing a beat, social media was ablaze with what the win means for South African women who take pride and find beauty in being bald. 

Musida spoke to Times Live and explained that her decision to cut her hair freed her from seeking validation from outdated beauty ideals. 

“I was walking back from gym and realised that I always seek validation through my hair and how I look. I saw a salon and went in to cut the very thing that felt like it stifled me. It was for freedom more than anything else. It was about finding myself and not looking outside for it,” she said. 

Musida’s win shows the strides that the Miss South Africa (Miss SA) pageant has made in celebrating the beauty of all South African women. 

Although the pageant began in 1953, the first Black Miss SA, Jacqui Mofokeng, was only crowned 40 years later in 1993. Since then just nine Black women have won the crown, including reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi. 

Over the last few years the pageant has visibly become more inclusive of more women, which is important representation in a country as diverse as South Africa. 

With the majority of women in the country being Black, and all of them representing over 11 different cultures, the pageant has seemingly taken to pivoting from Western standards of beauty and redefining beauty on African terms. 

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Now Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi’s win of the 2019 Miss SA pageant was widely celebrated across the country. 

With dark skin and short, unstraightened hair, Tunzi’s win changed the definition of beauty ideals that have long been promoted by the pageant. 

Her historic win of the Miss

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Middle East and Africa Smart Clothing Market Forecast to 2027

The smart clothing market in MEA is expected to grow from US$ 74. 79 million in 2019 to US$ 455. 68 million by 2027; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 25. 7% from 2020 to 2027. Designer brands and well-known clothing manufacturers are teaming up with major technological giants to create new smart wearables.

New York, Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — announces the release of the report “Middle East and Africa Smart Clothing Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis By Type, Product, Connectivity, and End User” –
Research and development in clothes has resulted in apparels that illuminate or change colors in certain conditions, or display real-time text or emoticons associated with the user’s mood.

New designers are now applying their creativity to take an advantage of these possibilities to develop the future fashion.Major sports and fitness apparel manufacturers making a few use cases or pilot projects, for instance, Nike is cooperating with Google to launch gym shoes that can track real-time footprints using Google Earth.

The above mentioned initiatives and product developments have paved way for the rise in the demand for smart textiles, which is expected to drive the MEA smart clothing market growth during 2020–2027. The wide acceptance of smart clothing in fashion industry is among the other factors expected to positively influence the demand for smart clothing.

The technology industry is one of the victims of COVID-19, and since the start of 2020, this industry has been reflecting the declining trend.With the imposition of lockdown across the MEA region, the trades have been witnessing a decline.

This is because the critical smart clothing purchasing countries have been restricting their investment on these components and are utilizing a fair percentage of their budget to combat COVID-19. The temporary shutdown of manufacturing facilities is also showcasing a negative trend in the MEA smart clothing market.

Based on product, the apparel segment led the MEA smart clothing market in 2019.Ever-changing human nature is a major reason for the continuously updating clothing choices and taste.

Technology has started directing the apparel and textile industry, and it is expected to make the manufacture of apparel products more efficient and independent.Wearable technology brands and wearable technology startups are at the forefront of electronic/IT innovations in smart apparel.

Also, IT expertise and vibrant startup ecosystems allow the startups to take a lead in electronically embedded/IT-enabled smart apparel.The medical (monitoring the biometrics of patients) and sports (understanding athlete’s physiology) industries hold prime potential for smart clothing providers.

Large numbers of firms are focused on launching innovative workout apparel. For example, Under Armour has come up with smart garments that allow body relaxation during sleep after a heavy workout, which is fueling the growth of the MEA smart clothing market.

The overall MEA smart clothing market size has been derived using both primary and secondary sources.To begin the research process, exhaustive secondary research has been conducted using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and

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National beauty brand has roots in Olympia and West Africa

OLYMPIA, Wash. — One word hanging over the entrance of this factory in Olympia means many things.

“Alaffia means health and peace in the native language where I come from in Kambole, so when I greet you I say ‘Alaffia’” explained Olowo-n’djo Tchala.

Alaffia is also the name Tchala chose for the African-inspired beauty products he started making in Washington in 2003 using naturally processed shea butter from his native Togo. Back then he sold at local farmers markets.

Today you can find Alaffia all over the country, on the shelves of places like Whole Foods, Target and Walmart.

But it’s not enough for this entrepreneur to own a successful company. These moisturizing soaps and lotions have a devoted following – but they’re more than a beauty brand:

“Do you see all these gray hairs?” Tchala laughed. “I don’t think you can sit back and say we have done enough or be proud. I do believe that the model of Alaffia is the right model. The whole existence of Alaffia is to create community impact,” said Tchala.

Impact like gender equity and cultural preservation – Alaffia buys shea butter from fair trade women’s co-ops in Togo that harvest and process shea nuts by hand, just like it’s been done for generations.

Impact like healthy babies and moms  – Alaffia’s Maternal Care Program has helped more than five thousand Togolese women and their children.

Impact like education – The company has built 15 schools in West Africa.

Impact like transportation – Alaffia collects used bikes from all over the Northwest and ships them to Africa.

“When I was grew up in Togo – I thought if I could have a bicycle, just a bicycle – that was your biggest dream,” explained Tchala as he gestured to the wealth of used bikes awaiting repurposing on another continent. 

Already more than ten thousand bikes have gone to Togo, where they help kids get to school and women get to work.

Of course, Alaffia has a local impact too.

This colorful, sweet-smelling facility in Olympia provides more than one hundred and fifty local jobs.

“I don’t think we could be standing here today here in Olympia Washington without the support of the community in the Pacific Northwest so I just want to extend my love and my appreciation to the Pacific Northwest,” said Tchala, who settled here partially because wife and cofounder is from the Northwest.

You know that saying that beauty products offer ‘hope in a jar’?

These shampoos, lotions, and soaps take that concept one step further – they’re not just offering hope.

They’re making real change in people’s lives – from the Pacific Northwest to West Africa.

 “I just don’t think there’s anything more to life than to be able to save and preserve and support other families’ lives,” Tchala explained.

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