The GladAfrica Group congratulates Richards Bay Football Club, the 2021/22 champions of the GladAfrica Championship. The team finished at the top of the league displaying their determination, commitment, and tenacity in accomplishing their long-term goal amidst tight competition for the title.
The crowning of the champions went down to the wire as testimony to the competitive nature of the league in the past season. Over the past year we have witnessed teams battling it out for the top spot. It has been an exciting experience for us to watch the commitment and dedication displayed by teams vying to finish at the top of the table.
It has been equally gratifying to see teams live to see another day in their battle against each other. This level of commitment is testament to the progressive changes the GladAfrica Championship is going through and the exciting potential that exists in the league.
The interest and enthusiasm displayed by the clubs, players, and fans alike over the past year has given us motivation to make the GladAfrica Championship the home of competitive and exciting football.
GladAfrica would like to congratulate all the teams that participated in the league and wish them well for the future. We are looking forward to seeing them compete for top honours again next season. We send our commiserations to the clubs that were unfortunate not to survive promotion. We encourage them to regroup and recommit themselves to working hard in order to fight their way back to the GladAfrica Championship.
We have built a solid foundation upon which only big and better things will follow. Once again, congratulations to the Richards Bay Football Club and we wish you good luck in the DSTV Premier League.
Sekhukhune United finally got their hands on the GladAfrica Championship trophy on Wednesday evening.
The Premier Soccer League handed Sekhukhune their medals and a R3million cheque live on SuperSport on Wednesday evening, with only a few of the players in attendance.
The PSL also awarded former Free State Stats attacker Monnapule Saleng his Top Goal Scorer award for the 2020/2021 campaign.
Saleng has since secured a move to Orlando Pirates, who then loaned him out to Swallows FC for the current season.
The referee awards were also given out on the night, with Thando Ndzandzeka walking away with the Referee of the Season while the late Shaun Olive was the recipient of the Assistant Referee Oof the Season accolade.
The GladAfrica Group congratulates Swallows FC, the 2019/20 champions of the inaugural GladAfrica Championship.
Just over a year ago, the GladAfrica Group entered into a five-year partnership agreement with the Premier Soccer League to be the title sponsor of the second-tier professional football league in South Africa.
It gives us immense pleasure to be part of the crowning of the first ever champions of this exciting league.
The fact that the crowning of the champions had to go down to the wire bears testimony to the competitive nature of the league in the past season.
“Both the top two finishers had to sweat it out until the final whistle, making for a thrilling close of the season and a display of an exciting brand of football,” says GladAfrica Group Chairman Mr Noel Mashaba.
The response by the football loving supporters is further confirmation of the strong brand that the GladAfrica Championship is becoming.
This is an epic achievement by the winning club and their victory should be celebrated as a progressive step towards creating an exciting league.
“Over the past year, we’ve witnessed teams battling it out for the top spot. It has been an exciting experience for us to watch the commitment and dedication displayed by teams vying to finish at the top of the table,” says Mr. Mashaba.
We congratulate all the teams that participated in the league and wish them well for the future. We are looking forward to seeing them compete for top honours again next season. We send our commiserations to the clubs that were unfortunate not to survive relegation. We encourage them to regroup and recommit themselves to working hard in order to fight their way back to the GladAfrica Championship.
While the season didn’t go as we had anticipated due to the Covid-19 pandemic breakout, we believe the teams have shown keen interest in building a competitive league characterized by an exciting brand of football.
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We have built a solid foundation upon which only big and better things will follow. Once again, congratulations and good luck. Issued by GladAfrica Communications
The GladAfrica Championship. This is the story of the power of a place, a people and a persistent pursuit of perfection.
A little under 20 years ago an idea was born. An idea which, at that time was unprecedented and seemingly impossible. What if a world class consulting engineering firm could be built by a native son of the soil? Surely farfetched, it appeared to some. A flight of fancy, others would go on to say. A pie-in-the-sky daydream that would never land. But you see, there is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come… and one of the sweetest joys of bringing such an idea to life, is doing it in spite of the doubters.
What started as the dream of one visionary, through collective dedication and devoted teamwork soon became the GladAfrica Group: a conglomerate incorporating GladAfrica Management Services, GladAfrica Consulting Engineers, GladAfrica Project Managers and GA Environment.
And today, that idea, that dream, that conjecture, is the sponsoring partner of the eponymous GladAfrica Championship.
GladAfrica Championship believes in developing communities, audiences and to bring hope to the nation through the sport we all love, soccer.
Our sponsorship gives opportunities for young talented soccer players to be nurtured properly and put in the right structures to make sure that their talent opens doors for them. We hope to see an improvement in community football. Hopefully, through this celebration of the best, we usher in South Africa’s next crop of national champions.
This means dedication, commitment, perseverance, consistency. It means understanding that one goal is all it takes to reach your goal.
In the GladAfrica Championship being the best means more than winning the R3 million prize money. It also means joining the games best, the Premier Soccer League. Ultimately being the best means taking home the prestigious GladAfrica Championship Trophy…
Forged by 10 artisans, over 150 hours, using a combination of traditional skill and leading design technology, the majestic GladAfrica Championship Trophy is the crowning glory of the league’s pursuit of excellence. Its design speaks to GladAfrica’s commitment to Africa, the place, Africa, the people, and Africa, the pursuit. The trophy showcases how GladAfrica is rooted in investing in communities, we have invested in the sponsorship because we believe in South Africa’s talent.
The Place – Calabash
The calabash, an original African bowl sits atop the trophy as a tribute to Africa the place, with its contrasting vistas of lofty peaks and spreading savannah, its diverse cultural tapestry, its love and generosity. After all a calabash is a dish everyone eats from.
The People – Riser
The riser of the trophy is in the form of collective arms enveloping a globe and stretching upward to hold the calabash. It represents Africa the people. These arms uphold the community the way a caring mother nurtures the growth of her child. This is how GladAfrica intends to develop the community
The Pursuit of Perfection – Plinth/Base
The base of the trophy is sturdy, providing a solid foundation for the entire trophy. It aptly represents the GladAfrica team’s support of the sponsorship; its members’ active participation through match attendance, moral support and cheerleading. The GladAfrica group’s strength provides the backbone of the entire Championship enterprise.
The Platinum and Gold Plaque
Rounding up the trophy, both literally and figuratively is the plaque. South Africa is a mineral rich country. This wealth must translate into value directly benefitting the community. GladAfrica is investing in the growth of the people of South Africa .
This year marks seven years since GladAfrica Group began its partnership with the Africa’s major golfing event, the Nedbank Golf Challenge (NGC).
The 2019 instalment of the NGC will take place on 14-17 November 2019 in Sun City, North West province.
The Nedbank Golf Challenge is one of the major highlights on the South African sporting calendar. The tournament will see 64 players, playing over four days for the lucrative overall prize fund of $7.5 million. It is part of the Rolex Series on the European Tour and is the penultimate event on the race to Dubai.
A significant milestone of this year’s Challenge is the 40 years’ anniversary of the Gary Player Country Club, which boasts the best course praised by world golfing champions for its iconic and competitive terrain. GladAfrica is proud to be associated with this proudly South African sports legacy named after one of our best golfing champion, Mr. Gary Player.
This year’s tournament is expected to attract more big names in the golfing world due to the increase in the first prize money and Race to Dubai points. The winner of the 2019 Nedbank Golf Challenge will take home $2.5 million, a substantial increase on last year’s $1.2 million won by Westwood. This year’s tournament also offers an increased haul of Race to Dubai points from 7500 to 10 000, placing the event above what the World Golf Championships tournaments offer.
Among some of the top names in world golf confirmed for this year’s event is Englishman and defending champion Lee Westwood and former Nedbank Golf Challenge champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden – who lifted the trophy at Gary Player Country Club in 2008. He became the first male Major champion from Scandinavia when he triumphed in the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon three years ago. Also confirmed are English Ryder cup star Tommy Fleetwood, South African Major winner Louis Oosthuizen and Zander Lombard.
In 2012 GladAfrica Group took a strategic decision of entering into a partnership with the organisers of the prestigious sporting event.
GladAfrica Group CEO Mr. Kulani Lebese says in its seventh year, the GladAfrica/Nedbank Golf Challenge partnership has proven to be a phenomenal success. “The four days we spend in Sun City interacting with people from different walks of life have yielded great outcomes for our business. We get to expose our brand to top decision makers, extending beyond the borders of our country. Our clients and partners get to relax through an awesome golfing experience, with some of the top international and local names in the sport gracing the occasion in previous years,” says Mr. Lebese.
GladAfrica has seen steady and remarkable growth in strength and size over the past 17 years. The business currently boasts over 140 registered professionals in various disciplines. GladAfrica Group currently services around 80 different clients, covering about 160 active projects.
Sun International have promised a much improved installment of the Nedbank Bank Golf Challenge this year. According to the organization, “Golf fans are going to experience the most interactive Nedbank Golf Challenge in the tournament’s history as this year’s event showcases a host of ground-breaking new activations and experiences aimed at making fans an even greater part of “Africa’s Major”
From the moment spectators enter Sun City, they will be welcomed to a golf experience that includes the latest VR technology, live activations, and a wide variety of hospitality, entertainment and dining options on par with the biggest tournaments in world golf.
For more information please visit our website on www.gladafrica.com
The groundbreaking agreement will see GladAfrica take up the role of Title Sponsor for South Africa’s second-tier professional football league, the National First Division. The league will officially be named GladAfrica Championship for the duration of the partnership.
In announcing the new partnership, PSL Chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza said the league was delighted to be partnering with a South African, black-owned organization such as GladAfrica. “We are naturally pleased and appreciate GladAfrica’s visionary leadership’s recognition of the strategic fit in anchoring a developmental football property that the National First Division is. GladAfrica is in the built environment business. These are Engineers, Project Managers and Environment Experts that understand that sound foundations and particular attention to sustainability are indispensable for the future. The National First Division matches and delivers the build and sustainability offering that GladAfrica delivers to our nation,” said Dr Khoza.
GladAfrica Group Executive Chairman Mr. Noel Mashaba says the opportunity to work with the Premier Soccer League couldn’t have come at a better time. “We have grown to relish a good challenge and taking on complex opportunities as a business. We have seen value in progressive partnerships, a key driving factor behind our success. This partnership is yet another milestone in the journey of building a formidable African business,” says Mr. Mashaba.
GladAfrica is not new to collaborations with major sporting titles. The company is currently in its seventh year of a sponsorship partnership with Africa’s Major Golf Title, the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Alongside title sponsors Nedbank, GladAfrica together with colossal premium global brands such as Rolex and Emirates are part of the key sponsors of the prestigious golf tournament that takes place in the summer of every year in Sun City, North West.
The conclusion of this new partnership with the PSL gives GladAfrica an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to society through sport development. “The GladAfrica Championship is a direct feeder of teams and players to the top-flight league. This is the foundation which prepares SA football’s future stars and legends. We are elated to be part of grassroots football development,” concludes Mr. Mashaba.
Through GladAfrica Foundation, the partnership with the PSL will also explore various means of uplifting impoverished communities in a quest to eradicate poverty. GladAfrica Foundation is an education focused Non- Profit Organization which offers financial and other related support to students in need. In sport, the Foundation has been working with an amateur football club, Apollo Rangers, in Clara village in Bushbuckridge, providing material support for the team.
GladAfrica would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chairman of the PSL Dr. Irvin Khoza, the Executive Committee of the PSL, the board of governors of the PSL and all the 32 Clubs.
Issued by GladAfrica Communication
01 August 2019
GladAfrica Group is proud to announce a 5-year partnership with topflight football controlling body, the Premier Soccer League.
GladAfrica Group is proud to be one of the major sponsors of the upcoming 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge for the fifth consecutive year. The event coincides with GladAfrica celebrating 15-years of engineering excellence.
“GladAfrica Group is very excited to be associated again with one of South Africa’s most watched sporting events. We recognise that the Nedbank Golf Challenges is a highlight on the sporting calendar especially for our key stakeholders and sports enthusiasts within and outside South Africa.
We understand the ever-increasing pressure that the modern lifestyle imposes on our clients, partners and employees. We view this partnerships as an opportunity to thank our existing clients while solidifying collaborative opportunities with potential clients,” says Group Chief Executive Officer Mr Kulani Lebese.
The Nedbank Golf Challenge which presents a total of $7.5 million in prize money, will be broadcast in over 140 countries, with an expectant total global household reach of over 336 million worldwide. The event will be held at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City from 9 November to 12 November.
What makes this year’s tournament even more significant is its inclusion in the European Tour’s Rolex Series. A first for South Africa.
“The Rolex Series will undeniably elevate the tournament to greater heights this year creating a unique calendar of global golfing showpieces with many of the biggest names in golf participating this year. The routes will include the world’s most iconic destinations including Dubai, South Africa and Scotland. Having our brand on such great platforms is immeasurable and highly significant as we celebrate 15 years’ in business.” adds Lebese.
GladAfrica partners with property industry body SAPOA, as an exclusive main sponsor of the SAPOA Annual Convention & Property Exhibition for the years 2017-2019.
The Convention brings together the most influential national and international property professional who share their thought provoking pundits, opinions, expertise and knowledge.
Join GladAfrica as we have the privilege of showcasing our world class professional service offerings alongside owners, developers and built environment professionals as we all commit to serve the needs of our industry.
Dates for SAPOA Convention & Property Exhibition 20 – 22 June 2017.
The bi-annual Civilution Congress is a platform for engineers to bring about transformation, diversity, leadership and evolution in the local and global society. The intention is also to improve the quality.
The Civilution Congress provides a platform to reposition engineering to its rightful place and utilise engineering skills assets to the optimal.
The Civilution movement, powered by the engineering industry, works toward removing hindrances that preclude engineering practitioners from doing what they should be doing.
GladAfrica is a proud Gold Sponsor of this event, as we remain committed to transformation and social change for the betterment of South Africa and the rest of Africa.
GladAfrica Group is a multidisciplinary built environment consultancy. Our pursuit of excellence is driven by a team of highly proficient professionals with a passion for creating and delivering viable and sustainable built environments.