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2030 World Cup: Tournament to be held across six countries in three continents

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2030 World Cup: Tournament to be held across six countries in three continents

The 2030 World Cup will be held across six countries in three continents, Fifa has confirmed.

Spain, Portugal and Morocco have been named as the co-hosts, with the opening three matches taking place in Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay.

The opening matches in South America are to mark the World Cup’s centenary as it will be 100 years since the inaugural tournament in Montevideo.

The decision is set to be ratified at a Fifa congress next year.

Fifa also confirmed only bids from countries from the Asian Football Confederation and the Oceania Football Confederation will be considered for the 2034 finals.

Following that decision, Saudi Arabia announced it would be bidding to host the tournament in 2034 for the first time.

Fifa’s decision to host the tournament across multiple continents has drawn criticism, with one supporter’s body accusing football’s world governing body of engaging in a “cycle of destruction against the greatest tournament on Earth”.

“[It’s] horrendous for supporters, disregards the environment and rolls the red carpet out to a host for 2034 with an appalling human rights record. It’s the end of the World Cup as we know it,” said Football Supporters Europe.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said: “In a divided world, Fifa and football are uniting

“The Fifa Council, representing the entire world of football, unanimously agreed to celebrate the centenary of the Fifa World Cup, whose first edition was played in Uruguay in 1930, in the most appropriate way.

“In 2030, we will have a unique global footprint, three continents – Africa, Europe and South America – six countries – Argentina, Morocco, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain and Uruguay – welcoming and uniting the world while celebrating together the beautiful game, the centenary and the Fifa World Cup.”

Montevideo in Uruguay, the city which hosted the first World Cup match in 1930, is poised to stage the opening game in 2030 with matches in Argentina and Paraguay to follow.

The rest of the 48-team tournament will then move to north Africa and Europe.

If the 2030 proposal is approved, Morocco would become only the second African nation to host a World Cup, after South Africa in 2010.

Spain has been named as joint-host weeks after former football federation chief Luis Rubiales resigned following criticism for kissing Jenni Hermoso at the Women’s World Cup.

Appearing in court, Rubiales was given a restraining order by a Spanish judge, but denied sexually assaulting Hermoso.

Spain last hosted the World Cup in 1982, with Italy winning the tournament for the third time.

Portugal has never hosted the tournament, but Euro 2004 was held there.

As in previous World Cups, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Spain, Portugal and Morocco will all qualify automatically as co-hosts.

Saudi bid ‘natural step for country passionate about football’

Saudi Arabia’s decision to bid for the 2034 World Cup is in line with its initiative to become a global leader in sport after hosting a number of events in the country since 2018, involving football, Formula 1, golf and boxing.

But the Gulf kingdom has been accused of investing in sport and using high-profile events to improve its international reputation – a process known as sportswashing.

In a recent interview with Fox News, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said he does not care about the accusations.

“If sportswashing is going to increase my GDP by 1%, then we’ll continue doing sportswashing,” Bin Salman said.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s Olympic and Paralympic chief, says the World Cup bid “constitutes an important and natural step in our journey as a country passionate about football”.

Fifa follows Uefa in readmitting Russia to under-17 competitions

Fifa also announced Russia will be readmitted to its under-17 competitions for the first time since the country’s invasion of Ukraine 19 months ago.

The move follows Uefa’s decision last week to allow Russian sides to compete at U17 level in European competitions after they were suspended when the invasion began in February 2022.

Fifa said the decision will be conditional on teams playing as the “Football Union of Russia” rather than Russia, without the country’s flag or anthem, and wearing a neutral kit.

Uefa’s move drew criticism from the English Football Association which said it “did not support” the decision, adding “our position remains that England teams won’t play against Russia”.

But Uefa said boys and girls should not be punished for the actions of adults, adding in a statement: “Football should never give up sending messages of peace and hope.

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Lotto Results for Wednesday 28 February 2024

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The Ithuba National Lotto Results and Lotto Plus Results for Wednesday, 28 February 2024.

Will tonight’s Lotto jackpot make you hand in your resignation, fly to Dubai or drive a new Porsche from your garage? Make sure you have your South African Lotto tickets ready and keep an eye on Tonight’s winning numbers ahead of Wednesday (28 February 2024) night’s Ithuba Lottery draw.The Lottery draw will take place at 9pm.We will be announcing the numbers for tonight’s Lotto draws below as soon as the results are in, so stay tuned..



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Nedbank: YES Graduate Internships 2024

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Nedbank invites South African unemployed graduates to apply 12 months YES Internship Programme 2024.

Internship Application Closing Date: Not specified

Internship Location: Positions available Nationwide (All 9 provinces).

Nedbank YES Programme is a business-led collaboration with government to reduce unemployment by giving our youth an opportunity to develop new skills and gain meaningful workplace experience, which will improve their chances of finding long-term future employment significantly. 

This is a 12-month contract opportunity which offers a stipend of R4407 monthly. Upon completion you will also receive a certificate of completion and a reference letter for your future work prospects.

The YES Programme is a business-led collaboration with government to reduce unemployment by giving our youth an opportunity to develop new skills and gain meaningful workplace experience, which will improve their chances of finding long-term future employment significantly. A pivotal advantage of engaging in a YES program lies in the hands-on experience it offers. Participants immerse themselves in authentic work environments, acquiring practical skills and knowledge directly applicable to their forthcoming careers. This hands-on exposure proves invaluable in establishing a robust foundation for professional advancement, thereby increasing the potential for securing employment in the future.

Furthermore, membership in a YES program opens the door to exposure in one of the largest financial services institutes. This exposure grants participants a distinctive understanding of the industry, allowing them to glean insights from seasoned professionals. The accompanying networking opportunities can be advantageous for expanding one’s professional connections within the field, further contributing to increased job prospects.

Active involvement in a YES program not only provides experience but also opens doors to potential permanent employment opportunities. Demonstrating exemplary performance and maintaining a positive attitude are essential, as individuals may be considered for permanent roles within the organization, offering stability and long-term career prospects.

It is crucial to recognize that participants in a YES program receive a stipend rather than a conventional wage. This stipend, designed to cover basic transportation costs, serves as a practical support during their program engagement. While the stipend may only address fundamental transportation needs, the overall benefits and prospects for professional advancement, coupled with exposure in a leading financial services institute, make it a worthwhile opportunity for motivated individuals with a positive outlook.

The following criteria and qualifications must be met in order to be considered:

  • Matric qualification
  • Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, OR Engineering OR IT                                      
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Banking OR IT
  • NQF 5 Insurance Certification.
  • Must be currently unemployed.
  • Will not be enrolled in academic studies for the duration of the YES programme.
  • Have not participated in another YES programme with another organisation before.
  • No prior experience needed.
  • Positions available Nationwide (All 9 provinces).
  • 12 Month Contract.
  • Stipend: R4407.00.

How to Apply

Click here to apply online for the Nedbank: YES Graduate Internships 2024

Should your highest qualification be a Matric, please send your application to info@pmbgroup.co.za if you are interested in participating in the YES programme.

Kindly note that all positions will be filled in accordance with the Company’s Employment Equity plan. We also encourage people with disabilities to apply.

Please take note that by responding to this advertisement and providing your personal information in application thereof, you confirm your express and informed consent for Persaf Holdings (Pty) Ltd and all its subsidiaries and all affiliated companies to process your personal information; to retain your personal information on our database for future matching; to contact you when suitable opportunities arise; and that the information you have provided to us is true, correct and up to date.

Should you not receive feedback on your application with us within a period of 4 weeks of submission, you may consider your application as being unsuccessful.  Please keep an eye on our website and other career sites for future opportunities that may arise.



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HR Management Trainee / Internships 2024

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National Library of South Africa (NLSA) invites South African unemployed graduates to apply Human Resources Management Trainee / Internship Programme 2024.

Internship Application Closing Date: 06 March 2024

Internship Location: Pretoria, Gauteng

How to apply

Download Application Form

Position Title: Human Resources Management Trainee

Reference Number: 01/02/2024

NB. Please ensure that you quote the Reference Number and the Position in the subject line of your email.

Interested applicants must submit a completed application form accompanied by a covering letter; Curriculum Vitae; Matric/Grade12 certificate; proof of qualifications and a copy of Identity Document by e-mail to: recruitment@nlsa.ac.za



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