Real Madrid have decided to launch their own women’s team, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed.Real Madrid have agreed to buy CD Tacon, a Madrid-based team promoted to Liga Iberdrola – the domestic women’s top-flight – at the end of last season.Spanish news outlet El Mundo reports that Madrid president Florentino Perez has sanctioned a deal worth around €500,000 for Tacon’s licence to be transferred to Real, with the re-branded team to take up their place in the league next season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Confirming the arrangement, Rafael del Amo, president of the RFEF Women’s Soccer Committee, told Efe: “The Federation has had something to do, we thought it was very important that the best national teams have a female team.”I always jokingly told my Real Madrid friends that they would not be great without a female team. I can say they are great.”The arrangement apparently only covers the first team, with a decision on an academy dependent on development. The women’s team will train and play at Real’s Ciudad Real Madrid complex in Valdebebas.Tacon were founded in 2014 by the management company of ex-player Ana Rossell, AR10, with the idea of ultimately becoming part of the fold at Real once they had reached the top level.Real now shed their tag as one of elite European soccer’s last clubs without a women’s team, with the Tacón acquisition allowing the club to invest in an existing side.Barcelona, are the top-spending club in the Spanish women’s top-flight, spending close to €4 million (£3.6m/$4.5m) a year, but most club’s operate on a budget closer to €500,000.The news comes shortly after the RFEF announced that next season there will be about €20m ($23m/£18m) allocated for women’s soccer, of which €6.5m will go to the national team and the rest to club competitions.Of the club allocation, the national soccer body will only contribute roughly seven per cent, according to Palco23, while the rest will come from commercial rights.Last season’s Primera Division was dominated by Atletico Madrid and Barcelona as both teams completed the campaign more than 30 points ahead of their nearest rivals, Levante.Meanwhile, Barcelona won their second straight Copa de la Reina and reached the final of the Champions League, where they were beaten by Lyon.
Engineers and scientists from SRK Consulting’s offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Africa were part of the DRC Mining Week in Lubumbashi recently, sharing information on trends and opportunities in one of Africa’s most important mining hubs.Susa Maleba, SRK’s DRC country manager noted the upbeat mood at the event, driven by the global interest in cobalt and copper. As a member of the DRC Mining Week conference panel to discuss the impact of the mining code on skills development and local subcontracting in mining, Maleba highlighted the importance of specialised mining-related skills for the country’s development.“The DRC needs to update its curriculum at universities and also at schools,” he said, adding that more technical programs for unskilled workers, conducted in collaboration with mining companies, were also required. The current construction of cobalt processing facilities at some mines indicated future opportunities, while exploration projects were also picking up.There was definite interest in the DRC, especially with increased global demand for cobalt – despite some uncertainty about the effect of the country’s new mining code. The mining community appeared full of hope that mining in the area could grow significantly in the coming years, with interest not only from SADC countries, but also from Europe, the US, China and Australasia.SRK has been involved extensively in mining projects in the DRC over many years, focusing on mining engineering, geotechnical and environmental aspects among others; the company’s DRC office ensures close proximity to mines, while expertise can be drawn from many other disciplines in SRK’s worldwide network.The picture shows the SRK team at the DRC Mining Week (from left): Desire Tshibanda (SRK’s DRC office), Susa Maleba (DRC), Colin Wessels (SRK SA), Cèline Mukekwa (DRC), Joseph Mainama (SA), Mamie Mbayo (DRC), Jaya Omar (SA), Peter Shepherd (SA) and Wouter Jordaan (SA).