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Lloyd Burnard – Sport24
Cape Town – It has been a week in which transformation, or the lack thereof, has hogged South African headlines once more.
Everybody has an opinion, yet those opinions don’t always line up when what is a largely sensitive topic of discussion surfaces.
There are concerns over what can and can’t be said, what is politically correct and what is not, and the more that the topic is discussed the murkier the mechanisms of achieving the end goal become.
Even the end goal itself is unclear.
Are we striving to have every national side become accurately representative of the demographics of the country, without any exception or leniency?
Or is the end goal of transformation to ensure that every sports playing person in South Africa is given an equal opportunity to get to the top of his or her game, at which point the best will be chosen?
It appears that transformation is seeking to achieve both of those things, but identifying the best vehicle to facilitate a move towards those goals has been problematic.
At the April 19 portfolio committee meeting between SA Rugby and the Department of Sport and Recreation, SA Rugby provided feedback on their transformation progress in 2015.
According to their presentation, Western Province was the best performing of the 14 unions in terms of meeting transformation requirements.
What is their secret?
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Offering a wide range of top quality dairy products, Woolworths’ selection process is carefully considered, with many of the products exclusive to stores. These efforts have been recognised with no less than 65 awards, including 10 Agri-Expo Qualité Awards at the 2016 South African Dairy Championships, which were announced at a gala dinner in Cape Town on Wednesday 27th April.
Following great success in last year, 2016 saw Woolworths take home 36 first prize awards out of a total of 97 product categories. Of the 23 Qualité Awards given, Woolworths dairy products received 10 of these, nine of which for products exclusive to Woolworths stores. Continue reading
· Five SA franchise teams involved in overseas matches this weekend
· Southern Kings clash with Jaguares on maiden Argentine visit
The two leading teams on the Africa conference standings, the DHL Stormers and Emirates Lions, will be eyeing home wins this weekend, while the rest of the South African franchises are all playing away matches in Round 10 of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition.
For the first time in Vodacom Super Rugby history, six SA teams will be in action this weekend against overseas foes in a single round. This weekend’s action sees no less than five South African franchise teams playing overseas.
On Friday morning (SA time) the Cell C Sharks continue their tour of New Zealand against the Chiefs in New Plymouth, with the two teams getting this weekend’s action underway in another exciting round of fixtures. Continue reading
DHL Stormers co-captains Juan de Jongh and Frans Malherbe both return for the Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Waratahs at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
De Jongh takes his place at outside centre after missing the 40-22 victory over the Reds last week with concussion, and will partner Damian de Allende in midfield, while Malherbe returns at tighthead prop after being ruled out last week due to illness.
The only other changes to the starting line-up are rotational switches to the forward pack as Schalk Burger takes his place at No.8 with Nizaam Carr shifting to the flank and Siya Kolisi moving to the replacements bench, whilst in the front row JC Janse van Rensburg starts at loosehead prop.
DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team are intent on raising the bar once again at DHL Newlands.
“We are determined to keep on progressing along the path we have embarked on this season, and the Waratahs will provide another serious challenge this weekend.
“The team has really bought into what we are trying to do, and I am excited to see what they can produce in front of our faithful fans on Saturday,” he said.
DHL Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Huw Jones.
Referee: Mike Fraser
This year the winter holidays don’t have to be cold and dreary, as the City of Cape Town’s resorts are an affordable option to chase away the winter cold.
‘With winter upon us, the City’s resorts offer an affordable getaway for families to enjoy, with low-season rates,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker.
The City of Cape Town manages 13 resorts across Cape Town, with eight of these resorts offering fully equipped chalets and braai areas. Continue reading
Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Tuesday said his team was making solid progress in terms of their game plan and mental toughness as their preparations continue for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester, England, from 7 June to 25 June.
The Junior Springbok training squad faced the Western Province Academy on Tuesday, in their second contact session since assembling in camp in Stellenbosch earlier this month, and Theron was satisfied with the performance at the end of the hit-out.
The SA U20 training squad produced a solid display in which they scored 14 tries and denied the Western Province Academy from scoring one in the contact session, which was made up of four 20-minute chukkas. Continue reading
Tthe following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the full sitting of Council today, 28 April 2016.
I would like to observe a moment’s silence for former Member of Parliament, Dene Smuts, who passed away last week, seven-year-old Tyler Jansen from Ravensmead, and former Pan Africanist Congress president, Clarence Makwetu. Continue reading
The Cape Town Flower Show takes place from Thursday 27th–Sunday 30th October 2016 at The Castle of Good Hope, in the centre of Cape Town with Table Mountain as its backdrop.
This annual lifestyle show brings together gardens and gardening, planting trends and designs for living outdoors; unites notions of beauty, sanctuary and sustainability; and celebrates local food, culture and community. The show taps into a gardening culture that’s young, vibrant and identifies with a universal awareness for the need to care for the environment.
The show’s main features include:
- Show Gardens – As visitors enter the Castle forecourt, they will see 20 show gardens designed by the country’s top landscape architects and designers.
- Floristry – Visitors can attend workshops and demos in the Floral Theatre at the Bakhuys at the Castle and see the first-ever MasterFlorist™ competition take place, in which contestants will be challenged to create different floral arrangements on each themed day of the show. These will then be judged to allow for daily eliminations, culminating in an overall MasterFlorist winner on Sunday.
- Flowers in Art
So winter is upon us and we have all sorts of transitioning occurring. We have people getting into relationships they’ll regret come summer [because “cuddle” (???!!!!)], we have party animals going into hibernation because that’s what some animals do during winter…
We have some people becoming morbidly depressed and we have others throwing their health and fitness goals out the window. Yup, that’s what South Africans tend to do… Come winter they no longer aspire for the same things they aspired to a mere couple of weeks ago. As if the temperature plays such a role in your life that you would really let it dictate to you what you want for yourself. As if the abundance of sunshine or the lack there of would alter your very perception on life? Continue reading