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The Springboks will field an unchanged 23 for the first time since the last Rugby World Cup for their opening match of the 2019 version in Yokohama on Saturday (kick-off at 11h45 SA time).

Rassie Erasmus, director of rugby, on Wednesday named the same starting XV and eight replacements that defeated Japan, 41-7, in Kumagaya two weeks ago for the eagerly awaited clash against New Zealand.

No 8 Duane Vermeulen will be appearing in his 50th Test as one of 22 players who will, in fact, be appearing in their fourth match together this season.

The combination also fought to a 16-16 draw with the same opposition in Wellington before beating Argentina, 46-13, in Salta on their way to the Castle Lager Rugby Championship. The one exception is fit-again captain Siya Kolisi, who replaced Kwagga Smith to lead the side out against Japan.

The last time South Africa named an unchanged 23 was 51 matches ago – against New Zealand in the 2015 Rugby World Cup semi-final. The combination had beaten Wales 23-19 in the quarter-final, only to lose at Twickenham by two points a week later.

“We’ve found some consistency and some momentum in a number of ways this season,” said Erasmus, “and one of them is in selection.

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JOINT MEDIA RELEASE FROM METRORAIL, THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN AND THE WESTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT

The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works, the Passenger Rail Service of South Africa (PRASA) and the City of Cape Town have affirmed their commitment to the safety and security of Metrorail commuters and infrastructure by extending the deployment of the Rail Enforcement Unit for another year. Read more below:

The new Memorandum of Agreement will terminate on 30 June 2020.

Earlier this morning the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela; PRASA’s acting Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr Nkosinathi Sishi; and the City’s Mayoral Committee Members for Transport; and Safety and Security, Alderman Felicity Purchase and Alderman JP Smith, met the new recruits during a parade at the Cape Town Station.

Since its inception on 27 October 2018 the REU has acted as a force multiplier for PRASA’s regional Protection Services Unit. Together, the teams have ensured greater operational visibility on trains and stations, searching more individuals during joint operations, and confiscating a greater number of dangerous weapons and fraudulent train tickets.

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The V&A Waterfront’s Silo Concerts Series is establishing itself as a popular platform for creative expression attracting the best local artists and performers for Capetonians and visitors to enjoy. Make a date of it this coming summer by attending a free concert performance and then popping in to see the latest exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA, or visit the Southern Guild Gallery and Kirsten Goss to keep up with the latest creative and design trends.

Don Vino and Friends

Date: Friday, 04 October (weather dependent)

Time: 19h00

Venue: V&A Waterfront Silo District

Cost: Free

On Friday, 4 October, Saxophonist Don Vino will be sharing the stage with well-known South African artists such as Loukmaan Adams, Amy Jones and Craig Lucas at the Silo District at 7pm. Don Vino along will keep your entertained with songs from the early 70s to the latest hits on the music scene. Continue reading

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Babalwa Latsha said the Springbok Women were ready to measure the progress they have made as a team since the 2021 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers in Gauteng in August as the clock winds down to Saturday’s Test against Spain at the WJ de Wet Stadium in Despatch.

The team have been in Port Elizabeth since Sunday, 8 September, where they have been preparing for the Test and a friendly match between the SA Select Women and Spain Invitational XV – which the visitors won 17-5 last Saturday – but the intensity rose dramatically this week as the team switched in full Test mode.

“We are very excited about the game,” Latsha, Springbok Women’s captain, said at a coaching clinic at Mzontsundu High School in Kwazakele on Wednesday.

“We have been building to this test against Spain and the next two against Scotland for some time now. Our preparation started before the World Cup Qualifiers last month, so we are keen to see how far we have come as a team since then.

“Our training sessions here in Port Elizabeth have been going well and we are all on the same page in terms of what we need to do on the field and what is required of us at training. So it is now a matter of transferring that onto the field.”

Latsha relished the opportunity to showcase their skills in a region that is widely regarded as the heartland of women’s rugby in South Africa, and said: “It is fantastic to play in the Eastern Cape, especially since this is the powerhouse of women’s rugby.

“We are looking forward to the locals coming to see what we have to offer. I think the match is going to be a good spectacle for all of the Eastern Cape to enjoy.”

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Statement by Alderman Dan Plato, Executive Mayor of Cape Town

I have watched with serious concern as some of the lobby groups active in Cape Town have developed a very flexible relationship with the truth. This is dangerous territory as they will very quickly lose the trust of the public that they claim to represent.

Civil society organisations are crucial to a functional democracy and have an important role in representing different community interests, but they need to do so responsibly and truthfully.

Propaganda and misinformation benefits nobody – these are the very tools that did untold damage to our country through the state capture years and they have nothing of value to offer to our residents, so I am calling on activist groups, civil society groups, and lobby groups to please not misrepresent information to the media and to the people they claim to serve. You will only erode the trust in your organisations if you do this.

The recent matter of a Woodstock eviction is a case in point.

One of the activist groups in Cape Town claim that the City only informed the resident that his property would be auctioned off with a 48h notice. This is blatantly untrue and it is an injustice to our residents for such misinformation and fake news to be spread.

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Telkom VS Gaming and Comic Con Africa 2019 Partner Again

Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP today announced that it would be partnering with Telkom VS Gaming for the second consecutive year to bring the very best of esports to Comic Con Africa, which will take place in September this year.

Telkom VS Gaming, the official connectivity and gaming partner of Comic Con Africa, will once again be hosting two Masters tournaments; one for South Africa’s leading competitive game, DOTA2, and the other for the popular objective-based, multiplayer first-person shooter game, CS:GO. The 2018 tournament saw 16 teams compete to win the respective titles in front of thousands of esports fans, and has the biggest prize money pool in South Africa.
“Last year’s Comic Con Africa was such a huge success due to the incredible partnerships we had, and we are thrilled that Telkom VS Gaming has once again come on board to support us. Gaming is a massive focus for Comic Con Africa and we saw the success last year of combining pop culture and esports. This opens esports up to an even wider audience that attends Comic Con Africa,” says Carol Weaving, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions.
“We have been supporting esports for more than a decade and we are looking forward to the second Comic Con Africa partnership. Through this partnership we get to showcase our Masters players and the Telkom VS gaming league. Telkom’s extensive high-speed fibre network provides the platform for real-time gaming, enhanced access and spectator experience,” says Erna Korff Telkom’s Managing Executive, mobile and products.

COMPETITION HERE!

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To ensure a safer environment for passengers on the Golden Arrow Bus Service (GABS), the City’s Law Enforcement Department has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with GABS that will pave the way for Law Enforcement officers to do duty on buses. This on board enforcement will add value to the service and ensure the safety of passengers. Read more below;

The appointment of 20 Law Enforcement officers was made possible by the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). Apart from ensuring the safety of passengers on GABS buses, officers will also be responsible for the enforcement of relevant by-laws such as Traffic and Parking By-laws. The MOA signed by the City will see parties working closely in the interest of the safety of passengers.

‘The memorandum will allow the City to work closely with GABS and will give passengers added value and peace of mind in knowing that there will be a law enforcement presence on buses. Officers will liaise closely with passengers so that they can gather information about possible criminal activity, plan accordingly and act swiftly where necessary. In this regard the City would like to request passengers to assist officers in informing them of any anti-social behaviour, or other activities that could cause a disturbance on buses,’ said the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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Trevor Nyakane is expected to be fit and available for selection for the Springboks’ opening Rugby World Cup match against New Zealand on 21 September, Springbok management confirmed on Sunday.

The tighthead prop sprained a knee during the 41-7 victory over Japan in Kumagaya on Friday and was limited to a 14-minute appearance.

Nyakane made a scheduled return to South Africa on Saturday to be with his wife for the birth of their child this week. He will arrive back in Japan on Friday.

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Mr Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, reacted with shock and disbelief when the news of the death of former Springbok wing and Blitzboks captain and coach Chester Williams surfaced on Friday afternoon.

Williams was a star of the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup-winning squad in 1995 and one of the best wings in South African rugby history. He passed away from a heart attack in Cape Town on Friday afternoon, aged 49.

“The news of Chester’s passing is devastating and hard to believe, as he was still young and seemingly in good health,” said Mr Alexander.

“Chester was a true pioneer in South African rugby and his performances at the World Cup in 1995, as a snapshot of his Springbok career, will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of our rugby public.

“As a member of the Springbok class of 1995, Chester was not only well-known in the rugby fraternity, but he was a much-loved South African whose influence stretched wider than just the rugby world.

“He was passionate about rugby and South Africa and as coach, at various levels, selflessly gave back to the game after he hung up his boots. He played with courage and was a beacon of light in his community and in the broader South African context.

“Chester Williams had so much more to give. Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife, Maria, his children, family and friends during this very sad time.”

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