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Nine Junior Springbok stars were among the half century of emerging young players who were taught a thing or two by REF (the Rugby Education Foundation) in 2018 after winning education bursaries though the SA Rugby-run programme.

Junior Springbok prop Alulutho Tshakweni (Sports Management) and centre Rikus Pretorius (Sports Administration and Coaching) were among a handful of SA Under-20 players who were REF bursary recipients, with the group also including Xerox Golden Lions flanker Mandisi Mthiyane (Marketing Management).

They formed part of the SA Rugby Academy Programme which aims to balance formal education with high performance training and player welfare. The foundation, which was launched in October 2015 thanks to the vital support from corporates, have assisted over 100 players with bursaries to date.

The recipients are identified in consultation with scouts, school coaches, provincial rugby unions, as well as SA Rugby high performance staff. Given the success of the programme to date, the aim for 2019 is to assist 75 players with education bursaries.

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Vuka Ukhanye 2019 awakens dynamism through inclusivity, processes and people

Cape Town, 07 December 2018 – The Cape Town Carnival theme for 2019 was the result of brainstorming sessions between participating groups, organisers and artists from more than 50 neighbourhoods across Cape Town. “VUKA UKHANYE: Arise and Shine!” was the bold statement that culminated from these creative and fun workshops.

And that’s just where the collective creativity begins. “We’re a family at the Cape Town Carnival, and we work together as much as possible in the creative processes that lead up to the annual event that takes place on 16 March next year,” says Brad Baard, creative director of the Cape Town Carnival.

The 2019 theme incorporates everything that the Carnival family feels truly depicts “VUKA UKHANYE: Arise and Shine!” Baard says, “The parade is a vivid journey of awakening, from sunrise and literally waking up in the morning, to symbolically waking up your own power.”

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The Boardwalk is proud to host acclaimed band Satori – comprising Port Elizabeth born siblings Ashley, Erol, Zara, Lisa and Kevin Ally – when they return home to introduce their new CD to local fans on Saturday, 8 December 2018. The band has decided that having a concert to launch their second CD in Port Elizabeth at the start of the festive season would be their gift to the Eastern Cape, their place of birth.

The CD entitled What has become of us was released in Germany in June this year, showcasing the artistry of Ashley on Sax and flute, Zara on lead vocals, Ezra Erasmus on keyboards, Erol on guitar, Edwin Steyn on bass, Kevin on drums and percussion, and Lisa Ally on vocals. They performed to full houses in Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Hamburg, Oldenburg, Rostock, Hattingen, Kolne, Jazz festival in Duren and Titisee – Neustadt where they received exceptional acclaim from audiences and the media alike.

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Pic: businesliveJustin Geduld has recovered from the injury, which cut short his participation in the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens, while Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell believes the improvement shown by his 13-man squad in the latter stages of last weekend’s tournament was enough to keep faith in the same players for the HSBC Cape Town Sevens.

Powell named the same 12-man squad from last weekend to front up in the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday. With Geduld back, Selvyn Davids will again be the official replacement.

Geduld took a knock halfway through the tournament in Dubai and was replaced by Davids. However, the experienced Blitzbok playmaker was cleared to play on Thursday, so the 24-year-old utility back reverts to the bench again.

“I was pleased with the performances against Scotland and Fiji, our last two matches last Saturday, and I saw more of that fluency and urgency in training as well this week,” said Powell.

“Knowing the players, they will all be desperate to correct last weekend’s disappointments and they get a chance to redeem themselves this week.”

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Statement by Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, as delivered at a media conference today

6 December 2018

I have now been in this portfolio for one month. It is clear that:

Too many people in our province are dying due to crime.

Too many people are held hostage in their homes due to gang violence.

Too many people are caught in gang cross-fires.

Too many people have become victims.

Too many people are just becoming statistics.

Too many businesses are affected.

We have:

Too few police officers.

Too few police vehicles and the ones that are there, are not working.

Too few detectives to thoroughly handle caseloads.

Too few criminals convicted.

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Residents and motorists are advised to take note of the temporary road restrictions and closures in effect around the Cape Town Stadium precinct to accommodate the upcoming HSBC Rugby 7s tournament this weekend. 

All roads will lead to the Cape Town Stadium on 8 – 9 December 2018 for the Cape Town leg of the HSBC Rugby 7s.

Temporary road restrictions and closures will be implemented which will have an impact on traffic flow.

‘The City has put together a comprehensive transport plan to accommodate the thousands of fans who are encouraged to make use of the free MyCiTi shuttle service to the stadium to alleviate the pressure on the roads. The City’s enforcement units will be out in force to maintain law and order on the roads. Motorists are urged to exercise patience and caution and plan their trips accordingly,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

‘After months of planning and preparation, the Cape Town Stadium team is ready to welcome the players as well as fans from near and far. Fans are urged to enjoy the setting of our world-class stadium. A team of 150 cleaning and waste removal staff will be deployed per day to cater for the cleanliness and waste removal requirements over the tournament period. Additionally, the stadium will primarily rely on its on-site generators for electricity and will use City electricity as a backup to minimise the impact of load-shedding,’ said Lesley de Reuck, CEO: Cape Town Stadium.

The list of road closures and transport plan is available here:

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The SA Rugby Referees Panels were confirmed on Wednesday, with nine referees named in the elite Premier Panel, a further 17 on the National Panel while there are nine Television Match Officials listed for next year. In addition, seven names are on the Sevens Panel for 2019.

The complete SA Rugby Match Official Panels for 2019 were confirmed following the annual selection and grading meeting held last month at SA Rugby’s offices in Cape Town. This was followed by the Referees Department strategic planning meeting which happened last Thursday and Friday in Stellenbosch.

SA Rugby Referees Manager, Banks Yantolo, said that while South African match officials continue to play a prominent role on the international stage, a lot of hard work is being done behind the scenes to ensure local referees perform to international standards and that a steady stream of young men and women’s referees are identified and developed with the future in mind.

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DATE:                    15 – 30 December 2018

TIME:                    11h00 (Show), 12h00 – 14h00 (Meet & Greet)

VENUE:                Amphitheatre (show) & Lamp Side Court (meet and greet)

COST:                    Free

Kids can look forward to interactive sing-along songs in this magical musical production, featuring life-size puppets. There’s fun for the whole family at the V&A Waterfront, with performances every day at 11pm at the Amphitheatre. A meet and greet with Peppa Pig and friends will take place from 12pm and 2pm at Lamp Side Court. For further information visit

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