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The Springboks will head to Bloemfontein for the first time since 2010 and New Zealand will be in action in Cape Town as SA Rugby confirmed the home venues for the 2017 Castle Lager Rugby Championships on Monday.

The first match of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship will take place on Saturday 19 August at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, when Argentina clash with the Boks.

The following week, the Springboks will be in action in Argentina against Los Pumas (Saturday 26 August, in Salta), where after it’s the first bye weekend.

The Boks’ traditional tour to Australasia is in early September for matches against the Wallabies (Saturday, 9 September, NIB Stadium in Perth) and All Blacks (Saturday 16 September, QBE Stadium in Albany).

Although the Springboks have played in Perth before, they have never been in action at NIB Stadium, home ground of the Western Force.

The match in Albany will be the South Africans’ third visit to QBE Stadium after they played two matches in the 2011 Rugby World Cup – against Samoa and Namibia – at this stadium, which is used as secondary home base by the Blues. Continue reading

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The Junior Springboks returned to the training field in Stellenbosch highly motivated as they began to fine-tune their preparations for the World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia, which begins next week.

The squad assembled at their training base on Sunday for their holding camp and will spend the next few days improving their structures before departing for Tbilisi on Thursday.

The SA U20s will kick off their campaign in Tbilisi on Wednesday, 31 May, against France before facing hosts, Georgia, and Argentina in their remaining pool matches on 4 and 8 June respectively.

“The players returned to Stellenbosch mentally and physically fresh, and very motivated for the World Rugby U20 Championship, which is exactly what we had banked on after a few days off,” said Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux.

“The atmosphere on and off the field is fantastic, and the players realise that everything they do needs to be geared towards a delivering a solid performance in Georgia.

“We have spent a lot of time putting our structures and systems in place in the last three weeks, so it is now a matter of ensuring that we put that to practice effectively on the field, and that is what we will be working towards in the next few days.” Continue reading

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Cape Town Comedy Club is hosting the fabulous Marc Lottering this week as the Guest Act for 3 nights only:  Wednesday 24, Thursday 25 & Friday 26 May 2017. He will be joined on stage by the following comedians each night: Dylan Skews, Milo Hot Chocolate, Liam Bento and Mel Jones as the MC. As usual, the line-up is always subject to change. Tickets are R120.

… A NIGHT OF HEADLINERS, brought to you by Savanna Premium Cider on Friday 16 June 2017, prepare yourself for a real treat as FOUR of South Africa’s top comedians perform on our stage for ONE night only!           Sne Dladla, Glen Biderman-Pam (JHB), Mum-Z and Rob van Vuuren as the MC.  As usual, the line-up is subject to change. DJ Willy plays after the show. Tickets are R190 (includes a free Savanna on arrival).

If you haven’t noticed, HALF PRICE SUNDAYS are back due to popular demand, on selected shows only. As the daunting approach of the new week lurks … why not get your spirits geared up with a good dosage of stress-relieving laughter, on a Sunday night! It’s just what the doctor prescribed and will still have you giggling all the way to the office on Monday morning! The good news is that we are extending this special to FATHER’S DAY Sunday 18 June 2017. The line-up (subject to change) includes Glen Biderman-Pam, Mum-z, Kolping Mbumba and Rob van Vuuren as the MC.

NEWSFLASH!!!! New York comedian, Wil Sylvince will be the Headline Act at our club from Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 July 2017. He will then be heading to Johannesburg (in August) to open for Trevor Noah in his new show, Trevor Noah Live. In 2015, he also opened for Trevor in NationWILD and has also appeared at the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival. (Attached press release for more info) pic available on request. 

What’s on for the next 2 weeks:

LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Wednesday 24th May 2017

HEADLINE: Dylan Skews

MC: Mel Jones

SUPPORT ACT: Milo Hot Chocolate

OPEN MIC: Liam Bento

GUEST ACT: Marc Lottering Continue reading

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Springbok wing Ruan Combrinck scored two tries on his return to Vodacom Super Rugby action to help steer the Emirates Lions to a comprehensive 51-14 derby win over the Vodacom Bulls in their Saturday evening derby in Johannesburg.

Fit-again Combrinck was a late inclusion on the wing for the injured Sylvian Mahuza, and he celebrated his return to action within the opening minutes by scoring the first of the home team’s seven tries. The Highveld team led by 39-14 at halftime and they maintained their dominance in the second half to comfortably clinch their eleventh win of the season so far.

The Cell C Sharks and the DHL Stormers both returned to winning ways. Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo, playing in the No 15 jersey, scored a hat-trick of tries to steer Robert du Preez’s team to a 38-17 bonus point win over the gritty Sunwolves. The visitors clinched the game thanks to a strong surge deep into the second half, when Mvovo scored twice to secure the tie for his side.

The DHL Stormers staged a gusty comeback to beat the visiting Blues 30-22 in their Friday evening tussle at DHL Newlands, with the positive result also ending a run of four losses for the Cape side. The Blues had a slender 12-10 advantage at halftime, however, Robbie Fleck’s team staged a strong comeback after the break for their second win of the campaign over a New Zealand opponent.

Unfortunately for the Southern Kings, their recent run of wins came to an end in Port Elizabeth where the visiting Brumbies upstaged them by 19-10 to deny them a fourth straight win. The Brumbies dominated possession in the second half to starve the home side. Continue reading

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Pic: SA Rugby

Pic: SA Rugby

The Springbok Sevens team was crowned HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions in London on Sunday night, as the 2016/17 series concluded with the final and tenth tournament of the World Series, the HSBC London Sevens played at Twickenham Stadium. Scotland beat England 12-7 in the final, but it remained a special day for South African rugby.

The Springbok Sevens team earlier won the 5th place final against Australia to end the season with a win, but it was their solid performances throughout the year that brought them glory. The squad reached all ten Cup quarterfinals, losing only two and won all eight semifinals they were involved in, as well as five of the eight finals contested, winning the tournaments in Dubai, Wellington, Sydney, Las Vegas and Paris.

This was only the second time that the Blitzboks were crowned overall champions, after they also won the 2008/09 Series.

Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman, dedicated the win to South Africa and all Blitzboks fans, saying the support throughout the season gave them much needed inspiration. Continue reading

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This from iol.co.za:

Cape Town – “Crisis? There’s no crisis.” Those were the words of Primedia chief executive Omar Essack in the wake of yet another on-air line-up change – the third in seven months.

This includes moving award-winning breakfast show host and fan favourite Ryan O’Connor, who will now get to sleep a little later in the morning. He moves to the 10am to 1pm spot from July 3 after serving up breakfast on KFM for a decade. O’Connor makes way for popular Joburg radio presenter and comedian Darren “Whackhead” Simpson.

Primedia – the parent company of KFM, 947, Cape Talk and 702 – is also said to be facing a staff crisis as a result of mass resignations.

But Essack said the goal was to grow KFM. “There is a commitment to provide what audiences expect from the brand,” Essack told Weekend Argus.

However, there has been no growth in listenership for the popular Western Cape radio station in recent years. In fact, listenership at what is now the No 2 radio station in the Cape has been on a steady decline.

The most recent RAMS (Radio Audience Measurement Survey) figures has KFM’s daily listenership at 672 000 as of December 2016. Heart FM leads the way with 787 000 listeners, while Goodhope FM has a listenership of 551 000.

“We know that KFM has a fantastically responsive audience. We need to grow KFM to the next level, we need to get back to being more than we are at the moment,” Essack said.

Full story here:

http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/shake-up-at-kfm-not-music-to-all-ears-9240290

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The City’s Chief Resilience Officer will lead city-wide efforts to build holistic resilience to the social, physical and economic challenges that are an increasing part of the 21st Century. Read more below:

In partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, the City of Cape Town today announced the appointment of Craig Kesson as its Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) during the City’s resilience agenda-setting workshop. 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is dedicated to building resilience in cities around the world.

The CRO is an innovative new position in the City of Cape Town to lead the City’s resilience efforts and engage with stakeholders, resilience experts, and 100RC staff in developing a comprehensive resilience strategy. Mr Kesson’s appointment as the CRO has been officially endorsed by Council.

This follows the announcement of the City of Cape Town becoming a part of 100RC in May 2016.

Cape Town was chosen from more than 325 applicants on the basis of our willingness, ability, and need to become resilient in the face of future challenges. Continue reading

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