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Members of the Springbok training squad and Springbok Sevens Women players rolled up their sleeves on Wednesday to contribute towards several charity projects in celebration of #MandelaDay.
As part of SA Rugby’s outreach programme and in conjunction with Springbok sponsors MTN, the players also delivered blankets to each of the different venues.
Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Coenie Oosthuizen, Wilco Louw and Trevor Nyakane as well as several SA Rugby staff members kicked off the day’s activities with a visit to the Kin Culture orphanage in Klapmuts on the outskirts of Paarl in the Western Cape.
The group participated in a prayer session and spent quality time with some of the children, staff members and volunteers of the care village.
Then it was off to the township of Mfuleni outside Stellenbosch, where they met up with a few other members of the Springbok training group and Springbok Sevens Women representatives – Embrose Papier, Salmaan Moerat and Damian Willemse, as well as Veroeshka Grain, Megan Comley and Chane Stadler – to give a helping hand at a Habitat for Humanity building project.
The players joined up with several other volunteer groups who are building three houses in support of initiatives of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in partnership with Habitat for Humanity SA and the Department of Human Settlements. Oosthuizen and Nyakane also handed over a batch of blankets to the local primary school.
The City of Cape Town advises of a water supply disruption between 09:00 and 15:00 tomorrow, 19 July 2018, which will affect Glencairn Main Road, Welcome Glen and sections of Simon’s Town.
This is a necessary step required to provide a new water connection in Simon’s Town.
Residents must please ensure that their taps are closed during this period to avoid water waste and/or damage when the water supply is restored. Residents are also advised to then open their taps slowly to reduce stress on their pipework.
Residents are advised to store 5-10 litres of drinking water in clean sealed containers beforehand to minimise inconvenience.
The City apologises for the inconvenience and thanks our residents for their patience during this period.
Johannesburg, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 – The MSG Afrika Group would like to acknowledge a personal domestic incident involving its Chairman Mr Given Mkhari. The Group is cognizant of the impact that the incident has had on our staff, stakeholders, business partners and the public.
We affirm our commitment to the rule of law. MSG further acknowledges that the matter is of public concern and reassures the public that the matter is not taken lightly. MSG strongly condemns domestic violence of any form. Mr Mkhari has requested time off to deal with the matter with his family. The MSG Afrika Group has accepted the request and wishes the Mkhari family well.
MSG Afrika Group Director and POWER 98.7 Station Manager Bob Mabena said: “The companies in our group are led and run by competent professionals who are independent thinkers. This has been further displayed in the past two days in the manner in which our radio stations have dealt with the matter.” We would like to thank our various stakeholders for their continued support.
Salmaan Moerat, Marco van Staden, Damian Willemse, JD Schickerling and Cobus Wiese are the five uncapped players invited to a Springbok training camp in Stellenbosch, consisting of players from the DHL Stormers and Vodacom Bulls, as preparation for next month’s Castle Lager Rugby Championship.
SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, confirmed that players from the Emirates Lions and Cell C Sharks will join the training camp once they’ve completed their Vodacom Super Rugby commitments.
DHL Stormers players Willemse (flyhalf) and Moerat (lock) both starred for the Junior Springboks earlier this year. They will be joined in Stellenbosch by their franchise team-mates Schickerling (lock) and Wiese (flank/lock), who also played for the SA Under-20s earlier in their careers, while Van Staden (loose forward) has been in great form for the Vodacom Bulls.
Also included in the training squad were the experienced Eben Etzebeth (lock), Coenie Oosthuizen (prop) and Trevor Nyakane (prop), all of whom missed the June internationals due to injury.
“I want to thank the franchise coaches for allowing their players to attend the camp, which we view as a very important part of our preparation,” explained Erasmus.
“We’re very pleased that several players got the opportunity to gain Test experience during the June internationals and we are now looking forward to working with more of our most promising players, such as Damian, Salmaan, Marco, JD and Cobus.
The Springbok Sevens squad are well aware of the fact that South Africa have not won the Melrose Cup yet, but they believe that the effort from the 2018 group at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco this weekend could change that.
Blitzbok captain Philip Snyman said his troops are motivated to deliver a performance that would be good enough to lift the Melrose Cup for the first time at AT&T Park, but they are also equally aware that it will take four consecutive wins to get to that moment.
“The format of the tournament is a straight knock-out, so we will not win this if we lose any matches – that is the reality of this tournament,” said Snyman, who also played in the 2009 and 2013 events, played in Dubai and Moscow respectively, where the Blitzboks were knocked out in the quarter-finals on both occasions.
“Our first match will be against Ireland or Chile and if we think we can just show up because we are the first seeds, we will be in for a massive surprise.
“We have seen, especially in recent tournaments, that literally any team can beat any other at this level. So there is no way we can dare to underestimate either the Irish or Chile. Both are capable of beating a regular on the series if that team is not 100% on song.”
CAPE TOWN – The Nelson Mandela Foundation in partnership with Habitat for Humanity SA and the Department of Human Settlements is honouring Tata Madiba’s legacy by building 100 homes for 100 families across 3 provinces: Western Cape, Gauteng & KwaZulu-Natal.
On Wednesday, three of the Western Cape’s biggest sports teams, DHL Western Province Rugby, Cape Town City Football Club, and the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Cricket team, will collectively roll up their sleeves as they aim to honour Nelson Mandela’s legacy to assist the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) and Habitat for Humanity SA in the Cape Town house-build week from 16 – 20 July 2018.
The three Western Cape sports brands will be in Bardale, Mfuleni, 30km from Cape Town on Mandela Day, where they will be assisting the Habitat for Humanity SA volunteers and Sbu-Leno Construction with constructing external and internal walls, mixing cement, moving blocks and interacting with the community.
“Building the South Africa Nelson Mandela dreamed of is only possible if we come together and raise our hearts, hands and voices to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. We therefore would like to thank DHL WP, Cape Town City FC and World Sports Betting Cape Cobras for participating and contributing immensely to this initiative in honour of Tata’s 100-year celebration’, says Lyndall McCarthy – Resource Development & Communications Officer at Habitat for Humanity SA.
The recently completed Woodstock skateboard park, which boasts four ramps, was officially opened yesterday, Monday 16 July 2018. As part of the festivities, Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, got onto a skateboard and joined local skateboarders to test the facility. Read more below:
It is home-sweet-home for local skateboarders as they celebrate the new Woodstock skateboard park which will provide them with a platform to hone their skills.
During the launch event, local skateboarders took to the air to show their appreciation of the new park. Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, also braved getting onto a skateboard to test the facility.
The 2015 South African skateboard champion, Shuaib Philander from Woodstock, was at the facility and gave Councillor Herron a few tips on how to skateboard.
‘The skateboard community is very happy to have its first transitional skatepark. It is a concrete ramp that imitates a wave which is how skateboarding was started. It involves lots of ramps and has curvatures. We love the skatepark that we have here,’ said Mr Philander, who has been skateboarding for 13 years.
Skateboarder and BMX rider Sergei Pringiers from Rondebosch welcomed the new skateboard park.
‘It is very nice to have the facility here. It is a bit steep but that’s because we are not used to it. The facility is pretty well-rounded and I like how it has different features. It is a good place for people to hang out and stay safe,’ he said.
The construction of the skateboard park commenced in February and the final snags were addressed last week.
‘It is very exciting to hear that this site was so popular during the school holidays. I believe the skateboarders were so eager and couldn’t wait for the final snags to be completed. I am confident that this facility will provide our emerging and local talent with a platform to hang out together, hone their skills and to have fun in a safe and well-designed space that they can enjoy. It is one of the City’s priorities to build integrated communities by attracting a diverse pool of talent and creating a culture where talent can thrive,’ said Councillor Herron.
The skateboard park is situated on the eastern side of the Woodstock Town Hall Park along Victoria Road, between Plein and Aberdeen Streets.
The form book and ranking at the Rugby World Cup Women’s Sevens tournament suggest that the Springbok Women’s Sevens team will find it tough to beat Russia when the two countries meet in an early game at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Friday.
The Russians are rated amongst the top five teams in the world, while the South Africans are just outside the top ten.
But Marithy Pienaar, a former SA Rugby Women’s Player of the Year and experienced Springbok Women’s Sevens player, feels that they are ready to turn that around when they face the Russians in the USA this weekend.
“We are certainly not the favourites in this match,” said Pienaar.
“They have a better rating than us at the tournament and are regulars on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, which means they are playing at a high level quite often.
The Table Bay, part of Sun International’s premium SunLux Collection of hotels and touted as Cape Town’s Best Address, continues to be ranked amongst the world’s finest locations. The five star hotel has recently received two more awards to add to its collection of 31 awards.
Since its grand opening in 1997 by the iconic former South African president, the late Nelson Mandela, The Table Bay has received accolades in some of the world’s most prestigious awards programmes. Amongst these are the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards; Condé Nast Traveler Awards; Professional Management Review (PMR) Awards; the World Quality Summit Awards; Travel and Leisure magazine’s top 100 hotels in the world, the World Luxury Hotels Awards; the AA Travel Guides Awards, and British Airways’ Reevoo Awards amongst others. In 2014, The Table Bay received a TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award, placing the hotel in the top 1% of all hotels on the world’s largest travel website.
“More than delivering world class hospitality and amenities, the emphasis from the outset has been on creating thoughtful experiences that live long in the hearts of our guests. Service excellence, quality and professionalism are a given. Our promise is to deliver a warm and authentic South African experience; an experience that acknowledges the depth and diversity of cultures, landscapes, people, cuisine and activities not found elsewhere in the world.
“That most of the awards we have received are based on feedback from guests demonstrates that we are succeeding at creating experiences that touch their hearts enough to inspire them to share them with others. For us, this is tremendously rewarding.
“The awards are certainly a reflection of our employees’ contribution to the hotel’s continuing success. People are at the heart of delivering the quintessential South African experience for which The Table Bay is renowned,” says General Manager, Joanne Selby.