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Bafana Bafana have claimed a crucial 2-0 away victory in an AFCON 2019 qualifying match against Nigeria in Uyo.
The first real chance in the match came in the 11th minute with Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi firing wide.
Oghenekaro Etebo followed up with an effort in the 21st minute that had the stadium on their feet. Unfortunately, for Nigeria, his effort was inches wide of goal.
In the 38th minute, Itumeleng Khune was called into action when he had to tip a cross from Moses Simon over the bar.
Bafana Bafana had their best chance a few minutes later when Themba Zwane only managed to hit the upright after the Nigerian goalkeeper dropped the ball in his own box as the first half finished 0-0.
The second half started with Nigeria on the attack only for Dean Furman to clear the danger.
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Springboks coach Allister Coetzee was pleased with the 37-14 win over France at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, the first of three Tests in the Castle Lager Incoming Series, but warned that the team cannot rest on their laurels with encounters in Durban and Johannesburg remaining.
The Boks scored four tries to two and led 16-7 at the break. Jesse Kriel, Ross Cronje and Jan Serfontein crossed the try-line for South Africa, while they were also awarded a penalty try. Elton Jantjies delivered a flawless kicking performance by slotting three penalty goals and three conversions.
“We certainly did take a step in the right direction today,” said Coetzee.
“This was the first of 13 Test matches for the season and at least we started with a positive performance and for that I am pretty pleased.
“We have closed the chapter on 2016 and this year we need to keep improving as a team. I have selected the best available team out there for this series, so it is pleasing that we won. We have the belief and ability in the team, but [the victory] was a baby step.” Continue reading
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has included the uncapped quartet of Andries Coetzee, Raymond Rhule, Courtnall Skosan and Ross Cronje in his starting team for Saturday’s first Test in the Castle Lager Incoming Series against France at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, while a fifth uncapped player, Dillyn Leyds, is on the bench.
No 8 Warren Whiteley will become the 58th Springbok captain when he leads the Boks onto the field on Saturday and Cronje will become South Africa’s 50th Test scrumhalf on Saturday.
Also in the match-day squad is the experienced and versatile Frans Steyn, the 2007 Rugby World Cup winning centre, who is back in the Springbok squad for what will be his first Test for South Africa since September 2012, when he played against the All Blacks in Dunedin. He last played a match for the Boks in 2014, against the World XV in Cape Town.
The new-look Springbok match-23 has only seven survivors from the team that played against Wales at the end of last November – four of those players are starting on Saturday, namely Whiteley, Elton Jantjies, Franco Mostert and Tendai Mtawarira, while Pieter-Steph du Toit, Bongi Mbonambi and Steven Kitshoff also played in Cardiff.
Coetzee has opted for combinations in key positions, with Jantjies playing alongside his Emirates Lions team-mate Cronje, the Vodacom Bulls’ Jan Serfontein and Jesse Kriel in the midfield and the Johannesburg-duo of Andries Coetzee and Skosan in the back trio, where they will be joined by Rhule, who will earn his first start although he was previously a member of the Springbok touring squad. Continue reading
Water users are reminded that water is only permitted for essential use, irrespective of the rainfall that is being experienced.
All water users must continue to reduce their water usage to less than 100 litres per person per day in total, wherever they are. The much-anticipated cold front which has made landfall is not a quick ticket out of the drought situation. It will take at least three consecutive winters of above-average rainfall to make a real difference.
‘The City urges consumers, where possible, to use suitable containers to capture rainwater, which is perfect for flushing toilets, as an example. Flushing an average toilet could save nine litres per flush depending on the type of toilet.
‘It must be noted that, due to climatic unpredictability, no one is able to definitely predict when our next big rainfall will occur. We must therefore continue to save water now and we cannot afford to have our water use influenced by the weather – using less than 100 litres per person per day whether at home, work, school or elsewhere remains the requirement,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town would like to advise residents that its call centre, available on 0860 103 089, is currently experiencing an extraordinarily high volume of calls as a result of the inclement weather conditions.
Residents are urged to make use of the following alternative methods of reaching out to the City for water- and electricity-related matters (standard SMS rates apply):
- Send an SMS to 31373 for all water-related faults, such as blocked drains and supply disruptions
- Send an SMS to 31220 for all electricity-related faults or outages
For any emergencies (such as flooding) or life-threatening situations, residents should please call 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.
All disaster risk management agencies in the city are on hand to render assistance where needed.
STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE
As we expect severe inclement weather following the warnings from the South African Weather Service, I urge Capetonians to remain calm and do all they can to keep safe.
As the cold front approaches tonight, we are expecting heavy rainfall, strong winds, and waves between 9 m and 12 m along the coastal areas of the Cape Peninsula.
We would like to assure residents that our Disaster Risk Management teams are on high alert and have been conducting various operations in preparation for the storm. They have also been working with all stakeholders to ensure that we are prepared to provide relief and assistance to residents and to address infrastructure that could potentially be affected by the weather.
The City’s Disaster Risk Management and Informal Settlements Management Departments are monitoring many of the most vulnerable residents across the city. Structures have been secured with additional sand and have been grounded with concrete blocks in an effort to prevent wind damage. Continue reading
The roll-out of a City initiative which seeks to expedite action when children disappear comes as child safety is squarely in the spotlight.
The City of Cape Town is using its Women in Rental Stock Programme to drive a new initiative aimed at fast-tracking missing person cases, particularly in instances where children disappear. The Western Cape has experienced a surge in cases of missing children in recent months, several with devastating outcomes.
The initiative aims to ensure a rapid response through coordination of various entities when a person goes missing. Role-players include the City, the South African Police Service, non-governmental organisations, and communities.
The City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department will, in conjunction with the local ward councillor and community structures, identify candidates to act as suburb coordinators in identified areas. In addition, training will be provided to communities on how to coordinate, respond to, report and participate in the event of a missing person case, including using social media as a communication platform.
‘The hours immediately following a person disappearing present a small window of opportunity to find them. Recent research has revealed that it takes a little as two hours to move a person out of the province. It is therefore imperative that we are able to launch a well-coordinated response as soon as possible,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading
Drought crisis: we must all be watch-dogs
Dam storage levels are now at 19,6%. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 9,6%. Disappointingly, consumption remains at 648 million litres per day, which is 48 million litres above the consumption target. Read more below:
While there is some rain predicted for this week, we need continuous rainfall over many weeks for our dam levels to reach sufficient levels. The City of Cape Town therefore appeals to residents and businesses to keep up water-saving measures and not to relax their efforts. The need to meet our water usage targets is becoming ever more pressing as we cannot be sure when we will get rains again, with the impacts of climate change being harshly felt in terms of reduced annual average rainfall.
For those who are looking to reduce their water consumption in innovative ways, the City will be running an expo at Canal Walk to showcase water-saving technologies from 10 – 11 June 2017. All residents who want to explore ways in which they can conserve water are encouraged to attend.
With the passing of Level 4 water restrictions, all outdoor use of drinking water has been banned. However, this on its own will not result in us meeting consumption targets. To meet our savings goals, we need every resident to limit their water use to no more than 100 litres per day. Those who exceed this target do so at the expense of other residents. We can only save water while we still have water to be saved and we need all residents to realise that this crisis can only be managed properly if everyone plays their part and reduces their consumption. Continue reading
Just after midnight last night, another Western Cape Government Health emergency Medical Services ambulance was robbed at gun point in Carol Court, Heideveld. The staff were left uninjured, but severely traumatized. They were robbed of personal items including money, car keys, cell phones and their driver’s licenses. A case of armed robbery was opened with manenberg Police Station and the staff are receiving trauma councilling.
City services and external agencies are on standby following a warning from the South African Weather Service of high rainfall, gale-force wind and possible snowfalls later this week.
The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has advised the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre that an intense cold front is expected to affect the Western and Northern Cape on Wednesday 7 June and Thursday 8 June 2017. The public are advised to expect heavy rain leading to flooding, gale-force coastal and interior winds, snowfalls, storm surges and high sea conditions. Below is a breakdown of the weather warnings issued by SAWS:
- Heavy rain (50 mm of rain in a 24-hour period) is possible over the western parts of the Western Cape on Wednesday. The highest rainfall is expected particularly over the western mountainous areas. Further showers are expected in the west overnight into Thursday
- The cold front may also lead to snowfalls over high-lying regions of the western half of the Western Cape and the southern high ground of the Northern Cape. Snowfalls are possible during Wednesdayafternoon/evening, but the majority of snowfalls are expected during Thursday. There are chances of some disruption as a result of these snowfalls
- The intense cold front at the surface will cause gale-force winds (65 – 90 km/h) along the south-western coast on Wednesday, spreading to the southern coastline on Thursday. Gale-force winds can also be expected over the southern interior of the Northern Cape and most of the Western Cape interior where winds could reach 65 – 80 km/h
- The effects of the weather system are also to be seen in the sea state, with high to very high seas and wave heights greater than 6 – 8 m expected south of Alexander Bay from Wednesday afternoon and reaching 9 – 12 m between Lamberts Bay and Cape Agulhas, spreading along the south coast by Thursday. These waves will also have high energy with the long wave period which will very likely cause storm surges and damage to the coastal regions all along the west and south-west coast and, to a lesser degree, the south coast due to the orientation of the bays and the westerly to south-westerly swell and wind conditions