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The mastermind behind the Springboks’ inspirational Rugby World Cup campaign, said it had been a privilege for the team to attempt to give South Africa a moment of hope.

Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, said after the team’s ultimately crushing, 32-12 victory over England in Japan that the team had been inspired by the opportunity to bring some light and joy into the daily lives of their fellow countrymen

He said it had been the mental shift the team needed after the disappointment of defeat in the opening match against New Zealand – a performance the Springboks turned on its head by becoming the first team to win the title after losing a pool match.

“The first All Black game was a great test run for us in terms of handling pressure,” said Erasmus.

“We were terrible in that week in terms of talking about things and getting tense – it was a terrible build up that told us a lot about how to play the play offs.

“We were quite honest with one another about that. We started to talk a lot about what is pressure.

“In South Africa, pressure is not having a job or if one of your close relatives is murdered. In South Africa there are a lot of problems, which is pressure. We started talking about things like that.

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 The City has been informed that a decision has now been made to cancel this weekend’s Drift City event, after consulting the South African Weather Service. It is most unfortunate that the event has now been scuppered twice by predicted strong winds and the City is hopeful that 2020 will be kinder to the event organisers. The Drift City team has indicated that ticket refunds will be available from Monday 4 November 2019. They can be contacted at Pr@driftcity.co.za.

The City of Cape Town’s Health Department officially opened their eighth Matrix® site for alcohol and drug treatment, this time in Scottsdene, Kraaifontein. Read more below:

The City is proud to offer the Matrix® programme at an eighth site and within the local community health facility. This will improve access to a range of evidence based treatment interventions to address alcohol and drug related issues, especially in the lead up to the festive season. This is a stressful time for many people for a number of reasons and can be a trigger for substance abuse. It’s also the time of year when alcohol is a prominent feature during celebrations,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

For the last financial year, July 2018 to the end June 2019, there has been 2 258 screenings at the other seven sites with the clean drug test rate for clients at 83% during the same period.

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Tito Mboweni sticks to his guns: Expenditure cuts are coming.

CAPE TOWN – Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday stuck to his guns, giving South Africa a concise picture of its public finances, and told all and sundry, including his Cabinet colleagues and fellow MPs, to prepare themselves for a bumpy ride ahead.

Mboweni used his second Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) to ask unions to work with him in reducing the state wage bill, adding that government ministers on their part would take a salary freeze, and that in all probabilities, would earn less in the future than they are currently used to.

Read full story at iol.co.za:

https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/budget/tito-mboweni-sticks-to-his-guns-expenditure-cuts-are-coming-36340249?utm_source=news_newsletters&utm_medium=email

Pic: thesouthafricn.com

Pic: thesouthafricn.com

Fit-again wing Cheslin Kolbe returns to the Springbok team in the only change to the match 23 for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against England at Yokohama International Stadium (kick off 11h00 SA time).

He regains the right wing berth from stand-in Sbu Nkosi in the only change to the team that eased their way to a 19-16 victory over Wales in Sunday’s semi-final.

Siya Kolisi will lead the team out for the 20th time as he becomes the eighth player in the 23 to have won 50 caps.

Rassie Erasmus, director of rugby, named the now familiar six-two split on the bench to field a settled line-up, 22 of whom will be appearing together for the fourth time in the tournament.

This line-up first played together in the play-off-clinching, 49-3, win over Italy a month ago and was retained for the quarter-final, semi-final and now final. Only Kolbe’s ankle injury interrupted the pattern.

“Chessie is fully fit and ready to go,” said Erasmus.

“It’s tough on Sbu to drop out of the 23 altogether but, like the other seven, non-playing squad members – and the two injured players back home [Trevor Nyakane and Jesse Kriel] – he has made vital contributions to our campaign.

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Rassie Erasmus heaped praise on his Springbok players for carrying South Africa to a third Rugby World Cup final in an achingly tense semi-final with Wales in Yokohama on Sunday.

The Springboks were never behind in their 19-16 victory, but resilient Wales refused to be shaken off until a fourth penalty goal from the boot of man of the match, Handre Pollard, with five minutes remaining secured the victory.

There was also a try for Damian de Allende (centre) as the Boks confirmed a remarkable revival for the depths of 2016 and 2017 by emulating the teams of 1995 and 2007 to reach the Rugby World Cup final.

“We have always had the potential to be a force in world rugby and historically we have been,” said Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, “but we have been through some tough times in recent seasons.”

Record defeats by New Zealand and Ireland, a first defeat by Italy and a whitewash on a tour of Europe all led to assertions that Springbok rugby was dead by the end of 2017.

But only one defeat in 11 matches in 2019 to confirm a turnaround begun in 2018 has turned those forecasts on their head. Erasmus gave the credit to the players.

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The City of Cape Town recently endorsed employees from the Spatial Planning and Urban Development departments to complete a course in property development and investment at the University of Cape Town. The candidates selected for this training are urban planners and project managers who work within the spatial planning and urban catalytic investment teams at the City. Read more below:

In an effort to orient its urban development programmes and projects towards an investment-led focus, the City has recently invested in the training of some professionals within its spatial planning and urban development teams. One of the aims is to promote the understanding within these teams of how the public sector plays a role in creating an enabling environment which promotes economic growth and sustainability.

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Story via bushradio:

As we at Bush Radio fight to keep the station going financially through our crowdfunding campaign and engagements with government, we are concerned to learn of developments to close up to 43 community radio stations in South Africa.

The National Community Radio Forum (NCRF), of which Bush Radio is a founding member, today issued a press statement highlighting the plans of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to shut down certain stations for various reasons.

Today we commemorate Black Wednesday 42 years ago – October 19, 1977 – when the apartheid government banned several newspapers, organisations and journalists.

Full story here:

43 radio stations facing closure in South Africa

Alderman Dan Plato today launched his pothole-repair campaign to tackle areas where potholes need fixing as part of his drive to sharpen service delivery. Mayor Plato visited two areas with the city’s road repair staff and assisted with repairs. 

‘The purpose of this campaign is to refocus on the basics of service delivery and to remind residents that we are committed to ensuring that more people experience the benefit of efficient service delivery. The formation of potholes during winter is a common occurrence as it is directly related to the heavy rainfalls and the age or condition of the roads. Now that the weather conditions are more favourable, city road repair teams will be hard at work repairing potholes and undertaking general maintenance across the city to ensure that the roads you drive, travel to work on, cycle on, are in good condition. We have a plan to do permanent repairs to ensure a better quality repair,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

This campaign is part of a Back-to-Basics approach to service delivery. The City’s Roads Department spent R38 million addressing 19929 pothole incidents during last financial year (2018/19). Water is the main cause of potholes, but it can also form due to diesel spillages, vehicle collisions, fires, and inadequate road drainage. In addition to pothole-fixing, R287 million is spent on resurfacing roads per annum.

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Pic: sarugbymag

Pic: sarugbymag

Sunday, 20 October 2019

The Springboks produced a second half revival to clinch a place in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals after a ‘nervous’ first 40 raised hopes for a packed home crowd of a repeat of the ‘Miracle of Brighton’ which had seen Japan turn the rugby world on its head with victory over South Africa four years ago.

The Springboks stretched away from an edgy two-point halftime lead (5-3) with 21 unanswered points in the second half.

Makazole Mapimpi scored two more tries to take his tally to 13 in 12 Tests, while Faf de Klerk finished off a 40-metre rolling maul to claim the third.

“We’re happy to be through to the semi-finals but we were very nervous at halftime,” said Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby.

“Overall we were nervous going into this match; playing Japan with their home support and the way they played against Ireland and Scotland and they were definitely building momentum today.

“Going in at halftime we were only a few points up and having left a few tries out there, there was definitely a bit of a lull and a quietness in our change room.

“But I think after being together for 17 weeks the guys knew which buttons to push to get ourselves out of that lull and come and produce it in the second half. I’m proud of that. We’re through to the semi-finals and hopefully we can pull it through.”

Erasmus credited Bok captain Siya Kolisi, Duane Vermeulen and the other senior players for doing the key talking.

“If guys miss tackles and there’s a lack of commitment and there are effort errors, harsh words might help,” said Erasmus.

“But if it’s a bad pass or a missed opportunity or a skill error then it’s more a question of trying to get the guys confidence up and I guess that was the challenge at halftime.

“That’s where Siya and Duane and those guys did well at halftime. I think Siya and the boys did most of the talking and sorted that out.”

Kolisi said: “The message at halftime was to be patient and trust our plan. Our maul and our scrum were working. We didn’t take our opportunities in the first half, but we didn’t want to change anything, especially when we got turnover ball.

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