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Vital Health Foods shares nutritional advice for your final prep for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 2016

Cape Town, 24 August 2016 – With only 30 days to go before the starter’s gun signals the beginning of the hotly anticipated Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Vital has some tips to  ensure that race day is a great success.

Your main area of concern should be your muscles, which have been working harder than usual during your training and will be giving it their all on race day. Introducing some simple ingredients and supplements into your daily diet can help with muscle repair, ensure muscle endurance and combat muscle fatigue.

“In the last two months before the marathon, you’ll be running longer distances, and your muscles will be going beyond their comfort zone,” says Andrea du Plessis, Vital Health Foods’ nutrition expert and a Sanlam Cape Town Marathon runner. “After each training session, you need to maximise your recovery for the next session, and whey protein is a great way to do this.” Continue reading

during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Fiji at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand.

during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Fiji at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Vincent Koch will replace the injured Julian Redelinghuys in the only change to the Springboks’ starting fifteen to face Argentina on Saturday in Salta, as Tendai Mtawarira will equal Os du Randt’s record as most-capped prop for South Africa.

Koch, who has three Test caps to his name, comes in for Redelinghuys who has been ruled out of action with a hamstring injury he sustained in the first Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test in Nelspruit on Saturday, won by the Boks by 30-23.

With Koch drafted into the starting line-up, Lourens Adriaanse moves onto the bench to as one of the two replacement props for what could be his second Springbok cap.

Also amongst the replacements, the Springboks have opted for the experienced Morné Steyn, who will give the team an extra kicking-option, in place of Juan de Jongh. Continue reading

SA Rugby’s Northern, Central and Southern Amateur Provincial Competitions (APC) kicked off on Monday with a mixture of big wins and tight encounters entertaining fans at the three host venues across the country.

The competitions feature the best amateur players throughout the country, with a total of 24 sides battling it out for top provincial honours.

In the Northern APC at Alberton Rugby Club in Johannesburg, the Valke registered the biggest victory of the opening day as they delivered a solid all-round display to thump Pumas Lowveld 54-0, while hosts, the Golden Lions, defeated the Limpopo Blue Bulls 45-36, the Golden Lions XV pipped the Leopards 36-34 and the Blue Bulls beat Pumas Highveld 28-19. Continue reading

Johannesburg – 23 August 2016; Hilton Worldwide’s local hotels in South Africa, in conjunction with The Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA), today awarded internships worth almost R 3.5 million to 60 university students from across the country. The initiative, is aimed at creating sustainable careers for the youth by way of learning and development opportunities to train them in the skills they require for potential future positions in the hospitality industry.

In attendance was South African Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom, members of CATHSSETA, as well as inspirational guest speaker Tankiso Motaung. Motaung, a qualified engineer, made headlines earlier this year after a photograph of him begging for a job in the Sandton Central Business District went viral.

Alexandra based, Minerva High School Choir also made a special appearance and celebrated the 60 beneficiaries in true South African spirit. Continue reading

The Western Province Rugby Football Union will hold a memorial service in honour of the late Reverend Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile, at 19h00, on Tuesday 23 August 2016, at the St. Saviours Anglican Church in Claremont.

Reverend Stofile passed away peacefully on 15 August 2016, at his home in Alice in the Eastern Cape, at the age of 71.

The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Fikile Mbalula will deliver the keynote address, and various dignitaries such as the President of SASCOC, Mr Gideon Sam, the acting President of SARU, Mr Mark Alexander and former Presidents of SARU, Mr Silas Nkanunu, Mr Brian van Rooyen and Mr Oregan Hoskins have all confirmed their attendance. Continue reading

Border have booked their place in the SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial A Section Final, while the Golden Lions will feature in the B Section Final after both teams registered valuable victories in the penultimate round of pool matches this past weekend.

In the A Section, Border currently lead Western Province by two and the Blue Bulls by four points on the log table, with one round of matches remaining. However, as WP and the Blue Bulls face each other next week in the final pool round, the way has been cleared for Border to secure their fourth successive final berth.

The winner in the clash between Western Province and the Blue Bulls will in all likelihood meet Border the final, but the results in the final pool round will determine where the Final will be hosted. Continue reading

The Toyota Free State Cheetahs and Cell C Sharks continued to build on their fine form early in the Currie Cup Premier Division this weekend as they registered their third back-to-back victories of the season to maintain their unbeaten status.

Defending champions, the Xerox Golden Lions, meanwhile suffered their first defeat, while DHL Western Province have yet to win a match after two outings.

The Leopards and Down Touch Griffons, meanwhile, secured their second round of victories in the Currie Cup First Division to jump to the top of the log table temporarily.

Currie Cup Premier Division

Six penalty goals and two conversions by Toyota Free State Cheetahs flyhalf Fred Zeilinga for a personal total of 22 points set up the Free Stater’s for a valuable 32-25 away-win against DHL Western Province in Cape Town on Friday. The hosts opened up the scoring with a try in the ninth minute and added another later in the half to add to a penalty goal by Brandon Thompson before the break, while the visitors scored only one try to add to Zeilinga’s two first-half penalty goals, which left them trailing 18-13. But the tables turned in the second half as the Toyota Free State Cheetahs capitalised on DHL Western Province’s ill-discipline to slot over four penalty goals, while each team added a try, which secured the 32-25 victory for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs. Continue reading

On 20 August, Clapham High School from Gauteng and Tswarahanelo Primary from North West, enjoyed their victory as provincial champions after a stellar performance at the McDonald’s U/14 Schools League in Alabama Stadium, Klerksdorp this past Saturday.

In a thrilling match final, these enthusiastic young players showed off their exceptional football skills, Gauteng school Clapham High School won 2-1 over School of Excellence in Penalties.  On the same day, North West’s Tswarahanelo Primary won 2-0 over Mmankala Secondary School. Continue reading

Springbok prop Julian Redelinghuys will not travel with the 27-man Springbok squad to Argentina after the front ranker was on Sunday ruled out of action for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

He suffered the injury in Saturday’s 30-23 Springbok win over the Pumas in Nelspruit. Redelinghuys will continue with his rehabilitation at the Emirates Lions.

“Losing Julian is a massive blow to us because it comes at a time when he is playing really good rugby. Vincent Koch extremely did well when he came on a replacement, and Julian’s injury now presents him with an ideal opportunity,” said Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.

Prop Lourens Adriaanse, who joined the squad last week, is included in the tour squad along with Trevor Nyakane, Malcolm Marx, Franco Mostert and Morné Steyn. Continue reading

Pic taken at Baywest Mall from their big screen. Just after Warren Whitely scored the winning try.

Pic taken at Baywest Mall from their big screen. Just after Warren Whitely scored the winning try.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee expressed his satisfaction in the composure shown by his team in their 30-23 win over Argentina in Nelspruit on Saturday. The victory in the Mbombela Stadium opened the Castle Lager Rugby Championship campaign for the Springboks on a positive note.

The Springboks trailed the Pumas 23-13 with nine minutes to play, but scored a late try by Warren Whiteley to edge past their opponents, who will face them again in a week’s time in Salta.

“I felt a bit of deja vu after the first test match against Ireland. Luckily this time we could turn it around. So I am pleased with the result=,” said Coetzee. However, he lamented the 20 minutes before and after halftime.

“I am not pleased with the 20 minutes before halftime and the 20 there-after. We need to put together longer periods of good play. There were opportunities we did not take, like Lionel (Mapoe) not scoring. We created the pressure, but did not use the opportunities that we created and we need to improve on that,” Coetzee said. Continue reading

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