After 25 years of unwavering service to Western Province Rugby and the Western Province Rugby Union (WPRFU), CEO Rob Wagner will take long leave effective immediately.
Mr Wagner has been a faithful servant of the union, and was at the forefront in the transition from the amateur to professional era, helping transform the brand into one of the strongest in world rugby.
Mr Wagner was employed as senior sports administrator at the University of Cape Town in 1988 where he served for four years before being appointed as Marketing Manager by the WPRFU in 1991.
He would move on to the position of Director of Development and then Managing Director of WP Rugby in 1997 before being appointed Group CEO for both the WPRFU, Western Province Rugby (Pty) Ltd and the DHL Stormers.
Mr Wagner said that the position that he occupied was never taken for granted.
Managing Director of e.tv channels Monde Twala will be leaving eMedia Investments to pursue a new opportunity at a multinational media company.
eMedia Investments’ Group Chief Operating Officer Mark Rosin says, “The Group congratulates Monde on his new position and wishes him all the success in the international market. Monde’s charismatic and nurturing personality along with his knowledge has played an integral role in the growth of e.tv and across the Group.”
Twala joined e.tv as a Sports Producer in 1999 and conscientiously worked his way through various key operational positions. He was appointed Group Head of e.tv in 2009, and Managing Director of the e.tv channels in 2014, proving to be an enormous success story of e.tv’s philosophy of ‘home growing’ talent from within. Continue reading
Pawn Stars SA is set in the Cash Inn pawn shop in Johannesburg. Owner Roy Peretz, his business partners Eytan and Liel, and assistants Irene and Solly meet customers from all walks of life who want to pawn or sell a range of quirky, unique and sometimes valuable items. South Africa’s rich and diverse culture provides a treasure-trove of fascinating artefacts from past to present, from muscle cars to military memorabilia, which flood through the shop doors.
The second series of Pawn Stars SA introduces a new member of the team, Cecily Pavoncelli. Cecily’s mission will be to spend Roy’s money on some fine items, bringing in a creative and positive energy to the store. Another new addition to the show, and supporting the team at Cash Inn, will be University of Pretoria’s Professor Fransjohan Pretorius, author of numerous books and an expert on recent South African history.
The new series features even more local artefacts, including an original bronze casting of Professor Chris Barnard’s hands, a piece of literary history from Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer and amazing original sketches from the proudly South African movie Zambezia. Some of the more intriguing discoveries include maps, personal items and firearms, as well as more recent historical items that have emerged from the country’s liberation struggle over the past 50 years.
Three of the most popular South African rugby stars on social media, Bryan Habana, Kyle Brown and Seabelo Senatla, will on Tuesday, 1 March 2016, chat directly with rugby fans from Las Vegas in a unique and new social media fan engagement initiative.
The trio of players, who are in the USA with the Springbok Sevens team, will take over the @Blitzboks Twitter account for one hour on Tuesday from 19h00 to 20h00 (SA time), in what is a first of its kind for South African rugby on the popular social media platform.
Springbok Sevens supporters are urged to participate in this unique fan activity. In order to do so, they must follow these few easy steps:
- Log onto Twitter at 19h00
- Send your questions to @Blitzboks with the hashtag #ASKBOK7S
Brown, the Springbok Sevens captain, said he and his team mates are looking forward to the opportunity to interact with the team’s supporters worldwide.
“We always get good support from our fans wherever we play in the world, but to engage directly with our fans in this manner is something special. I would like to urge our fans to send as many questions as they can,” said Brown.
The Springbok Sevens squad is currently in Las Vegas for round five of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which takes from 4 to 6 March.