– Uniforia is created to reflect the Pan-European spirit of next year’s tournament –
– adidas fused art and football to create a ball that speaks to the power of coming together –
– Uniforia ball marks the 60th anniversary of the tournament, to be held across 12 host cities for the first time –
Herzogenaurach, November 6, 2019: adidas today reveals Uniforia – the Official Match Ball for UEFA EURO2020TM. Named in honour of the unity and the euphoria that football can bring, the ball is designed to celebrate the togetherness that next year’s tournament will inspire across the continent as part of its new look for 2020.
Drawing inspiration from the tournament’s revamped format which will see it played out across 12 different European countries for the first time ever, Uniforia’s design commemorates the notion of crossing bridges, blending borders and diversity of fan and athlete through a unique collision of art and football. These elements were the starting point for the design process of the ball which began in 2018.
Anika Marie Kennaugh, Product Designer at adidas, commented: “When designing an Official Match Ball, we always look to reflect culture; what is the spirit of the street that we can proudly showcase in the stadium. What we saw in our cities – all our key cities – is the need to come together and unite for change. As one of the major sporting events in the world, UEFA EURO2020TM is a great opportunity to proudly showcase the power of unity and to celebrate sport as a connector of people, ideas and creativity.”
Uniforia’s design features bold, black brush-stroke style lines running across the ball, symbolising the blurring of boundaries and crossing of borders as reflective of the competition’s new transcontinental format. These broad strokes are interjected with flashes of bright, light colours throughout, as a celebration of the tournament’s diversity and bringing together of different cultures. Continue reading
Well, here’s some good news for your Friday afternoon.
Just hours after KFC started a manhunt for a couple who got engaged in one of its restaurants, the fast food outlet confirmed that they had been found.
“South Africa, you guys are amazing! We’ve found the beautiful couple … We’re meeting Bhut’ Hector and his lovely bride Nonhlanhla. We’ll keep you posted,” they wrote.
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An ugly feud is about to break out as a dark cloud looms over the Bhengu family. The beloved Bhengu Brothers have been at loggerheads for close to eternity, and as the clock keeps ticking and tocking, a family implosion is on the horizon.
Hard-headed Bhengu brothers Zimele and Phakade are about to turn on each other. And their sons Nkululeko and Zithulele, heirs to the Maluju Oil company, will experience a surprising showdown that will shock even the most loyal IMBEWU fan.
As the impending clash beckons, an exceptional star is about to rise. He enters our world as an unassuming stranger on the run, and now Nkanyiso Mcunu played by Nkululeko Sibiya is blowing up.
Hardship, pain, and hostility are some of the words that can describe Nkululeko’s upbringing. Raised to believe he was an orphan, Nkululeko grew to be resentful in character, and the idea of family didn’t exist to him. His heavy hatred was directed towards his father, and he held him responsible for his lack of growing up in a typical traditional household. However, he had a whole lot of ambition and plan for his life. Nkululeko has evolved from military intelligence to head of security at Maluju Oil, and his rise now finds him as a shareholder in the company. All these blessings are courtesy of the newly formed bond and approval he receives from his long-lost father, Ngcolosi Bhengu.
Sasha-Lee Laurel Olivier, voted one of the most beautiful women in the country at the Miss South Africa competition, is going to represent South Africa at the Miss World pageant.
On December 14, she will join contestants from all around the world in London to compete in one of the best-known beauty pageants around the globe.
Sasha-Lee, who was sexually abused as a child, has chosen to support, inspire and help girls, boys, women and men who have had a similar experience as part of her Miss World ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ campaign.
Using #ItsNotYourFault as her slogan, she is determined to use the very public platform that Miss World provides to bring solace to women (and men) who are survivors of sexual assault.
“A very deep sense of shame accompanies rape and long term sexual abuse. Those who have suffered at the hands of the predators and perpetrators feel responsible for their own abuse, and are profoundly ashamed of what is happening, or has happened, to them. We need to desperately change the status quo regarding this – the shame does not belong to the victim at all.”
RWC-winning Springboks’ arrival in South Africa
The 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok squad are due to arrive back in South Africa on a number of flights from Japan over a two day period between Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 November.
Rassie Erasmus, the Director of Rugby, Springbok captain Siya Kolisi and vice-captain Handre Pollard are amongst the first batch of the Springbok squad members who are due to arrive from Japan. The first flights are expected to land in Johannesburg at approximately 16h30-16h45 on Tuesday.
The three will be amongst several RWC-winning squad members who will attend the official Springbok arrivals media conference at the media centre at International Arrivals, OR Tambo International Airport.
The Springboks will kick off their RWC Champions Tour in Gauteng on Thursday 7 November with the parade including stops in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto.
The RWC squad will also parade the Webb Ellis Cup in a number of other locations before concluding the tour in Cape Town on Monday, 11 November. Full details will be confirmed closer to the time.
The planned RWC Champions Tour stops are as follow:
Thursday, 7 November: Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto
Friday, 8 November: Durban
Saturday, 9 November: East London
Sunday, 10 November: Port Elizabeth
Monday, 11 November: Cape Town
You are the Rugby World Cup 2019 champs!
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Fair to say Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell is someone with good planning skills and when they were invited to play in the Athlete’s Factory Sevens in Chester come Friday and Saturday, he didn’t hesitate to accept.
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series kicks off in Dubai and Cape Town in December and the England tournament comes at an ideal time for the coach to have a close inspection of the progress the squad made since their pre-season started.
A first hit-out in Germany in September saw the team won the Oktoberfest7s, but with a number of players added to the squad since then, the former World Rugby Sevens Coach of the Year will not only be keen to track their progress, but also those tweaks implemented from the lessons learned in Munich.
“Indeed, this is the ideal and final opportunity for us to test where we are in our preparation before the serious business starts in Dubai and Cape Town in December,” explained Powell.
“We have worked on a couple of things and would like to implement that to see how it works for us in this competitive environment. It might work or not, but we will not know if we don’t try that against top class opponents.”
The Blitzboks will face England, Spain, Hong Kong and the Rambling Jesters in their group.
“You can try things as much as you like on the training fields and things can work perfectly there, but you will only know how well it really works when you play in a match. So, we will not be scared to try out those as we know we will get results from it, whether good or bad,” said Powell.
In yet another build-up tournament ahead of the 2023 Netball World Cup, the City of Cape Town is hosting the Africa Netball Cup at the Bellville Velodrome from today. Read more below:
The Africa Netball Cup tournament kicked off earlier today and concludes on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at the Bellville Velodrome.
The City of Cape Town is a sponsor and supporter of the five-day event.
Seven African teams including South Africa, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Lesotho will be competing as they look to be crowned the champions of Africa.
Following the recently concluded Netball World Cup in Liverpool, four of the teams who will be competing in Cape Town including South Africa are ranked in the top 8 in the world.
In March, Cape Town was announced as the host city for the Netball World Cup in 2023 after a successful inter-governmental bid which included the national and provincial governments as well as Netball South Africa.
The 2023 Netball World Cup will be the first tournament hosted on African soil in the competition’s 50-year history.
The target for 2019 is 5 million meals and global organisation Rise Against Hunger has the support of Tastic Rice to ensure thousands of families have a meal.
World Food Day commemorates the launch of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. This day aims to raise awareness about food scarcity, and events are held in more than 150 countries, around the world.
On 16 October every year, nations gather to highlight the plight of 870 million undernourished people in the world. Most of them live in poor and disadvantaged communities where nutritious meals are never guaranteed. World Food Day continues the purposeful relationship between Tastic Rice and Rise Against Hunger (RAH), a global hunger relief organisation that distributes food and aid with the aim of ending hunger by 2030.
This year, the Tastic brand team, along with influencers by the likes of Tshepi Vundla, Ntokozo Mbambo, Ciciworldwide, Juanita Khumalo, Kay Sibiya and many other notable names joined along with Tiger Brands employees and media. They actively acknowledge the importance of this auspicious day by making a real contribution to addressing hunger by packing 12 500 meals in 60 minutes to support World Food Day. This coincides with initiatives across the globe occurring simultaneously to make a difference in addressing hunger and creating awareness around World Food Day.
Recognition Will Honour the Seven-Time PCA Winner for her Contributions to Film and Television, Including Her Iconic Emmy and Golden Globe-Winning Role on Friends and Golden Globe and SAG Award-nominated performance in the film Cake
Aniston Will Return to Television in the Eagerly Awaited Apple TV+ Series
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Johannesburg, 17 October, 2019 – E! announced today that celebrated multi award-winning actor and producer Jennifer Aniston will receive “The People’s Icon of 2019” award at the E! People’s Choice Awards. Aniston will be honoured for her fan favourite performances in movies and television, including 2019’s Netflix hit Murder Mystery, for which she is also nominated in the Female Movie Star of 2019 category. The E! People’s Choice Awards will be broadcast live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Monday 11th November 2019 from 04:00am CAT.
“Jennifer Aniston is a tour de force, who has portrayed some of the most iconic, unforgettable and relatable characters of our time,” said Jen Neal, General Manager, E! News, Live Events and Lifestyle Digital. “For gracefully conquering comedy and drama on both the small and big screen, we’re honouring Jennifer Aniston with ‘The People’s Icon of 2019.’”