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As the Matric class of 2018 settle into the rhythm of their final exams, an education expert has warned them not to become complacent thinking the ‘worst’ is behind them, but instead to knuckle down and give it their best sustained effort right until the end.

“It’s all about strategy, and fighting for every last mark you are able to score in your remaining papers,” says Nola Payne, Head of Faculty: Information and Communications Technology at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher education institution.

“Consistency is key right now, and you will thank your future self for not getting distracted by the light at the end of the tunnel, but rather approaching each paper as a new opportunity to take your grades from good to spectacular,” says Payne.

She says the reason for not relaxing now, with mostly the “easier” subjects remaining, is because small aggregate differences, whether in a specific subject or overall results, can significantly influence options after school.

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The Toyota Cheetahs finally got their breakthrough victory in the Guinness Pro 14 on Saturday as they delivered a spirited performance against the Cardiff Blues in Bloemfontein for a 21-10 win, their first of the season.

Franco Smith’s charges were fired up after a two week break following a slow start to the season and they produced a determined display, in which speedster Sibahle Maxwane scored a brace and Shaun Venter crossed the tryline in the first half. Tian Schoeman converted all three tries, while the side limited the visitors a penalty goal for their efforts in the half.

The second half was less eventful, and it showed on the scoreboard as the only try scored was compliments of a charge-down by the Cardiff Blues with 14 minutes to play, which saw them go down 21-10. But the home team’s defence held firm in the face of a Welsh onslaught for a memorable victory.

In Port Elizabeth on Friday evening, the Isuzu Southern Kings produced an impressive first half showing against 2018 Guinness PRO14 finalists, the Scarlets, and entered the break 20-15 up thanks to back-to-back tries by Masixole Banda and Yaw Penxe, and two penalty goals by Banda.

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JAZZ Workshops & Classes from 28 November to 1 December.

Concert UCT, Cape Town – 30 November (free entry, booking essential.)

Concert Oude Libertas, Stellenbosch – 2 December. (Tickets at Computicket.)

The Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA), a not for profit company creating opportunities for contemporary musicians in the Western Cape, is hosting a series of FREE jazz workshops and master classes for music students and musicians in collaboration with UCT’s South African College of Music, at the end November (28 Nov – 1 Dec). The tutors who will be presenting the classes are some of the world’s best jazz educators and performers from South Africa, Germany and Mongolia.

Joining the workshop from Germany, is the world class trumpeter and the Head of the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts Jazz Department, Professor Claus Reichstaller, and double bassist and Jazz Bass Lecturer, also at Munich University, Martin Zenker. Reichstaller, being a Big Band expert will be focusing on aspects of Big Band Playing, Phrasing, Improvisation, Breathing Techniques and Practice Routine.

Zenker has also done innovative work in creating educational opportunities in Mongolia, and apart from his position at Munich University, is also the Head of the Jazz Department at the Mongolian State Conservatory for Music & Dance and is also the Project leader of the Goethe – Musiklabor in Ulan Bator. For his work, he has received the second highest honour from the Mongolian State in cultural achievement – “Seuljin Terguune Adjiltang”. Zenker will be teaching Harmonic Issues of Bass Playing, Repertoire, Memorizing Techniques and Stylistic Diversity.

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In 2014, Babalwa Latsha’s mother asked her if she had lost her mind when she found out that her daughter took up rugby, and four years later, the Western Province prop is on the verge of earning her first Test cap for the Springbok Women.

Latsha has had a meteoric rise in rugby in the last few years after being asked to fill the last spot in the University of the Western Cape’s Women’s Sevens team for the University Sports South Africa (USSA) games in 2014 despite not knowing much about the game.

It was a steep learning curve but she carefully studied her opponents and other players, and after working very hard Latsha was named in the SA Students Women’s team before being drafted into Western Province’s 15-a-side team in 2015. A year later, she was named the union’s Women’s Player of the Year, and in 2017 she earned the SA Rugby’s Women’s top achiever award.

Latsha had her first taste of international rugby in 2017 when she toured the UK with the SA Select Women’s team where they faced the British Army and the England Academy team, and went on to represent the Springbok Women’s Sevens team in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in July. Only a few months later she is in line to earn her first Test cap for the Springbok Women when they travel to Europe next week for matches against Wales, Spain and Italy.

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Johannesburg, 24 October 2018: Comedy Central has listenend to viewers, and now proudly brings South Africans what they want, an 8 episode comedy showcase by some of the best local comedians in the business….but with a twist.  They will all be doing their sets in their native language.  Recording live at Parker’s Comedy and Jive at Montecasino from 24-26 October 2018, each night will feature a laugh extravaganza by some of the best comedians in the business.

Featuring a Nguni nightAfrikaans night and English night with comedians including; Lihle Msimang, John Vlismas, Simphiwe Shembe, Siya Seya, Jay Boogie, Casper De Vries, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Hannes Brummer, Robby Collins, Donovan Goliath, Deep Fried Man and many more, the live recordings will then be broken down into weekly 30 minute specials that will air on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) from Monday, 19 November at 21:00 CAT.   Monday nights will never be the same again.

With 11 official languages in our amazing country, Comedy Central is always looking for new ways to keep the country entertained and laughing, and what better way to do it than celebrating our unique and diversive country and the languages found within our borders.

Commented Dillon Khan, Vice President of Comedy Central and Creative Services: “South Africa’s rich, diverse cultures and languages have been at the core of the explosion of the local comedy scene over the last ten years. Comedy Central is bringing Laugh In Your Language to showcase this diversity over eight special episodes, featuring incredibly talented comedians who have all connected with audiences in the languages they choose to speak at home.”

Laugh In Your Language will be broadcast on Mondays from 19 November 2018at 21:00 CAT only on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122).

For more information about Comedy Central, please go towww.comedycentralafrica.com, Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/comedycentralafrica or join the conversation with us on Twitter and Instagram @comedycentralAF using the hashtag #CCLIVE.

Any lover of literature is prone to celebrating the beauty of words in solitude. Books, like most other forms of art, convey their magic in and of themselves. The only chance any true bibliophile has to know them more intimately is by getting to their source; the writer.

From Thursday, 1 to Sunday, 4 November, the charming Karoo village of Prince Albert is home to the seventh annual Leesfees, a gathering that brings together some of South Africa’s most prolific writers and new publications.

The first Leesfees was held in 2012 as part of Prince Albert’s 250 year celebration, to pay homage to Karoo writers and poets. During this event, the intimacy of a gathering that allowed guests to attend book showcases without any interruptions or rushing from one venue to the next was lain bare, and had such appeal that the Leesfees is now a beloved Prince Albert institution, like Prince Albert Open Studios and Groet is ’n Moet Community Kuier.

Well known thriller thriller authors Deon Meyer, Bettina Wyngaard, Martin Steyn and Jo Nel will be sharing their secrets for creating suspenseful stories, and guests will also have the opportunity to interact with poets Olyn Phillips, Clinton du Plessis, Tony Ulyatt and Gisela Ulyatt and biographers Petrovna Metelerkamp (Ingrid Jonker – die biografie) and Dennis Cruywagen (The Spiritual Mandela).

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South Africa faces a significant challenge in tackling youth unemployment. Of the 1.1 million youth who enter the labour market each year, only 14% find themselves in any form of employment (formal or informal) within their first year. But today those odds were dramatically improved thanks to a collaborative partnership between the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) and Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator.

Two of the biggest problems our youth face today is unequal access to employment opportunity and the lack of emphasis on education. Indeed, when one considers how many youth sit at home unemployed when there are job vacancies that go unfilled by South African companies, it is clear that the “demand supply mismatch” must be solved in the youth labour market.

This is the challenge being addressed by both ISFAP and Harambee.

ISFAP has done this by addressing the funding demands of students from poor and “missing middle” households who are studying towards entering professions of high demand and scarce-skills professions. Harambee works to pathway, match and ready young people to secure jobs by breaking down the barriers that stand between high-potential young people and employment.

While each organisation has made strides to change the narrative, the innovative partnership between these institutions will accelerate the transition from “learning to earning” by scaling both organisations’ solutions to this crisis.

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Backline stars Damian de Allende and Sergeal Petersen both claimed two awards at the 2018 WPRFU Awards evening, held at the Cape Sun on Tuesday evening.

Petersen was rewarded for his scintillating form as top try-scorer in the Currie Cup this season with the DHL WP Most Promising Player award and the coveted DHL Players’ Player Award, while De Allende claimed the DHL Best Back and adidas MVP Award.

Forwards Steven Kitshoff (DHL Best Forward) Pieter-Steph du Toit (Brightrock Bounce Player of the Year) and Ernst van Rhyn (DHL WP Most Promising Forward) were also recognised, along with DHL Stormers captain Siya Kolisi, who claimed the LFP Award for Leadership, Focus and Passion.

In the DHL Western Province U19 team that will face Cell C Sharks in their semifinal in Durban this weekend, fullback Quan Eyman was named DHL WP U19 Most Promising Player, scrumhalf Lucky Dlepu the DHL WP U19 Best Back, prop Dian Bleuler the DHL WP U19 Best Forward and lock Ian Kitwanga claimed the Brightrock U19 Bounce Player of the Year award.

In the DHL Western Province U21 side that will host Vodacom Blue Bulls U21 in their semifinal at DHL Newlands on Saturday, lock David Meihuizen was DHL WP U21 Most Promising Player, scrumhalf Jondre Williams the DHL WP U21 Best Back, prop Kwenzo Blose the DHL WP U21 Best Forward and skipper Nama Xaba was the Brightrock U21 Bounce Player of the Year.

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Fresh from performing on Britain’s prestigious ‘Live at the Apollo’ and recording a Netflix special in Montreal, Canada, two-time Emmy-nominated South African comedian, Loyiso Gola, returns from travelling the world to bring his latest comedy offering, Unlearning, to Suncoast’s brand new venue, The Globe in Durban on 15 December.

The show challenges societal norms, making you question everything you thought you knew about politics, race, history and more. He brings together sharp and philosophical contemplations all delivered with his signature satirical charm and wit.

“This show delves into unpacking what we’ve learnt growing up, viewing the world differently and realising that there’s a need to unlearn it instead of being stuck in our own stereotypical mindsets. I go through a process of attempting to ‘unlearn’ some thoughts and preconceptions about relationships, masculinity, race, things that I’m currently going through and are pertinent in my life and I get to share this with the audience,” comments Gola.

Gola is no stranger to making audiences laugh. There is a reason why Loyiso is one of the most respected and renowned comedians in South Africa, and he seems to have been received with open arms with international audiences too.

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