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(March 2016) This Sunday sees the start of the Absa Cape Epic (ACE), one of the most grueling mountain biking events in the world, with riders competing over eight arduous stages from 13-20 March.

Despite the ACE totaling a distance of 651km and involving15 100m of climbing, for Absa it is more than just a race.

Some of the bank’s staff, including  Arrie Rautenbach, Chief Risk Officer for Barclays Africa, and clients will sponsor and mentor young riders from the Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy (DMA). One of these clients is Nigel Payne, Chairman of the Mr Price Group and a board member at a number of other leading institutions. Continue reading

LONDON, March 11, 2016 – Leading charities Laureus Sport for Good and Comic Relief have once again teamed up to work together to continue improving the lives of disadvantaged children in Africa.

Comic Relief, which already supports projects with Laureus Sport for Good in both Africa and Latin America, has committed more than £400,000 to two new grants – one with the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) in Kenya and one with Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy in South Africa.

MYSA uses the power of sport, principally football, as a means to provide opportunities for young people in the area. The funds will provide young people with opportunities to develop skills to tackle problems that arise in their daily lives, gain work experience, career guidance and access to education. At the same time, the grant will assist the project with awareness around HIV/AIDS and hygiene and sanitation in the slums of Nairobi. Continue reading

South Africa is in the middle of its worst drought in recorded history, and reports suggest it could cost the economy as much as R20 billion. To assist struggling farmers, WeChat Africa has unveiled a mobile donation channel in partnership with Agri SA. For your first donation, WeChat will refund the money back into your mobile wallet, up to a maximum of R50.

“South Africa is currently experiencing the worst drought this decade, says Omri van Zyl, CEO of Agri SA. The Agri SA drought fund has been created to help farmers, farm workers and communities in need as the country battles severe food, fodder and water shortages. Every donation helps.

“We are pleased by the news that WeChat has joined the cause, and is using their platform to encourage people to get involved.

“WeChat has made the process of donating very simple, and we are fully behind the idea of technology being used to reach as many South Africans as possible.” Continue reading

Record-breaking South African hip-hop superstar Cassper Nyovest will join American rap heavyweight Nicki Minaj on her Pinkprint Tour that is set to enthrall Johannesburg 17, 18 and Durban on 20 March 2016, promoters AIREY SCOTT have confirmed.

On the first date of Minaj’s hotly awaited South African tour, 17 March, the Mafikeng-born Motswako rapper will return to the same stage where he made history last October: he was the first local act to sell out the 20 000-capacity Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg as part of his successful #FiilUpTheDome campaign.

Nyovest, whose real name is Refiloe Phoolo, will also perform with Minaj at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on 20 March.

Since bursting onto the local music scene in 2013, Nyovest has racked up two hit albums, Tsholofelo and Refiloe, spawning hits such as Le Mpitse, Doc Shebeleza, Tsibip, Ghetto, Mama I Made It, Phumakim and Gusheshe – which fans can expect to hear during his appearances on Minaj’s Pinkprint Tour. Continue reading

Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, has urged his squad to toughen up on their mental approach for his weekend’s inaugural HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver.

Last weekend in Las Vegas, the South Africans lost their semi-final clash against Australia after conceding a penalty try after the sound of the final hooter. Powell now wants to see his squad improve their concentration and composure so that they are able to close out deciding matches successfully.

The two-day tournament will be staged in the state-of-the-art BC Place Stadium, which has a capacity of 54 500 and a gigantic retractable roof. Continue reading

Challenging tests await the five South African Vodacom Super Rugby franchises in action this weekend as the unbeaten DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks meet in an intense derby, while the Emirates Lions and Toyota Cheetahs hunt victories overseas, and the Southern Kings go in search of their first win of the season.

The main match-ups of the weekend will undoubtedly be the clashes between the DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks in Cape Town, and the undefeated Emirates Lions taking on defending champions, the Highlanders, in Dunedin both on Saturday.

The Johannesburg side will go up against the Highlanders at the Forsyth Barr Stadium at 08h35 where they will hunt their fifth successive victory abroad. Should they register a win, it will also mark their third back-to-back victory against a New Zealand team.

The duel between the DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks, at 17h15 on Saturday, is expected to deliver a thrilling forward-dominated battle. However, with both teams boasting exciting backs, they too will look to make their presence felt. A defeat for either team will mark their first of the season. Continue reading

(South Africa, March 2016) Absa will once again be recognising and rewarding teamwork and perseverance at the 2016 Absa Cape Epic with the #ConquerAsOne campaign. At each stage of the race, an extraordinary #ConquerAsOne moment will be identified and recognised, where a team showed immense human spirit to overcome their own personal challenges to conquer that stage together.

During this year’s race, a panel of judges will select one #ConquerAsOne moment on each day of the race. The winning pair will be announced in the Absa Pride Hospitality area where they will receive a unique #ConquerAsOne jersey to wear proudly during the next day’s stage. At the end of the week, the judges will then select the overall #ConquerAsOne moment, with the winning team walking away with an Absa Pride entry for the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Continue reading

Johannesburg, 10 March 2016: Music and youth authority MTV Base (DStv channel 322) is throwing down a challenge to the youth of South Africa, as it searches for a brand new VJ to represent the channel.

The new VJ will host shows on MTV Base and MTV as well as interviewing stars, MC-ing events, attending international awards shows such as the VMAs, EMAs and MAMAs, walking the red carpet, and travelling the continent – all while being an ambassador for MTV Base.

Commented Tim Horwood, Head of MTV Base, “We are looking for fresh new faces with sass, style, street smarts who are immersed in music and contemporary culture. We want gals or guys who embody the spirit of youth in South Africa – raw talent that can step up, grab the opportunity with both hands and represent our channel across the continent.”
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MONDAY, 21 MARCH, 9:30PM

After the dramatic end of Umlilo season 2, viewers can anticipate more heart-stopping drama when the show returns for a third season in a new time slot on Monday, 21 March at 9.30PM.  

Umlilo season 1 first aired on e.tv in March 2015. Season 1 explored a polygamous marriage and the interpersonal dramas of a family in a state of flux. It was during this season that polygamist Mnqobi introduced his third wife Khwezi, oblivious to her devious intentions.

Season 2 returned in August 2015, where more drama and death took place. We saw Khwezi, along with her uncle Welcome, put their plan into action, leaving the Simelane’s in tatters. Dumile made sure she discovered Khwezi’s identity, but it was too late as Mnqobi had already lost his first wife Cebisile and his entire family’s lives were in danger.  In the end, Khwezi held Mnqobi and Dumile hostage, forcing him to shoot Dumile. Continue reading

Nike Football presents Keagan Dolly in a series of short films titled #TrainWithKeagz, in which the midfielder shows off his favourite training drills on his Instagram account @Keagz_d7.

When he is not wearing that famous yellow jersey, Keagan lives in his training kit, sweating football for hours at a time.

Says Keagan: “For every 90 minutes you see me on the pitch, there’s 900 minutes you don’t. To be the best, you need to put in the training.”

Geared up in his training kit, Keagan’s advice to aspiring young footballers includes creating a routine to train daily with explosive drills.

Nike Football and Keegan are also inviting young talented footballers to show off their drills and training tips by posting a video using the hashtag #TrainWithKeagz.

The footballer with the best video will spend a day training with Keagan.

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