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Hardworking prop Ruan Dreyer will make his debut for the Springboks on Saturday in the final Castle Lager Incoming Series Test against France in Johannesburg, while the experienced scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and outside centre Jesse Kriel both return to the starting team.

Dreyer, who will become Springbok number 886 when he takes to the field, replaces Frans Malherbe in the front row in one of two changes to the starting pack that defeated the French team last week in Durban.

The other change is at flank as Oupa Mohoje is unavailable after he took a blow to the head last week. His place is filled by 21-year-old Jean-Luc du Preez, who came on as the replacement flank at Growthpoint Kings Park. Jaco Kriel has been selected on the bench.

In the backline, Hougaard replaces Cronje, who was not considered after he had shown symptoms of a delayed concussion. This will be Hougaard’s 42nd Test cap for the Springboks, while Rudy Paige comes into the squad as replacement No 9.

The only other change to the starting team is at outside centre, with Jesse Kriel back after sitting out last week’s Test a result of a bump to the head in the first match two weeks ago in Pretoria.

“I said earlier in the week that we would keep changes in the starting team to a minimum because we have huge respect for this powerful French side,” said Coetzee.

“The inclusion of Ruan in the starting team gives us an important opportunity to build capacity in the tighthead position. This is a very important position and it is great to have players such as Coenie Oosthuizen and Steven Kitshoff coming off the bench as a combination, while Ruan will start next to his Emirates Lions hooker in Malcolm Marx.

“The same applies for Jaco Kriel, who has fully recovered from his knee injury and he was very good in training the past three weeks. He deserves his chance in the match 23 and he is very eager to play. Jaco was in brilliant form before he got injured and I am sure he will make a huge impact off the bench. Continue reading

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The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival in September is not only about music.

It is also about giving back to the community, with business workshops designed to help emerging talent gain invaluable help from music experts.

Geleza Kleva & Learn are free Music Business Workshops, which form part of the Joy of Jazz initiative, and these take place in July all around Gauteng. These workshops are especially designed to show how the music industry works, and help would-be artists gain a foothold.

Under the banner of Youth Development in the Arts, these Music Business Workshops have been an integral part of the broader Standard Bank Joy of Jazz initiative for the past three years and are highly successful enterprises.

Concord Nkabinde, mentor and well-known South African musician and composer, has been running these initiatives with remarkable success.

The project was started in 2014 when organisers, T Musicman, saw a need to educate emerging artists. A programme was developed that would help them. Continue reading

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The final weekend of regulation play in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge has turned out to become one of must-wins and desperate results as eight of the 15 teams will try to get into the best possible position for the quarter-finals.

After eight rounds of play, only DHL Western Province are still unbeaten, while at least three others will be trying to secure the necessary points to be able to host the first round of knock-out matches next weekend.

With the top two in each of the North, Central and South Sections guaranteed automatic qualification to the final eight, the two best third-placed teams on log points will also sneak into the play-offs and could provide the highlight in the weekend’s action. A number of permutations exist and results at one venue could determine the fortunes of teams playing at another.

On top of that, the fifth Rugby Festival of this exciting new tournament will also take place on Sunday in Oudtshoorn, where two Gold Cup qualifying games will be played as curtain-raisers to the main match between SWD Eagles and DHL Western Province. The latter already secured top spot in the South, while the Eagles are the only side in the competition yet to register a victory. This clash, to be played on Sunday, will determine the final venues for the play-offs.

The Capetonians (34 log points) look set to finish with the most log points overall, but should they taste defeat in the Klein Karoo, Tafel Lager Griquas (30) or the Xerox Golden Lions XV (31) could pip them in the final act. Both these contenders face a tough assignment though, before they could start planning for a home game.

The Xerox Golden Lions XV will host the Vodacom Blue Bulls on Friday at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, with all to play for in the North Section. The men from Pretoria need the victory to make sure the Steval Pumas (24) do not move past them into the top two. Continue reading

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Multiple award winning comedian, Deep Fried Man, will unleash his musical hilarity at the next edition of the Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners at GrandWest on 2 July 2017. His material is witty, relevant and combined with hilarious songs which he customises to suit the audience. Armed with his guitar and special brand of humour, Deep Fried Man,has had audiences across the country in fits of laughter since he burst onto the comedy scene in 2010.

He has performed in various comedy shows including the Heavyweight Comedy Jam, the Tshwane Comedy Fiesta, the University of Johannesburg’s Rag’s One Night Stand, Loads of Laughs, It’s No Joke, Jew Must Be Joking and Blacks Only Comedy. He was the supporting act for Trevor Noah’s one man show Scratch That and has performed in his own one man shows Deeply Fried in 2011 and the more satirical White Whine in 2012. His debut one man show Deeply Fried won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2011 Grahamstown National Arts festival.

Also on the bill for the comedy showcase are Yaaseen Barnes and Ambrose Uren. Carl Weber, a regular at the Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners, is the host for the evening.

The doors will open at 17h00 and the show will start at 18h00. The cost to enter is R60 per person, strictly for over 18s. Contact 082 588 6662 to book.

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In celebration of the Buccaneers game against Supersport this weekend the good folk at adidas South Africa have given me a few jersies to give away to the hardcore Amabakhaniya fans! Three in fact :) These jersies are all small sizes so if not for you you can give it someone who is a huge fan.

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I am pleased to announce that Mongezi Menye has been appointed as the City of Cape Town’s Ombudsman. He replaces Mbulelo Baba who recently retired.

The Office of the Ombudsman represents a cornerstone of our democracy in general and of the customer-centric approach outlined by our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. It is a neutral office that investigates and facilitates any complaints lodged by the residents of Cape Town about alleged maladministration, injustice, and poor service delivery by the City.

This Office must provide a timely and effective assessment and investigation of complaints.

Menye, who has taken up the position already, holds a law degree and numerous certificates in forensic and investigative auditing. He is currently studying towards a masters of philosophy in conflict management at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. During his studies and work experience he has gained valuable experience related to negotiations, mediation, adjudication, forensic investigations, governance, and strategic management.

As an administration, we are fully committed to supporting his office and to doing our very best to ensure that we provide top levels of service to our residents and implement corrective action immediately where required to do so.

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Springbok midfielder Francois Venter will lead out the SA ‘A’ team in their final match against the French Barbarians at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Friday evening (kick-off at 20h00).

Venter takes over from Juan de Jongh, who is on the bench alongside Handré Pollard, in a team that shows wholesale changes from the match-23 that won the first match last Friday in Durban by 36-28.

SA ‘A’ coach Johan Ackermann said the reason for all the changes is to accommodate all the players in the squad while at the same time assisting Springbok coach Allister Coetzee with a request for game-time for certain players.

Only two players who started at Moses Mabhida last week, Lwazi Mvovo and Ruan Botha, will run out again this weekend. Mvovo however moves from fullback to wing, where he will partner Blitzbok star Seabelo Senatla.

“All the players in the squad have worked incredibly hard over the last two weeks and it’s just fair to give all of them a run against the French Barbarians,” said Ackermann.

“At the same time, the Springbok cause is very important with the rest of the season in mind – I spoke to Allister and I’m glad we can assist him in giving game-time to certain players who are in his plans.”

Ackermann said the decision to award Venter the captaincy was an easy one: “Francois has led the Toyota Cheetahs very well in recent seasons and he brings international experience to the team. Continue reading

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The WCED is spending an estimated figure of R359 million a year transporting more than 50 000 learners to and from school every day.

I will write parliamentary questions to the Minister of Education in the Province, as to whether her Department’s ‘Safe Schools programme’ will be including new initiatives and programmes to tackle safety surrounding children going to – or coming from school.

In response to Equal Educations’ social audit report at schools presented yesterday that stated that little effort is being made to create safe and secure school environments is a generalisation and in fact not true in the Western Cape.

The safety of every one of our learners and teachers remains of vital importance to us. It pleases me that the WCED has already established Safe-Schools coordinators in every district, who serves as a liaison with schools on Safety issues.

Several initiatives have been undertaken as a measure to eliminate the problems of transportation experienced by rural learners and as a mechanism to alleviate the crime experienced by learners who have to potentially walk long distances in areas deemed unsafe.

Furthermore, I am also pleased to announce that the WCED is also embarking on additional endeavours such as trying to expand access to hostel facilities in rural areas so that learners can participate in after school programmes which include afternoon classes and sporting activities.

The DA in the Western Cape remains committed to deliver and to expand quality education in the Province in order to provide more opportunities for youth development.

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