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Experienced lock Eben Etzebeth was on Wednesday named as Springbok captain for Saturday’s first Castle Lager Rugby Championship match against Australia in Johannesburg, while Rynhardt Elstadt (loose forward) and Herschel Jantjies (scrumhalf) will both make their Test debuts on the Highveld.

The game is the first in the Springboks’ shortened 2019 Castle Lager Rugby Championship campaign, which also consists of away matches against New Zealand and Argentina. Kick-off on Saturday is at 17h05 and the match will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

Etzebeth takes over the captaincy from regular skipper Siya Kolisi, who is recovering from a knee injury, while Aphiwe Dyantyi was also not considered for selection because of a hamstring injury. It will be Etzebeth’s 12th Test as Bok captain.

Elstadt (Toulouse, France) and Jantjies (DHL Stormers) are the only two uncapped players in the starting team, while Lizo Gqoboka (prop, Vodacom Bulls) is also set to earn his debut off the bench.

Elstadt is picked at No 6 flank in a loose trio that also includes the experienced duo of Pieter-Steph du Toit (No 7, 46 caps) and No 8 Francois Louw (65 caps). Jantjies, will play alongside the 33-cap Elton Jantjies (flyhalf) in a new-look halfback combination.

On the bench there is also a return to the Bok fold for a number of familiar faces as Erasmus casts his net wide with the 2019 Rugby World Cup squad in mind. They are Ulster loose forward Marcell Coetzee, Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints, scrumhalf), the mercurial Frans Steyn (Montpellier, utility back) and Dillyn Leyds (DHL Stormers, utility back).

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The SA Schools and SA Schools A squads – featuring four returning players from 2018 – to contest the U18 International Series against their age-group counterparts from Argentina, England, France, Wales in August were announced by SA Rugby on Monday.

Jacques Goosen (hooker, Border), Jarrod Taylor (flanker, Border), Keketso Morabe (flanker, Thepa Trading Griffons) and Jurich Claasens (scrumhalf, Assupol Blue Bulls), all of whom played for the SA Schools team in 2018, were again included following the successful hosting of the Under-18 Youth Weeks in Bloemfontein at the beginning of the month.

The U18 International Series kicks off at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch on Friday, 9 August, with matches to follow at Paarl Gymnasium in Paarl on Tuesday, 13 August and Hugenote High School in Wellington on Saturday, 17 August.

Mzwakhe Nkosi (Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions, SA Schools) and Phiwe Nomlomo (Border, SA Schools A) are the respective coaches.

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Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi has returned to the Xerox Golden Lions in Johannesburg where he will undergo rehabilitation for a hamstring injury, the Springbok management announced on Monday.

The injury has ruled Dyantyi out of the start of the Springboks’ 2019 Castle Lager Rugby Championship campaign, which kicks off at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg against Australia on Saturday.

The Bok speedster, who won the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year Award in 2018, picked up the injury during training on Friday and will consult a specialist later on Monday to discuss treatment options and a possible timeframe of return to action.

Bok management confirmed that a replacement for Dyantyi will not be called upon as they have sufficient cover in the training squad, currently in camp in Johannesburg.

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South Africa’s most exhilarating national poker tour, the MonsterJam Poker Tour, roars into The Boardwalk from 17 July to 11 August 2019. Buoyed by the spectacular success of the MonsterJam Poker Tour at The Boardwalk in 2018, with a prize pool of R4.6-million and over 1 000 entries, this year’s edition promises to be bigger, better and more exciting, but with the same player-friendly structures for which the tournament is renowned.

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GrandWest and Golden Valley has once again joins hands with Rise Against Hunger to pack meals for hungry children in underprivileged communities on 18 July 2019. The food packing drive is part of a nationwide effort between Sun International and Rise Against Hunger to mark International Mandela Day.

Teams of volunteers will roll up their sleeves to pack food parcels at eight Sun International units, with the goal to pack 418 000 meals to feed over 59 000 pre-school children for a year. About 185 249 meals will be packed at GrandWest and Golden Valley.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Sun International has supported this worthy cause. In the past three years, Sun International has helped pack over 5-million meals at its properties with the help of volunteers from local businesses. This year’s over-all Sun International initiative will feed 75 000 children for the year.

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Carl Weber’s hilarious Bloem Boykie Diaries about one man’s journey from a farm boy to the big city, is back at the Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest from 1 to 3 August 2019. The last show was so popular, audiences could not get enough.

The show follows the very comical trials and tribulations as the Bloem Boykie, with his small-town quirks, learns to adapt to big city life. He finds himself in the most awkward and whacky situations as he tries to find his proverbial pot of pop. It is a show not to be missed.

“After the success of his last show, Carl is back by popular demand,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “This is such a funny show, absolutely worth seeing.”

Tickets are R150 each from Computicket. Doors open at 19h00 and the show starts at 20h00.

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A review of the numbers for two severe cold fronts in June shows that the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC) recorded 760 incidents, ranging from blocked drains to fallen trees and flooding. Read more below:

With winter in full swing and more rain in the forecast for the coming days, the DRMC has calculated that it recorded 760 incidents during June 2019.

The DRMC coordinates the City’s response to incidents that impact on the safety and well-being of residents.

In June, the DRMC received weather warnings from the South African Weather Service on two occasions.

Severe weather fallouts reports included flooding to varying degrees; roofs damaged or blown off by strong winds; trees and branches had fallen down, blocked drains, and power outages, amongst others. Continue reading

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Date                     Friday, 26 July 2019

Time                     17h00 to 21h00

Venue                  V&A Waterfront

Location              Silo, Pierhead, Alfred Mall and Nobel Square and the Watershed

If you’re in Cape Town, join us for another lively Good Night Fridays at the V&A Waterfront between 5pm and 9pm. Wrap up warm and meander from the Silo District to Pierhead, Alfred Mall and Nobel to the Watershed for a fun, mid-winter evening of entertainment and good food. Experience everything from dancers to buskers, DJs, musicians, food and drinks tastings, interesting talks and exhibitions. Shops and restaurants will remain open. For a list of restaurant specials and the detailed entertainment line-up, please visit

Silo District

18 year old, Anica Kiana will entertain the crowd at the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District from 6pm. With role models such as American artists, Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande, Anica will captivate audiences with her own genre of pop songs.

From 7pm, Fruit Vendor will be firing up the stage with their assortment of Afropop that fuses ghoema, funk, hip-hop, RnB and jazz sounds for everyone to enjoy at the Silo District. With Joshua Prinsloo as the band lead, the band won the Barleycorn Music Club’s annual song writing competition in 2018. Fruit Vendor has since shared stages with well-known artists such as, David Kramer, Karen Zoid, Die Antwoord and Prime Circle to name a few.

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On the first Thursday in August this year, residents and visitors in Paarl will have an opportunity to visit the stunning gardens at 161

Main road and view a range of magnificent work by local fine artists and sculptors at the inaugural Paarl Art Week Market day. The event will not only host artwork, but also a variety of fine food and drinks. Guests at the event will be welcomed by the aroma of freshly ground coffee, raw juices and smoothies and sumptuous food on offer at the market. Entrance is free and the market starts at 10:00 until 18:00.

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