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Dylan Sage and Stedman Gans have been recalled to the Springbok Sevens squad for the next two tournaments in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, in Sydney, Australia next weekend and in Hamilton, New Zealand a week later.

Sage missed the tournaments in Dubai and Cape Town due to a back injury. Gans, who last played for the Blitzboks in Singapore last season, after making his debut at the 2017 HSBC Las Vegas tournament, was part of the SA Rugby Sevens Academy team that won the Sudamericarugby 7s tournaments in Uruguay and Chile in the last fortnight.

Sage, a regular starter in the 2016/17 season, replaces Chris Dry and Gans comes in for Branco du Preez. Dry picked up a season-ending knee injury at the HSBC Cape Town Sevens and Du Preez injured a hamstring in training last week.

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell also included DHL Stormers loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe as the replacement player to travel with the team. Notshe, who joined the squad in October, will return to Vodacom Super Rugby upon his return, as will three other squad regulars, Tim Agaba (Vodacom Bulls), Kwagga Smith (Emirates Lions) and Seabelo Senatla (DHL Stormers).

“We made the call to take Sikhumbuzo along as reserve player in order for him to get first-hand experience of what a World Series tournament is all about and he will be called upon if anyone picks up an injury,” explained Powell. Continue reading

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The Cape Town Motor Show, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, is set to wow the crowds again at Sun GrandWest, from 2-4 March 2018. It promises to be a weekend of incredible fun with a broad appeal to all car and bike buffs, petrol heads and the entire family, with loads of entertainment for everyone.

The Mother City will again boast a motor show that rivals any of the international equivalents. CTMS will span the length and breadth of the Sun GrandWest Entertainment World, including the Market Hall, Grand Arena, the Sun Exhibits Hall, and an Outdoor Area, and will include a Drifting Zone, Nostalgia Zone, Chill Zone, and Camping and 4×4 area.

Explore the automotive industry’s latest creations, featuring classic, luxury and exotic cars, with all the major vehicle manufacturers represented. Visitors can get up-close and personal with all the newest vehicle models that will soon be at dealerships around the country.

Motorbike enthusiasts will be glad to know that if it has two wheels (sometimes three) and an engine, it will be at the Cape Town Motor Show. Representing the best products, bikes and services available from leading companies across the globe – the show is a haven for bikers of any age, or level of experience – and to top it off, one lucky visitor will leave the CTMS with their own Harley-Davidson!

Drift car displays will run all weekend and spectators are welcome to either watch from the sidelines, or for those brave enough, join our experts as a passenger as they take you for the spin of your life.

Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, muscle cars, monster trucks, antique and collector cars, engine modifications (pimped-up rides), Sound-Off Beats competitions, virtual simulations, custom trucks, hot-rods, car wrapping, and much more! Continue reading

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A rugby training program must help players to cope with the rigorous demands of the modern game. Despite its gruelling nature, amateur players perform poorly in rugby-specific fitness tests and this may be due predominantly to poor training habits (1).

Rugby is classed as a multi-sprint sport. Its intermittent nature demands that players generate high levels of speed and explosive power, as well as possessing the ability to recover quickly between sprints (2).

Elite rugby league players are quick, performing a 40-meter sprint test in just over 5 seconds. They also possess good speed off the mark and acceleration power (2). They have aerobic capacities that are moderate to high allowing them to sustain a high work rate for the full 80 minutes (3).

Strength is an obvious necessity for rugby players. However, muscular size and body mass, although important is not the only goal of a rugby strength training program. Explosive power is equally as important, not only for the development of speed and acceleration but for tackling and jumping (5).

Although in rugby, different positions have contrasting match play activities, professional backs and forwards have very similar physiological profiles (4). Backs are typically faster than forwards (4) but there is little difference in aerobic endurance and muscular strength suggesting that rugby training is uniform for all players at the elite level (6).The articles below cover a range of rugby training topics – from strength and power development to speed and speed endurance training. You will find sample training programs and training sessions along with individual drills specifically designed to mirror the demands of the game.

Rugby Training Articles

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Today I want to call on all Capetonians to do more to save water. There are only 95 days left before we reach Day Zero.

Day Zero has moved a day closer this week to 21 April 2018. Day Zero is when the City will be forced to turn off most of the taps and every resident will have to queue for 25 litres of water per day.

The only way Cape Town can avoid Day Zero is if every single resident saves water. But this is not the case.

During the past week only 39% of Cape Town’s residents used less than 87 litres of water per person per day – compared to 54% during the first week of January. I want to thank those residents who are saving.

Cape Town’s average daily collective consumption is still too high. It has increased to 618 million litres per day, up from 578 million litres per day.

For each day that Cape Town uses more than 500 million litres, the city moves closer to Day Zero. Continue reading

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Programme: GQOM NATION Season 1
Date: Friday 26 January
Time: 18:00 CAT
Channel: MTV Base (DStv channel 322)

We have heard the cries and now we’ve come to deliver.  Your favourite music channel MTV Base offers a platform for Gqom artists and DJs to showcase their work in this one-hour music show.  Your Fridays will never be the same again and once the ‘gqom bug’ has bitten, you won’t be able to shake it off.For more information, visit,  like us on Facebook  or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MTVAfrica and to join the conversation use the hashtag #peoplevspatriarchy

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Multimedia entertainment powerhouse VIMN Africa offers the most comprehensive international broadcast portfolio on the African continent, reaching more than 100 million viewers across 48 territories in Africa.  VIMN Africa currently comprises 10 separate TV channels and 5 consumer websites, as well as multiple mobile and social media sites.  The company’s African business interests include content production and distribution; spot sales, 360-degree sponsorships, events, mobile, digital and consumer products.

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CASTER SEMENYA - GettyImages-831087572MONACO, January 16, 2018 – An impressive collection of the greatest men, women and teams in sport have been nominated for the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s sports media.

Tennis superstar Roger Federer’s impressive return to form after a knee injury, which saw him win his fifth Australian Open and eighth Wimbledon titles, sees him nominated in both the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and Laureus World Comeback of the Year categories. Federer, who is currently a four-time Award winner could become the most decorated Laureus Award winner at the 2018 ceremony in Monaco on February 27.

The football world also features heavily, with Cristiano Ronaldo up for Laureus World Sportsman of the YearReal Madrid nominated for Laureus World Team of the YearKylian Mbappé in contention for Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year and FC Barcelona and Chapecoense nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award.

Joining Federer and Ronaldo in what is sure to be a hotly contested Laureus World Sportsman of the Year category is athletics world championships 10,000m gold and 5,000m silver medal-winning athlete Mo Farah, four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, four-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and French and US Open champion Rafael Nadal. Continue reading

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Premiere: Wednesday 17 January

Time: 21:30 CAT

Channel: BET (DStv channel 129) 

Will the truth be accepted when the lie was so deep? Find out

on BET’s The Big Secret

This week, a double-life is revealed and accepting the truth won’t be easy on BET’s The Big Secret, on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) at 21:30 CAT on  Wednesday, 17 January 2018.

Sibusiso Ngwane, fondly known as “Riri’ or “Buhle” is a 21 year old man cross dresser from Soweto.  At night, Sibusiso used to transform himself into his alter ego – Buhle. He felt that people loved Buhle more than Sibusiso.  Buhle had power, something Sibusiso didn’t always have. When Buhle went out with her friends she seduced men, getting them to buy her drinks. She took them to bed but did not allow them to touch her so that they didn’t realize that Buhle was actually a man.  Sibusiso would like to confess to his ex-boyfriend that he was a cross dresser. Sibusiso aka Buhle met his ex- boyfriend at a club and they immediately hit it off. Fearing what her ex-boyfriend might do if he found out he was actually a man, Buhle disappeared without a trace. But now Sibusiso feels that his ex-boyfriend deserves to know the truth about Buhle so that they can both find closure. Continue reading

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An Internet chatbot named, Ginger, is bringing about a new wave of interest in children’s eating behaviour and habits by targeting mothers and caregivers as agents of change.

Ginger, who was recently brought to life by innovative pharmaceutical firm, Pharma Dynamics, in an effort to curb SA’s high rates of obesity and stunting (as a result of under- or malnutrition) among school-aged children, has already gained a strong following of mothers intent on making a change.

Nicole Jennings, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics – a pharmaceutical firm that advocates for prevention over cure – says the campaign specifically targets mothers, as primary caregivers, since they influence children’s eating behaviours in a variety of ways.

“Mothers actively make food choices for the family and serve as role models for dietary choices and patterns. Children also learn about food by observing the eating behaviours modelled by their parents. Research reveals that when children see their parents eating a healthy selection of fruit and vegetables every day, children are likely to display the same behaviour. The ‘do-as-I-do’ approach was found to be far more effective than the ‘do-as-I-say’ style of teaching children about nutrition.

“However, since a high percentage of SA mothers have to work and as a consequence, young children are routinely being fed by someone else, childcare settings should provide appropriate food to meet a child’s nutritional requirements. Similarly, the school environment can also help to teach children about healthy dietary patterns and behaviours. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town’s Health Department remains on high alert as concurrent disease outbreaks run their course. This summer, health officials are not only contending with the annual diarrhoea season, but also face an increase in cases of other communicable diseases including pertussis and typhoid. Read more below:

Summer in Cape Town often sees a surge in diarrhoea cases which affect children under five years of age most severely.

‘Due to increased efforts and the diligence of health practitioners, we have in recent years noted a decline in the number of diarrhoea-related deaths, and diarrheoa with dehydration during the season. Sadly, this drop in diarrhea cases was followed by an increase in pneumonia in this age group over the same period. Health officials now call this period the surge season,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

Health officials remain vigilant as the City faces a number of other concurrent disease outbreaks.

‘In August 2017 we saw diphtheria and measles cases occurring and by now we have all heard about the national listeria outbreak. In addition to these, we have also had an increasing number of cases of pertussis and typhoid reported.

‘These diseases present a significant and costly challenge to the City. Not only are staff and resources under pressure, but the outbreak of any disease also puts lives and livelihoods at risk,’ said Alderman Smith. Continue reading

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Family secrets and treachery: Imbewu: The Seed is a compelling and ground-breaking new daily drama set to premiere on in April 2018. The drama series focuses on the ties that bind families through blood and spirit, asking sobering and controversial questions that are relevant to all South African cultures.

Starring the iconic Leleti Khumalo, who is also an Executive Producer, Imbewu: The Seed is set in Durban and KwaZulu-Natal, with a storyline that spans from the most-affluent parts of Umlazi and to the humblest street in eNquthu and the township of Chatsworth. A deep and unspoken truth, representing the cultural legacy between two brothers, is at the centre of the series’ captivating plot. Showcasing local talent at its best, Imbewu: The Seed will see up-and-coming performers ply their craft alongside legendary actors.

The cross-cultural drama series is produced by Grapevine Productions, a joint venture between Videovision Entertainment, Word Of Mouth Pictures and Luyks Productions. Anant Singh from Videovision Entertainment and Duma Ndlovu from Word Of Mouth Pictures will be at the helm of the production of the show. Singh’s international recognition is overwhelming with credits that include the films Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom; the Oscar nominated Yesterday and Sarafina! both of which starred Leleti KhumaloSouth African audiences are very familiar with Ndlovu’s work. Having produced successful local soapies and drama series, Ndlovu’s name has become synonymous with excellence on the small screen.    Continue reading

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