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After months of international premieres and sold-out performances, director Oliver Hermanus’ latest film, MOFFIE, will premiere on the local circuit next week – finally reaching his “intended audience…my fellow South Africans.”

The story of a young conscript who battles to survive compulsory service in apartheid-South Africa’s military while confronting toxic masculinity and coming to terms with his sexual orientation, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September of last year. Since that sold-out performance in Italy, MOFFIE and Hermanus have garnered high praise from critics and audiences across the globe.

In recent weeks, in anticipation of the film’s South African premiere on 13 March, 2020, Hermanus shared and discussed the film with a select few gay men for whom he has great admiration, and sat down to talk about their experience of the word “moffie.” These conversations form part of the #calledamoffie campaign by Portobello Productions – the team behind the movie – to denuclearize the word and the hurt it has caused so many people. Videos of these conversations are available to watch on the film’s website, www.moffiefilm.com and features actor Armand Aucamp, comedians Marc Lottering, Pieter-Dirk Uys and Casper de Vries, TV and radio personality Rian van Heerden, politician Siphesihle Dube, fashion designer Lukhanyo Mdingi, business consultant and founder of the Gay Pages, Rubin van Niekerk, sexual health activist Phumlani Kango, and Damian Engelbrecht, the first openly gay contestant on the reality series Boer Soek ‘n Vrou. Among the topics the videos touch on, is how the word “moffie” has affected their lives.

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SA Rugby welcomed Mitchum SA into their sponsorship family after Mitchum secured a new one-year partnership as an associate sponsor for Vodacom Super Rugby.

Vodacom Super Rugby is the largest rugby union competition in the Southern Hemisphere, consisting of a total of 15 teams – five from New Zealand, four each from South Africa and Australia as well as one team each from Argentina and Japan – dating back to the 1990s.

“We are excited to welcome Mitchum to our sponsorship family and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with a partner that is enthusiastic about rugby and the sustainability of the game,” said Jurie Roux, SA Rugby CEO.

“To attract such a sponsor in a tough economic climate is not only testimony to the lure of rugby as a sport and Vodacom Super Rugby as one of the top sporting competitions in South Africa, but also for the return on investment that Mitchum see in associating with SA Rugby and our brands.”

Roux said Mitchum has come on board as one of two associate sponsors to Vodacom Super Rugby and formed an integral part of SA Rugby’s plans of improving the quality of rugby to the fans each year.

“Without sponsors, sport will struggle and we’re fortunate that we have South African companies that are passionate about growing rugby,” Roux added.

Ndungu Wanjohi, Marketing Director at Revlon South Africa, said: “Mitchum is excited to come on board as an associate sponsor for the international competition.

“The association of our brand and that of Vodacom Super Rugby is a natural one that serves Mitchum and our strategy in a manner that makes sense for many reasons. We believe this new sponsorship deal will take our brand exposure to even greater heights.

“The sponsorship of Vodacom Super Rugby represents a renewed and passionate commitment by us to the future of the sport in South Africa with a particular emphasis on the ever-growing support which Vodacom Super Rugby is enjoying year on year.”

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The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, has received the findings of the Department of Community Safety’s Docket Archive Store (DAS) Assessment Project.

This assessment highlighted, amongst others, that the Integrated Case Docket Management System (ICDMS) is not being effectively used. The total cost of implementing ICDMS in SAPS stations and courts was R613.5 million in 2017.

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The Cell C Sharks tackle the Jaguares in Durban on Saturday afternoon in their first game since returning from their successful Vodacom Super Rugby tour of Australasia. The match kicks off at 15h05 and will be televised live on SuperSport1. 

The Durban side can top the South African Conference if they beat the formidable South American outfit, as the DHL Stormers, who are currently in the lead on the log, have a bye this weekend.

The Emirates Lions will be the first South African team in action on Saturday in their round-six encounter with the Rebels in Melbourne, where the action gets underway at 10h15 (SA time).

In Pretoria, meanwhile, the Vodacom Bulls will be desperate for their first win of the season when they host the Highlanders in a late afternoon kick-off at Loftus Versfeld (17h15).

Alberts and Simelane start for Emirates Lions in Melbourne

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The inclusion of Springbok flank Willem Alberts is one of three changes to the Emirates Lions’ starting team for their clash against the Rebels in Melbourne on Saturday. The match starts at 10h15 (SA time) and will be televised live on SuperSport1.

Alberts, who-rejoined the Joburg side earlier this year after playing club rugby in France, comes into the starting team in the back row to replace the injured Vincent Tshituka.

In the front row, Pieter Jansen is handed a start in the No 2-jersey, with Jan-Henning Campher moving to the replacement bench. The outside centre berth goes to Wandisile Simelane and Manuel Rass drops out of the matchday 23 this week.

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department is currently conducting emergency repairs on the 300mm water supply main feeding the Montague Gardens area. Read more below:

The Water and Sanitation Department is currently conducting emergency repairs on the 300mm water supply main feeding the Montague Gardens area. This will involve the repair of a major leak as well as the maintenance of critical valves on the water main.

The repair work will result in the disruption of the water supply until the work is completed.

All taps should be kept closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused while conducting these emergency repairs.

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Finding love online is not a strange phenomenon these days and soulmates are literally found at the click of a button.

This is also the topic of Pieter Marcato’s brand new single, SWIPE REGS, which has just been released. “One of my best friends recently married his soulmate. They met on a dating app and it made me realize that people can find each other in different ways,” the musician explains about the inspiration behind his second solo release.

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Busiswa Lutshaba (33) is a dynamic emerging entrepreneur, born and bred in the vibrant community of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, the third biggest township in South Africa.

In 2015, with a passion for people and budding business savvy, Busiswa founded Blu Space Communications SA, a Public Relations boutique that works with emerging local entrepreneurs, providing them with essential communication services and to help them bridge the gap with corporates and the government.

Responding to an open call by Soapbox, a digital agency that helps small businesses with financial inclusion, the dynamic emerging entrepreneur, made it to the top 5 and later became the first social entrepreneur of the Unboxed Incubator Programme.

To unpack Busiswa’s growth potential, Unboxed, set up a campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy to raise funds to assist her with a three-year strategic development plan for her business. The fund will also help cover Busiswa’s financial business needs such as equipment to create professional content for her clients.

The crowdfunding campaign went live on 1 February 2020 and has thus far raised a total of R9165.83 towards her fundraising target of R40 000.00 with contributions from 29 donors. Busiswa is hoping to have reached her target by the 14 March, when funds are due.

“We believe by helping Busiswa we create an active and self-sustaining economy in Khayelitsha. The long term effects are aiding to financial inclusion and the betterment of socio-economic standards.” – says Ruben Hazelzet from Soapbox.

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While the Isuzu Southern Kings will be playing for pride in their eight remaining Guinness PRO14 pool matches, the heat will be on for the Toyota Cheetahs, whose playoff fate will be decided by a series of home matches as the round-robin stages reaches the business end of the competition.

A series of wasted opportunities and costly errors again left the teams on the wrong side of the scoreboard this past weekend, with the Toyota Cheetahs going down 13-10 against the Dragons in Newport (click here for the match report), while the Isuzu Southern Kings suffered a 29-19 defeat against Connacht in Port Elizabeth (the match report is available here).

The defeat for the Free Staters saw them remain in fourth place in the Conference A log – two points behind the Glasgow Warriors, who are expected to be their main contenders for a playoff spot.

Fortunately for the Toyota Cheetahs, seven of their remaining eight matches will be played in South Africa, with six of them being at home in Bloemfontein.

Toyota Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie was disappointed that his team allowed a 10-0 lead to slip against the Dragons, and said they needed to be further ahead to challenge for the victory.

“We didn’t get enough points on the board in the first half when the wind behind us was unbelievably strong,” said Fourie.

“Being 10 points ahead wasn’t good enough, and we needed to take our chances. Unfortunately some passes were dropped and penalties given away, and it cost us.

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What to do when your coach calls you off the bench with one second (and basically one play) left on the clock and your side trail the World Series champions by seven points in the final of the HSBC LA Sevens?

If your name is Branco du Preez, you first execute the perfect restart to hand your side the possession, then you score a try and convert it from a tight angle two minutes into injury time.

And then, in extra time, you again run strongly, make a crucial tackle and celebrate when the team pull off one of the most unlikely victories seen in the 21 years of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

If Hollywood, and Los Angeles in particular and the USA in general, are the places where dreams come true, Du Preez, South Africa’s most capped player in the World Series, can tell you all about it.

He lifted the USA crown four times when the tournament was played in Las Vegas and this weekend in Los Angeles, it was yet another gold medal around his neck, something that Du Preez described as a phenomenal feeling.

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