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MTN Joyous Celebration founders would like to confirm the report by various sites claiming that the group’s bus was involved in an accident are false.

“It is disheartening to have to read about such false news, especially at a time like this when we have been praying for our land to receive healing. We are just concluding our 21stnational tour praying with communities to call on God our Almighty to heal our land. In this same token, we continue calling on all South Africans to pray without ceasing, this is one of the ailments that need divine intervention. The distasteful news has disturbed a lot of loyal MTN Joyous Celebration fans and supporters, who have been calling our offices hours on end to confirm this report,” says Pastor Jabu Hlongwane.

“We wish to assure our fans that all our members are in good health, and we are gearing up to serenade the Essence Festival Durban patrons on Sunday, 1 October with Bishop TD Jakes and Kimberley in November. We are also hard at work, preparing for Joyous 22 and all we can say about this is “watch this space’,” added Lindelani Mkhize

 

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Siphamandla Dama shows off the form he displayed in South Africa this season, in his first match for Selkirk on Saturday

Siphamandla Dama shows off the form he displayed in South Africa this season, in his first match for Selkirk on Saturday

Two of South Africa’s best club players are “living the dream” as the newest beneficiaries of the Gold Cup’s highly successful international player exchange programme.

Wing Clinton Wagman of Progress Rugby Club in George – who last week kicked off their maiden Gold Cup campaign with a win – and loose forward Siphamandla Dama of Belhar RFC in Cape Town will spend the next few months playing for Scottish first-division club Selkirk.

The pair were identified following their eye-catching performances in a series of televised Gold Cup qualifying matches held earlier this year as part of the new SuperSport Rugby Challenge.

The player exchange is part of an ongoing collaboration between SA Rugby, the British High Commission and Selkirk, aimed at giving the country’s best club players an once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience living and playing rugby in another country.

“The Gold Cup is all about providing club players with amazing opportunities and this exchange programme, now into its fourth year, is a great example of that,” said SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux. “Clinton and Siphamandla are getting the chance to experience rugby life in Scotland and we are confident that they will return as better players who are able to move up to higher levels of the game. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department handed over boxing equipment to the Dunoon Recreation Hub this weekend which will give many more aspiring athletes access to the sport. The handover is part of the City’s commitment to unlocking new opportunities for young people who attend its recreation hubs. Read more below:

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services handed over boxing equipment to the Dunoon Recreation Hub on Saturday 16 September 2017 during a tournament.

‘The Recreation and Parks Department is committed to ensuring that as many young people as possible have access to a variety of sporting codes and opportunities. The local boxing club will also be able to use the new equipment,’ said Alderman Smith.

‘I asked for the equipment to be sourced after visiting them during a tournament some months ago. At the time I marvelled at the enthusiasm and passion of the young boxers. I was also upset because of their lack of equipment, broken gloves and the fact that they had to share equipment transporting it from one match to the other. They deserve the best possible equipment and opportunities to be the next South African champions,’ added Alderman Smith. Continue reading

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With matches against teams from New Zealand and Australia awaiting all four South African franchises in 2018 and a new playoff format, the restructured 23rd edition of Vodacom Super Rugby promises to yet again be one of the most intense provincial competitions in the world.

Add to that a structural reform for the Sunwolves from Japan, which should make them much more competitive, and it’s clear that the standards will be improved next year. As announced in April this year, Vodacom Super Rugby will be changed from an 18-team, four conference format to a 15-team, three conference format in 2018.

The 2018 season will kick off in Cape Town at 15h05 on Saturday, 17 February when the DHL Stormers host the Jaguares from Argentina, with the second match, a replay of one of this year’s Qualifiers between the Emirates Lions and Cell C Sharks, set for the same day at 17h15 at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg.

The South African Conference kicks off a week earlier than in Australia and New Zealand, which allows an bye week for all four local teams between the final pool match before the June Test break, and the Springboks’ opening Test against England.

This will be the last time that Vodacom Super Rugby will break for the June Tests, as 2019 is a Rugby World Cup year and in 2020, the midyear Tests will move to July.

Each team will play 16 Conference matches – eight matches within their own Conference (home and away) and four matches against teams from each of the other Conferences (home or away). The elimination finals series will comprise eight teams, facing off in seven matches from 20/21 July until the Final on 4 August. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department gives insight into the life of one of the country’s anti-apartheid political activists with an exhibition that opened in Tafelsig earlier today. Hundreds of learners will have the opportunity to learn more about the life of Dulcie September as the exhibition will move to other suburbs in due course. Read more below:

The Dulcie September Travelling Exhibition, in conjunction with the Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, opened at the Wolfgat Environmental Education Multipurpose Centre in Tafelsig where learners from the Chris Hani High School in Khayelitsha and Cedar High School in Mitchells Plain had the first opportunity to peruse it.

The learners’ visit to the exhibition coincides with a programme aimed at raising awareness around issues of local history through workshops and exhibitions.

The exhibition commemorates September’s life through her family’s personal archives, police records, records from her Paris office and newspaper clippings. It will be open to the public today and tomorrow, before moving to the Athlone Civic Centre. Continue reading

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Seven renowned run crews will be vying for bragging rights as Joburg’s fastest run crew in a one-mile, seven lap relay, at this year’s Thesis Heri Run event on Friday, September 22.

Initiated by one of Soweto’s foremost running crews, Thesis Run Cru, the Thesis Heri Run has become an annual occasion in Soweto on Heritage Day weekend. This year will see the first Speed Edition, inspired by Nike’s Breaking2 project, as local athletes aspire to break barriers and compete for the title of “Jozi’s Fastest”.

In an unprecedented display of speed, the invited crews will put forward their seven fastest members to run the streets of Soweto, starting from the Nike Football Training Centre at 20:00pmon Friday evening. Each runner will complete a one-mile (1.6km) lap before handing over to the next member of their team.

The Speed Edition will also feature an all-star Nike crew of professional athletes and influencers.

In addition to the winning crew claiming the title of Joburg’s fastest crew and a trophy, there will also be medals awarded to: the fastest all-male crew, fastest all-female crew, fastest mixed crew, and fastest male and female individual.

Runners who are not participating in the event can still support their respective crews from the venue or at the cheer points on –route.

For more information visit http://thesislifestyle.co.za/ or www.nike.com/Joburg.

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An annual contribution of R1,5 million by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports to the Cape Town Opera leads to direct foreign investment amounting to R14,2 million to the province, youth upliftment, and the creation of countless job opportunities. This comes after a briefing this morning by the Cape Town Opera in the Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs and Sports in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.

I will be writing to the Western Cape MEC for Cultural Affairs and Sports, Anroux Marais, to determine what her Department is doing to increase funding to the arts in the province. The Operatic Arts are just one of the Western Cape’s leading cultural exports, which must be nurtured and protected.

Through shows which have toured Germany, Dubai, and Hong Kong, among others, the Cape Town Opera represents the cultural and artistic pride of the Western Cape Province as a leading source of world-class talent and operatic panache. These shows have brought R10,8 million to the province in 2016, and R14,2 million in 2017 thus far.

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Experienced flank Francois Louw and the uncapped Cell C Sharks duo of S’busiso Nkosi (wing) and Louis Schreuder (scrumhalf) were on Wednesday included in the Springbok squad for the two remaining home matches of the 2017 Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

Louw has played in 52 Tests for the Springboks and earns a recall to the squad after missing out on the June Tests due to a shoulder injury. He underwent a shoulder operation in May which ruled him out of the series against France.

Former Junior Springbok Nkosi is a strong performer on the wing for the Cell C Sharks in the Currie Cup to date after an impressive debut season in Vodacom Super Rugby. The 21-year-old is currently the joint top try scorer in the Currie Cup competition.

The 27-year old Schreuder is included as one of three scrumhalves in the group of 30 players. The No 9, a Springbok tourist in 2013, has continued with his good performances for the Cell C Sharks since joining the Durban-based province from the Southern Kings before the Currie Cup.

Schreuder, a star in Vodacom Super Rugby for the Southern Kings this year, replaces Francois Hougaard in the only change to the squad that returned from Australasia on Sunday.

Several Springbok regulars were not considered for selection because of injury. Coenie Oosthuizen suffered a broken arm in Perth against Australia two weeks ago, while flanker Jaco Kriel sustained a shoulder injury in the same match. He underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair the damage to his shoulder and will be out of action for the rest of the year. Continue reading

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The Currie Cup First Division teams will have everything to play for on Saturday in the third-last pool round of the competition – sponsored by Nashua and DirectAxis – as the top-end of the log begins to take shape and those languishing at the bottom could drop out of the running for semi-final berths.

The clash between the Hino Valke and Boland Cavaliers in Kempton Park should deliver exciting action given the balanced results between the sides and high stakes with the semi-final approaching.

While the hosts will be looking to work their way into the top four on the log, the Boland Cavaliers will be determined to remain in the top three. The Hino Valke won two of the last three home games against the Wellington side in the competition – the last of which was a convincing 76-12 victory – but the visitors from the Western Cape have won three of their last six match-ups.

The Down Touch Griffons, meanwhile, will have their sights on strengthening their position at the top of the standings and extending their unbeaten run to five matches when they face the winless Eastern Province in Welkom. Continue reading

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