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Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies will reach a special milestone when he runs out for his 100th Vodacom Super Rugby match in the colours of the Emirates Lions, when they take on the Brumbies at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon.

Jantjies reached his century at this level in last year’s Vodacom Super Rugby final, but he also has 13 caps for the DHL Stormers to his name. At 17h15 on Saturday, he will become the first player to represent the Emirates Lions in 100 matches.

Only 23 South African players have achieved the milestone of playing 100 matches for only one team.

The match on the Highveld is one of only two in South Africa in Round 14. The other local match kicks off at 15h05 in Durban, where the Cell C Sharks will host the Chiefs.

The two other SA teams, the DHL Stormers and the Vodacom Bulls, both have away assignments on Saturday. The Capetonians face the Sunwolves in the first Vodacom Super Rugby match in Hong Kong (07h15, SA time), while in the last fixture of the weekend, the Vodacom Bulls will take on the much-improved Jaguares in Buenos Aires (23h40, SA time).

Jantjies will be hoping to steer a reshuffled Emirates Lions team back to winning ways after they suffered three losses on the bounce in Australasia. The Highvelders’ pivot made his tournament debut in 2011 and has scored 906 points to date, in 112 Vodacom Super Rugby matches.

The Cell C Sharks have performed well against Kiwi opposition this year, winning two of three against the New Zealanders, and their supporters will be hoping that Robert du Preez’s side can rediscover that good form when they entertain the Chiefs in Durban.

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Kathu and Montagu are best known for mining and muskadel, but this weekend these towns will witness mauls, tries and tackles when the SuperSport Rugby Challenge rolls through. The action will also return to Oudtshoorn on Sunday, when the third Rugby Festival – a double-header of provincial matches and a Gold Cup qualifier – takes place at the Bridgton Sportsground.

And two of the frontrunners, the iCOLLEGE Pumas and Toyota Free State XV, will be returning to their big stadium home bases in Nelspruit and Bloemfontein respectively, confirming the tournament’s versatility when it comes to bigger or smaller venues.

Action kicks off on Friday already, with a mouth-watering clash in Bloemfontein, where the undefeated Toyota Free State XV host the Cell C Sharks XV in a Central Section clash. Both sides scored impressive wins in Rustenburg last weekend and this match will kick-off what should be another try-fest.

Both teams have scored an average of six tries per match so far. In fact, no less than 232 tries have been scored in the 24 SuperSport Rugby Challenge matches played so far, averaging almost 10 tries per match.

Tafel Lager Griquas are leading the try-scoring stakes, with 24 tries in three matches, and they will be looking to add to that in Kathu, where they host the Down Touch Griffons at the Sivos Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the other Central Section match (the Leopards have a bye) this weekend.

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Alan Committie, the star of Defending the Caveman, comes to the Baxter Flipside from 29 May to 16 June at 8pm nightly, with a brand-new, hilarious exploration of the battle of the sexes (and the exes) called Love Factually.

After 963 performances of Defending the Caveman, Committie decided it was time to take a fresh look at relationships, so he wrote and performed Love Factually to critical and commercial acclaim. The show has had three sold out seasons in Johannesburg, a successful season in the UK where it debuted at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking, England in 2016 and was last seen in a sold out run at Theatre on the Bay.

Committie now brings his hit show to the Baxter Flipside in 2018 with a fresh look at relationships. For a short season, he will wow audiences with his family-friendly, high energy antics and delight people who are in relationships, leaving relationships or once read about relationships.

Recognized as one of South Africa’s leading stand-up comedians and renowned master of ceremonies (having hosted six Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards, nine Jive Cape Town Funny Festivals and seven Sunday Times Top 100 companies awards evenings amongst many others), Committie is a multiple award-winning actor. His accolades include a Fleur du Cap Best Actor award for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and a South African Film and TV Best Supporting Actor award winner for Laugh Out Loud.

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British Airways is adding some extra sparkle to customers’ journeys ahead of His Royal Highness Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle.

To celebrate the Royal wedding, the BA93 on May 19 to Toronto – the city where their relationship took off – will be operated by an all-star crew of only Meghan and Harry’s.

The 10-strong cabin crew, made up of two Harry’s, seven Megan’s and one Meghan, will operate the flight that departs Heathrow at 1.10pm, an hour after the couple say ‘I Do’ at Windsor Castle, just seven miles from the airport. Senior First Officer, Harry Blake, will be behind the controls of the flight deck, alongside the Captain.

To celebrate the Royal couple, any customer departing from Terminal 5 on the big day, who is called Harry, Meghan or Megan and their travel companions, will be invited to use the airline’s First lounge, accessed through the exclusive First Wing.

The celebrations won’t stop there as individual lemon and elderflower Victoria sponges; the same flavour as Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake, will be given out to customers departing from Heathrow on May 19.

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eMedia Investments, owner of and eNCA, will launch a second television news channel to be broadcast on its OpenView platform. OpenNews will launch in the last quarter of 2018 and will have its own management, identity and look distinctively different from eNCA.

eMedia Investments Chief Executive Officer, André van der Veen says, “OpenNews will be broadcast out of the Cape Town studios, offering viewers an integrated news channel combining short format news, onscreen information and links with selected social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, and a proprietary app. Openview viewers consume news differently from traditional news broadcasts”.

“eMedia Investments has the talent, knowledge and experience to launch South Africa’s first satellite free-to-air television news channel. OpenNews will be an independent news service, but hosts will be encouraged to ‘to take a view’ on regional, international, sports, entertainment and financial news.”

The line-up will also syndicate the recently launched entertainment programme, The Spotlight with Tanya Nefdt and two new current affairs shows – The Modise Network, and The Fix with Karima Brown.

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Entry to the Springbok Experience, SA Rugby’s internationally acclaimed interactive rugby museum in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, will be free of charge on Friday, 18 May 2018, as part of the worldwide celebration of International Museum Day.

The Springbok Experience, that was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2017 by TripAdvisor, has officially registered and actively participating with the International Museum Council (Museums of the World) and will like last year, celebrate International Museum Day with other museums around the country and the world. In 2017, more than 36,000 museums participated in the event in some 157 countries.

“This year marks the 41st anniversary of International Museum Day and we’re proud to be part of this worldwide event,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

“The Springbok Experience provides us with the vehicle of telling many stories of rugby’s past that wasn’t part of the international story in years gone by. It also allows us to paint a clear picture of the role our wonderful game has played in the history of South Africa.”

The theme for 2018 is “Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics”.

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Four South African referees, Quinton Immelman, Cwengile Jadezweni, Rasta Rasivhenge and Egon Seconds, have been nominated to take charge of the forthcoming Africa Gold Cup Test matches.

The four South African match officials will referee in the nine Tests between Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe from 16 June to 18 August. The matches will be played in Windhoek, Harare, Nairobi and Kampala.

Jadezweni has also been appointed to referee the Elgon Cup Test between Uganda and Kenya on Saturday, 26 May in Kampala.

Furthermore, four of South Africa’s best up-and-coming referees will be involved in two Sevens tournaments in the coming months.

Lusanda Mtiya and Ashleigh Murray will officiate in the Africa Women’s Sevens tournament in Gaborone (Botswana) on 26 and 27 May, while they will be joined by Paul Mente and Johre Botha in Swakopmund (Namibia) from 12 to 14 July for the World University Games Rugby Sevens tournament.

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, said: “We have a clear objective to assist with growing the game in the rest of Africa and by sending our best match officials to the various Tests and tournaments on the continent, and supporting the Rugby Africa by availing our top referees, we are fulfilling that objective. Continue reading

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The MyCiTi service resumed operations this morning, 15 May 2018, after buses were grounded for nearly a month due to the nationwide strike action affecting the South African bus industry. The City expects that the buses on most of the routes will soon operate on schedule as the service settles in. Read more below:

The vehicle operating companies operating the MyCiTi service informed the City that about 80% of the buses were on the road during the morning peak hour period. Minor delays were experienced on some of the MyCiTi routes. However, it is expected that the service will be operating on schedule within the next 24 hours, if not sooner.

The City wants to inform those commuters with monthly MyCiTi tickets that they will be reimbursed for the number of days that they could not make use of the service due to the strike action and which resulted in the buses being grounded.

According to the City’s records, up to 1 184 commuters may have to be reimbursed.

The monthly ticket holders are advised to please complete a reimbursement form that will be available at some of the MyCiTi station kiosks as from 26 May 2018. Monthly ticket holders are requested to please submit their reimbursement forms by 4 June 2018 at the latest.

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Get ready for a top-class comedy ensemble show, featuring Dan Nicholl as your hilarious host, with some of Cape Town favourite comedians. The line up includes Kurt Schoonraad, Stuart Taylor, KG Mokgadi and Rob van Vuuren, not forgetting the improv comedy genius, Chris Forrest.

Dan Nicholl has made a big name for himself as an excellent MC for some of South Africa’s biggest events, including the Sport Industry Awards, the Cape Wine Auction, the BMW International Polo Series, the Absa Cape Epic, and many others. Internationally he has also hosted some impressive sporting events like the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland for several years, the Emirates Invitational in Abu Dhabi, Beyond Sport United at Yankee Stadium and the Mauritius Open, to name a few.

The show’s exceptional line-up of comedians features some of South Africa’s best-known and funniest talent.

Kurt Schoonraad and Stuart Taylor must be two of the country’s most recognisable faces thanks to their popular TV show Going Nowhere Slowly. Both comedians’ careers have taken off since the show aired in 2005. They have each been regulars on television game shows, stand-up comedy and performing one-man shows on the professional comedy circuit.

Rob van Vuuren is also one of the country’s most popular funny men. He has acted in numerous television shows and a few movies. He has been nominated for four Fleur Du Cap awards and won the inaugural Comics Choice Breakthrough Award in 2011 and has two Standard Bank Ovation Awards.

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Johannesburg – South Africa has withdrawn its ambassador to Israel following deadly protests on the Gaza border that saw dozens of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said on Monday.

Earlier, reports emerged that at least 41 Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire in the latest in a round of protests dubbed the “Great March of Return”, health officials said.

It was the highest Palestinian death toll in a single day since a series of protests began at the border with Israel on March 30 and since the 2014 Gaza war.

The health officials said 900 Palestinians were wounded, about 450 of them by live bullets.

Dirco in a statement condemned the “latest act of violent aggression” carried out by Israeli troops.

“The South African government condemns in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border which has led to the deaths of over 40 civilians.

“The victims were taking part in peaceful protests against the provocative inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The latest has resulted in scores of other Palestinian citizens reported injured, and the wanton destruction of property.”

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