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Johan du Toit, the younger brother of Pieter-Steph du Toit, is in line to make his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the DHL Stormers if he comes off the replacements bench against the Emirates Lions at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

With Cobus Wiese ruled out due to a shoulder injury, Nizaam Carr moves into the starting line-up with Du Toit providing loose forward cover.

There are just two changes to the DHL Stormers forward pack that started in the 34-26 victory against the Chiefs last week, with Pieter-Steph du Toit named at lock and Frans Malherbe rotating with Wilco Louw at tighthead prop.

The only change to the backline sees Jano Vermaak return to the team after being sidelined with concussion last week, with Godlen Masimla getting an opportunity to provide scrumhalf cover on the replacements bench.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team face another serious test against the Emirates Lions, which makes for a mouth-watering South African Vodacom Super Rugby derby.

“The support we got last week at DHL Newlands was simply phenomenal and we would love to see people turn out in their numbers to support us again.

“The players have worked hard again this week and we know that we will have to be as sharp as ever if we are to maintain our winning momentum,” he said.

DHL Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Johan du Toit (Vodacom Super Rugby debut), 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Dan Kriel.

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The South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) has issued a statement advising that the nationwide strike in the bus industry has been settled.

The General Secretary of the Bargaining Council, Gary Wilson stated that the majority of the parties accepted the offer that was tabled and that in terms of the SARPBAC constitution, this will be binding on all the parties that are represented in the Council.

He further noted that the drafting of the agreement will be concluded during the course of next week where after the signing of the agreement will take place. The details of the settlement have not as yet been released.

As a result of the settlement, Golden Arrow will resume services tomorrow, Saturday 15th April. However due to the Easter break and the unexpected speedy resolution of the strike, a skeleton staff will be on duty.

Passengers are advised to contact the Transport Information Centre on 0800 656463 to ascertain the availability of buses and clipcards that had been valid during the strike will be accepted.

Golden Arrow Bus Services wishes to commend all parties for the speedy resolution of the strike and once more apologises to its passengers for the inconvenience suffered during this period.

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Loooong weekends are upon us, which are both a relaxing time away from the 9 to 5 and a potentially stressful time on the busy roads. To find the road-trip sweet spot and enjoy the drive, the king of the road has put together some useful travel tips to keep your wheels rolling on your breakaway.

The serious stuff (non-negotiable)
· Break your trip into shorter stretches. So, if you’re driving to Cape Town from Joeys, consider sleeping over in Beaufort West and enjoying some Karoo dining before heading out the following morning. There’s something to be said for the journey after all.
· Getting stuck on the side of the road or in the middle of traffic is a sure-fire way to spoil your fun before it’s even begun. So, make sure that your car is serviced, the tyres are checked, and that you have a spare under the homemade rusks and hiking boots in the back. Just in case…
· Traffic is bound to spike around this time, so prepare yourself mentally… Pump up the sing-along music when you drive into congestion, and keep calm. Road rage will put you and your family at increased risk, and simply isn’t worth the stress. So, hit the road with the right mind-set.
· Officers are on high alert during this time of the year! So, make sure that you adhere to all the rules of the road, that you have your driver’s and vehicle licence at hand, and that your car is roadworthy. Remember, your insurance cover is linked to conditions, and if these aren’t met your car won’t be covered. These conditions typically include meeting the roadworthy requirements and taking reasonable safety measures. Continue reading

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The Blitzboks realise the importance of a strong start in the HSBC Singapore Sevens in the Singapore National Stadium this weekend and coach Neil Powell is keen for his side to build up winning momentum again.

The Springbok Sevens team won five of six matches in Hong Kong last weekend, but lost 22-0 to Fiji in the Cup final. The defeat was only the fourth in 42 matches as South Africa made a number of basic errors in the match.

The result did not impact on the Blitzboks’ lead in the overall standings of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with the team still maintaining a 23 point lead. Singapore is the eighth of ten tournaments in the series.

Powell points to the importance of starting well against Japan, their first opponent in Pool B in Singapore.

“We need to start well and build momentum from there, so in a way, the Japan match is the most important one of the tournament, as it will set the tone,” said Powell. Continue reading

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13 April 2017: Johannesburg – Black owned and operated media company MSG Afrika Group, has announced the appointment of renowned radio practitioner Bob Mabena as their Group Head of Programming of their subsidiary MSG Broadcasting effective 01 May 2017.

In his new role at MSG Broadcasting, Mabena will oversee talent and content output in the four group stations namely; Limpopo’s Hottest Frequency; Capricorn FM, Gauteng based talk radio station, POWER 98.7 and soon to be launched Rhythm FM and Beat FM in the and Eastern Cape and Free State, respectively. Mabena will also support individual station managers in deriving commercial value for their clients.

His impressive radio management journey started in 1996 as a Programmes Manager at PRIMEDIA owned Highveld Stereo (94.7). In 1999, he joined Kaya FM as breakfast show host and Programmes Manager and later Station Manager. Mabena returned to the PRIMEDIA Group as Group Business Development Manager for two and half years. He later moved on to the SABC as Executive Manager: Commercial Radio responsible for METRO FM, 5FM and Good Hope FM. Continue reading

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This from channel24.com:

Cape Town – The out-of-cash SABC is set to scrap the debilitating 90% local content broadcasting decree introduced in July 2016 that completely drained the SABC’s coffers, disrupted its income streams and ad revenue, and saw listeners and viewers flee.

The Post reports that the SABC’s new interim board is urgently set to scrap and “overturn” the local content decree that was unilaterally introduced by the public broadcaster’former chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng in mid-July that decimated SABC audiences ranging from the listenership of radio stations like Lotus FM to TV channels like SABC3.

Parliament’s special ad hoc committee investigating maladministration within the SABC was told in January that Motsoeneng’s abrupt and unilateral local content edict which he several times claimed personal credit for as his sole idea, was never a policy and was never tabled before the SABC board as a decision for a vote.

The SABC’s new interim board, tasked with trying to save the beleaguered South African public broadcaster, is now taking action to “overturn” the 90% local content implementation.

Full story here:

http://www.channel24.co.za/TV/News/will-the-sabc-say-bye-bye-to-90-20170412

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Springbok Sevens forward, Chris Dry, may be closing in on the all-time South African appearance record, but he still feels energetic and young with the HSBC Singapore Sevens looming.

The 29-year-old will be contesting his 60th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in a Blitzboks jersey, only eight shy of Frankie Horne’s mark of 68, but according to Dry, there are more tournaments to be won with the team before thinking about personal milestones.

The Blitzboks arrived in Singapore with seven consecutive finals appearances and tournament victories for the 2016/17 season in the bag, but Dry admits more hard work needs to be done if they want to maintain their run.

“We played five good matches in Hong Kong last week and one bad one, where basic mistakes cost us dearly,” Dry said. Continue reading

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

As the period of Lent comes to an end and the Easter weekend is upon us, it is my hope that residents have been fulfilled during this spiritual period signified by reflection, sacrifices and resurrection.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I wish to extend my warmest Easter wishes to all residents and visitors. May you have a happy, blessed time as you relax and spend time with your loved ones.

Many families will also be travelling into and out of the city and I appeal to all travellers to please be careful and safe on the roads. Remember to buckle up all passengers, be alert on the road, and take time to rest between long drives.

This time of the year is unfortunately always marred by a large number of deaths on our roads which are mostly avoidable and I appeal to all drivers: please do not drink and drive and be extra cautious on the roads this weekend. Your actions can cause the loss of innocent lives.

Our safety and security teams, including traffic officers, Metro Police, and Law Enforcement officers, will be out on the roads over this weekend to keep residents and our roads safe.

I also make a special appeal to all parents and communities to keep an eye on our young children over the holiday period. Please do not allow children to wander out of your sight as it is our duty to take care of and protect our young children.

Once again, I wish all residents and visitors a blessed and happy Easter.

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Temporary road closures will be in place in the southern suburbs to accommodate the various events that are part of the annual Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. Read more below:

Cape Town will once again be the proud host of the largest running event on the African continent. More than 30 000 runners from around the world will pound the streets this weekend, participating in the fun-run, the half-marathon, or the ultra-marathon.

To accommodate the various events over this race weekend, temporary road closures will be in place. This will affect the normal flow of traffic in and around the southern suburbs. Road users are asked to plan their routes accordingly.

A detailed breakdown of the closures/restrictions and deviations is available on the City’s website here:http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media Centre Assets/RoadClosures_TwoOceansMarathon.pdf

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Top female referee Aimee Barrett-Theron will officiate two Women’s Rugby World Cup warm-up matches in New Zealand in June, as she prepares to take the whistle at the international spectacle in Ireland in August.

Barrett-Theron was appointed as the referee for the matches between Australia and England at the Jerry Collins Stadium in Porirua on 9 June, and Australia and Canada at Smallbone Park in Rotorua on 17 June.

She will also serve as an assistant referee in the matches between Canada and England on 13 June and New Zealand and Australia on 13 June at Rugby Park in Christchurch.

Barrett-Theron is the only South African referee on the World Cup panel which consists of 14 match officials in total – nine referees and five assistant referees.

Australia’s Amy Perrett and Graham Cooper, Tim Baker from Hong Kong, Ireland’s Joy Neville and Sean Gallagher, Sara Cox and Claire Hodnett from England, and Spain’s Alhambra Nievas were the other referees named on the World Cup panel.  Continue reading

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