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BrightRock announces “The Play the Bounce Braai” and “My Training Day with the Springboks” to raise funds for the recipients of the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund

(South Africa, May 2017) Life insurance industry heavyweight, BrightRock, has teamed up with the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund to host The Play the Bounce Braai in Johannesburg on 20 June 2017, just ahead of the third and final Springbok vs France Test Match. This fun event will be attended by the full Springbok team and management in an effort to raise much needed funds for the Players’ Fund and will be followed by a special rugby training day for young players selected from the Gauteng area on 21 June 2017.

Proceeds of the two events will go to the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund to support rugby players who have sustained catastrophic head, neck or spinal cord injuries while on the field.

Festivities will kick off on Tuesday 20 June at Café Cru at the Southern Sun Montecasino, where guests will have an opportunity to enjoy a typical South African braai in the company of the entire Springbok team and management, not to mention a number of former icons of the game.

Attendees will also have a chance to show off their sporting knowledge with a fun, rugby-themed quiz where they will be joined up with the players to bolster their competitive edge. Incredible prizes will also be up for grabs on the night, including a Springbok match-day, team photo opportunity, dinner for 20 people with two former Springboks prepared by a private chef, and signed sport memorabilia. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to rub shoulders with the boys in green and gold in the name of a good cause! Continue reading

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Rugby will make its much-anticipated debut at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday 16 June when former Cell C Sharks favourite Fred Michalak will lead out a star-studded French Barbarians side against the SA ‘A’ team in Durban on Youth Day. This match will kick-off at 16h45.

Over that weekend, the City of Durban will proudly host not just this festival match, but also the Castle Lager Incoming Series Test between the Springboks and France at Growthpoint Kings Park, on Saturday 17 June (kick-off at 17h00).

Commenting on these matches, The Sharks CEO, Gary Teichmann, said: “We are happy to be associated with this historic match, which the eThekwini Municipality-Moses Mabhida Stadium has been instrumental in bringing to Durban.

“We at The Sharks are gearing up to host an exciting Test Match the following day and the support of our community is instrumental to the success of this double-header weekend of rugby in our province.” Continue reading

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Unfathered by Dr Disa Mogashana is a gripping account of her life with an absent father. Inspired by dreams about her father to pen down the book, Disa gives a deeply emotional account of how not having her biological father in her life affected her childhood and self-confidence.

Disa alerts parents to the consequences of physical and emotional absence and its effects on children – particularly the absence of a father on a girl child.

The story starts off with her birth to a 19 year old mom in 1982, who is abandoned by her lover to raise a child and the complex relationship formed between mother and child as a consequence.

In the book, Disa relives the loss of her grandfather and uncle who assumed the role of father and what those losses meant to her. But in all this yearning for a loving relationship with her dad, there is the contrast of the father figures that come into her life, in her stepfather, her father in law and her husband, as father to their children.

Unfathered challenges those who grew up without their fathers like Disa to overcome their hurt. “You can only change that which you acknowledge, allow my story to help you acknowledge your own challenges and give you the courage to move on from it.”

“Through writing this book I found healing in some areas of my life. I have hope that through reading my story you are encouraged to also find healing in your own life. To be aware of potential blind spots in your own relationships. Whatever you hold back in your life holds you back, whatever you have buried buries you.”

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Seasoned and senior political reporters, Thulasizwe Simelane and Xoli Mngambi bring their extensive field reporting experience to The PolitBureau studio.

The PolitBureau, hosted by Thulasizwe Simelane and Xoli Mngambi, makes its debut on eNCA this Sunday, 21 May at 10:30am. The show promises to go beyond the spin, analyse the policy, and reveal what’s really at stake in the battles between personalities and ideologies in South Africa’s political space.

eNCA Channel News Director Mapi Mhlangu says eNCA is dedicating its top talent to helping viewers navigate the choppy political waters of 2017. “Simelane and Mngambi have a record of asking the tough questions on issues that matter, of people who do not necessarily want to answer. They will now use this experience to examine South African politics on a weekly basis; what was said, who said it, what it means and sometimes what was not said, and why,” she says. Continue reading

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Celeste Adonis, Nolusindiso Booi and Tayla Kinsey, who played at the 2014 Women’s World Cup in France, are amongst a group of 42 players who were invited to the second national women’s training camp as the squad will pick up their preparations for their UK tour in October.

The four-day training camp will take place at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS) from Thursday, 25 May, to Sunday, 28 May, where the focus will be on measuring the improvement in their fitness levels and fine-tuning their structures. The camp marks the second of the season and follows on another hosted in Cape Town in October last year.

The SA Select Women will travel to the UK on 11 October in what will mark the first national women’s tour since the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup, where they will play two matches against the England Academy team and one against the British Army.

The players will have medical and fitness tests on the opening day of the camp, which will be followed by a series of training sessions and a match on Saturday, which will feature the Springbok Women’s Sevens players and a few invitational players. The combined group will be split into two squads, which will face one another. Continue reading

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The doors to one of Cape Town’s top-rated tourist attractions, the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, will be thrown open tomorrow as SA Rugby marks International Museum Day on 18 May.

Entry will be free of charge into the internationally acclaimed interactive rugby museum in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, which was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2016 by TripAdvisor.

Furthermore, all merchandise at the concept store will be discounted by 10% on Thursday only. Opening hours are from 09h00 to 17h00 (last entry at 16h30).

“This year marks the 40th anniversary of International Museum Day and we’re proud to be part of tens of thousands of museums in almost 150 countries across the globe participating in this event annually,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

“The theme for 2017 is ‘Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums’ and we believe that by telling many stories of rugby’s past that wasn’t part of the international story in years gone by, we paint a clear picture of the role our wonderful game has played in the history of South Africa.” Continue reading

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SA Rugby Sevens Academy player, Marco Labuschagne, has joined the Springbok Sevens team in London for this weekend’s HSBC London Sevens after Tim Agaba was ruled out because of a knee injury he sustained in Paris last weekend.

Agaba will be replaced in the 12-man squad by Sandile Ngcobo, who travelled to Paris as the official reserve player, and Labuschagne will now fill that vacancy in the touring squad.

The 19-year-old Labuschagne, who matriculated from Voortrekker High School in Bethlehem last year, has been with the SA Rugby Sevens Academy in Stellenbosch since the beginning of the year and was extremely happy and proud to get the call-up.

“I am so excited,” said Labuschagne.

“This is a massive opportunity for me, even if I don’t get a chance to play. Just to be with the squad and experience the series is already a highlight for me.

“The Academy has been great for my development as player and amongst other things, taught me patience. Coaches Marius Schoeman and Paul Delport are really good in what they do and I have learned so much from them. We all want to play, but sometimes you have to wait your chance. Continue reading

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Radio Raps, also known as Jonathan van die Oos-Rand, ventures to Cape Town in May 2017 to deliver his latest one man show, Dingetjies en Goetertjies, to his local fans. He will unpack the ups and downs of everyday life in his characteristic comical style at the Grand Arena on 19 May 2017.

Known for phrases such as “Lekker boys”, “Da vat hy”, “Okeey” en “Olraait”, Jonathan van die Oos Rand emerged on the local entertainment scene when online radio station, Radio Raps posted some of his original material on YouTube. The clips received more than three million views within eight months.

Now he fills venues across the country and has made a number of television appearances. In August 2014, he released his first CD, Da Vat Hy – Volume 1, featuring his most popular jokes and stories as well as new material. In 2015, a DVD of his successful Life 101 show was released and has reached gold status.  A second live performance, Life 201, was also recorded and released on DVD in 2016. Dingetjies en Goetertjies, follows the success of his previous one man production, Laat ek Jou So Sê, and is jam packed with new, original material.

The show has an age restriction of 16 and will take place at 20h00, with the doors to the Grand Arena opening at 19h00. Tickets are priced from R150 to R170 per person at Computicket.

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The multichannel offering is growing, with the introduction of 4 new e-channels, to the DStv platform from 17 May 2017. This major partnership means that multichannel now offers movies, series and kids’ programming to millions of new viewers.

eExtra (Channel 195) is the home of premium entertainment in HD offering international series, reality shows, telenovelas and quality dramas like House and Burn Notice, with a focus on young, urban, modern and cosmopolitan content.

eMovies+ (Channel 138) is the go-to destination for wall-to-wall entertainment, covering all genres from Romance to Comedy, Drama to Action and family-friendly films. Expect a good fight, a good laugh, and 24-hour superstars.

eMovies Extra (Channel 140) is the home of big-screen legends and Hollywood favourites, broadcasting blockbuster Action and Suspense movies in prime time and family-friendly movies, during the daytime hours.

eToonz+ (Channel 311) offers children’s programming for toddlers to tweens, offering endless adventures and exciting tales – a world of animated and live-action fun.
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