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South African referees Craig Joubert, Rasta Rasivhenge, Marius van der Westhuizen, Ben Crouse and Aimee Barrett were named among an elite group of international referees selected to officiate at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in August, World Rugby announced on Monday.

Crouse, Joubert, Van der Westhuizen and Rasivhenge were named on the 12-member panel for the men’s tournament, from 9 to 11 August, while Rasivhenge will double up on the panel named for the women’s tournament alongside Barrett from 6 to 8 August at the Deodora Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

With the 2016 Games marking 92 years since rugby featured at the Olympics, the tournament will mark a significant occasion in each of the five referees’ careers. Continue reading

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Paul Roos got the 2016 Mutual and Federal Interschools off to a winning start with a 36-21 win over Grey High on Saturday.

The home team dominated proceedings for most of the match but had to dig deep to withstand a second half onslaught from the PE side.

Live-wire Paul Roos flanker, Hanré du Toit, was first to cross the try line in the ninth minute after sustained pressure by the home side.

Captain, Damian Willemse, made no mistake with the boot taking his side to 7-0.

Grey closed the gap 10 minutes later through a Josiah Boafu try after some free flowing running rugby sparked by SA Schools eighth man, Kwezi Mafu. Flyhalf, Lubabalo Dobela, slotted the conversion to level the scores. Continue reading

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“Just people – but are often not recognized for who they are but as the scum of the earth.” The homeless. Street People. We pretend not to see them, look directly past them – never at them. Sometimes we pretend they don’t exist and the smell is just horrible “dammit, they could at least have a wash!”. Then we meet Kathleen Marion Jacobs. Suddenly things didn’t make sense to her, nothing was too clear, then she started running. Far away from normal, her everyday life, it suddenly seemed strange to her. Away from all that was familiar to her. Family, friends, the school where she was a history teacher and the children who laughed at her. Katie is a famous “Bergie” on Greenmarket Square, full of story tales.

Everyone knows her and she knows everyone, a smile and a chuckle will cost you nothing, but if it’s a life lesson, it costs R5.00! Katie’s story is not unique. It happens all the time, but what makes her story being on the street so special? Was it the forced removal of District Six in 1966 as a child? Or was it the fact that the Cape Flats was a noose around her neck, not able to breathe? Or was it her love of history? Or perhaps because her own history happened – that she had not foreseen? But she’s here now, with history and all. “You know me, but you do not see my soul!” Continue reading

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One month into a public appeal to raise the last R10 million for the R100 million-plus expansion and upgrade of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and the R1 million mark has just been surpassed. The project will see significantly improved intensive care services delivered to critically ill and injured children from in South Africa and the rest of the African continent. Capacity will also be greatly increased, addressing the desperate need for more beds to treat some of the country’s sickest little patients.

With the lion share of the funding already secured for the building of this life-saving unit, the Children’s Hospital Trust – the official fundraisers for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital – have made an emotive appeal to the public to help them raise the final R10 million to complete the building. R1 243 715 million of this target has now been reached, so there is still a way to go to reach the final target of R10m by the end of June. Continue reading

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The Emirates Lions moved to the top of the second Africa conference thanks to a deserved 24-9 victory over the Cell C Sharks in Durban on Saturday evening. The Highveld team scored two tries and they also flexed their defensive muscle to keep the home team tryless.

In another Saturday night clash, the Vodacom Bulls outscored the gallant Southern Kings by six tries to none as the men from Pretoria registered a 38-6 win over the Port Elizabeth side, despite playing with 13 men at one stage.

The DHL Stormers, with Springbok centre Damian de Allende back in action after a lengthy injury, consolidated their place on top of the first Africa conference thanks to a 46-19 romp over the Sunwolves in Cape Town on Friday evening. Continue reading

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Circle your calendars for Saturday, 16 April 2016 for some live DIY action with a comic twist when Suzelle DIY, played by actress Julia Anastasopolous, takes to the stage for the first time at The Boardwalk Amphitheatre in Port Elizabeth.

Well-loved for her hilarious do-it-yourself advice on everything from how to create a vertical garden to advice on whipping up a boerewors bagel dog, Suzelle DIY is just as famous for her “O f*k!” phrase.

A firm favourite ever since she first appeared on the internet in May 2014 with practical tips that include personal upstyling to furniture renovations, Suzelle more recently teamed up with local politician Helen Zille to share water saving tips via her own special brand of YouTube videos.  Continue reading

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Cape Town residents have proved that when it comes to the crunch, they will do what it takes to save water. Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) has been a valuable resource in both creating employment and supplementing services. The latest partnership, this time with the City’s Water and Sanitation Department, sees EPWP workers assisting with enforcement of water restrictions. Despite the recent rains, adherence to water restrictions remains important. Read more below:

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg, would like to thank and congratulate Cape Town residents for pulling together in this time of water need as a look at figures over the past three months reveals efforts that are truly heartening. Residents have succeeded in saving 10% on their consumption and should be proud of this fact. Continue reading

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