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6 April 2016 – McDonald’s South Africa, in partnership with the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA), today launched the 7th edition of the McDonald’s U/14 Schools League at the Nike Football Centre in Soweto.

McDonald’s SA continues to show its committed and continuous contribution in football development in schools through its 2010 legacy programme. The McDonald’s U/14 Schools league is aimed at “Developing Dreams” to ensure that South Africa’s young talent is developed and nurtured at grassroots level. Continue reading

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Most successful season to date wraps

Another successful season of South Africa’s biggest grassroots sports development programme, KFC Mini-Cricket, has wrapped and was without a doubt the biggest and the best yet.  The 2015/16 season saw more than 114,000 KFC Mini-Cricket kids from 5584 schools getting active and involved in cricket – an unprecedented number for youth development sport in South Africa and 37% up since KFC took custody of the programme in 2010.

The 2015/16 season was jam packed full of action.  On the field, up to 1000 kids at a time were given the chance to get active, make new friends and get tips from 8874 volunteer coaches at each of the provincial and regional KFC Mini-Cricket festivals. KFC Mini-Cricket also played its part in the professional game as over 300 KFC Mini-Cricket kids took up duties as ball boys and girls and participated in the guard of honour and coin toss at seven KFC T20 Internationals and 32 Ram Slam T20 Challenge games. Continue reading

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Today, the 7th of April 2016, marks the official launch of #TBD2016, and we’re very excited and proud to announce that Protea’s Fire & Ice Hotel in Cape Town will once again be supporting our cause this year.

For the past seven years, South Africa’s Twitter community has united to help donate thousands of warm blankets for the poor just in time for winter. And judging by the early signs, it’s going to be a cold one this year.

“With winter around the corner, we know that charities struggle to try and meet the demand for blankets for the underprivileged. But in today’s digital world, we have the power to make that change’’ says #TBD2016’s national co-ordinator and Cape Town host; Merentia van der Vent. Continue reading

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Ajax Cape Town today announced the appointment of Stanley Menzo as the club’s new Head of Youth. Stanley was born in Paramaribo, Suriname but spent most of his professional playing career as a goalkeeper at Ajax Amsterdam, after joining the professional ranks at a tender age of 19 and appearing in more than 300 official matches for the club in over 10 years, winning a number of major titles in the process. Winning multiple Cup and League honours and forming part of the Dutch national team on the world’s biggest stage, the 1990 FIFA World Cup as well as in the 1992 European Championships, makes Stanley a highly decorated professional and vastly suitable candidate to head up the youth department at Ajax Cape Town. Continue reading

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The SA Select Women Sevens team showed promise on the opening day of the Hong Kong Invitational on Thursday at the Kings Park Sports Ground in Kowloon, as they defeated Kenya and China to win two of their three matches.

The SA Select Women registered a convincing 32-0 victory against Kenya for an encouraging start to the tournament, but two late tries by Kazakhstan in their second pool match saw them fall short on the scoreboard, losing by 17-7. Coach Renfred Dazel’s team, however, finished the day strongly with a 7-0 victory against China. Continue reading

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The below is an extract from a statement by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at her first official meeting with the South African Police Service Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General KE Jula, today 7 April 2016.

It is a great pleasure for me to be here today with the newly appointed Western Cape Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula.

Even though the primary mandate to fight crime belongs to the South African Police Service (SAPS), the City of Cape Town has a crime prevention strategy which exists to support their work. We are here today in the spirit of cooperative governance to reaffirm our commitment to working with the SAPS to address the scourge of crime across our city. Continue reading

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This from enca.com:

JOHANNESBURG – African Union Commission head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is to step down at the end of her four-year term in July.

Dlamini-Zuma’s spokesperson says the decision is for personal reasons.

The ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma is a leading candidate to succeed him as head of the ANC.

She served as home affairs minister in Zuma’s cabinet.

Previuosly, she held the posts of minister of health and of foreign affairs.

The African Union will name her successor in July at a heads of states gathering in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

– eNCA

 

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Six players are set make their senior DHL Western Province debut in the opening Currie Cup Qualifier against the Vodacom Blue Bulls at DHL Newlands on Friday.

Centre Daniel du Plessis, wing Sibahle Maxwane, flyhalf Brandon Thomson and flank Luke Stringer will all get their first taste of senior rugby for DHL Western Province, whilst Meyer Swanepoel and Damian Stevens are also set to debut should they feature off the replacements bench.

DHL Western Province coach John Dobson said that the Vodacom Blue Bulls will present a serious test of his team’s mettle in their first match of the season, which kicks off at 16h15 on Friday, April 8 as a curtain-raiser to the Vodacom Super Rugby clash between the DHL Stormers and the Sunwolves.

“We are very excited to start this competition. You don’t get a much more exciting or harder start than to play our traditional rivals, the Vodacom Blue Bulls at DHL Newlands,” he said. Continue reading

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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 31:  Philip Snyman of South Africa breaks away for a try during the 2016 Wellington Sevens cup quarter-final match between Australia and South Africa at Westpac Stadium on January 31, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Philip Snyman (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Springbok Sevens regular Philip Snyman will become the ninth South African to reach the special milestone of 35 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments when the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens kicks off on Friday noon (SA time).

The Springbok Sevens team marks 35 tournaments as a special milestone and since the inception of the World Series in 1999, only Fabian Juries, Marius Schoeman, Mzwandile Stick, Frankie Horne, Kyle Brown, Chris Dry, Cecil Afrika and Branco du Preez have reached this landmark.

The versatile Snyman, who has scored 206 points (35 tries, 15 conversions) in the Blitzbok jersey since his debut for the team in Dubai in 2008, is playing in his fifth Hong Kong tournament and said the 35 tournament marker is a significant one for him.

“Every tournament is special and to share this milestone with such an amazing bunch of guys and with this team makes it even more so,” said Snyman, who captained the team earlier this year in the Wellington and Sydney tournaments. Continue reading

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