An estimated 50 000 excited spectators flocked to the Green Point Fan Walk on Saturday, 12 March, eager to be a part of the Mother City’s biggest party. The Cape Town Carnival once again blew fans away with a procession that included floats like Traffic Hazard, Township Angel and Heart of the City, and over 2 000 incredible performers.
As the 1.2km Cape Town Carnival corridor came alive with music and colour, VIPs such as Premier Helen Zille, Mayor Patricia de Lille, along with Cape Town Carnival brand ambassadors, Siv Ngesi and Liezel van der Westhuizen were in the center of the action.
Jay Douwes, CEO of Cape Town Carnival, said: “After the success of last year, we were aiming to make this year’s Carnival bigger and better. A goal we achieved with flying colours. Anticipation was high and there were more spectators than ever before, testament that the city loves this event as much as we do. It was a beautiful Cape evening and the Fan Walk was the perfect setting to celebrate both our diversity and unity.”
Johannesburg, 14 March 2016: MTV’s hit reality series Geordie Shore has spawned Celebrity Big Brother winners, generated 11-million Twitter followers for its cast members and put Newcastle firmly on the tourist map- and, from 22 March 2016, the Geordies are back on our screens to tear up the ‘toon” once again.
Back for an incredible twelfth season, Geordie Shore, the wildly entertaining spin-off of Jersey Shore, sees the infamous Geordies make a heroic return to their home town after their big Greek adventure in Season 11. Continue reading
The Springbok Sevens moved to within one point of leaders Fiji at the top of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings despite suffering a close-fought 19-14 loss against New Zealand at the inaugural Canadian Sevens tournament in Vancouver on Monday morning (SA time).
New Zealand led 14-7 at halftime and successfully starved the Blitzboks of scoring opportunities by slowing the pace of the game and controlling ball possession and territory. It was heartbreak for the Springbok Sevens, who suffered their only loss of the tournament in the Cup final following impressive performances in the pool and knockout stages.
Rosko Specman and Justin Geduld were the South African try scorers in the Cup final, while Sam Dickson, Kurt Baker and Lewis Ormond dotted down for the Kiwis. Continue reading
- Cell C Sharks remain only unbeaten South African franchise
- Toyota Cheetahs register valuable away-win in Singapore
- DHL Stormers, Emirates Lions, Southern Kings suffer defeats
The Cell C Sharks on Saturday earned the favourable status as South Africa’s only unbeaten Vodacom Super Rugby franchise as they defeated the DHL Stormers, while the Toyota Cheetahs registered their first win of the season, and the Emirates Lions and Southern Kings suffered defeats.
The Emirates Lions suffered their first defeat of the season against the Highlanders in Dunedin, as mistakes at crucial times and lapses on defence allowed the hosts to register a convincing 34-15 victory. The first half was tight, but the hosts scored 21 points in the first 16 minutes of the second half to work their way to victory. The defeat for the Emirates Lions ended their four-match winning run away from home. Continue reading
Chris Dry will make his 50th tournament appearance for the Springbok Sevens this weekend at the HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver after the Blitzboks confirmed an unchanged 12-man squad for round six of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
Ryan Kankowksi was initially earmarked to be drafted into the 12-man squad and although the former Springbok No 8 shrugged off a stomach ailment, he unfortunately hurt his ankle during training on Thursday, which has now ruled him out of action for the weekend.
Dry has scored 70 tries for the Springbok Sevens since making his debut in the 2009/10 season in Adelaide, Australia. Continue reading
SA Rugby confirmed on Friday that they hoped to announce the identity of the new Springbok coach following the Annual General Meeting at the start of next month.
Oregan Hoskins, president of SA Rugby, confirmed that a preferred candidate had been identified and that the recommendation would now be considered by the General Council.
“The High Performance committee examined a list of potential coaches and identified their preferred candidate against a set of pre-determined criteria,” said Mr Hoskins.
“In broad terms we were looking for someone with a proven track record at an elite level; someone who would embrace the objectives of our Strategic Transformation Plan and someone who would understand the public demands of the job and what that entails.
“The Executive Council accepted the High Performance committee’s recommendation some time ago and the preferred candidate’s name will now be set before the General Council.”
Mr Hoskins said that the preferred candidate would not be in attendance of the Council meeting as his appointment would be dependent on their decision.
The AGM takes place on 1 April at the Southern Sun Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town. The meeting starts at 11am.
(March 2016) This Sunday sees the start of the Absa Cape Epic (ACE), one of the most grueling mountain biking events in the world, with riders competing over eight arduous stages from 13-20 March.
Despite the ACE totaling a distance of 651km and involving15 100m of climbing, for Absa it is more than just a race.
Some of the bank’s staff, including Arrie Rautenbach, Chief Risk Officer for Barclays Africa, and clients will sponsor and mentor young riders from the Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy (DMA). One of these clients is Nigel Payne, Chairman of the Mr Price Group and a board member at a number of other leading institutions. Continue reading
LONDON, March 11, 2016 – Leading charities Laureus Sport for Good and Comic Relief have once again teamed up to work together to continue improving the lives of disadvantaged children in Africa.
Comic Relief, which already supports projects with Laureus Sport for Good in both Africa and Latin America, has committed more than £400,000 to two new grants – one with the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) in Kenya and one with Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy in South Africa.
MYSA uses the power of sport, principally football, as a means to provide opportunities for young people in the area. The funds will provide young people with opportunities to develop skills to tackle problems that arise in their daily lives, gain work experience, career guidance and access to education. At the same time, the grant will assist the project with awareness around HIV/AIDS and hygiene and sanitation in the slums of Nairobi. Continue reading
South Africa is in the middle of its worst drought in recorded history, and reports suggest it could cost the economy as much as R20 billion. To assist struggling farmers, WeChat Africa has unveiled a mobile donation channel in partnership with Agri SA. For your first donation, WeChat will refund the money back into your mobile wallet, up to a maximum of R50.
“South Africa is currently experiencing the worst drought this decade, says Omri van Zyl, CEO of Agri SA. The Agri SA drought fund has been created to help farmers, farm workers and communities in need as the country battles severe food, fodder and water shortages. Every donation helps.
“We are pleased by the news that WeChat has joined the cause, and is using their platform to encourage people to get involved.
“WeChat has made the process of donating very simple, and we are fully behind the idea of technology being used to reach as many South Africans as possible.” Continue reading