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Warren Whiteley (No 8) and Ruan Combrinck (wing) will make their first starts for the Springboks in the deciding third Test against Ireland in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The inclusion of these two players are the only changes to the starting team announced by Springbok coach Allister Coetzee for the third Castle Lager Incoming Series Test against the Irish in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Coetzee also made three changes to the bench.

Whiteley replaces the experienced Duane Vermeulen, who is out with an elbow injury, while Combrinck, man of the match in last week’s win over the Irish in Johannesburg, gets the starting nod over Lwazi Mvovo, who is now on the bench.

An ankle injury has ruled out prop Trevor Nyakane, and his place amongst the reserves is filled by the uncapped Steven Kitshoff. He is joined on the bench by another uncapped player, Jaco Kriel, who comes into the match day squad for the first time during the series. Continue reading

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Pic: SA Rugby on Twitter

Pic: SA Rugby on Twitter

Junior Springbok fullback Curwin Bosch has been nominated among five candidates for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship Player of the Tournament, World Rugby announced on Thursday.

He will go up against Ireland No 8 Max Deegan, Japanese wing Ataata Moeakiola, England flyhalf Harry Mallinder, and New Zealand wing Shaun Stevenson for the prestigious award.

Bosch, who was named Man-of-the-Match in the SA U20s’ final pool match against France, is the top points scorer in the international showpiece being hosted in in Manchester, England. He has already amassed 59 points in four matches for the Junior Springboks, from two tries, 14 conversions and seven penalty goals.

Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard was the last South African player to win the award, in 2014, while Springbok centre Jan Serfontein walked away with the spoils in 2012, when the Junior Boks won the tournament on home ground. Continue reading

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Programme:         MTV Lip Sync Battle Africa
Channel:                 MTV (DStv channel 130)
Date:                        Thursday 23 June
Episode:                  11
Contestants:          Nomzamo Mbatha & Tiwa Savage
Time:                        20:50 CAT

Turn up your TV sets tonight (Thursday 23 June) at 20:50 CAT as MTV delivers a pumped-up episode of Lip Sync Battle Africa featuring gorgeous Nomzamo Mbatha and Tiwa Savage. With the end of Series 1 now in sight, MTV isn’t letting up the pressure as it inspired these two talent ladies to bring it all – style, looks and attitude – to create a magical episode that will leave viewers spellbound. Continue reading

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With more than 100 arrests over a four-month period and over 3 000 incidents detected, the City’s CCTV system is proving its worth and will see nearly R12 million spent on further expansion in the next 12 months. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Strategic Surveillance Unit is set to install additional CCTV cameras to the tune of nearly R12 million in the new financial year.

The Safety and Security Directorate has set aside approximately R7,4 million for 10 new cameras in areas like Goodwood, Silvertown, Bridgetown and Gatesville. A number of ward councillors (26) have also made ward allocation funding totalling R4,45 million available for cameras in their respective areas. Continue reading

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STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 17: Edwill van der Merwe of DHL Western Province during the u20 warm up match between South Africa and Maties at Danie Craven Stadium on May 17, 2016 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Edwill van der Merwe (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Edwill van der Merwe supported the Junior Springboks from the sidelines as a ball boy in the 2012 World Rugby Under-20 Championship in South Africa, which the team won, andfour years later he has established himself as one of the key players in the side.

Van der Merwe, who grew up in the small town of Kylemore outside of Stellenbosch, has scored two tries so far in the tournament in Manchester, England – one against England in the semi-final and the other against France in the team’s final pool match. He was also named in World Rugby’s dream team following the semi-final on Monday.

The 20 year-old, who is a first-year sports science student at Stellenbosch University, admits that going down to England in the semi-final was the lowest point in his rugby career. But despite this, he continues to value every moment of participating in the international showpiece.

“I was a ball boy during the 2012 tournament in South Africa and it was an amazing experience,” said Van der Merwe. Continue reading

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This from dailymaverick.co.za:

by Alice RITCHIE Britain votes on Thursday in a referendum on whether it should stay in or leave the European Union.

Here is some key information about the vote, from the question on the ballot paper to when the results are likely to start coming in.

– What is the question? – Voters will be presented with one question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

They will have two possible answers: “Remain a member of the European Union” or “Leave the European Union”.

In Wales, the ballot paper will be in English and Welsh.

– Who can vote? – British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over the age of 18 who live in Britain, as well as citizens of Gibraltar, are all eligible to vote provided they have registered.

That means that Cypriots and Maltese living in Britain can vote since their countries are members of the Commonwealth, as well as the European Union.

British nationals who have lived abroad for less than 15 years can also vote. A legal challenge to give a vote to expatriates who have been away longer failed last month.

There are a total of 46,499,537 registered voters, according to the latest figures from the Electoral Commission. This is more than in last year’s general election when 46,354,197 people were registered.

Full story here:

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-06-23-brexit-key-facts-on-polling-day#.V2uEzPl95pg

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This from news24.com:

Pretoria – eNCA journalist Jody Jacobs and a camerawoman were robbed after a live report on the protests in Tshwane on Wednesday evening.

“We had just finished a live broadcast. Seconds later two guys walked up to us and started making small talk. They lifted the camera and became aggressive and they took the equipment,” Jacobs told News24.

He and the camerawoman, Noluthando Hlophe, decided against fighting the two men after they threatened to pull a gun on them.

The men fled in a Honda parked nearby.

“It happened in a matter of seconds. It seems like these guys watched us. They knew that we had just finished with our live updates,” he said.

The men took a camera, tripod, and microphone.

Full story here:

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/enca-reporter-robbed-in-tshwane-20160622

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A number of Springbok squad members spread the message of #LoveRugby on Wednesday morning in Port Elizabeth, where they are preparing for the deciding Test in the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland on Saturday.

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 22: Francios Louw (L),Leon Daniel Greef (M) and Sia Kolisi (R) during the Ticket Handover with Reach For A Dream in Uitenhage on June 22, 2016 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images)

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 22: Francios Louw (L),Leon Daniel Greef (M) and Sia Kolisi (R) during the Ticket Handover with Reach For A Dream in Uitenhage on June 22, 2016 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images)

Sikhumbuzo Notshe took to the streets of Port Elizabeth to surprise their fans with a few free tickets to watch Saturday’s deciding Test against Ireland.

Sikhumbuzo Notshe took to the streets of Port Elizabeth to surprise their fans with a few free tickets to watch Saturday’s deciding Test against Ireland. Pic: SA Rugby

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