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The South African Rugby Union on Monday extended condolences to the family of former Springbok captain, Cornelius Michael “Nelie” Smith, who passed away in the early hours of Monday morning.

“Oom Nelie”, 81, passed away due to heart failure, in Strand where he lived, only a week before his 82nd birthday on 8 May.

The president of SA Rugby, Mr. Oregan Hoskins, said rugby across the globe is poorer today. Continue reading

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The malicious damage to community facilities during protest action has reached unacceptable proportions. While the City counts the cost to continually fix these much-needed facilities, we cannot put a price tag on the loss experienced by residents in these communities. 

 

In the past three years, the vandalism of three City of Cape Town community facilities due to protest action has added up to over R12 million. This money could have been better spent on providing additional recreational facilities, spray parks, smart parks, or synthetic soccer pitches in communities where these facilities are sorely needed.  Continue reading

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The award-winning Thami aka Mongo directs the isiXhosa production of Amathaf’Entandabuzo, based on the book by Fikiswa P Magqashela, presented by the Baxter Theatre Centre, for a short season from 4 to 14 May.

Performed in isiXhosa with English surtitles Amathaf’Entandabuzo is loosely translated into Valley of Doubt, beautifully written, while dealing with complex universal themes of love. Amathafa means fields or valleys – a metaphor for love – and just like nature, there is nothing simple about it and we rarely ever know where it will lead to. Love has the ability to take one to heights of ecstasy or leave one in a state of despair, as it tries to find a way out of a valley of doubts. The story is layered with the intricacies of love and life, charged with passion and intrigue – betrayal, abuse and violence collide in a world where love is tested and proves its resilience. Continue reading

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Think you have what it takes to master the BIG5?

Swimming, cycling and running mixed with food, wine-tastings, live music and lots of oysters – that’s what you can expect at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival from 1 to 10 July 2016. With more than 100 activities spread over ten days there will be no shortage of fun. But, if the idea of a week of nothing but indulgence leaves you restless why not sign up for theBIG5 Sport Challenge?

The BIG5 Sport Challenge not only offers the unique opportunity to experience some of South Africa’s most spectacular natural scenery while enjoying the sport you love, but the impressive multisport event has gained massive popularity over the last few years and has become a bucket list ‘must’ on the local and international endurance and adventure race calendar. Continue reading

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A group of 27 youth cadets are set to benefit from a number of opportunities provided by the City, including driving lessons and bursaries. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Volunteer Youth Cadet Programme is delivering dividends to a group of young people in its ranks.

As part of the programme’s exit strategy, 27 cadets who have already matriculated or are completing Grade 12 this year have been identified to undergo learner driver training. The Metro Police Department is also facilitating access to other training interventions and potential bursaries for the group, in partnership with the City’s Human Resources Training and Development Section. Continue reading

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As Lip Sync Battle Africa enters its fourth week, MTV is rolling out its big hitters in the most intense, testosterone-packed face-off yet:  Nigerian superstarFlavour and actor and TV star Maps Maponyane are the latest celebrities to shrug off their inhibitions, let their hair down and get their guns out for Lip Sync Battle Africa (MTV, DStv channel 130, 20:50 CAT, 5 May 2016).
The two finely-honed heartthrobs rise to the occasion, getting the most out of the comedy format as they posture, preen, and show off their abs, while dissing each other in comic mockery.  EvenD’Banj gets in on the act, eager to demonstrate his own sex god status, appearing with his shirt unbuttoned to the navel in a bid to counter the threat of the two warring idols.
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DHL Stormers stalwart Nic Groom will be leaving at the end of the season to join English Premiership side the Northampton Saints.

The scrumhalf recently brought up his half-century of Vodacom Super Rugby caps for the DHL Stormers in their victory against the Reds at DHL Newlands.

The 26-year-old double Currie Cup winner, who has also played in 59 Currie Cup matches for DHL Western Province, has spent his entire professional career at DHL Newlands having come through the Western Province Rugby Institute. Continue reading

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  • DHL Stormers, Cell C Sharks edged in tense battles

The Vodacom Bulls scored the only win for the South African franchise teams over the weekend in a full round of Vodacom Super Rugby fixtures, which saw all the local teams in action against overseas opponents.

The side from Pretoria made it six wins from eight starts this season so far with their comfortable and well-deserved 42-20 bonus-point win over the Western Force on Friday in Perth. The DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks were edged in close fought battles, while the Emirates Lions, Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings also fell short.

By scoring five tries to two, and only conceding the second one after the final hooter, the Pretoria side moved to 28 points on the log. They also broke a four-year winless drought in Australia with their sparkling win in Perth.

Down to 14-man in the second half because of the red shown to young wing Leolin Zas, the DHL Stormers showed admirable fighting spirit right to the end in their home fixture against the Waratahs. But their brave effort were dealt a fatal blow when flanker Michael Hooper crashed over to score with two minutes to go to clinch a tense, action-packed encounter 32-30 in the late Saturday night fixture in Cape Town. Continue reading

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