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SA Rugby President, Mr Oregan Hoskins, paid tribute to Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, who called time on his illustrious rugby career on Thursday.

The 34-year-old Du Preez represented South Africa in 76 Tests between 2004 and 2015, captaining the Springboks in four Tests at the Rugby World Cup in England last year. He also won 164 caps for the Vodacom Bulls and Vodacom Blue Bulls from 2001 to 2011, and played 55 times for Suntory Sungoliath in Japan.

Du Preez played his last match in the green and gold in the Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, where he picked up an injury which ruled him out of the third-place play-off. He has subsequently finished his career with Suntory. Continue reading

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Southern Kings lock and captain Steven Sykes will become the first South African player this season to earn his 100th Vodacom Super Rugby cap – a feat only 34 domestic players have achieved since the inception of the competition.

Sykes will achieve this remarkable milestone in Wellington on Friday morning (SA time) where the Southern Kings take on the Hurricanes in their final tour game to New Zealand.

The towering lock made his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the Cell C Sharks against the Vodacom Bulls on 3 February 2007 – he has played 69 matches for the Durbanites, 14 for the Toyota Cheetahs and is on 16 for the Kings.

Round five of Vodacom Super Rugby will feature a series of big match-ups this weekend with the Vodacom Bulls, DHL Stormers and Southern Kings doing battle overseas, while the Cell C Sharks and Toyota Cheetahs face tough tests at home. The Emirates Lions have a bye. Continue reading

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BERLIN, March 23, 2016 – Berlin will be the focus of the sporting world when it stages the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony onMonday, April 18.

Laureus World Sports Academy Members, including legendary Olympians such as Nadia Comaneci, Cathy Freeman, Edwin Moses, Steve Redgrave and Mark Spitz, football World Cup winners Cafu, Alessandro Del Piero, Marcel Desailly and Carles Puyol, boxing’s Marvelous Marvin Hagler, tennis greats Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova, and winter sports stars Franz Klammer, Alberto Tomba and Katarina Witt are among the early names to confirm that they will be attending.

The Laureus World Sports Awards is the premier honours event on the international sporting calendar. The winners, as voted by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of more than 50 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time, will be unveiled at the globally televised Awards Ceremony staged at the Messe Berlin Palais am Funkturm.

Among the Laureus Academy Members confirmed to be present in Berlin are: Continue reading

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RZA Vol 3 Cd and DVD now available in stores nationwide.

RZA winner of SAFTA 2016 Award for Best Television Talk Show.

The Republiek van Zoid Afrika Volume 3 CD and DVD are now available in stores nationwide. The CD can also be downloaded from iTunes from Thursday 24 March.

Every episode of Republiek van Zoid Afrika (kykNET) ends with a performance by Zoid, together with her musical guest. Viewers can download the song from iTunes immediately. The current season (3) has already reached 5 no 1 positions on iTunes, following the 10 no 1 positions for RZA Season 2. Both CD`s (1 and 2) have reached gold status in sales and RZA Vol 2 has been on the SA Top 10 iTunes album list since September 2015. Musical guests with who Zoid has collaborated in the series so far include among others Claire Johnston, Vicky Sampson, Emo Adams, Carika Keuzenkamp, Leslie Javan, Koos Kombuis and Juanita du Plessis. All of these tracks are featured on the Volume 3 CD and DVD. Continue reading

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Variety adds spice to Jackson Hall’s entertainment line up in April 2016, with something to suit all music tastes. Faze4, an established band known for its broad repertoire, will be on stage at Jackson Hall spreading their energy every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night from 21h00 onwards. There is no cost to enjoy their shows.

The band’s repertoire includes a diverse mix of music genres including traditional jazz, Cape jazz, R&B, pop, kwaito, reggae, mbathanga and popular dance music. The band has been performing since 2006 at well known venues, amongst which have included Club West End, The G Spot, The River Club and Dizzy’s in Camps Bay. The band has also toured extensively to Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Botswana and Namibia. One of the highlights of the band’s career was performing at the 80th birthday party of The Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Faze4 has performed at Jackson Hall before with positive feedback from audiences. GrandWest looks forward to welcoming the band back in April 2016.

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On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would like to wish the more than 27 000 runners taking part in the world’s most scenic race, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, good luck.

To the many runners who will debut this wonderful event and to the thousands who take part each year, I send my best wishes to you all.

We often see how sporting activities are a great unifier, bringing people from all walks of life and all corners of the world together.

This event is one which truly demonstrates how we are all building an inclusive city.

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon has for many years been uniting people in their love for running.

We have seen this event grow over time, not only in numbers but in its diversity.

It is heartening that the theme of this year’s marathon is ‘Run as One’.

May we all be mindful of what that means, and how we can build on this in our daily lives.

In as much as we are all different, there are many things, like running, which unite us.

To all the runners, may you have a good race and may our beautiful views keep you going as you push towards the finish line.

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Earlier this week Viber announced the first Public Chats launched in South Africa and the African continent; Brands, celebrities and public figures from Africa are invited to join Viber’s social channel, Public Chats, to experience live conversations.

Selected partners in Africa, at Pan-African level and in key markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Egypt, have joined Public Chats for this regional launch in a bid to be the first players to offer local conversations on Viber. African users can now start to follow them from the Viber Public Chats explore page.     Continue reading

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The Western Cape High Court late yesterday afternoon, 23 March 2016, granted the City of Cape Town an urgent interdict against violent protesters, among them the Govan Mbeki branch of the South African National Civics Organisation and members of their executive, preventing them from disrupting the MyCiTi service or conducting any protest action at the MyCiTi stations along the T04 trunk route.

The City applied for and was granted an urgent interdict following a week of violent protests at MyCiTi stations along the T04 route in Dunoon and Joe Slovo during which MyCiTi infrastructure was damaged and services disrupted. Further threats of attacks, and the intimidation of City personnel and contractors, and commuters wanting to make use of the service, prompted the City to apply for relief from the court. Continue reading

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There are four changes to the DHL Stormers team to face the Jaguares in a historic Vodacom Super Rugby match in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has made three changes and a positional switch to the forward pack that started the 31-11 victory against the Brumbies last week, while there is one injury-enforced change to the backline.

In the front row hooker Scarra Ntubeni makes his first start of the season, with Bongi Mbonambi moving to the replacements bench.

Lock JD Schickerling will make his DHL Stormers starting debut in place of Pieter-Steph du Toit who is being rested and did not travel to Argentina, with Jan de Klerk in line to earn his second DHL Stormers cap from the bench.

Flank Sikhumbuzo Notshe comes back into the starting line-up, with the experienced Schalk Burger set to make an impact from the replacements bench and Nizaam Carr shifting back to No.8

In the backline Leolin Zas gets another opportunity to start after Dillyn Leyds suffered a knee injury in training on Tuesday which ruled him out of the trip to Argentina, which means that Huw Jones comes back into the match-day squad. Continue reading

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