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I stopped counting when I reached to driver’s test number 10 and failed. Each time I went to “pass out,” I would get anxious because I was afraid of what’s to come. I knew I wanted to get my driver’s test and I knew I had to do it, even if it meant me failing 100 times.

I remember on the second time I failed, I couldn’t help but cry my heart out. My eyes swelled with tears as I approached home. I told my dad the news and went to my room to let it out. While crying, my dad popped in the room and told me Mr. Kentucky’s story.

Apparently Colonel Harland Kentucky tried to sell his recipe to restaurant owners after he was retired and in need of money. He got 1009 “no” before he got a “yes”.

I didn’t want to hear that story, because it didn’t help me. It was however an interesting story to hear. Sometimes an interesting story allows you to forget about yourself and focus on something or someone else. At the time, I didn’t want to be like Mr. Kentucky and fail my driver’s 1009 times. Continue reading

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While auditions to find the new title holder will be open to the public

Miss South Africa 2017 will receive R1-million in cash from sponsors Sun International and Cell C as well as a bouquet of prizes that will elevate the competition to one of the richest pageants in the world.

The winner – to be crowned at a live televised ceremony to be held at Sun City at the end of March 2017 – will receive the cash, a car, an international holiday and other prizes in a package that exceeds R2-million. The finalists for 2017 will each receive a R25 000 cash prize.

The search is now on for the young woman who will follow in the footsteps of the current Miss South Africa, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, and become one of South Africa’s most prominent ambassadors. Miss South Africa 2017 will have the opportunity to represent her country and compete in both the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants.

For the first time members of the public will be able to watch a part of the auditions when they take place at the various Sun International properties around the country. Miss South Africa 2016 will be in attendance at all these auditions

Those who think they have what it takes can register online on the Miss South Africa website:

All entrants, even those that have registered online, must attend a regional judging session at one of the following Sun International venues. Registration is at 07h00:

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The Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Cola Academy Week teams are raring to go in the grand finale of the SA Rugby Youth Weeks series starting on Monday at Kearsney College in Durban following two weeks of high-octane school rugby.

GWK Griquas Rural will take on Old Mutual Zimbabwe in the opening match of the flagship event of SA Rugby Youth Weeks, the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, at 09h05 on Monday, while the Blue Valke and SA LSEN teams will kick off the Coca-Cola Academy Week a little earlier at 08h00.

The tournaments will mark the end of the SA Rugby Youth Weeks series, which has seen the LSEN Week being hosted in Pretoria, the U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week and U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Weeks in Paarl, the National Girls U16 Week in Welkom and the National Girls U18 Week in Kimberley in the last two weeks. Continue reading

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The SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial Competition got off to a solid start on Saturday, with defending champions Border, Eastern Province and KwaZulu-Natal kicking off the A Section on a winning note.

In the B Section, the Golden Lions and Pumas scored 50 points a piece to register morale boosting victories.

Border, who secured a hat-trick of titles in the competition last season, picked up where they left off in 2015 as they cruised to a 74-3 victory against SWD at the Bridgton Sports Grounds in Oudtshoorn, while Eastern Province registered a valuable 32-17 home win against Western Province at the Zwide Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

In the other A Section encounter, KwaZulu-Natal overcame a tough challenge from 2015 finalists, the Blue Bulls, to register a narrow 14-10 victory. Continue reading

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The Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon 2016 was held in perfect conditions on Saturday 9 July 2016.

Motlatsi Sesing won the Marathon in an impressive time of 2:38.35. The 36  year old athlete from Mohlakeng came in just ahead of local Knysna athlete, Sinesipho Didishe (2:40.44) and Zolile Mhlalo (2:45.45) from Port Elizabeth.

The ladies race was won by Thalia Charalambous in a time of 3:14.12, with Davera Mogson placing 2nd (3:18.34), and local Knysna athlete Lisl Grobler 3rd (3:24.16).

Said Thalia “I was very happy with my performance today, I took off around 10 minutes from my time last year. It was an ideal day for running, but there was still a lot of mud and little potholes and technical trail that came into it so you had to watch your step. The weather conditions were awesome and I had an amazing day out. Next up is the Greece marathon in November so I am training really hard for that.” Continue reading

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South Africans will soon experience 50 years of unbridled creativity during the upcoming Henri Matisse|Rhythm and Meaning exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery. The exhibition takes place from 13 July to 17 September 2016 and includes several key works from the artist’s oeuvre.

Patrice Deparpe, Director of the Musée départemental Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, has highlighted five of Matisse’s most important works that will be exhibited in Johannesburg during this historic art event. He is co-curator of the exhibition along with Federico Freschi, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg.

The works Deparpe has selected cover the main periods in Matisse’s artistic life, from his early sculptures and his Fauvist oil paintings inspired by African art to his seminal Jazz stencil prints and paper cut-outs.

1) Le Serf (l’Esclave) (The Serf) 1900‐1903
Bronze sculpture
One of Matisse’s earliest sculptures, inspired by Rodin, on the topic of freedom. The sculpture’s arms were broken off in an accident, but Matisse believed that, rather than damaging the piece, the calamity had actually rendered it more effective. From that day on, he sought to remove the superfluous from his works.

2) Marguerite au chapeau de cuir (Marguerite in a Leather Hat) 1914
Oil on canvas, 82cm x 65cm
This portrait of Matisse’s daughter was inspired by Fang masks from Gabon. The work exemplifies how important African art was for Matisse in the early 20th century – in fact, it was he who introduced Picasso to African art, which also went on to feature strongly in the latter’s work. During his travels in North Africa, Matisse collected objects and textiles and went on to make important works influenced by Africa. Continue reading

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DHL Stormers centre Daniel du Plessis has been ruled out of the clash with the Southern Kings at DHL Newlands due to concussion.

Du Plessis was the only casualty from the 22-3 bonus-point win against the Western Force in Perth.

Props Frans Malherbe (neck injury), JC Janse van Rensburg (knee injury) and Oli Kebble (knee injury) will all return to training this week, with a call on their availability to face the Southern Kings to be made later in the week.

Loose forward Nizaam Carr will also be assessed during the week, after having injured his shoulder in the win against the Rebels in Melbourne.

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The City of Cape Town has issued the prospectus for the development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct in the Cape Town central business district this morning, 8 July 2016.

The prospectus is a public document. It provides investors and developers with all of the information they need for devising a development proposal for this precinct – a strip of City-owned land that is located under and between the existing and unfinished highways between the city’s northern edge and the Cape Town Harbour.

‘We are extremely excited about this project – it provides both the City and the private sector the opportunity to collaborate on a scale that has never been seen in Cape Town before. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for urban developers to address the city’s traffic woes and affordable housing needs in return for the rights to develop one of the most valuable, vital and iconic precincts in the central business district (CBD),’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

The public and interested parties can access the document, as well as an informative video clip about the current challenges on Transport for Cape Town’s website. Continue reading

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