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Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Saturday described his team’s 49-19 defeat against Argentina in the bronze playoff at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester, England, as one of the most disappointing moments in his career.

The Junior Boks were outscored six tries to three by a physical and well-balanced Argentina side at the AJ Bell stadium despite an enterprising opening quarter, which saw them build up an encouraging 19-7 lead.

“This is one of the most disappointing moments of my career and certainly the biggest disappointment in my six years with the Junior Springboks,” Theron said after the match. “This young team has a lot of talent, but they need to complement that with the right decisions at the right time on the field.

“We started off well against Argentina, but one try against the run of play resulted in us losing belief. We didn’t stick to our structures and we made bad decisions, while Argentina stuck to what worked for them.

“Argentina dominated physically and England did the same in the semi-final, and we could not counter that. We certainly missed the international competition in our warm-up games coming into this tournament. Continue reading

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JP Petersen. Screen grab Supersport

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Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, on Saturday hailed the resilience of his team and lauded the impact of senior players after South Africa clinched the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland with a 19-13 win at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The win secured a 2-1 victory in the series, after Ireland won the opening test in Cape Town and the Springboks edged them in Johannesburg.

“We started the series with a loss and we were 19-3 down in Johannesburg. And here today we were really put to the test, so I am very pleased in the result and series win,” Coetzee said.

“The resilience and character of the team really came through. We fought in the trenches and played test rugby out there today. It was not attractive, but we needed to win,” Coetzee said.

The coach hailed the attitude of the team.

“The attitude cannot be faulted,” he said. “The performance of senior players was great. What was also pleasing was the way the new players adapted to test match rugby. There are many instinctive players in the team, but they learned valuable lessons from the step-up to test rugby.

“This is all part of the building process for this team and the foundation looks solid,” the coach said. Continue reading

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Springbok fullback Willie le Roux was cited for allegedly breaching Law 10.4 (i), tackling a player in the air, during the test match between South Africa and Ireland in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Le Roux was cited by commissioner James Absaloms of Kenya for making contact with Ireland fullback Tiernan O’Halloran in the 11th minute of the match as they both leapt in the air for a high ball, causing the Irish player to somersault and land heavily on his upper body and head. Le Roux was given a temporary suspension (yellow card) for the offence by referee Glen Jackson. South Africa won the Test 19-13.

The hearing will take place at the Southern Sun Garden Court hotel in Port Elizabeth and be heard by Judicial Officer, Terry Willis, of Australia.

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The City has acquired 32 baby simulators for use as part of the its substance abuse programme in schools. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate will soon incorporate 32 baby simulators into its Substance Abuse Programme for children.

The Directorate started the acquisition process in 2015 and took delivery of the simulators a few months ago. Each of its eight districts will receive four simulators including a healthy baby simulator, substance abuse addiction simulator, foetal alcohol syndrome simulator, and a shaken baby syndrome simulator.

‘The simulators are able to illustrate quite vividly the impact of substance abuse during pregnancy, the effects of child abuse, as well as the fact that parenting is no walk in the park. It is an unconventional method, but a pilot project last year showed that it works,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little. Continue reading

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It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the passing of one of our county’s dear sons, Adam Small in the early hours of this morning.

As a writer and poet, Small used his craft to highlight the oppression suffered by the working class under the apartheid regime.

His works and writing were distinctly characterised by the Kaaps vernacular which he discovered when his family moved to Retreat.

In Small’s poetry collections “Kitaar My Kruis and “Sê Sjibbolet” he criticised apartheid policies and racial discrimination while he also used his writing as a weapon in the struggle to free his people.

Last year I honoured to open a production and sit next to Adam Small and listen to some of his famous pieces, “Kô Lat Ons Sing” and “Oos Wes Tuis Bes Distrik Ses”.

Many years after he had written those pieces, his words and the emotions were still so vivid and touching.

In 2011, the City of Cape Town conferred the Civic Honours on Adam Small for his everlasting contribution towards Afrikaans literature.

His passing will undoubtedly leave a great void in our country’s cultural and literary landscape.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Adam Small.

We pray for strength and comfort during your time of bereavement.

Rest in peace Adam Small. We will always remember you for your great contribution to literature and the struggle.

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Johannesburg/Lagos, 24 June 2016: BET has revealed that multi Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Stevie Wonder, will bring the house down during one of the multiple show-stopping performances spread throughout the show paying homage to Prince at the 16th annual “BET Awards” (Sunday 26 June 2016).

Also confirmed to take the stage are Young Thug, Jennifer Hudson, Erykah Badu, French Montana, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Tori Kelly, Beyoncé’s rising music duo CHLOE X HALLE  and Bilal, alongside previously announced performers Bryson Tiller, Usher, Desiigner, Future, Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Sheila E. and The Roots.
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Simon’s Town Murder of Deputy Sheriff an Attack on Justice
24 June 2016
Release: immediate
Today I met with the widow of the Deputy Sheriff of Simon’s Town, Mbulelo Nogqala, who was murdered in cold blood by three men in his home in Masiphumelele last Wednesday. This horrific incident happened to the 37 year old man in front of his family, in what seems to have been a targeted assassination. 
The Sheriff performs a key role in enforcing the criminal justice process, delivering the orders of the courts. The assassination of the Deputy Sheriff is an attack on the weak underbelly of our justice system. Sheriffs plays an essential role in our communities. They hand out summonses, notices, warrants and court orders, and are actively involved in the prevention of family violence, and to ensure that men pays maintenance.

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The much loved South African husband and wife duo, the Bottomless Coffee Band, will be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time in 2016. After releasing their debut album titled, “Room with a View” in November 2014, they made a musical mark in the South African industry, which led to a full-time music career for the pair. At a rather young age, both Lourens and Esté Rabé gave up their corporate careers to pursue, what they believe is their deeper calling and passion- to make music together. Ever since, they have been touring through Africa and Europe, performing and sharing their music with enthralled audiences.

Although only two band members, they produce the sound of a full band by cleverly combining, and switching, between various instruments throughout their show. With their multi-instrumentalist approach Esté and Lourens produce a truly unique sound and enticing visual performance, using instruments such as a custom-built foot drum kit, various guitars, ukeleles, harmonicas and an accordion. Currently they play 10 instruments between the two of them. This is what you’d call musical multi-tasking at its best. Continue reading

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