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(South Africa, 12 April 2016) This weekend, several Absa Pride Riders who took part in the 2016 Absa Cape Epic committed their support to young Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy (DMA) members. As part of Absa’s ongoing support for the DMA, the Absa Pride Riders donated much needed cycling gear and committed to taking the young riders under their wing through a mentorship programme aligned to the bank’s ReadytoWork initiative.

ReadytoWork is Barclays Africa’s pan-African initiative aimed at helping young people build the skills they need to make the critical transition from education into the world of work. Continue reading

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SA Rugby has assembled a vastly experienced team management to assist the new Springbok head coach with the core duties in preparing the team for the next four years.

Former Springbok Sevens captain Mzwandile Stick will join Johann van Graan as assistant coach, with Ian Schwartz carrying on as team manager.

Van Graan is retained in his role as assistant, while Stick joins the coaching staff after a stellar playing with the Springbok Sevens, where he was the captain and also a member of the team that won the World Series title in the 2008/09 season. Last year Stick coached Eastern Province to the Provincial Under-19 title. Continue reading

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Allister Coetzee has been involved with rugby since 1974, first as a player and then later as a team manager, assistant coach and head coach.

Coetzee was born on 23 May 1963 in Grahamstown. He was an outstanding scrumhalf in the period before rugby unification in South Africa, and captained the SARU national team, as they were called back in the days, between 1988 and 1991 following his debut in 1985.

He was selected for the Junior Springboks in 1992 and played in the Currie Cup for Eastern Province between 1992 and 1996, as well as in the 1994 Super 10 competition for the Eastern Cape team.

The former teacher retired from the game in 1996. Coetzee then ventured into coaching and was immediately appointed as an assistant coach for EP in 1996. Two years later he was appointed as team manager for the Cell C Sharks’ Vodacom Super Rugby side, where he also became an assistant coach in 2000. Continue reading

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SPEECH BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Note to editors: the following is an extract from a speech delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at briefing with a delegation from the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, from Turkey. The delegation was led by the Deputy Mayor of Izmir, in the absence of Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu following the death of his mother. Continue reading

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12 April 2016
Release: Immediate

The DA in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament welcomes the appointment of Allister Coetzee as the new coach for the South African Rugby Team and wishes him well.

In my capacity as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs and Sport in the Western Cape, I will write to the Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport in the Province, Anroux Marais, to inquire what support her Department is giving Western Cape rugby federations, to ensure that more Western Cape born rugby enthusiasts stand a chance to one day become Springboks. Continue reading

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Allister Coetzee has been named as head coach of the Springboks for the next four years, ushering in an exciting new era for rugby in South Africa, said Mr Oregan Hoskins, president of SA Rugby.

The 52-year-old former Springbok assistant coach succeeds Heyneke Meyer at a time when a number of veterans of the 2007 Rugby World Cup triumph have gone into retirement, including three of last year’s four captains.

“Allister’s appointment marks the changing of the guard at the top of Springbok rugby and is an exciting new departure for SA Rugby,” said Mr Hoskins.

“It is a watershed moment for our game with new players developing alongside a spine of experience and it was the right time to have a new man guiding the Springboks for the foreseeable future.

“Allister was the outstanding candidate in terms of his rugby credentials, his understanding of our unique South African transformation imperatives and also in the image he will present as Springbok coach. I am delighted to welcome him back into the Springbok fold. Continue reading

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Four suspects linked to firearm confiscations have joined more than 100 others behind bars after running into the long arm of the City’s law enforcement agencies in recent days. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team (GDTT) and Stabilisation Unit confiscated four illegal firearms in one day – three of them in Manenberg.

On Thursday 7 April 2016, the GDTT arrested a 32-year-old suspect with a .38 special revolver and four rounds of ammunition in Hanover Park. The same team later arrested a 26-year-old for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition in Manenberg. Five other suspects were arrested in Manenberg on Thursday for possession of narcotics. Officers confiscated various quantities of dagga and mandrax.

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South African referees Craig Joubert, Rasta Rasivhenge, Marius van der Westhuizen, Ben Crouse and Aimee Barrett were named among an elite group of international referees selected to officiate at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in August, World Rugby announced on Monday.

Crouse, Joubert, Van der Westhuizen and Rasivhenge were named on the 12-member panel for the men’s tournament, from 9 to 11 August, while Rasivhenge will double up on the panel named for the women’s tournament alongside Barrett from 6 to 8 August at the Deodora Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

With the 2016 Games marking 92 years since rugby featured at the Olympics, the tournament will mark a significant occasion in each of the five referees’ careers. Continue reading

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Paul Roos got the 2016 Mutual and Federal Interschools off to a winning start with a 36-21 win over Grey High on Saturday.

The home team dominated proceedings for most of the match but had to dig deep to withstand a second half onslaught from the PE side.

Live-wire Paul Roos flanker, Hanré du Toit, was first to cross the try line in the ninth minute after sustained pressure by the home side.

Captain, Damian Willemse, made no mistake with the boot taking his side to 7-0.

Grey closed the gap 10 minutes later through a Josiah Boafu try after some free flowing running rugby sparked by SA Schools eighth man, Kwezi Mafu. Flyhalf, Lubabalo Dobela, slotted the conversion to level the scores. Continue reading

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