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nthem singers (from left to right) Lana Crowster, Vernon Barnard, Nathan Hendricks and Richard Stirton, winner of The Voice SA, taken in front of the SA Rugby trophy cabinet, is attached. Please credit SA Rugby.

nthem singers (from left to right) Lana Crowster, Vernon Barnard, Nathan Hendricks and Richard Stirton, winner of The Voice SA, taken in front of the SA Rugby trophy cabinet, is attached. Pic: SA Rugby.

The latest SA Rugby initiative to grow the game in South Africa, #LoveRugby, received a welcome boost with the confirmation of six new anthem singers for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland.

Four of the finalists of the recently completed and massively popular talent show on M-Net, The Voice South Africa, will perform the respective national anthems of South Africa and Ireland during the series to be played in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.

The Voice SA, which unearthed a number of fresh faces in the music industry, was very successful on DStv and complements the #LoveRugby groundswell, which is also aimed at bringing new faces, voices and fans to play, support and love rugby.

The eventual winner, Richard Stirton, other popular finalists Lana Crowster, Vernon Barnard and Gavin Edwards, as well as young and upcoming Cape Town singer Nathan Hendricks will be assisted by Jamali’s Mariechan over the next three weeks at the Springbok Tests. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg, was pleased with the progress of construction when he today visited the sites where approximately 800 new full-flush toilets are being installed in SST and BM Sections Khayelitsha. Read more below:

This represents the latest in a number of new installations in the area, including 28 in QQ Section, and 80 in PJS Section. Continue reading

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The South African Weather Service has predicted heavy rainfall, with the bulk due to fall overnight. The City is on standby to respond to any incidents. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town and applicable external agencies are on alert to deal with the consequences of unfavourable weather predicted for Cape Town overnight.

The South African Weather Service has issued an advisory which includes:
· Heavy rainfall in places over the mountainous areas of the Cape metropole
· Strong winds in places over the Central Karoo and Cape Winelands
· Disruptive snowfalls over the high lying areas of the Western and Northern Cape

‘Cape Town needs all the rain it can get to increase our dam levels, but we also have a duty to ensure that we are ready to react to any fallout from heavy downpours and the like. Our Disaster Risk Management Centre will coordinate any response that’s required. Continue reading

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Pic: gettyimages.com

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Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has named Faf de Klerk as the only uncapped player in the starting team to face Ireland on Saturday at DHL Newlands in Cape Town, while Elton Jantjies has passed a fitness test and will start the first of three Castle Lager Incoming Series Tests between the two countries on the bench.

Coetzee has included six players in the match-23 who did not feature at the Rugby World Cup last year, ushering in a new era for Bok rugby. They are the Emirates Lions quintet of De Klerk, Jantjies, Warren Whiteley, Julian Redelinghuys and Lionel Mapoe, who will earn his first start for the Boks, as well as DHL Stormers hooker Bongi Mbonambi, the only other uncapped player in the match-day squad.

De Klerk has been in good form this season for the Emirates Lions in Vodacom Super Rugby and he earns a starting berth alongside experienced flyhalf Pat Lambie, who has played in 50 Tests for the Boks.

The Springbok coach said he is looking forward to seeing De Klerk earning his first Test cap for South Africa and that it was good to know Jantjies has fully recovered from his injury. The Emirates Lions flyhalf passed a fitness test at Thursday’s training session at the Cape Town Stadium.

“I have no doubt Faf will do a fantastic job,” said Coetzee. Continue reading

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(South Africa, June 2016) The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation has been selected as one of the four official charities supported by the Absa Cape Epic for the next three years.

The Absa Cape Epic has over the years extended a formal charity engagement program to a number of notable charitable organisations. This will be the 3rd year that the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation will partner with the world renowned mountain bike race.

Morné du Plessis Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in South Africa explains, “We are honoured to once again be selected as one of four official charities supported by the Absa Cape Epic. Laureus is built on the belief that sport has the innate ability to change the world and ignite positive change, and it has always been important that we associate and align the Foundation with organisations that follow the same ethos which is certainly the case with the Absa Cape Epic. This opportunity will go a long way in helping the Foundation achieve one of its goals of helping youngsters across SA overcome limitations imposed on them by challenging social issues.” Continue reading

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The epic story of rugby in South Africa, enshrined in the Springbok Opus, a book weighing an astonishing 36kgs, will begin a nationwide tour, SA Rugby announced on Wednesday.

The publication will be showcased at a number of venues across the country in the 125th year since Test rugby arrived in South Africa.

71746167-e4f7-4587-8fa5-aebc07e0d161The Springbok Opus was produced over 48 months as unseen images, never-before-told stories and special photography was commissioned to create the ultimate story of rugby at the southern tip of Africa.

The nationwide tour started at the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum in Cape Town and will make its first stop at the V&A Waterfront in the city before embarking on a national tour to take in publicly accessible events such as exhibitions and shopping centres as well as rugby occasions such as the Coca-Cola Craven Week.

The Springbok Opus tells the full and diverse story of rugby from its first arrival in South Africa in the 1860s, its popularisation among all communities and the development of separate national federations to rugby unity in 1992 and to the professional era. Continue reading

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Another South African business success story, Bidvest, has partnered with SA Rugby and on Thursday announced that they will come on board for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland.

The deal between Bidvest – a multinational services, trading and distribution company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange – and SA Rugby will see their logo feature on the Springboks’ shorts for the Ireland series, as well as a logo placement on the field for the Tests.

“The support top South African companies are showing the Springboks has been very encouraging,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

“Bidvest are a South African success story and they have seen the value of associating with the success story that is the Springboks. Continue reading

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Phalaphala FM, previously known as Radio Venda, turned 51 this year. To celebrate the springinto the next half-century the SABC radio station is reveling in change.It has been 18 years since the station rebranded and there is no better way to celebrate than to get a facelift.To mark this milestone the radio station will be launching their brand new logo and a multiplatform brand campaign at an exclusive gala dinner.

Phalaphala FM,is a contemporary radio station targeting 16-to 34-year-old aspirational Tshivenda-speaking people,underpinned by their tagline: ‘Always There With You.’This speaks to the stations long-lasting endurance. From its early days in 1965, where the station shared a three-hour broadcast a day with then Radio Tsonga, to a full 24-hour broadcast in 1978, the station has morphed to reflect the ever-changing landscape of the country and its listeners. Continue reading

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Nike partnered with longtime collaborators Wieden+Kennedy on “The Switch.” The film was directed by Ringan Ledwidge, who also directed Nike’s 2014 “Winner Stays” film. The cinematographer was Matthew Libatique, known for his film work on “Straight Outta Compton,” “Black Swan” and “Iron Man.” “The Switch” is the longest brand film Nike Football has ever produced (5:57 seconds), supplanting “The Last Game” (5:28).

“The Switch” is the most extensive brand shoot Cristiano Ronaldo has ever done, for any company. It required five days of filming, all completed in Spain. Ronaldo performed his own stunts in the initial collision scene, which was done in just three takes. Continue reading

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