Edwill van der Merwe supported the Junior Springboks from the sidelines as a ball boy in the 2012 World Rugby Under-20 Championship in South Africa, which the team won, andfour years later he has established himself as one of the key players in the side.
Van der Merwe, who grew up in the small town of Kylemore outside of Stellenbosch, has scored two tries so far in the tournament in Manchester, England – one against England in the semi-final and the other against France in the team’s final pool match. He was also named in World Rugby’s dream team following the semi-final on Monday.
The 20 year-old, who is a first-year sports science student at Stellenbosch University, admits that going down to England in the semi-final was the lowest point in his rugby career. But despite this, he continues to value every moment of participating in the international showpiece.
“I was a ball boy during the 2012 tournament in South Africa and it was an amazing experience,” said Van der Merwe. Continue reading
This from dailymaverick.co.za:
by Alice RITCHIE Britain votes on Thursday in a referendum on whether it should stay in or leave the European Union.
Here is some key information about the vote, from the question on the ballot paper to when the results are likely to start coming in.
– What is the question? – Voters will be presented with one question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”
They will have two possible answers: “Remain a member of the European Union” or “Leave the European Union”.
In Wales, the ballot paper will be in English and Welsh.
– Who can vote? – British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over the age of 18 who live in Britain, as well as citizens of Gibraltar, are all eligible to vote provided they have registered.
That means that Cypriots and Maltese living in Britain can vote since their countries are members of the Commonwealth, as well as the European Union.
British nationals who have lived abroad for less than 15 years can also vote. A legal challenge to give a vote to expatriates who have been away longer failed last month.
There are a total of 46,499,537 registered voters, according to the latest figures from the Electoral Commission. This is more than in last year’s general election when 46,354,197 people were registered.
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This from news24.com:
Pretoria – eNCA journalist Jody Jacobs and a camerawoman were robbed after a live report on the protests in Tshwane on Wednesday evening.
“We had just finished a live broadcast. Seconds later two guys walked up to us and started making small talk. They lifted the camera and became aggressive and they took the equipment,” Jacobs told News24.
He and the camerawoman, Noluthando Hlophe, decided against fighting the two men after they threatened to pull a gun on them.
The men fled in a Honda parked nearby.
“It happened in a matter of seconds. It seems like these guys watched us. They knew that we had just finished with our live updates,” he said.
The men took a camera, tripod, and microphone.
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A number of Springbok squad members spread the message of #LoveRugby on Wednesday morning in Port Elizabeth, where they are preparing for the deciding Test in the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland on Saturday.
Johannesburg, 22 June 2016. South African singing sensation Kelly Khumalo rose to fame in the mid-2000s with her hit single “Qinisela”. Known for her powerful voice, her sexy dance moves and gorgeous fashion sense, Kelly was every producer’s dream and the envy of every wannabe IT girl. But along with the success came heartbreak, scandal and tragedy.
For the first time, Kelly reveals the story “Behind the Story” when she sits down withMTV Base VJ Sizwe Dhlomo in a tell-all interview, revealing parts of her life never previously shared with the public, from her relationship with Jub Jub, to drug use and getting high at church.
“Behind the Story: Kelly Khumalo” will premiere exclusively on MTV Base (DSTV channel 322) on Friday 24 June at 17:30 and 18:00.
Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Wednesday called up Leopards flyhalf Benhard Janse van Rensburg to the Junior Springbok squad as injury cover at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship, while captain Jeremy Ward has been cited for a dangerous tackle in the semi-final against England.
Janse van Rensburg will depart for Manchester on Wednesday and is set to join the team on Thursday after wing S’busiso Nkosi (thigh) and scrumhalf Embrose Papier (ankle) were forced to return to South Africa.
With sufficient cover at wing and scrumhalf ahead of the bronze playoff match against Argentina at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday, Theron opted to call up Janse van Rensburg.
Theron will name his team to face Argentina on Friday. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department has been congratulated on its water management in the recently finalised 2014 First Order Assessment by the National Government. The City would like to take this opportunity to remind residents of the importance of using water sparingly. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town is pleased to report that we have received a No Drop score of 95% in the National Department of Water and Sanitation’s 2014 First Order Assessment. This report assesses current usage patterns, the City’s water planning, and the City’s expertise and monitoring programmes in terms of whether they support the sustainable use of water.
The No Drop Programme was developed within a similar framework to the Blue Drop and Green Drop assessments, and aims to encourage progress in water use efficiency and preventing water losses.
The following points are extracts from the report:
This from bdlive.co.za:
TSHWANE has been engulfed by violent protests following the announcement that ANC MP Thoko Didiza would be the ANC’s mayoral candidate for the upcoming local government elections.
Didiza was a compromise candidate after ANC structures, the Tshwane regional executive committee and the Gauteng provincial executive committee failed to agree on a candidate.
The regional executive committee tabled three names, which did not include incumbent mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa but did include his ANC deputy in the region, Mapiti Matsena.
Rivalry between the two was said to be so intense that an intervention was needed. Reasons have been given for outbreak of the protests.
Here are five of those suggested by ANC and government leaders:
• Thuggery: ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has claimed that the protests were not political but just plain “thuggery”. “That is thuggery and it is not a protest of ANC members. Police must act by arresting people who are responsible for that thuggery.”
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