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Pieter-Steph du Toit and Jano Vermaak will both earn their first Vodacom Super Rugby caps for the DHL Stormers in the clash with the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Lock Du Toit and scrumhalf Vermaak take their place in the starting line-up for the blockbuster opening match, while experienced prop JC Janse van Rensburg is also in line to make his Vodacom Super Rugby debut for the DHL Stormers should he take the field from the replacements bench.

Joining Janse van Rensburg amongst the replacements are promising youngsters JD Schickerling and Leolin Zas who will make their Vodacom Super Rugby debut should they get the opportunity.

Juan de Jongh will lead the team from inside centre, with his fellow co-captain Frans Malherbe set to make an impact off the replacements bench as he works his way back from an ankle injury.

De Jongh will link up with Johnny Kotze in midfield, with Robert du Preez earning his second Vodacom Super Rugby cap, and his first at flyhalf.

In the loose trio stalwart Schalk Burger is joined by No.8 Nizaam Carr and Sikhumbuzo Notshe in the first match of his final season with the DHL Stormers, with Siya Kolisi starting on the bench having recently returned to full training following a calf strain. Continue reading

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Cape Town – One woman was shot dead and another wounded in Dunoon when police allegedly opened fire on a taxi carrying Nando’s staff home on Wednesday night.

Nando’s chief executive officer Geoff Whyte on Thursday expressed his shock at the shooting of two staff from the franchise’s Sunningdale store late Wednesday night. He said he was told they were shot by police.

Police spokeswoman Constable Noloyiso Rwexana on Thursday morning confirmed that cases of murder and attempted murder were under investigation but would give no further details, referring reporters to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

The woman who died, Phumeza Fudumele, was a mother of two children. It is understood her colleague was shot in the leg and is undergoing treatment in hospital.

Whyte said his company was investigating the shooting. “We are looking into it with urgency. The police told us officers opened fire on the taxi carrying the people home,” he said from London on Thursday morning.

“Apparently, the police believed the taxi was one that was involved in a robbery at an automatic teller machine earlier in the day. We have no confirmation except what the police told us, so we are investigating further,” Whyte said. “We are also doing what we can to support the families of the two victims and to get to the bottom of this incident.”

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The inclusion of Springboks Bryan Habana and Ryan Kankowski are two of seven changes in the Springbok Sevens squad of 13 players for the next two rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in North America.
The popular Las Vegas tournament takes place from 4 to 6 March in the USA and will be followed by the inaugural event in Vancouver, Canada, on 12 and 13 March.

Habana was released by his French club side Toulon to play for the Springbok Sevens in the next two rounds of the World Series, while Kankowski recently joined the squad on a fulltime basis, at the conclusion of the Japanese club season.

Apart from the inclusion of the experienced Springbok duo, the squad was further boosted by the return of several other Springbok Sevens stalwarts. Regular skipper Kyle Brown has shrugged off his shoulder injury and takes over the captaincy from Philip Snyman, who himself is sitting out the next two rounds after hurting his shoulder in Sydney. Continue reading

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Jimmy Nevis (2 and 3 March) and Taxi Violence (4 March) will be performing at Café Roux in Noordhoek next week. Here are the details for consideration for gig guides. If interested in interviews with the artists or media accreditation for the show, please let me know. (Note: Media tickets limited, will go to first requests.)

Wed 2 March /Thurs 3 March – Jimmy Nevis.

Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.

Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.

Tickets: R150.00

Time: Dinner from 19h00. Show from 20h30.

Bookings: go to or book at

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Comedian Dugald Pieterse plays the role of host at the popular Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners at GrandWest on Sunday, 6 March 2016. Pieterse, who hails from Bredasdorp, performs observational comedy with fresh sophisticated charisma and is one of only a few comedians who are at ease in performing both in English and Afrikaans.

Also in the lineup are Schalk Bezuidenhout, who is widely known for his “tell it like it is” approach, Eureka Nkese who is known for his quirky one liners, Ambrose Uren, an actor and comedian best known for his role as Shuffle Isaacs in the television drama series Shooting Stars and Stuart Cairns, whose comedy style is touted to be as funny as his hair.

Amongst the highlights of the March Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners are complimentary drinks for the first 100 comedy fans to arrive as well as prizes worth R10 000 to be won. Entrance to the show is R55 per person and doors will open at 17h00. The comedians will take to the stage from 18h00. Pre booking for the event is recommended. Contact 082 588 6662 to book.

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New series to premiere on HISTORY® (DStv 186) and Lifetime (DStv 131)

All-star cast includes Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin and Laurence Fishburne

A+E Networks® is bringing a new adaptation of the iconic TV series Roots to a whole new generation of viewers in Africa. Developed by HISTORY®, the eight-hour event miniseries boasts a stellar cast of award-winning actors and will premier on HISTORY® from 12 June 2016,

A+E Networks will also simulcast Roots on Lifetime®, to share this significant TV event with a wider audience across Africa. Continue reading

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In December last year, shortly after President Jacob Zuma’s highly publicised removal of Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded South Africa’s sovereign credit rating outlook from stable to negative in light of ‘slow growth and increasing political pressures’.

In addition to credit rating assessments, Moody’s undertakes research and risk analysis. Essentially, it calculates the strengths or weaknesses of economies so that investors can make informed decisions. Its analysis speaks to the level of confidence that current and prospective investors can have in an economy. Continue reading

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Aaron Phangiso of the bizhub Highveld Lions has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during the Momentum One-Day Cup match against the Warriors at Bidvest Wanderers, Johannesburg, on 24 February 2016.

Phangiso’s action will now be scrutinised further in accordance with the CSA Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions.

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A museum centred on access for all

Cape Town, 24 February 2016 — This past Saturday, the 2016 Zeitz MOCAA Gala presented by Standard Bank Wealth and Investment, attracted a prestigious line-up of VIP and celebrity guests onto its red carpet.

Now in its second year, the gala is fundamental in raising funds to ensure Access for All, and programming for exhibitions and programming at the museum including at the museum’s Costume Institute. It was a night that honoured patrons for their generous support and contribution to the creation of what will be Africa’s most significant museum in over one hundred years.

The 2016 Zeitz MOCAA Gala was presented by Standard Bank Wealth and Investment with major supporters being Gucci, Elle, and Perrier-Jouët. Continue reading

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