Our U19 team have been crowned the very first champions of the NextGen tournament, beating English giants Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0 in the final.
Spurs pushed hard from the first whistle as they sought revenge for the defeat our boys dealt them in the group stages, but Jody February and his defence were once again up for the challenge.
The first half saw a tightly contested match, where neither side created many clear chances. Both goalkeepers remained largely untroubled throughout the half.
The second half produced some great inter-play by our boys, moving the ball up the park quickly. A quick counter attack left Leo Thetani one-on-one with the Spurs goalkeeper, Thetani made no mistake as he calmly lobbed the ball into the back of the net.
Another counter attack just a few minutes later saw Thetani in front of goal once again, the winger produced another great lob to get his second of the match, sealing the tie, ensuring that we become the very first NextGen Champions!
Congratulations to our technical team Vladislav Heric, Robbie Santo, Shivaan Sayed and Milo Boer on their fantastic work throughout this tournament. A special congratulations as well to our amazing squad of players who did the business bringing home this amazing cup.
Prime Evil is not somebody most people want to meet. PALESA MORUDU had personal reasons for wishing to keep her distance from Eugene de Kock, even if there were questions she would ask him if she were to meet him. And then, he sat down right next to her.
This year’s Franschhoek Literary Festival was a surreal event. That is to say, more surreal than usual. Many of South Africa’s bookish types meet annually in this beautiful, moneyed valley to talk to one another about writing, politics and life. In the process a lot of wine is consumed, perhaps because the subject matter, South Africa, is a messy topic.
Sometime last year, I listened to Redi Tlhabi’s radio show when the host interviewed Anemari Jansen, author of Eugene De Kock Assassin for the State. At the time, I was reading Stanley Manong’s If We Must Die. Manong, a former uMkhonto We Sizwe (MK) commander, has published his memoirs, which detail his experiences in ANC camps in Angola. De Kock, who was perhaps the most “effective” murderer in the employ of the apartheid state, makes an appearance in Manong’s book. His unit intercepted several of Manong’s operations inside the country. After reading Manong’s book, one is left with the sense that De Kock may have played a role in the brutal killing of Manong’s mother while the latter was in exile.
De Kock was tried for his unspeakable crimes. He later provided information to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that helped to shed light on some of the operations in which he was involved – however selective his memory may have proved. For a number of years preceding his release from prison, De Kock gave information to the Missing Persons Task Team of the National Prosecuting Authority that proved invaluable in bringing up the bodies.
De Kock served his time and he is now a free man. Jansen has written a book about him. Manong has written his own book. So it made perfect sense to me that last Friday, Manong and Jansen were on the same panel at Franschhoek, with Tlhabi facilitating the discussion.
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Springbok Sevens squad members Siviwe Soyizwapi and Chris Dry will join the Blitzboks in London on Tuesday morning as part of the team that will participate in the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham this weekend.
Soyizwapi replaces Ruhan Nel and Dry comes in for Kwagga Smith. Nel suffered a broken collarbone in last weekend’s HSBC Paris Sevens while Smith injured his ankle.
Both Soyizwapi and Dry last played at the Singapore Sevens last month and Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell said both players were in contention to play in Paris last weekend too. Continue reading
Tickets for the South African ‘A’ team’s matches against the touring England Saxons side, next month in Bloemfontein and George, have gone on sale.
Rugby supporters in the Free State and South Western Districts can see the next best sides from South Africa and England from as little as R20 for children and R50 for adults.
Both matches will feature curtain-raisers between provincial school sides, at Under-13 and Under-18 levels.
The first match is at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein on Friday, 10 June and the second match is a week later, on 17 June, at Outeniqua Park in George. Continue reading
Bob James, José James, Houston Person, Kendrick Scott and Kahil El’Zabar join SA luminaries Jonathan Butler and Sibongile Khumalo in three days of not-to-be missed
performances and collaborations
Standard Bank Joy of Jazz – now in its19thyear – reinforces its status as South Africa’s foremost jazz festival, and one of the best on the African continent, thanks to a stellar line-up of musicians from around the globe.
American jazz giant Gerald Albright and South Africa’s Jonathan Butler join forces at the opening night of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz and kick-start South Africa’s premier jazz festival which runs at the Sandton Convention Centre for three days from September 15 to 17.
Renowned American musician Bob James will join the galaxy of stars at the event. James is two-time Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz keyboardist, arranger and record producer. He is recognised as one of the original founders of smooth jazz, is renowned for the dcomplexity of his arrangements and instrumentals. Continue reading
City traffic officers arrested 108 suspects this weekend – 77 of whom were apprehended for drunk driving – while 2 887 fines were issued for various offences. Read more below:
City of Cape Town traffic officers were out in full force over the weekend to clamp down on drunk drivers. During various city-wide operations with the Roadblock Unit, 77 motorists were arrested for drunk driving. The arrests were made in Athlone, Gordon’s Bay and Brackenfell.
A taxi driver in Wynberg felt the brunt of the operations when he was arrested during an integrated taxi operation on Friday 13 May 2016 after being found to be well over the legal alcohol limit.
Traffic officers continued with their duties despite having an official vehicle’s tyres slashed, impounding five taxis and issuing 347 fines for various offences. Continue reading
A burst water main in the Nomzamo area interrupted water supply to large swathes of the Strand area last week. Despite protest action and challenging engineering conditions, staff from the City’s’ Water and Sanitation Department worked around the clock to both provide alternative supply and effect repairs. Read more below:
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg, would like to thank staff of the Water and Sanitation Department for their commitment to restoring water supply to the Nomzamo community in the face of extremely challenging conditions. Continue reading
Springbok Women’s Sevens coach, Renfred Dazel, on Sunday applauded the effort of the SA Women’s Select side in an invitational tournament played in Paris and Marcoussis this weekend.
The South Africans played against Brazil and the French national A and B sides in a round-robin tournament, and Dazel was pleased with the exposure to high level competition his side enjoyed.
Dazel’s team won all three matches against Brazil, with a 24-14 victory on Sunday at the French Rugby Federation headquarters in Marcoussis to build on a 19-14 victory against the Olympic Games hosts on Saturday and a 14-5 victory in their opening match on Friday.
The South African’s, however, came up short against France A and France B respectively, going down 26-0 against France A on Sunday and 24-14 on Friday, and 26-0 against France B on Saturday.
Despite this, Dazel said they learned valuable lessons in the process. Continue reading
The Springbok Sevens team on Sunday won the Plate Final of the HSBC Paris Sevens and stayed second on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series log with one tournament to go.
South Africa scored a 17-7 win over Australia in the Plate Final after an earlier 29-19 win over New Zealand in the semifinal.
A 21-10 defeat to eventual winners, Samoa, in the Cup quarterfinals first up in the Stade Jean Bouin tripped up the Blitzboks for an eight consecutive semifinal berth though. Samoa went on to beat Fiji 29-26 in the final.
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell was pleased with the way his team fought back after being knocked out of the Cup competition by Samoa. Continue reading
Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, will spend approximately R20 million on the upgrading of Symphony Way and Erica Drive in Belhar as part of the rejuvenation of the Belhar central business district. Read more below:
The intersections along Symphony Way and Erica Drive will be upgraded and additional lanes constructed to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic in this area with the renewal of the Belhar CBD.
‘The City has identified the Belhar central business district as one of the growth areas in the city where investment from the private and public sector has the potential to unlock a number of opportunities to the local community. The City is responsible for the provision of services in support of all new developments – be it public or private. As such TCT has now embarked on a major roads project to ensure that the main transport arteries in Belhar will be able to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic as the CBD houses more businesses and housing developments in the near future,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading