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Gallo Images. Zain Davids Springbok Under 20s.

Gallo Images. Zain Davids Springbok Under 20s.

Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron praised his team’s fighting spirit as they came back from trailing at half-time to comprehensively beat Japan by 59-19 in their opening match of the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester, England, on Tuesday.

It was a morale-boosting victory for the South African Under-20s, who found themselves 19-7 down after 31 minutes in the first half, but never backed off to finally outscore Japan by eight tries to three. The score at the break was 19-14.

“The first half was a bit of a shock for the guys and I think they didn’t really expect that, but I told this that this is a World Cup, you have to convert your opportunities into points,” said Theron.

“We probably were a little shell-shocked when they scored those three tries, but I am proud of the way the players fought back. Japan played well and they targeted the rucks, which they did not do last year.

“It was a tough lesson for us, but we adapted quickly. I think we regrouped very well as a team after a hard team talk at half-time and we stuck to our structures, which worked in the end.” Continue reading

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According to a Bloomberg survey of economists, emerging economic markets in Asia and more specifically Africa are at the forefront of global growth. The survey revealed that Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy was projected to expand by 4.9% in 2015 and a 6% growth was predicted for Kenya in the same year. With this new found energy, a sense of possibility and dynamism of business on the continent, the South African based School of Etiquette has expanded their service offering through the launch of a new division, AfroProtocol, which will primarily focus on the African market.

Research conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute found that the business environment in Africa is still dominated by English speakers and western culture. Continue reading

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The return on investment has been huge since the launch of the City’s initiative to reward informants which sees members of the public paid a small cash amount in exchange for blowing the whistle on crime. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has made dozens of arrests and recovered stolen goods and contraband worth millions of rands, courtesy of its Informant Reward System.

The City’s Safety and Security Directorate formulated the Informant Reward Policy in 2013. It makes provision for payment of up to R1 000 for information that will lead to an arrest or the successful confiscation or recovery of stolen goods or contraband.

Since the initiative was launched in October 2013, 34 payments have been made to informants, totalling R33 500. In return, the City has made 51 arrests: Continue reading

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The Roma Sevens will not only be an important marker for players to prove their fitness for inclusion in the Springbok Sevens training group for the Olympic Games, but will also cast an eye on the next generation of Blitzboks.

The SA Rugby Sevens Academy team arrived in Italy on Tuesday to play in the tournament at the Acqua Acetosa Stadium in Rome on Friday and Saturday and according to coach Marius Schoeman, will provide important clues with Rio 2016 in mind.

“We have a number of objectives in this tournament and I am excited to see how it will work out for us,” said Schoeman, who will be joined in Rome by Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, before the tournament starts.

“There are a number of contracted Blitzboks, such as Frankie Horne and Werner Kok, who are making comebacks after being injured for a long time and others such as Branco du Preez, Sandile Ncgobo and Siviwe Soyizwapi who are short of game time. Continue reading

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Another #LoveRugby initiative

The community of Belhar near Bellville in Cape Town came out in their thousands to support the Springboks’ open training session on Monday afternoon. This outing by the Springboks formed part of the national rugby team’s #LoveRugby campaign.

The community watched a full-on Springbok training session, which was also part of the squad’s preparations for their first Castle Lager Incoming Test match against Ireland at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Bok coach, Allister Coetzee, and his assistant coaches drilled the squad during a strenuous session and afterwards the thousands of excited supporters were treated to some fun games on the field between few young fans and their Bok heroes.

Springbok captain, Adriaan Strauss, said afterwards they were delighted by the huge turnout of local supporters. “We saw once more today what Springbok rugby means to our fans across South Africa. The community made this an unbelievable experience and the Springboks will certainly remember this special reception for a long time. Everyone had a great time and it was wonderful to experience the awesome amount of passion displayed by so many fans, young and old. They again reminded us what a huge honour and privilege it is to represent the Springboks,” said Strauss. Continue reading

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This month one of worlds, most admired and respected musicians – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse – is set to celebrate his official golden anniversary in the music industry. Fifty strong years that have shaped the space the thriving space we all call pop reality today.

Not only is 2016 a momentous year in Mabuse’s 50-year career immersion in music. Not only is it his golden anniversary of unwavering commitment and contribution to South African music, it’s been 32 years since his now 500 000 copy-selling single “Burn Out” changed the face and shape of Afro-pop and township jive like no other song or artist in local pop music history.

From his first group, The Beaters, and then Harare, through to his stellar solo career that spans the better part of his adult life, Mabuse’s half a century of resolute commitment to aural emancipation remains as infectious as each of his precious recordings. Continue reading

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As our Muslim community prepares for the month of Ramadaan, I extend my best wishes and blessings to you during this period of high-intensity spiritual devotion.

As you observe this period of fasting, reflection, sacrifice, worship and giving, I wish you strength and fulfilment.

We value the important role that the Muslim community plays in our city, where your generosity and compassion for others makes a great impact in our work of building a caring city. I am truly grateful for all the efforts of the Muslim community and for their kindness in our quest to build this caring city.

By being united through our diverse cultures, religions and beliefs and remembering the values of humanity, we are able to make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable residents and give them hope for a brighter future. Together, our efforts help to make this great city even greater.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I wish you a blessed Ramadaan.

Ramadaan Mubarak – Ramadaan Kareem.

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Springbok lock Pieter-Steph du Toit returned to training Monday afternoon after getting the all clear from the medical team. The young lock was sidelined last week with a troublesome hamstring.

According to Dr Konrad von Hagen, the Springbok team doctor, Du Toit has made a faster than expected recovery from his hamstring strain.

The team doctor also said flyhalf Elton Jantjies is making good progress with his injured finger, and he expects the pivot to take full contact by Thursday. According to Von Hagen, Jantjies was feeling comfortable with a custom-made brace that would protect the fractured finger on his right hand.

“Elton will take some part in some skills training, but he won’t take contact just yet,” said Dr Von Hagen. “We’ll see how he progresses in the week and his return to action will be done in consultation with the Emirates Lions medical team.

“Pieter-Steph has been recovering well and he has been cleared to take part in our training sessions from Monday.”

Von Hagen also mentioned that prop Trevor Nyakane was cleared to play after undergoing a shoulder scan last week, while centre Lionel Mapoe has recovered from a back spasm.

Meanwhile, centre Jan Serfontein underwent scans in Cape Town, confirming a scaphoid bone fracture in his wrist, which has ruled him of action for four months.

It's only fair to share...Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter is proud to announce an exclusive collaboration with Disney for free-to-air broadcast deal on South African television. The relationship allows to broadcast top international and award-winning shows produced by Disney and its subsidiaries from June 2016.

South African viewers will benefit from this exciting relationship from this June when the channel kicks off with a Month of Marvel, showcasing some of the Marvel Studios’ biggest superhero films. For the first time on free-to-air television in South Africa, viewers will be able to watch their favourite superheroes every Sunday at 8PM in June in the following blockbuster movies:

Sunday 5 June at 8PM: Marvel’s Thor
Sunday 12 June at 8PM: Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger
Sunday 19 June at 8PM: Marvel’s The Avengers
Sunday 26 June at 8PM: Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Continue reading

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