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12 April 2016
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The DA in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament welcomes the appointment of Allister Coetzee as the new coach for the South African Rugby Team and wishes him well.

In my capacity as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs and Sport in the Western Cape, I will write to the Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport in the Province, Anroux Marais, to inquire what support her Department is giving Western Cape rugby federations, to ensure that more Western Cape born rugby enthusiasts stand a chance to one day become Springboks. Continue reading

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Allister Coetzee has been named as head coach of the Springboks for the next four years, ushering in an exciting new era for rugby in South Africa, said Mr Oregan Hoskins, president of SA Rugby.

The 52-year-old former Springbok assistant coach succeeds Heyneke Meyer at a time when a number of veterans of the 2007 Rugby World Cup triumph have gone into retirement, including three of last year’s four captains.

“Allister’s appointment marks the changing of the guard at the top of Springbok rugby and is an exciting new departure for SA Rugby,” said Mr Hoskins.

“It is a watershed moment for our game with new players developing alongside a spine of experience and it was the right time to have a new man guiding the Springboks for the foreseeable future.

“Allister was the outstanding candidate in terms of his rugby credentials, his understanding of our unique South African transformation imperatives and also in the image he will present as Springbok coach. I am delighted to welcome him back into the Springbok fold. Continue reading

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Four suspects linked to firearm confiscations have joined more than 100 others behind bars after running into the long arm of the City’s law enforcement agencies in recent days. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team (GDTT) and Stabilisation Unit confiscated four illegal firearms in one day – three of them in Manenberg.

On Thursday 7 April 2016, the GDTT arrested a 32-year-old suspect with a .38 special revolver and four rounds of ammunition in Hanover Park. The same team later arrested a 26-year-old for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition in Manenberg. Five other suspects were arrested in Manenberg on Thursday for possession of narcotics. Officers confiscated various quantities of dagga and mandrax.

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South African referees Craig Joubert, Rasta Rasivhenge, Marius van der Westhuizen, Ben Crouse and Aimee Barrett were named among an elite group of international referees selected to officiate at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in August, World Rugby announced on Monday.

Crouse, Joubert, Van der Westhuizen and Rasivhenge were named on the 12-member panel for the men’s tournament, from 9 to 11 August, while Rasivhenge will double up on the panel named for the women’s tournament alongside Barrett from 6 to 8 August at the Deodora Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

With the 2016 Games marking 92 years since rugby featured at the Olympics, the tournament will mark a significant occasion in each of the five referees’ careers. Continue reading

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Paul Roos got the 2016 Mutual and Federal Interschools off to a winning start with a 36-21 win over Grey High on Saturday.

The home team dominated proceedings for most of the match but had to dig deep to withstand a second half onslaught from the PE side.

Live-wire Paul Roos flanker, Hanré du Toit, was first to cross the try line in the ninth minute after sustained pressure by the home side.

Captain, Damian Willemse, made no mistake with the boot taking his side to 7-0.

Grey closed the gap 10 minutes later through a Josiah Boafu try after some free flowing running rugby sparked by SA Schools eighth man, Kwezi Mafu. Flyhalf, Lubabalo Dobela, slotted the conversion to level the scores. Continue reading

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“Just people – but are often not recognized for who they are but as the scum of the earth.” The homeless. Street People. We pretend not to see them, look directly past them – never at them. Sometimes we pretend they don’t exist and the smell is just horrible “dammit, they could at least have a wash!”. Then we meet Kathleen Marion Jacobs. Suddenly things didn’t make sense to her, nothing was too clear, then she started running. Far away from normal, her everyday life, it suddenly seemed strange to her. Away from all that was familiar to her. Family, friends, the school where she was a history teacher and the children who laughed at her. Katie is a famous “Bergie” on Greenmarket Square, full of story tales.

Everyone knows her and she knows everyone, a smile and a chuckle will cost you nothing, but if it’s a life lesson, it costs R5.00! Katie’s story is not unique. It happens all the time, but what makes her story being on the street so special? Was it the forced removal of District Six in 1966 as a child? Or was it the fact that the Cape Flats was a noose around her neck, not able to breathe? Or was it her love of history? Or perhaps because her own history happened – that she had not foreseen? But she’s here now, with history and all. “You know me, but you do not see my soul!” Continue reading

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One month into a public appeal to raise the last R10 million for the R100 million-plus expansion and upgrade of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and the R1 million mark has just been surpassed. The project will see significantly improved intensive care services delivered to critically ill and injured children from in South Africa and the rest of the African continent. Capacity will also be greatly increased, addressing the desperate need for more beds to treat some of the country’s sickest little patients.

With the lion share of the funding already secured for the building of this life-saving unit, the Children’s Hospital Trust – the official fundraisers for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital – have made an emotive appeal to the public to help them raise the final R10 million to complete the building. R1 243 715 million of this target has now been reached, so there is still a way to go to reach the final target of R10m by the end of June. Continue reading

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