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Fair to say Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell is someone with good planning skills and when they were invited to play in the Athlete’s Factory Sevens in Chester come Friday and Saturday, he didn’t hesitate to accept.

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series kicks off in Dubai and Cape Town in December and the England tournament comes at an ideal time for the coach to have a close inspection of the progress the squad made since their pre-season started.

A first hit-out in Germany in September saw the team won the Oktoberfest7s, but with a number of players added to the squad since then, the former World Rugby Sevens Coach of the Year will not only be keen to track their progress, but also those tweaks implemented from the lessons learned in Munich.

“Indeed, this is the ideal and final opportunity for us to test where we are in our preparation before the serious business starts in Dubai and Cape Town in December,” explained Powell.

“We have worked on a couple of things and would like to implement that to see how it works for us in this competitive environment. It might work or not, but we will not know if we don’t try that against top class opponents.”

The Blitzboks will face England, Spain, Hong Kong and the Rambling Jesters in their group.

“You can try things as much as you like on the training fields and things can work perfectly there, but you will only know how well it really works when you play in a match. So, we will not be scared to try out those as we know we will get results from it, whether good or bad,” said Powell.

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In yet another build-up tournament ahead of the 2023 Netball World Cup, the City of Cape Town is hosting the Africa Netball Cup at the Bellville Velodrome from today. Read more below:

The Africa Netball Cup tournament kicked off earlier today and concludes on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at the Bellville Velodrome.

The City of Cape Town is a sponsor and supporter of the five-day event.

Seven African teams including South Africa, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Lesotho will be competing as they look to be crowned the champions of Africa.

Following the recently concluded Netball World Cup in Liverpool, four of the teams who will be competing in Cape Town including South Africa are ranked in the top 8 in the world.

In March, Cape Town was announced as the host city for the Netball World Cup in 2023 after a successful inter-governmental bid which included the national and provincial governments as well as Netball South Africa.

The 2023 Netball World Cup will be the first tournament hosted on African soil in the competition’s 50-year history.

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The target for 2019 is 5 million meals and global organisation Rise Against Hunger has the support of Tastic Rice to ensure thousands of families have a meal.

World Food Day commemorates the launch of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. This day aims to raise awareness about food scarcity, and events are held in more than 150 countries, around the world.

On 16 October every year, nations gather to highlight the plight of 870 million undernourished people in the world. Most of them live in poor and disadvantaged communities where nutritious meals are never guaranteed. World Food Day continues the purposeful relationship between Tastic Rice and Rise Against Hunger (RAH), a global hunger relief organisation that distributes food and aid with the aim of ending hunger by 2030.

This year, the Tastic brand team, along with influencers by the likes of Tshepi Vundla, Ntokozo Mbambo, Ciciworldwide, Juanita Khumalo, Kay Sibiya and many other notable names joined along with Tiger Brands employees and media. They actively acknowledge the importance of this auspicious day by making a real contribution to addressing hunger by packing 12 500 meals in 60 minutes to support World Food Day. This coincides with initiatives across the globe occurring simultaneously to make a difference in addressing hunger and creating awareness around World Food Day.

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Recognition Will Honour the Seven-Time PCA Winner for her Contributions to Film and Television, Including Her Iconic Emmy and Golden Globe-Winning Role on Friends and Golden Globe and SAG Award-nominated performance in the film Cake
Aniston Will Return to Television in the Eagerly Awaited Apple TV+ Series
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Johannesburg, 17 October, 2019 – E! announced today that celebrated multi award-winning actor and producer Jennifer Aniston will receive “The People’s Icon of 2019” award at the E! People’s Choice Awards. Aniston will be honoured for her fan favourite performances in movies and television, including 2019’s Netflix hit Murder Mystery, for which she is also nominated in the Female Movie Star of 2019 category. The E! People’s Choice Awards will be broadcast live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Monday 11th November 2019 from 04:00am CAT.

“Jennifer Aniston is a tour de force, who has portrayed some of the most iconic, unforgettable and relatable characters of our time,” said Jen Neal, General Manager, E! News, Live Events and Lifestyle Digital. “For gracefully conquering comedy and drama on both the small and big screen, we’re honouring Jennifer Aniston with ‘The People’s Icon of 2019.’”

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5FM marks a brand new season with a jam-packed calendar of events this September with highlights that include Nick Hamman’s 3rd annual Hamman Time Heritage Tour.

Embarking on another epic journey around the country, Nick Hamman (Hamman Time, Mondays – Fridays, 09:00 – 12:00) sets course through South Africa searching for the “Real Makoya” along the way. This year the Heritage Tour welcomes herbal balm Zam-Buk as the official sponsor of the tour as Nick discovers new roads as we celebrate our heritage, the diverse people and places and uncovering real gems, the “real McCoy”, in each of the provinces.

Together with producer Mad money Mike, Nick left Johannesburg on Monday, 2 September heading towards Mafikeng for their first stop in the North West Province, before dipping into Kimberley, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Durban, and Nelspruit before heading back to Gauteng for stops in Johannesburg and ending in Polokwane. Listeners will be able to engage with Nick as he broadcasts live from various activities around the country and set him challenges within each of the provinces.

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Fifty-two South African Graduates will leave for Japan on Saturday, 27 July as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) programme, which is aimed at enhancing foreign language education and promoting international exchange between Japanese and foreign youth.

The Embassy of Japan PR officer, Kota Toba, said that the programme aims to enhance foreign language education and promote international exchange at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese teenagers and native English teachers from around the world. While working as an Assistant English Teacher (ALT) atlocal authorities, as well as public and private pre-schools, primary and high schools in Japan, JET participants can learn a lot about Japan in a variety of ways.

The JET Programme commenced in 1987 in cooperation with the governments of participating countries. Last year (2018), the programme had 5 528 participants from 54 countries. Since South Africa joined the JET Programme in 1997, 655 South Africans have participated in the programme with this year’s group bringing the number up to 707.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019: British Airways (operated by Comair) is delighted to announce that it has added more flight frequencies on its route network commencing midSeptember 2019, which are available for booking with immediate effect.

In total British Airways will operate 34 additional flights a week on routes serviced from Johannesburg, which includes Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth as well as between Cape Town and Durban.

Shaun Pozyn, Head of Marketing for British Airways (operated by Comair) says: “For more than two decades, we have always proudly served South Africa, its people and its businesses. Having more frequent flights, will mean more choice for tourists and business travellers alike, giving our customers more flights to the destinations they love, under the British Airways brand. The routes on which we are increasing frequency are already very popular and by introducing more frequency on these routes, we will give customers even more flexibility and more choice”.

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