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Benni McCarthy makes early call: AmaZulu will be in the CAF Champions League

May 7th 2021 at 09:06

AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy is confident his charges will secure second position in the DStv Premiership this season and clinch a spot in the CAF Champions League.

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Usuthu have opened a seven-point lead over third-placed Golden Arrows, and eight points over Orlando Pirates, with only four matches left to play.

The Durban outfit will face Baroka FC, Orlando Pirates, Swallows, Maritzburg United in their remaining games and McCarthy is convinced they will get through them well.

The last time a KwaZulu-Natal team qualified for the Champions League was Manning Rangers in 1998.

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“Believe you me‚ the next four games I can’t see AmaZulu losing those four games‚” said McCarthy, as quoted by Sowetan.

“So CAF Champions League – we will be playing CAF Champions League [next season]‚ so that brings new challenges.

“With new challenges we can’t just expect to bring a whole new team in because the players that work for us have done their duty for the club. We now have to look and scout and see which three‚ four‚ five players we can bring in and make what we already have better.

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“That’s how it works – it’s not that we’re going to make wholesome changes. We’re not that type of team that goes and recruit a new team for the new challenges.

“We work with what we have – for the players that got us there it will be a reward for their hard work. You can’t up and get rid of them.

“But there will be a few new faces that will come in and assist the good team that we already have so we can be ready and competitive for Caf Champions League.”

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AMAZULU’S REMAINING DSTV PREMIERSHIP MATCHES:

Tuesday, 11 May v Baroka FC (H) – 15:00

Wednesday, 19 May v Orlando Pirates (A) – 15:00

Wednesday, 26 May v Swallows (H) – 19:30

Saturday, 29 May v Maritzburg United (A) – 15:00

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Kaizer Chiefs legend wants club to go all out to sign Sundowns star

May 7th 2021 at 09:04

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Thembinkosi Biyela has urged the club to ‘break the bank’ to sign Mamelodi Sundowns star Themba Zwane.

Zwane is perhaps the hottest property in South African football right now and is in the best form of his life.

Biyela believes that the attacking star will unlock the best from former teammate Khama Billiat and should be a priority signing.

Kaizer Chiefs should break the bank to sign Zwane

While Billiat joined Chiefs from Sundowns, he was out of contract and the reality is it would take an obscene amount of money for the Motsepe clan to sell their star man to the Motaungs.

“Chiefs should break the bank for Zwane because they don’t have a superstar at the moment. Back in the day, big clubs used to have superstars and I was at Chiefs and we used to have Doctor (Khumalo), Pirates used to have Teboho Moloi and Sundowns had the likes (Harold) Legodi and others,” Biyela told Soccer Laduma

Biyela doesn’t believe Kaizer Chiefs need to sign as many as 15 players as previously suggested but feels that eight top draw talents could restore the club to glory.

Amakhosi need about eight top players

Kaizer Chiefs have reportedly targeted Buhle Mkhwanazi and Njabulo Ngcobo as defensive additions and Biyela agrees they would also be a great fit for Gavin Hunt.

“I think eight players would be enough for Chiefs to add to their current squad and mix them with the youngsters that are coming up, and some of whom have already been doing well in the first team. I know that Gavin likes the players who are tall and especially in defence and that’s why I am suggesting that they should go for Mkhwanazi and Ngcobo in making defensive additions,” said Biyela.

Kaizer Chiefs continue to generate endless streams of speculation ahead of what is expected to be a busy closed season for the Soweto Giants.

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Windows of opportunity: Bonang joins line-up of women at Bill’s gates

May 7th 2021 at 09:01

Radio and TV presenter Bonang Matheba tweeted that she has officially joined the internet trend of women sending Bill Gates direct messages following the announcement that Microsoft billionaire and his wife Melinda Gates are filing for a divorce.

MICROSOFT UPDATE: BILL AND MELINDA GATES

Gates tweeted on Monday 3 May that he and his wife will be parting ways after 27 years of marriage. 

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” tweeted Bill Gates. 

“We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in the next phase of our lives,” he added. 

DM trend

Bill and Melinda asked for space and privacy during this time. However, following the news of the divorce, many women from across the globe decided to “take a shot” at introducing themselves to the billionaire.

Bonang, who is already winning at life and recently launched her own luxury beverage range called House of BNG, has now joined this trend to get into the billionaire’s direct messages. 

Bonang slips Bill Gates a message

A Tweep asked Bonang whether she is also trying to get the attention of Bill Gates following his divorce announcement and she responded by saying that she had messaged both Bill Gates and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. 

“I’ve DMed him…Jeff too! Send me prayers ❤,” she wrote. 

I've DMed him….Jeff too! Send me prayers ❤ https://t.co/bRX0xPaZAQ

— Bonang Matheba 👑 (@bonang_m) May 5, 2021

TWITTER REACTS TO ‘BONANG AND BILL’

Tweeps were into the idea of Bonang dating a billionaire and fully supported her aspirations. 

I see this working! Yes please! pic.twitter.com/saRuzx1CYU

— Mpilo (@MSHANGASE) May 5, 2021

I’m rooting for you pic.twitter.com/sTGnL9A6DH

— The Muffin Man (@NOT_ongama) May 5, 2021

Tbh I'm rooting for you. Imagine putting your money on hold and spending his 😭😭😭😭

— BLACKNIFICENT🇿🇦 (@Blacknificentm) May 5, 2021

Two months ago, a fan said he would do anything for her and the businesswoman — who can definitely afford anything she wants — responded:

“Please send me money, need to do my hair.” 

The fan surprisingly responded asking for banking details.

Send banking details ❤ https://t.co/xarqq8oH8m

— ijaqamba (@UnDEANiable) March 9, 2021

Newspaper front pages from around the world, Friday 7 May 2021

May 7th 2021 at 09:00

Here are the news stories that made the front pages of newspapers around the world. Today’s Newspaper fronts for Friday 7 May 2021 – Newspapers across the globe.

NEW YORK TIMES – DISPUTE EXPOSES DIRTY SECRET ABOUT GREEN CARS

THE WASHINGTON POST – IS IT INFRASTRUCTURE’S MOMENT?

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – GLOBAL VIRUS DEATHS SET TO TOP 2020

DAILY MAIL – LE GRAND SURRENDER

THE GUARDIAN – GERMANY CLASHES WITH US OVER VACCINE PATENTS

THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS – DOCTORS, NURSES SEEK FULL LOCKDOWN IN TAMIL NADU

THE JAPAN TIMES – FEARS GROW OVER NEXT INDIA VARIANT

CHINA DAILY – US, CHINA URGED TO MANAGE COMPETITION

7-May-NYT

7-May-WP

7-May-WSJ

7-May-DM

7-May-TG

7-May-NIE

7-May-JT

7-May-CD

Nandi Madida ‘dead serious’ about booking Amapiano dancing Spider-Man [video]

May 7th 2021 at 08:45

After three men in towels went viral for dancing to Amapiano in Washington DC, the South African singer, actress, model and television presenter, Nandi Madida took to Instagram to ask her followers if they know where to find the now-famous Amapiano dancing Peter Parker.

Watch out Tom Hiddleston, there’s a new Spider-Man in town

Yes, this comes after a man dressed in a Spider-Man suit dancing to MFR Souls’ hit song Amanikiniki trended on Twitter for all the right reasons. On social media, many went on to dub the dancer “Sipho-Man” and praised his dance moves.

I can’t stop laughing at siphoman 😭😭😭😭

— President of Siyawathanda Amadoda Association (@mihlalii_n) May 4, 2021

Now, Madida is looking to find the dancing Peter Parker for her son’s birthday.

“Life of being a mother. My son loves this Peter Parker, does anyone know how one can book him for a birthday. I’m dead serious. Thank you in advance.”

In the comment section, many agreed that they also need this Spider-Man to perform at their functions.

“I need this Spider-Man in my life,” one social media user responded to Madiba. “If I do it, will it matter that I have dreadlocks, boobs and a booty?” said South African actress, Bontle Modiselle.

“We all love him this is hilarious I wouldn’t blame you if you booked him,” said another.

Amapiano dancing Peter Parker found

According to The Citizen, the Amapiano dancing Spider-Man is actually part of the entertainment crew from Ms Herbacks & the Mascots. The Mascots put on their suits and entertain guests South African style.

What’s more, “Sipho-Man” has been spotted in several other videos.

Stealing the spotlight

“Even in videos with the other mascots dancing, he always takes the spotlight,” the publication writes. “In one, he was dancing to Morhahu by Makhadzi. This video featured Minnie and Mickey Mouse, a Minion and Peter Parker. As always, Spider-Man’s moves were undisputed, others commenting that “’Spider-Man switched careers and he is excelling with this one'”.

Real business about to start. #missherbacksandthemascots at your service 7 days a week+27 82 705 3216

Posted by Ms Herbacks & the Mascots on Friday, April 30, 2021

Husband kills wife in Shoprite car park – after finding her ‘with another man’

May 7th 2021 at 08:43

Police in Polokwane have made an arrest in connection with a shocking case this week. The suspect is accused of shooting his own wife dead in the middle of a Shoprite parking lot, after discovering she was sitting in another man’s car.

Man shoots wife in Shoprite car park

The 34-year-old is set to be processed in court, after the ‘bullet-ridden body’ of his partner was found slumped inside the parked vehicle. It’s understood that a blazing argument took place when the spouses confronted each other, before the male discharged his firearm and hit his 32-year-old wife multiple times.

“Police in Polokwane arrested a suspect, 34, after he allegedly shot and killed his wife this afternoon, in the parking area of Shoprite, on the corner of Grobler and Landdross Mare streets. The police received a call about the incident at about 14:00 and rushed to the scene. On arrival, the body of a 32-year-old woman was found inside a motor vehicle.”

“The deceased, believed to be from Seshego Township, was together with a certain man inside the said vehicle when her husband arrived. An argument allegedly ensued and the husband aged 34, took out a firearm and shot the woman several times. She died instantly. The motive for the killing is unknown – but domestic violence cannot be ruled out.”

Another case of GBV suspected

SAPS won’t jump to any conclusions just yet, but the DA isn’t being so cautious in its approach. Desiree Van der Walt, the provincial chairperson of the DA’s Women’s Network, has expressed her ‘deep concerns’ over another alleged gender-based violence case. The MP insists that women in Limpopo are now living in fear.

“The Democratic Alliance Women’s Network is deeply concerned by what seems to be escalating levels of gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide cases in Limpopo recently. The continued prevalence of GBV in our communities is extremely worrying and continues to prove that women are not safe in this province” | Desiree Van der Walt

Blitzboks tune up with Rugby Africa Solidarity Camp

May 7th 2021 at 08:39

Blitzboks stars Siviwe Soyizwapi and Impi Visser will lead two experimental outfits in this weekend’s tournament of Rugby Africa’s Sevens Solidarity Camp.

The Solidarity Camp will be played at Markötter Stadium in Stellenbosch on Saturday and Sunday.

The two South African sides, consisting of Springbok Sevens and SA Rugby Sevens Academy players, will take the field against Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe, as well as the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport Sevens Academy, in what will be their first international matches in 14 months.

Blitzboks back in action

The South Africans last played international rugby in March 2020, when they contested the HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver, where they placed fourth.

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series was called off shortly after that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a 2021 version will only continue after the Olympic Games in July.

The Solidarity Camp was arranged by Rugby Africa to assist South Africa and Kenya with their Olympic preparations, while Uganda and Zimbabwe can fine-tune their preparations for the Olympic repechage, to be played in Monaco next month.

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell will take charge of the SA 1 side, with regular captain, Siviwe Soyizwapi, back leading the team that include new players in flyhalf Lubabelo Dobela and outside back Shilton van Wyk.

SA 2, with SA Rugby Sevens Academy coach Sandile Ngcobo in charge, will have familiar faces in Visser, Ryan Oosthuizen, James Murphy, Justin Geduld and Kurt-Lee Arendse in their midst.

The SA 1 side will kick of the day against Uganda (09H00), before matches against Kenya (11h30) and Zimbabwe (14h30). The SA 2 side start their day against the SAS Rugby Sevens Academy at 09h40, before they face Uganda (11h50) and Kenya (13h50).

A purpose in mind

Powell said the squads have been picked with a specific purpose in mind and will change when the second tournament of the Solidarity Camp takes place next weekend.

“We have players at various stages of fitness, return to play, coming back from fifteens and one or two new combinations that will be tried out, so although there are familiar faces, not all has played together in recent times,” said Powell.

“Shakes (Soyizwapi) last played at the Cape Town Sevens in 2019 and had injury issues last year, while Ruhan Nel played fifteens in the last year, having also last played for us in Cape Town in 2019.

“Some guys will have lots of time on the field this weekend, while others will only play off the bench. That will change next week, when a number of players not considered this weekend will get game time, so it is important that we get as much as possible out of these matches this weekend with these players. This is all about game time and how we manage that.”

Ngcobo will have a number of battle-hardened Blitzboks in his squad, but he is also keen to see how Tiaan Pretorius, Mervano da Silva and Latica Nela shape up in real match situations after many months of training sessions as part of the SA Rugby Sevens Academy.

“Everything we do will be with the eye on the Olympics in July, so this weekend’s planning had that in mind as well,” said Ngcobo.

“It will be good for all the players to experience international sevens, whether for the first time or the first time in a long while. Everyone taking to the field, as well as us as management is looking to gain as much from the weekend as possible. This is a great opportunity for the fringe players to show what they can do, and I hope they embrace that opportunity.

Matches will be live-streamed via Rugby Africa’s Facebook and YouTube pages and BokTube.

Blitzboks Solidarity Camp squads

South Africa 1: Chris Dry, Christie Grobbelaar, JC Pretorius, Zain Davids, Sako Makata, Branco du Preez, Selvyn Davids, Dewald Human, Lubabelo Dobela, Shilton van Wyk, Ruhan Nel, Angelo Davids, Siviwe Soyizwapi (captain).

South Africa 2: Impi Visser (captain), Khanya Ncusane, Tiaan Pretorius, Ryan Oosthuizen, James Murphy, Mervano da Silva, Ronald Brown, Qamani Kota, Justin Geduld, Latica Nela, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Sibiya Pule, Connor Mahoney.

• Muller du Plessis, Mfundo Ndhlovu, Neil Maritz, Christiaan Smit, Dalvon Blood, Shaun Williams and Darren Adonis were not considered for this weekend.

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Theasen Pillay: Top Durban attorney now found dead with stab wounds

May 7th 2021 at 08:14

Mystery surrounds the death of high profile Umhlanga attorney, Theasen Pillay, who has been found stabbed in his apartment after apparently leaving a suicide note in his office on Friday.

Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) said in a statement that 47-year old Theasen Pillay, owner of Attorneys Theasen Pillay & Associates, had been found dead in his apartment in Solstice Road in Umhlanga Ridge on Friday morning.

“Reaction Unit South Africa  received a call at 11:34 from a relative requesting assistance after he made the discovery. Reaction Officers and RUSA Paramedics were dispatched to the scene and on arrival found Pillay in his bedroom. He suffered stab wounds to his arm and chest,” RUSA said.

“It was established that Pillay left a suicide note at his offices in Umhlanga, KZN prior to leaving the premises this morning. His employees discovered the note and called him,” Rusa said.

“During a telephonic conversation he assured them that he was fine and needed some time alone. They then informed his family and requested that they check on his well being. His brother proceeded to his apartment and gained access with a set of spare keys when he made the discovery,” RUSA said.

Theasen Pillay, was a high profile attorney in Umhlanga, known for taking on many medical legal cases for patients who had suffered injury and loss in state hospitals. One of his clients was a Phoenix couple who brought a R15 million claim against an uMhlanga specialist obstetrician for the emotional trauma they had suffered during and after the birth of their severely deformed baby. The mother had relayed in court papers that she would never forget how she had cried uncontrollably as she held her “horrifically deformed” baby in her arms and the doctor, who was stitching her told her to “keep quiet”.

Theasen Pillay also assisted two grieving families with their R25 million damages suit against the Department of Health after they left traumatised when they were given the wrong bodies of their relatives for burial by Grey’s Hospital.

KZN SAPS had not responded to questions at the time of publication.

Senatla suspension forces Stormers to shuffle

May 7th 2021 at 08:07

The Stormers have been forced to make changes for the PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA encounter with the Bulls at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

Leolin Zas and Sergeal Petersen start on the wings, with Seabelo Senatla suspended.

Stormers shuffle the pack

Hooker Bongi Mbonambi starts in the only change to the front row, while David Meihuizen is at lock in place of JD Schickerling who injured his ankle against the Cell C Sharks last week.

Flank Nama Xaba also picked up an ankle injury at training this week and has been replaced by Marcel Theunissen, with Evan Roos at No.8 and Willie Engelbrecht among the replacements this week.

Herschel Jantjies injured

Scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies has not recovered from a quad contusion in time, so Godlen Masimla will link up at halfback with Abner van Reenen, who is in for Kade Wolhuter after the young flyhalf ruptured knee ligaments (ACL) last week.

Dan du Plessis starts at outside centre, with Ruhan Nel having joined the Springbok Sevens team.

Stormers Head Coach John Dobson said that despite the forced changes, there is a lot to look forward to from a talented side this weekend.

“Many of the players coming in impressed in the preparation matches and will relish the opportunity to prove themselves in a big game such as this.

“We are excited to see what the new combinations can offer alongside the senior players who make up the core of this team,” he said.

The North-South clash will kick-off at 18:15, with Western Province Women up against Boland Women in the curtain-raiser at 15:00. Both games will be televised live on SuperSport.

PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA – Stormers team

Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Abner van Reenen, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Marcel Theunissen, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 David Meihuizen, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).

Replacements (from): 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Ernst van Rhyn, 20 Willie Engelbrecht, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Cornel Smit, 23 Edwill van der Merwe, 24 Andre-Hugo Venter, 25 Adre Smith.

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WATCH: Floyd Mayweather scraps with Paul brothers ahead of fight next month

May 7th 2021 at 08:03

Floyd Mayweather, 44, will return to the boxing ring in June. He will be facing Logan Paul, the YouTube star, in an exhibition match in Miami, Florida. The hall-of-famer ended up in a brawl with Logan’s brother, Jake, at a press conference on Thursday, 6 May.

MAYWEATHER AND PAUL BROTHERS PRESS CONFERENCE BOILS OVER

Mayweather and Logan Paul, 26, will face each other in a pay-per-view exhibition match at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida.

On Thursday, things got heated after the younger, Jake, 24, grabbed Mayweather’s hat from his head – mid-argument – and made a run for it.

Mayweather and his entourage of security guards chased after the Pauls and punches were thrown during the scuffle.

Floyd Mayweather, Logan Paul and Jake Paul just got into it 🍿pic.twitter.com/YVCgukjwVO

— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) May 6, 2021

You can hear Jake Paul’s voice break as his team try to hide him in a closet after getting slapped up by Floyd Mayweather’s team for stealing his hat 🤣… looks like he’s trying to hide a cut above his eye too? #mayweatherpaul pic.twitter.com/aZAeFO1cey

— The Fite Zone 🥊🤼‍♂️ (@TheFiteZone) May 6, 2021

Jake apparently took offences to comments made by Mayweather at the press conference, when he called the brothers “fake fighters” and offered to fight them both on the same night.

Logan Paul only has one professional fight under his belt, while his brother Jake has three – his most recent bout was against former UFC fighter Ben Askren in April.

Mayweather enjoyed a legendary boxing career with a 50-0 record, including 27 knockouts, before his retirement in 2015. The boxer’s build-up to the fight with MMA star Conor McGregor, who he defeated in 2017, was also a media circus.

Before the brawl broke out Logan Paul told AFP that he believed he could do the unprecedented and defeat Mayweather. “I don’t just think I can beat him. I know I can beat him.”

Mayweather, it seems is not taking the fight as seriously as his opponents’ camp, saying that it’s all about entertainment to the Associated Press.

“Logan Paul is huge on YouTube and he has a huge following. He’s a big guy, strong guy. It’s just fun. It’s entertaining. It’s all about entertainment and, of course, when he’s on social media, he’s entertaining to people all the time,” said Mayweather.

CROSSING THE LINE

After the skirmish, Mayweather accused the Paul brothers of not showing him enough respect. He said he knows how to sell a fight but there are certain things he would not say or do.

Floyd Mayweather was heated after his encounter with Jake Paul. *NSFW*

(via @ShowtimeBoxing)pic.twitter.com/GoCpkXhpXq

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 6, 2021

“You can’t keep crossing the line, keep touching me, taking my hat off, touching my shoes,” he said to AFP.

“There is a thing called respect and a thing called disrespect. I’m not going to tolerate any disrespect.”

Jake sported a blue eye on Instagram and … and he later showed off a “gotcha hat” tattoo, immortalising the line he said before snatching Mayweather’s baseball hat. He’s since released merchandise with the phrase too.

Mayweather’s former foe McGregor slammed the brawl as embarrassing and dared the boxer to put his undefeated record on the line and fight a “real” boxer. “It’s embarrassing! Pro to pro its embarrassing,” said McGregor in an Instagram post.

“Whatever way you spin this it’s sad. Fight someone for real, on your record, or [expletive] off mate. Slap head!”

Microsoft mansion: Who will get the keys to the gates of Xanadu?

May 7th 2021 at 07:59

After Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage earlier in May, many are wondering who will get their lakefront estate in the Seattle suburbs, which is valued at upward of $131 million (R1 866 553 500)?

Bill Gates house
Image: Archute

About Xanadu 2.0, the Gates’ family mansion

According to the New York Times, the couple’s 66,000-square-foot home on the shore of Lake Washington is one of the big matters of their divorce. It was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Cutler-Anderson Architects, who also designed a house for Steve Jobs, according to Archute.

The house initially cost the businessman over $63 million (R896 729 400) to complete. Its construction took seven years before completion in 1995.

The sprawling complex – which, at the time of a 1995 New York Times story, included a spa, a 60-foot pool, a gym panelled with stone from a mountain peak in the Pacific Northwest, a trampoline room, and a stream for salmon, trout and other fish – got the nickname Xanadu 2.0 from Gates’s biographers.

Xanadu is said to be a reference to the large, lavish property that belongs to the tycoon at the heart of the film Citizen Kane.

A family secret

The details of the waterfront compound have been kept incredibly private by the Gates family – so much so that a tour of the property was auctioned in 2009, according to TechCrunch.

According to Edition, the house has just seven bedrooms but 24 bathrooms.

What’s more, the sand at the beach by the lake was reportedly brought in from Hawaii, according to an intern who viewed the home in 2007. Microsoft published the intern’s report about visiting the estate for a barbecue. “The whole house is built out of this beautiful orangey wood,” they wrote. “The landscaping is just insane.”

Advanced technological aspects

Another aspect of Bill’s vision was to turn the walls into video screens where he would be able to display digitized works of art. As the house was being built, Bill began to purchase the electronic rights to world-famous pieces from museums like the National Gallery in London through a company called Interactive Home Systems.

Image: Archute

Hopes for a smaller house

Back in 2019, Melinda said that she would rather live in a smaller house. “We won’t have that house forever,” Melinda told the Times in 2019.

“I’m actually really looking forward to the day that Bill and I live in a 1 500-square foot house … Just to be clear, the house was being built before I came on the scene. But I take responsibility for it.”

Watch: Inside Xanadu 2.0

Microsoft mansion: Who will get the keys to the gates of Xanadu?

Many are interested to know whether Bill or Melinda Gates will get the mega lakefront mansion called Xanadu 2.0 in their divorce.

Bill Gates house

PSL referee involved in car crash, needs R1 million for medical procedure

May 7th 2021 at 07:54

A top PSL assistant referee was involved in a life-threatening car accident this week, and he’s in desperate need of medical assistance.

Shaun Olive, who is a SAFA accredited match official, was leaving his home in Mondeor to head to work and had an accident where his car rolled over him and dragged him across the road. 

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That’s according to his partner Sherize Pieterse who took to Backabuddy website to share the sad news.

Pieterse further revealed that the doctors asked for R1 million even before they could assess Olive.

“The doctors on consult asked for R1million before they’ll even assess him and he was transferred to a state hospital for treatment,” wrote Pieterse.

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“He has undergone scans and X-rays in a private hospital and with no means of income and no medical aid, all bills will have to be paid in cash.

“This includes the medical treatment and surgeries he will have to undergo in the next couple of days,” added Pieterse.

He has a broken left leg and a fractured pelvis, a urethral injury, and a broken nose, his pelvis is displaced and he has a spinal fracture. Internal damage as of this moment is still unknown,” continued Pieterse.

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Olive was named the PSL Assistant Referee of the Season at the end of the 2019-20 season.

High-profile players such as Daniel Cardoso and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya have made contributions toward raising the funds for Olive.

Almost R50 000 of the required R1 million has been raised so far.

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Orlando Pirates coach has no intention of developing Ndlovu as a fullback

May 7th 2021 at 07:29

Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer says that Siphesihle Ndlovu has been deployed at right back out of necessity not design.

Ndlovu impressed in midfield during Pirates 3-0 midweek win over Black Leopards and Zinnbauer revealed that the plans for the future are to deploy him further up the park.

Siphesihle Ndlovu still a midfielder

Zinnbauer lauded the 24-year-old’s versatility while conceding that he was playing out of position.

Defender Wayde Jooste returned for the visit of Lidoda Duvha, and put in a man of the match performance in his 100th league appearance for the club.

Zinnbauer credited Jooste with being the driving force behind the improved performance from a team that has gone off the rails in recent weeks.

“The problem with Ndlovu is we had other players available, Wayde was injured, Mabaso was injured, Monyane was injured – that was the problem why we had Ndlovu [at right-back],” Zinnbauer explained.

“Ndlovu is very flexible in midfield too, he can play eight, he can also maybe six or wide or 10 positions and we are happy about this but the reason in the last [few games] we didn’t have players available.

“Wayde comes closer [to full fitness] and he gets minutes after he signalled he is ready and he gave a top performance, Man of the Match – he was involved in most of our offensive actions.

“If he keeps giving these performances there won’t be any more discussions about who we play in that position.”

Orlando Pirates
Terrence Mashego of Cape Town City challenged by Siphesihle Ndlovu of Orlando Pirates during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City on the 09 February 2020 at Orlando Stadium, Soweto Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Raja Casablanca looming for Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates turn their attention to Stellenbosch FC whom they face on Tuesday 11 May before welcoming Raja Casablanca for the first leg of their Caf Confederation Cup quarterfinal next weekend.

Zinnbauer has bemoaned Orlando Pirates’ bad luck when it comes to cup draws this season, and it seems the Moroccan giants are already occupying the German’s thoughts.

“At the moment with [the] draws we haven’t had luck, remember with the Nedbank Cup we got [Mamelodi Sundowns] – normally for supporters would [have] been the best final but we cannot wish what we want,” he said.

“We get it and the next step is now, for me, one of the best teams in, not just the quarter-final but in the whole of Africa. Raja is a big club, last season they were in the Super Cup final, the year before they won the Confederation Cup, they are a big team with big supporters at home like Pirates – I think we can compare this with Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs.

“For me it’s unlucky but on the other side you can say we have to focus on a big team, we can’t go too casual in the game like against Enyimba – not that I’m saying it’s a bad team or small club – but the performance could have been better. We can play better, but Raja, I know 100 percent the players know this is one of the best teams on the continent of Africa.”

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Football – DStv Premiership 2020/21 – Orlando Pirates v Cape Town City – Orlando Stadium – Soweto

Terrence Mashego of Cape Town City challenged by Siphesihle Ndlovu of Orlando Pirates during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City on the 09 February 2020 at Orlando Stadium, Soweto Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

London Irish: Ollie Hassell-Collins marks 50th appearance in trip to Newcastle

May 7th 2021 at 07:28

Declan Kidney has named his London Irish side to take on Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park in Round 18 of the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 15:00 local time.

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Ollie Hassell-Collins starts on the wing for what will be his 50th appearance for London Irish.

In the front row, Will Goodrick-Clarke, Agustin Creevy and Lovejoy Chawatama combine, with George Nott and Rob Simmons linking up in the second row.

Matt Rogerson captains the side from blindside flanker and Blair Cowan wears the seven jersey. Albert Tuisue completes the pack from No 8.

Nick Phipps and Paddy Jackson are the halfback duo, and Phil Cokanasiga joins Curtis Rona in the centre partnership.

The milestone man Ollie Hassell-Collins is joined by Ben Loader and Tom Parton in the back three.

If required from the replacements, Nic Groom will make his debut for the Exiles, having joined on a short-term deal for the remainder of the season.

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“We are excited to get back on the field after a weekend off,” explained Declan Kidney, Director of Rugby.

“Going to Newcastle has always been a tough challenge, and tomorrow’s trip is no different.

“As always, we will be looking to put our best foot forward, in what has the makings for another good game of rugby.”

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London Irish team:

15 Tom Parton, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Phil Cokanasiga, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Nick Phipps, 1 Will Goodrick-Clarke, 2 Agustin Creevy, 3 Lovejoy Chawatama, 4 George Nott, 5 Rob Simmons, 6 Matt Rogerson (captain), 7 Blair Cowan, 8 Albert Tuisue

Replacements: 16 Motu Matu’u, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Chunya Munga, 20 Ben Donnell, 21 Nic Groom 22 Jacob Atkins, 23 James Stokes

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‘I need SA citizenship, it’s not safe in the US’ – Lindani Myeni’s widow

May 7th 2021 at 07:18

Lindsay Myeni, the widow of slain KZN rugby player Lindani Myeni, has pleaded with the South African government to give her citizenship – citing fears about the safety of her children if they stay in the US.

Lindani Myeni latest: Wife Lindsay ‘seeking safety in SA’

The 29-year-old victim was shot dead by police last month, who suspected him of breaking and entering. However, bodycam footage from the incident shows a particularly brutal response by the cops in Hawaii. Lindsay is now embroiled in a legal battle with the Honolulu Police Department – but has her eyes on a long-term future in South Africa.

Mrs Lindsay Myeni addressing the media after the memorial service of her husband #LindaniMyeni pic.twitter.com/8iQfemCsYe

— KZN Provincial Gov (@kzngov) May 6, 2021

Family of Lindani Myeni plotting move away from US

Mrs Myeni has been flown over alongside the repatriated body of her husband this week. While attending his memorial, Lindsay made it clear that she does now want to stay in America with ‘children who are considered black’. After several recent high-profile killings of African-Americans by police officers, the Myenis see South Africa as a safer location:

“My next steps, honestly, I need help from the SA government to get me citizenship so I can stay in my children’s home country without my husband. People think when you are married citizenship to each other’s countries is automatic but it takes five years each side.”

“We’ve always wanted the flexibility to be in whichever country the kids can prosper most and right now I feel like this is the safest country for them. I don’t want to raise kids that are considered black in America, where it’s clearly not safe.”

Joe Biden, Barack Obama ‘asked to help’

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala also attended the service, offering his deepest condolences to the Myeni family. He remains utterly unsatisfied by the police response to Lindani’s death – and wants the biggest names in US politics to intervene:

“We pin our hopes on US President, Joe Biden, that his intervention might help the wheels of justice to turn with speed. We also pray for former US president Barack Obama’s mediation, who hails from Hawaii, in bringing the killers of Lindani to book. Lindani Myeni is one of our own and his life matters dearly to his family and to us as his nation.” | Sihle Zikalala

British & Irish Lions: Stars aligned for a great series says Springbok coach

May 7th 2021 at 07:16

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber said the stars are aligning for a great series with the British & Irish Lions, after Warren Gatland announced the squad on Thursday for their forthcoming tour to South Africa.

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Gatland named a 37-man touring squad with Welshman Alun Wyn Jones as captain.

The Springboks are expected to announce their squad early next month.

“The announcement of the Lions squad was a marker in the ground in terms of international rugby coming back to South Africa, which is phenomenal for us, because we’ve been out of it for a while,” Nienaber said in reaction to the big announcement.

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Gatland has, during his long stint as coach of Wales, managed to build a successful track record with the Welsh Dragons against South Africa in the past few years with a specific style of play.

“One thing I do know about Warren is that he will do his homework,” added Nienaber.

“If your look into the past, the Welsh were a team that we always struggled against. We had one win (against them) since the 2015 RWC quarter-final, which was the 2019 RWC semi-final in Japan.”

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Under the guidance of Gatland, the British & Irish Lions defeated the Wallabies in Australia in 2013, and four years later they managed to draw their three-match series with the All Blacks in New Zealand.

With the British & Irish Lions squad now revealed, the attention shifts to the coming Springbok squad selection.

Locally, the franchise teams started the PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA on a high note last week, making for some extra spice knowing that there are Springbok places up for grabs.

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“If you look at the last weekend’s Rainbow Cup action then you will see that the intensity went up a notch,” said Nienaber.

“I must say we have nice relationships with our franchises, allowing us to meet the players just to align ourselves again.

“And the pleasing thing for me was to see how the players are working on and improving on the things we spoke about during those alignment camps.

“I think we have less than 80 days before we play the Lions and the coaches and players have to utilise every second of that time to make sure we are well prepared for the series.”

Looking forward to the three-Test series against Gatland and his team, Nienaber said: “The Lions series is a special occasion that might come only come once during the career of a professional rugby player.

“I know for a fact there are certain players who have postponed their retirement because the tour was two years down the horizon. So I think all the stars are aligned for a great series.”

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Watch: Shark frightens six-year-old out of the water at Hawaii beach

May 7th 2021 at 07:10

What started out as a typical day at Kalama Beach in Hawaii for six-year-old Anela Rezentes and her mother quickly turned scary on Sunday.

The girl was playing in the surf when suddenly out of nowhere a shark appeared behind her. Her mom who was on the beach at the time, caught the whole experience on video.

WATCH: SHARK APPEARS BEHIND GIRL

The young girl told Khon2 News that it’s a moment she would never forget. In the video, six-year-old Anela is splashing in the water waiting for the next wave when suddenly a fin appears. The shark can be seen splashing around the six-year-old.

Terrifying video shows the moment a 6-year-old girl playing in the waters of Hawaii ran away from an approaching shark. Anela Rezentes was playing in the shallow waters in Kalama Beach in Kailua, Oahu on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/T0x22wyLF0

— Cuisine Royale (@CuisineRoyale2) May 6, 2021

“My soul left my body. I saw a shark. I didn’t notice he was behind my back. So, I really wanted to run out. I was really scared,” Anela told the publication.

Her mother Sheri Gouveia who filmed the ordeal said her daughter came screaming out of the water.

“By the time she came out of the water, she was hysterical. I was like oh my gosh. I didn’t realize it was actually a shark. That’s what shocked me,” the mother told Khon2.

IT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A BLACKTIP

Experts told Khon2, based on the video it appears it was a blacktip shark. The species reportedly feeds on fish and routinely look for food in shallow waters.

Dr Ryan Orgera, CEO of Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, told ABC7 the reason sharks get close to shore is to most likely follow their prey.

“Sharks being near is a sign of a healthy ecosystem but that fact may make some fearful to go in the water. Sharks are not there because of swimmers, surfers or fishermen, they live there, they’ve been there for millions of years,” he told ABC7.

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Kaizer Chiefs’ 13 transfer targets | How have they fared this season?

May 7th 2021 at 07:06

Kaizer Chiefs are working around the clock to reinforce their squad with quality players next season, and in March, no less than 13 players were linked with them.

But will Chiefs be getting what they are hoping for from the said players?

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TheSouthAfrican.com has compiled a report card for each of the 13 players linked with possible moves to Naturena, excluding Phathutshedzo Nange as he was recently confirmed as a Chiefs player for next season.

SIPHO MBULE

Mbule is one of players Amakhosi are reportedly serious about signing in the new season.

His four goals and five assists in 24 matches for SuperSport United this season are what have made teams such as Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns tussle for his signature.

BRADLEY GROBLER

Grobler is a veteran striker but he’s been playing like a youngster, especially this season as he continues to lead the PSL goalscoring charts with 13 goals from 22 league matches.

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Chiefs aren’t the only team reported to be after the signature of the Bafana Bafana international. Orlando Pirates also believed to be interested in the 33-year-old.

BRENDON PETERSEN

Petersen didn’t play competitive football this season as he was nursing an injury.

The 26-year-old, however, is not new in the PSL having already amassed 59 professional appearances since his breakthrough in 2013.

Petersen managed 18 clean sheets and conceded 66 goals in those 59 matches across all competitions.  

NJABULO NGCOBO

Ngcobo (26) is a wanted man both in Tshwane and Naturena and Swallows have a tough decision to make as to whom they will do business with.

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As a centre-back, Ngcobo has been rock-solid for Swallows this season. He has featured 25 times for the Dube Birds and found the back of the net once.   

S’FISO HLANTI

Hlanti is one of the top players currently on the books of Swallows and reports suggested he will definitely move to Chiefs next season.

The 31-year-old started out brightly at Swallows but he appears to have fallen down the pecking order with just 13 league appearances and a single goal this season.

RUZAIGH GAMILDIEN  

Gamildien has reportedly struck a deal with Chiefs but neither party has confirmed anything.

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The South Africa international has just turned 32, and currently leads the goalscoring chants at Swallows FC with 11 goals from 23 games across all competitions.   

KGAOGELO SEKGOTA

Sekgota (23) is currently on the books of Swallows FC, and he is a right-winger who has an eye for goal.

He has scored three goals and recorded two assists in 19 league matches for the Dobsonville-based outfit.

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Media reports claim Sekgota has already struck an agreement with Chiefs for next season.

LELETU SKELEM

Skelem is another attacking midfielder who has taken the PSL by storm despite being 22-years-old.

The speedy attacker has netted just once for Stellenbosch this season but it is his work rate that has caught the eye of many PSL teams including Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

KATLEGO MOHAMME

Mohamme, a former SuperSport United player, is one of AmaTuks’ stars and has featured regularly for the Tshwane side.

The 23-year-old youth international has made 22 appearances across all competitions for AmaTuks this season without finding the back of the net.  

AKANI CHAUKE

Chauke (25) is a strong striker for TS Sporting, and this is not the first time he’s linked with a possible move to Kaizer Chiefs.

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After netting 10 goals in 29 matches for TS Sporting last season, Chauke became the hot topic but then Chiefs were banned from signing players.

This season, Chauke has netted seven goals in 22 starts for TS Sporting.

THABANI DUBE

Dube is a 28-year-old centre-back who plays for Richards Bay FC in the GladAfrica Championship.

And while he’s a defender, Dube has a knack for goals as he’s netted six goals in 30 matches for the KwaZulu-Natal-based outfit this season.   

VUSIMUZI MNCUBE

Mncube (27) is currently on the books of JDR Stars in the GladAfrica Championship, and he could soon find himself back in the PSL and possibly with Chiefs.

He is a right winger who has featured in 25 competitive matches for JDR Stars this season – 23 in the league and two in the Nedbank Cup.

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Mncube has netted five goals in those 25 games four of which came from the 23 league matches he played so far this season.

SAZISO MAGAWANA

Magawana plays as an attacking midfielder for Uthongathi FC, and he has done tremendously well in the GladAfrica Championship side.

The 22-year-old has scored six goals in 24 league games this season – and perhaps the kind of attacking midfielder Chiefs need right now.   

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iM2: Will BMW launch an all-electric sports car to celebrate 50 years of M?

May 7th 2021 at 07:00

What better way to celebrate a milestone than do something big? For a brand like BMW M, widely regarded among enthusiasts as producing some of the best driving machines known to man, that could mean a real commitment to our shared electric motoring future in the form of the iM2.

According to UK publication Car magazine, it’s all true. If their report is to be believed, then that means a restyled and rebadged M2. The simply named iM2 will follow in the tradition of BMW’s i3 city slicker hatchback and the i8 coupe. Apparently, the internal codename for this model at BMW is Project Katharina.

iM2/Project Katharina makes 1 000 kW – on electric energy

Given the way manufacturers are starting to commit to alternative powertrains, the iM2 should really not come as a surprise, but the numbers might leave your jaw on the floor. That’s because it’s been reported that the iM2 will boast one electric motor per wheel and a total output of 1 000 kW.

Unnamed sources at BMW told Car that the iM2 can scrabble to 100 km/h from rest in the sub 2.5 second bracket, lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in less than 7 minutes, and light up the rear tyres by mashing the throttle at freeway speed.

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Nedbank Cup final: Chippa United and TTM battle for millions

May 7th 2021 at 06:57

Chippa United and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila will battle for Nedbank Cup honours in the final on Saturday, 8 May.

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Unbelievably, while both sides fully deserve their places in the final, they are both currently involved in a DStv Premiership relegation scrap.

TTM are currently in 14th-place, just one point ahead of 15th-placed Chippa United who have played one more match.

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Chippa United have featured in the top-flight of South African football since 2012, while TTM are enjoying their first season having bought the status of now defunct Bidvest Wits in mid-2020.

According to the respected Transfermarkt website, Vladislav Heric’s Chippa United have a market value of €5.28 million (R91 million), which is slightly more than Dylan Kerr’s TTM market value of €5.15 million (88.7 million).

Chippa United’s most valuable player is on-loan Mamelodi Sundowns defender Nyiko Mobbie, who has a €500 000 (R8.6 million) market value, while for TTM playmaker Thabo Rakhale ranks as their most valuable player at €400 000 (R6.8 million).

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TTM have endured a considerably tougher path to the final having eliminated SuperSport United, Swallows FC, Black Leopards and Mamelodi Sundowns.

Meanwhile, Chippa United’s path has been littered with GladAfrica Championship sides as they beat Cape Town City, Free State Stars, Richards Bay and Pretoria Callies.

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In head-to-head stats, TTM and Chippa have only ever met twice across all competitions.

Their first-ever meeting came in a 2018/19 Nedbank Cup Last 16 match with Chippa United securing a 2-0 win at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in February 2019.

The two teams then drew 1-1 in the DStv Premiership match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in November 2020.

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Saturday’s final will be the first for both sides as they look to land some silverware at the Free State Stadium.

The winners receive prize money of R7 million and also qualify for the next season’s CAF Confederation Cup.

The losers will walk away R2.5 million richer.

Kick-off is scheduled for 18:00.

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ANC pinning hopes on ‘chickens’ to tackle youth unemployment

May 7th 2021 at 06:48

It seems like the ANC has plucked this one out of thin air, but their new youth unemployment masterplan shouldn’t ruffle too many feathers. During an online masterclass this week, Dr. Nkhane Baldwin Nengovhela – from the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development – encouraged young South Africans to get into ‘chicken farming’.

‘Have you tried working with chickens?’ – ANC’s career advice

The ANC government, in partnership with the South African Poultry Farmer’s and Supplier’s Association, hosted the Poultry Masterclass Webinar series this week. The information-sharing session on poultry farming highlighted the network of support available through government agencies and poultry associations to young farmers. 

The masterclass is part of series that the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) is hosting to promote entrepreneurship as a contributor to economic growth. Dr. Nengovhela said there’s still room for the country to grow the industry, and called on the youth of South Africa to ‘seriously consider’ getting into the industry.

“The poultry industry is one of the most advanced sectors in terms of farming in the world. I think all young people should consider it for farming. If you think of something called biotechnology, you can’t think of anything than a day-old chick that is raised for meat, or a layer that is raised to be able to lay an egg.” | Dr. Nkhane Baldwin Nengovhela

Can poultry farming help ease youth unemployment?

SA now producing additional one million broiled chickens per week. That’s because poultry farming fell under one of four master plans concocted by the Ramaphosa administration. With almost R1 billion ploughed into the industry, the flightless birds have become a precious commodity – and associated business opportunities are not to be clucked at…

“Four master plans have been completed and signed to date – which are part of the social compact between labour, business, government, and communities – have already had an impact in their respective industries. Through the implementation of the poultry master plan, the industry has invested R800 million to upgrade production significantly.”

Mamelodi Sundowns to beat Kaizer Chiefs to Sipho Mbule transfer?

May 7th 2021 at 06:30

Mamelodi Sundowns are set to beat Kaizer Chiefs to the signature of highly sought after SuperSport United midfielder Sipho Mbule, according to reports.

Chiefs’ interest in the South African junior international has been highly publicized throughout the season, despite their transfer ban from FIFA. After watching on from the sidelines as their rivals strengthened their squads for two consecutive windows, the log will reflect that Amakhosi have fallen considerably behind them.

It’s set to be a busy window at Kaizer Chiefs

If media reports are to be believed, the Soweto giants are set for an extreme squad overhaul designed to help them mount a swift climb back up to the top. The likes of Phathutshedzo Nange, S’fiso Hlanti, Brandon Petersen, Njabulo Ngcobo, Ruzaigh Gamilden as well Buhle Mkhwanazi are some of the names the media has suggested could be seen in the famous Black and Gold next season.

Gavin Hunt in danger of missing out on top target

One of the names that coach Gavin Hunt is believed to have very high on his transfer wish list is that of the highly skilful Mbule. However, in recent weeks it has been widely reported that the 22-year-old has emerged as a top transfer target for SuperSport’s Tshwane neighbours Sundowns too. In fact, recent reports as per The Citizen have even gone as far as stating they have overtaken Chiefs in the race for his signature.

Mbule key to Sundowns rebuilding phase

“Sundowns have an ageing central midfield, with the likes of Tiyani Mabunda, Andile Jali and Hlompho Kekana all over thirty years of age. Even George (Maluleka) who was signed last season from Chiefs is also over 30, so they want to revamp that position” said the source as he explained the Brazilians pursuit of Mbule.

Both teams will have to break the bank

Earlier a Supersport source had sent out a transfer message to Chiefs, stating that the Glamour Boys would have to pay top dollar for their academy product, if they were to sell. That statement has seemed to put Sundowns ahead of the Naturena-based side, as they showed with the signing of Aubrey Modiba from Supersport last season, that they aren’t afraid to splash the cash for their top targets.

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If these latest reports are accurate, they would prove to be a massive blow to the Chiefs faithful, who, after the disappoints of the last six years would be desperate to see players of the calibre of Mbule walking through the Kaizer Chiefs village.

Mamelodi Sundowns to recall Phakamani Mahlambi from rivals AmaZulu

May 7th 2021 at 06:25

Phakamani Mahlambi will return to parent club Mamelodi Sundowns when his loan spell at AmaZulu concludes, according to agent Glyn Binkin.

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The 23-year-old Phakamani Mahlambi was deemed surplus to requirements at Chloorkop at the start of the current season, and was consequently sent out on loan to Usuthu.

The former Bidvest Wits youth player has only made three appearances for AmaZulu across all competitions so far, and Binkin has revealed that he will return to Masandawana ahead of next season.

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“He’s got a contract with Sundowns, he’s going back to Sundowns for sure,” Binkin told KickOff.

“Ask AmaZulu what the situation is, the team is doing well… he’s not playing at the moment but the team is doing well, they are second on the log so I fully respect the coach and his decision, and the players that are playing for him are doing very well.

“So Phakamani must be patient. Hopefully he gets a chance soon. But he’s a Sundowns player so he goes back to Sundowns at the end of the season. Find out from AmaZulu if there’s another reason [for his lack of game time]. No, there’s no other reason.”

Mamelodi Sundowns currently lead the DStv Premiership standings with 54 points after 25 matches.

They are four points ahead of second-place AmaZulu and also have a game in hand.

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Red Bull steal another FIVE Mercedes engineers

May 7th 2021 at 06:19

Another five Mercedes engineers have jumped ship and joined Red Bull Powertrains.

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Following Honda’s announcement that they would be walking away from Formula One at the end of this season, Red Bull put into place a new company that would run the Honda engines as their own.

Then came the job of staffing the Red Bull Powertrains division.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner made it clear he wanted only the “best” talent for the new division and promptly announced Mercedes’ head of mechanical engineering Ben Hodgkinson as the new technical director.

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Hodgkinson is presently on gardening leave that could run until late 2022.

With rumours that Hodgkinson had been speaking with his Mercedes colleagues about the new endeavour, it is not a surprise that Red Bull have now confirmed a further five Mercedes staff members are heading to Milton Keynes.

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The senior leadership appointments include:

PU Production Director – Steve Blewett, formerly Head of Manufacturing at Mercedes Benz HPE
Head of Powertrains Electronics and ERS – Omid Mostaghimi, formerly F1 Electronics Team Leader at Mercedes AMG HPP
Head of Mechanical Design ERS – Pip Clode, formerly Team Leader – F1 Power Unit Concept at Mercedes AMG HPP
Head of PU Design ICE – Anton Mayo, formerly engineer at Mercedes AMG HPP
Group Leader ICE Operations – Steve Brodie, formerly F1 trackside and final inspection manager at Mercedes AMG HPP

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Red Bull Powertrains will also welcome a new Head of Mechanical Development, although that person’s name has yet to be announced.

Red Bull team principal and powertrains CEO Christian Horner said: “Red Bull’s mission to bring all aspects of its Formula 1 operations in-house through Red Bull Powertrains is an enormously exciting undertaking but also an extremely demanding one, and we know that success will only be achieved by bringing in the best and brightest talent, by providing them with the right tools and by creating the right environment in which they can thrive.

“Today’s key leadership team appointments demonstrate our strong commitment to those goals and we certainly benefit from our campus being located in the UK where we have access to a huge wealth of engineering talent.

“Working with our new technical director, Ben Hodgkinson, and alongside key personnel retained from Honda Racing Development, each of the senior personnel announced today bring a wealth of experience, expertise and innovation to the Red Bull Powertrains programme and provide us with the strongest possible technical platform for the future.

Police condemns rape of blind elderly woman in Mpumalanga

May 7th 2021 at 05:57

Police management in Mpumalanga has strongly condemned the rape of a 79-year-old blind pensioner in Vosman on Sunday, 2 May.

The suspect has since swiftly been arrested with the assistance of community members.

SUSPECT LIVED IN SAME STREET AS RAPE VICTIM

Police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said the rape occurred while the victim was home alone.

The 48-year-old suspect who is regarded as a neighbour, lived just a few houses away from the elderly woman’s house.

“When he found her home alone the accused allegedly raped the elderly woman. She  ran towards the street as her daughter arrived home with her male friend. Her daughter then managed to grab her and tried to find out what was going on when she realised that her mother looked terrified,” said Hlathi.

COMMUNITY TACKLED THE SUSPECT

According to Hlathi the daughter’s friend “wrestled” the suspect to the ground while members of the community arrived to assist.

“Her male friend in the meantime, went to the house to investigate why the elderly woman ran out of the house and shockingly found the suspect putting his trousers back on.”

“Police was later notified about the incident and upon arrival, arrested the suspect on a charge of rape but due to his injuries, he was taken to hospital for medical treatment, he said.

South African Police Service (SAPS) Acting Provincial Commissioner in Mpumalanga, Major General Thulani Phahla, welcomed the suspect’s arrest. However cautioned members of the public not to take the law into their own hands but to allow the law to take its course.

“We are adamant that the investigation team will work hard to ensure that justice is served for the elderly,” said Phahla.

The suspect has since appeared before the Emalahleni Magistrate’s Court in absentia on Monday, 3 May and the case has been postponed to 10 May.

READ: Elderly Gqeberha couple found dead in their bathtub

Totsiens, Pasella: End of the road for award-winning lifestyle show

May 7th 2021 at 05:54

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) announced on Thursday 6 May that season 28 will be the last for the popular show that covers food, travel, competitions, art, culture  and other lifestyle related content. 

The SABC2 lifestyle show Pasella which airs on Wednesdays at 19:30, is the brainchild of Pieter Cilliers and first aired on 17 March 1998.

Pasella has been broadcasted on SABC2 for the last 23 years and ran for a total of 28 seasons. Pasella also won a Golden Horn award for Best Lifestyle Programme in the past. 

‘Pasella’ presenters over the years

Pasella presenters over the years include Derrich Gardner, Shemane Harris, Paul Rothman, Vicky Davis, Minki van der Westhuizen, Amalia Uys, Hemelbesem, Christi Panagio, Mishka Patel, Eloise Cupido and Jo-Ann Strauss. 

“It is necessary with the new schedule introduced in April this year aimed at diversifying SABC2’s Afrikaans magazine offering and providing our audiences with fresh, entertaining, varied and relevant local content,” said Channel head Gerhard Pretorius in a statement.

“This will also enable the channel to showcase different stories which represent the diversity of our nation and offer more opportunities for independent producers to bring their creative works to the channel,” he continued. 

‘PASELLA’ SEASON FINALE  

According to The Citizen, head of publicity Caroline Phalakatshela said that 28 episodes have been shot for the season. The first 13 have already started airing and the second set of 13 episodes will be broadcasted in January 2022.

The season finale will broadcast in January 2022 where viewers will be taking  a trip down memory lane of Pasella over the years. Viewers can also expect past and present presenters to be seen in the lead up to the finale including interviews with the people from behind the scenes for an exclusive look at what happens behind the lens.

Viewers can look forward to a season finale where we take them down memory lane as we look back at Pasella over the years,” said Pretorius.

“The season will close off with a ’Pasella’ family party, inviting all the current presenters, ’Pasella’ friends, and some of the crew and staff behind the scenes, to bid ’Pasella’ a proper heartfelt adieu,” said Pretorius.

In 2019, SABC canned one of the most popular lifestyle programmes Top Billing after two decades due to budget constraints.

Mick Schumacher has impossible shoes to fill – Nico Rosberg

May 7th 2021 at 05:39

Nico Rosberg believes it’s “quite impossible” for Mick Schumacher to live up to the achievements of his legendary father.

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The younger Schumacher is in his first season in Formula One and already is making positive headlines.

Although he is racing for Haas, which has arguably the slowest car on the grid, Mick Schumacher has kept his mistakes to a minimum and, at the Portuguese Grand Prix, made a sweeping pass on Nicholas Latifi to avoid a Haas 1-2 at the bottom of the classification.

He is, however, perhaps one of the drivers with the most pressure on his shoulders as fans and pundits alike compare him to his father, Michael Schumacher.

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The former Ferrari driver was, at least until Lewis Hamilton won the title last season, the only driver to ever reach seven world titles.

Winning two with Benetton, Schumacher went a five-season rampage with Ferrari from 2000 to 2004.

While his son hopes to one day add his name to the list of F1 world champions, Rosberg says he faces a “tough” time under the spotlight.

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“We saw last year, there have been press conferences where there were more journalists around him than around Hamilton,” the former F1 driver told Sky Italia.

“It’s mind-blowing. This gives him a lot of pressure. It’s quite impossible for him to be as good as his father, who is the best ever, but everybody compares him with his father, is he as strong as his father, and this is tough.”

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As for some advice as to what to do to improve his game, Rosberg says when he was racing he would look at his team-mate’s data and see where he was faster.

Rosberg, though, had the likes of Michael Schumacher and Hamilton as his team-mates. Mick Schumacher has Nikita Mazepin.

“I used the data a lot,” he explained.

“You can learn a lot from what the other driver with your same car does.

“Even if you go really fast, there will always be a corner where the other driver is faster. And there you can watch and copy him where he does better than you, seeing if he brakes later or if he uses a different trajectory, you can see everything, so you can use the data to go much faster.”

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Confirmed: Australian borders will be closed until 2022

May 7th 2021 at 05:36

Scores of people across the world have been eagerly awaiting the reopening of Australia’s borders so they could again visit visit family, friends or loved whom they have been separated from for well over a year.

Australia’s borders have been closed since March 2020.  The latest news that the country’s border closure will continue into 2022, comes as a blow to travellers who were hoping that they would be able to travel to Australia from October this year.

BORDER OPENING: AUSTRALIA TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION

The Telegraph reports that Australia’s Finance Minister Simon Birmingham told Australian media that the country would not be reopening its borders to most international visitors until next year at the very earliest, and even then, the country would be very cautious regarding who will be permitted through its borders.

“We won’t be seeing borders being flung open at the start of next year with great ease,” Birmingham was quoted as saying in The Telegraph.

DELAYED VACCINATION DRIVE

The Australian government previously indicated that the country’s borders were set to reopen in October 2021, but delays in Australia’s vaccination programme — compounded by the unknown efficacy of vaccines against the new COVID-19 variants prevalent in several countries — have forced Australia to push back the reopening of its borders.

“Uncertainties exist — not just in the speed of the vaccine rollout, but also the extent of its effectiveness to different variants of COVID, the duration of its longevity and effectiveness,” Birmingham said.

‘TRAVEL BUBBLES’

When Australia finally does allow foreign visitors to travel to its shores, the country will begin by allowing entry to key states which have had managed to contain the spread of COVID-19 in their countries.

The Telegraph reports that so-called “travel bubbles” are likely to be implemented between Australia and select Asian nations, such as Japan, Singapore and Vietnam, though there is no confirmed date for the commencement of these arrangements.

Pitso Mosimane ‘relaxed’ after Al Ahly get back to winning ways

May 7th 2021 at 05:32

Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane expressed his satisfaction after Thursday’s 2-1 victory against Al Ittihad, but the South African was still left frustrated having conceded a late goal.

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The first half didn’t lead to any goals nor much goal-mouth action, but Mosimane’s men started the second half brightly.

Just five minutes in Marwan Mohsen was brought down inside the box by Damion Lowe and Badr Benoun stepped up to open the scoring from the penalty spot.

And another five minutes after that Al Ahly doubled their lead when Mohamed Magdy nodded in Hussein El-Shahat’s cross.

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However, in stoppage time Al Ittihad managed to score a late consolation goal through Mohamed Sabahi, something which spoiled Mosimane’s mood.

Speaking after the match, Mosimane: “We now feel a little relaxed after the victory today. We went through a difficult time. We were playing well but we weren’t winning.

“Sometimes playing well does not help us, and when you do not win, it affects your confidence.

“We scored a goal and followed it with another, then a third goal, unfortunately, was not counted due to offside, and when you lead in result with two goals without a response, this makes you feel confident and there is comfort even in making substitutions.

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Despite their victory Al Ahly remained in second place in the Egyptian Premier League standings with 40 points, four points behind log-leaders Zamalek.

Al Ahly have however played two fewer matches than their bitter rivals who they will meet in their next match on Monday, 10 May at 21:30 SA time.

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Watch: EFF members ‘storm court’ to confront alleged killer, Leon Coetzee

May 7th 2021 at 05:23

Chaos has erupted at the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on Friday, as angered EFF members attempted to gain access to the dock where Leon Coetzee’s bail hearing is being held. The suspect is accused of murdering his neighbour Thembinkosi Thabethe, after a heated argument – sparked by a WhatsApp conversation – turned deadly.

Who is Leon Coetzee? Suspect accused of murdering black neighbour in Tshwane

Coetzee, accused of calling black security guards on his estate ‘pigs’, denies using the language intentionally. His legal team argue that he acted in self-defence, as Thabethe ‘made threats against his wife’ after reading the contentious message on the social media platform. The state accuses the 55-year-old of stabbing the victim three times.

With a trial date coming up later in the year, many more details still need to be established. The EFF, however, is in no mood to wait – and ground forces in Pretoria kicked things up a notch, storming the court on Friday.

BREAKING:The EFF has broken down gates at the Pretoria North MagistratesCourt. They are demanding access to #LeonCoetzee’s bail hearing, he is being charged with murder for allegedly stabbing his neighbour. Thembinkosi Thabethe died last weekend in hospital @radioislam @all4women

— Naadiya Adams (@Miss_Naadiya) May 7, 2021

Watch: EFF members force their way into Pretoria court

In one video shared online, more than a dozen Red Berets can be seen dismantling a security gate outside. They casually let themselves in, outnumbering the security teams, and go into the courthouse. Officials are still trying to restore order in Pretoria, as no police officers were present at the building at the time of the forced entry.

Members of the EFF have just forced their way into the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court, where Leon Coetzee, accused of murdering Thembinkosi Thabethe is expected to appear. pic.twitter.com/G6MEnCPQG0

— Alex Mitchley (@AlexMitchley) May 7, 2021

EFF issue fierce statement on Leon Coetzee

Meanwhile, the Tshwane Branch of the EFF has released its own statement on the Leon Coetzee trial. Needless to say, the are scathing with the suspect, branding him an ‘arrogant white racist’. Local structures of the party have vowed to ‘cleanse the evil spirits of racism’ within the city. And the colourful language didn’t end there…

“How can a man pick up a knife and mutilate his neighbour without any justifiable cause, unless motivated by racism? A black young woman has become a widow, and six children have been left fatherless. We call for the maximum sentence to be imposed upon Leon Coetzee. We will expose, attack, and defeat racism wherever it rears its ugly head.”

Rio de Janeiro: Deadly police raid leaves 25 people dead

May 7th 2021 at 05:18
By: AFP

A massive police operation against drug traffickers in a Brazilian favela Thursday left 25 people dead, turning the impoverished Rio de Janeiro neighbourhood into a battlefield and drawing condemnation from rights groups.

A policeman was among those killed in the early morning raid on Jacarezinho, on Rio’s north side, where residents awoke to explosions, heavy gunfire and helicopters overhead.

Police confirmed the toll — and investigators said it was the deadliest police operation in the history of Rio de Janeiro state.

Police identified the other 24 dead as “suspects” and said all protocols had been followed before officers opened fire, but rights groups and academics cried foul.

“Who are the dead? Young black men. That’s why the police talk about ’24 suspects.’ Being a young, black favela resident automatically makes you a suspect to the police. They just keep piling up bodies and saying, ‘They’re all criminals,'” said Silvia Ramos, head of the Security Observatory at Candido Mendes University.

“Is this the public security policy we want? Shootouts, killings and police massacres?” she told AFP.

Large groups of heavily armed police could be seen streaming into the favela as frightened residents tentatively went about their business once the gunfire died down, AFP journalists said.

Residents reported seeing corpses lying on the pavement in pools of blood, and numerous bodies being taken out in an armoured police vehicle, a local community leader told AFP, asking that his name not be published for safety reasons.

At least two people were wounded when the subway car they were riding in was apparently caught in the crossfire during the operation, news site G1 reported.

TV network GloboNews showed aerial images of armed suspects fleeing from one residence to another in the densely packed neighbourhood during the raid, passing what looked like high-powered rifles from hand to hand.

“Unfortunately, there were many clashes in the area. There is nothing to celebrate with this toll,” one police official told a press conference, adding that the officer killed was shot in the head.

Rights groups and residents later inspected the houses targeted — some had blood stains and damage from the shootout.

CHILD FOOT SOLDIERS IN RIO FAVELAS

Police said the operation targeted a gang suspected of recruiting children and teenagers for drug trafficking, robberies, assaults and murders.

They said the sting grew out of a surveillance operation that obtained a warrant to wire-tap suspects’ communications.

That led them to identify 21 gang members “responsible for ensuring the gang’s territorial dominance,” they said.

The group “had set up a war-style structure with hundreds of ‘soldiers’ equipped with rifles, pistols, grenades, bulletproof vests, camouflage fatigues and other military accessories,” they added.

The neighborhood is considered a base for the Comando Vermelho, or Red Command, the iconic beach city’s biggest drug gang.

However, rights activists questioned why recruiting minors — a common practice among Brazilian gangs — would lead to such a deadly operation.

There were also questions about the timing: The operation came despite a Supreme Court ruling barring police from carrying out raids in Brazil’s impoverished favelas during the coronavirus pandemic except in “absolutely exceptional circumstances.”

One resident told AFP that a young man had been killed in her home, where he had sought refuge after being wounded.

“The boy had been shot when he arrived here, and as no resident of this community will kick out another, he stayed. But the police saw blood and came in shouting: ‘Where is he? Where is he?'” the woman said.

“I only had time to take my children out back… they killed him in the room.”

PREDICTABLE OUTCOME

Rio, a city of 6.7 million people, is notorious for its violence.

Rio de Janeiro state was placed under military intervention in 2018 in a bid to rein in the violence, which includes a troubled history of deadly police shootings.

Last year, at least 1,245 people were killed by police in the state, according to ISP, Rio’s public security institute.

That was down from a record 1,814 police killings in 2019, but still higher than, for example, the 1,127 people killed by police last year across the entire United States.

“It is unacceptable that Rio de Janeiro’s public security policy continues to bet on killing as a strategy,” said the Igarape Institute, a think tank.

Robert Muggah, the institute’s co-founder, said the deadly raid was “the predictable outcome of years of belligerent tough-on-crime rhetoric” from pro-gun, far-right leaders including President Jair Bolsonaro and Rio’s recently impeached governor, Wilson Witzel.

by Mauro PIMENTEL © Agence France-Presse

Hyundai Motorsport retain Neuville, Tanak with multi-year WRC contracts

May 7th 2021 at 05:17

The Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team, the primary concern of Hyundai Motorsport, has re-signed its current driver pairing of Belgian Thierry Neuville and Estonian Ott Tanak beyond the 2021 World Rally Championship.

Two-time manufacturers champion Hyundai Motorsport has confirmed its commitment to rallying’s top tier by keeping Neuville, who made his WRC debut with Hyundai in 2014 and was instrumental in the team’s success over the last seven years. His development contribution has turned the i20 WRC into the title contender it is today.

Tanak joined the Hyundai Motorsport team for the 2020 season as the 2019 World Rally Champion and secured a second consecutive Manufacturer’s title for the outfit. The Estonian scored a win at home and managed three second-step finishes in 2020, which was just seven events long thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read: France’s Sebastien Ogier wins seventh world rally title

Neuville wanted to stay home at Hyundai Motorsport anyway

“It was my intention to continue the adventure in the World Rally Championship with Hyundai Motorsport and I’m happy to sign a multi-year contract with the team, which became my second family. Besides the fact that I feel really at home with them, their determination and target for victory convinced me to pursue the fantastic journey we started together more than seven years ago.”

Thierry Neuville, after signing a multi-year deal with Hyundai Motorsport

The signings should make the development process for the next WRC season are lot smoother, as the regulations for 2022 change to include hybrid powertrains, less complex suspension systems, five-speed transmissions without an active centre differential.

Read: The 2022 WRC regulations so far

Tanak is sure he’s at the right place for another run at the WRC title

“We are entering a new era of WRC, as we are switching to the hybrid regulations and this means everyone will start from a blank page. Hyundai Motorsport has huge knowledge and experience of hybrid and electric technologies which will play a big role when we develop the new Rally1 car. I look forward to the new WRC era, but we have still a job to do this year – making sure we send off the current generation of WRC cars in the best possible way.”

Ott Tanak states his faith in Hyundai’s massive R&D programme.

According to Hyundai Motorsport Team principal Andrea Adamo, testing and development of the new i20 Rally1 WRC car will commence imminently. The team will have to manage that in-between rounds of the 2021 WRC season, which continues on 20 May with Rally Portugal.

Lions make four changes to their starting XV for clash against the Sharks

May 7th 2021 at 05:00

Lions coach Ivan Van Rooyen has made four injury-enforced changes to his starting XV to take on the Sharks in their trip to Durban this weekend.

Coach Ivan Van Rooyen has made four changes to his starting XV to take on the Sharks at in their trip to Durban this week

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They played a truly physical encounter in their opener of the Rainbow Cup against the Bulls last week. The clash resulted in all four injuries occurring in the same match!

This means that, fullback Tiaan Swanepoel(Fullback), Stean Pienaar (Wing) and Wilhelm van der Sluys (lock) all drop out of the side due to their injuries.

There is good news however, as Burger Odendaal and JAco Visagie return the bench.

There is also a welcome return for for former Blitzbokke star, Francke Horn. He is aiming to prove his worth in the 15-a-side format.

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Ivan Van Rooyen will be hoping his side can get their season back on track with a win against the more favored Sharks in Durban.

The Lions side to face the Sharks:

15) EW Viljoen

14) Rabz Maxwane

13) Wandisile Simelane

12) Dan Kriel

11) Courtnall Skosan

10) Fred Zeilenga

9) Andre Warner

8) Francke Horn

&) Vincent Tshituka

6) MJ Pelser

5) Reinhard Nothnagel

4) Ruben Schoemen

3) Carlu Sadie

2) PJ Botha

1) Sti Sithole

Subs: 16) Jaco Visagie. 17) Nathan McBeth, 18)) Asenathi Ntlabakanye, 19) Len Massyn, 20) Emmanuel Tshituka, 21) Morne van den Berg, 22) Jordan Hendrikse, 23) Burger Odendaal

Grim find: Body parts of missing woman found in Vaal River

May 7th 2021 at 04:49

The body of a woman last seen taking an Uber from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg has been found in Villiers.

Yolandi Botes, 35, went missing on 26 April after reportedly taking an Uber.

BODY PARTS FOUND FLOATING NEAR HOLIDAY RESORT

Police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said body parts of a woman was found in the Vaal River on Tuesday, 4 May.

“On Tuesday, a father and son went fishing at the Holiday Resort in Villiers next to the Vaal River. The boy walked around and saw something in the water that looked like a part of a body. The police were called and it was confirmed to be a human foot.”

Makhele said Botes was identified by a tattoo on her body.

 “Police divers were summoned and some of the body parts of a white woman were found. It is confirmed that the body is that of a woman that was reported as missing in Brakpan on 26 April 2021. The linkage could be made by a tattoo she had. It was confirmed that the body is that of Yolandi Botes.”

Police divers are still on scene to look for other body parts. Anyone with information can contact the investigation officer, Warrant Officer Theuns Fourie at 082-351-1622.

VICTIM TOLD FAMILY SHE WAS TAKING UBER

The victim’s sister Mariska Oosthuizen wrote on Facebook that Botes was on her way to see her children but never arrived.

“We have not had any contact with her since Monday morning where she got in an Uber at the airport. Her disappearance is not right. Her children miss her, her mommy misses her, her husband misses her, her brother and sisters miss her,” she said.

After the victim’s body was discovered, Oosthuizen said they are seeking justice for her sister’s murder.

“We demand justice, we want answers. This was not murder it was planned murder. My sister was chopped up into pieces. And thrown in the river as if she was nothing. She was not nothing; she was a human being, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife a friend.”

READ: Man arrested for murder of ‘friendly and loving’ woman in Wellington

Kitchen Confidential: The secret to a successful kitchen renovation

May 7th 2021 at 04:39

There comes a time in every kitchen’s lifespan, that the owner of the house feels they can no longer stand the look and layout of their kitchen. This is especially true of houses 50 years and older where the old plumbing pipes start to rust, the kitchen cabinets hang sadly on one hinge and the old linoleum flooring curls up at the edges. A kitchen renovation is imminent!

Apart from old craftmanship caving in due to fair use and tear, after half a century, you can really boost your house’s value by upgrading your kitchen. The starting point to a successful kitchen renovation is to consult with a Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB) registered plumber.

Who is the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB)?

PIRB is a trusted professional body regulating the plumbing industry and recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority. PIRB monitors the competency level of the plumbing industry. It also advocates for plumbing practices that protect our environment and the health and safety of consumers.

So, in essence, PIRB protects consumers from opportunistic plumbers who try to make a quick buck out of your kitchen renovation without having the necessary expertise.

What distinguishes a PIRB registered plumber from the rest?

Get your kitchen renovation done effortlessly with a PIRB registered plumber. Image: Pixabay.

Using a plumber that is registered with PIRB and therefore able to issue you with a PIRB certificate of compliance has so many benefits when planning your kitchen renovation:

  • Firstly, unregistered plumbers cannot issue a legal PIRB certificate of compliance. Only plumbers registered with PIRB may issue a certificate of compliance for work that they have done. This certificate of compliance is worth gold in the hand of any homeowner as it safeguards the homeowner against fly-by-night plumbers rendering shoddy plumbing services. So, if you encounter a plumber saying he will “get” a certificate of compliance for you from his friend afterwards, red warning lights should start flashing.
  • The issuing of a PIRB certificate of compliance means that the work done is subject to a random audit. These audits are an ongoing internal process of PIRB maintaining the integrity of the industry. When a plumber issues a PIRB certificate of compliance, he is essentially consenting to be scrutinised. This means that the plumber is confident that his work is in line with industry standards.
  • PIRB registered plumbers are required to achieve CPD points on an annual basis to remain registered. This ensures that registered plumbers continuously upskill themselves to maintain their credibility and registration status. Consumers can therefore rest assured that every PIRB registered plumber has a sound knowledge of the South African National Standards and the latest plumbing practices.

Ready for that kitchen renovation? Get a PIRB registered plumber on board.

If you are still shopping around for the right plumber, for your own safety and peace of mind make sure you ask for a professional PIRB registered plumber and a PIRB Certificate of Compliance today.

Call us: 0861 747 275 or 012 654 8245.

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Security officer delivers homeless woman’s healthy baby

May 7th 2021 at 04:38

A compassionate armed response officer went the extra mile in the call of duty when he helped a homeless woman give birth on the pavement in Avoca, Durban.

Marshall Security community support spokesperson Andreas Mathios said the security company had received a report from a resident that a women was screaming for help in the early hours of Thursday morning in Bailey Road.

“Marshall Security’s control room received a report from residents that a woman was screaming for assistance at one of the residents gates,” Mathios said.

Mathios said the firm’s armed response officer, Bradley Govender had responded to the scene where he found a pregnancy woman who had gone into labour.

“He found a woman sitting the on ground on the pavement and she had gone into premature labour and was about to give birth. The reaction officer then proceeded to calm her down and called for additional resources from the dispatch centre who notified EMRS (Emergency Medical Rescue Services),” he said.

Security officer helps woman deliver a healthy baby in street

Mathios said that eThekwini Fire Services had also arrived at the scene to assist the woman. 

“By the time the medical officers arrived at the scene the reaction officer had assisted the woman in giving birth. The officer took the child, wrapped it in an insulation blanket, and took it to his vehicle. A nurse who lives in the community, who also came to assistance of the screaming woman, was on hand to assist with the child but by the time she arrived the baby had been born. She assisted Govender in keeping the child warm and safe,” he said.

Mathios said EMRS arrived at the scene and transported the mother and child to hospital for a medication check up.

“The mother and child were in a stable condition,” he said.

Recovery Loan Scheme

May 7th 2021 at 04:33

The recovery loan scheme will remain open until 31 December 2021 (subject to review). The scheme is intended to provide further support to businesses to help them recover and grow following the disruption of the pandemic and the end of the transition period. The new scheme can be used as an additional loan on top of previous support received from other schemes such as the Bounce Back Loan Scheme and Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Under the scheme, the government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on eligible loans provided to UK businesses. The recovery loan scheme will be open to all businesses, including those who have already received support under the existing COVID-19 guaranteed loan schemes.

The following finance options are available:

  • Term loans and overdrafts are available between £25,001 and £10 million per business.
  • Invoice finance and asset finance are available between £1,000 and £10 million per business.

Finance terms are for up to six years for term loans and asset finance facilities. For overdrafts and invoice finance facilities, terms will be up to three years. No personal guarantees will be taken on facilities up to £250,000, and a borrower’s principal private residence cannot be taken as security. 26 lenders have already been accredited for the recovery loan scheme and more are expected shortly.

No business owner should have to suffer the financial tragedy of over-trading through lack of planning. If you need help, pick up the phone or reach out to Exceed who can help.”

#AceSuspendsCyril: Nando’s takes aim at ANC in hilarious new meme

May 7th 2021 at 04:31

Nando’s has clapped back in the best way they know how after the suspension of the Secretary-General of the African National Congress (ANC), Ace Magashule, and his subsequent “suspension” of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Image: Christopher Moagi/Daily Sun/Gallo Images via Getty Images.

MAGASHULE TO SUSPEND RAMAPHOSA AS ANC PRESIDENT

The South African previously reported that after being issued the letter of suspension on Wednesday 5 May 2021, Magashule referred to it as “fatally flawed”, adding that he is questioning Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte authority on the matter.

Magashule said Duarte had no authority to issue the letter of suspension, citing it as “unconstitutional.”

He further added that he would now “summarily suspend Cyril Ramaphosa as the president of the ANC in full compliance with the relevant conference resolutions”.

This means that Ramaphosa would not be able to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the President of the ANC. He may also not represent the party publically in any forum, and may not make public statements pertaining to party interests.

FEELING THE HEAT

Nando’s proceeded to create a new meme – which was posted on their Twitter page – where they refer to Ramaphosa as “moreki,” a word which translates to a “buyer”, that ultimately aludes to the fact that Ramaphosa is indeed the buyer of the country.

Even Moreki is feeling the heat. #AceSuspendsCyril pic.twitter.com/z28y6SBatk

— NandosSA (@NandosSA) May 6, 2021

Of course, the internet – and especially social media users in South Africa – are loving it.

Zero chill on Nando's side…..LOVE IT!😂😂😂 https://t.co/B3zoAYxiHa

— Indigo_Rosefit (@IRosefit) May 6, 2021

The suspendee has suspended the suspender pic.twitter.com/nhL3FiARgF

— Josef tjikeu (@JTjikeu) May 6, 2021

Battle of the suspensions… I wonder who will CHICKEN out? 😏😏 pic.twitter.com/Brjm8Moop2

— Da-Emperor (@scmojela1) May 6, 2021

VIRAL NANDO’S ADS

The South African previously reported on Nando’s 15 best adverts, and that’s because their viral campaigns completely dominate the discourse. They’ve tackled everything from xenophobia to state capture Nando’s is known for stirring things up when it comes to their advertisements.

Other memes, includes their take on the various national lockdowns imposed in South Africa, to what feels like ever-lasting loadshedding.

We like to keep conspiracies out of the kitchen. #VaccineforSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/1HnEOGu5Pw

— NandosSA (@NandosSA) February 1, 2021

Even when the tough times last a bit longer, we don’t lose hope! #LockdownLingo pic.twitter.com/6A7J9e7tg6

— NandosSA (@NandosSA) April 23, 2020

Also read: Nando’s brilliantly calls on us South Africans to “fix our shit” in new ad

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BOKSBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 10: Secretary General Ace Magashule and President Cyril Ramaphosa at the annual wreath laying and 28th commemoration anniversary of Chris Hani?s killing at the Thomas Nkobi Memorial Park on April 10, 2021 in Boksburg, South Africa. Hani was shot in the driveway of his home in Dawn Park on 10 April in 1993. (Photo by Christopher Moagi/Daily Sun/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

Itumeleng Khune on his way out of Kaizer Chiefs? Wants a new challenge

May 7th 2021 at 04:30

Long-serving Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has reportedly turned down a contract offer from the club, in favour of a new challenge.

Once an undisputed starter for both club and country, Khune has not been able to enjoy those type of privileges anymore with a mixture of injuries and a loss of form contributing to his apparent decline. The likes of Daniel Akpeyi and Rowen Williams have since capitalised on his misfortunes for both club and country respectively.

After recent travails, Khune is looking for a change of scene

Now having failed to convince both Ernst Middendorp and current coach Gavin Hunt of his first-choice keeper credentials, it is reported that a change of scenery is high on his list of priorities for next season according to The Citizen. Khune has endured yet another indifferent season at Chiefs with all of a loss of form, injuries as well as the loss of his sister all contributing to that.

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He has also become prone to costly mistakes at the back, which have forced his side to pay with a loss of points. That coupled with his regular presence on social media has made him an easy target for clubs supporters to voice their displeasure about. The fans have not been the only ones that have made their feels known about the Bafana Bafana international, however.

Khune has failed to cement his spot as number one under Gavin Hunt

Hunt has also been vocal in post-match interviews about some of Khune’s schoolboy errors that have led to goals, even going as far as dropping the veteran from matchday squads completely. He can count himself fortunate, however, as Akpeyi has proven not to be as reliable this season as he was in the previous campaign.

He has become a revitalised of late

In recent weeks Khune has seemed a rejuvenated figure however, with big performances against Baroka, Horoya, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, he has shown flashes of his former self. Khune showing that form is temporary and class is permanent has perhaps, justified his controversial call up to the last Bafana Bafana squad as well.

Could those performances be his way of saying his goodbyes on a good note to the club’s supporters?

Watch the space!

Beware trading into insolvency

May 7th 2021 at 04:29

The present pandemic has created just the right conditions for certain businesses to trade their way into insolvency.

But isn’t this good news?

Under normal circumstances, yes, this is great news, but unfortunately, many businesses have needed to spend reserves and borrow in order to survive the last fifteen months of COVID disruption.

Some businesses are standing on the starting line for a marathon, wearing slippers; unprepared financially for what is about to unwind.

Does your business fit into this category?

  • Cash reserves are limited
  • Losses have stripped away accumulated profits
  • You may be obliged to offer better terms of trade to your customers than you receive from your suppliers. i.e., you sell goods on say 30-60 days credit terms but pay your suppliers for raw materials cash on delivery or less than 30 days.

But why does this matter if sales are profitable?

When you sell goods on credit – 60-days in our example – for those 60 days you will have to pay suppliers and other overheads, wages, rent and other costs, before cash arrives in your bank account for sales made almost two months ago.

Ironically, the more successful you are in creating new sales, the more damaging this funding crisis potentially becomes. In accounting speak, you will be over-trading.

Planning is critical to avoid insolvency

If your business fits the description we have outlined above it is imperative that you plan your business growth. It may still be possible to manage higher sales as long as you organise cash-flow support to fund costs until higher sales, and therefore retained profits, provide you with the resources to self-sustain future growth.

No business owner should have to suffer the financial tragedy of over-trading through lack of planning that leads to insolvency. If you need help, Pick up the phone, Exceed can help.”

Benni McCarthy sends Hugo Broos and Bafana Bafana his best wishes

May 7th 2021 at 04:23

Benni McCarthy has wished new Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos well after speculation had initially linked the AmaZulu boss to the national team post.

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In the wake of Molefi Ntseki’s departure, rumours were doing the rounds that Benni McCarthy would take over as Bafana boss due to his impressive record at AmaZulu this season.

“The rumours [on Bafana], we try not to let rumours get to us and derail what we want to do as individuals and as a team,” said McCarthy, as quoted by Sowetan.

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In the end it was former Cameroon national team coach Broos who got the nod and Benni McCarthy has wished him and Bafana Bafana all the best.

“We have got a good group of players, so ja, I can’t see why there can’t be success. All I can say to the new guy [Broos] is good luck and all the best,” McCarthy added.

“We know that we’ll be playing qualifiers for the World Cup and ja, we’ll be rooting for Bafana.

“All I can give them is my best wishes, more I can’t do.”

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Cape Town hijacker killed by cops following hectic shootout

May 7th 2021 at 04:21

Quick-thinking cops in the Western Cape Flying Squad have been lauded for their bravery on Friday, after they took on a pair of hijackers near Khayelitsha. The dramatic shootout took place in Lingelethu West, leaving one suspect injured and the other fatally wounded. The surviving carjacker will soon appear in court.

Cape Town cops bring down carjacking criminals

With serious and violent crime high on the agenda, members attached to the Western Cape Flying Squad conducted crime prevention patrols in Lingelethu West overnight. Their attention was piqued by a Kia Picanto, previously identified as a ‘wanted vehicle’ by law enforcement officials. Attempts to pull the men over soon turned violent, however.

Gunfire was exchanged between both parties. Sadly for the hijackers, they fought the law – and the law won. One of the suspects died at the scene, whereas the other sustained a single gunshot wound. He was subsequently arrested on the spot. SAPS has since released a statement on the matter, confirming two weapons have also been seized.

SAPS statement on the shootout with hijackers

“The Western Cape Flying Squad conducted crime prevention patrols in Lingelethu West last night when they spotted a vehicle that was circulated as hijacked in Mfuleni. Attempts to pull the vehicle over resulted in shots being exchanged between the occupants of the Kia Picanto and police, which ended when one of the suspects was fatally wounded.”

“The second suspect sustained a gunshot wound and was arrested. Two unlicensed firearms, a 9mm pistol, and a .38 revolver were confiscated. The suspect is due to make his court appearance in Khayelitsha once he has been charged.”

#sapsWC Western Cape #FlyingSquad spotted a hijacked vehicle in Lingelethu West last night during patrols. Shootout ensued between suspects and police. One suspect fatally wounded, second suspect arrested. Two unlicensed firearms confiscated. NP https://t.co/AtMB9xNsEa pic.twitter.com/8wq0t1AgJP

— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) May 7, 2021

Hazel comes clean on dirty laundry and apologises to Prince Kaybee

May 7th 2021 at 04:09

Pretoria-based DJ Hazel Mahazard released an official apology to the Prince Kaybee on Thursday 6 May after leaking a nude photo — which she claimed he sent her — as well as their private conversations between them, on social media earlier this week.

The Charlotte hitmaker and “Hazel” trended on Twitter on Tuesday as shocked tweeps weighed in on the leaked nudes and whether this was a case of revenge porn. However, in her apology, Mahazard also says she had never engaged in any casual or sexual relationship with the DJ and record producer. 

Prince Kaybee announces legal action for ‘revenge porn’

Prince Kaybee later confirmed that he will be taking legal action which we could safely assume referred to Hazel Mahazard for the distribution of what has been labelled as “revenge porn”.

Mahazard revealed that she received a letter of demand from Prince Kaybee which prompted her apology. 

“Official apology to Kabelo Motsamai (Princekaybee) for publication/distribution of offending statements and sexual photograph. I read your letter of demand and wish to respond as follows,” wrote Hazel Mahazard on Twitter.

All of this took place while Prince Kaybee’s side chick named “Eurica” went public with their private messages on WhatsApp and Instagram. After his failed attempt at trying to cover it up, Prince Kaybee later confessed to cheating on his girlfriend and radio presenter Zola Mhlongo, popularly known as Zola Zeelovin, for five years.

HAZEL APOLOGISES TO PRINCE KAYBEE 

Mahazard began her apology by acknowledging that she was wrong for sharing pictures and private conversations between herself and Prince Kaybee. She also stated that she has since deleted the post. 

“On Tuesday, 4 May I posted a tweet with pictures and private conversations between Kabelo Motsamai (Prince Kaybee) and myself. Would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Kabelo for the posts, and any damage that the last picture may have caused to his dignity, public image, personal life and his businesses,” said Mahazard in her statement.

“Upon deep reflection, I now realise how unjust and uncalled for my actions were, and I would like to use this opportunity to apologise unreservedly. I have since deleted the post and I condemn with serious caution against the continuous circulation of those pictures by others,” she added. 

SEXUAL RELATIONS DENIED

The 27-year-old DJ went on to clear up the speculation around her relationship with Prince Kaybee. She stated that she has never had a casual or sexual relationship with him. 

“I met Kabelo Motsami in September 2020 through an official work project that we were both involved in. I have never engaged in any casual or sexual relationship with Kabelo Motsami from the time I met him to date. 

“I regret the entire incident and have taken to heart all the harsh lessons that came with it. I do not intend to make any further public statements on this matter and further appeal that Kabelo be afforded the privacy to deal with any matters that arise from this unfortunate incident,” she added.

ALSO READ: Kaybee caught with pants down: Experts weigh in on DJ’s cheating shock

Lleyton Hewitt delays Tennis Hall of Fame entry to 2022

May 7th 2021 at 04:09

Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt of Australia said his induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame will be delayed until 2022 due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

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In a video posted on the Hall’s website, the two-time Grand Slam singles champion said he plans to attend next year’s ceremony in July during the ATP Hall of Fame Championship at Newport, Rhode Island.

“Unfortunately, due to the circumstances around Covid this year, my family and I won’t be able to make it over to Newport to celebrate this July,” Lleyton Hewitt said in the video.

“But we are really looking forward to coming back and actually being part of it in 2022 at the Hall of Fame.”

The Hall of Fame will conduct an induction ceremony at this year’s grass-court event on July 17, the day of the tournament semi-finals.

The ceremony will see the enshrinement of 2020 inductees Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez, whose ceremony was called off last year, and other 2021 inductees, including The Original 9, trailblazing players who launched the women’s pro tour, and the late coach Dennis Van der Meer.

US-Australia travel issues will keep Hewitt from sharing the moment.

“While I’m very much looking forward to the ceremony and the celebration, everyone’s health and safety is the rightful priority for us all to focus on right now,” Hewitt said.

Hewitt, 40, won the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon singles titles and was runner-up at the 2004 US Open and 2005 Australian Open.

Hewitt captured 30 ATP singles crowns in his career, taking his first in his hometown of Adelaide in 1998 and his last at Newport in 2014.

In November 2001, the Aussie became the youngest player to be ranked ATP world number one at age 20.

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May 7th 2021 at 04:00

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One lucky reader who answers all 5 questions correctly will stand a chance to win the money.

All entrants who score 5 out of 5 will go into a draw where a winner will be chosen and contacted by email.

It’s easy, all the answers can be found on The South African website. This quiz closes on Thursday, 20 May 2021.

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Giro d’Italia preview: Remco Evenepoel takes fight to Simon Yates, Egan Bernal

May 7th 2021 at 03:56
By: AFP

Young Belgian rider Remco Evenepoel returns from injury with hopes high that he can challenge the likes Simon Yates and Egan Bernal in the Giro d’Italia, which gets underway on Saturday.

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The 21-year-old, dubbed the heir to the legendary Eddy Merckx, fractured his pelvis after hitting a bridge wall and plunging into a ravine during the Tour of Lombardy in Italy last August.

Saturday’s opening stage is an 8.6km time trial along the River Po in Turin, and after covering 3 480km around the peninsula the Giro finishes back in the north in front of Milan’s Duomo on May 30.

Former Vuelta a Espana winner Yates, who was forced to retire from last year’s delayed Giro after testing positive for Covid-19, returns and warmed up with a win on the Tour of the Alps.

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Colombian Bernal, the 2019 Tour de France champion, will compete for the first time in the race around Italy.

Remco Evenepoel played down expectations ahead of his first Grand Tour, nine months after last competing.

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“You can’t prepare for a race 100 percent without racing, but that’s the risk that we took,” said the Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider, the European junior champion in 2018.

Evenepoel burst into the limelight with success in all four stage races that he took part in last season, including the Tour of Poland, before his horror fall.

Bernal conceded Remco Evenepoel was a bit of a dark horse.

“I haven’t come up against him often in groups, so I can’t say. He has certainly shown to have great talent,” said the Colombian.

The Belgian’s team-mate Joao Almeida is also hopeful of a result having worn the ‘pink jersey’ for 15 consecutive days last year and finishing fourth overall.

French team-mate Remi Cavagna will be among the favourites for the opening time trial along with Italian world champion Filippo Ganna of Ineos.

Victorious in two of the last three editions, Ineos have placed their trust in Bernal, one of the jewels of the most powerful teams in the peloton. 

The Colombian conceded his ambitions will all depend how his back holds up, having not raced since mid-March, unlike Yates, who dominated the recent Tour of the Alps.

Australian Jai Hindley of Team DSM finished second overall last year, and also has high hopes, along with former two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali of Italy. 

The race should suit the climbers with eight finishes at altitude.

But before attacking Monte Zoncolan on stage 14, and the great passes of the Dolomites, on stage 16, the race crosses the peninsula, even if it neglects the heel of Italy’s boot this time.

The final 30km time trial through Milan proved decisive last year for last year’s champion Tao Geoghegan Hart, who is absent this year.

“We are approaching the Giro with even more ambition after our unfortunate exclusion from 2020,” said Team Bike Exchange manager Brent Copeland, after being forced out of last year’s race because of coronavirus. 

The last three editions, such as Briton Chris Froome’s spectacular stage 19 comeback in 2018 to snatch the overall lead which he never relinquished, prove that anything is possible. 

Meanwhile this year, the ‘pink jersey’ race celebrates the 160th anniversary of Italian unification, with the start in Turin honouring the country’s first capital.

A look at the five key stages of the 2021 Giro d’Italia, which runs from May 8-30, before Saturday’s opening 8.6km time-trial along the River Po in Turin:

Strade Bianchi to kick up some dust

Stage 11: Perugia – Montalcino, 162km

As the dust settles on the early running and the first rest day, stage 11 through Tuscany will kick up a new cloud on the 35km section that gives the Strade Bianchi classic its name.

Australian Cadel Evans emerged the winner here in 2010 on a rainy day that covered the riders in white mud on the non-tarmac section of a region known for its wines.

The monster climb

Stage 14: Cittadella – Monte Zoncolan, 205km

Taking in the multilingual region near Austria and Slovenia, the 14th stage takes the race back to Monte Zoncolan and features the steepest finish of this year’s Giro, with double-digit gradients towards the peak in the final kilometres. 

Three mountains in the Dolomites

Stage 16: Sacile – Cortina d’Ampezzo, 212km

Three climbs that marked the centenary edition of the Giro will make the 16th stage a potential turning point for the contenders against the epic backdrop of the Dolomite mountains. The second climb takes the Giro to its highest point at 2,239m and is being touted as the ‘Queen stage’ with its 5,700m of climbing.

The final and maybe decisive mountain

Stage 20: Verbania – Alpe Motta, 164km

The penultimate stage is a testing sidestep into Switzerland to climb the San Bernardino and the Splugen passes, both well above the clouds and with treelines at over 2000m. But the decider could well be the Alpe Motta which rounds off 4800m of climbing.

Last day time trial delivers champion

Stage 21: Senago – Milan, 30.3km

Anyone who witnessed last year’s triumphant final day entry into Milan of young British champion Tao Geoghegan Hart as he overturned Jai Hindley’s lead is also likely to enjoy the 30.3km concluding race against the clock, which culminates in front of the Duomo.

812 Competizione: Ferrari unveils V12 duo based on the Superfast

May 7th 2021 at 03:54

As if Ferrari’s premier front-engined offering, the 812 Superfast, wasn’t already an exclusive enough chariot, the Maranello-based manufacturer has upped the ante yet again with two special versions – dubbed the 812 Competizione and 812 Competizione A.

Of course, access to the 812 Competizione’s official unveiling earlier this week was only open to a handful of the most ardent enthusiasts of the brand and collectors of the Prancing Horse’s top models.

At the heart of the 812 Competizione

Ferrari doesn’t just introduce a special model like this without some proper justification as to why it’s so special. Let’s start with the normally aspirated V12 engine, which retains the 6.5-litre displacement of the 812 Superfast but with several revisions to coax a little more power out of it.

The 812 Competizione distinguishes itself from its Superfast sibling by way of titanium con-rods that are 40% lighter than steel versions, diamond-like carbon coated pistons for reduced friction, a rebalanced crankshaft, camshafts with higher lift profile, more efficient intake manifold, and a variable displacement oil pump that constantly adjusts the engine’s oil pressure throughout the rev range.

The result from the new 13.5:1 compression ratio is an extra 22 kW, for a total of 610 kW at 9 250 rpm and 692 N.m of torque at 7 000 rpm. The 812 Competizione is equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends the engine’s output to tarmac via the rear axle.

Not just for show, but to go

With added performance under the long and distinctive bonnet, it was only fitting that the 812 Competizione also made use of aerodynamic improvements to maximise its potential for speed. This is thanks to a redesigned exhaust system, a rear diffuser that now spans the Ferrari’s entire width, a spoiler that sits higher, rear screen delete, and bumper redesign.

It’s not mumbo-jumbo either, because changing from the dual exhaust tailpipes to a single exit piece allows for the hot gases emitted from the exhaust to interact with the modified diffuser’s increased surface area. This combination alone is responsible for 35 % of the total downforce increase compared to the 812 Superfast.

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But there’s another one, remember?

The 812 Competizione A is a targa version of its tin-top sibling, which means that you can stow the roof when you want the wind in your hair. It’s virtually the same car, except that in 812 Competizione A guise there are carbon fibre roll hoops that rise above the seats, and a flap integrated into the windscreen that deflects air away from the cockpit.

Thinking of signing on the dotted line? Think again, because in true Ferrari fashion you’ll have been selected as a potential buyer, so if you haven’t been informed yet then you probably won’t be able to get your hands on an 812 Competizione. Even if you’re blessed with deep pockets, that doesn’t mean you can just walk into a dealership and purchase one.

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Super Rugby Aotearoa final: Chances Scott Robertson breaks out in dance?

May 7th 2021 at 03:47
By: AFP

The Reds are seeking revenge while across the Tasman, the Crusaders will look to extend their dominance when Australia and New Zealand’s domestic Super Rugby competitions play their finals this weekend.

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The Reds narrowly lost last year’s Super Rugby AU decider 28-23 to the Brumbies and admit the defeat still smarts, setting up an epic rematch in front of 50 000 fans in Brisbane on Saturday.

Reds scrumhalf Tate McDermott said footage of the Brumbies celebrating after last year’s win provided ample motivation for Saturday’s clash.

“We’ve re-watched that final minute of the grand final, where you see them kick it out and there’s a bit of carry on and they win,” he said.

“There’s definitely been a fire burning since that moment last year that has really helped the team… we do owe them a lot from that game.”

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The Reds have overtaken the Brumbies as Australia’s most consistent team this year, losing only once in an outstanding season that has included two victories over their Canberra-based rivals.

Coach Dan McKellar admitted his Brumbies were the underdogs but warned the Queenslanders not to expect an easy victory in front of what is likely to be a sold-out Suncorp Stadium.

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“We’re quite happy – backs to the wall, big crowd at Suncorp, just ourselves and our family to bounce off,” he said.

“We’ll go out there and prove a few people wrong and continue our reign as Australia’s leading team over a number of years. That’s the goal.”

Over in New Zealand, the Crusaders are red-hot favourites to defend the Super Rugby Aotearoa title, adding a second domestic championship to the record 10 international Super Rugby titles already in the trophy cabinet.

Victory against Chiefs in Christchurch on Saturday would make it five straight years the Crusaders have won Super Rugby or Super Rugby Aotearoa.

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They are unbeaten in 24 post-season matches contested at home, including six finals, and coach Scott Robertson said it was not a record they would give up lightly.

“Occasions like this are exactly what we play for, the chance to represent the people of our region on the big stage,” he said.

By contrast, the Chiefs began the season as competition losing their first two matches to compound the pain of a winless 2020.

But a five-match run of success turned their campaign around, with coach Clayton McMillan saying the Chiefs felt a burden had been lifted and they could defeat anyone, even an outfit as formidable as the Crusaders.

“On any given day, any team can be beaten, and we’ve proven that,” he said. 

“This weekend we are going down to Christchurch with confidence and believe we can upset the Crusaders.”

EXCLUSIVE | Top Kaizer Chiefs defender faces bleak future

May 7th 2021 at 03:33

The future of Kaizer Chiefs defender Anthony Akumu Agay is in serious jeopardy and chances are that he will leave the club at the of the season.

Akumu joined Chiefs in January 2020 when Ernst Middendorp was still the club’s head coach.

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TheSouthAfrican.com has gathered that Akumu’s name made the list of players Gavin Hunt wants to release in order to make space for the incoming players.

According to a source at Naturena, who has requested to remain anonymous, Akumu’s future is being discussed extensively at the top level.

“The technical team feels Akumu hasn’t done enough and they believe someone else can do better in his place next season,” the source told TheSouthAfrican.com.

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“His future is definitely being discussed at the management level, and him not playing lately means Hunt is already planning for life without him,” added the source.   

Akumu has featured in 21 competitive matches under Hunt this season – and his versatility was expected to give him the advantage of his teammates.

He arrived as a central midfielder but in January, Hunt publicly refused to agree that Akumu was a midfielder, and he later turned him into a central defender.

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However, even when Daniel Cardoso and Erick Mathoho were ruled out of the match against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila this week, Hunt still overlooked Akumu.

Akumu hasn’t played for Chiefs since 21 March when he came on as a late substitute against Orlando Pirates.

British & Irish Lions: Tony Brown leaves Highlanders to help Japan prepare

May 7th 2021 at 03:25

Coach Tony Brown has been forced to skip Highlanders’ Super Rugby Trans-Tasman campaign to help Japan prepare to face the British & Irish Lions, in a situation he conceded on Friday was “not ideal”.

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Brown has contracts with both the Highlanders and the rugby union in Japan, where he coached the now defunct Sunwolves and was an assistant with the Brave Blossoms at the 2019 World Cup.

The roles were never supposed to overlap but Brown said rescheduling caused by the pandemic had created a clash that left him unable to fill both roles.

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“Having to head to Japan earlier than expected is disappointing particularly leaving my (Highlanders) team before the end of the season, it’s not what anyone would have wanted,” he said.

The Brave Blossoms play the Lions in Edinburgh on June 26 in a warm-up for the composite team’s tour of South Africa.

Brown said Japan’s internationals had not spent time together since 2019 and they would undergo a short but intense preparation before heading to Scotland.

The Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition – which pits Australian and New Zealand clubs against each other for the first time since the pandemic began – runs from May 14 to June 19.

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“The way it has worked out means Brownie’s international obligations suddenly overlap with his Super Rugby duties, which obviously is a situation that doesn’t sit comfortably with anyone,” Highlanders chief executive Roger Clark said.

He said assistant coach Clarke Dermody would take over, with Brown providing regular input remotely.

Brown’s contract with the Highlanders runs until the end of next season.

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Newspaper front pages from around the world, Thursday 6 May 2021

May 6th 2021 at 09:00

Here are the news stories that made the front pages of newspapers around the world. Today’s Newspaper fronts for Thursday 6 May 2021 – Newspapers across the globe.

NEW YORK TIMES – BIDEN ENDORSES EFFORT TO SHARE VACCINE SECRETS

THE WASHINGTON POST – TRUMP’S BAN FROM FACEBOOK IS UPHELD

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – REPUBLICANS SEEK TO OUST CHENEY FROM LEADERSHIP

DAILY MAIL – BORIS SENDS GUNBOATS INTO JERSEY

THE GUARDIAN – ALARM AS PANDEMIC HITS EARLY CANCER DIAGNOSIS

THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS – 13 DIE WITHOUT OXYGEN IN GOVT HOSPITAL?

PACIFIC DAILY NEWS – PFIZER LOOKS TO LOWER COVID-19 VACCINE AGE

CHINA DAILY – MORE YOUTHS ANSWER XI’S CALL IN SCIENCE

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Mamelodi Sundowns latest | Rising star comments on AS Monaco links

May 6th 2021 at 08:59

Mamelodi Sundowns attacking midfielder Sphelele Mkhulise has broken his silence on media reports that he’s wanted by French giants AS Monaco.

Reports emerged last week that AS Monaco were interested in signing the 25-year-old.

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However, it appears the French giants are yet to make contact with Mkhulise confirming in an interview with Soccer Laduma that he knows nothing about the reports.  

“At the moment, I know nothing about that. No one has ever told me anything about it,” said Mkhulise.

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Mkhulise though, admits he would, one day, like to see himself playing overseas and be in the Bafana Bafana setup.

“I think it is every player’s dream to play overseas. It’s every player’s dream to play abroad and in the national team,” he added. 

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Should Mkhulise eventually move to AS Monaco, he’d be following in the footsteps of former Orlando Pirates striker Lyle Foster who joined the French side in 2019.

New SA Driving Licence: No more queues, electronic and mobile cards

May 6th 2021 at 08:56

South Africans will soon be able to apply for a new electronic or mobile driving licence card as well as a physical plastic one Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula revealed this week.

The days of standing in long queues will also eventually come to an end with the introduction of an e-service system by the Department of Transport (DOT)

Mbalula’s plans for the introduction of the new cards was revealed in the Drivers Licence Card Account Annual Performance Plan (DLCA) 2020/21. The DLCA is a division that falls under the Department of Transport (DOT).

“It is envisaged that a new durable driving licence card with improved security features will be introduced by the end of the financial year,” the plan noted.

“The emergence of the fourth industrial revolution presents both challenges and opportunity for DLCA. There are opportunities for the DLCA to adopt newer technologies to support the DLCA service delivery initiatives,” the plan said.

“The advent of self-driving cars and other alternative transport initiatives such as on-demand ride service may impact on the demand of driving licence cards. There is definitely a need for DLCA to adopt new techniques and business models that will fundamentally transform the production process, government decisions, industry and society at large.”

According to the 2020/21 plan the modernisation of the driving licence card production system will have the following benefits, enabling the DLCA to:

  • Reduce the driving licence card production turnaround time from 12 days to just 7 days
  • Introduce an electronic/mobile driving license
  • Create a platform to introduce an e-service
  • Re-engineer the DLCA process to allow for the automation of support services and the elimination of the current manual application process.

Earlier plans in 2016/17 that were initiated to start with the introduction of the new card system were delayed when there was a change in the transport ministry.

George Lebese SENT HOME from Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila!

May 6th 2021 at 08:49

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila coach Dylan Kerr has explained why former Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs winger George Lebese has been released by the club.

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It comes just a month after George Lebese was announced as a new signing following the termination of his contract with Major Soccer League (MLS) outfit Colorado Switchbacks.

However, it has now transpired that because the 32-year-old cancelled his contract outside of the registered FIFA transfer window, he has been unable to register with the Limpopo-based club.

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“As far as I know George is no longer with us due to his work visa. We can’t get a FIFA clearance for him. So I think George agreed, I don’t know because I’m not seeing him,” Kerr said ahead of the Chippa United showdown this weekend.

“I think George has gone home and I don’t know if he’s still part of TTM, but I can understand his frustration, when he came, he was way off the pace.

“I mean we’d be risking serious injury if we did play him in a competitive game because he’s not been training and he has not played [a match] since November.

“So he was a long way short of the rest of the squad and we tried very very hard to get his ITC, but the legalities of it in America… he was already contracted to that club, he wasn’t really a free agent, so we couldn’t really sign him.”

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Police chase and shootout leads to the death of a 3-month old baby [video]

May 6th 2021 at 08:38

Dozens of police vehicles were pursuing Eric Derell Smith from Baton Rouge in the United States on Monday, 3 May, after he allegedly killed two people earlier that day. The chase eventually came to a tragic end, on the median of the highway, when police opened fire. Both Smith and his 3-month-old baby, who was in the car, were fatally wounded.

3-MONTH-OLD BABY KILLED BY SINGLE GUNSHOT WOUND, SAYS CORONER

The police chase ensued after Smith allegedly entered the home of his ex-girlfriend on Monday and shot and killed her and her nephew. Police identified the victims as Christina Parker, 32, and Brandon Parker, 26.

Smith fled the scene in a blue Nissan Altima and according to the statement police put out they were aware that the baby was in the vehicle.

UPDATE: Baker Double Homicide- Suspect Located In Mississippi The suspect was located in Mississippi this afternoon….

Posted by East Baton Rouge Sheriffs Office on Monday, May 3, 2021

Smith was pursued by more than a dozen police officers from the Missippi Highway Patrol, Gulfort  Police Department and Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, according to reports.

The shootout took place in the middle of a busy highway and there were several eyewitnesses who recorded the incident.

On Wednesday, the Harrison County coroner, Brian Switzer, told The Associated Press that the infant, La’Mello Parker, was killed by a single gunshot wound in the shooting that also claimed his father’s life.

The coroner did not say which part of the baby’s body was struck by the bullet and added that a pathologist will determine whether the shot was fired from near or far.

La’Mello was hospitalised after the shooting but tragically died in the early hours of Tuesday at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. Switzer said an autopsy was conducted and Biloxi police investigators will compare the bullet that killed the baby to the weapons discharged at the scene to determine who fired the fatal shot.

Many people witnessed a police chase that ended in Biloxi after starting in Baton Rouge.

Officers tailed a double murder suspect before he was shot in gunfire with his child in the car.

Witnesses speak to me about how they feel about the shootout and the baby's death.@WLOX pic.twitter.com/uoLB6ehxos

— Andrés Fuentes (@news_fuentes) May 4, 2021

Biloxi police are tasked with the investigation because none of their officers were involved in the incident. According to BuzzFeed News, the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave and it is not clear how many officers were involved.

Major Chris De Back from the Biloxi Police Department could not say if Smith fired any shots at police or if a weapon was recovered from the vehicle.

An early press release by authorities claimed that the first shots were fired when Smith exited the vehicle but this is contradicted by video evidence. De Back also told BuzzFeed that Smith was still in the driver’s seat when the shooting occurred.

The investigation is ongoing.

‘Who are you? You’re suspended’ – EFF cause chaos for Cyril in Parliament

May 6th 2021 at 08:37

The EFF has wasted no time in giving Cyril Ramaphosa the hazing he could not avoid on Thursday. The Red Berets didn’t give the president a second to start his address during Parliamentary Questions – and Deputy Leader Floyd Shivambu was accused of ‘contempt’ by questioning the president’s authority, following his row with Ace Magashule.

Watch: EFF clash with Ramaphosa in Parliament

You should know the story by now. The ANC officially suspended the corruption-accused Ace Magashule, while criminal charges still loom over him. He didn’t take the decision well, and wrote his own letter of suspension addressed towards President Ramaphosa. As far as Ace is concerned, Cyril is no longer recognised as the serving head of state.

The EFF decided to push the boundaries on this matter, sending Shivambu into bat…

#RamaphosaQandA | Proceedings are off to a rough start when EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu addresses the elephant in the room.

MPs want to know if Ramaphosa can speak for the ANC after #AceSuspendsCyril. pic.twitter.com/YHOMCQp11M

— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) May 6, 2021

What Floyd Shivambu said to Cyril Ramaphosa…

“Who is representing the ANC today? The information we have is that Mr Ramaphosa is suspended from the ANC… he is not permitted even by his own organisation. It is false to say he is in charge.”

EFF Chief Whip, Floyd Shivambu raises a point of order asking who President Cyril Ramaphosa is representing as he raises the suspension issue.#RamaphosaQandA

— Athi Mtongana (@Artii_M) May 6, 2021

Magashule fall-out dismissed by Parliamentary authorities

Thankfully for Cyril Ramaphosa, the House Speaker wasn’t interested in entertaining what he called ‘social media squabbles’. He shut down the complaints from TWO separate EFF MPs, who soon learned their protests weren’t going anywhere immediately. After the traditional shouting match and Parliamentary chaos, order was restored to the chamber.

Floyd Shivambu: "we need to know if Cyril Ramaphosa is still the President of SA.. In what capacity is he allowed to speak in this parliament"

Deputy speaker : "Order honourable member, i don't know what happens in social media" pic.twitter.com/kcvAyt4a5g

— Akanii ♒ (@LesNgobz) May 6, 2021

British & Irish Lions: 16 players to enjoy first Lions tour in SA

May 6th 2021 at 08:26

British & Irish Lions Head Coach, Warren Gatland, named a 37-man squad to tour South Africa for the 2021 Series including 16 players who will travel with the team for the first time.

All the bolters

Josh Adams, Bundee Aki, Chris Harris, Ali Price, Louis Rees-Zammit, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Zander Fagerson, Iain Henderson, Jonny Hill, Wyn Jones, Andrew Porter, Sam Simmonds, Rory Sutherland and Hamish Watson are them men making their first trip with the British & Irish Lions.

All 16 men have enjoyed excellent campaigns for their respective teams in the 2021 Six Nations.

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British & Irish Lions: Josh Adams of Wales scores his team’s second try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group D game between Wales and Fiji at Oita Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Oita, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

Wales winger Adams was the breakout star of the 2019 World Cup, finishing as the leading try scorer.

England flanker Sam Simmonds hasn’t played for his country since 2018 but has been a livewire in the Premiership. Gatland bolstered the ranks of his loose forwards.

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British & Irish Lions: Ireland’s centre Bundee Aki during the Autumn Nations Cup international rugby union match between England and Ireland at Twickenham in London, on November 21, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Centres Aki and Harris will be eager to force their way into the starting lineup but will need to be at their best to keep Elliot Daly and Robbie Henshaw out of the starting lineup.

Another Wales winger, Louis Rees-Zammit, enjoyed a blinding Six Nations and is one of the most exciting young players in the world right now.

Props Wyn Jones, not to be confused with skipper Alun Wyn Jones, and Zander Fagerson will be in the mix to impact the game in the front row where the series could be decided.

British & Irish Lions squad

Backs (16):

Josh Adams (Cardiff, Wales) Wing

Bundee Aki (Connacht Rugby, Ireland) Centre

Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints, Wales) Fly-half

Elliot Daly (Saracens, England) Centre

Gareth Davies (Scarlets, Wales) Scrum-half

Owen Farrell (Saracens, England) Fly-half

Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby, Scotland) Centre

Robbie Henshaw (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) Centre

Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs, Scotland) Full-back

Conor Murray (Munster Rugby, Ireland) Scrum-half

Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) Scrum-half

Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby, Wales) Wing

Finn Russell (Racing 92, Scotland) Fly-half

Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland) Wing

Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, England) Wing

Liam Williams (Scarlets, Wales) Full-back

Forwards (21):

Tadhg Beirne (Munster Rugby, Ireland) Second row

Jack Conan (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) Back row

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, England) Hooker

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, England) Back row

Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) Prop

Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby, Wales) Back row

Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) Prop

Jamie George (Saracens, England) Hooker

Iain Henderson (Ulster Rugby, Ireland) Second row

Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, England) Second row

Maro Itoje (Saracens, England) Second row

Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, Wales) (Captain) Second row

Wyn Jones (Scarlets, Wales) Prop

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, England) Second row

Ken Owens (Scarlets, Wales) Hooker

Andrew Porter (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) Prop

Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, England) Back row

Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland) Prop

Justin Tipuric (Ospreys, Wales) Back row

Mako Vunipola (Saracens, England) Prop

Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland) Back row

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Wales v Fiji – Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D

British & Irish Lions: Josh Adams of Wales scores his team's second try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group D game between Wales and Fiji at Oita Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Oita, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

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British & Irish Lions: Ireland's centre Bundee Aki during the Autumn Nations Cup international rugby union match between England and Ireland at Twickenham in London, on November 21, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Proteas to play Tests, T20Is in the West Indies next month!

May 6th 2021 at 08:03

South Africa will tour the West Indies next month at the start of an intensive build-up to the T20 World Cup which is scheduled for India in October, the national federation announced on Thursday.

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) director of cricket Graeme Smith said South Africa would play two Test matches and five Twenty20 internationals in the Caribbean during a tour which will start in early June at venues which had still to be finalised.

The South African white-ball players will then travel directly to Ireland for a previously-announced tour in July. 

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After a short break further white-ball tours are planned to Sri Lanka and India, leading in to the World Cup.

Smith acknowledged that the tour of India in September could clash with a possible resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which was paused in mid-tournament on Tuesday after outbreaks of Covid-19 in three of the franchise camps.

“With what’s happening in India with Covid and the IPL, we need to give the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) time to gather their thoughts,” he said. 

“The challenges India are facing as a country are immense.”

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Smith said he wanted South Africa to field their best possible team at the World Cup.

That could include AB de Villiers, if he comes out of international retirement, and free agents such as Imran Tahir and Chris Morris, who are no longer contracted to be available for South Africa.

“We have seen the success the West Indies has had in bringing back free agents,” said Smith. 

“But there are many factors involved, including team dynamics. Our focus has always been on trying to get our best squad together for an extensive time.”

Smith praised the Indian board for their handling of the Covid outbreak. 

“The duty of care they have shown in getting everyone home has been exemplary,” he said adding that all of the South African players and coaching staff involved in the IPL would be back in South Africa by Friday.

Struggling to get a refund for your Mango Airlines ticket? Try this

May 6th 2021 at 07:56

With on and off again announcements since late April 2021, and domestic flight schedules only loaded until 8 May 2021, many are wondering about the future of Mango Airlines in South Africa.

In April, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) suspended the carrier’s flights due to non-payment from the government (South African Airways and The Department of Public Enterprises).

Passengers struggling to get refund from Mango

At the time, some passengers managed to find alternative means to reach their destinations, others found themselves stranded at airports across the country, with their hopes pinned on the airline.

Now, many passengers are taking to social media to speak about their frustrations with getting a refund.

“Kindly issue a refund as soon as possible as I don’t want to use your services ever again after this experience,” one social media user wrote in the comments of their official Twitter account. Mango went on to reassure passengers via Twitter that they will continue to operate.

Media and Consumer Alert,

We are excited to inform you that despite a lot of speculation and uncertainty during this past week, Mango Airlines continues to operate as normal tomorrow, Saturday 1 May 2021 and beyond, except for Zanzibar at this stage. (1/2)

— Mango Airlines (@FlyMangoSA) April 30, 2021

How to get a possible refund from Mango airlines

Tourism Update spoke to the CEO of the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (Asata), Otto de Vries who recommended that those who had been affected by non-delivery of services should apply to their credit card companies for chargebacks at the earliest possible time.

He also cautioned agents and passengers to proceed carefully in relation to new bookings, saying that Mango had made a clear announcement that it was in financial difficulties and may move into business rescue in the near future.

The uncertainty surrounding Mango’s status

Meanwhile, the CEO of the regional carrier, Airlink, Rodger Foster, agreed with this view, saying that despite Mango having restarted its domestic operations this week, they suspect that the already nervous public will have been spooked by the uncertainty surrounding Mango’s status and its ability to fly people where they want to go and when.

“As Airlink – which competes with Mango on the main domestic routes – continues to demonstrate, customers appreciate reliability and predictability along with affordability,” he added. 

Last year, Airlink told Travel News that it was looking at investing in Mango.  When asked if this was still on the cards, Foster said while Airlink had since moved in different directions it was always open to options that would consolidate airline operations for the purpose of long-term viability and sustainability. 

An unstable industry

“The industry is currently unsustainable. In such a crisis one would expect to see some carriers exit and also some consolidation in the industry, but as long as the market is skewed by governments recapitalising entities which repeatedly fall over, we will never achieve true sustainability.  It would be far better if governments set and enforced the rules without being a competitor at the same time.  This would allow market forces to compete, promote efficiencies and fill any gaps that may exist,” said Foster. 

Competing head-to-head

What’s more, Independent Business Rescue Practitioner and Aviation Economist, Dr Joachim Vermooten said it was odd that Mango had made the decision to suspend a lucrative regional monopoly like its Zanzibar route but to retain all of its domestic routes in a highly competitive local aviation industry.

This essentially means that Mango and South Africa Airways (SAA) will be competing head-to-head on many of the same routes in the domestic aviation market.

“Just before SAA entered business rescue, it was understood that Mango would take over SAA’s domestic routes at which time Mango would increase the scope of its activities to 14 aircraft, which was significantly more than the four aircraft on which it was launched,” Vermooten told the publication. “However, SAA’s business rescue plan stated that SAA’s restart would include a broad scope of activities including inter-continental, domestic and African regional flights as well as small narrow-bodies, also referred to as cross-over aircraft, of the nature operated by Airlink and Cemair.

“This would imply that two competing state-owned domestic airlines, backed by an unlimited amount of government funding would be competing head-to-head on many of the same routes in the domestic aviation market, which is in any case overtraded due to low demand post COVID19. Surely, this would not be a sustainable way for the government to approach the current situation,” he added.

British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa squad named

May 6th 2021 at 07:48

The British & Irish Lions have named their squad of 37 to tour South Africa and play three Tests against the Springboks.

Alun Wyn Jones will bring his British & Irish Lions journey full circle when he returns to South Africa 12 years after first facing the Springboks, this time as captain.

Scotland winger Duhan van der Merwe will return to the land of his birth to face the Springboks with the Lions.

Ireland flyhalf Jonny Sexton misses out on selection for his third Lions tour with Dan Biggar, Owen Farrell and Finn Russell named ahead of him.

Several players are named in a Lions squad for a first time, including Josh Adams, Bundee Aki, Chris Harris, Ali Price, Louis Rees-Zammit, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Zander Fagerson, Iain Henderson, Jonny Hill, Wyn Jones, Andrew Porter, Sam Simmonds, Rory Sutherland and Hamish Watson.

 “We believe we’ve picked a squad capable of winning a Test series in South Africa,” said Gatland.

“Selecting a Lions squad is never easy and, in many ways, this has been the most challenging selection I have been involved in. Over the course of the last three weeks the coaches and I have rigorously debated each position.

“We saw some outstanding performance in the recent Six Nations, so competition for places has been tough with some incredibly tight calls to make.

“However, we are very happy with the squad we have assembled and look forward to meeting up in Jersey in just over a month’s time to start our preparation to take on the World Champions. We’ve left out some very talented players which gives an indication to the strength of this squad and we know how important that stand-by list will be.

“Being selected for a Lions Tour is the greatest honour for a British and Irish player and I congratulate everyone named today.”

British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa squad named

Backs (16):

Josh Adams (Cardiff, Wales) Wing

Bundee Aki (Connacht Rugby, Ireland) Centre

Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints, Wales) Fly-half

Elliot Daly (Saracens, England) Centre

Gareth Davies (Scarlets, Wales) Scrum-half

Owen Farrell (Saracens, England) Fly-half

Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby, Scotland) Centre

Robbie Henshaw (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) Centre

Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs, Scotland) Full-back

Conor Murray (Munster Rugby, Ireland) Scrum-half

Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) Scrum-half

Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby, Wales) Wing

Finn Russell (Racing 92, Scotland) Fly-half

Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland) Wing

Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, England) Wing

Liam Williams (Scarlets, Wales) Full-back

Forwards (21):

Tadhg Beirne (Munster Rugby, Ireland) Second row

Jack Conan (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) Back row

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, England) Hooker

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, England) Back row

Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland) Prop

Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby, Wales) Back row

Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) Prop

Jamie George (Saracens, England) Hooker

Iain Henderson (Ulster Rugby, Ireland) Second row

Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, England) Second row

Maro Itoje (Saracens, England) Second row

Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, Wales) (Captain) Second row

Wyn Jones (Scarlets, Wales) Prop

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, England) Second row

Ken Owens (Scarlets, Wales) Hooker

Andrew Porter (Leinster Rugby, Ireland) Prop

Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, England) Back row

Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland) Prop

Justin Tipuric (Ospreys, Wales) Back row

Mako Vunipola (Saracens, England) Prop

Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland) Back row

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Kaybee caught with pants down: Experts weigh in on DJ’s cheating shock

May 6th 2021 at 07:46

DJ Prince Kaybee confessed to cheating on his girlfriend, radio presenter Zola Mhlongo, yesterday (5 May) after his side chick shared screenshots and screen recordings of their flirty messages and meet-up details. 

This, after less than a week ago, Prince Kaybee and his Zola were sporting the #CoupleGoals label for “keeping their romance alive” by playing soccer together in Bloemfontein. 

Prince Kaybee and Zola’s #CoupleGoals

Prince Kaybee shared the video that he captioned with a heart emoji with his 752 200 Twitter followers. 

❤ pic.twitter.com/eqVFOeq2em

— THE 4TH REPUBLIC (@PrinceKaybee_SA) April 29, 2021

And in March, Prince Kaybee upped the image of the Mzansi celeb couple’s #CoupleGoals by actually chasing after an ice cream truck just so Zola could get her ice cream fix. And of course, posted a video on Instagram of “the chase”:

Five long years of cheating

Sadly, this “loving couple” image has been turned into a sham (from Prince Kaybee’s side at least…) as the popular DJ admitted that he has been cheating for the past five years.

So how did the pair go from #CoupleGoals to side chicks? Experts weighed in on some of the main reasons behind infidelity in relationships. 

LIFELONG CHEATERS

Adelphi University psychology professor Lawrence Josephs explained that when people are single, some are more likely to have casual sex and when they are married, these are the ones who are more likely to cheat. 

“When they’re single they’re more likely to have promiscuous casual sex, and when they’re married they’re more likely to cheat,” said Josephs according to Men’s Health

The ‘dark triad’

He went on to explain that lifelong cheaters have three specific characteristics which is known as the “dark triad”: Narcissism, psychopathy and a Machiavellian intelligence. 

Their arrogant ways are a form of narcissism. Their lack of consideration for other people’s emotions are psychopathy and their Machiavellian intelligence is their ability to manipulate to get their way in relationships.

Josephs further explained that they are guilt free about cheating because they are rarely open to changing and therefore they only reform when their marriages fall apart. 

“People abuse their power and cheat to make themselves feel superior, but it can’t go on forever. At some point, something happens to their health or finances, and they get a wake-up call and realise that the grass isn’t greener. It’s perfect where it is,” relationship coach Ava Cadell was quoted as saying in the Men’s Health article on infidelity.

COMMITMENT ISSUES 

A 2017 study on the reasons why people cheat, found that commitment issues and low self-esteem are among the factors leading to infidelity in relationships. 

“It’s also possible to really like someone and still fear making a commitment to them. In this case, one partner might end up cheating as a way of avoiding commitment, even if they actually would prefer to stay in the relationship,” according to Healthline

Other reasons for commitment-related cheating, include lack of interest in committing long term, wanting a more casual relationship and looking for a way out of the relationship.

LOW SELF-ESTEEM 

Low self-esteem has been identified as one of the reasons for infidelity. Although these individuals may have loving and supportive partners they still lack self-confidence and this takes a toll on their relationship.

“Many people who cheat because of self-esteem issues have loving, supportive partners who offer compassion and encouragement. But they might think, ‘They have to say that’ or ‘They just don’t want me to feel bad’,” according to Healthline.

Under what category might Prince Kaybee fit in? We’ll leave it up to you to decide…

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What’s Gone Viral: See the ‘monster moth’ so heavy that it can’t fly

May 6th 2021 at 07:46

A giant moth – so heavy that it cannot fly – was found at an Australian school on Monday, 3 May 2021.

A monster moth found in Australia

According to the Mount Cotton State School, builders found the giant wood moth while constructing new classrooms at the school in Queensland.

The school’s principal, Meagan Steward, called it an “amazing find”.

An Amazing find

“Our new building is situated on the edge of a rainforest and during the build, the moth was found,” Steward told ABC Radio Brisbane.

She also said that while staff and students were used to seeing a range of animals at the school, the moth was unlike anything they had seen before. 

The school shared photos of the giant wood moth on Facebook, where they generated a huge interest and registered hundreds of likes, comments and shares.

A giant wood moth found during the build! https://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/breakfast/giant-moth-invasion/13326950

Posted by Mount Cotton State School on Sunday, May 2, 2021

About the giant wood moth

According to NDTV, the giant wood moth, also known as the Endoxyla cinereus, is found along the Queensland and New South Wales coast. According to Dr Christine Lambkin, Queensland Museum’s head of entomology, giant wood moths are the heaviest in the world. 

“They fly very, very poorly. In most cases when they emerge, the females, they just crawl up a local tree or stump of a fence post and sit there and wait for males to find them,” Lambkin said.

“They’re very common on Queensland coast, [but that] is the biggest I’ve seen,” one social media user commented on Facebook. “How cool. Gotta say if it flew near me while I was gardening I would probably do a karate freakout!” said another.

The females, about twice the size of the males, can weigh up to 30 grams and boasts a wingspan of up to 25 centimeters.

Another social media user means that it is as big as an ‘eggplant’.

“Sweet mercy. It’s the size of an eggplant.”

British & Irish Lions: Alun Wyn Jones named captain

May 6th 2021 at 07:34

Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones will lead the British & Irish Lions on their tour of South Africa.

Coach Warren Gatland has called upon the man who was his trusted lieutenant for Wales for so many years to marshal the tourists to a series victory.

Alun Wyn Jones named captain of the British & Irish Lions

Jones will follow in the footsteps of fellow locks Willie John McBride in 1974, Martin Johnson in 1997 and Paul O’Connell in 2009 by captaining the Lions in South Africa from the second row.

The captaincy honour cements Jones’ place as one of the all-time greats of the game.

The series against the Springboks will be his fourth Lions Tour in a row while he already has nine consecutive Test appearances to his name, a feat that hammers home his longevity and continued impact.

It will not be the first time Jones has led the Lions, with the towering lock captaining the tourists in the decisive third Test win in Sydney against the Wallabies in 2013.

Having driven Wales to their sixth Six Nations title since 2005 earlier this year, it’s not hard to see why Gatland called the decision to name Jones as his skipper “relatively easy”.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with him for a number of years, he was the only player in the Welsh squad who was there before me, so he’s had a huge amount of experience,” he said.

“I think the last few years he’s done an incredible job in terms of leading Wales. He has captained a Lions team in the third Test in 2013, which was a pretty good performance.

“For me, picking someone who comes from a team that’s won the Six Nations, who has respect, has been there and done that, it was a relatively easy decision.”

Gatland says that Jones will still need to earn his place in the Lions starting lineup.

Alun Wyn Jones
Wales’ lock Alun Wyn Jones (C) and England’s lock Maro Itoje (R) compete for the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on February 27, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. Use in books subject to Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) approval. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“When I rang him and asked him, he was pretty honoured to be able to accept it,” Gatland added.

“But there’s also the caveat and the conversation that, ‘Your form needs to be good enough to be selected in the Test side’ and there’s no one better to have that conversation with than Alun Wyn.

“He fully understands how much competition there is in that second row and that if someone is playing better than him, he could be on the bench or someone else might captain the Test series.

“We’re going to need other leaders. We’re going to need someone else to captain games that he’s not involved in, but I think he thoroughly deserves it.

“He’s a player that leads from the front, sets a great example in training, he has a huge amount of respect, he’s been there done that, a world record-holder in terms of Test caps.”

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Wales' lock Alun Wyn Jones (C) and England's lock Maro Itoje (R) compete for the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on February 27, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. Use in books subject to Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) approval. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

‘Shock, dismay’: Ramaphosa breaks silence on Ace’s attempt to suspend him

May 6th 2021 at 07:34

Quite a few things have ‘shocked’ Cyril Ramaphosa during his years as president – but it’s fair to say receiving a letter informing him of his suspension from the ANC has to be one of the more left-field surprises he’s ever had. The tit-for-tat battle with Ace Magashule came to a head on Wednesday, as the party SG fought back against the president.

Who is suspending who? Ramaphosa reacts to Magashule

Responding to an official letter of suspension, Magashule retaliated by sending one back to Ramaphosa’s office. However, Ace somewhat lacks the authority to start telling the president if he should turn up for work or not…

Nomfanelo Kota, acting spokesperson of the ANC Parliamentary caucus, has revealed that President Ramaphosa did address MPs about this matter on Thursday – ahead of what’s likely to be a fiery session of Parliamentary questions this afternoon. The caucus meeting was called as a matter of urgency earlier in the day.

President left ‘shocked’ once more…

According to Kota, Ramaphosa was both ‘shocked and dismayed’ by the conduct of his comrade. Ace Magashule’s attempts to suspend the president have been deemed ‘null and void’ by the head of state, who was at a loss to explain why the Secretary-General of the ANC pulled something so outlandish out of the bag:

“He did in, in his opening remarks at the beginning of the meeting, express his dismay over last night’s events, especially his so-called suspension. He stated that in his view that the so-called suspension was null and void as it had not been discussed by any of the officials. Mr. Ramaphosa is shocked that this attempt came out of the blue.”

"It was with a measure of dismay because this issue of suspending me as the president of the ANC has never been discussed by the officials or anyone, it just came out of the blue but I felt it really is null & void" – Cyril Ramaphosa to ANC caucus @ewnreporter

— Matshidiso Madia (@tshidi_lee) May 6, 2021

Covid-19 Vaccine: Wits trial results published in New England Journal

May 6th 2021 at 07:30

Results from the initial primary analysis of the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine trial conducted by Wits VIDA in South Africa have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

Wits University announced in a statement on Thursday that the NEJM, recognised as the world’s leading medical journal, had published the findings of the Phase 2b clinical trial conducted at Wits University in South Africa. The article was published on 5 May.

Shabir Madhi, Professor of Vaccinology, co-author of the study, and the Director of the Vaccines & Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (Wits VIDA), led the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine trial in SA.

The published data provided additional detail of an initial analysis conducted in January, while more robust data from a complete analysis of the study was shared in March 2021.

Publication of initial primary analysis highlights cross-protection by the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine against the B.1.351 variant prevalent in South Africa during the study.

This is the first published study to show protection against mild Covid-19 caused by the B.1.351 variant circulating in South Africa.

An updated analysis of the study indicated 100% protection against severe Covid-19 due to the B.1.351 variant.

“An efficacy of 50% is sufficient to meet the World Health Organization criteria for regulatory approval of the vaccine,” Madhi said.

The Novavax Covid-19 vaccine, known as NVX-CoV2373, is made by Novavax, Inc, a US-based biotechnology company developing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases.

Gregory M. Glenn, M.D., President of Research and Development at Novavax, said: “This data publication reinforces the encouraging safety profile and cross-protective effect across variants seen in studies of our vaccine to-date.”

About the study

The Phase 2b randomised, observer-blinded, placebo-controlled trial conducted in South Africa evaluated the efficacy, safety and immunogenicity in healthy adults, and in a small cohort of medically stable adults living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The study met its primary endpoint – i.e., the Novavax vaccine demonstrated an overall efficacy of 49% in the initial analysis (published in NEJM), and 49% in the subsequent complete analysis (unpublished).

Among healthy adults without HIV, the Novavax vaccine demonstrated efficacy of 60% in the initial analysis, and 55% in the subsequent complete analysis.

In the initial analysis, cases were predominantly mild-to-moderate and due to the B.1.351 variant that dominates in South Africa, and increasingly in southern Africa.

In the subsequent complete analysis, circulation of the B.1.351 variant continued to dominate, and all five cases of severe disease observed in the trial occurred in the placebo group.

The initial analysis, now published in NEJM, suggested that prior infection with the original Covid-19 strain did not protect against subsequent infection by the variant predominantly circulating in South Africa through 60 days of follow-up. However, with additional follow-up, the complete analysis of the South Africa trial indicates that there may be a modest protective effect of prior exposure with the original Covid-19 strain.

Among placebo recipients, at 90 days of follow-up, the illness rate was 8.0% in baseline seronegative participants and 5.9% in baseline seropositive participants.

“The data make a compelling case for use of the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine in settings where the B.1.351 variant dominates – which is most of southern Africa – to reduce the risk of mild disease and also to maximise the opportunity for protection against severe Covid. Further work is required for Novavax and all other Covid-19 vaccines, particularly in people living with HIV,” Madhi said.

The Novavax Covid-19 vaccine trial is one of two Covid-19 vaccine trials in South Africa led by Madhi and Wits VIDA, with the other being the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial.  

In addition to directing Wits VIDA, Madhi is Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits), and co-Director of African Leadership in Vaccinology Expertise (ALIVE).

Rainbow Cup: Sharks name unchanged starting XV

May 6th 2021 at 07:23

Sharks head coach Sean Everitt is delighted to be able to name an unchanged starting XV to host the Emirates Lions this weekend in the Rainbow Cup.

After getting their opening match of the Rainbow Cup SA tournament off to a winning start against the DHL Stormers in Cape Town last weekend, the Cell C Sharks will look to refine their performance further when the Lions visit Jonsson Kings Park on Saturday afternoon in the Cell C Sharks’ first home game of the competition.

The performance in the 33-30 victory was always going to show some rustiness due to the lack of match action and this week’s match offers the perfect opportunity to perform at a level they strive for.

“Our preparation is important because we’re a performance-driven side, we aren’t results-driven,” explains Cell C Sharks loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe. “We know that if we get our performance right, the results will follow.”

The highly mobile eighthman should revel in play on Saturday given his expectations of the way the game will unfold.

“I think both sides will look to lift the tempo and play a high-paced game. We will match them if they go that route and they’ll look to do the same. Decision-making will be important and making sure we stick to our plan.”

There are two changes on the bench with Le Roux Roets replacing JJ van Mescht and Jaden Hendrikse, having recovered from his niggle, being named as the reserve scrumhalf.

The Cell C Sharks will look to build on last week’s performance with a strong showing at home.

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Sharks team


1. Ox Nche
2. Fez Mbatha
3. Thomas du Toit
4. Ruben van Heerden
5. Reniel Hugo
6. Siya Kolisi
7. Henco Venter
8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
9. Grant Williams
10. Curwin Bosch
11. Yaw Penxe
12. Jeremy Ward
13. Lukhanyo Am (C)
14. Sbu Nkosi
15. Aphelele Fassi

Replacements
16. Kerron van Vuuren
17. Ntuthuko Mchunu
18. Wiehahn Herbst
19. Le Roux Roets
20. Phepsi Buthelezi
21. Jaden Hendrikse
22. Manie Libbok
23. Werner Kok

British & Irish Lions breaking news: Squad to face Springboks named

May 6th 2021 at 07:21

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland on Thursday named a 37-man squad to tour South Africa.

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Gatland has also named Alun Wyn Jones as captain for the tour.

Several players are named in a British & Irish Lions squad for a first time, including Josh Adams, Bundee Aki, Chris Harris, Ali Price, Louis Rees-Zammit, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Zander Fagerson, Iain Henderson, Jonny Hill, Wyn Jones, Andrew Porter, Sam Simmonds, Rory Sutherland and Hamish Watson.

“We believe we’ve picked a squad capable of winning a Test series in South Africa,” said Gatland.

“Selecting a Lions squad is never easy and, in many ways, this has been the most challenging selection I have been involved in. Over the course of the last three weeks the coaches and I have rigorously debated each position.

“We saw some outstanding performance in the recent Six Nations, so competition for places has been tough with some incredibly tight calls to make.

“However, we are very happy with the squad we have assembled and look forward to meeting up in Jersey in just over a month’s time to start our preparation to take on the world champions. We’ve left out some very talented players which gives an indication to the strength of this squad and we know how important that stand-by list will be.

“Being selected for a Lions Tour is the greatest honour for a British and Irish player and I congratulate everyone named today.”

READ | BRITISH & IRISH LIONS: FIRST LOOK AT THE TROPHY UP FOR GRABS IN SPRINGBOK SERIES

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS SQUAD TO TOUR SA:

Backs

Josh Adams, Bundee Aki, Dan Biggar, Elliot Daly, Gareth Davies, Owen Farrell, Chris Harris, Robbie Henshaw, Stuart Hogg, Conor Murray, Ali Price, Lewis Rees-Zammit, Finn Russell, Duhan van der Merwe, Anthony Watson, Liam Williams

Forwards

Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Zander Fagerson, Taulupe Faletau, Tadhg Furlong, Jamie George, Iain Henderson, Jonny Hill, Maro Itoje, Alun Wyn Jones (captain), Wyn Jones, Courtney Lawes, Ken Owens, Andrew Porter, Sam Simmonds, Rory Sutherland, Justin Tipuric, Mako Vunipola, Hamish Watson

Rainbow Cup: Vermeulen returns to lead the Bulls

May 6th 2021 at 07:04

Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White has adjusted his matchday squad slightly as they prepare to travel to the Cape where they will face the DHL Stormers at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, 8 May 2021.

Duane Vermeulen is back

Headlining the changes is the return of Springbok no.8 and Bulls captain Duane Vermeulen. He will resume the captaincy from fellow Springbok Nizaam Carr with Carr dropping to the bench, from where he will be looking to undoubtedly provide a crucial impact when called upon.

The backs have been adjusted slightly with a direct exchange as James Verity-Amm and Chris Smith switching out for David Kriel and Morné Steyn respectively.

The heavy men up front only see one other change, outside of the return of Vermeulen, with Walt Steenkamp starting in the number 4 jumper as Janko Swanepoel shifts to the bench.

The Vodacom Bulls boasts a bench packed oozing with talent and like last weekend, will provide fresh legs and more energy.

“Last week certainly proved how vital it is that we continue getting as much competitive rugby under our belts,” said White. “The players need little motivation for another brutal North-South derby and we are definitely up for the challenge against a solid DHL Stormers outfit.”

Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White

Kick-off is scheduled for 18:15 with the match being broadcast live on SuperSport Grandstand and Rugby channels.

Bulls (with clubs)

15. David Kriel (Centurion)

14. Madosh Tambwe (Pretoria)

13. Marco Jansen van Vuren (Pretoria)

12. Cornal Hendricks (Northam)

11. Stravino Jacobs (Harlequins)

10. Morné Steyn (Tuine)

9. Embrose Papier (Tukkies)

8. Duane Vermeulen (Harlequins, Captain)

7. Elrigh Louw (Tukkies)

6. Marco van Staden (Pretoria)

5. Ruan Nortje (Naka Bulle)

4. Walt Steenkamp (Centurion)

3. Mornay Smith (Centurion)

2. Johan Grobbelaar (Tukkies)

1. Gerhard Steenekamp (Naka Bulle)

Replacements:

16. Schalk Erasmus (Tuine)

17. Lizo Gqoboka (Naka Bulle)

18. Jacques van Rooyen (Tuine)

19. Janko Swanepoel (Pretoria)

20. Nizaam Carr (Centurion)

21. Zak Burger (Tuine)

22. Chris Smith (Harlequins)

23. James Verity-Amm (Pretoria)

24. Jan-Hendrik Wessels (Under 20)

25. Reinhardt Ludwig (Under 20)

26. Arno Botha (Naka Bulle)

27. Keagan Johannes (Tukkies)

28. Janco Uys (Tuine)

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Bird Flu: Poultry industry on high alert as SA records fifth outbreak

May 6th 2021 at 07:02

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on Thursday, 6 May, announced another outbreak of Avian Influenza – also known as bird flu- in a commercial chicken farm in Randfontein in Gauteng.

Preceding this outbreak, four outbreaks were detected on other commercial chicken properties. 

ALL FIVE FARMS HAVE BEEN QUARANTINED

A total of five HPAI H5N1 outbreaks – four in Gauteng and one outbreak in North West has been reported.  All affected farms have been quarantined, with control measures being implemented,” the department said.

“Genetic evaluation has confirmed that the outbreak reported in commercial layers on 13 of April in Gauteng and the one on commercial broiler-breeders in the North West seem to have been caused by non-identical AI strains,” the department said.

The Department added that these two outbreaks were more likely to have been caused by separate introductions. 

“It is essential for everyone across the country to remain on high alert.”

EVERY POULTRY DEATH TO BE TREATED AS BIRD FLU

The department said that all increases in mortality rates (deaths) must be reported to the state veterinarian immediately.

“Everyone across the country is once again urged to treat any increase in mortalities (deaths) of poultry and other bird species as potential avian influenza, until proven otherwise.”

“It must be mentioned that no human infection, due to these circulating strains, had been reported in Europe and thus the zoonotic risk to people is very low, the consumer has no reason to be concerned.”

SOME COUNTRIES LIFTED BAN ON EXPORTS

Following the outbreak of bird flu on 13 April 2021, all neighbouring countries have lifted the ban on exports of live chicken and unprocessed products, except Lesotho, which has banned exports from Gauteng.

However, Hong Kong has notified the department of a temporary suspension of the importation of all poultry (carcass, parts and offal) products (including eggs) from the affected municipalities within the Gauteng and North West.

To report the deaths of poultry, contact the department at https://www.dalrrd.gov.za/Branches/Agricultural-Production-Health-Food-Safety/Animal-Health/contacts/provincialveterinary

READ: ‘Bird Flu’ outbreak: Second farm to be hit in Gauteng

Australian IPL cricketers flee Covid-hit India … for the Maldives

May 6th 2021 at 07:01
By: AFP

Australian cricketers fled Covid-ravaged India for the Maldives on Thursday, but New Zealand’s top stars are stuck in Delhi until May 11, the earliest they can secure exemptions to enter England where they are due to play a Test series.

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Cricket authorities have been rushing to evacuate players and support staff after the lucrative Indian Premier League was abandoned this week.

India reported 3 980 deaths and more than 412 000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

While most overseas-based players headed home, the Australians, including Steve Smith, David Warner and Pat Cummins, are unable to do so after Canberra slammed shut its borders and threatened anyone entering from India with jail time.

They must wait until at least May 15, when the travel ban will be reviewed.

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In the meantime, the 37 players, coaches, officials and TV commentators left for the Maldives, reportedly on a charter flight arranged and paid for by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

“Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association can confirm Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators have been safely transported from India and are en route to the Maldives,” CA said in a statement.

“The Australians will remain in the Maldives until the conclusion of the travel pause pertaining to flights from India to Australia.”

READ | CSA CONFIRMS SA PLAYERS RETURNING FROM IPL WILL QUARANTINE AT HOME

They are likely to be chartered back to Australia once the ban has been lifted, again with the help of the BCCI.

But Chennai Super Kings batting coach Mike Hussey was not among the travelling party, forced to remain in isolation after testing positive to the virus.

CA said he was “experiencing mild symptoms” and would remain in the care of the Super Kings until it was safe for him to return to Australia.

New Zealand are due to play a Test series with England next month before contesting the World Test Championship against India.

Their IPL-based Test stars – Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner, as well as physio Tommy Simsek – can only depart India for Britain on May 11, the earliest an exemption could be obtained.

Fellow Test regular Trent Boult has opted to return home to see family before reconnecting with the squad in early June, potentially in time for the second Test. The first Test is due to start in London on June 2.

The rest of New Zealand’s IPL contingent will leave Delhi for Auckland on Friday on one of two charter flights.

“We’ve worked closely with the BCCI and the IPL franchises on the various departure strategies and we’re very appreciative of their support during what is, clearly, a very challenging time,” said NZC chief executive David White.

The IPL started in early April. The decision to go ahead in the face of a deepening health crisis prompted criticism from some observers, while others defended it as a welcome distraction.

Live stream: Ramaphosa takes questions in Parliament on Thursday 6 May

May 6th 2021 at 07:01

This is the one thing you suspect Cyril Ramaphosa DIDN’T want to do after Wednesday’s chaotic showdown with Ace Magashule. But like it or lump it, the president has to face the music with Parliamentary Questions at 14:00 on Thursday 6 May – and we’ve got the live stream for the event right here…

MEDIA ADVISORY: PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA TO ANSWER QUESTIONS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY; NCOP CONVENES MINISTERIAL BRIEFING ON TRANSPORT pic.twitter.com/ZzWHI9wUOg

— Parliament of RSA (@ParliamentofRSA) May 5, 2021

Live stream: Cyril Ramaphosa to take questions in Parliament on Thursday 6 May

[The live stream will appear here just before 14:00]

What will Ramaphosa talk about in Parliament?

Ramaphosa will deal with a range of issues, many raised by his political opponents, and a press release from the office of the presidency claims that there will be specific details shared on SA’s vaccination programme. GBV, the crisis in Mozambique, and even the state of Mzansi’s economic recovery will all be up for debate:

“President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday, 06 May 2021, use the occasion of his reply to questions in the National Assembly to provide updates on progress with the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme, economic recovery plan, and efforts to end gender-based violence. The President answers questions in the National Assembly once every quarter.” 
 
“Ramaphosa is also reporting on South Africa’s contribution to regional and continental efforts to address the security situation in Mozambique. The President generally answers questions for oral reply in the National Assembly once every quarter. He will also deal with progress in the implementation of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.”

Vaccine rollout under scrutiny

Indeed, let’s hope that The President does have a comprehensive answer about the COVID-19 vaccines up his sleeve – because EFF leader and staunch Ramaphosa critic Julius Malema is ready to land a few ‘jabs’ on this issue.

[At 14h00]: Cyril Ramaphosa will update the National Assembly on the progress with South Africa Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Here is a question for Oral Reply by our CIC @Julius_S_Malema pic.twitter.com/WesUnv57Ft

— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) May 6, 2021

Live stream: Ramaphosa takes questions in Parliament on Thursday 6 May

A day after he was 'suspended' by Ace Magashule, Cyril Ramaphosa is in Parliament to face several tough questions on Thursday. The live stream is here, too.

V&A Waterfront: Cape Town signs off on R4 billion expansion project

May 6th 2021 at 06:53

The City of Cape Town announced the approval of a R3.9 billion expansion project at the V&A Waterfront on Wednesday, 5 May.

The mixed-use development is expected to create at least 1100 jobs during the construction phase and follows on the heels of two other significant development announcements.

V&A WATERFRONT EXPANSION TO TAKE PLACE AROUND DOCK ROAD

The expansion project will see construction projects take place on either side of Dock Road and the current Battery Park development in the waterfront 10.5 hectare canal district. The district is the thoroughfare for all visitors who enter the waterfront from the city.

“Following the recent approval of the R14 billion Harbour Arch Development and the R4 billion River Club development, which will together see roughly 40 000 jobs being created in Cape Town, the approval today of the V&A Waterfront’s Canal Precinct Plan, will see another significant boost to job creation for Cape Town,” said Executive Mayor Dan Plato on Wednesday.

Plato said lockdowns across the world had a major impact on cities in 2020 and the City of Cape Town is doing its utmost to ensure the local economy “bounces back even stronger than before.” Infrastructure developments such as these create job opportunities, attract investors and “offer significant benefit to our residents,” he said.

The development has been approved by Heritage Western Cape and will not adversely affect the rights of surrounding properties, according to the City. The maximum building height in the eastern part of the development will be capped at 60 metres.

The original development application was amended to incorporate oral submissions made to the Municipal Planning Tribunal during the appeal process.

“The V&A Waterfront is identified as a location that will remain an attractive destination for locals and international visitors for decades to come,” said Plato.

“Significant and sustained investment by the private sector facilitated by the City of Cape Town, will ensure the long-term sustainability of Cape Town. The concept is therefore approved.”

Bafana Bafana latest | Sigh of relief for Hugo Broos ahead of qualifiers!

May 6th 2021 at 06:52

Newly appointed Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos is breathing a sigh of relief as he is about to start his new job in South Africa.

And that’s because the FIFA World Cup qualifiers which were set to get underway in June have been pushed to September.

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In a statement released on Thursday, FIFA said the reason to postpone the World Cup qualifiers for Africa was due to the ‘disruption caused by Covid-19.

FIFA further revealed that the qualifiers will take place between September 2021 and March 2022.

🌍 Due to disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the African #WCQ due to be played in June 2021 have been postponed.

📅 These 2022 #WorldCup qualifiers are now scheduled to take place in the existing windows of September, October and November 2021, and March 2022.

— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) May 6, 2021

The news will come as a relief to the South African Football Association (SAFA) and Broos who will now have three months to prepare his first Bafana Bafana squad.

Broos was brought in with a clear mandate and that is to help Bafana Bafana qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar.

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The global tournament is scheduled to take place between 21 November and 18 December 2022.

Bafana Bafana are in Group G together with Ghana, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.

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Asylum seekers has until June to renew expired visas online

May 6th 2021 at 06:14

Refugees who needs to renew their visas online has until 30 June to apply. On 15 April, Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi extended the validity of asylum seeker visas and refugee statuses which expired during COVID-19 lockdown.

HOW DOES THE ONLINE APPLICATION WORK?

With the online extension, a holder of an asylum seeker visa or a refugee status can request an extension of visa through email, without having to physically go to a refugee reception office.

When making a request for an online extension, refugees has to send an email to a dedicated email address. Once the email is sent, an asylum seeker will receive a reply outlining the process to follow, a template and list of required documents.

“Once all documents are sent and received at Home Affairs, the Department will consider the request and communicate its decision by email. In cases where a request cannot be processed online and requires the applicant to appear in person at a Refugee Reception Office, a letter stating that will be sent. This letter will also the office name, date and time of their appointment,” the department said.

DOCUMENTS ASYLUM SEEKERS NEED TO APPLY

To request online extension for an asylum seeker or refugee visa you will need to submit the following documents:

  • A signed template that has a permit number, full names and surname, and full contact details (an email address, mobile phone numbers and physical address).
  • Proof of physical address in a form of a utility bill or an affidavit confirming address.
  • A copy of the current visa. If the visa is lost, the client must submit an affidavit confirming that the permit is lost and indicate the previous permit reference number.

Asylum seekers can send their requests for permit extension to the refugee reception office where the last extension was made. 

READ: Home Affairs: Validity of visas expired during lockdown extended

British & Irish Lions: Has the squad to play the Springboks been LEAKED?

May 6th 2021 at 06:09

Mere hours away from the official announcement of the 36-man British & Irish Lions squad to tour South Africa later this year and it appears the list of players has been LEAKED!

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Coach Warren Gatland is due to name his captain at 13:09 (SA time) and the rest of the squad at 13:28.

But it appears as if we needn’t wait until then if an image doing the rounds on social media is to be believed!

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Although the final tour itinerary is still not confirmed only 58 days before the first match is due to be played, it has been reported that all eight matches will be played in just two cities – Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The first three matches – including the first Test – will be played in the Mother City followed by the remaining five clashes – and second and third Tests – in Gauteng.

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See below for who reportedly made the cut – and who didn’t – for the first British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa since 2009.

READ | BRITISH & IRISH LIONS: FIRST LOOK AT THE TROPHY UP FOR GRABS IN SPRINGBOK SERIES

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Watch live: British & Irish Lions squad announcement

May 6th 2021 at 06:04

Warren Gatland will name his British & Irish Lions squad for the 2021 Tour of South Africa and you can watch it live with Lions Rugby.

Join us for the live stream from 12:45 when the British & Irish Lions will be building up to the announcement, before chairman Jason Leonard reveals the final 2021 Lions squad.

The whole show

Join Lee McKenzie and special guests, including World Cup winner Jason Robinson as well as Tommy Bowe, Gavin Hastings, Sam Warburton and Springboks legend Bryan Habana via zoom.

The four year wait is about to come to an end.

Tune in to the Captain & Squad announcement livestream now as we reveal our 2021 Lions! Lions! Lions! 🦁#LionsRugby https://t.co/YVqXe4rFhB

— British & Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) May 6, 2021

Also revealed on the show will be our 2021 Tour captain who will join McKenzie and guests on the show remotely.

Gatland and members of his 2021 coaching team will also join McKenzie in the studio as they run over their squad for the Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup against Japan, as well as the Castle Lager Lions Series.

Finally the stream will be joined ‘virtually’ by members of the 2021 squad.

“To put on that Lions jersey is incredibly special,” said Gatland.

“I’ve been lucky enough to be on a number of Lions tours and seeing those players put the jersey on for the first time – you can see the pride in their faces.

“It’s about understanding what has come before you and the famous players who have worn the iconic jersey and those who will come after you. The Lions are regarded as the best of the best and this is the biggest challenge in rugby.

“Once you’ve been selected, once you’ve played for the Lions, that is something that can never ever be taken away from you.”

Former Lions star Brian O’Driscoll said: “Good luck to all those players in contention today for the British & Irish Lions squad announcement. It’s the experience of a lifetime getting to build that bond and play with such great players.”

“The Most Special Club”

Tomorrow, 36 players will enter the club, some of them for the very first time.

Hear from some of the people who are lifetime members 🦁#LionsRugby pic.twitter.com/ChLJlpFfQd

— British & Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) May 5, 2021

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The British & Irish Lions squad for the 2021 Tour of South Africa will be named today with 36 players punching their tickets to travel down.

Molefi Ntseki will NOT be Hugo Broos’ assistant after parting ways with SAFA

May 6th 2021 at 05:53

New Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos will not be able to count on former national mentor Molefi Ntseki as one of his assistants going forward.

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There had been speculation following Broos’ announcement on Wednesday as the new South Africa coach that at least one of his assistants would be Ntseki.

However, on Thursday, the South African Football Association (SAFA) issued a statement confirming they had parted ways with Ntseki.

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In March SAFA sacked Ntseki just 18 months into his contract after he failed to lead the national side in qualification for next year’s delayed Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament to be held in Cameroon.

Ironically, the only international side that the already 69-year-old Broos has coached to date has been Cameroon.

Ntseki previously acted as an assistant coach to Stuart Baxter during his tenure at the helm of Bafana Bafana.

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SAFA’s statement read:

The South African Football Association (SAFA) together with coach Molefi Ntseki have officially agreed to part ways amicably, following the senior national team’s failure to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Ntseki, who was appointed as Bafana Bafana head coach back in August 2019 after playing an assistant role to previous coach Stuart Baxter for two years where they reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 Afcon, leaves the association after overseeing nine international matches.

Under Ntseki’s watchful eye, Bafana Bafana won four, drew two and lost three of the nine international matches played. 

Prior to being the senior national team coach, the Free-State born coach enjoyed a good stint with South African junior national teams including guiding the SA U17 team (Amajimbos) to the 2015 Fifa World Cup in Chile. He also helped Amajimbos qualify for the 2015 U17 Afcon Tournament, where he finished as runners-up to Mali, thus earning a ticket to Chile. Ntseki was also the U23 assistant coach.

SAFA would like thank Ntseki for his contribution to the association over the years.

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Cape Storm turns deadly: Two dead after floods flip vehicle

May 6th 2021 at 05:37

The ferocious Cape Storm shows no sign of relenting on Thursday, and widespread rainfall and strong winds expected to persist throughout the Western Cape up until tomorrow morning. Weather warnings remain in place, but sadly, the extreme conditions have already claimed two lives in the past 24 hours.

Cape Storm latest news and updates: Two dead in Bonnievale

In relaying the latest update on the storm, Western Cape officials confirmed that flooding had caused several serious incidents on Wednesday. Roads have been damaged, major commuter routes shutdown, and there are even reports of vehicles being swept away in some provincial districts. The local government has confirmed the following:

  • Two people died in flood waters in Bonnievale on the R317 last night – after being trapped in an overturned vehicle.
  • Another bakkie that was stuck in floodwaters was towed out and the driver managed to escape without injuries.
  • A number of children that were reported to be trapped under a bridge were found to be safe in a nearby house.
  • Several roads were left badly damaged.
  • The Meiringspoort was closed but has since been reopened.
  • The most significant damage caused by the weather has been reported across the Cape Winelands.

Weather warnings for the Western Cape on Thursday 6 May

Anton Bredell, The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs, and Development Planning in the Western Cape, has expressed his condolences to those affected by this terrible tragedy. The Cape Storm has dumped over 100mm of rain in some suburbs, pushing emergency services to their very limits overnight.

“Our emergency services have been working tirelessly throughout the night. The conditions caused by the Cape Storm were very difficult and we are grateful for the men and women who stood up once more to help our communities. We hope that we don’t see any further major incidents and urge the public to take care over the next few days.”

“In Robertson and Hermanus, 41mm of rainfall has been measured. Struisbaai, meanwhile, has received 115mm of rainfall. Swellendam has recorded 45mm, and Grabouw 58mm. In Cape Town, between 6mm and 14mm has been measured so far. And finally, the Tsitsikamma region has received about 48mm to 50mm.”

Manqoba Mngqithi makes a BIG call on Gift Motupa

May 6th 2021 at 05:35

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi hailed Gift Motupa “as one of the best finishers in the country” after his side’s 2-0 victory over Maritzburg United at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday.

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Ricardo Nascimento’s penalty gave Mamelodi Sundowns the lead before Motupa wrapped up the three points with a thunderous low drive from the right-hand side of the box into the far corner.

And Mngqithi praised his side’s efficient display as well as hailing the qualities of Gift Motupa, who came in for Kermit Erasmus and was making just his second start of the season after an injury-blighted campaign since joining from the now defunct Bidvest Wits.

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“Not the best but business-like. We wanted to win the match. We had to give ourselves to the team and everybody ran because we knew we were playing against a very complicated team,” Mngqithi told SuperSport TV.

“Maritzburg is not an easy team for anyone, and I always tell people Ernst (Middendorp) is one of the top coaches. He may have been unlucky, but his strategies at times can put you off. We knew it was not going to be an easy one, and we had to take the few chances that we got and we were fortunate on the day to get a penalty.

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“Gift’s work and the group to try and give us a high-press and from there we get something it’s always good for the team and also the second goal I think he took it very well. And we’ve always known he is one of the best finishers in the country.

“I even spoke to him before the match (and told him) today is your day to score and when he scored he immediately pointed at me because he knew that I had told him that today is your day and I was very happy for that.

WATCH | GIFT MOTUPA SCORES HIS FIRST EVER GOAL FOR MAMELODI SUNDOWNS

“But more than anything else I want to give credit to my technical team, coach Rhulani (Mokwena), Steve (Komphela), coach Wendell (Robinson) for the clean sheet. The analysts, I think they are always spot on.

“The medical department for getting everybody into the team, the support staff, there’s very good things happening behind the scenes and the management of the team has been very supportive.

“In all our troubles and our journeys, they have been there and once again I want to thank the president and the board of the club because the resources we have sometimes, they make it easier for us to compete on all fronts under circumstances that are very difficult because when you count the number of matches that these players are expected to play. It’s very difficult and I really want to thank them for that.”

Manqoba Mngqithi makes a BIG call on Gift Motupa

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has hailed Gift Motupa 'as one of the best finishers in the country'.

British & Irish Lions: 5 candidates for captaincy role against the Springboks

May 6th 2021 at 05:14

The announcement of the British & Irish Lions captain is due at 13:09 (SA time) – in just 2 hours!

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Debates around the player most fit to lead the squad are against the Springboks are red hot. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), Owen Farrell (England), Maro Itoje (England), Jonathan Sexton (Ireland) and James Ryan (Ireland) all provide strong candidates.

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5 candidates to captain British & Irish Lions against the Springboks

Alun Wyn Jones

The favourite to dawn the captaincy armband or is he? Wyn Jones has 9 caps for the British and Irish Lions and recently lead the Welsh side to the Triple Crown and the Six Nations titles earlier this year.

He is a seasoned veteran and leader for both sides.

Jones may be the most experienced captain but on form alone. He is is not guaranteed a starting spot however, with James Ryan and Maro Itoje the form locks in the recent 6 Nations season. Warren Gatland will have quite the headache over selecting between a captain who has led from the front under Warren Gatland .

Owen Farrell

Farrell is a fine leader and all round player. Having led the English side to their recent Autumn Nations trophy, back to back 6 Nations titles between 2019 – 2020 and the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final.

He has had his fair share of discipline issues though which would be highly costly in a tour of this magnitude.

Farrell, Like Jones, is not guaranteed a starting birth given his recent form.

Dan Bigger appears to be the form flyhalf and best option but on his day Farrell is one of the best in the world.

Maro Itoje

Itoje is the wildcard for the captaincy for me. Arguably, one of the best locks in world rugby – a fearsome presence on the ball and and physical force on defense. He epitomizes everything in a leader and leads from the front.

What works against Itoje is his lack of real experience as an International Captain. In such a prestigious tour, this could certainly work against his ambitions to lead the side against The Springboks.

James Ryan

Ryan is the current Irish captain and one of the best locks in world rugby. He is direct, strong and consistent.

Having recently held the captaincy role for Ireland. Ryan leads from the front, both on and off the rugby field. He is a stern player and trustworthy leader. He may not have the level of international leadership experience as Jones but will certainly be in the running to lead the side.

Jonathan Sexton

Sexton is an excellent leader and flyhalf but has struggled with injuries in recent seasons and has hardly played any rugby this season. It would be hard to see him earn a starting position and his lack of recent rugby, unfortunately, will have strongly limited his chances at being the captain.

Who is your first choice captain to face the Springboks?

Watch: NEW footage shows CIT hero Leo Prinsloo ‘taking on armed thugs’

May 6th 2021 at 05:06

Savvy driving skills and a fearless desire to catch the crooks have made a household name out of Leo Prinsloo, whose calmness under pressure has earned him a vast array of plaudits in the last seven days. The former top cop managed to derail a Cash-In-Transit (CIT) heist, and a video of the incident has been beamed across the world.

The footage EVERYONE is talking about gets a sequel…

The clip is from an incident that took place on the N4 highway in Pretoria last month. The armoured vehicle is attacked on the road – but the driver and his colleague, Lloyd Mtombeni, maintain cool heads, bringing the fight to the suspects.

They manage to evade one of the assailants’ vehicles – despite being under fire for most of the ordeal. The video that went viral made Leo Prinsloo a national hero. But we aren’t done lauding him just yet…

Watch: New footage emerges of Leo Prinsloo vs CIT robbers

New footage shared online shows the sheer bravery exhibited by Leo Prinsloo behind the wheel, and his comrade Mtombeni in the passenger seat. The vehicle’s dashcam now gives us a front-facing account of the incident that dropped jaws worldwife. The security team can be seen taking on the thugs – ramming into their vehicle as it nips ahead of them.

The last bit was clipped in the previous video. pic.twitter.com/b6btQ8HgcM

— eNCA_BarryBateman (@eNCA_BBateman) May 5, 2021

Who is Leo Prinsloo?

Prinsloo is reportedly a former member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) Task Force who left the service around 2004. He now runs his own weapons training academy in Centurion, Tshwane. He also works as an armed security escort – a very dangerous side-hustle – to earn extra income.

However, being thrust into the public eye for an act of heroism doesn’t come without its downsides. Leo Prinsloo and his family are now under armed guard, after he received death threats from criminals thought to be involved in the botched CIT heist. Truly, no good deed ever goes unpunished in Mzansi…

SAPS: Now Cele rebukes Sithole for ‘blatant’ disregard of his orders

May 6th 2021 at 04:57

Police Minister Bheki Cele has lambasted SAPS police commissioner General Khela Sitole for apparently making senior management appointments without his approval.

Cele this week addressed Sithole in a letter in which he strongly reprimanded Sitole for his actions.

The leaked letter dated Tuesday 4 May, addressed to Sithole and signed by Cele, was shared on social media.

In the letter, Cele refers to a meeting he had with Sithole at the Pretoria West College on 15 April.

“Despite the fact that I gave clear instructions to you, you still went ahead and announced the appointment of senior managers, in key positions, during a briefing to the Portfolio Committee on Police on 4 May 2021,” Cele wrote.

“As instructed during the meeting held on 15 April 2021, you were supposed to submit a new submission in respect of the appointments we agreed on, for my consideration and concurrence.  To date my office has not received the new submission.”

Cele added that when he was aware that Lieutenant General Mfazi had announced “a certain appointment”, “I had telephonically  instructed you that Lieutenant General Mfazi must retract his statement, which to date has also not happened.”

“You therefore, blatantly ignored my instructions and the provisions of the SAPS Employment Regulations 2018 when you went ahead and announced these appointments. You disregard for my position as the Executive Authority of the Department of Police and relevant regulations is regarded as serious and will not be tolerated. Your irresponsible actions further opened the Department to possible litigation and disputes,” Cele said in the letter. 

“The appointments are therefore invalid and are considered to be irregular as I did not give my concurrence as stipulated by the SAPS Employment Regulations 2018.”

“I hereby instruct you to retract the appointments with immediate effect,” Cele ordered.

He added that he expected written confirmation of the retraction to be submitted to his office

“Your blatant contempt for my Executive Authority was also brought to the attention of the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of Pilice as well as the consequences of your actions,” he said.

SAPS spokesperson Vish Naidoo and Cele’s spokesperson, Lirandzu Themba, could not be reached for comment at the time of going to print despite repeated attempts to contact them.

FIVE Bafana Bafana stars ‘new broom’ Hugo Broos could sweep clean!

May 6th 2021 at 04:48

Newly-appointed Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has already revealed his plans for the future as he is about to get his five-year journey underway.

In his first press conference on Wednesday, Broos said he wanted to build Bafana Bafana around young and hungry players that are below the age of 30.

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Broos admitted he was surprised by Molefi Ntseki’s decision to include players that are 30 and above in his final two games as Bafana Bafana coaches against Ghana and Sudan.

And based on his statement, it is clear that certain players who are above the age of 30 could be affected should Bafana Bafana’s new broom provided Broos keeps his word.

But which of Bafana Bafana regulars could be affected in the near future?  

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ITUMELENG KHUNE

Itumeleng Khune

The Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper is turning 34 in June, and chances of him featuring regularly under Broos appear unlikely.

Already, a section of football fans wasn’t too pleased with Ntseki’s decision to include Khune in the recent squad announcement – saying the Amakhosi No.1 had gone past his best.

Khune had been the country’s No.1 since making his Bafana Bafana debut in 2008, and the majority of the players he played with in the past years have either retired or are no longer part of the national team setup.

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Ronwen Williams appears to have taken over as the country’s most trusted goalkeeper, and chances are that younger shot-stoppers will be roped in going forward.

THULANI HLATSHWAYO

The Orlando Pirates skipper took over the Bafana Bafana captaincy armband from Khune but it looks like someone else could be appointed with Broos now on board.

Hlatshwayo’s form has also dipped since joining the Buccaneers, and these are some of the factors that could force to Broos to make a decision on whether or not he needs him in his Bafana Bafana team.

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While he has hardly put a foot wrong whenever he’s represented Bafana Bafana, the fact of the matter is that Hlatshwayo (31) isn’t getting any younger, meaning more players should be groomed for when his international career comes to an end.  

THEMBA ZWANE

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Zwane, 31, is currently one of the best players in that Mamelodi Sundowns squad and he has been a constant feature in the Bafana Bafana squads under Molefi Ntseki.

He may survive and keep his place in the Bafana squad for the next few months given his form and talent.

However, some may argue that he hasn’t been the Zwane everyone has come to love and admire as a footballer – he’s often disappeared in important matches that Bafana Bafana needed his magic feet.

ANDILE JALI

Jali has just turned 31, and recently returned to the Bafana Bafana setup after being overlooked for months due to injuries and lack of game time.

He’s one of the players that Broos may look to for experience.

But it may not be for long as players such as Sipho Mbule and Teboho Mokoena have already shown the country what they are capable of.

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And Broos could opt to overlook Jali for the SuperSport United duo in an attempt to turn things around for the better for Bafana Bafana.

DEAN FURMAN

As a late bloomer, Furman never really disappointed and in fact, he played his heart out for Bafana Bafana.

His departure from SuperSport United was expected to signal the end of his international career, but Ntseki kept him in his plans because of his dedication, hard work, and experience.

Now, with Broos coming in, chances are that Furman may not wear the Bafana Bafana jersey regularly or never again as younger midfielders continue to raise their hands for national team call-ups.

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Football – 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers – South Africa Training – Moses Mabhida Stadium – South Africa

Itumeleng Khune of South Africa during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers South Africa training session at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, South Africa on 11 November 2020 © Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

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Themba Zwane of South Africa during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns’ Themba Zwane in race against time to be fit for Al Ahly

May 6th 2021 at 04:34

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane is facing at least a week on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in midweek, according to co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi.

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Themba Zwane, the reigning PSL Player of the Year, sustained the injury during Wednesday’s 2-0 triumph over Maritzburg United and is now facing a race against time to be fit for the crunch CAF Champions League clash with Al Ahly next week.

Sphelele Mkhulise also picked up a minor injury in the Maritzburg match, but the prognosis appears to be slightly more positive for the 25-year-old.

Mngqithi told SuperSport TV: “According to the doctors Themba Zwane’s injury never looked like a grade two.

“They are hopeful that maybe in a week or 10 days he might be back.

“Mkhulise’s one we don’t think it is something very heavy. We are hopeful that he will come back.

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“It is just that it is a very difficult muscle to know what is going to happen. But we are hopeful that they will be able to come back.

“We also took them out early to make sure that we don’t exacerbate the injuries.”

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Themba Zwane has made 31 appearances in all competitions this season, bagging 12 goals and providing five assists in the process.

Mkhulise, meanwhile, has featured in 26 matches, including seven in the CAF Champions League, scoring once.

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Mamelodi Sundowns' Themba Zwane in race against time to be fit for Al Ahly

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane faces at least a week on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury.

Jake White makes another key signing at the Bulls

May 6th 2021 at 04:24

The Blue Bulls Company has confirmed the signing of centre Harold Vorster who returns to South Africa from Japan.

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Vorster enjoyed a stellar career across the Jukskei where he represented the Golden Lions and Lions, accumulating 70 caps in Super Rugby and 17 more in the Currie Cup.

In 2018, the hard-running centre made the move to Japan where he turned out for the Panasonic Wild Knights.

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Vorster has established himself as a no-nonsense centre with blistering pace and explosive strength which was rewarded in 2017 as he donned the South Africa ‘A’ jersey against the French Barbarians. 

“Attracting the type of talent Harold possesses is exactly what we are looking for at Loftus Versfeld. His signing adds immense depth to our backs and we are keen to see what he brings to the table,” said Bulls Director of Rugby, Jake White.

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Welcome to Loftus Harold Vorster 🔥

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— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) May 6, 2021

All Blacks star No 9 names Springbok opponent as the best ever

May 6th 2021 at 04:17

All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith has named former Springbok Fourie du Preez as the greatest No 9 to ever play in a Rugby World Cup.

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When the official Rugby World Cup Twitter account recently sent out the question, ‘Best scrumhalf to play at a Rugby World Cup?’, none other than Smith responded with a picture of the legendary Bulls No 9.

The 97-Test veteran posted a pic of Fourie du Preez in his Springbok colours, along with a caption that read, “There can only be one! #FourieDuPreez”

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Du Preez was at the peak of his powers during the 2007 World Cup and was undoubtedly one of the Boks’ star performers at the tournament.

While he was a vital cog in Jake White’s Springbok machine throughout the competition, his masterclass performance in the 36-0 victory over England during the group stages is considered one of the finest individual performances in rugby history.

Du Preez would go on to help the Boks secure the Tri-Nations title and a series victory over the Lions two years later, while also achieving Super Rugby success with the Bulls.

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New COVID cases in SA hit three-month high – as infections rise in ALL provinces

May 6th 2021 at 03:58

Predicting when the third wave of infections will hit a largely unvaccinated South Africa has proved to be a difficult task – but the crest of the tide may just have come into view last night: The number of daily new cases recorded hit a three-month high on Wednesday, breaching the 2 000 mark for the first time since mid-February.

Third wave loading? ‘All provinces’ see increase in infections

Rather than this being a one-off spike in the data, a provincial breakdown of the numbers shows that there are sustained increases of COVID-19 infections across the board. Ridhwaan Suliman is a lead researcher for CSIR, and he has put together a startling graph that exposes upward trends across the country.

Free State, Gauteng and the Northern Cape appear to be experiencing the sharpest increases:

The worms paint a worrying picture about a third wave, showing some troubling form over the past 21 days – Photo: Ridhwaan Suliman

The worrying signs from South Africa’s latest COVID-19 data

  • – The number of new cases on Wednesday – 2 073 – is the highest figure since 18 February 2021.
  • – Third wave fears have been compounded by Gauteng’s seven-day average for new cases – UP 33% in the last week.
  • – Free State has experienced the steepest rise in new infections since the start of April 2021.
  • – COVID-19 hospitalisations have also shown an increase in the past few days, rising by about 5%.

Third wave fears stoked by new figures

The Health Department also reported 46 deaths due to coronavirus yesterday, with a large majority of the deceased being reported in both Gauteng and Limpopo. A study released earlier this week predicted that a third wave could claim ‘at least 7 000 more lives‘ in South Africa – and that’s only in the best-case scenario.

“Today 46 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape four, Free State one, Gauteng 19, Kwa-Zulu Natal two, Limpopo 18, and Northern Cape two – which brings the total to 54 557 deaths. We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased patients.”

COVID-19 graph

Photo: Ridhwaan Suliman

Veggie Brekkie Bake – Give mom the best start this Mother’s Day

May 6th 2021 at 03:39
By: DNAfit

Do you want to create something special for Mother’s Day breakfast in bed? If you like breakfast and love healthy foods, we’ve got that special something that tastes like comfort food without the guilt of indulging. The Veggie Brekkie Bake is full of flavour and healthy goodness.

Mushrooms, spinach and eggs are full of great nutrients like protein, calcium, iron, zinc and healthy fats. Baking the ingredients makes sure that you’re cooking the ingredients in a healthy way while adding some crunch. Each serving is only 235 calories which means that your breakfast will be tasty and fit your daily calorie intake. If you like to add something else, a few chilli flakes or freshly diced chillies won’t add much more in calories but adds a great deal of flavour.

Give mom the best start to Mother’s Day with the Veggie Brekkie Bake and a freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea.

Veggie Brekkie Bake Recipe

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Prep time

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Cooking time

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Total time

30

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Ingredients

  • 2 medium Eggs

  • 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 cups Raw spinach leaves

  • ½ cup Raw mushrooms

  • ½ clove Garlic

  • 1 medium Tomato

Method

  • Heat your oven to 200°C (390°F). Put the mushrooms and tomatoes in an ovenproof dish.
  • Add the garlic and drizzle with oil. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, put the spinach into a large colander, and run it under boiling water to wilt it. Allow to cool, and then squeeze out any excess water.
  • Add the wilted spinach to the dish with the mushrooms. Make a little gap between the vegetables and crack the eggs into the dish.
  • Return to the oven and cook for a further 8-10 minutes or until the egg is cooked to your liking.

Notes

  • Nutritional Information (per serving):
    Energy:  984kJ (235 calories)
    Carbohydrates: 13g
    Fibre: 4g
    Protein: 16g
    Fat: 14g

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SOAPIE QUIZ: Test your ‘7de Laan’ knowledge and WIN R1 000 in cash!

May 6th 2021 at 03:18

Calling all die-hard 7de Laan fans. Prove your knowledge of the popular SABC2 soapie by answering five multiple-choice questions in The South African’s soapie quiz and stand a chance to win R1 000 in cash.

One lucky reader who answers all five 7de Laan quiz questions correctly will stand a chance to win our cash prize. All entrants who score 5 out of 5 will go into a draw where a winner will be chosen and contacted via telephone, WhatsApp or e-mail.

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Chelsea dominate Real Madrid to set up all-English Champions League final

May 6th 2021 at 03:15
By: AFP

Chelsea set up an all-English Champions League final against Manchester City as goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount beat Real Madrid 2-0 in a dominant display on Wednesday to seal a 3-1 aggregate victory at Stamford Bridge.

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If anything, the scoreline flattered Madrid as the 13-time European champions had no response to Chelsea’s greater strength and speed.

The Blues should have ran out far more convincing winners as they toyed with the tired visitors in the second half.

However, Werner’s cushioned header into an empty net on 28 minutes after Kai Havertz’s initial effort came back off the crossbar and Mount’s tap-in five minutes from time were enough to seal their place in Istanbul on May 29.

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“To never lose the concentration, focus and positive energy on the pitch – it was a huge performance and well deserved,” said Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, who has masterminded a huge turnaround in Chelsea’s season since replacing the sacked Frank Lampard in January.

Backed by Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, Chelsea’s £220 million spending spree last summer has been rewarded with a first Champions League final since they lifted the trophy for the only time in 2012.

“We never lost the hunger, the desire to defend,” added Tuchel.

“In the second half we had even better structure to defend and it was a fantastic performance.

“We could have scored so much earlier and more to be safe, but it’s no time for criticism now. It’s a fantastic achievement and big congratulations to the team.”

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Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane welcomed back captain Sergio Ramos for the first time in six weeks, while Eden Hazard was handed a rare start in an injury-hit season on his return to Stamford Bridge.

But the Belgian was again a peripheral figure as Madrid’s over-reliance on Karim Benzema to provide a goal threat was exposed.

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“We needed to be better going forward,” said Zidane.

“We didn’t have any clear chances. They made a number of them and that’s football.

“We fought and tried but they deserved to win and go through.”

Madrid’s only serious threat came from a quick turn and shot from the edge of the box from Benzema that Edouard Mendy did brilliantly to turn behind midway through the first half.

Moments later they were behind as Werner scored just his fourth goal in his last 39 games.

N’Golo Kante and Havertz did the hard work as the French midfielder fed Havertz, whose audacious chip over Thibaut Courtois bounced invitingly off the crossbar for Werner to head into an empty net.

Chelsea have now kept 18 clean sheets in 24 games since the appointment of Tuchel turned their season around.

However, a failure to take their chances at the other end means they are still far from guaranteed a place in the Champions League next season.

That lack of a killer touch was exposed after the break as Havertz saw a free header come back off the bar before Mount blasted over with just Courtois to beat.

The former Chelsea ‘keeper, who controversially forced a move back to Spain in the summer of 2018, kept his current employers in the tie as he then saved one-on-ones with Havertz and Kante, with the Blues’ speed on the break too much for Madrid’s ageing midfield to cope with.

Tuchel was growing increasingly frustrated with his side’s inability to put the tie to bed, but could finally relax five minutes from time.

Substitute Christian Pulisic left Courtois on the floor and from his cut-back, Mount slid in to finish from close range.

Fired by Paris Saint-Germain on Christmas Eve after leading the French champions to their first ever final in this competition last season, Tuchel is headed back to the Champions League showpiece match for a second consecutive season, unlike his former club, who were beaten 4-1 on aggregate by City in the other semi-final.

LIVE British & Irish Lions squad announcement: How to watch – 6 May 2021

May 6th 2021 at 03:00

Later today, Thursday, 6 May, British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland will name his 36-man squad for their 2021 tour of South Africa.

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The announcement will be broadcast live from 12:45 SA time with a build-up to the unveiling after which chairperson Jason Leonard will read out the names.

It will be streamed live on the British & Irish Lions’ social media channelsFacebookYouTube and Twitter, as well as on the Official Lions Rugby App and website.

The announcement will also be broadcast on SuperSport.

The 2021 tour captain – to be named on 6 May as well – will also join the the show remotely.

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‘To put on that British & Irish Lions jersey is incredibly special,’ said Gatland.

‘I’ve been lucky enough to be on a number of Lions tours and seeing those players put the jersey on for the first time – you can see the pride in their faces.

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‘It’s about understanding what has come before you and the famous players who have worn the iconic jersey and those who will come after you. The Lions are regarded as the best of the best and this is the biggest challenge in rugby.

‘Once you’ve been selected, once you’ve played for the Lions, that is something that can never ever be taken away from you.’

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The itinerary for the tour still hasn’t been confirmed despite the first match scheduled – at this stage – to be held on July 3, only nine weeks and a day away.

According to reports, all eight matches will be split between just two cities – Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Cape Town is due to hold the first three matches (including the first Test), while Johannesburg will stage the remaining five matches as well as the second and third Tests which are reported to be penciled in for the FNB Stadium to maximise the number of permitted spectators.

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Will those still waiting on R350 grant payments get ‘double pay’ in May?

May 6th 2021 at 02:57

SASSA has issued a media release on Thursday, addressing concerns about a backlog in R350 grant payments. The social support scheme has hit a wall, with applications for new payments lapsing at the end of April. But the agency has moved to reassure its clients that they will be paid ‘all monies owed to them’ – even if they have to double-up.

R350 grant latest – payments still being processed in May

There has been an appeal for calm, after a number of approved applicants showed up at post offices and other venues to request payment of the R350 grant funds still owed to them. SASSA has warned against panic, instead opting to tell those affected that ‘all deserving clients’ will be properly remunerated – even though there are no specific dates given.

SASSA has since been questioned about how *exactly* these payments will be made. Many beneficiaries are at least two paydays behind, due to various administrative issues. They have asked if ‘double payments’ will be made to them, essentially having R700 deposited into their accounts after already missing one payday.

Will SASSA issue ‘double payments’? It’s a grey area…

According to the agency, double payments in May are indeed a possibility for some – but they won’t always be delivered this way. The backlog of funds could be split over a period of days or weeks, rather than arriving as a lump sum. When people receive their outstanding R350 grant – and in what manner it comes – is purely down to ‘luck of the draw’.

“All applicants for the R350 grant can rest assured that the monies will be paid as soon as possible. Even after the grant has ended, payments will be made to those deserving clients. It may not necessarily come as a double payment or a lump sum on the same day, and in some cases, could be split over days or weeks. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

  • You can read the full statement here:

Media Release: All approved but unpaid COVID-19 SRD grant beneficiaries will still be paid #SASSACARES @The_DSD @GCISMedia @nda_rsa @GovernmentZA @PostofficeSa pic.twitter.com/t8wtYezSb6

— SASSA (@OfficialSASSA) May 6, 2021

Gangs, gunshots ‘the norm’ in Springbok Cheslin Kolbe’s ‘rough’ childhood

May 6th 2021 at 02:56
By: AFP

More than most people, South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe, now the toast of Toulouse, is used to avoiding trouble.

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On the field he is best known for using his quick feet to find a handkerchief of space before accelerating away to score but off the field, as a kid, the Rugby World Cup winner needed that speed to stay out of harm’s way.

The 5-foot-7 winger was brought up in Kraaifontein, a northern suburb of Cape Town which also produced 2016 400m Olympic gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk, who just happens to be his cousin. 

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“You have to grow up just playing in the streets and all of a sudden all you hear is gunshots, gang members fighting each other. That was the norm, each and every day,” the 27-year-old told AFP this week.

“After a while you get used to the way things happen around you. It’s scary to notice what I was faced with from a young age.

“It was a rough upbringing but I definitely wouldn’t want it any other way,” he added.

Kolbe said the coronavirus pandemic has worsened the situation at home considerably.

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South Africa has officially recorded more than 1.5 million cases of Covid, of which over 54 000 have been fatal.

“The feedback I get from friends is that it’s 10 times worse than what it was since we grew up,” Kolbe said.

“People are vulnerable with Covid, losing their jobs, becoming more desperate to get food on the table so they do whatever it takes. 

“They will steal something from you, that they can sell for money, or to get food or to buy drugs to keep themselves going,” he added.

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Kolbe’s father, Andrew, played local rugby in the town, which gave the young Cheslin a role model and a routine. 

“It gave me the opportunity to go to training with him during the week and on weekends I would go and watch him. I always kept myself busy with wherever my Dad was,” he said.

“I would follow him around. It kept me on the right path by not making silly or decision that I would have regretted,” he added.

Kolbe senior’s rugby hopes were stymied by the apartheid system which only came to an end with the election of Nelson Mandela as president in April 1994, six months after Cheslin was born.

“My Dad has always not wanted to feed me with what happened in the past and keeps me looking ahead and wanting the best for me,” the 14-time Springbok said.

“I wouldn’t say I was faced with a lot of racism at a young age. But I definitely got the other side, I was always criticised for not being the biggest player on the field,” he added.

Kolbe’s path to wearing the Green and Gold of his country in 2018 took him to the Rio Olympics two years earlier when South Africa won the Sevens bronze medal.

But it also landed him criticism by former players and coaches, such as Nick Mallett, who wanted him to move to play scrumhalf.

“I’m really tired of the comments about my size. I have friends who sent me screen shots of people still saying I’m too small, that I’m not the best,” he said.

“I’m a firm believer that this game is meant for each and every human being, no matter how big or small you are.

“I’m still working on it to stay on top of my game because people look for the one mistake. They’ll wait for me to miss a tackle to get on the wagon,” he added. 

This weekend, Kolbe’s French club Toulouse travel to Toulon ahead of a busy few months for club and country.

Including the busy domestic run-in he is set to feature in his first Champions Cup final on May 22 before the Springboks host the British and Irish Lions.

“I still want to achieve a lot of things with Toulouse. Another Top 14 and a European Cup. That’s a big one, with us in the final,” he said.

“If we can top that off it would have been a good ride for these past four years and hopefully that can continue.”

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Jarryd Hayne: Ex-49er, Australian rugby league star jailed for sexual assault

May 6th 2021 at 02:41
By: AFP

Former Australia rugby league star and San Francisco 49er Jarryd Hayne was on Thursday jailed for five years and nine months over the sexual assault of a woman at her home in 2018.

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The 33-year-old – best known outside Australia for a short-lived attempt to break into the NFL – was found guilty in March on two counts of intercourse without consent.

He must serve at least three years and eight months before being eligible for parole.

Jarryd Hayne was sentenced at a court in Newcastle, north of Sydney, after the judge heard the woman describe how the incident had changed her life.

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“Yes I am destroyed and damaged but I am still standing,” the 26-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said in a victim impact statement.

The pair met on social media and the woman reported that he attacked her at her home in Newcastle on the night of the National Rugby League grand final.

Former Parramatta Eels star Hayne insisted it was consensual, but District Court Judge Helen Syme disagreed.

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“The reliability and honesty of the victim’s evidence was tested at length and in my view, her reliability was not in doubt. She said no several times,” Syme said, according to broadcaster ABC.

The Sydney-born Jarryd Hayne was the NRL’s player of the year in 2009 and 2014, making more than 20 appearances for New South Wales in State of Origin matches, which pit New South Wales against Queensland.

He was capped 12 times by Australia and four by Fiji, where his father comes from, as well as representing Fiji in rugby sevens.

Hayne attempted a career in the NFL in 2015 as a kick returner and running back, but experienced only fleeting success during a tough first season with the San Francisco 49ers.

He played eight times for the 49ers, making 79 yards and scoring no touchdowns.

FW de Klerk welcomes Ace Magashule suspension from ANC

May 6th 2021 at 02:38

The FW de Klerk Foundation has become amongst the latest to welcome a decision by the African National Congress (ANC) to suspend its secretary general Ace Magashule.

Magashule was suspended on Wednesday, 5 May 2021, after he refused to step aside, in line with the party’s contentious resolution, which has no doubt fueled factionalism within the ANC.

Under the step-aside policy, members facing corruption and other serious crimes, are to step aside from their posts or face suspension

“The FW de Klerk Foundation welcomes the immediate suspension of the ruling party’s secretary general, Ace Magashule, as well as other ANC members facing criminal charges – particularly corruption or other serious crimes,” the foundation said in a statement.

The decision to suspend Magashule from the ANC will likely spark anger from the SG’s fierce supporters. Magashule is considered a powerful figure within the ANC and the latest move by Luthuli House is said to symbolise a victory for party president Cyril Ramaphosa.

FW de Klerk: Magashule suspension ‘long overdue’

Having been the last president during apartheid South Africa, FW de Klerk has been rather vocal on matters relating to current affairs, as well as the state of governance, post democracy.

“The decision can be seen as a consolidation of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s power within the ANC in the ongoing factional battles between President Ramaphosa on the one side and former president Jacob Zuma and Ace Magashule at the other,” the FW de Klerk Foundation further said.

“It should also be welcomed as an important – and long-overdue – step to tackle corruption and take stern action against top ANC officials who stand accused of serious offences. The ANC’s factional battles have been negatively impacting governance and effective service delivery for far too long”

However, some South Africans are unhappy with de Klerk weighing in on Magashule’s suspension.

We revolutionaries understand the fight going on in this colony of UK called South Africa. The fight against Jacob Zuma is not corruption, just like Lula da Silva in Brazil, it's a policy fight. Students will study for free, Magashule will lead that struggle. We reject De Klerk! pic.twitter.com/uoEWeWLlnT

— uMaghebhula (@KamvelihleGoba) May 5, 2021

When your suspension is celebrated by the De Klerk Foundation 👀👀, the ANC is gone! #StepAside #magashule

— Mothakge Makwela (@PhillipGP) May 5, 2021

The De klerk foundation Welcome the suspension of Ace…

Just know this country is gone…

— KE SHARP (@danielmarven) May 5, 2021

Bradley Cross: SA defender in Newcastle United first-XI training after Tokyo Olympic snub – pictures

May 6th 2021 at 02:30

South African junior international Bradley Cross was spotted training with English Premier League side Newcastle United’s first team on Wednesday.

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The Amajita centre back joined the ‘Toon’ on a two-year deal earlier in the season, after impressing their u23’s staff in a short trial. It did not take long for the 20-year-old to prove his worth within the Magpies academy structures, with his leadership qualities apparent early on.

Bradley Cross made an immediate impact at Newcastle

That then catapulted the left-footed Cross to the captaincy role, very shortly after his arrival. That rapid rise seemed to have caught the South African fraternity my surprise and subsequently heightened expectations. Unfortunately, his progression trajectory hasn’t included a Premier League debut yet, but Wednesday’s pictures make for promising viewing.

Cross, a product of the now-defunct Bidvest Wits Academy posted pictures of himself in full training with the Newcastle side. One including an image of him keeping close tabs on the elusive Allan Saint-Maximim. Having made 20 appearances for Newcastle u23s in the Premier League 2 Division 2 many keen observers of his progress could argue that it is just reward for his consistency and continued growth.

  • Picture: IG brxd.cross
  • Picture: IG brxd.cross

SAFA overlooked Bradley Cross for Olympics selection

Despite all the strides Cross has been making on Tyneside, it seems to have gone unnoticed by SAFA, finding himself omitted from the preliminary u23 Olympics squad. Coach David Notoane opted for the likes of skipper Tercious Malepe, Luke Fleurs and Katlego Mohamme as his only centre back options in the 40-man preliminary squad for the showpiece.

He continues to be overlooked by SAFA

That, however, was not the first time the COSAFA Cup winner found himself snubbed for a major tournament by a junior national team coach. In 2019 despite making the U20 World Cup preliminary squad, then Amajita coach Thabo Senong opted against taking Cross with him to Poland. This despite being on top form for German Bundesliga side Schalke 04’s u19’s at that time.

Cross, who is equally at home at left-back, could be forgiven for scratching his head thinking what else he needs to do to convince the national selectors. He can find solace from his first-team training call up however and feel like it’s only a matter of time till he breaks through at club level.

It is also noteworthy that Cross is a double passport holder, and as he continues to be overlooked by SAFA, he continues to edge closer to the Newcastle first-team squad. Should he make the breakthrough it could be only a matter of time till the England u21s start to monitor his progress.

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Naamsa: vehicle sales down 17% in April, but so far better than 2020

May 6th 2021 at 02:00

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) reported that new vehicle sales statistics for the month of April 2021 showed a decline of 7 649 units from the 43 428 vehicles sold during March, for a total of 35 779 units sold.

The association usually compares a month with the corresponding month of the previous year but said that due to the lockdown period that had then just been implemented, it would have been meaningless to compare the 574 unit sales total of April 2020 with April 2021. That’s why the stats were instead compared to those registered in March.

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Naamsa says we were all busy taking advantage of long weekends

According to Naamsa CEO Mikel Mabasa, the dense spread of public holidays and the fewer days to sell negatively impacted sales and exports during April compared to March. However, the first four months of the year overall are still 28.3 % above the same period in 2020.

Of the total 35 779 vehicles sold, 31 482 were contributed by dealer sales, with 7.5% coming from the rental industry, 2.4% from sales to government, and 2.1 % to industry corporate fleets.

Sales dip across passenger and commercial vehicles

According to Naamsa, there were 22 911 passenger cars sold in April, a decline of 12 619, while the light commercial segment that consists of bakkies and mini-buses saw a 24.3 % decline. Even the medium and heavy commercial vehicle segments saw double-digit decreases, at 24,2% and 17,5% respectively.

There’s light at the end of the tunnel, eventually

The association says that there are indications that the industry is on a slight upswing. There’s renewed interest and activity in the rental market as the lockdown restrictions are revised, the interest rate remains low, lockdown restrictions are gradually easing, and the five subcomponents of the ABSA Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) are tracking positively for the first time since early 2012.

Naamsa believes that these are generally favourable for supporting business and consumer behaviour and therefore the new vehicle market in 2021. However, the after-effect of COVID-19 lockdowns is still being felt, such as the worldwide shortage of computer chips that delayed everything from gaming consoles to new vehicles rolling off the production line.

Importantly to take note of is that, although the new vehicle market in 2021 is expected to rebound substantially compared to 2020, aggregate new vehicle sales in 2020 dropped back to the level of 18 years ago and a recovery to the pre-COVID-19 level would take at least three years.

– Naamsa

Kaizer Chiefs and Gavin Hunt in transfer targets disagreement?

May 6th 2021 at 01:30

Kaizer Chiefs Coach Gavin Hunt and the club management are reportedly at loggerheads with regards to transfer targets.

The Glamour Boys were slapped with a two transfer window ban by FIFA in the middle of last season, as their signing of Malagasy international midfielder Andriamirado ‘Dax’ Andrianarimanana was deemed illegal. Chiefs, however, were determined to go down fighting, but their appeal was eventually dismissed by the world football governing body.

The lengthy period between the appeal and its dismissal coincided with one of vast uncertainty. The longer it dragged on, the more optimism it seemed to give Hunt. During that period he invited three of his former Bidvest Wits players to train with Chiefs. S’fiso Hlanti, Phathutshedzo Nange as well as Brandon Petersen were all pictured at Naturena, being put through their paces.

Gavin Hunt had already started to show his hand with Kaizer Chiefs transfer targets

It is no secret those players had been called in with the view of Hunt reuniting with them at Chiefs. The fact that the Chiefs management even permitted those players to train with their side might have been an indication of the faith they had in Hunt’s transfer choices.

Gavin Hunt now seems to have lost the wholehearted backing from Chiefs

Fast forward almost a year and somewhat strangely that confidence seems to have been evoked from the veteran mentor. According to The Citizen Hunt had given the club’s management a list of his desired transfer targets, which the management appear unconvinced by.

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One of those players Hunt might have to find an alternative for may well be one of his most reliable players at Wits, in the form of Buhle Mkhwanazi. Mkhwanazi had started forging quite a mean reputation for himself, with his combination with current Orlando Pirates player Thulani Hlatshwayo providing a solid base for the ‘Clever Boys’ to attack from.

Salary demands could stand in the way of Hunt reuniting with Mkhwanazi next season

Even though his part in that partnership saw him catapulted into a Bafana Bafana mainstay together with Hlatshwayo, it hasn’t seemed to convince the Chiefs management that he will be worth his weight in gold.

“The issue is his salary demands. The club feels it is too high for a player who has been out of action for almost a year now. But the coach is insistent on him as one of the key players he plans to build his team with going forward” A source revealed.

It is clear that he will be challenged with every transfer target

This may come as a worry for Hunt, as it is now a second reported veto of his transfer target by the Amakhosi management. It was also recently reported that Moroka Swallows striker Ruzaigh Gamilden was the subject of doubt from owner Kaizer Motaung Senior who eventually conceded after being outvoted by the management.

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With his management staff now seemingly the ones unconvinced, it remains to be seen whether Hunt will eventually get his way with this one too. Watch the space.

North West mayor steps aside, as per ANC resolution

May 6th 2021 at 01:19

The African National Congress (ANC) step-aside resolution continues claiming more casualties – this time, Kgotso Khumalo, the JB Marks Local Municipality executive mayor, has resigned from his post.

According to City Press, Khumalo sent an email to the ANC interim provincial committee’s Hlomani Chauke.

On Monday, the ANC’s National Working Committee (NWC) reaffirmed its support for the party’s contentious step-aside resolution, which directs members facing corruption charges and other serious crimes, must temporarily vacate office.

Khumalo faces fraud and corruption charges involving R5 million allegedly meant for service delivery in his municipality.

Former ANC North West Chairperson Supra Mahumapelo came under fire for allegedly encouraging Khumalo to not resign, as per an instruction by the IPC. Mahumapelo himself had been suspended from the ANC, however Ace Magashule informed him that he remained a member, pending his appealing of the decision.

Magashule himself refused to step down and has since been suspended by the party.

How many more people will step aside from ANC?

In addition to Kgotso Khumalo, so far, only one other person has stepped aside in abidance to the resolution – ANC KwaZulu-Natal deputy chairperson Mike Mabuyakhulu.

“In line with the position adopted by our movement, I hereby respectfully tender to the Office of the Provincial Secretary, that I am stepping aside from my position as the Provincial Deputy Chairperson of the ANC in KwaZulu Natal, with immediate effect,” said Mabuyakhulu.

He is accused of receiving bribes to the tune of R330 000 from the organisers of the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2012, during his tenure as KZN economic development MEC. Mabuyakhulu is alleged to have authorised a R28 million payment to various parties for the festival, of which his department was the sponsor. Despite all the monies being paid, the festival never took place.

For now, the status of other ANC members remains unknown – whether they have stepped aside or have received suspension. This includes the likes of ANC MP Bongani Bongo, who’s been embroiled in a multimillion rand land case in Mpumalanga as well as former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede.

On This Day: What happened on 06 May?

May 6th 2021 at 01:00

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 06 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1994 | South Africa established diplomatic relations with Ghana, Mali and Senegal.

2009 | Jacob Zuma is elected president in the South African presidential election (an indirect presidential election).

2020 | The Deputy Speaker of Mpumalanga’s Provincial Legislature, Vusi Mkhatshwa, was accused of receiving food parcels meant for the poor.

2020 | South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, announced that more than 500 health workers across the country have tested positive for COVID-19.

READ: On This Day: What happened on 05 May?

DEATHS

2002 | Egyptian football player, Saleh Selim (71)

2018 | Egyptian politician and military officer, Khaled Mohieddine (95) 

2020 | Algerian football player, Hamid Bernaoui (82)

BIRTHDAYS

1922 | Former First Lady of South Africa, Anna Elizabeth Botha

1978 | South African comedian, Kagiso Lediga

1991 | South African football goalkeeper, Roxanne “Roxy” Barker 

1994 | South African rugby player, Nico Janse van Rensburg

SPORT

2011 | South African athlete, L.J. van Zyl wins the men’s 400m hurdles at Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix in Doha.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

2004 | ‘Friends’ last episode in the 10th season (the finale) is aired. 

2007 | ‘Shrek the Third’ with voices by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy is released.

AFRICA FACT

Africa comprised up to 10,000 different states and autonomous groups before the colonial rule with distinct languages and customs.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Day 11: Athletics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: LJ van Zyl of South Africa in the semi final of the mens 400m hurdles during the evening session on Day 11 Athletics of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

Gavin Hunt calls for Kaizer Chiefs to find mental fortitude

May 5th 2021 at 23:00

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt says his side did well with 10 men, but bemoaned the fact that they could not hold on for a point after the 2-1 defeat to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday.

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Hunt’s side slumped to their ninth defeat of the season, which also meant they failed to break into the top eight and could finish in the bottom half of the table for the second time in three seasons not to mention the seven-year trophy drought and counting.

The Amakhosi were reduced to 10 men when Njabulo Blom received a second yellow card in the 38th minute before Thabo Rakhale opened the scoring four minutes later.

Lebogang Manyama equalised in the 66th minute but Amakhosi hearts were broken not for the first time this season when Thabo Mnyamane’s penalty in the eighth minute of stoppage time gave Vhadau Vha Damani all three points.

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“Ja I thought we were well in the game obviously until the red-card but we stayed in the front foot, made changes at half-time to stay in the front foot,” Hunt told SuperSport TV.

“Tried to get something to play towards and we did well, we got the goal and if we had a little bit of care upfront sometimes we could have done better.

“We didn’t hold it or gave it away cheaply and obviously we got turned over but we were right in the game, obviously they gonna come out with extra numbers, overload us,” he said.

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“But we did well, the changes were right but then that’s pretty much how it has been, you got to have the mentality and the game toughness to see it out but obviously you never know sometimes with what went on.

“The first goal was the same mistake [to the Bloemfontein Celtic game], pretty much things you can’t understand, that’s just down to certain things, ja but I thought we did well to come back in. We could have had a chance to win at the end but they obviously got the bounce of the ball there.”

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Gavin Hunt calls for Kaizer Chiefs to find mental fortitude

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has bemoaned the fact his side could not hold on for a point in their defeat to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

Former Amakhosi midfielder sent home by Tshakhuma

May 5th 2021 at 20:35

Former Amakhosi midfielder George Lebese has been sent home by DStv Premiership outfit Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

The 32-year-old midfielder was set to sign a short term deal with the Limpopo based outfit after being forced to part ways with American outfit Colorado Switchbacks FC.

The former Amakhosi midfielder was unable to return back to America for what would have been his second season at Switchbacks FC due to strict COVID-19 travel protocols however his contract in America is still legally binding making him unable to sign for Tshakhuma as a free agent.

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Former Amakhosi star George Lebese stuck in limbo

George Lebese had been training with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila for a number of weeks with many expecting him to make his debut before the end of the season however it wasn’t to be.

Tshakhuma head coach Dylan Kerr confirmed that the former Amakhosi and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder has been sent home due contractual complications that make it impossible for the club to sign him at this stage.

“Well, as far as I know, George Lebese is no longer with us due to his work visa. We can’t get a FIFA clearance for him.” Dylan Kerr said regarding the former Amakhosi and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder.

“So, I think George agreed, I don’t know because I’m not seeing him. I think George has gone home and I don’t know if he’s still part of TTM. But I can understand his frustration, when he came, he was way off the pace. I mean we’d be risking serious injury if we did play him in a competitive game, because he’s not been training and he hasn’t played since November.

“So he was a long way short off the rest of the squad and we tried very, very hard to get his ITC, but the legalities of it in America… he was already contracted to that club, he wasn’t really a free agent, so we couldn’t really sign him.”

George lebese’s debut season abroad saw him earn two goals and two assists in 16 USLC appearances. He’ll now have to wait for his clearance from America before he plot his next move.

He left the Amakhosi for Mamelodi Sundowns back in 2017 and has ever since struggled to replicate the deadly form he showed for the Glamour Boys.

Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 06 May 2021

Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forecast of your province, click here.

Severe Weather Alerts

IMPACT-BASED WARNINGS:

  1. Orange Level 6 Warning for RAIN resulting in danger to life due to fast flowing streams closer to mountains and disruption of essential services is expected over the Overberg District (W. Cape).
  2. Yellow Level 4 Warning For RAIN resulting in flooding and infrastructure damage is expected over the City of Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Hessequa municipality (W. Cape).
  3. Yellow Level 4 Warning For WIND resulting in difficulty in navigation at sea is expected between Hout Bay and Witsand (W. Cape).
  4. Yellow Level 1 Warning For WAVES resulting in small vessels being at risk of capsizing is expected between Hout Bay and Stilbaai (W. Cape).

FIRE DANGER WARNINGS:

  1. Nil

ADVISORIES:

  1. Nil

Gauteng:

Temperature: Partly cloudy and cool but warm in the north.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: High.

Mpumalanga:

Temperature: Fine and cool but warm in the Lowveld, becoming partly cloudy from the afternoon

Limpopo:

Temperature: Fine and warm becoming partly cloudy from the afternoon.

North-West Province:

Temperature: Fine and warm, becoming partly cloudy.

Free State:

Temperature: Partly cloudy and cool to warm with isolated showers and thundershowers.

Northern Cape:

Temperature: Cloudy along the coast where it will be cool at first otherwise partly cloudy and warm with isolated showers but scattered in the south.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be light to moderate northerly to north-westerly becoming fresh at times in the afternoon north of Hondeklip Bay.

Western Cape:

Temperature: Morning fog along the west coast and adjacent interior with afternoon isolated thunderstorms, otherwise cloudy to partly cloudy and cool with scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms leading to flooding over the south western parts. Isolated thunderstorm are expected over the eastern interior spreading southwards by the afternoon.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be light to moderate northerly north of Saldanha Bay, otherwise moderate to fresh south-easterly reaching strong to near gale between Table Bay and Cape Agulhas.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: Moderate.

Eastern Cape:

The Western halfTemperature: Partly cloudy and cool with scattered showers and thundershowers.

The Western Half – Wind: The wind along the coast will be strong north easterly.

The Eastern halfTemperature: Partly cloudy and cool with isolated showers and thundershowers.

The Eastern halfWind: The wind along the coast will be moderate north easterly , becoming fresh in the afternoon.

Kwazulu-Natal:

Temperature: Fine and cool but warm in the north-east. It will become partly cloudy with isolated showers and thundershowers in the south.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be light to moderate easterly to north-easterly.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: Moderate.


Your daily Horoscope for 06 May 2021

May 5th 2021 at 19:00

TODAY’S MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE:

A disciple once complained, “You tell us stories, but you never reveal their meaning to us.” The master replied, “How would you like it if someone offered you fruit and chewed it up for you before giving it to you?” — Anonymous

TODAY’S WISDOM FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

He who puts up with insult invites injury. — Jewish Proverb

TODAY’S CHINESE PROVERB:

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends whom we choose.

FOR THOSE OF US BORN ON THIS DAY:

Happy Birthday! The months ahead will see a short lived period of discontent with yourself give way to feelings of growing confidence and self-esteem, as work or school provides the rewards that make a working life worthwhile and by the end of the year you will be blessed with success. There is also a hint for those of you who are unattached that you will find love before the year is out, although it will be a slow burner. For those already in a steady relationship things will go from strength to strength. Finances will be tricky half way through the year but persevere and you will find that money matters improve significantly as the months go by!

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CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY:

Famous people born on your birthday include: Tony Blair, Bob Seger, Pierce Brosnan, Orson Welles, George Clooney, Tom Brainard, Willie Mays

CELEBRITY GOSSIP:

The planets suggest that the next month will be very significant for Lady GaGa. There will be a very brief, but very important moment of opportunity, where Lady GaGa could achieve something beyond her dreams!

TAURUS DAILY HOROSCOPE | Apr 20 – May 20

Thanks to a pricklier vibe it’s possible that you’ll slip into a slightly judgmental mode at a point where something may not be in need of any amendments at all. Given the marginally disapproving vibe you may just to accept that there will be some people who might not quite meet your standards!

Today’s Numbers:  5, 13, 27, 33, 38, 44

GEMINI DAILY HOROSCOPE | May 21 – Jun 20

There may be a slight slump or a hiccup that could disrupt your routine. However, if you can react with equanimity, then you may well spot a couple of silver linings. The right approach shouldn’t be too hard to generate, but do watch out for going too far the other way!

Today’s Numbers: 3, 19, 23, 34, 41, 46

CANCER DAILY HOROSCOPE | Jun 21 – Jul 22

Muddled or vague communications could cause a few minor inconveniences. Bear in mind that it’s a day to check the small print and be familiar with the details. Blasé or vague reassurances on your part could be taken as a guarantee by someone else. Watch what you say!

Today’s Numbers:   9, 13, 24, 31, 36, 42

LEO DAILY HOROSCOPE | Jul 23 – Aug 22

A subtly fretful vibe could see you over-compensating, by bringing out your steely side, which will certainly have the potential to assist material matters front. That said; there’s a possibility that one particular matter will become a little blurred. Incoming information may not be all that it seems!

Today’s Numbers: 1, 7, 15, 26, 33, 49

VIRGO DAILY HOROSCOPE | Aug 23 – Sep 22

The moon in your sign is likely to tap into your more disciplined, rigorous side a little too much. There is a distinct tendency to take things a little too personally when things go wrong, even on a very minor level. Take extra care in how to interact with others in this temporary cosmic chill!

Today’s Numbers:  2, 16, 24, 31, 38, 46

LIBRA DAILY HOROSCOPE | Sep 23 – Oct 22

Sometimes there are days that just seem to tax your energies; unfortunately this will be one of those days. However, a subtly anxious undercurrent is likely to make things seem worse than they actually are. If possible, postpone trickier matters and decisions until tomorrow!

Today’s Numbers:  5, 13, 17, 24, 32, 45

SCORPIO DAILY HOROSCOPE | Oct 23 – Nov 21

You may need to exercise a little caution and not vent or blurt out your feelings. You may be itching to have your say, thanks to a rather stern vibe, but today is not the day to address minor or temporary lapses and blips. Besides; it may be in your interests to cut someone a little slack for now!

Today’s Numbers: 8, 14, 23, 27, 33, 46

SAGITTARIUS DAILY HOROSCOPE | Nov 22 – Dec 21

The moon will be radiating mixed vibes. There’s a fun-angle to the day but there is also an inclination to either disregard sage advice or sweep something under the carpet when it comes to a work based matter or a current obligation. It may be a good idea to invest a little time into this!

Today’s Numbers:  1, 6, 17, 25, 35, 42

CAPRICORN DAILY HOROSCOPE | Dec 22 – Jan 19

You’re very likely to respond to today’s slightly insecure undercurrent by becoming more of a power sign. However, there is a possibility that you’ll clash with like-minded types who prefer to be in control. If something looks as though it’s turning into a power-struggle, then don’t engage!

Today’s Numbers: 3, 18, 24, 31, 43, 47

AQUARIUS DAILY HOROSCOPE | Jan 20 – Feb 18

There’s a very subtle air of intractability in the marginally fretful vibe, which won’t serve you well. The problem may be that you can’t quite ditch an obsolete idea or plan. By the same token; there’s a tendency to try and make something fit the circumstances, which may not work!

Today’s Numbers: 2, 9, 14, 25, 32, 49

PISCES DAILY HOROSCOPE | Feb 19 – Mar 20

It’s the kind of day where everyone is likely to have something to say, but where few will listen patiently. With that in mind, an awkward or delicate situation may well need a little careful handling. If you can postpone it, do so, since a rather fretful vibe is likely to amplify rather than soothe!

Today’s Numbers:  7, 16, 22, 28, 33, 47

ARIES DAILY HOROSCOPE | Mar 21 – Apr 19

It’s not the best start to the weekend, since there’s a rather restrictive vibe about the day, which is the kind that downplays success and overstates the tiniest fault. The end result is that you could push even harder, particularly when it comes to routine and material matters. Try to ease up a little on yourself!

Today’s Numbers:   4, 7, 12, 24, 32, 41

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Read it now: Your daily Love Horoscope for 06 May 2021

May 5th 2021 at 19:00

TODAY’S LOVE HOROSCOPE FROM AROUND THE WORLD:

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TAURUS DAILY HOROSCOPE | Apr 20 – May 20

Indirect planetary aspects may reveal a course of action that you
hadn’t considered, but in a way that makes it look harder or
trickier than it needs to be. Filtering out a gloomy opinion may
be the first step forward!

Compatible Signs For: Love: Scorpio | Friendship: Taurus

Star Rating:

♥  Love 3  Money 5  Mood 4  Style 2

GEMINI DAILY HOROSCOPE | May 21 – Jun 20

The general vibe is likely to be far more amenable than of late.
However, alongside this is a slight tendency to be a little less
patient with others in general!

Compatible Signs ForLove:  Aquarius  | Friendship: Pisces

Star Rating:

♥ Love 3  Money 4  Mood 3  Style 4

CANCER DAILY HOROSCOPE | Jun 21 – Jul 22

It’s a mixed day but the overall effect is likely to be a
constructive move forward within a supportive context. That said;
something minor but irritating may be playing on your mind!

Compatible Signs For – Love: Taurus  | Friendship: Sagittarius

Star Rating:

♥ Love 5  Money 4  Mood 2  Style 3

LEO DAILY HOROSCOPE | Jul 23 – Aug 22

Other people may express doubts, but today you’re more likely to
take that doubt to heart. There is a very line between
constructive advice and unhelpful commentary!

Compatible Signs For – Love: Capricorn | Friendship: Cancer

Star Rating:

♥  Love 3  Money 4  Mood 4  Style 5

VIRGO DAILY HOROSCOPE | Aug 23 – Sep 22

Thoughtful influences may well be a little misleading and you
could find that you’re inclined to fix your sights on something
that is perhaps best ignored for the time being!

Compatible Signs For – Love: Pisces | Friendship: Aquarius

Star Rating:

♥  Love 5  Money 4  Mood 3  Style 3

Keep reading for more on your love horoscope!

LIBRA DAILY HOROSCOPE | Sep 23 – Oct 22

If someone’s being verbally evasive or deliberately vague, it may
be because they don’t really have any firm ideas. Do clarify what
it is that you’re expected to do!

Compatible Signs For – Love: Leo | Friendship: Libra

Star Rating:

♥ Love 3  Money 4  Mood 4  Style 5

SCORPIO DAILY HOROSCOPE | Oct 23 – Nov 21

Something can be resolve more easily the second-time round. That
said; don’t allow a slightly pessimistic view to impinge on what
could be very useful and possibly visible progress!

Compatible Signs ForLove: Aquarius | Friendship: Aries

Star Rating:

♥ Love 5  Money 4  Mood 3  Style 3

SAGITTARIUS DAILY HOROSCOPE | Nov 22 – Dec 21

An unexpected second-chance regarding an unresolved issue may well
crop up, but at a moderately inconvenient time. You may need to
respond more impulsively than you would like!

Compatible Signs For – Love: Gemini | Friendship: Gemini

Star Rating:

♥ Love 3  Money 4  Mood 3  Style 5

CAPRICORN DAILY HOROSCOPE | Dec 22 – Jan 19

It may be that you have more control than you realize. That said;
when it comes to the sort of discussions that require a little
tact and diplomacy, it’s certainly a day to think before you
speak!

Compatible Signs ForLove: Aries | Friendship: Pisces

Star Rating:

♥ Love 5  Money 5  Mood 3  Style 3

AQUARIUS DAILY HOROSCOPE | Jan 20 – Feb 18

It’s a day where you’re likely to misinterpret verbal exchanges in
emotional/romantic matters. A desire to say the right thing could
give way to mixed or confused signals!

Compatible Signs For Love: Libra | Friendship: Sagittarius

Star Rating:

♥ Love 4  Money 5  Mood 3  Style 2

PISCES DAILY HOROSCOPE | Feb 19 – Mar 20

By the same token, if you receive what seems like fabulous news
early on, expect it to be adjusted to a more realistic level later
on. Playing games on the emotional front should certainly be
avoided!

Compatible Signs For – Love: Scorpio | Friendship: Taurus

Star Rating:

♥ Love 2  Money 4  Mood 3  Style 3

ARIES DAILY HOROSCOPE | Mar 21 – Apr 19

It’s a day where you may mistake the gentler vibe for a rather
weak one and your approaches in general could be a little too
guarded. You might need to make your position clear!

Compatible Signs For: Love: Libra | Friendship: Capricorn

Star Rating:

♥ Love 4  Money 4  Mood 3  Style 3

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B.1.617: Kenya detects its first case of the variant of concern, says ministry

May 5th 2021 at 18:04

The Kenyan government announced that the country has a case of the coronavirus variant first detected in India, on Wednesday, 5 May. The variant of concern was picked out among samples taken from Indian travellers working in the western region of Kenya.

Just a few days ago, the same variant, B.1.617, was confirmed to be in neighbouring Uganda.

GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY TO BLAME, SAYS KENYAN MINISTER

Dr Patrick Amoth, the director general of Kenya’s ministry of health, said the variant entered into the country because of global connectivity and suggested that its appearance was inevitable.

“You cannot be able to put barriers… to prevent a virus from accessing your territority,” said Amoth.

The B.1.617 variant of concern was detected in the western city of Kisumu, Kenya, according to AFP. Amoth said Indian travellers were working in that part of the country but provided no further details. The country confirmed the presence of the variants of concern first detected in the United Kingdom and South Africa, in the past.

IS THE VARIANT TO BLAME FOR INDIA’S SURGE IN CASES? WHO KEEPS MUM

On Wednesday, India recorded nearly 400 000 new COVID-19 infections and 3 780 deaths. There are fears that the B.1.617 variant of concern is fanning the flames of the pandemic in the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the variant is now in more than 12 countries but it did not say it is deadlier, more contagious or more adept at evading vaccines.

Countries across the globe, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, are sympathetic to the plight India finds itself in but have opted to suspend flights to and from the subcontinent.  

South African political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) criticised the government for not restricting travel to and from India after the country suffered several scares involving travellers testing positive for COVID-19.

On Monday, 3 May, the word got out that an individual who recently travelled to India tested positive for COVID-19 and received treatment at a KwaZulu-Natal hospital. There has been at least three more ‘high alert’ events since then, including two cargo ships with more than a dozen positive cases.

The official government stance is that the B.1.617 variant has not yet been detected in South Africa but Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize has expressed his concern about potential vulnerability at the country’s ports of entry.

“We share our people’s concern but wish to reassure South African that we are a very capable nation that knows how to deal with the burden of a variant of concern (VOC),” said Mkhize on Tuesday.

“Our teams remain on high alert to survey, detect and contain the spread of COVID-19 in general, with heightened awareness of travellers from countries where VOCs are dominating.”

Giulietta says goodbye: Alfa Romeo sends off the Edizione Finale

May 5th 2021 at 17:42

After a decade-long production run, the current 940-series Alfa Romeo Giulietta will be laid to rest as the Italian manufacturer axes the model. But it’s going out in style with a limited-run model dubbed the Edizione Finale.    

According to Australian motoring magazine Wheels, the Giulietta’s swansong will be cut short for that market at just 35 examples. The exclusivity will be highlighted with model-specific paint finishes (Alfa white, anodized blue, and magnesium grey matte) as well as contrasting yellow accents on the brake calipers and lower sections of the front and rear bumpers.

Giulietta Edizione Finale’s appointments are racy

The finish on the grille, side mirrors, and side skirts mimic a carbon-fibre weave to add some sporting pretence. The raw carbon effect is continued in the dark finish of the Edizione Finale’s 18-inch alloys and rear diffuser-style panel.

The cabin in the Edizione Finale befits its status as the last model to bear the Giulietta nameplate. There’s faux-carbon trim all over, and the yellow detailing outside continues with yellow stitching on the leather steering wheel, floor mats, and gear lever boot. Alfa Romeo’s also left nothing in the options column, as the Giulietta Edizione Finale features a sunroof and electrically adjustable and heated front seats.

Familiar bite, louder bark

You don’t need to be a die-hard Alfisti to be able to predict that the company’s go-to performance engine in this range, the 1.75-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder with its 177 kW and 340 N.m outputs, was the choice candidate under the bonnet.

Like the other models in the Giulietta range, the Edizione Finale is driven by the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and a limited-slip differential. Its dynamics are enhanced by Brembo brake calipers, Pirelli tyres, and adaptive dampers on the suspension system.

The 1750 motor will sound a little different in Edizione Finale guise, however, as it’s been fitted with a sports exhaust system by Italian powertrain specialist Magneti Marelli.

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Down under only?

The Edizione Finale celebrates the true Italian flair the Giulietta is renowned for, with sporty special edition updates that will make this a unique collector’s item for Alfa Romeo enthusiasts or those searching for a distinctive rare vehicle

– Tom Noble, marketing communications director at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia

For now, just 35 lucky Australians will get to purchase one of the Edizione Finale Giulietta models, as it’s unconfirmed whether we’ll see a few of these on South African roads.

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Here’s how Covid-19 is now hurting students’ mental health

May 5th 2021 at 17:28

Institutions of higher education worldwide are undergoing unprecedented change because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Universities and colleges have been forced to switch to online teaching and learning. Many were unprepared for this move to what is termed emergency remote teaching and learning.

It is now just more than a year on from many countries’ initial lockdowns. Many universities have adopted some form of hybrid learning approach. They are attempting to combine face-to-face and online instruction into a single, seamless experience. This situation is likely to remain the status quo for some time, especially in the Global South. That is because, although a variety of vaccines are available around the world, distribution and actual vaccination has been slow in poorer countries – and particularly on the African continent.


This has serious implications for higher education. For many students, the university campus isn’t just where they go to learn. It also provides a space for relationships that helps them to form important networks and alliances that evolve and extend beyond their university education.

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We wanted to know how students have coped and are negotiating the current challenges. So, we conducted research soon after the pandemic started that explored how teaching and learning had been affected. This initial publication focused on one of South Africa’s research-intensive universities. It revealed that students had struggled to manage online learning remotely.

A network of global researchers from multiple disciplines and universities (including five institutions in South Africa) is now replicating this study. Their aim is to understand better the situation elsewhere in Africa as well as in Europe, South America, the Caribbean and North America. Ultimately, these studies will help us to make sense of how the pandemic is reshaping higher education.

The initial study confirmed the need to prioritise university students’ welfare. We found that undergraduates, full-time students, and female students were especially vulnerable at home while learning online due to the pandemic. Given South Africa’s gender-based violence crisis, stay-at-home learning has exposed many young women students to challenging and dangerous situations.

The global pandemic has created more uncertainty about the future, including higher education and the world of work. This uncertainty emerged in our research as fundamentally affecting mental health. South African universities have to support students’ transition through this uncertainty. That includes the difficulties stemming from lack of social cohesion — including peer-to-peer relationships on campus — that are afflicting students.

Seven key themes

For our study, a total of 1,932 university students completed an online questionnaire over a period of six weeks. A mix of undergraduate and postgraduate, and international students also were involved.

The questionnaires yielded demographic data. They also examined students’ perceptions of readiness and motivation for online teaching, learning and assessment; student engagement; and their attitudes towards COVID-19 and its impact on higher education. Open-ended items also were included. These asked the students to reflect on the disruption caused by the pandemic.

Seven themes emerged from the data. These represented challenges that hindered students’ ability successfully to learn online during the COVID-19 era. The themes were:

  • Internet connection
  • Mental health
  • Personal challenges/ability
  • Time management
  • Being easily distracted
  • Family members making studying difficult
  • The interaction between lecturers and students

We found that undergraduate and full-time students were approximately twice and four times, respectively, more likely than were postgraduate and part-time students to indicate problems associated with mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic. Those aged between 18 and 24 were approximately 1.75 times more likely than students older than 24 to present problems associated with mental health.

The findings also reveal a gender dimension to mental health in our study. Specifically, female students were 1.83 times more likely than male students to indicate problems associated with mental health. These problems included stress, anxiety and depression.

Students expressed challenges with time management, distraction and problems associated with family members. These were situated in the notion of self-directed learning and self-management. These notions entail discipline, personal commitment, motivation and so on. Researchers have argued that self-directed learning is important to success. Students struggled with the lack of physical support from their peers and lecturers. They said they were unable to stay motivated and focused by themselves within the remote learning space.

Internet connectivity emerged strongly as a theme. This indicates how great the digital divide is between South Africa’s urban and rural areas. Older students were more likely than were their younger peers to experience connectivity issues. This supports the argument that younger university students are more likely to be digital natives than older students. International students, many of them back at home in other African countries because of the pandemic, struggled the most with connectivity. The university provided data bundles to local students so they could access streamed lectures.

Overall, the results under this theme showed a lack of internet connectivity in rural areas, in general, and particularly in South Africa’s poorest provinces. A large relationship emerged between the poverty ranking of provinces across South Africa and the degree to which students reported experiencing internet connectivity challenges.

Long-term strategy

A country like South Africa cannot afford to ignore the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on higher education, especially on students’ health and well-being. South Africa’s comparative and competitive edge is locked in the youth, especially university students. They are a critical mass in “building the capability of the state to play a developmental, transformative role” according to the National Development Plan 2030.

South African universities, working with the Department of Higher Education and Training and other national government departments, must create and resource a long-term strategy to support the well-being of university students as they transition through this pandemic. One example is that of the Wellbeing at Oxford programme at Oxford University in England. Online mental health services, as provided in Canadian universities, must become an integral and sustained intervention in South African universities going forward.

Benni McCarthy hails AmaZulu team after R1.5m Q-Innovation Q3 windfall

May 5th 2021 at 17:03

AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy has heaped praise on his players after being confirmed as the DStv Premiership Q-Innovation Q3 winners.

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Usuthu won six and drew two of their eight league games during the third quarter block to come out on top.

Benni McCarthy was delighted with the recognition and was quick to praise his squad for the hard work they put in to go on their impressive run of results.

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“I would like to thank you, the DStv Premiership officials, and everyone for recognizing us as the Q3 winners. We really appreciate it, we are very excited, and we are very happy to receive this award,” said Benni McCarthy, as quoted by the official AmaZulu website.

“It has been hard work from everyone. We are fully grateful for this. I would like to thank the players first for their hard work, their dedication, their sacrifice, the winning mentality that they have shown.

“To come in every single day working to get better and better, I am grateful and very happy for them that they were able to win this Q3. All their hard work has paid off eventually.

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“The technical team, the coaches thank you all for every single day, pushing each other, pushing the players to do more.

“I am grateful for you guys and I am very thankful to have you guys as part of my team and then obviously management, the President of the team, Mr Sandile Zungu and Mr Manzini Zungu for the leadership and guiding the team, allowing me to assemble the team that I have and to be able to win this Q3.

“Hopefully, we will win many more to come and we work harder every day. I want to thank them for the incredible leadership that they have shown to AmaZulu and to the fans, I hope they enjoyed it. We miss them a lot and we cannot wait to have them back at the stadiums,” Benni McCarthy concluded.

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CONGRATULATIONS to @AmaZuluFootball 🥇🎉🎈🎊- The #DStvPrem Q-Innovation Quarter three (Q3) winners. pic.twitter.com/EGJ53xJZei

— Official PSL (@OfficialPSL) May 4, 2021

Does Hugo Broos’ appointment spell the end of the road for Itumeleng Khune?

May 5th 2021 at 17:01

Newly-appointed Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos is eager to build a young, hungry national team squad, but warned it will take time.

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That could well spell bad news and the end of the road for veteran goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

Khune, who turns 34 next month, will be one of several 30-something players who will have noted with concern the comments made by the 69-year-old Belgian following the announcement of his 5-year contract at the helm of the South African national side on Wednesday.

A new broom sweeps clean after all and Broos will surely want to make changes to the current underperforming squad, especially if they fail to qualify for next year’s Soccer World Cup in Qatar.

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Broos has experience coaching at international level in Africa, having previously worked as Cameroon’s mentor between February 2016 and December 2017.

Hugo Broos says he was surprised with the recent Bafana Bafana team selections as he would be more focused on giving young players opportunities, as they are more motivated to perform on the international stage.

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“We watched some (Bafana) matches last week, and made an analysis, I was a bit surprised when I saw the selections for the last games,” Hugo Broos told the media via a Zoom call following his appointment.

“I take the example of Cameroon, I did the same there, when I worked with young players, who were motivated and hungry to show themselves.

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“I was a player and I know when you are 30 years or older, the motivation is less. You are happy to be in the national team, but your hunger is less.

“After South Africa did not qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations next year, this has to be the moment to build a younger team.”

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On the mission to qualify for the 2022 Soccer World Cup, he added: “We will do everything to qualify for the World Cup next year, but it can’t be a deception if we don’t.

“To build a team takes time, it is a good opportunity for these players to play games and to see what it is to play at this level. For me, what is most important is what happens after the World Cup (2022).”

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Just in: US backs COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property waiver

May 5th 2021 at 16:36

President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced his administration’s support for a global waiver on patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines. The terms will be negotiated with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in due course.

While intellectual property rights for businesses are important, Washington “supports the waiver of those protections for COVID-19 vaccines,” US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in a statement.

“This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures,” she added.

Biden had been under intense pressure from world leaders to agree to waive protections for vaccine manufacturers in order to ramp up production and get the jabs out to more countries as rich nations have swept up the majority of the doses.

Tai said the United States will participate in the negotiations within the World Trade Organization but cautioned that discussions “will take time given the consensus-based nature of the institution and the complexity of the issues involved.”

The global trade body has for months been facing calls led by India and South Africa  to temporarily remove the intellectual property protections on COVID-19 vaccines, in a move proponents say would help boost production in developing countries that so far have received far fewer jabs. 

But that notion has until now met fierce opposition from pharmaceutical giants and their host countries, which insist the patents are not the main roadblocks to scaling up production, and warn the move could hamper innovation.

WTO chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been pressing for an international agreement to provide at least a temporary patent waiver.

“We need to have a sense of urgency on how we approach this issue of response to COVID-19 because the world is watching,” she said earlier Wednesday, describing equitable access to the tools to fight the pandemic as the “moral and economic issue of our time.”

Dismissal of Nelson Mandela Bay policemen changed to suspension

May 5th 2021 at 16:18

Three Nelson Mandela Bay policemen facing dismissal for alleged insubordination will now instead be suspended for two months.

According to Marshall Von Buchenroder, Democratic Alliance (DA) MPL, the three Brigadiers will no longer be dismissed.

Humewood station commander Brigadier Leonie Bentley, Gelvandale station commander Brigadier Lawrence Soekoe and Brigadier Ronald Koll will now be suspended for two months without pay.

MEMBERS MARCHED TO POLICE STATION WITH DEMANDS

On Wednesday, 5 May, the DA marched to Mount Road Police Station to hand over a memorandum asking for fairness following a Disciplinary Committee recommendation to dismiss the policemen.

Democratic Alliance (DA) members marched to Mount Road Police Station on Wednesday, 5 May. Image via: DA Eastern Cape/ Facebook

“I handed over a memorandum to the SAPS, that called for, amongst others, the Disciplinary Committee’s decision be reviewed and set aside. However, as was confirmed in correspondence to me this afternoon, these Brigadiers are now facing a two-month suspension without pay,” said Von Buchenroder.

“This is simply unacceptable, as evidence indicates the charges against them have no merit,” he added.

MEMORANDUM DEMANDING COPS RETURN TO WORK

He added that it was imperative that the demands set out in the memorandum were still met.

A memorandum with demands were handed to SAPS. Image via: DA Eastern Cape/ Facebook

The demands include; that the policemen are allowed to return to their duties by 7 May 2021, that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) should investigate the circumstances leading up to the disciplinary cases and that evidence led by senior officials be investigated.

“Those who are implicated in committing perjury in relation to the disciplinary cases must be suspended, pending the outcome of the IPID’s investigation,” said Von Buchenroder.

DISCIPLINARY HEARING OF POLICEMEN AN INTERNAL ISSUE

On Monday, 3 May, Police spokersperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said the issue remained internal between SAPS employer and employee.

“Kindly be informed that the matter referred to in your query, remains an internal issue between the employer and employee concerned. We therefore believe that it should be treated as such. The Provincial Commissioner’s office has not received any information in relation to the matter, and for this particular reason it is not possible to give a comment at this stage,” said Kinana.

At the time spokersperson for MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe said the MEC does not wish to interfere with SAPS administrative issues.

“MEC Tikana-Gxothiwe sees this as a matter between an employer and an employee. A matter she cannot interfere with as it is an administrative issue, and thus wishes for it not to be used for any political gains,” said Unathi Binqose.

The MEC Tikana-Gxothiwe also expressed her “full confidence in the SAPS internal processes in dealing with this matter”.

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ANC responds to Magashule’s letter to Ramaphosa

May 5th 2021 at 16:15

The African National Congress on Wednesday evening responded to Secretary-General Ace Magashule’s letter to Cyril Ramaphosa, in which he “summarily” suspends him as the president of the party.

ANC responds to Magashule

The party said the “decisions of the National Executive Committee and the National Working Committee stand”.

In the statement, which was initially shared on WhatsApp, the party confirmed the NEC will be “meeting over the weekend and will accordingly respond to the Secretary-General.

“The ANC request that the Secretary General respect the decisions of the NEC and subject himself to the discipline of the organisation”.

Can Magashule suspend Ramaphosa?

Not really, no. National Chairperson of the African National Congress, Gwede Mantashe, confirmed Wednesday evening that the letter, if not a fake, “has no consequence” as Magashule doesn’t have the authority to suspend Ramaphosa.

Mantashe told the TimesLIVE the decisions within the party “are taken by structures and not individuals. He added that the intention of Magashule’s letter was to “cause confusion”.

“[Magashule] is doing someone’s bidding. […] You can’t take decisions on your own in an organisation. It has no consequence. You can’t as an individual write a letter suspending another letter.”

Mantashe likened it to being a member of a “church choir or a football club”, explaining that all decisions within the club are taken in a structure, not by any one individual.

Thus, he says, the “letter is not worth the paper it is written on”.

Now read: Ace Magashule threatens to suspend President Cyril Ramaphosa

Frenchwoman shot and burnt alive in the street on Wednesday, say police

May 5th 2021 at 15:44

A 31-year-old Frenchwoman was killed by her husband near Bordeaux, France on Tuesday, 4 May. The man reportedly shot the mother of three in the legs before dousing her with a flammable liquid and setting her on fire in the street, police said on Wednesday.

FRENCHWOMAN BURNT ALIVE IN BROAD DAYLIGHT

The attack took place on Tuesday during daylight hours in the busy streets of Merignac, which is near the Bordeaux airport in the southwest of the country, according to AFP.

Police said the 44-year-old man shot at the woman several times while she fled down a street. The bullets struck her legs and when she collapsed, he set her alight.

The couple were separated at the time and their three children aged 3, 7 and 11 lived with the deceased.

Police tracked down and arrested the man within half an hour. He was found in the neighbouring district of Pessac with weapons and ammunition, including a pistol, a pellet gun and a cartridge belt, according to the local prosecutor’s office.

The 44-year-old is suspected of murdering his wife and starting a fire that damaged her house. Fortunately, the children were not home during the tragic attack but the prosecutor’s office said they would receive trauma counselling. Witnesses of the killing will also receive counselling.

FEMICIDE IN FRANCE

France has one of the worst rates of femicide in Europe. There were several demonstrations against domestic violence and killings in France, in 2019, after 146 women were murdered by their spouses or partners that year. It was an increase of 21% on the number of killings in the previous year.

Protestors called for reform and argued that women who attempted to report abuse at police stations were turned away often. As a response to the outcry, government signed off on new legislature that included 40 emergency measures – one of which was an electronic bracelet that alerted women when their abusers were in the vicinity.

Ninety women were killed in the country in 2020.

#LiveYourWild with SANParks this May at selected national parks

May 5th 2021 at 15:21

If you need to get out of the house, keep reading. South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a discount at selected national parks during May.

SANParks is currently offering a 40% discount on new online bookings for stays between Monday, 3 May and Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at a selection of parks and camps around South Africa

SANParks 40% discount offer

The discount only applies to the cost of the specified accommodation and camping. No discounts will be offered on conservation fees, Wild Card purchases, activities, meals, etc.

SANParks said in a statement the 1% Community Fund charge will be calculated on the discounted reservation cost. Get 40% off when you book at the following parks and camps:

  • Addo Elephant National Park:
    • Narina Rest Camp
    • Alexandria (Umsitsi Cottage and Langebos Huts)
    • Spekbook Rest Camp
  • Agulhas National Park
  • Augrabies Falls National Park
  • Bontebok National Park
  • Camdeboo National Park
  • Garden Route National Park:
    • Storms River Mouth Rest Camp
    • Wilderness Ebb-and-Flow Rest Camp
    • Knysna
    • Nature’s Valley
  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park:
    • Glen Reenen Rest Camp
  • Kruger National Park:
    • Mopani Rest Camp
    • Pretoriuskop Rest Camp
  • Marakele National Park:
    • Bontle Rest Camp
  • West Coast National Park

The reservations will be subject to the terms and conditions of the SANParks online booking system and reservations made through any other channel are not entitled to the discounts. The discounts are not available to the Travel Trade.

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Yurav Premlall goes wire-to-wire at Nedbank Junior Challenge

May 5th 2021 at 15:16

Glendower’s Yurav Premlall walked in the footsteps of giants when held on for a wire-to-wire win in the inaugural Nedbank Junior Challenge on a score of three-under-par at the Gary Player Country Club on Wednesday.

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The 17-year-old GolfRSA National Squad member led by two strokes after the first round and carried a single shot lead into the final round, which soon became a two-horse race between Premlall and nearest challenger Jordan Duminy.

Duminy, the 2021 Boland Amateur champion and a fellow member of the National Squad, got off to a fast start and drew level with Premlall after seven holes.

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“I was playing really solidly to begin with, hitting fairways and greens and not making too many mistakes,” said Yurav Premlall.

“Then came the blunder of a three-putt on the seventh hole. It threw the tournament wide open, because Jordy hit it to about three feet and tapped in for birdie.”

A blocked tee shot on the difficult eighth hole saw Duminy sign for an unfortunate double bogey and Premlall carried a two-shot lead into the closing nine.

Duminy trimmed the gap to one shot again with a birdie on the par-five 10th, but the Louis Oosthuizen Academy member made costly bogeys on 12 and 13 to hand the advantage back to Premlall.

As they reached the closing stretch, Premlall looked to have the tournament sewn up.

“I knew that, with a one-shot lead, pars on the last three holes would give me a great chance at winning,” he said.

“I really put a lot of effort into my iron shots and although I didn’t make the putts, it was good enough at the end.”

Reigning South African Amateur champion Christiaan Maas put in a late charge, firing birdies at the 16th and 17th holes, but his hat-trick birdie attempt on the closing hole rolled past and the GolfRSA No 1-ranked junior finished two back, tied with Duminy in second on 1-under.

Premlall, who is ranked third in the SAGA Junior Ranking – behind Maas and Duminy – was happy to make amends for his last outing at the Gary Player Country Club layout, where he missed the cut in the South African Open in December.

“To get the win at a golf course like this means so much,” said Yurav Premlall.

“In the SA Open I hit a couple of loose tee shots and paid the price, so it feels good to get a little bit of sweet revenge on the course.”

Premlall not only got to take home the replica of the famous Nedbank Golf Challenge trophy, but the Glendower golfer landed a once in a lifetime behind-the-scenes experience at the next Nedbank Golf Challenge with his victory.

“I can’t wait to experience Africa’s Major’s from the other side of the ropes,” said the excited young champion.

“I don’t have all the details yet, but I’ll get to meet players, watch them on the driving range up close and I get to walk the golf course during the Pro-Am. It’s going to be epic.”

It has been some months since Yurav Premlall ended in the winner’s circle since his Harry Oppenheimer Trophy and Central Gauteng Open triumphs in November last year.

Although he won the ProShop Northern Amateur match play title, the teenager was delighted with his performance. He also sounded a warning that the best is yet to come from the new champion, who has been hard at work tightening up his swing and putting with his coach, Grant Veenstra.

“It’s a real confidence booster that I could get the job done in stroke play,” said Yurav Premlall.

“I had a couple of good results since the start of the season, but I just couldn’t pull it through. I’ve been making changes every week to my game so I’ve accepted that it’s going to be hot and cold.

“But I know that when it all comes together and I start to play consistently, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

New GolfRSA National Squad member Daniel Bennett, who finished runner up in the Nomads SA Boys Under-19 Match Play Championship last week, finished alone in fourth on a score of 2-over par, with Hannes Strooh, who beat him in last week’s 36-hole final, finishing in fifth on 3-over.

TJ Sandys led the 20-strong South African Golf Development Board squad with a top 20 finish.

Although the 16-year-old Klerksdorp junior struggled to navigate the typically tough final round course set-up, he was just five over for the day when he suffered a costly a triple on the par-4 15th. Sandys also dropped on 17, but still managed to seal a joint 16th finish on 13-over.

“This was an incredible experience; not just for me, but for the entire squad,” the North West junior said.

“To play one of the best courses in the country with the best juniors in the country was a huge opportunity.

“We talked about last night at dinner. Everyone us will leave here having learned something from playing with these juniors. We especially liked watching the top guys. How they handle themselves, their course management and how they adjust their strategy when they get into trouble.

“This week was a massive learning curve, and we are leaving motivated to raise our games. We all want to be back here again next year.”

CMR Golf Club’s Rezario Adams was the next best in, tied for 31st on 18-over, and Alric Rooi from Theewaterskloof Golf Club finished 34th on his own, just a further stroke adrift.

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Glendower’s Yurav Premlall walked in the footsteps of giants when held on for a wire-to-wire win in the inaugural Nedbank Junior Challenge. Photo: GolfRSA

Final result

213 – Yurav Premlall 68 72 73

215 – Christiaan Maas 72 73 70; Jordan Duminy 70 71 74

218 – Daniel Bennett 75 72 71

219 – Hannes Strooh 75 75 69

221 – Christopher Bagnall 73 74 74

223 – Morris Schiefner 73 78 72

225 – Behn Heyns 79 68 78; Ivan Verster 76 75 74

226 – Amilkar Bhana 76 77 73; Malan Potgieter 73 77 76

227 – Jaden Deltel 80 72 75; John-William Blomerus 79 71 77; Fabrizio de Abreu 77 76 74; Nash de Klerk 70 77 80

229 – Jack Brugman 77 74 78; Nico Booyens 76 77 76; Joshua Koekemoer 76 75 78; Hanro Kriel 75 82 72; TJ Sandys 73 75 81

230 – Herman du Plessis 82 73 75; Werner Potgieter 79 74 77

231 – Damian Osner 80 74 77; Dean Wilken 78 78 75; Janko van der Merwe 78 74 79; Divan Mostert 76 77 78; Stefan Delport 76 76 79

233 – Reinhardt Uys 85 72 76; Marno Lange 80 76 77; Jaime Clive Lewis 77 78 78

234 – Rezario Adams 82 75 77; Jonathan Wilsenach 79 77 78; Josh De Aguiar 75 81 78

235 – Alric Rowaan Rooi 80 78 77

237 – C.J van Wyk 82 80 75; Christian Lewis 78 76 83; Keagan Crosbie 75 82 80

238 – Julian Daws 80 81 77

239 – Jordan Wessels 82 73 84; Sean Tsipa 81 79 79; Caden Sanders 80 79 80; Dino Thobela 80 77 82; Matthew Lotz 77 76 86; Stefan Jacobs 75 80 84

240 – Devon Valentine 78 79 83

241 – Nico Els 77 78 86

242 – Zinan Maimane 89 74 79; Filip Sakota 79 82 81; Tristan Leonard 79 77 86

243 – Matthew Dippenaar 83 80 80; Vuyisani Makhama 81 83 79; Kyle Conradie 76 85 82

244 – Hezron Frieslaar 90 78 76; Dylan Melville 81 82 81; Hayden Morgan-Evens 81 80 83; Jacob Joseph 80 80 84; Michael Ferreira 76 84 84

246 – Ethan Govender 85 80 81; Jayden Hoskins 85 74 87

247 – Luc Gavagnin 90 82 75; Tobias Jan de Flamingh 85 78 84; Timothy Daniels 81 83 83; Thami Ngobeni 72 94 81

248 – JC Schutte 78 87 83

249 – Bernhard Köster 87 83 79; Luka Stanisavljevic 87 80 82; Tiaan Hugo 86 82 81

251 – Angelo Keffers 90 79 82

252 – Mitch Phigeland 78 87 87

254 – Eric Ncube 83 86 85

256 – Kairav Maduray 85 90 81

258 – Kushal Bugareth 82 88 88

263 – Mihlali Tom 88 89 86

267 – Thobelani Magwaza 89 92 86

282 – Ronan Nortje 92 86 104

302 – Matthew Dennis 99 98 105

WD – Andrew Long 88 87 WD

DQ – Johndre Ludick 81 DQ

Your 2021 #NGCJUnior champion Yurav Premlall

A wire-to-wire performance at the Gary Player Country Club earns the @GolfRSA No 3 junior a 2-shot victory on 3-under 213 AND a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Nedbank Golf Challenge 👏👏#golfrsa #ItStartsHere #RaiseYourGame pic.twitter.com/qLsk3QPjvM

— GolfRSA (@GolfRSA) May 5, 2021

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Glendower’s Yurav Premlall walked in the footsteps of giants when held on for a wire-to-wire win in the inaugural Nedbank Junior Challenge. Photo: GolfRSA

Boris Johnson floats idea of R4bn royal yacht in honour of Prince Philip

May 5th 2021 at 15:12

When he was foreign secretary, Johnson said a new royal yacht would “add greatly to the soft power of this country”.

But according to the Sebastian Shakespeare column in The Daily Mail newspaper, Queen Elizabeth will not be pleased if the proposed new boat replaces her much-loved Royal Yacht Brittania, which was decommissioned in 1997, and which she loved so much she was even seen wiping away tears at the ceremony in Portsmouth.

Queen Elizabeth’s ‘lukewarm response’ to new royal yacht

Late car parking tycoon Sir Donald Gosling, who offered £20 million (about R340 million) of his own money towards building a new boat, apparently described the monarch’s response as “lukewarm” when he spoke to her about a new yacht previously, while her husband Prince Philip – who died last month aged 99 – feared it would just become a “political football”.

The Daily Mail column quotes a friend of Sir Donald, who said: “HM said the last thing she wanted was to be seen as ‘angling’ for something that detractors could claim was just another royal bauble. And although Philip had been initially keen on the idea of a ‘floating embassy’ which could be used to provide training and apprenticeships, he said the subject had just become the inevitable political football.”

‘Memorial to Prince Philip’s love of Commonwealth, Britain and the sea’

MP Craig MacKinlay is currently leading a Westminster group backing the idea, and said in a statement recently: “The towering figure that was the Duke of Edinburgh deserves a permanent tribute to his support for the country, the Commonwealth and the Queen. I can think of nothing better than a replacement for Royal Yacht Britannia bearing his name as the permanent memorial to his love of Commonwealth, Britain and the sea.”

Just in: Ace Magashule threatens to suspend President Cyril Ramaphosa

May 5th 2021 at 15:02

The Secretary-General of the African National Congress (ANC), Ace Magashule on Wednesday released a statement to formally appeal the “unconstitutional suspension”.

Ace Magashule strikes back

Magashule to suspend Ramaphosa as ANC president

After being issued the letter of suspension on Wednesday, Magashule referred to it as “fatally flawed”, adding that he is questioning Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte authority on the matter.

Magashule said Duarte had no authority to issue the letter of suspension, citing it as “unconstitutional.”

He further added that he would now “summarily suspend Cyril Ramaphosa as the president of the ANC in full compliance with the relevant conference resolutions”.

This means that Ramaphosa would not be able to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the President of the ANC. He may also not represent the party publically in any forum, and may not make public statements pertaining to party interests.

‘Illegal and unconstitutional’ suspension

Magashule cited the terms of Resolution 8.2 of the 54th National Conference and Resolution 8.3, citing that “people who fail to give an acceptable explanation, or to voluntarily step down while they face disciplinary, investigative or prosecutorial procedures”.

He called on members of the party to “act with revolutionary dignity and respect, and to uphold the ANC Constitution”. Magashule added:

“None of us should bow to illegal and unconstitutional actions. In doing so we must protect the unity of the ANC as leader of society. […] Furthermore, these letters are based on a selective and factional interpretation of the relevant resolution”.

Why was Magashule suspended?

Magashule was suspended from office as a temporary measure to enforce the ANC’s step-aside policy. This follows after Magashule was accused of graft in the province of Free State.

During his time as the provincial premier, Magashule reportedly orchestrated a fraudulent operation worth more than R250 million. The political veteran, in the process, enriched himself through an asbestos auditing contract.

As reported earlier today, Magashule was charged by the Hawks, and further litigation awaits.

Now read: ANC responds to Magashule’s letter to Ramaphosa

Five of the best Mother’s Day recipes to prepare for Mum

May 5th 2021 at 15:01

Mother’s Day is only a few days away and if you are lucky enough to stay close to Mum, why not spoil her with a special breakfast-in-bed surprise? Food is a universal language we all understand. Prepare some special Mother’s Day recipes for Mum to express your love.

If you no longer stay in the same house, conspire with Dad to sneak into their house early on Mother’s Day. The delicious flavours floating through the air from the kitchen will certainly wake Mum. Just imagine the surprise on her face if she finds you in her kitchen. Or even better, visualise the happiness brightening her face when you enter her bedroom with a bed-in-breakfast treat!

We have compiled a list of delicious Mother’s Day recipes Mum would love first thing in the morning. Choose the one your Mum will love the most and make Mother’s Day memorable.

Classic English Scones – Featherlight and fluffy

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Classic English Scones: Just perfect for Mother’s Day. Image: Pixabay.

If there is one breakfast or teatime snack every Mum enjoys, it is these classic English scones. Featherlight and buttery, they are melt-in-the-mouth delicious. Slather a warm scone with a knob of butter, top it with strawberry preserve and a scoop of fresh whipped cream. Divine!

This recipe takes about an hour to prepare, so you may decide to rather prepare the scones at home and visit Mum with a surprise teatime basket of scones. Click here for the recipe.

Easy Flapjacks – Lip-smackingly delicious breakfast bite

Easy Flapjacks Recipe
Easy flapjacks drizzled with golden syrup. Image: Supplied

These light and fluffy flapjacks are the perfect recipe to bake in Mum’s kitchen early on Mother’s Day. This flapjacks recipe is quick and easy to prepare and will make any tummy rumble.

When baked to a golden-brown beauty, remove from the pan and serve warm with a generous drizzle of honey or golden syrup. To make Mum’s breakfast plate extra special, serve the flapjacks with a variety of berries for an antioxidant boost. To add some extra flair to this tasty treat, top the flapjacks with whipped cream. Click here for the recipe.

Mushroom & Bacon Salsa stuffed Avocado – A savoury breakfast delight

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Mushroom and Bacon Salsa Stuffed Avocado: Seriously delicious! Image: South African Mushroom Farmer’s Association.

If you are looking for a savoury breakfast option to treat Mum on Mother’s Day, look no further than this Mushroom & Bacon Salsa stuffed Avocado. It’s quick, easy and delicious.

Bacon and avocado go well together due to the salty bacon lifting the flavour of the avo. Mushrooms are an umami flavour bomb to this great bowl too. For the best results, mash the avo up in the halved shell or you can remove it, and mix it in a bowl with the cooked ingredients and spoon it back in. Click here for the recipe.

Fruity nachos – Fresh and tasty start to Mum’s day

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Fruity nachos: Delightful and fresh. Image: DNAFit.

If Mum is the type of person who loves fresh fruit first thing in the morning, this fruity nachos recipe will be a pleasant surprise. Not only is this fruity breakfast healthy, but so tasty that it almost tastes like a dessert.

Ready in only 5 minutes, this Fruity Nachos recipe consists of sliced apple, peanut butter, honey and some crunchy chopped almond nuts. Then, a tablespoon of sugar-free chocolate chips makes this recipe extra special. Click here for the recipe.

Pancakes filled with Chocolate Mousse – Rich and decadent

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Pancakes filled with Chocolate Mousse: For a sweet Mother’s Day. Image: Supplied.

Maybe your Mum has a relentless sweet tooth. Give in to her sweet tooth on Mother’s Day and prepare some pancakes filled with chocolate mousse for her. Mother’s Day only comes around once a year after all.

For many of us, the pungent smell of baked pancakes and spicy cinnamon is synonymous with cold, rainy weather. And it seems as if this is exactly the type of weather some parts of South Africa will have this weekend. Click here for this blissfully delicious recipe.

As you are preparing for Mother’s Day, may you have a beautiful day with this very special person in your life. Cherish each moment.

Classic English Scones

Classic English Scones: Just perfect for Mother's Day. Image: Pixabay.

Easy Flapjacks Recipe

Easy flapjacks drizzled with golden syrup. Image: Supplied

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Mushroom and Bacon Salsa Stuffed Avocado: Seriously delicious! Image: South African Mushroom Farmer's Association

Fruity nachos

Fruity nachos: Delightful and fresh. Image: DNAFit.

Pancakes filled with Chocolate Mousse

Pancakes filled with Chocolate Mousse: For a sweet Mother's Day. Image: Supplied.

British & Irish Lions: Joe Marler ‘gutted’ after revealing he’s NOT part of squad

May 5th 2021 at 14:43

England prop Joe Marler admits he is a “bit gutted” at being overlooked for the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa later this year.

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Marler’s name will be missing when Warren Gatland announces his 36-man squad to take on the Springboks on Thursday after he revealed he was not among those to be contacted by the Kiwi in advance.

Gatland wrote to in excess of 50 players to inform them they are in contention in the belief that some might not want to travel to South Africa because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Marler missed the Six Nations for family reasons and the Harlequins prop is disappointed that he will not be touring with the British & Irish Lions for a second time having been present in New Zealand four years ago.

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“I didn’t get an email. Bit gutted. I’m not surprised, but I’d have loved to have gone. I’d love to have gone with a different approach to it than I did in 2017,” Marler said.

“I remember sitting down talking to (former Ireland hooker) Rory Best on that tour. He said he regretted the way he’d approached 2013 and the memories he had of it.

“It was pretty obvious from the start that he wasn’t going to make the Test team and he let those feelings become bitter and cloud his enjoyment of the whole experience.

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“And he wanted to make sure that in 2017, the midweekers didn’t make the same mistake that he did. And there was part of that for me in 2017.

“It was pretty obvious from the start that I wasn’t going to get a sniff of the Tests and I was a bit of a s*** at times. I regret having those feelings towards it.

“I still had an unbelievable experience and the friends I made for life, but I’d have liked to have gone back this time around and would have tried to help out.”

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Marler was selected in England’s Six Nations squad but withdrew to be with his pregnant wife Daisy rather than in the squad’s bubble in south west London.

The 30-year-old, who has openly discussed his mental health issues, pulled out of the 2016 tour to Australia and in 2018 announced his international retirement only to reverse the decision.

“If you are Warren Gatland, would you go: ‘It’s a pretty tight bubble, nine weeks away, it’s already tough enough as it is, do I need someone who’s got form of struggling mentally and away from home?’,” Marler said.

“Is that the right person to have on that tour? Probably not. Who knows? Maybe it’s because there are better players than me.

“There are pretty good players in the loosehead position before having to consider someone who hasn’t played international rugby for 12 months and has got form of not being that good at not being away from home.”

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Paul Verhoeven’s shock film ‘Benedetta’ to compete at Cannes [watch]

May 5th 2021 at 14:42
By: AFP

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, known for garish but smart classics such as “Basic Instinct” and “Starship Troopers”, will compete at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with Benedetta, organisers said on Wednesday 5 May.

The film was considered a likely entry at last year’s festival, which was ultimately cancelled due to the pandemic. 

Verhoeven courts controversy

Verhoeven, who has often courted controversy with his graphic depictions of sex and violence, has taken part in several competitions at Cannes but has never been awarded.

Topical ‘Benedetta’ based on true story

Benedetta certainly seems topical, set in a 15th century Italian convent hit by the plague, focusing on the life of a lesbian nun with miraculous powers.

Co-written by Elle screenwriter David Birke, the film is based on a true story. It is adapted from the room Sister Benedetta, between saint and lesbian by Judith C Brown, recounting the fate of the mystic Benedetta Carlini.

It stars Belgian actress Virginie Efira, who also appeared in Verhoeven’s critically acclaimed Elle in 2016, as well as British arthouse favourite Charlotte Rampling. 

Co-written by Elle screenwriter David Birke, the film is based on a true story. It is adapted from Sister Benedetta, Between Saint and Lesbian by Judith C Brown, recounting the fate of the mystic Benedetta Carlini.

Other Cannes contenders

Benedetta is the second film to be confirmed for this year’s festival, which has been postponed to 6-8 July from its usual slot in May. 

The other is Annette starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver by French director Leos Carax, which will open the festival. 

Also hotly tipped for the competition are The French Dispatch by Wes Anderson and Tre Piani from Italian director Nanni Moretti.

The official selection is due to be announced in late May.

By © Agence France-Presse

Paul Verhoeven's shock film 'Benedetta' to compete at Cannes [watch]

The new steamy period drama by 'Basic Instinct' director Paul Verhoeven stars Virginie Efira as a lesbian nun with miraculous powers.

Hugo Broos hints at radical shake-up of Bafana Bafana squad

May 5th 2021 at 13:54

Newly-appointed Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos is eager to build a young, hungry national team squad but warns it will take time.

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The 69-year-old Belgian has experience coaching at international level in Africa, having previously worked as Cameroon’s mentor between February 2016 and December 2017.

Hugo Broos says he was surprised with the recent Bafana Bafana team selections as he would be more focused on giving young players opportunities, as they are more motivated to perform on the international stage.

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“We watched some (Bafana) matches last week, and made an analysis, I was a bit surprised when I saw the selections for the last games,” Hugo Broos told the media via a Zoom call following his appointment on Wednesday.

“I take the example of Cameroon, I did the same there, when I worked with young players, who were motivated and hungry to show themselves.

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“I was a player and I know when you are 30 years or older, the motivation is less. You are happy to be in the national team, but your hunger is less.

“After South Africa did not qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations next year, this has to be the moment to build a younger team.”

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On the mission to qualify for the 2022 Soccer World Cup, he added: “We will do everything to qualify for the World Cup next year, but it can’t be a deception if we don’t.

“To build a team takes time, it is a good opportunity for these players to play games and to see what it is to play at this level. For me, what is most important is what happens after the World Cup (2022).”

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SA-born Kyle Steyn sets sights on Scotland spot after injury return

May 5th 2021 at 13:44

Glasgow back Kyle Steyn aims to resurrect his fledgling Scotland career after making his comeback following more than a year out of action.

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Kyle Steyn made his first appearance of the season in Glasgow’s opening Rainbow Cup defeat by Benetton and is hoping to face Edinburgh at Scotstoun on Friday night.

The centre/wing had not played since making his Scotland debut against France in March last year in the final game before the first lockdown.

The Johannesburg-born player tore his hamstring off the bone in early August and suffered a recurrence of the injury well into his rehab.

But he is setting high targets for his comeback as he eyes Scotland’s July tour to Georgia and Romania following a Scotland A game that is yet to be arranged.

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“I don’t want to shy away from it – at the end of the day that is my goal,” the 27-year-old said.

“I would absolutely love to be on the summer tour.

“I’m very aware of the circumstances I’m in and I think it’s just really important for me to put my head down in these next few games and play as well as I can and help Glasgow play as well as they can and see what comes off the back of that.”

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Kyle Steyn is grateful for the opportunity that the PRO14’s new tournament has afforded him.

“The Rainbow Cup is the best tournament in the world if you ask me,” he said.

“Every time there were reports coming out that the South African teams weren’t coming I thought it was going to be canned, and I was thinking, ‘please, please do not let that happen’.

“It’s come at a good time. It’s the end of a long season and I feel I’ve got an important role to play. I’ve got a lot of fresh, bundled up energy that needs to be spent so I’m trying my best to drive that forward.”

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Kyle Steyn believes he can quickly push himself forward after making his comeback late last month.

“With an injury like that the medical team is really good in making sure you are as close to having experienced match conditions before you get out there,” he said.

“Before I went out on the pitch I had probably done six or seven weeks of contact by then.

“Having said that, nothing compares to the game stage, nothing is as full on in training as it is in a game.

“To be honest the toughest part of it was my lungs, getting acclimatised. It felt like I hadn’t played a game in a year. It felt like I was running around with a trailer of lead behind me.

“Mentally I felt good and definitely the first time I carried I felt, ‘thank goodness, that was a relief’. I was just excited to be honest.”

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British & Irish Lions news: Manu Tuilagi backed for call-up

May 5th 2021 at 13:37

Manu Tuilagi remains on course to return for Sale this month and director of rugby Alex Sanderson says if it was down to him, he would select the centre for the upcoming British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa.

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Lions head coach Warren Gatland is set to name his 36-man squad and captain on Thursday and England international Manu Tuilagi could be included despite being out since September due to an Achilles injury.

“Yeah I would (take him) if I was picking it,” Sanderson said ahead of Friday’s Premiership game with Leicester.

“Manu understands more than most how to come back from an injury because he has had more than most.

“And I think he wants to come back and be brilliant again. If I could back anyone to come back and be at their best, I’d back him.”

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Sanderson revealed Manu Tuilagi may have been available for the Champions Cup on May 22 had La Rochelle not knocked Sale out at the quarter-final stage.

The Samoan-born back has not been ruled out of their fixture with Bath next weekend either, but a more realistic target is the visit of Premiership leaders Bristol on May 28.

An appearance against the Bears would potentially give the 29-year-old three regular season games.

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Sale are also hopeful of making the play-offs which could give the England international another two matches to prove his fitness before the Lions depart for South Africa.

On Manu Tuilagi’s return, Sanderson added: “All being well and hitting all his markers, some time around the European Cup final.

“It is a shame we are not playing in it because he could be making his (second) debut in that. Some time around that, so two to three weeks.

“What we are guarding against isn’t his Achilles, his Achilles is fine. It’s making sure he doesn’t reinjure himself through a soft tissue.”

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Tuilagi, who went with the Lions squad to Australia in 2013, has suffered with hamstring, groin and knee problems in the past and Sanderson still feels it will not take him long to get back up to top speed.

The Sharks director of rugby is cautious about putting the former Leicester Tigers player back into the mix too early, but he has been involved in leadership meetings over the team’s attacking structure with his return in mind.

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“It is our job to get him up to game fitness before he plays, that’s why I am very tentative to say when he is coming back and him hitting his marks because I don’t want to throw him in there at 80 per cent, he will reinjure,” Sanderson said of Tuilagi, who recently signed a new two-year deal at Sale.

“I can only talk for myself, I can’t talk for the legend that is Warren Gatland’s perspective, but it is not a leap of faith for us to sign him again, it is a calculated risk and a good one.

“I have no doubt he will get back to playing his best rugby. He is very happy here, very motivated and a very good player. You get those three things together and you end up finding form.

“I think he will find form, whether or not Warren wants to take Manu Tuilagi with the Lions, that is his choice.”

Sanderson has not spoken with Gatland about the return of the Sale man but, with centre rival George North ruled out last month, Tuilagi will hope to be included in Thursday’s 36-man list.

Mika Hakkinen on what Max Verstappen needs to do to dethrone Lewis Hamilton

May 5th 2021 at 13:30

Two-time former world champion Mika Hakkinen believes Max Verstappen cannot afford to make mistakes if he wants to pip Lewis Hamilton to the 2021 drivers’ title.

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Red Bull came away from the Portuguese Grand Prix frustrated after track limits again cost them dear.

Max Verstappen missed out on pole position and the fastest lap of the race, along with the bonus point for setting it, after failing to stay within bounds as Lewis Hamilton departed Portimao with an eight-point lead over Verstappen in the Championship.

At the season-opener in Bahrain, Verstappen was ordered to return the lead to Hamilton for a breach of track limits when making the overtake, and Hakkinen has made it clear these errors must stop if Verstappen wants to become world champion in 2021.

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“One area of frustration for Max has been track-limit penalties. He should have won in Bahrain and could have taken pole position and set the fastest lap in Portugal,” Hakkinen wrote in his Unibet column.

“But each time, he put all four wheels over the line at some point on the circuit. It’s so easy to do, but you cannot afford to make small mistakes like that. To beat Lewis, Max needs to do a perfect job each weekend.”

After the Portuguese GP, Hamilton’s former team-mate Nico Rosberg said Max Verstappen was understanding more and more just how good the Briton is.

And Hakkinen sees that Hamilton is “loving” this challenge.

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“It only took Lewis four laps to recover his position from Max. He then chased Valtteri down, moving into the lead on lap 20. Lewis loves that kind of challenge,” Hakkinen explained.

“Red Bull and Honda have done a fantastic job, but Mercedes have recovered quickly after a less competitive start to the year. One of the strengths of Mercedes is their ability to react, so although I think the Portimao circuit suited their cars slightly more than the Red Bulls, Lewis and Valtteri really have an exceptionally strong technical team supporting them.”

Behind this title battle, Lando Norris is making waves with McLaren.

Three races into the season and he has yet to be beaten by a non-Mercedes or Red Bull driver on Sundays, and Hakkinen believes Norris is one of the “biggest stories” of the season, as are his McLaren team.

“Lando Norris has finished the first three grands prix in the top five, a very impressive run for the McLaren driver, particularly when considering the strengths of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo,” Hakkinen stated.

“For Norris to be third in the World Championship for Drivers, and McLaren third in front of Ferrari in the teams’ World Championship, is incredible. One of the biggest stories of this season so far.”

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It’s finally a rap: J Cole teases release date of ‘The Off-Season’ album

May 5th 2021 at 13:26

J Cole made the official announcement of The Off-Season release via Twitter on Tuesday 4 May, saying: “Just know this was years in the making”. His last solo album — KOD — was released three years ago in April 2018.

The long wait for his follow-up solo album has been attributed to the rapper putting together the Dreamville compilation album, Revenge of the Dreamers III, which was released on 5 July 2019, as well as him doing guest features.

J Cole teases album release

The 36-year-old chart-topper teased his first project since KOD by posting the artwork on social media:

Just know this was years in the making.

My new album The Off-Season available everywhere 5/14 pic.twitter.com/aBw4po8fvx

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) May 4, 2021

J Cole album build-up…

Fans first got excited about the release of the album after fellow Dreamville Records rapper Bas hinted at the album’s arrival in a now-deleted Instagram post, stating, “pack your bags. [rocket emoji] in two weeks.”

EARTHGANG also teased the release of a new Cole album in the weeks leading up to the announcement.

In 2020, Cole released three singles, namely The Climb Back, Lion King on Ice and Snow On Tha Bluff. The rapper has not yet confirmed whether these songs will feature on his new album.

Kendrick Lamar next?

Besides J Cole, Kendrick Lamar is the other most anticipated artist to release his next album in rap music circles. Fans might have something to look forward to sooner rather than later as Complex.com hinted that Kendrick will be releasing his latest album “soon”.

J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar might actually drop music soon pic.twitter.com/YnJYwF2cUZ

— Joey (@gothamcityrap) May 4, 2021

Reactions to J Cole’s album drop

Fellow Dreamville artists took to social media to give their input on the upcoming album, with Bas captioning an Instagram post:

“I ain’t never lied to you. Y’all can get out my dm’s now. this is up there with bros best works to date. put my word on that too.”

Rory McIlroy calls breakaway golf circuit proposal a ‘money grab’

May 5th 2021 at 13:21

Rory McIlroy has re-iterated his opposition to proposals for a breakaway golf circuit, labelling it a transparent “money grab” similar to football’s European Super League, which swiftly collapsed following a wide-ranging backlash.

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World No 1 Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Rose are among the players to have been offered lucrative contracts by Saudi Arabian investors to join the new league, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The European Tour told the PA news agency it opposed the plans “in the strongest possible terms”, while a representative for Rose declined to comment.

Under the PGL’s proposals outlined in January last year, 48 players would compete in an 18-event season offering a total prize fund of £183 million, but Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka – at the time the top three ranked players in the world – all ruled themselves out.

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Speaking ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship, Rory McIlroy said he had first been contacted about the idea in 2014 and that nothing had come to fruition, also noting that the latest story emerged on the day of the PGA Tour’s annual player meeting.

“You go back to what happened last week with the European Super League in football and people can see it for what it is, which is a money grab,” McIlroy said.

“Which is fine if that’s what you are playing golf for, to make as much money as possible, then go and do that if that makes you happy.

“But I think the top players in the game – I’m playing this game to try to cement my place in history and my legacy and to win major championships.

“Golf has been very good to me over the years and I honestly don’t think there is a better structure in place in golf and I don’t think there will be.

“You have the strategic partnership as well between Europe and the PGA Tour and that’s only going to strengthen the structure of golf going forward as well in terms of scheduling and all sorts of other stuff and working together a little bit more.

“I’m very much against it (the breakaway) and I don’t see why anyone would be for it.”

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PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan addressed the player meeting at Quail Hollow on Tuesday and said any player signing up to the new league would face suspension and possible expulsion from the Tour.

That could have consequences for eligibility for major championships and the Ryder Cup, but Rory McIlroy agrees with Monahan’s stance.

“You have to protect your product, right? You have to protect what you have,” the four-time major winner added.

“And Jay took us through it last night. It’s in the by-laws that were written by the members. If I were in charge of the PGA Tour, I would do the same thing.

“You saw what happened with the European Super League. The top 12 clubs got together and said, ‘Let’s keep more of the money for ourselves,’ and people didn’t like that.

“It affects competition, it affects the integrity of competition. I just can’t see how it works.”

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McIlroy has also previously said he “didn’t really like where the money was coming from” and Amnesty International has again urged players to consider their role in Saudi Arabia’s attempts at “sportswashing”.

Felix Jakens, head of priority campaigns and individuals at risk at Amnesty International UK, said: “The authorities in Riyadh clearly hope that a glitzy Saudi-backed golf tournament will help shift attention away from their jailing of peaceful activists like Loujain al-Hathloul, the grisly state-sanctioned murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the indiscriminate bombing of civilians in neighbouring Yemen.

“Any golfer tempted by a lucrative Saudi-backed tournament ought to be ready to speak out about human rights in Saudi Arabia as a means of counteracting its intended sportswashing effect.”

Watch: Gift Motupa scores his first-ever goal for Mamelodi Sundowns

May 5th 2021 at 13:20

Gift Motupa scored his first-ever goal for Mamelodi Sundowns during their 2-0 win over Maritzburg United on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old has been in good form in recent matches and the former Bidvest Wits forward has finally opened his Sundowns account.

Motupa produced a sharp finish to double Sundowns advantage after Ricardo Nascimento had converted a penalty won by the in-form striker in the first half.

Watch: Gift Motupa scores his first-ever goal for Sundowns

Gift Motupa scores his first-ever goal for Mamelodi Sundowns in the #DStvPrem 🔥

After battling to make the team, the forward has repaid his coach's faith with a goal and, in the process, doubles Sundowns’ lead.

Stream live: https://t.co/0BMWdeEYT3 | #SSDiski pic.twitter.com/pgt2tk5UPd

— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) May 5, 2021
Gift Motupa scores his first-ever goal for Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi was satisfied with his side and in particular Motupa after they won to stretch their advantage in the PSL title race to four points.

“Not the best but business-like. We wanted to win the match. We had to give ourselves to the team and everybody ran because we knew we were playing against a very complicated team,” Mngqithi told SuperSport TV.

“Maritzburg is not an easy team for anyone, and I always tell people Ernst (Middendorp) is one of the top coaches. He may have been unlucky, but his strategies at times can put you off. We knew it was not going to be an easy one, and we had to take the few chances that we got and we were fortunate on the day to get a penalty.

Sundowns pressing machine

“Gift’s work and the group to try and give us a high-press and from there we get something it’s always good for the team and also the second goal I think he took it very well. And we’ve always known he is one of the best finishers in the country.

“I even spoke to him before the match (and told him) today is your day to score and when he scored he immediately pointed at me because he knew that I had told him that today is your day and I was very happy for that.”

Backroom big-ups

“But more than anything else I want to give credit to my technical team, coach Rhulani (Mokwena), Steve (Komphela), coach Wendell (Robinson)for the clean sheet. The analysts, I think they are always spot on.

“The medical department for getting everybody into the team, the support staff, there’s very good things happening behind the scenes and the management of the team has been very supportive.

“In all our troubles and our journeys, they have been there and once again I want to thank the president and the board of the club because the resources we have sometimes, they make it easier for us to compete on all fronts under circumstances that are very difficult because when you count the number of matches that these players are expected to play. It’s very difficult and I really want to thank them for that,” Mngqithi added.

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Broccoli and cottage cheese soup – Creamy and tasty

May 5th 2021 at 13:17
By: DNAfit

Prepare this delicious broccoli and cottage cheese soup to get a boost of nutrients. Broccoli soup is creamy and tasty and a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals.

With the change of season, broccoli and cottage cheese soup is the perfect comfort food for a winter evening. Snuggle up on your couch with a blanket in front of a crackling fire and a bowl of this creamy soup.

This easy dinner is ready in less than 30 minutes and works well as a midweek dinner. You can also prepare this aromatic soup as a starter when you have friends over for dinner. Just make sure you adjust the quantities as this recipe caters for one person only.

If you are monitoring your calorie intake, you will be pleased to know that one serving of this broccoli and cottage cheese soup recipe contains only 180 calories.

Prepare yourself for the cold winter season with this creamy soup recipe steaming with flavour.

Broccoli and cottage cheese soup recipe

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Recipe by DNAfit Course: MainCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

180

kcal
Total time

20

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon yellow onion

  • 10 g celery, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon garlic

  • ½ teaspoon rosemary, fresh

  • 2 cups broccoli

  • 1 cup water

  • 60 g low fat cottage cheese

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 pinch pepper

Method

  • Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until softened, about 4 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and rosemary, stirring, for about 20 seconds.
  • Stir in the broccoli. Add the water and bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until very tender, about 8 minutes.
  • Puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Stir in cottage cheese, salt and pepper.

Notes

  • Energy: 752kJ (180 calories)
    Carbohydrates: 21g
    Fibre: 7g
    Protein: 12g
    Fat: 7g

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Former Proteas batting coach signs deal with English county Lancashire

May 5th 2021 at 13:12

Former Proteas batting coach Dale Benkenstein has joined English county side Lancashire on a short-term contract.

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Benkenstein played 23 ODIs for the Proteas between 1998 and 2002 and served as the national team’s batting mentor under head coach Ottis Gibson until after the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

The 46-year-old Benkenstein has scored over 16 000 runs in first-class cricket and was prolific with the willow in English county cricket with Durham, who he captained to their maiden County Championship title in 2008.

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He also previously served as head coach at Hampshire, leading them to two T20 Blast Finals Days and securing promotion back to the top tier of the County Championship.

Lancashire director of cricket, Paul Allott, said: “We were looking to add some additional expertise to the coaching team and Dale brings a wealth of experience to the changing room.

“He is highly respected in county cricket following his time as a player at Durham and then coaching at Hampshire.

“To add that knowledge into our dressing room can only be a good thing as we look to build on our positive start to the season.”

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Lotto and Lotto Plus results for Wednesday, 5 May 2021

May 5th 2021 at 13:04

Are you ready for the Lotto and Lotto Plus draw on Wednesday, 5 May? It’s yet another chance to find out whether or not you’re South Africa’s latest overnight millionaire.

If you’ve decided to Phanda, Pusha, Play then you might just strike gold here.

Let’s have a look at those jackpots and see what’s between you and your overnight millionaire status. Good luck!

Here are the estimated jackpots for Wednesday’s Lotto draw:

Lotto: R3 million
Lotto Plus 1: R6 million
Lotto Plus 2: R2 million

The only way you can win the jackpot is by playing the lotto.

If you have played and want to check whether you have won, you are in the right place. TheSouthAfrican.com brings you the Lotto Results as they happen. If you cannot see the results, you might need to refresh or restart your browser.

Results are all updated and loaded no later than 21:15.

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Lotto, Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 Winning Numbers

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Main Lotto Draw: 6, 14, 19, 28, 31, 32 Bonus Ball: 39

Lotto Plus 1: 4, 8, 10, 14, 19, 30 Bonus Ball: 27

Lotto Plus 2: 3, 8, 28, 35, 41, 44 Bonus Ball: 23

For more details and to confirm the numbers visit the National Lottery website.

You need to always confirm the official winning numbers on the National Lottery website. We do our best to post the results as accurately as possible but the National Lottery is the only source you can use to 100% verify the results.

See previous lotto results here.

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What does a Lotto ticket cost?

  • A single LOTTO play will cost you R5.00 vat incl. A single cost of LOTTO PLUS 1 will be R2.50 and a single cost of LOTTO PLUS 2 will be R2.50 vat incl.
  • But be aware if you use any of the online services, there might be an additional charge. Always check the terms and conditions.

Daily Lotto results for Wednesday, 5 May 2021

May 5th 2021 at 13:01

Are you ready for the Daily Lotto draw on Wednesday, 5 May? It’s yet another chance to find out whether or not you’re one of South Africa’s latest Daily Lotto winners.

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Dylan Kerr fumes at decision to award Kaizer Chiefs penalty – watch

May 5th 2021 at 12:29

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila head coach Dylan Kerr was disappointed in the refereeing decision that led to Kaizer Chiefs equalising from the penalty spot in his side’s 2-1 victory over the Amakhosi at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday.

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TTM took the lead through Thabo Rakhale in the 42nd minute, four minutes after Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Njabulo Blom picked up a second yellow card.

And then in the 66th minute, Samir Nurkovic fell to the turf under Ayanda Nkili’s challenge with the referee initially not pointing to the spot but after consulting with his linesman, he then decided to award the penalty.

And Dylan Kerr said it didn’t make any sense for the referee to overturn his decision as he was 10 metres away from the incident as opposed to the linesman, who was much further away.

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“We got the winner in the end but I’m disappointed with the penalty decisions, because the referee is the one making decisions in the game of football, to come all the way here to speak to the linesman and the fourth official and ask an opinion when he’s the boss in the park, that’s just totally wrong,” vented Dylan Kerr.

“I know Gavin [Hunt], if it was a penalty fair enough but the referee has to make that judgement, he’s the man in charge, not the fourth official, not the linesman, they are there to assist him.

“But if you look at the distance from the fourth official to the linesman, they are so far away, the referee is ten metres away and he’s given the call, goalkick but great character, we kept on going and that’s the pleasing thing for me.”

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The decision ultimately did not come back to haunt Vhadau Vha Damani as they would claim all three points courtesy of Thabo Mnyamane’s spot-kick deep into stoppage time.

“The players dug in deep, even with ten men. When you’re playing [against] ten men, as we found out against Cape Town City, we kept on going unfortunately the result didn’t go for us,” said the Malta-born English tactician.

“We’re playing against ten men but ten men is always a tough game to beat, credit to the players we kept forcing it, we made too many wrong decisions in and around the penalty area.

“I think ‘Zizou’ our number ten [Celimpilo Ngema] he could have scored two goals but you gotta be confident and have that special belief to shoot, one is across the face of goal and one it’s on the side-netting.

“But credit to everybody, my staff, the chairman is gonna be happy and on the personal note that’s my first win against Gavin Hunt, he’s a very good friend of mine, football is about three points and we got three points today, I’m pleased for the players,” Dylan Kerr concluded.

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Dylan Kerr fumes at decision to award Kaizer Chiefs penalty - watch

TTM head coach Dylan Kerr was disappointed in the refereeing decision that led to Kaizer Chiefs equalising from the penalty spot.