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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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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

‘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

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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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.”

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.

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.

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.”

#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

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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!

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.

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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.

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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.

‘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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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)

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.

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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)

“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

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

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.

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.

READ | HOW MUCH WILL HUGO BROOS PROCKET AS BAFANA BAFANA COACH?

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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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.”

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

africa cup of nations 2019 latest standings

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.

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

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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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.

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.

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.”

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”.

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#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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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

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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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.

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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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Lockdown latest: What restrictions are ‘most likely to return’ this winter?

May 5th 2021 at 11:50

The scientific community is almost unanimously certain that a third wave of COVID-19 is coming to South Africa in some form this winter. The threat of ‘new variants’ and cold weather driving the virus could prove to be a lethal cocktail, and whenever coronavirus numbers rise, lockdown restrictions get tougher – it’s a cycle we are on course for this winter.

Variants, cold weather ‘likely to bring tougher lockdown restrictions back’

South Africa has only vaccinated 300 000 healthcare workers, along with Cyril Ramaphosa, David Mabuza, and a number of other political leaders. Although immunisation numbers are expected to ‘shoot-up’ in May, not enough people have developed immunity against the virus to negate the arrival of a third wave.

So, if the inevitable becomes the unavoidable, what can we expect to change from our lives of semi-normality at Level 1? We’ve looked at the six restrictions that are expected to return first, in the event of another COVID-19 barrage:

What restrictions are most likely to return in a third wave?

Travel

Variants are arguably the most worrisome factor for a country that has managed to suppress its caseload, as there are suspicions that different strains can evade both vaccines and the body’s own immune response. The Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) has already stated that ‘leisure and business travel’ should be restricted now.

Border closures

Take the Indian variant, for example. That’s causing a great deal of stress at the minute, as that particular mutation has a similar lineage to the EK484 spike protein that spooked scientists at the start of the year. Not only will international travel laws be tightened, but entire border posts across SA will also act as a first line of defence to tackle a possible third wave.

Gatherings

Wintery conditions make fertile breeding ground for this virus. If there are two things COVID loves, it’s indoor circulation AND large crowds. Should SA be in a position where cases rise, we expect to see the maximum number for allowed gatherings – both inside and outside – slashed dramatically by the government.

Funerals

Much like gatherings, funerals can draw many people in, bringing swathes of mourners together at the same time. If gatherings are subject to tougher restrictions due to a third wave, funerals WILL follow suit.

Alcohol

Previous COVID surges saw booze removed from the shelves, for weeks on end. Prohibition is a crutch used, not always wisely, by the government when new cases increase, and drinkers of South Africa know to expect the worst…

Curfew

This is one of the more flexible lockdown rules, and can be tweaked as the government sees fit. Every time gatherings, personal movement, and alcohol purchases are limited, curfew times get extended. So if we do get that third wave for winter, this restriction is likely to be altered again.

Lockdown latest: How bad will third wave be in South Africa?

Meanwhile, even with the looming threat of a new variant washing up on Mzansi’s shores, the South African Covid-19 Modelling Consortium has confidently stated that the inevitable third wave of the virus ‘will be much weaker than first feared‘. That’s because their own independent numbers suggest ‘up to 40% of SA’ has already been infected.

The consortium reckons that the real COVID-19 death toll for South Africa is nearly 130 000, as opposed to 54 000 registered by the government’s official rolling total. They also believe a well-managed response to a virus resurgence would ‘only’ lead to a further 7 000 deaths. But with the Indian variant lurking, the government remains on high alert:

“We wish to reassure citizens that there are no direct flights from India and that all our ports of entry employ stringent containment procedures to minimize the importation of Covid-19. We are currently on high alert to screen passengers and test those who require further assessment.”

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Shepherd Bushiri head of security in court on corruption charge

May 5th 2021 at 11:26

Controversial Kenyan pastor Shepherd Bushiri’s head of security and his wife, a senior member of the SAPS, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates Court facing charges of corruption this week.

Rosey Resondt, a 45-year-old brigadier who works as a member of the SAPS National Organised Crime Unit appeared in court with her husband, Clifford Cornelius Resondt, who works as the head of security for Shepherd Bushiri.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) national spokesperson Sipho Ngwema said that the couple had appeared in court on charges of corruption after Clifford had been arrested on 20 January 2018 for allegedly raping a child. 

“An amount of R500 000 was transferred from the Shepherd Bushiri Ministries to Rosy’s account on the 22 January 2018 and the amount reflected on the parents of the child’s home loan account,” Ngwema said.

“The same day when the money reflected on the parents account, the child dropped the charges against the husband.”

Ngwema said that during the next court appearance the rape charge against him had been withdrawn.

Ngwema said that the couple was this week granted bail of R15 000 each under strict conditions. 

“Bail conditions were that they should attend court for the duration of the court proceedings. They must not intimidate witnesses and must report to their closest police station (Olivenhoodbosh police station) on Mondays,” Ngwema said.

He said the couple was also ordered to hand over their passports to the SAPS investigating officer and restricted from travelling to any SA ports of entry.

“The husband should not travel outside Gauteng and Rosy should submit her work travel itinerary to the investigating officer before travelling,” he said.

Rosy was ordered to hand over her third passport within 14 days and the couple was ordered not to apply for new passports 

Matter postponed for further investigation.

Kaizer Chiefs fans reach boiling point, protest plans revealed!

May 5th 2021 at 11:21

Kaizer Chiefs fans have reached boiling point and are scheduling a ‘planned protest’ at Naturena to voice their concerns regarding the way the club is being run.

Kaizer Chiefs are going through arguably one of the worst spells in the club’s 50-year history after having gone five years without a title.

Their current state is almost pitiable with Gavin Hunt’s side sitting just above the relegation zone with just four games to go in the DStv Premiership. The club were humiliated by rivals Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 while minnows Richard’s Bay dumped them out of the Nedbank Cup at the first hurdle.

Kaizer Chiefs fans reach boiling point

It’s no secret that Kaizer Chiefs have the largest fan base in the country, and with this comes much expectation. The Amakhosi have been one of the biggest clubs, if not the biggest, in the country for half a century.

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Things at Naturena however have spiraled out of control at Kaizer Chiefs over recent years and the once giant of South African football is slowly losing its position.

As shown in recent weeks, teams battling to stay alive in the league like Chippa United and Tshakhuma have happily walked away with a full three points from the Glamour Boys without breaking much of a sweat and fans have now reached boiling point!

Kaizer Chiefs fans are fed up and will now force management to listen to their demands via a scheduled protest with the hope of making the club great again.

The proposed date was 8th of May (This coming Saturday)

However we might be forced to change the date as we still need to make KC Officials aware of our planned visit and hopefully they will welcome us with open arms.

Should you have any suggestion, please feel free to do so. pic.twitter.com/6r8mxlU9u1

— MW (@MWTlali) May 5, 2021

The protest which was originally scheduled for 08 May by Kaizer Chiefs fans has been postponed. Amongst the topics fans would like to address with management are the club’s transfer policy as well possible interference in on-field decisions by management.

FOUR things that cost Benni McCarthy the Bafana Bafana job!

May 5th 2021 at 11:16

Almost every South African endorsed the idea of Benni McCarthy becoming the new Bafana Bafana head coach.

However, the South African Football Association (SAFA) opted for Hugo Broos; a Belgian coach who won the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon.

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Until Tuesday, McCarthy was believed to be the man to succeed Molefi Ntseki but there are FOUR things that reportedly cost him the Bafana Bafana plumb job.    

And here are they…

HIGH SALARY DEMANDS

Media reports suggest that McCarthy asked for a high salary from SAFA when he was approached.

While SAFA said in March that money wasn’t a problem, it is believed that they found McCarthy’s salary demands high and unreasonable.

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With that said, it’s unclear if the agreement between SAFA and Broos means the Belgian mentor will be earning far lesser than what McCarthy was asking for.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

According to SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe, one of the criteria for selecting the current Bafana Bafana coach was international experience.

And obviously, McCarthy lacks that as he’s only been coaching at club level, and his coaching career only kicked off less than five years ago.

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His decorated CV of being a former Bafana Bafana player and a rising coach in South Africa was overlooked as SAFA wanted someone who will hit the ground running and ensure that the team qualifies for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

TECHNICAL TEAM DEMANDS

It is widely reported that part of McCarthy’s demands was that he comes with his own technical team at AmaZulu.

He reportedly wanted Siyabonga Nomvethe, Vasili Manousakis and goalkeeper coach Moeneeb Josephs to be part of his backroom staff.

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This was to ensure that there’s enough visibility of the Bafana Bafana technical team at PSL games in order to make informed decisions when selecting his squads.  

However, SAFA rejected the proposal as they wanted to do things differently.   

WORKING WITH THE OLYMPIC AND U20 TEAMS

On Wednesday, Soccer Laduma reported that McCarthy wanted to work closely with the Olympic team and U20 technical team.

The reason given was that McCarthy was already looking beyond 2022 and casting an eye on the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals, knowing that Bafana Bafana will need to be refreshed with younger players.  

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Again, the idea was reportedly shot down by SAFA who are believed to have cited budgetary issues as the main stumbling block.

WATCH | Cape Storm: Flooding in Struisbaai leads to evacuations

May 5th 2021 at 11:11

The winter storm that made landfall in the Southern Cape on Wednesday, 5 May, has caused severe flooding in Struisbaai, Cape Agulhas and the surrounding areas, said the Western Cape government.

CAPE STORM LEADS TO EVACUATIONS

Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell said people are being evacuated from homes in the areas affected by the flash floods and rescue teams have been dispatched.

“People being evacuated from their homes are being housed at the Struisbaai Caravan Park and Stuisbaai Community Hall,” said Bredell.

Bredell added that the Cape Agulhas Municipality Joint Operational Centre (JOC) has been activated for all disaster management matters.

WATCH: SEVERE FLOODING IN STRUISBAAI

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) predicts that rainfall between 40 and 60 millimetres could fall during the Cape storm. Mountainous areas may be hit harder, with a predicted rainfall of between 80 to 100 millimetres accompanied by thunder and lightning and a small chance of hail.

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— Tebza (@carlolinks) May 5, 2021

The SAWS issued an ‘adverse weather’ warning on Tuesday and set that a cold front with heavy rains and strong winds could hit the Cape on Wednesday at 8:00. The phenomenon is caused by a “cut-off low”, according to the weather service. It is defined as “a deep, closed low pressure in the mid-troposphere…”

“A cut-off low is expected to affect the Western Cape from [Wednesday] into Thursday, resulting in widespread showers and thundershowers, strong winds and very rough sea conditions especially from Wednesday evening, extending into Thursday,” said SAWS in a statement.

The Overberg region, Garden Route District, parts of the Cape Winelands and Cape Metropole are all expected to be affected by the storm with the worst of it coming during the overnight hours.

Coastal users were also advised to stay clear of the sea, as the strong winds may lead to steep waves, which could reach heights of up to 4 to 5.5 metres at times.

Spanish Grand Prix 2021: Where to watch, live stream, time

May 5th 2021 at 11:03

The Circuit de Catalunya just outside Barcelona stages round four of the F1 season, the Spanish Grand Prix.

It’s a quick turnaround with just a week separating the third and fourth rounds.

Lewis Hamilton leads the Drivers World Championship after claiming his second win of the season last weekend in Portimao, with Max Verstappen hot on his heels.

Hamilton will be aiming to win his fifth consecutive Spanish Grand Prix, while Verstappen returns to the scene of his first F1 win.

The Spanish Grand Prix marks the return of spectators following the announcement that 1,000 fans will be allowed entry in to the race after restrictions relating to the pandemic were eased in Spain.

When is the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix?

Practice 1: Friday 7 May 11:30 

Practice 2: Friday 7 May, 15:00

Practice 3: Saturday 8 May, 12:00

Qualifying: Saturday 8 May, 15:00

Race: Sunday 9 May, 15:00 

Where can I watch the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix?

SuperSport will broadcast the entire race weekend on its dedicated Motorsport channel.

Where can I stream the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix

An alternative viewing method for those who have access to the internet is streaming via Formula 1’s own streaming service. A monthly subscription costs approximately R72 ($4.99) and includes: 

  • Live streams of every track session for all Grand Prixs
  • Access to all driver onboard cameras & team radios
  • Live streams of F1, F2, F3 and Porsche Supercup
  • Full Race replays and highlights
  • On demand access to all F1 onboard cameras
  • All F1, F2, F3, Porsche Supercup replays
  • F1’s historic race archive
  • Live timing features

F1 Championship standings

Championship standings – Drivers

1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 69 pts, 2. Max Verstappen (NED) 61, 3. Lando Norris (GBR) 37, 4. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 32, 5. Charles Leclerc (MON) 28, 6. Sergio Pérez (MEX) 22, 7. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 16, 8. Carlos Sainz (ESP) 14, 9. Esteban Ocon (FRA) 8, 10. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 7, 11. Lance Stroll (CAN) 5, 12. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 5, 13. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) 2, 14. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN) 0, 15. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) 0, 16. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 0, 17. George Russell (GBR) 0, 18. Mick Schumacher (GER) 0, 19. Nikita Mazepin (RUS) 0, 20. Nicholas Latifi (CAN) 0

Championship standings – Constructors

1. Mercedes 101 pts, 2. Red Bull-Honda 83, 3. McLaren-Mercedes 53, 4. Ferrari 42, 5. Alpine-Renault 13, 6. AlphaTauri-Honda 9, 7. Aston Martin-Mercedes 5, 8. Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 0, 9. Williams 0, 10. Haas-Ferrari 0

Spanish Grand Prix 2021: Where to watch, live stream, time

The Spanish Grand Prix marks the return of spectators following the announcement that 1,000 fans will be allowed entry in to the race.

Murder Latest: Miguel Louw killer sentenced to 34 years in jail

May 5th 2021 at 11:00

Phoenix man, Mohamed Ebrahim Vahed, 43, was sentenced to 34 years and six months imprisonment in the Durban High Court on Wednesday.

This is after he was convicted for the murder and kidnapping of nine-year-old, Miguel Louw, in July 2018.

National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman, Natasha Kara, said Vahed had also been found guilty of theft and was sentenced to 25 years, eight years and 18 months for the three offences.

Vahed had occasionally stayed with Miguel and his family in Sydenham because he sometimes did odd jobs for them. Sometime prior to the boy’s disappearance, Vahed had told Miguel’s mother, Raylene that he was attracted to her. She turned down his advances, and he became angry and warned that he would “show her”.

A few days later, Vahed stole Raylene’s and the children’s ID documents and birth certificates. On 17 July 2018, Vahed fetched Miguel from school, something he had never done before, and bought him food at a nearby KFC outlet. They then boarded a taxi which went towards the direction of the Durban CBD.

Miguel was not seen alive again.  

Police arrested Vahed a few days later but he maintained his innocence, denying that he had anything to do with the child’s disappearance. Miguel’s body was found in a bushy area a few metres away from Vahed’s home in Phoenix on 3 September 2018.

“Although the cause of death could not be properly ascertained as the body was in a state of decomposition and skeletisation, the autopsy report said suffocation could be considered,” Kara said.

Senior State Advocate, Kelvin Singh presented video footage showing Vahed and Miguel in the fast food outlet and boarding a taxi. The video was of Vahed showing Miguel what appeared to be the ID document and birth certificates. These items were found in Vahed’s possession when he was arrested.

Adv Singh also presented cell phone evidence which placed Vahed at specific locations, linking him to the crime. 

Vahed’s defence was that he did not kill Miguel, as he was in police custody, the state led entomological evidence that the insects found on the body show that he died shortly after he went missing, probably the same day or the following day.

The state submitted Victim Impact Statements compiled by Miguel’s mother, sister Mikayla and grandmother, Arlene Omardeen.

Omardeen described Miguel as a loving and gentle child. She said that his death had caused her world to collapse and she was still grieving the loss. Raylene said that her life was happy and complete with her two children but that ended abruptly when Miguel went missing.  She spent days crying and had sleepless nights. She said the fact that they could not view his body, due to the decomposition, had worsened the trauma. Mikayla said that she and Miguel had been inseparable as they shared everything. She said that her heart was broken and full of sadness.

Director of Public Prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal, Adv. Elaine Zungu said: “Although we cannot bring back the life that was tragically lost, we hope that the family finds solace in that justice has  been done. Commendations to the prosecution and investigation team on a job well done, bearing in mind that they had to rely on forensic evidence and minimal circumstantial evidence. The sentence and conviction in the matter is welcomed.”                                                            

Six things Magashule is banned from doing, after being ‘suspended WITH pay’

May 5th 2021 at 10:45

A day many suspected would not come has actually arrived on Wednesday, and the ANC has stuck to its guns on the ‘step aside’ rule. After giving Ace Magashule 30 days to temporarily vacate his position in the party while he remains accused of corruption, his decision to ignore the deadline has prompted the party to force Ace’s hand.

Ace Magashule suspended – and banned from these activities

Magashule has been suspended, and although he remains on full pay, he is now severely limited in what he can – and cannot – do under the banner of the ANC. In total, six major restrictions have been placed on the 61-year-old:

  • Ace Magashule is banned from carrying out ANY duties in his role as ANC Secretary-General.
  • He is not allowed to ‘represent the ANC publicly’ while suspended from the party.
  • Magashule ‘cannot make pronouncements’ on behalf of the ANC – he has no authority to speak for the party.
  • Ace is also banned from ‘mobilising or organising’ other party structures to protest his suspension.
  • He cannot go ‘longer than a month’ without informing the party about how his criminal case is progressing.
  • And finally, he is limited from appealing the ANC’s decision UNLESS the party agrees to hear his case.

What next for suspended SG?

Magashule is accused of ‘graft’ in Free State. While he ruled as the provincial premier, the political veteran stands accused of orchestrating a fraudulent operation worth more than R250 million, enriching himself and his cronies through an alleged ‘asbestos auditing contract’. He has been charged by the Hawks, and further litigation awaits.

“You [Ace Magashule] have been indicted to appear in a court of law on charges of corruption and fraud, as well as money laundering. Accordingly, you are hereby suspended temporarily, effective from Monday 3 May, up until the final outcome of your court proceedings. This suspension is in the best interests of our organisation.”

ANC statement, signed by Jessie Duarte

Woman, 25, gives birth to nine healthy babies, says Mali government

May 4th 2021 at 18:33

A 25-year-old woman has allegedly given birth to nine healthy babies, according to the Malian government.  Mali flew Halima Cisse to Morocco where she gave birth on Tuesday, 4 May so that the she would receive better health care.

The Moroccan government, however, are yet to confirm if she successfully carried all nine children to term. Fingers crossed, as it would be a remarkable case if true.

PREGNANT MALI WOMAN FLOWN TO MOROCCO IN MARCH

According to AFP, the Malian government flew the pregnant Cisse – who is from the north of the West African country – to Morocco on 30 March, to ensure she received better care. Initially, it was believed that Cisse was expecting seven babies.

According to local reports, doctors were concerned about Cisse’s health and her babies’ chances of survival.

Women rarely successfully give birth septuplets, therefore, birthing healthy nonuplets would be an even rarer occurrence.

The world’s first set of surviving septuplets – the McCaughey’s – were born in 1997 in Iowa in the United States. The four boys and three girls were born nine weeks early.

In 1971, an Australian woman, Geraldine Brodrick, gave birth to nonuplets in Sydney, according to a New York Times archive article. Seven of the nine babies were born alive. Unfortunately, none of the Brodrick nonuplets survived for more than six days after their birth.

NONUPLETS: FIVE GIRLS AND FOUR BOYS, SAYS MINISTER

Mali’s health ministry issued a statement that said Cisse had birthed five girls and four boys via Caesarean section. “The mother and babies are doing well so far,” said Health Minister Fanta Siby to AFP.

She added that the Malian doctor who accompanied Cisse to Morocco kept her abreast of developments and that the mother and chidren are expected to return home in several weeks’ time.

“[T]he medical teams of Mali and Morocco, whose professionalism is at the origin of the happy outcome of this pregnancy,” said Siby, congratulating the medical workers that helped Cisse give birth.

Rachid Koudhari, the Moroccan health ministry spokesperson, however, said no multiple births have taken place in the country’s hospitals as far as he knows.

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Rape Latest: Man jailed for 14 years for raping sleeping woman

May 4th 2021 at 17:29

A man who raped his friend while she was sleeping has been sentenced to 14 years in jail in the Greytown Regional Court.

SAPS regional spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said that the man, Zama Lethuxolo Ngubane, 31, had raped his 24-year-old friend after going out partying with her during the day.

Victim was asleep when suspect sexually assaulted her

Gwala said police had arrested the man on the morning of 14 September 2019 following the reported rape. The victim was asleep when the suspect sexually assaulted her in her own home.

“On 13 September 2019, the victim was sleeping at her residence after parting. The accused realised that she was sleeping and he raped her. She woke up and realised she had been raped and questioned the accused, who denied harming her,” Gwala said.

“The victim was shocked and called her friend who took her to the police station where a rape case was opened.”

Gwala said that the rape docket that had been opened at the local police station was then transferred to the Greytown Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation.  The arrest of the suspect followed swiftly.

“He was arrested and appeared in the Greytown Magistrate’s Court before he was granted bail,” Gwala said. 

Suspect found to be a poor witness in court

“The matter was transferred to the Regional Court in Greytown and throughout the whole trial the accused denied the rape allegations which proved him to be a poor witness at court,” Gwala added.

“After the statement given by the victim and the evidence presented in court the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused was guilty.”

Gwala said the Greytown Regional Court sentenced Ngubane to 14 years direct imprisonment. “He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm,” she said.

Fraud suspect arrested as he attempts to flee SA after months on the run

May 4th 2021 at 17:02

Police have arrested a fugitive in Musina for alleged credit card fraud after he had been on the run from the authorities since January 2021.

Authorities swooped on Vusi Lukhele (28), after he was flushed out at the Beitbridge border post in Limpopo province at the weekend. 

Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) spokesperson Zinzi Hani said the suspect had allegedly committed credit card fraud in amounting to thousands of rands in a shopping mall located in the Western Cape province.

“This emanates from an alleged credit card fraud which occurred at the Outdoor Warehouse in Somerset West mall in October 2020 wherein the store almost lost just over R14000,” he said.

Fraud suspect was on the run for months

“The accused was initially arrested on 8 October 2020 by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team,” Hani said.

Hani said the fraud suspect had appeared in the local court and the matter was remanded to a later date but he had failed to appear in court on the second occasion.

“The court issued a warrant for his arrest on 19 January 2021. Lukhele was circulated as a wanted person which culminated in his recent arrest,” Hani said.

He appeared in the Musina Magistrate’s Court to face the charge of fraud on Monday 3 May 2021. 

“The case was remanded to 10 May 2021 and transferred to Cape Town for his follow-up appearance set for the Somerset West Magistrate’s Court,” Hani said.

Meanwhile in an unrelated fraud matter IOL reported that the Hawks had re-arrested a 25-year-old woman who was wanted for alleged fraud after she failed to appear in court.

IOL quoted the Mpumalanga Hawks as saying that Palesa Maje, 25, along with her boyfriend, Bongani Sibuyi, had started an entrepreneurship program at the Bushbuckridge municipality, in which they invited unemployed people to be part of the program and charged them R250 each. IOL reported that more than 350 “qualifying learners” had each deposited an “administration fee” of R250 into a bank account in the name of the couple’s unregistered business, however, the programme never took place.

Mamelodi Sundowns veteran set to say goodbye to Chloorkop

May 4th 2021 at 16:38

Mamelodi Sundowns veteran Tiyani Mabunda will reportedly be released by the defending PSL champions at the end of the season.

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The 33-year-old has been a Mamelodi Sundowns player since 2013 when he signed from Black Leopards and has since racked up 145 appearances across all competitions.

However, the midfielder has fallen out of favour at Chloorkop as co-coaches Manqoba Mngqithi, Rhulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela have preferred to play Rivaldo Coetzee, Andile Jali and Mothobi Mvala in the middle of the park.

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According to Phakaaathi, Mabunda will not be given a new contract at the end of the current campaign and will be free to pursue other opportunities.

His last league appearance for the Brazilians came in February 2020 when he came on as a substitute against Polokwane City.

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Watch: SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites on ‘Star Wars Day’

May 4th 2021 at 16:17

SpaceX on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 – also known as ‘Star Wars Day’ – launched its 25th Starlink mission. It’s the 10th Starlink launch for 2021. Here’s what you need to know.

Starlink 15: Mission details

Trusted Falcon 9 B1049

SpaceX sent the next batch of 60 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The first stage booster B1049 previously also supported the launch of Telstar 18 VANTAGE, Iridium-8, and six other Starlink missions. 

While Space.com points out that the B1049 “won’t make the Kessel Run”, it blasted off just fine from Launchpad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, United States, on Tuesday, 4 May.

Following stage separation, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage booster landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

Watch: Starlink launch, 4 May 2021

A sprinkle of magic on Star Wars Day

Did you know Elon Musk named his family of Falcon rockets after the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars? True story. Furthermore, the family of Dragon spacecraft is named after Puff the Magic Dragon. Now you know!

While today’s launch was the 10th Starlink launch for 2021, it also marked the 13th overall launch for SpaceX this year. Several more launches are planned, another two for May, although dates have not been confirmed as yet.

The Starlink initiative will eventually see 4 409 satellites launched into orbit, followed by a further 7 518 that will do their work at a slightly lower altitude than the rest of the satellites.

Deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed, completing SpaceX’s 10th Starlink mission this year pic.twitter.com/hbL8UV15hk

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 4, 2021

Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship – the 9th landing of this booster pic.twitter.com/wzPjMsu2z3

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 4, 2021

However, launching Internet satellites into space is only part of SpaceX and Starlink’s objective. Musk also plans to use revenue from the Internet coverage mission to develop and build Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rockets.

Also read: Crew-2: All systems go for NASA and SpaceX’s flight to the ISS

Welcome to the ‘Love’ era: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs announces name change

May 4th 2021 at 15:45

The I’ll Be Missing You hitmaker – who has previously been known by various other monikers including Puff Daddy and P. Diddy – has showed off a picture of his driver’s licence, revealing he has dropped John from his legal name.

It’s official: Sean ‘Love’ Combs

Alongside an Instagram post featuring his licence and another photo of him writing “Love” inside a heart alongside different versions of his signature, he wrote: “Look what I just got in the mail today… IT’S OFFICIAL!!! WELCOME TO THE LOVE ERA.(sic)”

He also shared an extract from a court document – which was dated 21 January 2020 – in a second Instagram post and wrote: “Imma need y’all to take me seriously on this one!!! #TheLoveEra LOVE (sic)”

The ‘Brother Love’ era

The 51-year-old rapper first filed a petition in Los Angeles in 2019 for the name change, but two years before then, he announced on Twitter he’d decided he wanted to be known as Brother Love.

He declared in November 2017: “I decided to change my name again! My new name is LOVE aka Brother Love. #TakeDat (sic)”

In an accompanying video, he said: “Hey what’s up y’all? I have some very, very serious news. I’ve been praying on this, and I decided — I know it’s risky, it could come off as corny to some people, like yo — I decided to change my name again.

‘I will not be answering to Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy…’

“I’m just not who I am before. I’m something different. So my new name is Love, AKA Brother Love. I will not be answering to Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy, or any of my other monikers but Love or Brother Love, okay? It’s my birthday, I feel good. God is the greatest, I give all the glory, and I thank my momma and daddy.”

Man of many alter egos

But two days later, he insisted he was “only joking” and was simply introducing a new “alter ego”.

He said: “Due to the overwhelming response to the media out there, and just to not wanting there to be any confusion, I was only joking. I didn’t change my name.

“It was just part of one of my alter egos, and one of my alter egos is Love.

“To set the record straight, because I have a lot of press to do in the next couple weeks, you can address me by any of my older names, but if you still wanna call me Love, you can call me Love, baby. But I was only playing.”

Orlando Pirates latest: Soweto giants give injury update on star trio

May 4th 2021 at 15:44

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer admits the club have a few injury problems with the likes of Thembinkosi Lorch still a doubt for their upcoming matches.

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Orlando Pirates’ next game is a DStv Premiership clash against Black Leopards on Thursday, 6 May (17:00) before another league encounter next week on Tuesday, 11 May when they travel to Stellenbosch.

Lorch won’t be fit in time for the Black Leopards tie, but could start training next Monday or Tuesday, while Happy Jele and Terrence Dzvukamanja are also sidelined.

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“I think Lorch can start [on Monday] or after [on Tuesday], maybe with a training session with the team. I hope‚ I don’t know‚” said the German tactician, as quoted by the Sowetan.

“Hopefully he is available for us in the next game or next games.

“I hope Happy Jele is also ready‚ but he can’t make the long ball and that is the problem. He feels the pain but he is also my club captain‚ and we need the experience he has.”

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He added: “We have a long list of problems.

“Dzvukamanja has now seen a second doctor‚ a specialist. He always has pain in an ankle.

“He got a kick against Al Ahli Benghazi in the other leg and now we have to wait. He is an experienced player and we need him.”

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Orlando Pirates are currently fifth in the standings with 39 points after 24 matches.

Lloyd Harris retires from Round 2 match at Madrid Open

May 4th 2021 at 15:07

South Africa’s No 1-ranked tennis player, Lloyd Harris, has had to withdraw from his second round match at the Madrid Open.

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Harris, 24, had struggled with a lower back injury in his opening round clash against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.

Unfortunately for the Capetonian the injury came back to haunt him as he went down 6-2, 3-0 against Australia’s Alex de Minaur in a match which lasted just 43 minutes.

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Lloyd Harris entered the tournament ranked 54th in the world and will be hoping for a speedy recovery as the year’s second Grand Slam, the French Open at Roland Garros, kicks off on 30 May.

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Lloyd Harris was unable to complete the match due to injury. 🇦🇺 @alexdeminaur advances to the third round.

Next opponent: 🇦🇹 @ThiemDomi
#MMOPEN pic.twitter.com/KS3fKMQdW7

— #MMOPEN (@MutuaMadridOpen) May 4, 2021

UK public obsessed with Googling Prince Charles and his fingers – see why

May 4th 2021 at 14:50

According to website Cornwall Live, the cheeky phrase has made it into the top 10 most popular queries submitted on the search engine in Britain, while “Prince Charles fingers” is the 20th most popular.

The reason for the popularity of the search is because the Prince of Wales – who also holds the title of Duke of Cornwall – suffers from a condition called dactylitis.

prince charles fingers look more like sausage links than fingers pic.twitter.com/2gjsiVK6yK

— jim (@yung__mean) June 13, 2020

Dactylitis: Prince Charles and his ‘sausage fingers’

Dactylitis is severe inflammation of the finger and toe joints which causes them to turn puffy, with the nature of the inflammation causing sufferers digits to resemble sausages. Severe dactylitis can even make your fingers so rigid that you can no longer make a fist.

The name is derived from the Greek word dactylos which means “finger”. Experts say it can be caused by anything from water retention to poor circulation or even arthritis.

The 72-year-old royal isn’t self-conscious about his condition though, and even made a joke about his “sausage fingers” in 2012 during a trip in Australia.

And while visiting India in November 2019, onlookers couldn’t help notice both his hands and feet appeared very inflamed and puffy.

Charles was visiting Gurudwara Bangla Sahib – a Sikh house of worship – to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, when photographers captured his hands looking red and inflamed.

Other popular UK Google searches

Meanwhile, other popular UK Google searches include the late presenter Caroline Flack, Coronavirus symptoms, Coronavirus update, Premier League, Boris Johnson, Eat Out to Help Out, Kobe Bryant and Kim Jong Un.

And the top 10 Google searches worldwide are YouTube, Facebook, Google, Gmail, WhatsApp web, Amazon, Hotmail, Netflix, translate, and traductor, which is “translate” in Spanish.

‘Red Table Talk’ bombshell: Willow Smith admits she is polyamorous

May 4th 2021 at 14:28

The 20-year-old singer, songwriter, record producer and actress revealed on the 28 April episode of her mother’s Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk that she has chosen a  polyamorous lifestyle over monogamy.

ALSO READ: ‘Red Table Talk’: Jada Pinkett Smith back with award-winning entanglement

WHAT IS POLYAMORY? 

Polyamory is the practice of having a romantic relationship with more than one person at a time with the consent of all partners involved. In the episode of Red Table Talk, Willow tries to explain her decision to her mom, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her maternal grandmother, Adrienne “Gammy” Banfield Norris. 

The episode synopsis reads:  

“Gammy tries to understand Willow’s decision to live a polyamorous lifestyle. In a lively generational debate on marriage and monogamy, Willow opens up about her decision to practice ethical non-monogamy.” 

WHY WILLOW CHOOSE POLYAMORY

Willow confessed that she could see herself having more than one partner at the same time and that she had researched the idea of polyamory instead of monogamy.

 According to her, infidelity in marriages is a key reason for her choice as it often results in divorce.

“With polyamory, I feel like the main foundation is the freedom to be able to create a relationship style that works for you and not just stepping into monogamy because that’s what everyone around you says is the right thing to do,” said Willow.

“So I was like, ‘How can I structure the way that I approach relationships with that in mind?’ Also, doing research into polyamory, one of the main reasons why divorces happen is infidelity,” she added. 

GENERATIONAL REACTIONS TO WILLOW’S DECISION

Jada Pinkett Smith came out in support of her daughter’s decision to be polyamorous. When Willow asked her how she felt about it, she had the following to say:

“When you were like, ‘Hey, this is my get down’, I was like, ‘I totally get it’.”

“Wanting to set up your life in a way that you can have what it is that you want, I think anything goes as long as the intentions are clear. You know what I mean? She added.

However, across the table, Gammy had a whole different opinion. She said that she believed in the traditional construct of marriage. While respecting her grandmother’s opinions on marriage, Willow shared some of her own.

“The history of marriage really irks me,” said Willow.

“I feel like the only way that I would get married is — let’s say me and my partner or partners wants to help people and we need to put our finances together in order to make that vision happen. That’s the only way I could see myself getting married,” she added. 

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‘Shoot your shot’ – How the internet reacted to Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce

May 4th 2021 at 14:18

Billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates announced on 3 May 2021 that they’ll be divorcing after nearly three decades of marriage. This has led to many shocked netizens flocking to social media.

Bill and Melinda Gates divorce

Time to part ways

The couple released a statement to say they’ve put a “great deal of thought and a lot of work” into their relationship but felt it was time to end their marriage.

They will continue to work together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. 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 this next phase of our lives”.

Bill Melinda gates divorce
Billionaire Bill and Melinda Gates at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho in 2015. Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Scott Olson

Their daughter, Jennifer Gates, said via Instagram Stories that “it’s been a challenging stretch of time for our whole family”. Jennifer added that she was “still learning how to best support” her own process and emotions.

That said, she’s grateful for having “the space to do so”. She thanked her followers for their support, but said she won’t be commenting further “on anything around the separation”.

Bill and Melinda Gates memes

Bill and Melinda Gates splitting up made me realize that we shouldn’t close this Gate so it’s my Window(s) of time to shoot my shot. He built computers, but I just want to build a relationship with you. He coded software, but I’m always hard(ware) around you. Hope you’re doing ok pic.twitter.com/LcyAs8Ifpm

— hugh g. rection (@sne_jajaja) May 3, 2021

“Seeing Bill and Melinda Gates not Excel at their relationship has me like “Word?” I wish our Windows weren’t closed but you made it a PowerPoint to stay away. Here’s hoping your future has a better Outlook.” pic.twitter.com/jFaVxrhL53

— Oluwajomiloju (@JomiAdeniran) May 3, 2021

Of course, this didn’t prevent social media users from sharing their thoughts about the high-profile couple’s split. From memes and tweets to marriage proposals, here’s the best we could find. There were quite a few masterful wordsmiths out there…

“So the Queen of England is newly single and then suddenly Bill Gates gets a divorce. Are you thinking what I’m thinking”

might as well @BillGates 👀 pic.twitter.com/QbzSIAgSCp

— cum-thulhu (@breezycarter_) May 4, 2021

So the queen of England is newly single and then suddenly Bill gates gets a divorce. Are u thinking wat am thinking🤔😀 pic.twitter.com/1HyBCgRimz

— LYTA💥🇺🇬🇷🇼 (@lytamc_ug) May 4, 2021

DMs and ‘fineapples’

Other users were more direct and slid into Bill’s DM’s without shame. One user, Maddy, sent him a direct message saying she’s available if he needed to talk, while another went the poetic route:

“If you were a fruit, you’d be a fineapple”.

Bill and Melinda Gates getting divorced makes me wonder how long #Melania will last before switching up her “visa sponsor.”

— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) May 4, 2021

Bill and Melinda Gates: “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.” Can our families also have space and privacy from both of you?

— Dr Naomi Wolf (@naomirwolf) May 4, 2021

The phrase “shoot your shot” was also used liberally on Twitter today. Matthew Navarro had a go at shooting his shot and asked if Bill would ever consider “switching teams”.

“These days you gotta think outside the box to get ahead in life. Always be on the lookout for the next big opportunity. Shoot your shot. #melindagates #billgates”

Nobody:@BillGates inbox after announcing a possible divorce: pic.twitter.com/wsL33vGIUq

— Materiallyfe (@MaterialLyfe) May 4, 2021

BILL GATES: sup girl, I’m single now, wanna come back to my place?
HIS PLACE: pic.twitter.com/szJRoAX9fi

— everett byram (@rad_milk) May 4, 2021

Privacy jokes

And then, of course, there were privacy jokes. So many privacy jokes. Author Nick Adams asked: “Anyone else find it ironic Bill Gates is asking for privacy”, while a user known only as John D added:

“Bill Gates wants to track every human being with a microchip implant but also wants you to respect his privacy during this difficult time lol”

John D, Twitter.

@BillGates please reply pic.twitter.com/s91Am7Jg0l

— Julianna Alford (@alfordjulianna) May 4, 2021

billgates got divorced i tried i hope he replies pic.twitter.com/pSIg42X8kq

— Moeez/ baba jaan stan acc (@iamsademojiuser) May 4, 2021

Bill Melinda gates divorce

Billionaire Bill Gates, chairman and founder of Microsoft Corp., and his wife Melinda attend the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho in 2015. Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Scott Olson

The common cold might protect you from the coronavirus – here’s how

May 4th 2021 at 13:46

We often assume that viral infections are caused by individual virus types. But in reality, we’re exposed to many viruses on a day-to-day basis, and co-infection – where someone is simultaneously infected by two or more virus types – is quite common.

The cells lining our throat and lower airways are exposed to the environment around us, making them a prime target for co-infection by respiratory viruses. These range from common-cold-causing rhinoviruses to the more serious influenza viruses, which are often the cause of global pandemics.

Viral interference

One of the most frequent outcomes of co-infection is viral interference, a phenomenon where one virus out-competes and suppresses the replication of the other co-infecting viruses.

Interestingly, a growing body of evidence suggests rhinoviruses may interfere with the replication of other respiratory viruses that tend to be more serious. They may even offer the host temporary protection from them.

The good news is that this appears to include SARS-CoV-2 – the virus responsible for COVID-19. In a new study, rhinoviruses have been shown to suppress the replication of this virus.

Rhinoviruses

The majority of respiratory viruses that infect humans are rhinoviruses (from the Greek “rhino” for “of the nose”). First identified in 1953, rhinoviruses are extremely small respiratory viruses that are present all over the world. As far as we know, they are only capable of infecting humans.

Rhinovirus infections can be serious in some cases. However, they usually infect us to cause the common cold, a relatively mild disease. In response to such an infection, our immune system produces virus-killing molecules called interferons.

The rhinovirus molecule. Image: Adobe Stock

Interferons are produced in response to infections by all types of viruses, but they’re produced much faster and in greater quantities in response to rhinovirus compared to other respiratory viruses.

Despite this, rhinoviruses have evolved complex mechanisms that allow them to evade interferons and replicate efficiently. It’s widely accepted that the rhinovirus-induced interferon response is what produces the symptoms of the common cold, rather than the virus itself.

While rhinoviruses are pretty resistant to interferons, some other respiratory viruses are extremely sensitive to them. Influenza viruses, for example, can’t replicate properly in the presence of interferons.

Protection against more deadly viruses

Since rhinovirus infections trigger such a huge interferon response, researchers had the idea that they might offer protection against infection by more deadly, interferon-sensitive viruses, such as influenza.

In recent years, several research groups have investigated this phenomenon in the lab. They found that when cells are infected with rhinovirus, it triggers an interferon response which prevents them from being infected with the influenza virus.

If rhinovirus infections block the replication of other respiratory viruses, this could affect their spread and patterns of distribution. For instance, evidence suggests that rhinovirus may have interrupted the spread of the H1N1, or “swine flu”, influenza virus during the 2009 global pandemic.

The cold and COVID-19

If rhinovirus infections can interfere with the replication and spread of pandemic influenza viruses, could it do the same for interferon-sensitive coronaviruses, such as SARS-CoV-2?

A team of scientists at the University of Glasgow recently set out to answer this question.

They infected lab-grown layers of cells that replicates the conditions in the human respiratory tract with rhinovirus, SARS-CoV-2 and both viruses simultaneously.

Interestingly, SARS-CoV-2 replicated much slower in the co-infection scenario. But rhinovirus replication didn’t change in the presence or absence of SARS-CoV-2.

Rhinovirus able to suppress replication of SARS-CoV-2

To better replicate real-life conditions, the authors also infected the cells with either rhinovirus or SARS-CoV-2 24 hours prior to co-infecting them with the other virus. Rhinovirus was able to suppress the replication of SARS-CoV-2 regardless of whether it was added before or after SARS-CoV-2, suggesting that rhinovirus infection actively protects the cells from SARS-CoV-2.

Next, the authors wanted to confirm that the inhibitory effect on SARS-CoV-2 replication was specifically caused by a rhinovirus-induced interferon response. They co-infected cells with both rhinovirus and SARS-CoV-2 in the presence of a drug which blocks the virus-killing properties of interferons, called BX795.

In this part of the experiment, BX795 allowed SARS-CoV-2 to replicate at a level comparable to that of a single SARS-CoV-2 infection.

This confirmed that a rhinovirus-induced interferon response is indeed responsible for the block in SARS-CoV-2 replication seen in the co-infection experiments without BX795.

Using mathematical simulations, the authors also found that more frequent rhinovirus infections among the population would result in a reduced rate of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Taken together, these results confirm that rhinovirus infections suppress the replication of SARS-CoV-2, which may in turn reduce the number of new cases among the population.


Innate immunity

So, can rhinoviruses protect us from infection by SARS-CoV-2? The short answer is yes. However, it’s essential to note that the rhinovirus-induced interferon response is an example of innate immunity, meaning that its effect only lasts as long as the invading rhinovirus is in your body.

If you recover from a cold and then come into contact with SARS-CoV-2 a week later, it’s unlikely you will have enough interferons to successfully block the SARS-CoV-2 infection. Long-term immunity, which involves the production of highly specific antibodies, is only obtained by coming into direct contact with the virus in question – either in the wild or by vaccination.

So, if you’re someone who has not yet had COVID-19 or are unvaccinated, you’ll only be protected if you are lucky enough to be infected at the same time that you’re experiencing a cold. Rhinoviruses may play a critical role in controlling the spread of SARS-CoV-2 among the human population. The most effective way, however, probably remains vaccination.

Matthew James, Research Assistant, Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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Kaizer Chiefs result: 10-man Amakhosi beaten by extra-time TTM penalty

May 4th 2021 at 13:01

Kaizer Chiefs were stunned by a late Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila penalty in their DStv Premiership clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday.

AS IT HAPPENED | KAIZER CHIEFS V TTM

Amakhosi coach Gavin Hunt was forced to make a number of changes with as many as SIX players unavailable through injury or suspension.

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To add insult to injury (pardon the pun), Kaizer Chiefs were reduced to 10 men in the 38th minute after midfielder Njabulo Blom was shown a second yellow card.

TTM capitalised on their numerical advantage shortly thereafter when striker Thabo Rakhale scored the opener, giving the home side a 1-0 half-time lead.

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To their credit, Kaizer Chiefs fought hard and were rewarded for their efforts in the 66th minute when midfielder Lebogang Manyama scored the equaliser from the penalty spot.

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With the match seemingly heading for a stalemate, Thabo Mnyamane scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 97th minute.

Despite their defeat, Kaizer Chiefs remained in ninth place in the standings with just four matches remaining. Their hopes of a top-8 finish are dwindling as each match passes.

They will next be in action in a tough-looking match at home against Swallows on Wednesday, 12 May at 17:00.

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Meanwhile, TTM jumped to 14th place and out of the relegation zone.

They will next play in Saturday’s Nedbank Cup final against Chippa United at the Free State Stadium at 18:00.

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TEAMS

TTM

Arubi, Thopola, Nkili, Nonyane, Ravhuhali, Ndlondlo, Rakhale, Timm, Ngema, Mnyamane, Lamola

Substitutes: Mamudzidi, Lukhubeni, Nevhulamba, Manaka, Molongoane, Thangwane, Madhanaga, Rantie, Theron

Kaizer Chiefs

Bvuma, Zulu, Mphahlele, Ngezana, Frosler, Blom, Parker, Baccus, Mashiane, Manyama, Nurkovic

Substitutes: Petersen, Katsande, Castro, Kambole, Agay, Sasman, Ngcobo, Ntiya-Ntiya, Zuma

Portugal extends travel ban on South African nationals

May 4th 2021 at 12:56

Don’t start planning summer holidays on the sunny beaches of the Algarve just yet…Portugal has extended entry restrictions and flight bans aimed at deterring non-essential travel from countries with high coronavirus infection rates until 16 May.

While several countries in Europe are beginning to lift COVID-19 restrictions ahead of the peak summer tourism, Portugal has extended its entry ban on countries with high infection rates.

According to IOL, the restrictions have been raised against nations, including South Africa, Brazil and India, which is a new addition to the list. 

IMPACT OF HIGH COVID-19 INFECTION RATES

Nationals from countries where 500 or more infections per 100 000 people have been reported over a 14-day period, including South Africa and other European nations, such as France and the Netherlands, are barred from entering Portugal unless they have a valid reason, such as for work purposes or seeking healthcare. These visitors are required to quarantine for 14 days.

GRADUAL REOPENING

Portugal’s land border with Spain reopened on Saturday 1 May after more than three months of restrictions and border checks.

People from countries where the infection rate is 150 or more COVID-19 cases per 100 000 inhabitants, including Spain and Germany may now travel to Portugal by air, for essential purposes.

These visitors are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival (taken within 72 hours of departure). Those without this test result will be forced to take a test on arrival and must wait for the result before they will be granted entry.

EASING OF RESTRICTIONS

The extension of Portugal’s air travel restrictions on Saturday 1 May comes at a time when the country moves to the final phase of a gradual easing of its lockdown regulations which were imposed in January 2021.

Schools, restaurants and cafes, shopping malls, museums and other non-essential services have now reopened, but are operating under strict regulations. 

Cape Town City set to replace Riekerink with Tinkler – report

May 4th 2021 at 12:23

Cape Town City are reportedly set to replace coach Jan Olde Riekerink with former mentor Eric Tinkler.

According to Daily Sun, Riekerink will be sacked following City’s decision to place him on ‘administrative leave’ on Monday.

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While City didn’t reveal the reason behind placing the Dutch mentor on administrative leave, the publication reports that this was because the coach had clashed with some of the players.

Now, the Citizens are believed to be considering Tinkler as a possible replacement, and it is reported that the former Orlando Pirates coach would be joining the Mother City-based side alongside Vincent Kobola as his assistant.

Kobola is currently employed as an assistant coach at Baroka FC while Tinkler is still not attached to any team following his departure from Maritzburg United at the start of the season.

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Should the reports prove to be true, Tinkler and Kobola would be returning to the team they led between 2016 and 2017.

Tinkler was the head coach in City’s first season in the PSL, and he would leave the club a year later after receiving an enticing offer from SuperSport United.

At the time, Kobola had already retired from playing and was working hand-in-hand with Tinkler in the Cape Town City technical team.

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Tinkler won the Telkom Knockout Cup in his first season in charge of City, and his relationship with club owner John Comitis is still very good.  

Watch Latest: Sub-antarctic fur seal live rescue on Durban beach

May 4th 2021 at 12:20

An adorable, yet emaciated and exhausted, sub-antarctic fur seal swam many thousands of kilometres before washing up on a beach North of Durban and being taken into the care of rescue workers on Tuesday.

Marshall Security community support spokesperson, Andreas Mathios who was one of the first responders to arrive at the scene said that a man who was walking on the beach had spotted the seal. He told a friend who then called animal rescue workers for assistance.

“The man spotted the seal which had been washed up onto the shore on Tuesday afternoon. The seal appeared to be motionless but when the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) arrived at the scene together with workers from Ushaka Marine World in Durban it was established that the animal was still alive but in a docile state,” Mathios said.

Mathios said the rescue workers carefully approached the animal on the beach.

“Using special marine nets and a carry box the seal was coaxed into the carry box by the team.,” Matthios said.

“Once the seal was secured it was then carried to an awaiting vehicle and taken to Ushaka marine World for evaluation by medical personnel,” Mathios said.

Watch the video of the seal rescue here.

The South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) spokesperson, Ann Kunz, said it was not common for sub-antarctic fur seals to swim along the SA East Coast but two or three were usually spotted at this time of the year. 

“The jury is still out whether it is a male or a female. Sometimes it is hard to tell. It is not a baby but it is young. This poor little one is very thin and in a poor condition, but we have seen them in a similar condition before and there is hope. They travel a very long way but there is always hope,” Kunz said. 

Kunz said the animal health team and vet had examined the seal.

“Right now the vet has given some antibiotics and we have left the seal to rest for the night.”

Meghan Markle has written a children’s book inspired by Prince Harry and Archie

May 4th 2021 at 11:56

Meghan Markle has written her first children’s book, The Bench, about the special bond between father and son – as seen through a mother’s eyes.

Meghan Markle is officially an author

The book, that was illustarted by Christian Robinson, will be released on 8 June (presumably in the United States) and is inspired by Prince Harry and Archie’s close relationship.

“The Bench gives readers a window into shared and enduring moments between a diverse group of fathers and sons – moments of peace and reflection, trust and belief, discovery and learning, and lasting comfort,” said Penguin Random House.

What’s more, Meghan will reportedly narrate the audiobook.

In a statement, the Duchess of Sussex – who is currently expecting her second child, and first daughter with her husband – said of writing the book: “The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.

“That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolour illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”

Royal editor, Omid Scobie reports that the California-based Christian has worked with the Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios. More recently he received a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street.

Great choice of artist. California-based Christian Robinson has worked with the Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios. More recently he (@theartoffunnews) received a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street. pic.twitter.com/bNkY3oY6oV

— Omid Scobie (@scobie) May 4, 2021

For the love of writing

According to Elle, Meghan has previously written a foreword for the Together cookbook she worked on to benefit victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster when she was a senior working member of the royal family. Before meeting Prince Harry, she also authored a blog, The Tig and wrote for various magazines and newspapers, including ELLE UK.

SAFA catches MASSIVE break after Bafana’s SWC 2022 qualifiers delayed

May 4th 2021 at 10:47

Next month’s opening 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifiers for Africa are set to be delayed because a host of stadiums lack Confederation of African Football approval, sources told AFP on Tuesday. 

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According to sources at several football federations in Africa, CAF is planning to postpone the first two days of qualifying from June to September. 

“The CAF emergency committee validated the decision on Monday, we are awaiting the validation of the executive committee” on May 15, a federation president told AFP.

Other leading figures within African football have confirmed the decision. 

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When questioned, CAF did not confirm the postponement and announced that it would communicate on the subject “during the day”.

The six qualifying matchdays would be staggered two-by-two in September, October and November.

According to the same sources the playoffs will take place in March after the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cameroon, itself initially scheduled for 2021 but pushed back to 2022 by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The last-minute postponement has been prompted by the absence of stadiums approved by CAF in 22 of the confederation’s 54 member countries.

Countries including Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal would not be able to play their home matches in June.

There is also no approved stadium in Sierra Leone, who are due to play a delayed AFCON qualifier against Benin in June.

The news will come as music to the ears of the South African Football Association (SAFA) who have still not named the new coach to lead Bafana Bafana into those qualifiers which were, until the delay, due to kick off in the first week in June.

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Take note, Ace: Top ANC figure becomes first to ‘step aside’ due to corruption

May 4th 2021 at 10:42

We have a feeling Ace Magashule will be reading this news from behind the sofa: Mike Mabuyakhulu has taken a very important first step for both himself AND the rest of the ANC – he became the first significant figure in the party to voluntarily ‘step aside’ from his job after being dogged by allegations of corruption.

Who is Mike Mabuyakhulu?

The KZN Provincial Deputy Chair was identified by the ANC Integrity Commission as someone who had committed blatant acts of maladministration. Although he did not resign within the recommended 30-day window, Mabuyakhulu has now laid down the gauntlet for several other major players in the ruling party.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ANC last night instructed the secretary-general’s office to write letters to all members who are affected by the new “step-aside” rule. With Ace Magashule being implicated, however, he has had to hand duties over to Jessie Duarte. Anyone who fails to comply will now be suspended from their roles.

First ANC figure to ‘step aside’ – will Ace Magashule follow?

Mabuyakhulu has become the first person to walk before he could be pushed, and all eyes will soon swivel to Ace Magashule. The party stalwart has dug in stubbornly to ignore the step aside directive so far, but his comrade in KZN could prove to be the first domino of many that fall voluntarily. The deputy chair also released a statement on Tuesday.

“No individual is bigger than the ANC, and all of us should subject ourselves to bonafide ANC decisions. In line with the position adopted by our movement, I hereby respectfully tender my resignation. I will step aside from my position as the Provincial Deputy Chairperson of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal.”

“My decision to step aside should be communicated to all members of the party, as well as the general public. It has not been difficult to arrive at this decision, and I would have tendered this letter much earlier – but I learned there was a meeting of national officials that would give more clarity and guidance on the ‘step aside resolution’.”

ANC KZN Deputy Chairperson Mike Mabuyakhulu has stepped aside in position in the KZN province. He is leading by example.

We will wait for rest to follow ✊🏾✊🏾#StateCaptureCommission#PleaseCallMe pic.twitter.com/Yy2rQoPBC7

— Keabetswe Nkosazana Manyobe (@KBmanyobe) May 4, 2021

Kaizer Chiefs vs Tshakhuma: DStvPrem LIVE UPDATES AND STREAMING

May 4th 2021 at 10:27

Kaizer Chiefs will be desperate to get back to winning ways this afternoon when they travel to Limpopo to face Tshakhuma FC and you can you can follow all of the live action below.

Tshakhuma have earned three victories in their last five matches however they still find themselves in the relegation zone and will be desperate for a victory today.

Gavin Hunt’s Kaizer Chiefs on the other hand have won just once in their last seven matches, ironically against the then unbeaten Mamelodi Sundowns, and head into today’s fixture in ninth place on the log standings.

Follow all of the live action from this afternoon’s crunch DStv Premiership clash between the Amakhosi and Tshakhuma below

Tshakhuma vs Kaizer Chiefs: LIVE UPDATES

Starting lineups

Tshakhuma XI: Arubi, Thopola, Nkili, Nonyane, Ravhuhali, Ndlondlo, Rakhale, Timm, Ngema, Mnyamane, Lamola.

Subs: Mamudzidi, Lukhubeni, Nevhulamba, Manaka, Molongoane, Thangwane, Madhanaga, Rantie, Theron.

Kaizer Chiefs XI: Bvuma, Zulu, Ngezana, Frosler, Mphahlele, Blom, Parker, Baccus, Mashiane, Manyama, Nurkovic.

Subs: Petersen, Katsande, Castro, Agay, Kambole, Sasman, Ngcobo, Ntiya-Ntiya, Zuma.

It’s make or break – Hunt

“The line-up has to change. People are getting injured and suspended when you play so many games. It’s only natural that players get injured, so we have a few problems.” Kaizer Chiefs head coach Gavin Hunt said.

“We have to use the squad and anyone who steps in, we have total faith in them. We need to be positive and play. We have five league games to go and we have not secured our place in the top eight yet. It’s going to be a big ask but we can do it.

“Obviously CAF games are around the corner in between all of this so we will be travelling. And locally we have to come back to Limpopo and go further north to Venda to play Black Leopards, which is a long trip that’s going to be in between Kaizer Chiefs’ CAF quarter-final games.”

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Tshakuma vs Kaizer Chiefs: Kick-off time and live streaming

Action at the Thohoyandou stadium gets underway at 17:00. The match will be televised live on Supersport PSL while this website will also be providing you with live coverage under our ‘LIVE UPDATES’ heading above.

You can also live stream today’s DStv Premiership clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Tshakhuma on Multichoice’s streaming platform DStv Now (Subscription required).

Siya Kolisi’s autobiography ‘Rise’ on shelves in September

May 4th 2021 at 10:21

Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi has confirmed on his social media pages that his autobiography entitled “Rise” will be available from September 2021.

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In 2018 Siya Kolisi became the first black captain in the Springboks’ 128-year history and he led the side to the 2019 Rugby World Cup title in Japan.

Siya Kolisi confirmed on his Instagram page on Tuesday that:

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I’m excited and delighted to announce my book, Rise, will be launching in September. 
 
It is rare for a player to release their autobiography during their career but someone else had other ideas and released a book about me without my consent and so I wanted to give you all the opportunity to read my real story. 
 
You can pre-order it now. Links in my bio. If you are based in the UK, you can also order signed copies exclusively from Waterstones.com. 

 
South African signed copies will be announced in due course – keep an eye out!
 
I believe in lifting as you rise, and will be donating a portion of the proceeds towards community development around the country.
 
Thanks for all your support, and god bless.
 
#RISE #RISEBOOK #BEREADY

Large hunk of space junk to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere in the coming days

May 4th 2021 at 10:10

A piece of the Long March 5B rocket – which was successfully launched for China’s orbital space station on 28 April 2021 – is hurtling back towards Earth. And scientists are unsure of where it will land.

As reported by Space News, the rocket could land anywhere between New York and New Zealand. It could also land in a populated area. While it’s not unusual for space junk to return to Earth, an uncontrolled entry could be catastrophic.

The Long March 5B rocket returns to Earth

The Long March 5B rocket could still de-orbit before it reaches Earth. However, at the time of publishing, it was still on a course for our beloved planet.

Scientists confirmed that the rocket is moving at speeds exceeding 27 000 kilometres an hour at an altitude of more than 300 kilometres. That’s so fast that it’s currently orbiting Earth every 90 minutes.

Astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University, Jonathan McDowell, succinctly said, “it is potentially not good”. You don’t say… McDowell added:

“Last time they launched a Long March 5B rocket, they ended up with big long rods of metal flying through the sky and damaging several buildings in the Ivory Coast. Most of it burned up, but there were these enormous pieces of metal that hit the ground”.

No injuries were reported during the last incident. McDowell also explains that some pieces of the rocket may survive re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. It would be “the equivalent of a small plane crash scattered over 100 miles”.

First uncontrolled entry in decades

This would be the biggest uncontrolled entry in 31 years; since nothing heavier than 10 tonnes had been negligently left in orbit since 1990. The Long March 5B rocket weighs approximately 21 tonnes…

“What’s bad is that it’s really negligent on China’s part. Things more than ten tonnes, we don’t let them fall out of the sky uncontrolled deliberately”.

Areas within a possible crash radius include New York, Madrid, Beijing, Southern China and New Zealand. Researchers predict the rocket will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere on 10 May, give or take a day or two.

Once the rocket is six hours away from impacting Earth, scientists would be able to more accurately predict where it will land.

What is the Long March 5B rocket?

It’s part of China’s launch of the first module for the Heavenly Palace orbital space station. The launch is considered “a milestone in Beijing’s ambitious plan to establish a permanent human presence in space.”

The Tianhe core module, which houses life support equipment and a living space for astronauts, was launched from Wenchang in China’s tropical Hainan province on a Long-March 5B rocket on 29 April.

On the day of the historic launch, Chinese President Xi Jinping called the space station a key step in “building a great nation of science and technology” in a congratulatory message.

The Tiangong space station, whose name means “Heavenly Palace”, is expected to be operational by 2022. It will take approximately another 11 missions to deliver more modules and assemble the station in orbit.

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A Long March 5B rocket, carrying China’s Tianhe space station core module, lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China’s Hainan province on April 29, 2021. Photo by STR/AFP/China OUT

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A Long March 5B rocket, carrying China's Tianhe space station core module, lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan province on April 29, 2021. Photo by STR/AFP/China OUT

‘Men in Black’ star Will Smith opens up about his new ‘roll’

May 3rd 2021 at 09:12

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star took to social media to be “real” with his fans about his current life status, as he admitted he is in the worst shape following the coronavirus pandemic.

Taking to Instagram, he wrote: “I’m gonna be real wit y’all – I’m in the worst shape of my life. (sic)”

Will Smith ponders political career

Meanwhile, Smith recently revealed he’s open to a political career.

The 52-year-old actor said: “I think for now I’ll let that office get cleaned up a little bit and then I’ll consider that at some point down the line. I don’t know, it’s like, I absolutely have an opinion, I’m optimistic, I’m hopeful, I believe in understanding between people and I believe in the possibility of harmony…So, I will certainly do my part, whether it remains artistic or, at some point, ventures into the political arena.”

Family man and troubled childhood

Will also opened up about fatherhood, admitting he “cried so hard” when his first child was born.

He said: “From the time I was six years old, I wanted to be a father. I loved how my family was but there were massive critical deficiencies in my father’s parenting that I wanted to correct.

“By the time I was 10 years old, I remember looking at my father and thinking that I could do it better than him. My father had a little bit of a temper. I was a gentle kid, like, I was not a kid that you had to slap or punch or beat. So growing up in a household where physical aggression was approved of, that really chaffed my hide. That hurt my spirit.”

And asked what it was like when Trey was born, Smith added:

“I think that was my first moment of the real weight of parenting. I brought him home, and I remember we put him in the bassinet…and it was like stark terror. It was like, ‘I’m totally responsible for this life’. I just cried so hard. It makes me teary right now. I thought like, ‘I can’t do it. I’m not the guy.’

“Oh man, I just knew I didn’t know nothing. Oh man, I’m going to need to get myself together. I’m going to have to walk this one off…I need a tissue. See, I thought the red couch wouldn’t get me like this.”

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Lloyd Harris’ giant-killing act continues at Madrid Open

May 3rd 2021 at 09:06

South Africa’s top-seeded ATP Tour player, Lloyd Harris, continued his fine run of form in 2021 with a marathon victory in the opening round of the Madrid Open.

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The 24-year-old Capetonian edged Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) in a match which lasted two hours and 28 minutes.

Harris, who struggled with a lower back injury from the second set onwards, ultimately prevailed on his sixth match point.

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Lloyd Harris entered the tournament ranked 54th in the world.

Harris will face Australia’s Alex de Minaur in the next round.

Meanwhile, neither Kevin Anderson nor Raven Klaasen are entered in this week’s clay-court tournament.

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Harris survives but only just… 😅

🇿🇦 @lloydharris63 beats Dimitrov on his sixth match point to win 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 at the #MMOPEN. pic.twitter.com/YZeGPYdF2d

— ATP Tour (@atptour) May 3, 2021

Newspaper front pages from around the world, Monday 3 May 2021

May 3rd 2021 at 09:00

Here are the news stories that made the front pages of newspapers around the world. Today’s Newspaper fronts for Monday 3 May 2021 – Newspapers across the globe.

NEW YORK TIMES – HOW THE FIREARMS LOBBY HAMSTRINGS THE ATF

THE WASHINGTON POST – TALIBAN WIDENS CONTROL OF ROADS

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – BIDEN’S BID TO CONTAIN DEFICIT AND SPEND BIG FACES HURDLES

DAILY MAIL – A TRIUMPH FOR DECENCY

THE GUARDIAN – SENIOR TORY SAYS JOHNSON SHOULD QUIT IF HE BROKE DONATION RULES

THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS – SAFFRON CURVE FLATTENED

THE JAPAN TIMES – BIDEN’S FIRST 100 DAYS HIGHLIGHT FOCUS ON ASIA

CHINA DAILY – XI SENDS CONDOLENCES TO ISRAEL AFTER DEADLY STAMPEDE

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3-May-Washington-P

3-May-Wall-Street-J

3-May-Daily-M

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Cape Town City place coach Jan Olde Riekerink on ‘administrative leave’

May 3rd 2021 at 08:52

There’s drama down in the Cape after Cape Town City FC placed head coach Jan Olde Riekerink on “administrative leave” with “immediate effect”.

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The DStv Premiership confirmed the news on their Twitter account on Monday, adding that assistant coach Diogo Peral will take charge of the team until further notice.

Riekerink, 58, was named Cape Town City coach in November 2019 following Benni McCarthy’s departure.

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Despite their struggles in recent weeks – which included a 5-1 home defeat against AmaZulu and a 1-0 loss to strugglers TTM – Cape Town City find themselves in seventh place in the DStv Premiership standings and virtually assured of their place in next season’s MTN8.

They will next be in action away to Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday, 12 May at 19:30.

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The club can confirm that it has placed coach Jan Olde Riekerink on administrative leave, with immediate effect.

Club assistant coach Diogo Peral will take charge of the team until further notice. pic.twitter.com/A4LYgR4OdK

— Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) May 3, 2021

EXCLUSIVE | Zuma weighs in on McCarthy to Bafana Bafana debate

May 3rd 2021 at 08:22

Bafana Bafana legend Sibusiso Zuma has thrown his weight behind former teammate and AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy for the national team job.

McCarthy is reported to be the frontrunner for the Bafana Bafana plumb job following the South African Football Association’s (SAFA) failure to finalize the deal with Carlos Queiroz among other candidates.

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SAFA was expected to announce Molefi Ntseki’s successor over a week ago but that didn’t happen with the postponement of the announcement made public just hours before what was a scheduled press conference and unveiling of a new coach.

While SAFA released a statement on reports linking Benni McCarthy with the Bafana Bafana job, Zuma believes there’s no better candidate for the job than the former Porto FC striker.    

“As somebody I played with, I saw that Benni was always someone who wanted to end up coaching. He was always interested in the tactical part of football,” Zuma told TheSouthAfrican.com.

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Zuma has been following McCarthy’s coaching career closely, and he feels what his former Bafana Bafana teammate did at Cape Town City and is currently doing at AmaZulu could benefit the country’s football.  

“At Cape Town City… not really following closely but I saw Cape Town City playing a very attacking and beautiful football.

“Right now at AmaZulu, he just changed the whole team and they are number two in the league right now. He’s doing well for himself and the South African football as well,” he added.  

“So, as South Africa, I think we have a favourable chance of building with one of our own coaches; someone who won the (UEFA) Champions League, someone who was coached by top coaches.”

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Zuma said McCarthy is his favourite for the job, adding that he’s 100 percent behind his possible appointment as Bafana Bafana coach.

“I believe he’s the number one candidate right now and my favourite. I am 100 percent behind him for this job and I hope he gets it because it’s important for the country so that he can start changing things for us and for the guys who are playing right now. I think there is going to be an improvement,” he continued.     

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Asked if the perception that McCarthy may not be ready to coach at a national team level coupled with the fact that he’s only 43-years-old, Zuma said: “I don’t know what people say. I know what Benni has done. I saw him when he was playing and winning the Champions League.

“So, I don’t know if age is a matter in what we are talking about but we need to give our people a chance,” concluded Zuma.    

Josef Zinnbauer defends selfless leader Thulani Hlatshwayo

May 3rd 2021 at 07:55

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has leapt to the defence of Thulani Hlatshwayo following their 3-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.

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The Bafana Bafana captain has experienced a dip in form in recent games, having scored an own-goal in the 1-1 draw with Swallows before a blunder which led to Mamelodi Sundowns’ second goal on Sunday.

However, Josef Zinnbauer has emphasised the positive impact Thulani Hlatshwayo has had at the club both on and off the pitch and called for patience as the former Wits defender is also still settling in at the Buccaneers.

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“I don’t want to talk a lot about mistakes by my players, we do this internally. But I can say that it is always in a situation where players have bad times and good times,” said Josef Zinnbauer, as quoted by Soccer Laduma.

“When we talk about the start of the season, he was very strong for us, he is a leader and he fights.

“At the moment, you can see he is a bit unlucky, but he played a lot of games without breaks, he is always on the field fighting. He is always training 100 percent, he goes forward, he leads the team.

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“It is not so easy when we speak about a leader, when we speak about a captain. He is not alone on the field and after training sessions, he doesn’t say it’s finished for me, no. During training, before training and after training he has talks with the young players.

“He leads the guys, he gives them motivation and he gives the young players and others who have some problems, he gives them direction in the squad.

“He is everywhere and it’s not easy for us to say he can focus on himself. We need to give him a bit more time and maybe he can rest and recover. He is a big player and a national team player,” Josef Zinnbauer concluded.

NSFAS Funds Latest: 440 000 ‘irregular’ records, ghost students

May 3rd 2021 at 07:29

Desperately financially needy students have expressed their outrage on Twitter after it emerged in the Auditor General’s (AG) findings on the National Student Financial Aid Scheme’s (NSFAS) annual report that the entity allegedly incurred R50.1 billion in irregular expenditure and that “ghost students” had allegedly received funding.

According to the NSFAS 2019/20 annual report there were some 440 000 “irregular” student records that had been picked up and an undisclosed number of “ghost students” had been funded.

“Evidence of syndicated fraud and corruption led to ‘ghost students’ being funded, students entering the system without eligibility checks with the improved validation using South African Revenue Service (SARS) data, identification of students from high income families receiving NSFAS bursaries,” Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande noted in his foreword in the report.

“This evidence was handed over to the law enforcement agencies, and some of the NSFAS staff members were arrested. I have also established a Ministerial Task Team (MTT) to assist in the review of the core business processes and systems of NSFAS, with a view to informing the work of the entity into the future.”

Unimpressed students took to Twitter to express their frustration:

😭😭Mina I am senior student and I was funded last year but this year it cutted me off. I don't know for what reason cause I passed 90% of my modules. That time I registered free for 2021 but when I check they say I'm not funded

I am kicked out of res 😭

— Busisiwe Reabetswe (@Priim_25) May 3, 2021

According to the annual report 40% of the 440 000 irregular records had been “remediated with corrective actions on the financial statement instituted”. This means that more than half of the 440 000 irregular records could still remain in the system unchecked.

“Forensic investigations identified several facets of maladministration ranging from abuse of human resource processes to fraud and corruption. Irregular appointments of senior executives and unauthorised upgrading of posts remains some of the challenges that had to be addressed.”

NSFAS said in the report that criminal syndicates, extending over the Higher Education (HE) sector, had been revealed by its hotline and whistle-blowers. “Staff members had been dismissed and criminal charges handed over to specialised prosecutions agencies,” NSFAS said.

NSFAS has received qualified audit reports from the AG with irregular expenditure noted over the past three years.

According to the AG’s report to the Report of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology on the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)2019/20 Financial and Service Delivery Performance NSFAS had disclosed cumulative irregular expenditure amounting to R6.8 billion. Of this irregular expenditure, R6.3 billion was a carry-over balance from the prior year and R522.3 million was incurred in the 2019/20 financial year. For the year under review, the irregular expenditure amounting to R522.3 million was incurred due to “Non-Compliance with Laws and Regulations (NOCLAR)” and R219 000 incurred due to invalid variation.

However, the committee noted that the Auditor General of South Africa (AG) had raised further concerns relating to additional irregular expenditure amounting to R50.1 billion that was not disclosed as NSFAS has not included the required information on irregular expenditure in the notes to the financial statements, as required by section 55(2)(b)(i) of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA).

@MsNtfulini Tweeted regarding the NSFAS findings: “Some of us are in Universities but still waiting to be funded, imagine Academic year started on Feb but dololo NSFAS”.

Nafiz Modack: ‘Gang boss’ charged with attempted hit on William Booth

May 3rd 2021 at 07:22

Cape Town businessman and alleged underworld leader Nafiz Modack appeared at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday 3 May and was charged along with several others of a range of crimes relating to the attempted murder of prominent Cape Town attorney William Booth, as well as a host of extortion and kidnapping related charges. 

Modack was charged  alongside Jacques Cronje and Ricardo Morgan, who were also arrested after a dramatic high-speed car chase on Friday. The cases were all postponed until Friday 7 May, with the accused remanded in custody until then. 

Interest in Modack’s appearance has travelled right to the top of South Africa’s law enforcement hierarchies, with Police Minister Bheki Cele in attendance along with acting provincial Police Commissioner Major General Thembisile Patekile and Major General Jeremy Vearey. 

‘More charges expected’ for Modack  

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson in the Western Cape, Eric Ntabazalila, said that the three men are charged with intimidation, kidnapping, extortion, money laundering and contravention of the Electronic Communications Act.

Modack and Morgan were also charged separately with conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and illegal pinging relating to the attempted murder of Booth. Booth narrowly avoided an assassination attempt at his home in April 2020. Zane Kilian, the man accused of masterminding the murder of top Cape Town detective Charl Kinnear last year has also been charged with involvement in the Booth case. 

Missing from the charges distributed to Modack and his co-accused on Monday was any link to Kinnear’s death, despite the Hawks having said that their arrests on Friday related to the murder of a cape town police officer. 

“On the first five charges, the State informed the court that more charges are likely to be added and more accused are also likely to be added. I would like to add and emphasise that there is no murder charge faced by the accused who appeared today,” said Ntabazalila. 

Cele lauds arrest of ‘big fish’  

Modack was further charged separately from the other two accused of attempted murder, reckless driving and resisting arrest. “This relates to an incident where he and his co-accused were arrested. All the cases have been postponed to Friday,” said Ntabazalila. 

Police Minster Bheki Cele said after the hearing that he is pleased with the efforts of agencies that carried out the arrests and prepared the mountainous charge sheet against the alleged gang leaders, saying that there is a clear escalation of efforts to rid the province of its underworld scourge. 

“I came here to say ‘bravo’ to the team who is dealing with this case. There has been a call all the time saying that we are dealing with small fish, but it looks like the guys have upped their game. Keep it up, you are doing the good work.”

Massive transfer news: Pitso Mosimane issues instruction: Get me Peter Shalulile!

May 3rd 2021 at 07:14

Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has reportedly told the club to pursue the signing of Mamelodi Sundowns striker Peter Shalulile.

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An unnamed source, quoted by Phakaaathi, claims that the Namibia international has shot to the top of Pitso Mosimane’s list of transfer targets.

The former Masandawana mentor is looking to build his own team at the Egyptian giants and is seemingly eager to make Shalulile one of his first signings.

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The former Highlands Park star joined the Brazilians at the start of the season and has been a revelation, scoring 17 goals and providing eight assists in 32 games across all competitions.

Thanks to his heroics in the Mamelodi Sundowns shirt, Peter Shalulile is said to have also attracted interest from an unspecified club in France.

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Breaking: SA bans captive breeding for trophy hunting, lion bone trade

May 3rd 2021 at 06:40

Creecy announced at a stakeholder’s feedback meeting in Pretoria on Sunday 2 May that South Africa will no longer breed captive lions, keep lions in captivity, or use captive lions or their derivatives commercially.

The minister has instructed her department to put processes in place to halt the sale of captive lion derivatives (including the appropriate disposal of existing lion bone stockpiles and lion bone from euthanised lions); the hunting of captive bred lions; tourist interactions with captive lions (including so-called voluntourism and cub petting).

Captive lion breeding a risk to wild lion conservation

“The [High-Level] Panel identified that the captive lion breeding industry poses risks to the sustainability of wild lion conservation resulting from the negative impact on ecotourism, which funds lion conservation and conservation more broadly, the negative impact on the authentic wild hunting industry, and the risk that trade in lion parts poses to stimulating poaching and illegal trade,” said Creecy in her announcement yesterday.

The department will be initiating processes to implement these majority recommendations by the High-Level Panel (HLP), established by the minister in October 2019, in order to mitigate these risks and shift away from this abhorrent industry.

‘Cruel and unethical industry’ – Blood Lions

“Blood Lions has campaigned against this cruel and unethical industry and its spin-off activities for many years, and we are extremely happy by the minister’s decision to bring an end to the commercial captive lion breeding industry,”, said Blood Lions director and campaign manager Dr Louise de Waal.

“We commend the minister in her decisive leadership, and we would welcome the chance to play a role in assisting her, the various departments and entities in the phasing out process to come.”

12,000 lions, thousands of other big cats in captivity in SA

Currently, 8,000 to 12,000 lions and thousands of other big cats, including tigers and cheetahs, are bred and kept in captivity in more than 350 facilities in mostly the Free State, North West, Limpopo and Eastern Cape provinces. These predators are bred for commercial purposes, including interactive tourism, “canned” hunting, lion bone trade and live exports.

Blood Lions and the World Animal Protection, together with many other stakeholders in the animal welfare and conservation sectors, made a wealth of compelling science-based evidence available to the HLP in written and oral submissions in 2020.

Image: Supplied by Blood Lions

Reasons provided to phase out the commercial captive lion breeding industry in South Africa included among others the risk of zoonosis, animal welfare concerns, the unregulated nature of the industry, the fragmented policies pertaining this sector, as well as damage to South Africa’s tourism and conservation reputation and threats to the wild lion population from poaching.

“By working together, we can ensure that lions remain where they belong – in the wild. We stand ready to offer our expertise, working collaboratively with governments, NGOs and the tourism industry to find practical solutions,” said World Animal Protection wildlife campaign manager (Africa) Edith Kabesiime.

Move towards ecologically sustainable use of natural resources

By implementing a ban on the use of captive lions and their derivatives, in conjunction with a breeding ban and an immediate end to all activities involving captive bred lions, DFFE will effectively take the lead towards a greener and more responsible South Africa. These are the first steps in shifting away from commodifying our wildlife, while moving towards a true “ecologically sustainable…use of natural resources”, as described in Section 24 in the Bill of Rights of our Constitution.

“Opposing this brutal industry has been a long journey. Our ultimate objective has always been to end the captive lion breeding industry, and after so many setbacks, we sense an important change in attitude. We applaud the minister, her department and the HLP. Going forward, we hope to be of assistance to them in closing down the industry,” said Blood Lions directors Ian Michler and Pippa Hankinson.

Image: Supplied by Blood Lions

Widespread condemnation of captive lion industry

Given the considerable scale of farming and trade of captive lions in our country, the recommendations that came out of the HLP consultations concur with the views held among the global conservation community, welfare organisations, hunting bodies and the general public, who all condemn the industry. 

“The only effective way to safeguard both people and animals throughout this industry is to conduct a phased shift away from commercial captive predator breeding operations,” De Waal stated.

“These steps will not only ensure improved welfare conditions for captive lions and other big cats, health and safety of the public at large, but also the protection of wild lions and the safeguarding of Brand South Africa from reputational damage, as the minister acknowledged in her statement this morning.”

‘Courageous’ move by government a ‘win for wildlife’

“Thousands of farmed lions are born into a life of misery in South Africa every year in cruel commercial breeding facilities. This latest move by the government of South Africa is courageous – taking the first steps in a commitment to long-lasting and meaningful change. This is a win for wildlife,” added Kabesiime.

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Double injury scare for Mamelodi Sundowns ahead of Al Ahly showdown

May 3rd 2021 at 05:44

Mamelodi Sundowns received a double injury scare ahead of their CAF Champions League quarter-final against Egyptian giants Al Ahly.

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After a three-match winless run in the DStv Premiership, Mamelodi Sundowns beat Orlando Pirates 3-0 in a convincing performance.

All three goals came in the second half at the Orlando Stadium courtesy of Ricardo Nascimento from the penalty spot (58th minute), Peter Shalulile (76th) and Lyle Lakay (80th minute).

The victory moved the Brazilians back to the top of the log.

However, their afternoon wasn’t all positive after both striker Kermit Erasmus and midfielder Aubrey Modiba picked up injuries.

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Kermit Erasmus fell to the ground after a collision at the end of the first half left him with an injury to his left foot.

The 30-year-old was unable to continue and was substituted at half-time by Gift Motupa.

Then in the 63rd minute Mamelodi Sundowns were hit by another injury to Aubrey Modiba who was brought off for Lyle Lakay.

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The quarter-final draw of the CAF Champions League saw Mamelodi Sundowns pitted against Al Ahly in the stand-out tie of the playoffs.

Al Ahly will host Mamelodi Sundowns in the first leg in Egypt on the weekend of 14-16 May, with the second leg match will be held in South Africa on 21-23 May.

Masandawana will be holding thumbs their star duo will be fit to board the plane to Cairo next week.

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‘All the Feels’: Natasha Joubert ‘excited’ as she makes her way to the US for Miss Universe

May 3rd 2021 at 05:06

After SA’s Zozibini Tunzi made history as the longest-reigning Miss Universe – due to the coronavirus pandemic – organisers are set to finally welcome the contestants of Miss Universe this May. One of these includes South Africa’s very own Natasha Joubert who is leaving for the states on 3 May 2021.

According to TimesLive, the BCom graduate launched Natalia Jefferys, the Pretoria-based fashion label she runs with her mother, in 2016, which specialises in couture for matric farewells and weddings. In an Instagram post, Natasha, who designed her own outfit for the event, said that she is very excited:

“ALL the feels…I’m leaving on the 3rd of May! I can’t contain my excitement! Thank you to every single person for supporting me & sharing so much love. South Africa, here we go.”

Representing South Africa on a global stage

Meanwhile, the Miss South Africa organisation also took to Instagram to say that they are ready to send Natasha off to the Miss Universe competition.

“It’s been six months of preparation and a lifetime of moulding. We are now getting ready to send Natasha off to represent South Africa on a global stage! Comment down below to show your love to Natasha as she starts packing for Miss Universe.”

When will the 2021 Miss Universe pageant take place?

The Miss Universe pageant will take place in Florida in the US on 16 May (2:00 to 5:00 on 17 May SAST). The reigning Miss Universe, SA’s Zozibini Tunzi, will be in attendance to crown her successor.

Natasha Joubert’s National Costume

Another aspect fans are looking forward to is Natasha’s national costume which is usually a highlight of the event. Natasha’s national costume was designed by South African fashionista Gert-Johan Coetzee and unveiled earlier this year. She will also wear an evening gown by Jolandie Fouche of Jolache Couture — one of several Fouche has made for the event.

“I will be carrying the children of South Africa with me when I walk onto the international stage in my national costume, as the fabric wings of my unique gown have been printed with drawings made by young children from Diepsloot and Randburg,” Natasha explained. “The artwork tells the story of pre-school children’s very personal experiences of lockdown and how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted their young lives.”

Helicopter Crash Latest: Two killed, watch rescue workers at crash scene

May 3rd 2021 at 04:50

Two people have been killed in a helicopter crash in the Umgeni River near the N2 freeway in Springfield Park.

Paramedics and rescue workers battled to access the helicopter crash site in the water to retrieve the two bodies.

The helicopter crashed into the Umgeni River near the Umgeni Road/ N2 freeway interchange just after 08:30 on Monday morning ALS paramedics spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said. 

Unconfirmed reports have indicated that the helicopter was a small aircraft ordinarily used to spray chemicals and that the two men who are reported to be aged between 30 and 40 were a pilot and student. 

“KZN VIP Medical Paramedics arrived on the scene to find that a helicopter had crashed into the Umgeni River near the N2 freeway. Advanced life Support Paramedics and a rescue team used a rope system and boats to try gain access to the patients in the thick swamp area,” Jamieson said,

“Once the two occupants were located they were assessed by paramedics however they had sustained fatal injuries and were declared deceased on the scene.  The area has been closed off by the police while recovery takes place and for investigations,” Jamieson said.

Watch the rescue operation here:

At this stage the events leading up to the crash are unknown however SAPS are on the scene and will be investigating further.

An unconfirmed report has indicated that a bird flew into the aircraft’s propellor and caused the helicopter crash.

Marshall Security community support spokesperson, Andreas Mathios, was one of the first responders at the scene of the helicopter crash. He said there was “absolute chaos” in the area of the helicopter crash. 

AB de Villiers’ Bangalore v Kolkata IPL clash rescheduled due to Covid

May 3rd 2021 at 04:36

Monday’s IPL clash between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore has been rescheduled after two players tested positive for Covid-19.

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KKR bowlers Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier both failed their Covid-19 tests, the first players of the 2021 season to do so.

Despite the rest of the team testing negative, ESPN reports that the IPL has asked the KKR team to isolate for three days.

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Spinner Chakravarthy recently left the bio-bubble of the IPL through official channels to get a scan on his shoulder at a local hospital, where he may have been exposed.

The news comes after the BCCI reassured all IPL players that they were safe in the bio-bubble despite the nation going through a deadly second wave of the pandemic.

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Zinnbauer: Orlando Pirates didn’t train for the Mamelodi Sundowns game

May 3rd 2021 at 04:00

Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer has revealed that his side had no training session for the Mamelodi Sundowns game on Sunday.

But that’s partly understandable and here is why…

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Pirates played Enyimba away on 28 April, meaning they only had a three-day window to return home and plan for table-toppers Sundowns.

Sundowns hammered the Buccaneers 3-0 on the day, and while the majority blame Zinnbauer and the club’s defence, in particular Thulani Hlatshwayo for the loss, the German mentor saw things differently.   

“We had no training session. You need power for this game. It’s always the same players on the field,” said Zinnbauer after the game.

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“It wasn’t our defensive structure that was the problem; it was more concentration from the passing line,” he added.

Furthermore, Zinnbauer blamed injuries after the defeat, saying Pirates missed the presence of players such as Happy Jele, Thembinkosi Lorch and Terrence Dzvukamanja who are all out injured.

“We have to understand [that] we have so many injured players at the moment. We had a long travel in the last two days.

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“You need special players like Happy Jele, Lorch, Dzvukamanja. They have the experience in these games,” added Zinnbauer.  

Helicopter Crash Latest: Watch rescue near Umgeni Road in Durban

May 3rd 2021 at 03:38

Paramedics have responded to the scene of a helicopter crash in Durban near the Umgeni Road Interchange in the vicinity of the N2 bridge on Monday morning. 

ALS Paramedics spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said paramedics had received several reports of the helicopter crash. The helicopter crashed into the Umgeni River.

“ALS paramedics have received multiple calls of a helicopter crash hear the Umgeni interchange off the N2 bridge at this stage units almost on scene and bystanders standing by. SAPS search and Rescuers  is at the scene. The number of casualties and fatalities is unknown at this stage,” Jamieson sai

Jamieson said that when paramedics arrived at the scene a few minutes later it had become evident that access to the scene of the crash was going to be extremely difficult. 

“KZN VIP Paramedics together with Durban Fire and SAPS Search and Rescue are currently on the scene of a helicopter crash near the Umgeni river. It is actually under the service road between Umgeni Road and Inanda Road. There are injuries on the scene, it is extremely difficult to access. Rescuers are on the site and ambulances are making their way through to assist,” he said.

Watch the rescue video here:

Marshall Security community support spokesperson, Andreas Mathios, was one of the first responders at the scene of the crash. He said there was “absolute chaos” in the area of the helicopter crash. This is a developing story and further updates will be provided.

Master KG and Ndlovu Youth Choir clocks in one million views for Africa Rising

May 3rd 2021 at 03:38

In April 2021, Jerusalema hitmaker Master KG, and the soul-stirring Ndlovu Youth Choir, performed live from Robben Island for the Africa Rising global live stream and the Live Love non-profit in aid of #FeedOurCrew and Bridges For Music.

The event was organised as COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the live events community and those behind the scenes that are a big part of concerts, theatres and live productions.  

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About Africa Rising

The performance was live streamed globally for free, breaking Africa streaming records with over one million views to date on Facebook.

Ryan Christian, show director of Africa Rising said that it was a privilege to work again.

“The last event of this magnitude was in February 2020, pre lockdown. I could not think of a better way to emerge from our hiatus and kick off our industry than be part of an event with this calibre of talent. We can’t wait to showcase Africa Rising to the rest of the continent, and bring the work of African artists to life in iconic Africa spaces. Most importantly, it is an honour to bring event crew back to work.”

That said, Africa Rising will be doing a series of uniquely produced experiences set in iconic locations in Africa.

Master KG and the Ndlovu Youth Choirs Africa Rising performance

In the build-up, audiences had the opportunity to win an exclusive VIP experience at the event on Robben Island by making an online donation of at least R30, benefiting the music and live events industry, and charities in sustainability, education and conservation. The best part is that their donations will continue to assist in making life better for a community in crisis. The public can still donate and support the industry which is in peril. 

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Africa Rising managed to raise R50 000 in food vouchers which will be handed over to #FeedOurCrew and Bridges For Music to help live events professionals struggling to make ends meet in light of the nationwide event restrictions. In addition, their partner African Grower built six vegetable gardens for the Ndlovu Care Group in Limpopo.

We would like to thank our friends at Africa Rising for remembering the plight of live event Freelancers across South Africa and we wish them well on their amazing Africa Rising events that help us all in these times!’, says Kagiso Moima Wa Masimini, a #FeedOurCrew recipient.

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SAFA upset at media leak linking Benni McCarthy to Bafana Bafana job

May 3rd 2021 at 03:38

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has moved to end speculation around who will become the next Bafana Bafana coach.

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AmaZulu boss Benni McCarthy has been hotly tipped to take up the role at the end of the current season.

AmaZulu are fighting for league honours and are currently in first place with 50 points, two clear of Mamelodi Sundows, albeit with having played three more matches.

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A SAFA media release on Sunday, read: ‘We have noted that various publications over the last week have reported the appointment of new Bafana Bafana coach as having been concluded.

‘Firstly, it was Carlos Queiroz then Pitso Mosimane and most recently AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy.

‘SAFA has always stated that the Technical Committee will submit their final recommendations to the SAFA NEC, the highest decision-making body, which will finally make the announcement once the process is concluded.

‘We note that the Benni McCarthy’s name comes at a time when AmaZulu are top of the log standings and it might appear that SAFA wants to derail the club’s good run.

‘We are happy with AmaZulu’s current good run but SAFA will announce the new incoming coach once the issue is dealt with by the NEC.’

SAFA on media speculation of new Bafana Bafana coach https://t.co/VyJYcziHEV

— SAFA.net (@SAFA_net) May 2, 2021

Benni McCarthy: I couldn’t be prouder of my AmaZulu team

May 3rd 2021 at 03:34

AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy says he is proud of his players after they clinched a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows on Saturday.

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Usuthu beat Arrows at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium to move to the top of the DStv Premiership standings, before losing the position on Sunday when Mamelodi Sundowns thrashed Orlando Pirates 3-0 to reclaim first place.

McCarthy was delighted with the effort put in by his charges and backed them to challenge for the league title.

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“The AmaZulu of Benni McCarthy do the talking on the field. I can’t be more proud of this group of players. They have proven themselves to be exceptionally equipped, useful, hardworking, determined, and they have abilities that you have not seen,” McCarthy told the Usuthu media department after the game.

“To do what they have been doing and they continue to do is just exceptional. I think maybe some of these guys need to go to the history books of AmaZulu because you are never going to have another exceptional season what these guys have done.”

He added: “Happy for the players and happy for the team, we march on. We came from the 13th place to do the impossible, and we are right up there on the table.

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“This is a reward for the players for their hard work, the determination, the drive and willingness and having the winning mentality, just like the coach. I’m super proud. I even love these players.

“It was a tough game for us and the field didn’t help us because of the rain a day before, and we were not allowed to play the good football that we wanted to. It was exceptionally hard, controlling and playing.

“First half, I think we were by far the best team. We were good in every aspect of the game. We were first to every ball.

“It was unfortunate that we only scored in the last minute of the half to go up because we had two fantastic chances to score.”

Orlando Pirates | It took 991 DAYS for Bucs to lose at Orlando Stadium!

May 3rd 2021 at 02:50

Orlando Pirates suffered a 3-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday afternoon, and it was their first league loss at the Orlando Stadium in almost three years.  

Prior to Sunday’s defeat, Pirates had last lost a league match at the venue on 15 August 2018.

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And that’s when they were narrowly beaten by the now defunct Bidvest Wits through a Gladwin Shitolo own goal.

Since that defeat, Pirates went on to turn the Orlando Stadium into a real fortress as none of the 15 PSL teams could beat them at their own stadium in 991 DAYS – that’s two years, eight months, and 18 days.

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They went on to play 38 league matches at Orlando Stadium – and none of those ended in defeats.

That’s excluding the Soweto derby loss to Kaizer Chiefs in February 2020, where, while it was a Pirates home game, the match took place at the FNB Stadium.

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In the 38 league matches played at the Orlando Stadium between 15 September 2018 and 18 April 2021, Pirates won a whopping 22 while the other 16 league matches ended in draws.

Pirates will be at home again against Black Leopards on 5 May, and they will look to return to winning ways and improve their position on the PSL log.

Kick-off for that encounter is at 5PM.

Watch | South African sprinters blitz to World Athletics Relays victory

May 3rd 2021 at 02:34

The South African sprinters, led by Akani Simbine, blitzed their way to victory at the World Athletics Relays in Poland on Sunday.

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The national 100m record holder Simbine, anchored the 4x100m South Africa sprinters to the gold medal, finishing in a time of 38.71. The star-studded team which included Clarence Munyai, Gift Leotlela as well as Thando Dlodlo, left the Italians in their wake en route to victory.

That victory would’ve been made sweeter for the 4X100m side having finished second, behind the Italians in the semi-finals on Saturday. But perhaps even sweeter by the fact that the race commentators ruled them out, awarding the victory to the Brazilians initially.

Simbine ran a monstrous final stretch, with about a metre left to make up on the Brazilians he managed to pip them at the finish line. The Brazilians were eventually disqualified which rendered that debate academic regardless.

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— Junia (@mjstainbank) May 2, 2021

4x400m South African sprinters miss out

Unfortunately, the fairytale could not be replicated by the 4x400m South African sprinters, who failed to walk away with a World Athletics medal. Having qualified for the final through an impressive second-place finish behind the Netherlands, the team which included Lythe Pillay, Zakhiti Nene, Ranti Dikgale, Oscar Mavundla couldn’t match that feat clocking a time of 3.05.76.

4x400m mixed relay team failed to advance from the heats, despite record breaking feat

The 4x400m South African sprinters mixed team was the only one not involved on the evening of the event’s finals. Although the group ran a national record time of 3:19:18. That, unfortunately, was enough to help them advance as they finished in sixth place.

However, that result is not expected to dampen the spirits of the overall group, as their World Athletics Relays outing proved to be a successful one.

Pollution Latest: Cuttings beach closed for swimming, fishing

May 3rd 2021 at 01:30

Cuttings Beach South of Durban has been closed to the public for all fishing and swimming activities due to a sewage pollution spill 

eThekwini Municipality announced the closure of the beach on Sunday after fishermen reported a pollution spill to the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance which raised the alarm.

Spokesperson for the eThekwini Municipality, Msawakhe Mayisela, said the city would like to alert all residents of the temporary closure of Cuttings Beach in Merebank due to a “suspected sewerage” discharge that the city was currently addressing.

“In addition to this, residents are also advised that no swimming or fishing (all forms) will be allowed at the North and South of the Umlazi Canal. We apologise for the inconvenience. Residents will be notified of any changes in due course,” Msawake said.

This comes after SDCEA spokesperson Desmond D’Sa said fishermen had on Friday reported what appeared to be “untreated effluent “that was flowing into the ocean from the canal. He said reports of untreated effluent washing out at Cuttings Beach were also regularly made by local fisherman.

“This is untreated hazardous waste and it has been pouring out (into the ocean) from yesterday,” D’ Sa said of the latest pollution report.

Watch the effluent washing out onto the beach here:

D’Sa alleged that there were problems with some of the city’s waterworks in the South Durban basin that had also led to untreated effluent washing into the ocean at Cuttings Beach.

“The Southern works has been mismanaged. We don’t know how experienced the guys are who are operating the plant. Sewage is being dumped on Cuttings Beach. Merebank is a sacrificial area not only for the sewage but also for the chemicals. The municipal officials have told us that they cannot stop it,” D’ Sa said.

“We want them to stop it and they must fix the sewage plant and the responsible businesses must fix the problem of the untreated effluent,” D’ Sa said.

D’Sa said he had alerted the eThekwini Municipality and the Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs as well as the Green Scorpions to the scene of the pollution. He said a team of environmental health specialists from the government agencies was expected to visit the site of the pollution on Saturday.

Cuttings Beach has also featured in the news headlines in recent months for plastic pollution. In January Ward 68 councillor, Aubrey Snyman told the Southlands Sun that the pollution at Cuttings Beach had been an ongoing problem for years. Thousands of plastic bottles that had washed onto the beach left residents horrified at the filthy state of the area. 

‘Themba Zwane is my dream signing!’ – Chiefs head coach

May 3rd 2021 at 00:54

Another GladAfrica Championship manager has identified Mamelodi Sundowns ace Themba Zwane as his dream signing.

Days after the iconic Jomo Sono claimed his ideal transfer target would be Mamelodi Sundowns star and reigning PSL player of the Season Themba Zwane should his side gain promotion to the top flight.

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Another second tier coach has claimed that ‘Mshishi’, as Themba Zwane is affectionately known as, would be his dream signing.

Themba Zwane is my dream signing – Bizana Pondo Chiefs coach

“For me when I look at South African football now, the best player in the country is Themba Zwane.” Chiefs head coach Clinton Larsen told KickOff regarding his dream signing.

“It’s my opinion. People can disagree with me but it’s my opinion. So if I say he’s the best player in South Africa currently, it would mean that any coach would want him in the team. Am I right? So for me that’s the player. He’s been very consistent with his performances for the last two to three seasons. So I rate him very, very highly, I think he’s really, really a top class player.

“He’s learned how to defend. When you look at his impact in terms of what he brings offensively to the team his playmaking ability. Every coach wants a player who retains possession, who is creative, who can play between the lines, play in the half spaces, has a high level of game intelligence, Themba Zwane got all these things you know. And he’s scoring to his repertoire as well you know. So, he’s a complete midfielder that you’ll never get anywhere in the continent.”

Clinton Larsen’s Bizana Pondo Chiefs currently sit in 16th place on the GladAfrica Championship log standings with just four games to go and will need someone like Themba Zwane to rescue them!

The newly promoted Chiefs are seven points behind 15th placed Steenberg United and nine points behind Cape Town Spurs who are in 14th place and will require a miracle to survive relegation.

WATCH: Cash-in-transit driver fights back in bullet-ridden leaked footage

May 2nd 2021 at 19:43

South Africa has a major cash-in-transit heist problem and the South African Police Service (SAPS) is seemingly at its wits’ end. On Wednesday, 29 April, a heist in Macassar, Cape Town made the headlines after a video and images of the act surfaced online.

Around the same time, another video – leaked dashboard footage from the inside of an armoured vehicle – went viral and received international media coverage. The video was from a cash-in-transit heist that took place in Pretoria on Thursday, 22 April.

WATCH: FOOTAGE FROM CASH-IN-TRANSIT HEISTS GO VIRAL

Dramatic footage from the inside of a cash-in-transit vehicle made waves on social media and offered a new perspective to the danger cash-in-transit security personnel face on a daily basis.

The clip, which is time and date stamped, is from an incident that took place on the N4 highway Pretoria. The armoured vehicle is attacked on the road but the driver and his colleague maintain cool heads, and take the fight to the suspects, and manage to evade and ram one of the assailants’ vehicles despite being under fire for much of the three-minute video clip.

SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo told TimesLive that the incident took place on the N4 in Pretoria and said the suspects abandoned the heist after the brave display by the CIT staff.

“The driver of the CIT vehicle managed to evade the robbers for a while but later stopped in wait for the robbers. The robbers fled without taking any money,” said Naidoo.

Naidoo added that no arrests have been made thus far.

Fortis Pro Active Defence Solutions identified the driver as Leo Prinsloo, a former SAPS member and current instructor at the security company. The company said Leo is unavailable for comment because the incident is part of an ongoing investigation.

In Macassar on Wednesday, a group of men attacked a cash-in-transit van, which resulted in several crime scenes across Cape Town. A police sergeant and a security guard were injured in one of the shooting incidents.

After a dramatic shootout, the suspects fled the scene in two hijacked vehicles but a strong response by SAPS led to their capture. “The suspects were tracked down to Khayamandi taxi rank in Stellenbosch. Three suspects were arrested and five firearms including three AK-47 rifles as well as five vehicles were seized in Stellenbosch. Two of the vehicles were hijacked by the suspects as they fled the Macassar scene,” said Naidoo.

This country 😳😳😳 pic.twitter.com/tedSmkXEmH

— K U L A N I (@kulanicool) May 1, 2021

Videos making the rounds of the cash-in-transit heist in Macassar, Cape Town earlier today. Robbers armed with assault rifles were reportedly arrested in Stellenbosch after a police chase. Story to follow @TimesLIVE pic.twitter.com/WrcNRtetPF

— Aron Hyman (@aron_hyman) April 29, 2021

‘SAPS MUST CHANGE ITS RESPONSE TO CASH IN TRANSIT ROBBERIES’

Earlier this year, on 19 February, Police Minister Bheki Cele delivered the third quarter crime statistics and he was very frank with his speech. “It is clear the SAPS MUST change its responses to Cash in transit robberies,” said Cele.

The minister said the current plan “is clearly not working” citing the 66.7 percent increase in attacks on cash-in-transit vehicles, year-on-year, in the third quarter. In total, 65 CIT heists took place in Q3; Gauteng was the most affected province, as it is home to 20 of the top 30 police stations with the most “robbery of cash in transit cases”.

MOST COMMON CIT HEISTS

The two viral CIT videos from this week appear to illustrate the most prevalent types of CIT heists in the country – “Armoured Vehicle on the road” and “Cross Pavement Parking.” In the Pretoria video, the cash-in-transit heist is attempted on the N4 highway in broad daylight while the Maccasar clip plays out in a shopping centre parking area.

The other types of CIT heists that SAPS classify are: “Merchant Retail Inside Store”, “ATM Site”, “Paypoint”, “Static AV Street”. Together they accounted for eight of the 65 CIT heists.

According to the statistics, explosives were used in 10 CIT heists while the armoured vehicle was on the road, but in none of the other types of a heist. Firearms were used to intimidate cash-in-transit workers on 39 occasions and shots were fired in 13 heists.

WATCH: Cash-in-transit driver fights back in bullet-ridden leaked footage

Viral videos from two recent cash-in-transit heists have put the spotlight on the aggravated robbery problem in the country.

Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns: LIVE UPDATES AND STREAMING

May 2nd 2021 at 08:54

Orlando Pirates welcome rivals Mamelodi Sundowns to the Orlando Stadium this afternoon in a mouthwatering DStv Premiership clash and you can follow all of the live action below.

Mamelodi Sundowns have hit a somewhat dip in their league form. The Brazilians are winless in their last three matches which includes a loss against Kaizer Chiefs. They’ll be desperate to get back to winning ways this afternoon.

Orlando Pirates on the other hand are yet to lose at home in the league this season however their 4-1 thumping at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns a fortnight ago won’t be forgotten just yet.

Follow all of the live action from this afternoon’s mouthwatering DStv Premiership clash at the Orlando Stadium below

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Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns: LIVE UPDATES

Starting lineups

Orlando Pirates XI: Sandilands, Hlatshwayo, Maela, Nyauza, Mako, Motshwari, Mabaso, Ndlovu, Makaringe, Pule, Hotto.

Subs: Sithole, Mntambo, Zungu, Sam, Dlamini, Jooste, Mabasa, Mhango, Monyane.

Mamelodi Sundowns XI: Onyango, Lebusa, Nascimento, Morena, Modiba, Coetzee, Maboe, Mkhulise, Zwane, Erasmus, Shalulile.

Subs: Mweene, Jali, Mkhuma, B Onyango, Lakay, Mudau, Kapinga, Motupa, Mvala.

We still in control of everything – Mokwena

“The reality is we are in control of the situation, we trust the players‚” former Orlando Pirates mentor and current Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena said.

“We said to the players yesterday that they might not always trust us. Because you know how players are, when they’re playing they trust the coaches‚ and when they don’t play they don’t trust the coaches‚ and are not happy with all the decisions. They may not always trust us but we have full confidence in our players‚ and we trust them. And the experience that they have in terms of winning and success‚ of course is the culture‚ is part of Mamelodi Sundowns.

“Our focus is on trying to make sure we finish this block of games as best as we possibly can starting with Orlando Pirates. We’ve got certain targets and it’s clear that with this block we may not reach the targeted points. But we have done a very good job‚ and we’ve banked a few points. And you bank these points at the beginning of the season so that when a slight mishap happens you are able to then go into your overdraft and still be okay.”

Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns: Kick-off time and streaming info

Action at the Orlando Stadium gets underway at 15:00. The match will be televised live on Supersport PSL and SABC1. This website will also be providing you with live coverage under our ‘LIVE UPDATES’ heading above.

You can also live stream today’s mouthwatering DStv Premiership clash between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns on Multichoice’s streaming platform DStv Now.

Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns starting XI’s revealed!

May 2nd 2021 at 07:46

Orlando Pirates welcome rivals Mamelodi Sundowns to the Orlando Stadium this afternoon in a mouthwatering DStv Premiership clash and below is how both teams lineup.

Mamelodi Sundowns have hit a somewhat dip in their league form. The Brazilians are winless in their last three matches which includes a loss against Kaizer Chiefs. They’ll be desperate to get back to winning ways this afternoon.

Orlando Pirates are yet to lose at home in the league this season however their 4-1 thumping at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns a fortnight ago won’t be forgotten just yet.

Take a look at how both teams lineup ahead of this afternoon’s DStv Premiership encounter at the Orlando Stadium below

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Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns: Starting lineups

Orlando Pirates XI: Sandilands, Hlatshwayo, Maela, Nyauza, Mako, Motshwari, Mabaso, Ndlovu, Makaringe, Pule, Hotto.

Subs: Sithole, Mntambo, Zungu, Sam, Dlamini, Jooste, Mabasa, Mhango, Monyane.

Mamelodi Sundowns XI: Onyango, Lebusa, Nascimento, Morena, Modiba, Coetzee, Maboe, Mkhulise, Zwane, Erasmus, Shalulile.

Subs: Mweene, Jali, Mkhuma, B Onyango, Lakay, Mudau, Kapinga, Motupa, Mvala.

We still in control of everything – Mokwena

“The reality is we are in control of the situation, we trust the players‚” former Orlando Pirates mentor and current Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rhulani Mokwena said.

“We said to the players yesterday that they might not always trust us. Because you know how players are, when they’re playing they trust the coaches‚ and when they don’t play they don’t trust the coaches‚ and are not happy with all the decisions. They may not always trust us but we have full confidence in our players‚ and we trust them. And the experience that they have in terms of winning and success‚ of course is the culture‚ is part of Mamelodi Sundowns.

“Our focus is on trying to make sure we finish this block of games as best as we possibly can starting with Orlando Pirates. We’ve got certain targets and it’s clear that with this block we may not reach the targeted points. But we have done a very good job‚ and we’ve banked a few points. And you bank these points at the beginning of the season so that when a slight mishap happens you are able to then go into your overdraft and still be okay.”

Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns: Kick-off time and streaming info

Action at the Orlando Stadium gets underway at 15:00. The match will be televised live on Supersport PSL and SABC1. This website will also be providing you with live coverage 30 minutes before kick-off.

You can also live stream today’s mouthwatering DStv Premiership clash between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns on Multichoice’s streaming platform DStv Now.

Just in | Benni McCarthy will be the next Bafana Bafana coach

May 2nd 2021 at 07:35

Benni McCarthy’s meteoric rise in the coaching ranks is set to be complete when he is named as the next Bafana Bafana coach on Wednesday, 5 May.

READ | BENNI MCCARTHY: THREE PROS AND CONS FOR TAKING THE BAFANA BAFANA JOB

Former Bafana Bafana striker McCarthy cut his teeth at Cape Town City FC in his first managerial role before being fired by the Cape Town side.

He then took over at KwaZulu-Natal side AmaZulu and has led them to the top of the DStv Premiership standings with just five matches remaining in the season.

McCarthy has reportedly agreed to take over as South Africa coach at the conclusion of the season (May 29) which leaves him just a WEEK to prepare the side for their first 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifier away from home against neighbours Zimbabwe.

READ | BENNI MCCARTHY CALLS ON A FAVOUR FROM ORLANDO PIRATES

According to Sunday’s City Press, McCarthy will take his AmaZulu lieutenants – assistant coach Siyabonga Nomvethe and goalkeeper coach Moeneeb Josephs – as part of his negotiated package with SAFA.

That obviously doesn’t leave AmaZulu in a favourable position heading into the next season.

It must also be mentioned that McCarthy was not SAFA’s first choice – nor second choice for that matter.

Despite what the national body might say, Carlos Queiroz was their No 1 for the role and when that fell through they moved heaven and earth to land Pitso Mosimane – which also failed embarrassingly.

Good luck Benni!

READ | FORMER BAFANA BAFANA COACH BACKS BENNI MCCARTHY FOR THE JOB

Benni McCarthy calls on a favour from Orlando Pirates

May 2nd 2021 at 07:20

AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy has called on Orlando Pirates to do the country and his side a favour and make the title race more interesting by beating Mamelodi Sundowns at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday.

READ | BENNI MCCARTHY: THREE PROS AND CONS FOR TAKING THE BAFANA BAFANA JOB

Kick-off is at 15:00.

Usuthu claimed a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows in the Durban derby at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday which took them two points ahead of former league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, but crucially having played two more games.

It might just be the perfect time for the Buccaneers to face the Brazilians, who are on a four-match winless run.

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And Benni McCarty wants an Orlando Pirates win not just for his side but for the fans, whom he says deserve an exciting finish to the season after being restricted from attending matches for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Now we’ll see how the magic unfolds (today), hoping Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns provide a very good game. We’ll see what happens in that match and we are hoping it becomes interesting,” said Benni McCarthy.

“In the year that we’ve had, with Covid-19 and the new Dstv Premiership title and all the excitement that it provides, you want it to go to the last day of the season.

“I hope that Pirates do the country and everyone a favor, by doing what they should be doing. They can’t be hammered three times in a row by one team.

“So I’m backing my boys in black, hopefully they come through for us and then we take it further down to the wire with Sundowns, because that’s what the fans need.

“That’s what the fans need, because they are not allowed to come to the stadium. So if they can’t be here let’s give them something to really sit on the edge of the seat until the last match of the season.”

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ZZ2 Protests: EFF blasted for threatening to ‘attack farms and burn trucks’

May 2nd 2021 at 06:30

Representatives of the EFF have been roundly lambasted for stepping over the line during their protests against fresh produce company, ZZ2. The distributor has been accused of ignoring worker’s rights, prompting the Red Berets to conduct a ‘labour desk’ visit with dozens of supporters. However, the rally soon took an outrageous turn.

EFF ‘threaten to attack farms’ in Limpopo

Fired-up EFF members allegedly threatened to burn trucks and attack farms belonging to the ZZ2 group in Mopani, Limpopo. With emotions running high, things started to get out of hand on Saturday afternoon.

They also made threats that if they don't get what they want they will attack ZZ2 trucks and farms. The ZZ2 farm owners were not immediately available for comment. Crdt @SAfmnews

— Shylet Maganga (@shurugwian) May 2, 2021

DA reassure businesses over ‘truck burning’ claims

As expected, the threats have drawn widespread criticism across the political spectrum. The DA made their voices heard too, with Solly Malatsi – the party’s political head in Mopani – branding the taunts as ‘disgusting’.

In a recently published statement, Malatsi gave his support to ZZ2 and the farming communities of Limpopo, and called for heightened police surveillance at strategic points to ensure the safety of land owners and rural workers.

“The DA in Limpopo is disgusted by the EFF’s threats of violence against ZZ2, during their protest yesterday on Worker’s Day. It is opportunistic for them to threaten to burn ZZ2 trucks and attack its farms, all of which will, if executed, destroy the livelihood of thousands of farmworkers.”

“Our local farmers play a significant role in keeping the Limpopo economy running and the DA stands firmly against attempts by the EFF to undermine or attack our farming communities. We call on SAPS to closely monitor the situation and intervene immediately should party members act on any of the threats made.”

Zulu succession gets ugly: First wife MaDlamini disputes King’s will

May 2nd 2021 at 04:27

The race to the throne in the Zulu Nation has taken a darker turn this week, following the tragic death of interim regent Queen Mantfombi. This, just weeks after King Zwelithini died, has created a bit of chaos in the succession process – and MaDlamini, the first wife of the recently deceased male monarch, is launching a bombshell legal challenge.

Who is MaDlamini?

According to a statement released by MaDlamini loyalists and their legal counsel, the first wife of Goodwill Zwelithini is unhappy with the contents of his final will. As she is the only wife who married in a civil rites ceremony (as opposed to traditional ceremonies), the royal believes the power should rest firmly in her hands.

MaDlamini has had five children with Goodwill Zwelithini:

  1. Prince Lethukuthula Zulu, the first-born child who sadly died last year.
  2. Princess Nombuso Zulu, a few years younger, is now the owner of Durban-based Ilembe Catering Services.
  3. Ntombizosuthu Ka Zwelithini Duma, who became a businesswoman and co-owns Strategic Persuasions and Zamalwandle Transport Logistics with her husband. She is married to Mbongiseni Duma, a prominent businessman from Johannesburg
  4. Princess Ntandoyenkosi Ka Zwelithini Ngcaweni, born in 1982, serves as an Asset Manager at the Public Investment Corporation.
  5. Princess Sinethemba Bati Zulu, the youngest of the bunch, is studying International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand.

Zulu succession battle latest

  • As per their official line on the matter, two issues have been raised by the MaDlamini camp

“We wish to confirm that there are pending matters before the courts in relation to the estate of His Majesty, the late King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu Nation. The first matter relates to the declarator of the late monarch’s civil union vs the subsequent ’customary’ unions, in order to deal with matters of inheritance and succession to the throne.”

“On the second matter, we can confirm that the will has been read to the royal family. However, based on certain concerns in regards to the handling and signature of the document, it became necessary to place the document’s validity for determination before the courts.” | Statement from MaDlamini representatives

Pieter-Steph du Toit says goodbye to the Stormers

May 2nd 2021 at 04:24

Pieter-Steph du Toit is reportedly set for a lucrative departure from the Stormers to Japan later this year.

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The 2019 World Rugby Player of the Year has long been linked with a move from the Cape.

The 28-year-old made his return from injury on Saturday for the Stormers in their 33-30 defeat to the Sharks in their Rainbow Cup opener at the Cape Town Stadium – a full 398 days after last representing the union.

However, according to Netwerk24, the 2019 Rugby World Cup winner will not be plying his trade for the Cape side for much longer.

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His swansong in South Africa is set to be the British & Irish Lions’ three-Test tour in July-August.

Du Toit was set to sign a deal with Munster, but his high-profile move was blocked by the Irish Rugby Football Union who instead controversially signed Jason Jenkins.

It is now believed Pieter-Steph du Toit will join Japanese Top League side Toyota Verblitz after deciding against renewing his existing contract with the Stormers and Western Province.

No details of what will no doubt be a mega contract have been revealed.

Du Toit will be the third Springbok to depart the union after Siya Kolisi who now plays for the Sharks and Bongi Mbonambi who is heading to Durban as well.

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Benni McCarthy: Three pros and cons for taking the Bafana Bafana job

May 2nd 2021 at 03:57

SAFA has confirmed it has agreed terms with a new Bafana Bafana coach with speculation rife that it could be Benni McCarthy.

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On Friday SAFA sent the tails of the South African football fraternity wagging after confirming, they had finalised the contract of the new Bafana Bafana coach.

The country’s football governing body went as far as stating that they intend on making an official announcement in the coming week, with speculation rife on Saturday that it could be Amazulu coach Benni McCarthy.

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McCarthy, who remains as Bafana Bafana’s all-time leading goal scorer, has been the talk of the local football scene in recent months, with his Durban-based side picking up scintillating form which has seen Usuthu sit on top of the log at the time of writing this article, having held on to beat neighbours Golden Arrows on Saturday. But Mamelodi Sundowns, who play Orlando Pirates on Sunday afternoon will have their two games restored after full time.

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With the way he has turned Amazulu around this season, it is perhaps no surprise why McCarthy has been linked with the Bafana Bafana hot seat but is he the right man for the job? Here are three reasons why he could be, as well as three reasons why he might not be.

Pros to Benni McCarthy being Bafana Bafana coach

1. Young coach

At 43-years old McCarthy is a lot closer with regards to age, to the current generation, as opposed to the last three Bafana Bafana mentors. It is also then perhaps no coincidence that he has often appeared as close with his group of players at both Cape Town City and Amazulu.

That could be, exactly the type of figure Bafana Bafana players need at the moment with morale seemingly at an all-time low. Additionally, if Safa is serious about their long-term “visions” then maybe starting from scratch with a young squad and players who could grow together, might be the best way forward.

2. Winning momentum

Amazulu have hit the DStv Premiership League by storm this season, and their nine victories in their last 10 matches have catapulted them to being serious league contenders. McCarthy has been largely instrumental in that, as he has recruited well and to suit his image of how football should be played.

Bafana Bafana will need a coach who has a clear plan and vision as to how he wants to play football, as well as someone who can identify the correct players to fit his system. McCarthy may have shown that he already has those attributes, and that may be what attracted Safa to him if reports are to be true.

3. Stature in football

With the accolades of being the only South African to lift a Champions League trophy, as well as being Bafana Bafana’s top goal scorer, there is no doubting that McCarthy’s presence automatically demands respect in local football circles.

A lot of the players he would be calling up would either be looking up to him or have ambitions of achieving what he has in the game. That alone will have players listening attentively to every instruction he shares.

Many would argue that wouldn’t have been the case with recently fired Molefi Ntseki, with him not having the most colourful senior football CV to his name.

Cons to Benni McCarthy being Bafana Bafana coach

1. Inexperienced

The other side of being a young coach is the lack of experience it may come with. Although McCarthy has a Uefa Pro Coaching license to his name, international football is not often regarded as the most suitable environment to breed a young coach.

Young coaches also often need time to build, but Safa having disposed of two coaches in the last two years doesn’t seem like an organization that is willing to afford a Bafana Bafana coach that luxury.

2. Cape Town City tenure demise

Although McCarthy’s Amazulu has been hot form under his tutelage so far, Cape Town City was also a consistent exciting threat under the Cape Town-born mentor even winning an MTN 8 title in 2018.

But his tenure dried up very suddenly in 2019 going for large winless streaks and often cutting a frustrated figure who had ran out of plans before being shown the door.

The concern now may be that McCarthy could suffer another deflation period that could see him run out of ideas for Bafana Bafana which is the last thing the country needs at international level.

3. Club coaching career rebuild

This job offer would come at a precarious time for McCarthy, having started to repair and rebuild his coaching reputation which would’ve no doubt had a few wondering if he wasn’t just a “one-hit wonder”.

He has clearly started a project with the right ingredients to be formidable at Usuthu, so would leaving that for a potentially short international coaching career really be the best option for him?

ANC crushed by multi-million rand tax bill ‘left unpaid by Zuma’

May 2nd 2021 at 03:38

ANC finances are seemingly in meltdown at this point, after salary payments were delayed for the end of April. This follows several other wage woes over the past 18 months, that have left workers short of cash. With pressure on the purse strings already high for the party, it seems that a move from SARS has rattled the 109-year-old institution.

SARS bill hits ANC hard

A Sunday Times report claims that a R17 million bill – taken from the money allocated to the party by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) – has been enough to disrupt operations within the ANC. Luthuli House general manager Febe Potgieter acknowledged the situation, predicting that difficulties could last for SIX MONTHS:

“Due to continued financial difficulties, this situation of uncertainty with regard to the exact date of payment of salaries is likely to continue for the coming three to six months.”

“We appeal to the financial institutions and other creditors of our staff to take note that late payments by no means are the fault of the individual staff, and therefore not to penalise them for this unfortunate situation.”

Unpaid tax from Zuma era reclaimed by SARS

With high interest on other taxations still troubling the ANC, staff are no longer guaranteed that their salaries will be paid at the end of each month for the foreseeable future. Their financial struggles have been well documented, as corruption allegations continue to plague the governing party.

This R17 million hit stems back to the Zuma Administration. By the end of 2017, around R80 million in PAYE tax was owed to SARS. Reports claim money WAS deducted from employees, but WAS NOT paid to the Revenue Service. Zuma was ousted from office just months later, leaving Cyril Ramaphosa’s team with a cumbersome tax burden.

Iyoh! ANC is unable to pay salaries again because SARS garnished the funds the glorious movement receives from the IEC. Ewee Jakop Zuma left the tax bill of over R17milllion for Cyril to pay. pic.twitter.com/110Zauyf36

— Abuti Josef🇿🇦 (@AbutiJosef) May 2, 2021

Gavin Hunt: We created enough chances to win THREE matches!

May 2nd 2021 at 03:03

Gavin Hunt was left ruing two dropped points as Kaizer Chiefs drew 2-2 with Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday.

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Happy Mashiane opened the scoring at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium after just three minutes before Eric Mathoho added a second 10 minutes later.

Bloemfontein Celtic though were back in the tie when Neo Maema netted on 22 minutes, while Sepana Letsoalo ensured a share of the spoils with his 54th minute penalty.

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The result left Amakhosi in ninth place on the DStv Premiership standings with 29 points from 25 games – three adrift of TS Galaxy in eighth spot.

Speaking after the game, Gavin Hunt told SuperSport: “Well it’s the story of our season. It’s the old adage – strikers win you games and defenders win you leagues. Not that we try to defend but we concede goals every week. It’s been poor.

“We have to get better. We work on it all the time. Lot of individual stuff.”

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Despite the result, Gavin Hunt still felt his side played ‘well’.

“But I’m proud of the players. They played well today. We’ve been playing well this whole season. Even the games we’ve lost or drawn we’ve played well, created chances.

“I mean we created enough chances today to win three games of football. First half could have been 4-0. We had so many opportunities.

“But I mean I’m proud of the players. I can’t ask for more. They give me everything they’ve got.”

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Gavin Hunt: We created enough chances to win THREE matches!

Gavin Hunt was left ruing two dropped points as Kaizer Chiefs drew 2-2 with Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday.

Hashim Amla rolls back the years with majestic double ton for English county

May 1st 2021 at 17:09

Proteas legend Hashim Amla has rolled back the years with a typically majestic knock of 215 for his Surrey side in their English County Championship match against Hampshire.

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Amla, now 38-years-old, posted his seventh double century of his career.

Amla, who will return to South Africa to play for Western Province next season, faced 367 deliveries in his 491-minute stay at the crease before retiring injured.

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His knock helped Surrey record a thumping innings and 259-run victory.

Amla retired from the international area after 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20Is for the Proteas.

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Pitso Mosimane lays first brick in Al Ahly’s new mega stadium – PICTURE

May 1st 2021 at 16:37

Pitso Mosimane was given the honour of laying the first brick in the construction of Al Ahly’s new 60 000 seater stadium.

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The 56-year-old coach of the Egyptian giants did so on Saturday, 1 May.

One of Mahmoud El-Khatib’s first promises to Al Ahly supporters after his 2017 election as club president was the construction of the first independent stadium for the club at El-Sheikh Zayed city in Cairo.

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When he announced the project El-Khatib confirmed that the stadium will have 60 000 seats, which would make it the third largest stadium in Egypt after Borg El-Arab (86 000) and the Cairo International Stadium (74 100).

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It is set to be designed by Populous, the same architecture company that designed Arsenal’s stadium The Emirates and Wembley Stadium.

Watch: Bottas frustrates Hamilton’s attempts at milestone pole in Portugal

May 1st 2021 at 13:06

Finland’s Valtteri Bottas took pole position for the Portuguese F1 Grand Prix ahead of seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton completing a Mercedes front-row lockout in qualifying.

Hamilton’s pursuit of a 100th pole was delayed when Bottas earned the 17th P1 of his career.

Bottas denies Hamilton 100th F1 pole in Portugal

“It’s a good feeling to be on pole,” said Bottas.

“Feels like it’s been a while. It’s been a weak point for me in the first two races. The team have been working hard all weekend and we have a good position for tomorrow.”

Max Verstappen, one point off Hamilton in the drivers’ standings, took third on Sunday’s grid with his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez alongside him on the second row in Portimao.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz came in fifth ahead of the Alpine of Esteban Ocon, Lando Norris, in a McLaren, and his teammate Charles Leclerc.

Sebastian Vettel earned tenth place, outqualifying his teammate for the first time since completing his move from Ferrari to Aston Martin.

Hamilton lauds team

Hamilton paid tribute to Bottas and the Mercedes team for landing them both on the front row.

“It was not expected. We have to be happy for that, it was not the perfect lap but I gave it everything,” Hamilton said.

F1

“You can never be satisfied, we exist to keep moving forward but I’m happy with what we’re doing and the steps we’re taking.”

Hamilton narrowly leads the 2021 championship after he won the opener in Bahrain before his Dutch rival Verstappen hit back in the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola.

Starting grid for Sunday’s Portuguese F1 Grand Prix

Front row:

Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes)

Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes)

2nd row:

Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull-Honda)

Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull-Honda)

3rd row:

Carlos Sainz (ESP/Ferrari)

Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault)

4th row:

Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes)

Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari)

5th row:

Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Honda)

Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes)

6th row:

George Russell (GBR/Williams-Mercedes)

Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari)

7th row:

Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault)

Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Honda)

8th row:

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari)

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes)

9th row:

Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes)

Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes)

10th row:

Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari)

Nikita Mazepin (RUS/Haas-Ferrari)

Watch: Bottas frustrates Hamilton's attempts at milestone pole in Portugal

Valtteri Bottas took pole position for the F1 Portuguese Grand Prix ahead of seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Stormers implode to hand the Sharks victory in Cape Town

May 1st 2021 at 11:12

The Stormers let a 17 point lead slip in their Rainbow Cup opener against the Sharks in Cape Town, ultimately going down 30-33 to the visitors.

Stormers squander strong position with poor discipline

The Stormers opened the scoring through the boot of Kade Wolhuter before Herschel Jantjies finished off the first try of the contest. Rikus Pretorius was on hand to round off a Wolhuter break and the Stormers looked in complete control at 17-0 up within 15 minutes.

Seabelo Senatla proved to be the gamechanger, but not in a way he would have enjoyed. Senatla bundled into an airborne Aphelele Fassi and saw red just 13 minutes into the clash.

Willie Engelbrecht joined Senatla in the dog box as he made a trip to the sin bin just a minute later.

A 13-man Stormers team then allowed Thomas du Toit in for the Sharks first try.

The Stormers showed guts in the first half and a pair of penalties ensured they led 23-7 with half time looming.

Sharks hooker Fez Mbatha scored what proved a pivotal try just before half time.

When Reniel Hugo crossed for the Sharks third try the tide turned decisively in the visitor’s favour. The TMO spotted another offence by Engelbrecht in the lead up to the try, and he too got his marching orders.

In the Rainbow Cup a red carded player can be replaced after 20 minutes have elapses, but the half an hour they were short-handed proved the difference.

Hugo powered to an incredible hat-trick of tries, a rare feat for a second row forward. 

Damian Willemse scored a 73rd minute try that set up a dramatic finish after Jeremy Ward was yellow carded for persistent infringements.

Trailing 33-30, the Stormers rejected two chances to level the scores from the tee, opting to set up lineouts. While the Sharks were lucky to finish the match without further cards being shown to them, they held on to secure a 33-30 win.

Stormers 30-33 Sharks: Rainbow Cup match summary

Stormers 30 (23)

Tries: Herschel Jantjies, Rikus Pretorius, Damian Willemse

Conversions: Kade Wolhuter (2), Abner van Reenen

Penalties: Wolhuter (3)

Sharks 33 (12)

Tries: Thomas du Toit, Fez Mbatha, Reniel Hugo (3)

Conversions: Bosch (4)

Kaizer Chiefs v Bloemfontein Celtic result: Amakhosi blow handy lead

May 1st 2021 at 10:55

Kaizer Chiefs took a 2-1 lead into the half-time break in their DStv Premiership match against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday.

AS IT HAPPENED | KAIZER CHIEFS V BLOEMFONTEIN CELTIC

Amakhosi took the lead as early as the third minute thanks to a goal from Happy Mashiane.

Eric Mathoho then doubled Kaizer Chiefs’ advantage with a goal in the 13th minute.

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Credit to Bloemfontein Celtic for not rolling over as they cut the deficit with a goal in the 22nd minute by Neo Maema.

Early in the second half Bloemfontein Celtic completed their comeback from the penalty spot thanks to Sepana Letsoalo.

Despite their defeat, Kaizer Chiefs remained ninth in the standings with 29 points after 25 matches.

They will next be in action away to TTM on Tuesday, 4 May at 17:00.

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TEAMS:

Bloemfontein Celtic

Mabokgwane, Baloyi, Ngobeni, Chabalala, Rikhotso, Phalane, Mahashe, Maema, Kobedi, Mabena, Letsoalo

Substitues: Chaine, Van Der Ross, Lingwati, Potsane, Mashikinya, Ncobeni, Fikizolo, Mangweni, Sera

Kaizer Chiefs

Akpeyi, Zulu, Cardoso, Mathoho, Ngezana, Mashiane, Blom, Parker, Baccus, Manyama, Nurkovic

Substitutes: Bvuma, Katsande, Mphahlele, Castro, Kambole, Agay, Frosler, Sasman, Zuma

Incredible scenes as AmaZulu overtake Mamelodi Sundowns in DStv Premiership log!

May 1st 2021 at 10:55

Mamelodi Sundowns unbelievably are no longer the log leaders in the 2020/21 DStv Premiership standings!

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Not so long ago the Brazilians were coasting to a fourth consecutive – and 11th overall – PSL title.

But coupled with their own dip in form and the stellar play of AmaZulu in particular, Mamelodi Sundowns’ advantage atop the log was just ONE point heading into this weekend’s matches.

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And thanks to AmaZulu’s 1-0 away win over Golden Arrows in the KwaZulu-Natal derby, Benni McCarthy’s men now LEAD the standings by two points.

Luvuyo Memela grabbed the only goal of the match in first-half stoppage time.

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Usuthu’s lead may only last 24 hours, however.

Mamelodi Sundowns are in action on Sunday, 2 May when they travel to play Orlando Pirates (15:00).

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But that won’t be an easy clash and even though they will have three matches in hand prior to kick-off, the pressure is now squarely on Mamelodi Sundowns’ shoulders as the season rapidly draws to a close.

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AmaZulu now have 50 points after 26 matches.

They will next be in domestic action at home against Baroka FC on Tuesday, 11 May at 15:00.

Siya Kolisi has the last laugh on Sharks return to Cape Town

May 1st 2021 at 10:32

Siya Kolisi has helped his new team, the Sharks, beat his previous employers, the Stormers, in Saturday’s opening match of the Rainbow Cup at the Cape Town Stadium.

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The Stormers blew a sizeable first-half lead as the Sharks came storming back via a hat-trick from Reniel Hugo to snatch a dramatic 33-30 victory on Saturday.

Playing their first match in their new home, the Cape Town Stadium, things were looking good for the hosts as they opened up a 23-7 lead in the first half, but they surrendered 26 unanswered points thanks in no small part to Hugo’s heroics – a deficit they were unable to overcome despite threatening to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with the final kick of the game.

The Capetonians also did themselves no favours by being forced to play 40 minutes of the match with 14 men after receiving two separate red cards – the first to Seabelo Senatla in the first half for playing an opponent in the air, and the second to debutant Willie Engelbrecht after the break for two dangerous tackles.

Though they could replace those two players after 20 minutes according to a new law being trialled in the competition, it was still a lengthy period spent with a man down, and it cost them dearly.

The Stormers led 17-0 after just 12 minutes thanks to tries from scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies and centre Rikus Pretorius, with flyhalf Kade Wolhuter looking solid as he slotted two conversions and a penalty goal to leave the Sharks staring down the barrel.

But the visitors kept themselves in the picture thanks to two first-half tries from clever lineout moves – the first by Springbok prop Thomas du Toit in the 16th minute and the second by hooker Fez Mbatha just before half-time to ensure they stayed within touching distance after Wolhuter had extended the Stormers’ lead via two more penalties.

After the break, the Stormers were left stunned by a hat-trick of tries from none other than Sharks lock Reniel Hugo – as the visitors took full advantage of their opponents being a man down for the second time in the match.

The big man’s first try came from a quick-tap penalty, while the second arrived three minutes later from quick attacking play close to the try-line. And against all odds, he crashed over for his hat-trick in the 53rd minute as the Sharks totally turned the tables on their opponents.

That left the Stormers with a 10-point deficit, but Springbok fullback Damian Willemse gave them hope of forcing a result when he latched onto a crossfield kick from Abner van Reenen and scored a crucial try with just seven minutes to play.

The hosts had a chance to snatch the victory in injury time when Van Reenen kicked a grubber through a rushed Sharks defence, but though the ball sat up perfectly for Ruhan Nel, the centre lost his composure and made a hash of his attempt to dot the ball down and the Sharks hung on for victory.

The DHL Stormers fought hard until the bitter end and had the ball over the line to win it, but could not finish it off and come up just short as the Cell C Sharks claim a tense 33-30 win at Cape Town Stadium in the PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA opener. #STOvSHA pic.twitter.com/OHQdnpFV1H

— DHL Stormers (@THESTORMERS) May 1, 2021

SCORERS:

Stormers

Tries: Herschel Jantjies, Rikus Pretorius, Damian Willemse

Conversions: Kade Wolhuter (2), Abner van Reenen

Penalties: Wolhuter (3)

Sharks

Tries: Thomas du Toit, Fez Mbatha, Reniel Hugo (3)

Conversions: Curwin Bosch (4)

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TEAMS:

Stormers

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Kade Wolhuter, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Nama Xaba, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Ernst van Rhyn, 20 Evan Roos, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Abner van Reenen, 23 Dan du Plessis

Sharks

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (c), 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Grant Williams, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Phepsi Buthelezi, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Werner Kok

Kaizer Chiefs vs Bloemfontein Celtic: LIVE UPDATES AND STREAMING

May 1st 2021 at 08:18

Bloemfontein Celtic host Kaizer Chiefs in a crunch DStv Premiership clash at the Dr Molemela stadium this afternoon and you can follow all of the live action below.

Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to bounce back from their shock midweek defeat at the hands of Baroka FC which saw them drop out of the top eight.

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Bloemfontein Celtic on the other hand, much like Kaizer Chiefs, have suffered a torrid time of late in the DStv Premiership. They’ve picked up just one win in their last 10 outings.

Follow all of the live action from this afternoon’s DStv Premiership encounter in Bloemfontein below

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Kaizer Chiefs: LIVE UPDATES

Starting lineups

Bloemfontein Celtic XI: Mabokgwane, Chabalala, Baloyi, Ngobeni, Rikhotso, Phalane, Mahashe, Maema, Kobedi, Letsoalo.

Subs: Chaine, Van der Ross, Lingwati, Potsane, Mashikinya, Ncobeni, Fikizolo, Mangweni, Sera.

Kaizer Chiefs XI: Akpeyi, Zulu, Cardoso, Mathoho, Ngezana, Mashiane, Blom, Parker, Baccus, Manyama, Nurkovic.

Subs: Bvuma, Katsande, Mphahlele, Castro, Kambole, Agay, Frosler, Sasman, Zuma.

We have to improve – Ngcobo

“I missed the game against Sundowns and I think as a team we did very well. We played with confidence and we applied the plan correctly and managed to get three points. I came back against Chippa United and things did not go our way and we lost the game” – Kaizer Chiefs attacking midfielder Ngcobo said.

“I think we should have scored in the first thirty minutes. We have to focus on our next game against Bloemfontein Celtic, it won’t be easy but we are prepared, and we have to go there and make sure that we get maximum points.

“It has not been a great season for us as a team but there are a lot of positives we as a team can build on. This season has had many ups and downs, but Kaizer Chiefs have done well in the Champions League. We broke some records in the competition and we just have to keep our heads up and finish the 2020-21 season in a better position”.

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Kaizer Chiefs: Kick-off time and streaming info

Action at the Dr Molemela stadium gets underway at 15:00. The match will be televised live on Supersport PSL while this website will also be providing you with live coverage 30 minutes before kick-off.

You can also live stream today’s DStv Premiership clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic on Multichoice’s streaming platform DStv Now (Subscription required).

Kaizer Chiefs starting lineup for Bloemfontein Celtic clash revealed!

May 1st 2021 at 07:50

Bloemfontein Celtic host Kaizer Chiefs in a crunch DStv Premiership clash at the Dr Molemela stadium this afternoon and below is how they lineup.

Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to bounce back from their shock midweek defeat at the hands of Baroka FC which saw them drop out of the top eight.

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Bloemfontein Celtic on the other hand, much like Kaizer Chiefs, have suffered a torrid time of late in the DStv Premiership. They’ve picked up just one win in their last 10 outings.

Take a look at how both teams lineup ahead of this afternoon’s DStv Premiership encounter below

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Kaizer Chiefs: Starting lineups

Bloemfontein Celtic XI: Mabokgwane, Chabalala, Baloyi, Ngobeni, Rikhotso, Phalane, Mahashe, Maema, Kobedi, Letsoalo.

Subs: Chaine, Van der Ross, Lingwati, Potsane, Mashikinya, Ncobeni, Fikizolo, Mangweni, Sera.

Kaizer Chiefs XI: Akpeyi, Zulu, Cardoso, Mathoho, Ngezana, Mashiane, Blom, Parker, Baccus, Manyama, Nurkovic.

Subs: Bvuma, Katsande, Mphahlele, Castro, Kambole, Agay, Frosler, Sasman, Zuma.

We have to improve – Ngcobo

“I missed the game against Sundowns and I think as a team we did very well. We played with confidence and we applied the plan correctly and managed to get three points. I came back against Chippa United and things did not go our way and we lost the game” – Kaizer Chiefs attacking midfielder Ngcobo said.

“I think we should have scored in the first thirty minutes. We have to focus on our next game against Bloemfontein Celtic, it won’t be easy but we are prepared, and we have to go there and make sure that we get maximum points.

“It has not been a great season for us as a team but there are a lot of positives we as a team can build on. This season has had many ups and downs, but Kaizer Chiefs have done well in the Champions League. We broke some records in the competition and we just have to keep our heads up and finish the 2020-21 season in a better position”.

Bloemfontein Celtic vs Kaizer Chiefs: Kick-off time and streaming info

Action at the Dr Molemela stadium gets underway at 15:00. The match will be televised live on Supersport PSL while this website will also be providing you with live coverage 30 minutes before kick-off.

You can also live stream today’s DStv Premiership clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic on Multichoice’s streaming platform DStv Now (Subscription required).

Percy Tau could start for Brighton against Leeds United

May 1st 2021 at 07:25

An injury to Adam Lallana has put Percy Tau in contention to start Brighton’s Premier League clash with Leeds United.

Tau hasn’t featured in a matchday squad for Brighton since returning from international duty. The 26-year-old was forced into an extended quarantine as part of lockdown regulations after returning from South Africa.

Percy Tau could start for Brighton 

Brighton boss Graham Potter says the South African star is back in contention to face Leeds United on Saturday afternoon. It would be Tau’s first Premier Leage start since the club’s reverse fixture against Leeds in January.

The knock to Lallana could see Tau handed a starting berth in the number 10 role that the former Liverpool man has made his own this term. Potter had previously expressed a desire to deploy Tau in the role which he feels the former Mamelodi Sundowns star is better suited to than a striking or winger position.

“Adam Lallana had a bit of a tight calf and has been recovering. Hopefully he will train on Friday, but there’s nothing fresh apart from the Sheffield United game,” Potter told the club’s official website.

‘His chances of playing are OK, we will make a decision on him after Friday’s session. Percy Tau trained this week, so he’s back in contention.”

Percy Tau
John Stones (left) of Manchester City in action against Percy Tau (right) of Brighton during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Brighton Hove Albion in Manchester, Britain, 13 January 2021. EPA/Laurence Griffiths

Tau had endured a frustrating run where he was named on Brighton’s bench for ten matches in a row without getting onto the park.

Seagulls eager to bounce back

Potter hopes that Brighton can pick themselves up after a dissapointing loss to basement boys Sheffield United as they seek to secure Premier League football next season.

“Prior to last Saturday’s disappointing defeat at Sheffield United, it had been a very good period for us, where we picked up valuable points against European-chasing Everton and Chelsea,” Potter wrote in his match programme notes. 

“Last time out at the Amex, I thought we were the team most likely to win, but Everton defended well when they needed to. We nullified their attacking threat but just lacked that bit of quality in the final third to get ourselves over the line. Overall, though, I was pleased with the performance and the intent we showed against a very good side.”

Brighton will face Leeds from 16:00 (SAST) on Saturday 1 May.

Manchester City vs Brighton Hove Albion

John Stones (left) of Manchester City in action against Percy Tau (right) of Brighton during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Brighton Hove Albion in Manchester, Britain, 13 January 2021. EPA/Laurence Griffiths

Celtic vs Kaizer Chiefs: Amakhosi fully focused in Bloem

May 1st 2021 at 06:58

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Nkosingiphile Ngcobo believes the team and can still put a positive spin on their season.

Ngcobo admitted that things haven’t gone Kaizer Chiefs way this term but said there were enough positives in recent weeks to suggest that the tough times won’t last.

Amakhosi fully focused in Bloem

“As the league is coming towards the end now, I think it hasn’t been a great season for us as a team but I think there are a lot of positives that we can take and build on them,” Ngcobo said in his pre-match media address.

“It was a season which was not good, but I think somewhere we did well in the CAF – we broke some records. We just have to keep our heads up and finish the season in a better position.”

Kaizer Chiefs need to be sharper in front of goal

kaizer chiefs
Nkosingiphile Ngcobo of Kaizer Chiefs FC during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 game between Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Durban on 21 November 2020 © Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs have been made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal this season and Ngcobo highlighted their early missed chances against Chippa as where the team went wrong last time out.

“I missed the game [as an unused substitute] against Mamelodi Sundowns but I really think as a team we did very well. We played with confidence. We applied the plan correctly and we managed to get three points,” he added.

“After that, I came back against Chippa United where things didn’t go our way. We lost the game, and I think we should have scored in the first 30 minutes but we couldn’t, so we just have to focus on our next game which is Bloemfontein Celtic.

“It won’t be easy, but we are prepared, and we will make sure that we go there and get maximum points.”

Depending on results elsewhere, Kaizer Chiefs could move back into the top eight with a win over Celtic in Bloemfontein.

Football – DStv Premiership 2020/21- Golden Arrows v Kaizer Chiefs – Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium

Nkosingiphile Ngcobo of Kaizer Chiefs FC during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 game between Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Durban on 21 November 2020 © Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Shadow Minister of Sport welcomes withdrawal of Section 13(5)

May 1st 2021 at 06:36

The DA approve the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa’s decision not to invoke his powers in terms of Section 13(5) of the Sports Act against Cricket South Africa. 

Mthethwa was set to officially strip CSA of its national recognition until the federation’s Member’s Council gave in to pressure and accepted a new Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI).

The decision to implement structural reform was welcomed by Shadow Minister of Sports, Arts & Culture Tsepo Mhlongo.

Withdrawal of Section 13(5) welcomed

“We believe that this was the correct decision to make as the future of South African cricket was hanging in the balance,” Mhlongo said.

“The decision to reverse the Section 13(5) intervention was no doubt influenced by the recent vote by the the CSA Members’ Council to adopt the Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI), intended to introduce a more independent governance structure at CSA, which they previously opposed.”

Mhlongo insisted that CSA’s new board be summoned as soon as the have been appointed to present their strategies for the game, and pathway out of the mire the long leadership crisis has brought upon the game.

“The DA calls for the MOI to be tabled before Parliament and that the CSA board and executives present on how these new strategies will be implemented,” he said.

Future political interference in sport a worry

The DA MP expressed concern that the Sports ministry might make a habit of stepping in and perhaps unnecessarily meddling in the administration of sport in South Africa.

“While the adoption of the MOI is a step in the right direction, we remain concerned about the unprecedented political interference and power plays demonstrated by Minister Mthethwa,” Mhlongo added.

“This level of political interference in the independent processes of sports bodies, creates a dangerous precedent and leave us concerned that it can result in future political interference in other sport federations.”