we are opening our new production, memory of how it feels, at the baxter theatre in cape town

we are opening our new production, memory of how it feels, at the baxter theatre in cape town starting february 17th. we run for 4 weeks, which is unprecedented for this kind of production which mixes story-telling, dance and chamber orchestra music.

please see more information about the show here: www.neosong.net

Waves out along Victoria Bay (George – Knysna) …rather large

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The Sharks squad to play the Lions and Stormers in next week’s Neo Africa Tri Series has been named

The Sharks squad to play the Lions and Stormers in next week’s Neo Africa Tri Series has been named. It includes Kenyan lock/flank Daniel Adongo (who is at the Sharks Academy) and Springbok Sevens star Mark Richards. Not considered because of injury: Steven Sykes, Keegan Daniel and Jean Deysel.

Squad: Daniel Adongo, Willem Alberts, Meyer Bosman, Jacques Botes, Anton Bresler, Craig Burden, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Alistair Hargreaves, Conrad Hoffman, Adrian Jacobs, Ryan Kankowski, Patrick Lambie, Louis Ludik, Charl McLeod, Gerhard Mostert, Tendai Mtawarira, Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, JP Pietersen, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Mark Richards, Ross Skeate, John Smit, Riaan Swanepoel, Stefan Terblanche, Eugene van Staden.

It is Kings Park again at last!

It is Kings Park again at last! After an 11- year hiatus and thanks to a magnanimous gesture by sponsors Mr Price, the spiritual home of Sharks and Natal rugby will again be known by the world renowned name it was christened with way back in 1956 when the stadium was built on council land loaned to the Natal Rugby Union for a period of 100 years.

Banking giants Absa bought the naming rights to the stadium in 1999 and after two five-year stints and a one-year add-on, they chose to end their association with the Sharks as they turn their attention to sponsoring the Springboks, who in turn have parted ways with SASOL.

Mr Price, the title sponsors of the Sharks, have beefed up their commitment to the Currie Cup champions by buying the naming rights to the stadium, and the first thing the fashion retailers did was insist on bringing Kings Park into the new name, which will be Mr Price Kings Park.

“We want to give something back to Sharks fans and pay tribute to the history of rugby in this province,” said Mr Price chairman Alastair

McArthur. “While we understand that there is a commercial reality to professional rugby, we also feel that history should not be ignored. It is sad when it is, and all too often we see stadiums completely losing their historical name. We would never have considered ‘Mr Price Stadium’.

The sponsorship deal is for 2011 only but there will then be a new, all-embracing contract running from 2012.

“Our title sponsorship finishes at the end of this year, so we will dovetail the two sponsorships going forward next year,” McArthur said.

Team captain John Smit best summed up the sentiment and emotion around the name when he said: “It means a lot to me personally to have the famous name restored. I started here as a 19-year-old in 1997 and the Stadium was called Kings Park. And now I will finish here at Kings Park (Smit is planning to retire from rugby at the end of this year’s World Cup,” the Springbok captain said. “This change means a lot to me. I have had to bite my tongue for a number of years when ‘Kings Park’ came naturally to my tongue but now I can finish up as a player calling it by a name I got to know and love as a boy.”

Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl said: “We are grateful to Mr Price for incorporating the historical name Kings Park and also for coming to our assistance in filling a financial gap now that Absa is no longer with us.”

by Mike Greenaway www.iol.co.za

Springbok Sevens aim for improved performance in Wellington

The Springbok Sevens squad departs for Wellington tomorrow with the knowledge that a strong showing is needed in New Zealand and the USA if they want to catch the front runners in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

The South Africans, champions two season ago, are currently in fifth place after winning the Plate final in Dubai and George in December last year. The next World Series tournament is on 4-5 February in Wellington and this is followed by the Las Vegas event a week later.

Paul Treu, the Springbok Sevens coach, described Wellington as the toughest assignment on the World Series calendar and said while he is happy with the progress of his young team they will have to play much better than in Dubai and George.

“We have worked extremely hard on certain areas of our game plan since we got together after the festive break. The young players are improving all the time and I am also pleased that Renfred Dazel is now fully fit and in the mix again.

“Wellington will be a huge experience for the young players. It’s the toughest assignment of the World Series because of the fantastic New Zealand home support and the encouragement the fans give to the likes of Samoa, Fiji and Tonga,” said Treu.

Earlier this week the SA Sevens coach made four changes to his squad who played in opening two tournaments last December. Former SA Schools star Paul Jordaan replaces Mark Richards while playmaker Renfred Dazel steps in for the injured Cecil Afrika.

The two other changes see Chris Dry and Lubabalo Mtembu coming into the squad in place of Jacques Engelbrecht and Sibusiso Sithole (knee injury).

South Africa’s Pool D opponents in Wellington next Friday are the formidable Fiji, France and Canada while they will be up against USA, Japan and Samoa on the first day of the USA Sevens in Las Vegas a week later.

The team leaves tomorrow at 12h55 from the Cape Town International Airport.

The Springbok Sevens squad to Wellington and Las Vegas:

Boom Prinsloo, Kyle Brown (captain), Frankie Horne, Chris Dry, Lubabalo Mtembu, Paul Delport, Branco du Preez, Renfred Dazel, Pieter Engelbrecht, Bernado Botha, Steven Hunt, Paul Jordaan

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The iReverend Colin Jones ex-dean of St. Georges Cathedral, struggle activist, ex-CEO of Spier Wine Estates, board member of the Tallberg Foundation in Sweden, violinist, writer and still sometime preacher

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And The Ghaadtjie Lerato Matona humanities graduate from Kanana near Orkney near Klerksdorp

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Welcome on board the Taxi
Looking forward to connecting with you there.

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And everybody who kept on encouraging us to go for it

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