If the Stormers don’t beat the Lions by 10 or more points on Sat -the coach should go

If the Stormers don’t beat the Lions by 10 or more points on Sat -the coach should go and follow Stefano’s resignation

Stefano Domenicali has resigned as the team principal of Ferrari with immediate effect.

The Italian team have struggled this season, failing to register a podium finish in the opening three races.
Domenicali, 48, who will be replaced by Marco Mattiacci, had been in charge since replacing Jean Todt in 2008.
“It’s time to make an important change. As boss, I take the responsibility – as I always have – for the situation we are going through.””There are particular moments in all of our professional lives where you need the courage to take difficult and very painful decisions,” said Domenicali.
No Ferrari driver has won the world title since Kimi Raikkonen’s success in 2007.
Domenicali, who had been with the Italian team for 23 years in various roles, added: “This decision has been taken with the aim of doing something to shake things up.”
www.bbc.co.uk

Sipho Mabuse performing at Liliesleaf Sunday 20th April and Anthems of Democracy

Liliesleaf to Mark & Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s “I am Prepared to Die” Statement from the Dock during the Rivonia Trial with a Concert at Liliesleaf on Sunday 20th April, 2014

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse will perform on Sunday 20th April at Liliesleaf to mark and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s seminal statement delivered from the dock during the Rivonia Trial.
The Rivonia Trial provided the accused with the ideal platform to present their case to the world and Nelson Mandela used this opportunity to deliver a compelling argument and case as to why the Liberation Movement moved from passive resistance to armed struggle.

As we approach 20 years of democracy, it provides all South Africans with the opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved, how far we have come as a country, and what events like the Rivonia Trial meant to the struggle in the fight for democracy. Nelson Mandela’s statement and in particular his closing remarks in which he said “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”, goes to the very heart and essence of what the struggle embodied and characterized.

In expressing his reason for performing at Liliesleaf on the 20th April, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, remarked that “Liliesleaf remains a monument to the fight against injustice – may the spirit of the Rivonia Trialists be forever etched in the memory for future generations”.

For more Information on the event please contact Nicholas Wolpe on (011) 803 7882 or Martin Myers (083 ) 448 4475

Tickets can be bought thru Webtickets

Physical Address: 7 George Avenue, Rivonia, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa
www.liliesleaf.co.za

Crusaders Self -Belief is back

Even with Richie McCaw still on the casualty list, the Crusaders’ self-belief has received a terrific jolt ahead of Saturday night’s match against the Chiefs.

Saturdays 52-31 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, in which Colin Slade contributed 25 points and Nemani Nadolo three tries, wasn’t flawless but it has done something the sports shrinks and expensive training equipment cannot.

The Crusaders’ confidence levels have hit the high-tide mark; whereas a defeat at Free State Stadium would have been a major setback, they can now prepare for the Chiefs knowing they are still capable of delivering a heavyweight punch.

Even with flanker McCaw unexpectedly scratched from the Hamilton fixture, the Crusaders head to Waikato Stadium, the scene of last year’s frustrating Super Rugby semifinal loss, knowing they are good enough to be the only team to sweep through South African unbeaten this season.

And, given the closeness of this competition, any information that can bolster a side’s self-confidence counts for plenty.

After having a screw inserted in the thumb he damaged against the Blues on February 28, McCaw had targeted the Chiefs fixture as his comeback match. It won’t happen.

“It’s just taken a little bit longer [to heal]; he hasn’t reinjured it or done anything silly,” Blackadder said in reference to McCaw.

“It just hasn’t healed as fast as initially thought it would. It’s just all part of it. The good news is that he is going to be back in a couple of weeks.”

Blackadder has reason to revel in Matt Todd’s efforts at No 7 in the absence of McCaw.

Todd’s effort against the Cheetahs, in which he kept digging for turnovers, ran smooth support angles and nudged a grubber through for Israel Dagg’s try, was his best of the season. Although lock Sam Whitelock was named man of the match, Todd was the glue that kept things together.

“Matt Todd is playing so well it would be hard to deny him a starting spot on his form and also, too, Richie has played in other positions before in the past,” Blackadder noted. “We’ll just cross that bridge when we come to it.”

Whitelock’s aerial work on the opposition’s throws and rugged attitude indicates he is finally approaching top gear and his battle against fellow All Blacks second rower Brodie Retallick this weekend will be eagerly anticipated.

The Crusaders have also finally proved they are capable of scoring tries and counter-attacking off turnovers; the presence of the leviathan wing Nadolo gives opponents something to worry about.

Nadolo was too quiet in the opening 40 minutes but as the game loosened up and the Cheetahs kept making turnovers, the big Fijian international prospered.

When they left New Zealand a fortnight ago the Crusaders were a team under siege. Their 2-3 record was unconvincing and they hadn’t gone through South Africa unbeaten since 2008 when Robbie Deans was coach.

The win in Bloemfontein was the first since 2007.

“There were some crucial questions we asked of ourselves a couple of weeks ago and what we needed to do and was the belief factor there?” Blackadder said.

“The trip has been very timely for us … We have stripped back and prioritised what we needed to do to win these games and got rid of any clutter.
stuff.co.nz

Heart 104.9fm -Top 30 – 12 April 2014

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 12 April 2014
POS ARTIST SONG TITLE MOVE L/W PEAK WEEKS NOTES
1 Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Rather Be NC 1 1 (2) 6 Last Week’s #1
2 Nathan Mayor feat. Justin Chalice Do It All Up 2 4 2 8
3 DJ Cassidy feat. Robin Thicke & Jessie J Calling All Hearts Up 2 5 3 6
4 Mi Casa Turn You On Down 2 2 2 5
5 DJ Clock feat. Beatenberg Pluto (Remember You) Down 2 3 1 9
6 Aloe Blacc The Man NC 6 1 (2) 8
7 Danny K Dream Up 14 21 7 11 Highest Climber & SA Top 10 #1
8 Beyonce XO Down 1 7 2 10
9 Jason Derulo Trumpets Up 1 10 9 7
10 Ledisi I Blame You Up 2 12 5 9
11 Drop City Yacht Club feat. Jeremih Crickets Up 2 13 1 (3) 13
12 Nabiha Mind The Gap Up 2 14 11 5
13 Pitbull feat. Mayer Hawthorne Do It Up 2 15 4 11
14 Toni Braxton Heart Attack Up 8 22 14 3
15 Robin Thicke Get In My Way Up 8 23 15 2
16 Cher Lloyd feat. Ne-Yo It’s All Good Down 7 9 7 8
17 Rock Mafia The Big Bang Down 1 16 14 5
18 ZO! feat. Eric Roberson We Are On The Move Up 8 26 18 2
19 Magic! Rude Down 2 17 15 4
20 Mariah Carey feat. Trey Songz You’re Mine (Eternal) Down 2 18 17 4
21 Citizen’s Banned feat. Diggy Bongz The Liberation’s Over Up 7 28 21 2
22 Toni Braxton & Babyface Hurt You Down 11 11 6 7
23 Justin Timberlake Not A Bad Thing Down 4 19 19 2
24 Jonathan Rubain Reason To Smile New - 24 1
25 TLC feat. Ne-Yo Meant To Be Down 17 8 2 14 Biggest Faller
26 Can Skylark Ain’t No Doubt Down 6 20 20 4
27 Earth Wind & Fire My Promise Down 3 24 3 20
28 Chad Saaiman All On The Wall Down 3 25 4 22 Longest Running Song
29 Aloe Blacc Love Is The Answer Down 2 27 1 (4) 17
30 Lloyd Cele Cinderella Down 1 29 15 7

Crusaders are on a roll two good wins in South Africa

Richie McCaw won’t be available for the resurgent Crusaders’ ahead of their match against the Chiefs in Hamilton next weekend.

McCaw, who had a screw inserted in his thumb after fracturing it against the Blues on February 28, hoped to be back playing Super Rugby when the Crusaders returned from playing in South Africa.

Head coach Todd Blackadder, speaking after the Crusaders 52-31 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein this morning, confirmed flanker McCaw won’t be considered until the following fixture against the Brumbies in Christchurch on May 3.

The Crusaders have the bye after meeting the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium.

“It’s just taken a little bit longer (to heal); he hasn’t reinjured it or done anything silly,” Blackadder said in reference to McCaw.

“It just hasn’t healed as fast as initially thought it would. It’s just all part of it. The good news he is going to be back in a couple of weeks.”

The Crusaders, who left McCaw behind in New Zealand during their tour of South Africa, haven’t won both of their matches in the Republic since 2008.

Their victories over the Lions and Cheetahs also marked a personal milestone for Blackadder who has never guided a team through South Africa unbeaten since taking over as head coach 2009.

Their last win in Bloemfontein was in 2007 under former coach Robbie Deans.

Now, following the six-try bonus-point victory at Free State Stadium, the Crusaders return home full of optimism and they may also be to call in All Blacks lock Luke Romano.

Blackadder said there was a “possibility” Romano, who didn’t tour because of injury, could return. If fit he could replace Dominic Bird or be named on the bench ahead of Jimmy Tupou.

Despite making a raft of changes early in the second half against the Cheetahs, Blackadder said none of his players picked up any injuries that are expected to rule them out of consideration for their match against the Chiefs.

When the Crusaders left for South Africa a fortnight ago they were under immense pressure, having lost three of their opening six matches. They have since forced their way into the top eight and sit on 18 points.

Blackadder would have had some nervous moments as he watched the Cheetahs pull their way back into the match; after trailing 26-10 they rattled on three tries inside 10 minutes to lead 31-26 with 20 minutes remaining.

“That 10 minutes they had was just unbelievable and it was a real momentum shift to be back in front,” Blackadder said.

“What was really pleasing was the messages from the (Crusaders) players out on the field. They were talking about just getting their hands on the ball, being really patient and putting them under a lot of pressure.”

The Crusaders led 19-10 at halftime and advanced their lead when Nemani Nadolo, who scored a hat-trick of tries, dotted down immediately after the re-start.

“We felt before halftime we were starting to get on top. The Cheetahs looked as if they were out on their feet … I was just so pleased with the fightback. The guys were bloody tough tonight.”

Crusaders 52 (Nemani Nadolo 3, Tom Taylor, Israel Dagg, Colin Slade tries; Slade 4 con, 4 pen, Tyler Bleyendaal con)

Cheetahs 31(Cornal Hendricks, Sarel Pretorius, Teboho Mahoje, Willie le Roux tries; Elgar Watts 4 cons, pen). HT: 19-10

Anthems of Democracy -Have you booked ? April 24th – 27th -Jhb Theatre featuring Sipho” Hotstix” Mabuse and many more

Anthems of Democracy -Have you booked yet ?

Macassar Pottery Clay Experience tours from 18th May

Crusaders team to Play Cheetahs on Sat

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team to play the Cheetahs this weekend and has stuck with largely the same 23 players who beat the Lions last week.

The only player who was not involved last week is Kieran Read, who returns to captain the side having recovered from a head knock two weeks ago. He replaces Luke Whitelock who has returned to New Zealand with a knee injury.

There are also some rotations between starting positions and the bench – Corey Flynn will start at hooker this weekend with Ben Funnell moving to the reserves; Nepo Laulala comes into the tighthead prop position while Owen Franks takes a spot on the bench; and halfbacks Willi Heinz and Andy Ellis have swapped so that Heinz wears number 9 this week.

The Crusaders will face the Cheetahs at Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein at 3:05am Sunday (NZ time).

Crusaders team to play the Cheetahs:

Forwards
1. Wyatt Crockett
2. Corey Flynn
3. Nepo Laulala
4. Dominic Bird
5. Samuel Whitelock
6. George Whitelock
7. Matt Todd
8. Kieran Read (C)
Backs
9. Willi Heinz
10. Colin Slade
11. Nemani Nadolo
12. Ryan Crotty (VC)
13. Kieron Fonotia
14. Johnny McNicholl
15. Israel Dagg
Reserves:
16. Ben Funnell
17. Daniel Lienert-Brown
18. Owen Franks
19. Jimmy Tupou
20. Jordan Taufua
21. Andy Ellis
22. Tyler Bleyendaal
23. Tom Taylor

Liliesleaf to Mark & Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s “I am Prepared to Die” Statement from the Dock on 20th April 2014

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse will perform on Sunday 20th April at Liliesleaf to mark and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s seminal statement delivered from the dock during the Rivonia Trial .

The VIP dignitaries attending the 20th April will be:

The Chairman of the Trust and Honourable Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe

Rivonia Trialist Accused #5 Ahmed Kathrada

Rivonia Trialist Accused #10 Andrew Mlangeni

The Rivonia Trial provided the accused with the ideal platform to present their case to the world and Nelson Mandela used this opportunity to deliver a compelling argument and case as to why the Liberation Movement moved from passive resistance to armed struggle.

As we approach 20 years of democracy, it provides all South Africans with the opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved, how far we have come as a country, and what events like the Rivonia Trial meant to the struggle in the fight for democracy.

Nelson Mandela’s statement and in particular his closing remarks in which he said “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”, goes to the very heart and essence of what the struggle embodied and characterized.

In expressing his reason for performing at Liliesleaf on the 20th April, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, remarked that “Liliesleaf remains a monument to the fight against injustice – may the spirit of the Rivonia Trialists be forever etched in the memory for future generations”.

Tickets from web tickets at only R60.00 each

On the Couch on Heart 104.9fm has been nominated for a MTN Radio award for 3rd year in a row

On the Couch on Heart 104.fm has been nominated for the third year in a row for an MTN Radio Award.

The show stars Flapper ,myself and Tapfuma Makina has had some exciting guests this year including Danny Jordaan as well as the Premier of W Cape all talking about Sport.

The show is about and for sports fans getting together and discussing the events of the week and looking forward to what is coming up over the weekend regarding sport.

On the couch has been running for over 10 years and really at the end of the day is a fun filled hour every Saturday from 8 -9AM about Sport and what listeners think of what the state of play for all the sports they take an interest in .

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