Sipho (Hostix) Mabuse: ‘n Skolier Op 60 – Stix sit die cool terug in skool | Die Beeld

Sipho (Hostix) Mabuse: 'n Skolier Op 60 - Stix sit die cool terug in skool | Die Beeld

Sipho (Hostix) Mabuse: 'n Skolier Op 60 - Stix sit die cool terug in skool | Die Beeld

BBC News – South African jazz star returns to school

A high school in the South African township of Soweto has seen a 20% rise in attendance, since a famous jazz musician returned to school.

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabusay plans to sit his secondary school certificate in the coming months, more than 40 years after turning his back on his studies.

The 60-year-old hopes to encourage youngsters from deprived backgrounds to stick with their education.

Karen Allen reports.

via BBC News – South African jazz star returns to school.

Skolier op 60 | Beeld

In die gees van ubuntu het die 60-jarige musieklegende Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse teruggekeer na die skoolbanke – vir homself, maar ook om ’n arm gemeenskap te inspireer tot dit “waartoe hulle werklik in staat is”.

via Skolier op 60 | Beeld.


Drumming Up Applause – Southern Sun Magazine, February / March 2012

Drumming Up Applause - Southern Sun Magazine, February / March 2012

Drumming Up Applause - Southern Sun Magazine, February / March 2012

Southern Sun Feb 2012.pdf

Sharks vs Bulls preview

THE Sharks players are unanimous that they have just completed their toughest ever pre-season fitness regime, much of it based on muscle-burning, lung-busting sessions of wrestling and boxing in a Durban dojo. Tonight, against a youthful but energised Bulls team, the Sharks will certainly get to that wrestling into practice and might even find themselves in for a spot of boxing in the opening exchanges of what is going to be a ripsnorter of a South African Super Rugby opener.

The Bulls, minus 715 Super Rugby caps from last season and captained for the first time by Pierre Spies, will be desperate to start a new era on the right note and settle the nerves of the nine newcomers to their squad while the Sharks sniff an opportunity to sneak an invaluable away win against an unsettled side.

The Bulls have promising new players who will undoubtedly be committed to the cause but it is impossible for them to be self-assured so soon and they are not going to resemble Victor Matfield’s Mean Machine for some time.

You cannot in one swathe lose Gurthrö Steenkamp, Gary Botha, Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw, Fourie du Preez, Jaco van der Westhuyzen and Jaco Pretorius and not skip a beat, so the Sharks will fancy their chances of further improving their impressive record at Loftus in recent years. In fact, they have won four of their six Super Rugby visits to a Fortress where the Bulls seldom lost under Matfield and Co.

The Sharks’ last visit was at the death of last year’s competition and they won a terrific match 26-23 to qualify for the play-offs while at the same time abruptly ending the Bulls careers of the aforementioned stalwarts, who had backed themselves to beat the Sharks (and clinch the same play-off spot) and then go all the way.

Not surprisingly, many of the Sharks players describe Loftus as their favourite away ground, notably captain Keegan Daniel.

“I love playing at Loftus. It’s an incredible place to play rugby and the games we‘ve played against each other over the last couple of years have always ended up being massive clashes,” the flanker said.

“We can definitely expect a physical game, there is going to be nothing too flash for the first ten minutes or so, I’m sure, with some explosive exchanges up front,” Daniel smiled. “They do have a younger, fresher look about them but a little inexperience will be countered by the really good culture they have built up at the Bulls over a number of years, and that would have been pumped into the newcomers.”

An unbiased observer would look at the Bulls and note that the midfield and second row combinations look on the raw side. Centres Johann Sadie and Francois Venter are brand new (Wynand Olivier is injured and Pretorius retired) but a Bulls optimist would point out that Sadie is the next Danie Gerber and Venter starred last year for the SA Under21s. But not even the bluest of Bulls fans can compare tonight’s locks, Flip van der Merwe and Juandré Kruger, to Matfield and Botha, while Jacques Potgieter at No 7 flank will have to play some blinders to diminish Loftus’ memory of Rossouw.

For the Sharks, all eyes will be on the debuting centre Tim Whitehead, who has come from nowhere (well from Cape Town, actually!) to depose both Meyer Bosman and Marius Joubert, two former Springboks, and on his midfield partner, JP Pietersen, who is having a change in career direction. He sometimes dozed off on the blind side wing, so let’s see what he can do closer to the action.

That midfield could be very dangerous if let loose by the exciting halfback combination of Michalak and Lambie, and how effective they are depends on the quality of ball they get from a pack spearheaded by seasoned battlers in the Du Plessis brothers and Steven Sykes (back from Munster) and backed up by the hugely impressive flanker Marcell Coetzee, the livewire Daniel and No 8 Ryan Kankowski, who has a point to prove against Spies after being forgotten on the Springbok front in 2011.

Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner 14 Akona Ndungane 13 Johann Sadie 12 Francois Venter 11 Bjorn Basson 10 Morné Steyn 9 Francois Hougaard 8 Pierre Spies (capt) 7 Jacques Potgieter 6 Deon Stegmann 5 Juandré Kruger 4 Flip van der Merwe 3 Werner Kruger 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle 1 Dean Greyling.

Substitutes: Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten, Wilhelm Steenkamp, CJ Stander, Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouché, JJ Engelbrecht.

Sharks: 15 Riaan Viljoen 14 Louis Ludik 13 JP Pietersen 12 Tim Whitehead 11 Lwazi Mvovo 10 Patrick Lambie 9 Frederic Michalak 8 Ryan Kankowski 7 Marcell Coetzee 6 Keegan Daniel (capt) 5 Anton Bresler 4 Steven Sykes 3 Jannie du Plessis 2 Bismarck du Plessis 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: Craig Burden, Wiehahn Herbst, Ross Skeate, Jacques Botes, Charl McLeod, Meyer Bosman, Paul Jordaan

by Mike Greenaway

The Star February 23 2012

The Star February 23 2012

The Star February 23 2012

Stormers team to take on Hurricanes on Saturday 25 February at Newlands

Stormers team to take on Hurricanes on Saturday 25 February at Newlands

Team is announced as follows:

15. Joe Pietersen

14. Gerhard van den Heever

13. Bryan Habana

12. Jean de Villiers

11. Gio Aplon

10. Gary van Aswegen

9. Dewaldt Duvenage

8. Nick Koster

7. Duane Vermeulen

6. Schalk Burger (C)

5. Andries Bekker

4. Eben Etzebeth

3. Brok Harris

2. Tiaan Liebenberg

1. Steven Kitshoff


16. Scarra Ntubeni

17. Frans Malherbe

18. De Kock Steenkamp

19. Siya Kolisi

20. Louis Schreuder

21. Burton Francis

22. Marcel Brache

Referee: Marius Jonker

Match Day Schedule

17h05: DHL Stormers vs Hurricanes

14h50: DHL WP vs Griquas (Friendly)

Tickets now available on-line at , or at PostNet outlets, or at the stadium. Those intending attending the match are urged to buy their tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Martin Myers
phone +27 83 448 4475

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