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

Smith to Lead Hurricanes Out for First Game

The Hurricanes have today confirmed Conrad Smith will lead the team out for their round one Investec Super Rugby clash against the Stormers this Sunday (NZT). This will be Smith’s 67thcap as a Hurricane, but his first as the team’s new captain. Smith had previously taken over the reins once back in 2007 against the Reds before being named in November as the team’s new leader for 2012.

The full line-up to take on the Stormers at Newlands Stadium will be announced Thursday evening local time.

The Hurricanes captain took an extended break following New Zealand’s successful Rugby World Cup campaign and returned to Hurricanes pre-season training on Monday 6th February.

Upon his return to Wellington from his overseas adventure, Smith expressed his delight to be back with the team. “I’ve had a good break, but now I’m ready to get back into it and tackle the season ahead. We have a passionate and talented group of players in the Hurricanes this year and it will be an honour to be part of the group leading this side.”

On Friday, South Africa’s familiar Super Rugby line-up takes its place at the starting lin e for a marathon

On Friday, South Africa’s familiar Super Rugby line-up takes its place at the starting line for a marathon that is wrapped in poignancy and uncertainty because of unfinished business in the Saru boardroom, but the Sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of the Stormers, Sharks, Bulls, Lions and Cheetahs could have the positive outcome of giving the local challenge an unprecedented edge.

The only thing guaranteed in Super Rugby in this country right now is that the Southern Kings will occupy one of the five South African spots next year, and at this stage that effectively means that one of the five usual suspects that have been campaigning since 2006 (the Cats disbanded into the Lions and Cheetahs at the end of the 2005 Super 12) will either drop out into damning obscurity or be forced into an amalgamation … who knows what solution Saru are sweating over right now behind closed doors, and by the same token who knows what legal action the established Big Five collectively have up their sleeves should it come to one of them having to drop out and thus have their livelihood extinguished – you can be sure that if it comes to that, no franchise will go quietly.

So much speculation, so much up in the air … except for the one thing that the threatened franchises to an extent can control – how they perform on the field.

Never before has it been so important to avoid the wooden spoon (and the possible life-threatening ramifications that go with it). There is an unprecedented need to prove one is worthy of Super Rugby status and actions on the Super Rugby field will speak louder than the words of CEOs in the boardroom.

Adding intrigue to all of this is the fact that this is the most open South African challenge anybody can recall. Usually, we have two teams head and shoulders above the rest that contest the play-offs, a third team destined for mid-table and two bottom-dwellers that fight it out for last spot on the overall log.

In 2012 there is no obvious stand-out team and no reasonable certainty over who will finish first and last. There has been a levelling out in quality of playing personnel across the five franchises.

The Stormers, last year’s Conference winners, are much of muchness compared to last year, possibly a small step down after losing a few key players; the Bulls, who finished an uncharacteristic seventh in 2011, will arguably finish round about there again having replaced jaded veterans with hungry but inexperienced youngsters; the Sharks earned a wild card into the play-offs last year and this season have better all-round depth and will challenge strongly for the conference top spot; the Lions surely will take some of their Currie Cup momentum onto the Super Rugby stage and finish substantially higher than last year’s 14th; and the Cheetahs’ first-choice, fully-fit starting XV will compete with the best but if they pick up injuries, which is inevitable in such a long competition, they could end up slipping to the bottom of the Conference.

For the Stormers, it remains to be seen if it is significant that backroom analyst Rassie Erasmus’ departure is significant; here will be a questions over how badly the franchise will be affected by the departure of key men in centre Jaque Fourie and openside flank Francois Louw.

The absence of Fourie could well spark a career revival for Bryan Habana, who is being tried out in the position he played for the Lions as a youngster, but replacing Louw will be more problematic because the Cape team do not have an out-and-out ball stealer of Louw’s ability.

The Bulls are starting again after losing the backbone of their team and while Heyneke Meyer has done a good job in identifying and recruiting the next era of Bulls stars, they cannot be expected to immediately flourish. They need a season or two to find their feet, and in the meantime they are captained by a man out-of-form in Pierre Spies. If Morne Steyn gets injured, they could hit skid row because they do not have quality flyhalf cover.

Lions coach John Mitchell is too experienced and astute to allow the Lions to squander their Currie Cup-winning momentum and even if Super Rugby is a big step-up, the Lions for the first time have self-belief and confidence entering this competition.

The Cheetahs were crowd pleasers last year because of their ability to score tries from anywhere on the park but, unfortunately, their defence was not of the same standard. If Juan Smith and Heinrich Brussow can stay fit to complete the loose trio with Ashley Johnson, the Cheetahs will be very competitive, but as is the case in many of their positions, if you wipe out the front-runners there is not much else.

The Sharks at last have consistency at 10 in Patrick Lambie and with Frederic Michalak set to play 9, they have one of the most exciting combinations in the competition. Their Achilles heel could be depth in the tight five should key men pick up injuries.

by Mike Greenaway

a critical eye over the New Zealand and Australian Super Rugby teams a week out from the big kick-off -2012

Usually in a post-World Cup year there is significant player movement to Europe but in New Zealand and Australia this time it has been more a case of heavy traffic between the franchises. Take the Hurricanes and the Brumbies for instance, who each lost eight internationals to rival teams because of internal ructions last year that have resulted in players re-launching their careers elsewhere as well the new coaches sweeping out disaffected team members.

In addition and in Australia in particular, the chequebook has triumphed over loyalty and some big name Wallabies have traded allegiances. Fullback Kurtley Beale departing the Waratahs for the Rebels and utility back James O’Connor joining the same team from the Force, are prime examples.

But the bottom line is that not much has changed in the overall balance of power, and in both countries there remain two teams substantially ahead of the other three.

The Crusaders and the Blues are clearly ahead of the Chiefs, Highlanders and Hurricanes (probably in that order), while the reigning champion Reds and their bitter rivals, the Waratahs, are miles in front of the Brumbies, Rebels and Force (again in that order).

The Crusaders will start the season without their two best players in captain Richie McCaw (back in May from a foot injury) and Dan Carter (back in March after groin surgery) but they are a team with incredible mental toughness, as we saw last year when the they made the final despite playing all of their matches away from home. They are back in Christchurch this season and have most of their 2011 squad intact, apart from locks Brad Thorne and Chris Jack (both Japan).

The Blues’ backline has been considerably strengthened by the drama at the Hurricanes and welcome World Cup-winning All Blacks Ma’a Nonu (centre) and Piri Weepu (scrumhalf/flyhalf) to their ranks. They have serious firepower when you add in wing/centre Rene Ranger, fullback Ice Toeava and wing Rudi Wulf (back from France).

The Chiefs are looking for a new beginning after parting with Ian Foster, the coach for the last eight years, and they have imported a superstar of their own in Sonny Bill Williams (Crusaders) and the highly promising flyhalf Aaron Cruden (Hurricanes). The problem once again is a tight five that last year failed to give enough good ball to a dangerous backline.

The Highlanders are into their second season under popular coach and former All Black Jamie Joseph and are the New Zealand squad showing the most consistency from last year. They have had their share of Hurricanes imports, notably hooker Andre Hore and wing Hosea Gear, while England No 8 James Haskell is an interesting addition. The Dunedin team’s perennial problem is no solid depth to underpin a meaningful challenge.

Which bring us to the Hurricanes. Last year new coach Mark Hammett, the former Crusaders stalwart hooker, could not get the older players to buy into a new (Crusaders-style) culture he tried to install, resulting in a mass exodus. With a clean slate and a new squad, Hammett will try again but no team that has had such a radical overhaul can expect to be immediately successful.

Across the Tasman Sea, Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has managed to keep intact virtually the same squad that won the title last year. Nobody of consequence has departed and halfbacks Will Genia and Quade Cooper will again be the generals in charge of super-charged, energetic troops that play the game at a frantic pace. They are a good bet to defend their title.

The Waratahs have treaded water from last season, losing some big names but also gaining some talented players from their rivals. Versatile Wallaby back Adam Ashley-Cooper (Brumbies) is a valuable signing, as is Cheetahs scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius (the top try scorer in the completion last year), while the pack will be beefed up by Rocky Elsom (Brumbies) and Dan Vickerman (France). This is countered by the loss of prop Al Baxter (retired), flank Ben Mowen (Brumbies), flank Phil Waugh (retired), centre Ryan Cross (France), Kurtley Beale (Rebels) and scrumhalf Luke Burgess (France).

Jake White will start as coach at the Brumbies with a brand new squad. Gone are big names in Ashley-Cooper, lock Mark Chisholm, Elsom, flyhalf/centre Matt Giteau (France), No 8 Stephen Hoiles, wing Frances Fainifo, prop Salesi Ma’afu, scrumhalf Patrick Phibbs, flanker Julian Salvi and scrumhalf Josh Valentine. White has been quick to talk down expectations for the Canberra team, and he has good reason to as he starts from scratch.

The Rebels will put bums on seats with the addition of O’Connor and Beale, but they just don’t have the firepower up front to win many games. Still a very new team, most of the players they have been able to attract are has-beens (they have 15 internationals but only four played Test rugby in 2011). And two of their best players from last year, scrumhalf Sam Cordingley and prop Greg Somerville, have retired.

The Force have been hard hit by the departure of their two best backs in O’Connor and their Player of the Year, wing David Smith. They still have arguably the world’s best flank in David Pocock and stalwart lock Nathan Sharpe, but they are islands in a sea of mediocrity.

by Mike Greenaway

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