DHL Stormers v MTN Lions Preview

The DHL Stormers will be looking to build on their brilliant Vodacom Super Rugby victory in Pretoria before the break when they host the MTN Lions at DHL Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.

But the MTN Lions will also be heading into this match on the back of a win, as they beat The Sharks for only their second victory of the 2012 season at Coca-Cola Park during Round 15 early in June.

However, the MTN Lions will have to turn around an unflattering record against the DHL Stormers – the men from Johannesburg have never beaten their Cape counterparts in Vodacom Super Rugby. The closest they got was last year at DHL Newlands when the DHL Stormers won 19-16 despite being outscored by two tries to one.

Peter Grant and Elton Jantjies featured on the score sheet that day and on Saturday the two respective flyhalves can make it to 100 Vodacom Super Rugby series points, along with DHL Stormers fullback Joe Pietersen.

Pietersen is the closest to the century mark on 97 points in 2012, while Grant needs six points (he is on 94) and Jantjies eight (on 92) to pass 100 points for the season.

And even though the MTN Lions are reeling after a turbulent season, DHL Stormers captain Jean de Villiers, who will also lead the Springboks for the remainder of the season, knows where his team’s focus should be as the playoffs loom.

“The Lions have a lot to play for, but we are playing for something bigger,” said De Villiers.

“As long as the hunger and desire is there to win the tournament, we’ll do well. We are playing for something special and that will make Saturday a great challenge.”

Former Springbok lock Johan Ackermann, now the MTN Lions’ acting head coach, realises his team faces a tough trip to Cape Town.

“There is a feeling we need to keep things straight and simple, and that the players are comfortable with the game plan,” said Ackermann.

“On Saturday, it will be more a question of how well we execute our game plan. We know it will take an 80 minute effort. We need to be mentally strong this weekend.”

Head to head (since 2006)

DHL Stormers MTN Lions
8 Won 0
0 Lost 8
0 Drawn 0
233 Points for 118
118 Points against 233
24 Tries scored 10
10 Tries conceded 24

DHL Stormers v MTN Lions

Date: 30 June

SA Time: 17:05

Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town

Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)

Assistant referees: Francisco Pastrana (Argentina), Jason Jaftha (South Africa)

Television match official: Gerrie Coetzee (South Africa)


With 3 league fixtures to play, the DHL Stormers currently lead the South African Super Rugby Conference, 5 ahead of the Vodacom Bulls and 9 ahead of the Sharks. The Chiefs currently lead the overall log, 4 points ahead of the 2nd placed DHL Stormers. The DHL Stormers remaining fixtures are against the Lions(H), Cheetahs(A) and Rebels(H).
Allister Coetzee today named the DHL Stormers team to take on the Lions at DHL Newlands on Saturday 30 June at 17h05. Notable selections include:

Pietersen, Aplon and van den Heever make up the back 3, with Habana rested and playing from the bench.

Springbok and DHL Stormers captain, Jean De Villiers, leads the side in jersey 12.

In the absence of Vermeulen, Burger and Koster (injury), and Elstadt (suspension), DHL WP loose-forward, Tyrone Holmes, gets his first Stormers cap in jersey 6, whilst Don Armand who has already played 4 games for the Stormers this season from the bench, gets his first start. Kolisi plays at 8, whilst Jebb Sinclair, who has just returned from playing internationals for Canada, provides cover from the bench.

Bekker and Steenkamp partner up at lock, with Quinn Roux providing cover from the bench. Eben Etzebeth (stiff ankle) is injured and is not included in the match 22.

Malherbe, Fourie and Carstens make up the front row, with Liebenberg, and Harris providing cover from the bench. Steven Kitshoff, who featured prominently in the IRB Junior World Championships, is rested completely.

Your DHL Stormers team to take on the Lions is as follows:

15. Joe Pietersen

14. Gio Aplon

13. Juan de Jongh

12. Jean de Villiers (C)

11. Gerhard van den Heever

10. Peter Grant

9. Dewaldt Duvenage

8. Siya Kolisi

7. Don Armand

6. Tyrone Holmes

5. Andries Bekker

4. De Kock Steenkamp

3. Frans Malherbe

2. Deon Fourie

1. Deon Carstens


16. Tiaan Liebenberg

17. Brok Harris

18. Quinn Roux

19. Jebb Sinclair

20. Louis Schreuder

21. Burton Francis

22. Bryan Habana

Referee: Mark Lawrence

Leon Schuster’s Mad Buddies takes in R4.5 million (Gross) in its opening weekend in SA

Leon Schuster’s latest box office release, Mad Buddies, has been well received by local audiences, taking in a staggering R4.5 million (Gross) in its opening weekend (Friday 22 June – Sunday 24 June).

The result makes Mad Buddies the biggest ever 3-day opening weekend for a Schuster film, beating the likes of Mr Bones 1 and 2, Mama Jack and 2010’s smash hit Schuk’s Tshalabala’s Survival Guide to South Africa over the Friday to Sunday opening weekend period.

Mad Buddies, the 14th outing from the legendary filmmaker, tells the story of sworn enemies, Boetie (Schuster) and Beast, played by Kenneth Nkosi (Jerusalema, Tsotsi, White Wedding), who are forced to embark on a road trip as unwitting subjects of a new TV reality show, devised by a gorgeous TV Producer, Kelsey, played by Tanit Phoenix (Spud,Straight Outta Benoni). On camera, with the whole of South Africa in on the joke, the pair comes unstuck at every stage of this hilarious journey until they discover that they have been conned and join forces to exact revenge.

Mad Buddies also stars long-time Schuster collaborator Alfred Ntombela as Mr Mda, the Minister of Tourism, is Directed by Gray Hofmeyr and Produced by Helena Spring. It is currently available in cinema’s nationwide.

Acoustic Tales On The Lawn

Acoustic Tales on the Lawn, 15 July 2012

Acoustic Tales on the Lawn, 15 July 2012

South African star goes back to school at 60 | Yahoo! News

On Saturday nights, 60-year-old Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse is on stage, thrilling South African audiences with hits from his more than four decades in music.

But on week nights, the massively popular music maker is in a classroom near his Soweto home, working to earn the high school degree he abandoned in 1969 as his music career took off. –

via South African star goes back to school at 60 – Yahoo! News.


Mark Haze launches his debut solo album, Where Angels Fear To Fly

2011 Idols runner up Mark Haze has released his much awaited debut solo album Where Angels Fear To Fly (Universal Music). The package, produced by Theo Crous and complete with a star-studded list of local and international songwriters, is destined to set a benchmark in South African rock music. Named after one of his self-penned tracks, the album is a mix of great rock anthems and some lighter, soulful ballads where Mark shows the full spectrum of his powerful voice.

“I’ve always wanted to put out an album that translates to everyone – regardless of where they’re from and I believe that if a song is good, it’s good and that this album has something for everyone on it,” said Haze, “The title track, Where Angels Fear to Fly, is about my long journey to make a career and life from music and it is thanks to my fans from Idols and their belief in me that I have been able to record this album.”

Out of My Head, the first single off the album, went gold in late 2011 selling 20,000 copies. The follow up, ‘Alone’ – written by Jeff Cohen, Kara E Dioguardi and Nic Lachey – is already play listed on most major radio stations merely weeks after its release.

“We received well over a hundred songs to consider for the album and we handpicked eight and I added six of my own to the collection,” continued Haze, whose stellar performances on Idols created much hype around of South Africa’s powerful voices in rock, “It is a complete privilege to have recorded some songs by writers who have worked with Nickleback and Kelly Clarkson and these tracks, as well as my own, really reach down to the core of who I am as an artist.”

Following Idols in late 2011, Mark has been touring relentlessly around the country. He managed to clear up some time in his schedule in May to record at Bellville Studios with the legendary Theo Crous – known for his production and engineering work on The Springbok Nude Girls, Parlotones and Prime Circle albums. The album was mastered at 6-time Grammy Award winning Lurssen Mastering in Los Angeles. Mark used his own band – Bjorn Faree, Gareth Haze and Brian Lee, who have been with him for a decade – to play on the album and the authenticity of their chemistry is very evident in the sound.

Where Angels Fear To Fly will be available from 28 June 2012 in major music stores and will be available to download on multiple online platforms.

The designer Craig Jacobs from Fundudzi asks you to read this please.

Hi friends,
I am not sure if you know but the City of Cape Town and Cape Conservation has caged and is set to kill two Cape Peninsula baboons this week by lethal injection.

This follows the killing of two baboons, William of Scarborough and Fred (who featured in the British documentary Baboons with Bill Bailey) over the past two years.
The male baboons are being targeted because of their behavior as they battle to find their way home to the inland troop because of the urban sprawl. Rather than considering translocation – and introducing a more holistic education and awareness campaign – the authorities have decided to kill these two living creations.

If you would like to help convince the authorities to stop killing the baboons, and look to alternative solutions, please could you make your protest known by signing this petition
You can also send a letter to the mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille by writing to mayor.mayor

I have attached an image of the two male baboons who have been tagged, caged and are waiting to be killed this week.

Thank you for taking the time to read this mail.

Craig Jacobs

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