Matriek op 61: Zuma wens geluk | Beeld

Sipho Mabuse

Sipho Mabuse

Die “hoogste eer” het die legendariese musikant Sipho (Hotstix) Mabuse te beurt geval: ’n gelukwensing van pres. Jacob Zuma nadat hy matriek op 61-jarige ouderdom verwerf het.

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Sipho Mabuse – Matriek op 61: Zuma wens geluk | Die Beeld Today 31 July 2012

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President Jacob Zuma congratulates Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse on completing his Matric

30 July 2012

President Jacob Zuma wishes to congratulate one of the legendary South African musicians, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, on completing his Matric at the age of 61 years.

“On behalf of Government and the people of South Africa, we extend our sincere congratulations to Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse for achieving this amazing milestone at his age,” said President Zuma.

“You are indeed an inspiration to all of us by showing us that one is never too old for education. We admire your tenacity, discipline and your zeal to succeed and wish you well in all your future endeavours,” said President Zuma.

Enquiries: Mac Maharaj mediaenquiries.

Issued by: The Presidency

Website: www.thepresidency.gov.za

Interview with Radio Algoa by Rory Petzer Monday 30 July 2012

The Cape side still have not won a trophy since their Currie Cup win in 2001.

There might not have been silverware at stake yesterday at a highly emotional Newlands but for the Sharks this victory against the odds will rank right up there with the most valued in their echelon of famous wins, just about rivalling their Currie Cup wins. And their might yet be a trophy in store for them after this Super Rugby semi-final victory put them on a plane this morning to a grand final against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

The cheers from New Zealand, from the Waikato region in particular, would have been resounding as the second-placed Chiefs on the final log standings thus won the right to host the final after the first-placed team choked on their champers.

Champagne across the Cape was indeed taken out of ice and put back into dusty cellars as wine country was transformed into the whine variety. The Cape side still have not won a trophy since their Currie Cup win in 2001.

There were only a sprinkling of black-and-white jerseys among a multitude of blue ones at Newlands but any KwaZulu-Natalian in the Cape yesterday was privileged indeed as their rugby team made a mockery of media predictions across the Cape that their team would be hosting a final next week. Capetonians simply did not believe they could lose and newspaper coverage across the Western Cape wondered how a weary Sharks team could travel back from Brisbane and beat a Stormers side that had had their feet up in rest last week.

Well there is a South African team in the final, but it is the team from Durban and they will be hoping for fourth time lucky after having played three times in the final before without success. The Sharks lost in 1996 to the Auckland Blues, they fell to the Brumbies in the 2001 final and in 2007 dramatically lost in the final minute to the Bulls ,and now they have another shot at glory.

Once again, nobody will give them any price given that they have to travel so far in such a short space of time to play the Chiefs, having only just got back from Australia.

But then the Sharks have been defying the odds for some time now since they reacted to a shock loss to the Lions by going udefeated in matches against the Bulls, Cheetahs and Reds (away) and now the Stormers.

The Sharks not only had to overcome the travel factor but also a hostile sell-out crowd, and the feeling was that given that the jet lag that would hit inevitably them in the final quarter, the home team would be roared home in the closing stages.

“I have nothing but pride for the courage and determination shown by our guys,” coach John Plumtree said. “We refused to talk about jet lag during the week and we came down here with the absolute focus of doing whatever it took to get the win.”

But Plumtree said a Stormers side invigorated by their rest nullified the free-flowing game the Sharks wanted to play, and which had won them the game against the Reds in Brisbane.

“The Stormers knocked us back in the collisions and so we had to find another way to win the game, and I think we did that with Frederic Michalak kicking drop goals, and with our aerial game that we employed with having picked Riaan Viljoen at fullback at the last minute.’

It was a tactical move from the Sharks coach that reaped the results. Viljoen, who has a huge boot, came from nowhere to be picked at fullback, with Louis Ludik moving to wing and JP Pietersen to centre, with Meyer Bosman dropping out of the team.

One of Viljoen’s bombs from the back resulted in a crucial try for Ludik late in the first half when he wrested the ball out of the air in a battle with Stormers fullback Joe Pietersen, spun out of the tackle and raced 40m for the score.

The Sharks scored again midway through the second half when in-form JP Pietersen burst through the midfield after a good build-up and even though it was not long after cancelled out by a try by Gio Aplon, Michalak’s penalties and two drop goals kept the Sharks in front.

The Sharks this morning travel to Johannesburg and tonight travel to Sydney where they will stay until Thursday.

Plumtree said that this was a move to try and subdue the affect of the travel.

“We will get to Sydney on Monday and can go straight to bed without having to worry about the transfers to get us to Hamilton in New Zealand,” the coach said. “We will move across to Hamilton on Thursday when we have recovered,” he said.

STORMERS (6) 19

SHARKS (13) 26

by Mike Greenaway at Newlands

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse (60) passes his Matric! – Sowetan LIVE

Sipho Mabuse

Sipho Mabuse

Congratulations are in order for musician Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, whose drive to overcome a lack of education is impressively on track.

via Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse (60) passes his Matric! – Sowetan LIVE.

Hotstix Getting Matric Results

Hotstix getting his Matric results at Peter Lengene Adult Education Centre, 27 July 2012

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