DHL Stormers change four for Highlanders

DHL Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee has made four changes ahead of Saturday afternoon’s Vodacom Super Rugby home clash against the Highlanders.

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The DHL Stormers will take on the high-riding Highlanders at DHL Newlands at 15h00 with fit-again hooker Scarra Ntubeni back in the front row and hard-running winger Sailosi Tagicakibau wearing the No.11 shirt.

In other changes, meanwhile, experienced Springbok flank Schalk Burger comes in for Siya Kolisi at No.7 and Kurt Coleman will make his first start of 2014 in the flyhalf position.

“Having Scarra back to full fitness is a good thing for us. We have spoken about our set-piece, so it’s all about trying to get consistency there,”

“Players like Deon Fourie and Siya Kolisi can make a big impact for us off the bench – they’re game sharp and aware of the roles they need to fill.

“At the same time, I thought Schalk Burger and Kurt Coleman – who are starting this week – made big impacts off the bench against the Cheetahs,” added the DHL Stormers boss.

“Kurt, in particular, has been very patient. He started the season late because of injury after a strong Absa Currie Cup campaign in 2013 and he went on our Super Rugby tour without playing a minute. He deserves this starting opportunity after showing some good touches against the Cheetahs.”

The DHL Stormers team for Saturday (v the Highlanders) is as follows:

15. Jaco Taute
14. Damian de Allende
13. Juan de Jongh
12. Jean de Villiers (captain)
11. Sailosi Tagicakibau
10. Kurt Coleman
9. Nic Groom
8. Duane Vermeulen
7. Schalk Burger (vice-captain)
6. Nizaam Carr
5. Michael Rhodes
4. Ruan Botha
3. Frans Malherbe
2. Scarra Ntubeni
1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements:
16. Deon Fourie
17. Oliver Kebble
18. Brok Harris
19. Jurie van Vuuren
20. Siya Kolisi
21. Louis Schreuder
22. Peter Grant
23. Kobus van Wyk

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

Hungry young players are leading the charge for the Highlanders.

Hungry young players are leading the charge for the Highlanders.

And their appetite for the game is rubbing off on the older players, former Highlanders assistant coach and All Black first five-eighth Simon Culhane says.

“The young players have got the old guys keen and hungry, which is coming through on the field,” Culhane said.

Halfway through the 2014 Super Rugby season, the Highlanders have almost matched their points tally for the entire 2013 season, in which they finished 14th.

Last year was a season of expectation after the signing of big-name All Blacks Ma’a Nonu, Tony Woodcock and Andrew Hore. It ended with the team finishing the season second-bottom.

When the 2014 squad was named, the signed big names were gone.

But Aaron Smith, ben Smith and Brad Thorn remained, they were the standout names on a roster that left many Highlanders fans corking their expectations for the season ahead.

However, a new breed of Highlanders is coming through.

If the Highlanders can get a result against the bottom-placed Stormers in Cape Town on Sunday morning, they will be in a position to make a charge for the playoffs.

Culhane, who was an assistant coach at the Highlanders in 2011 and 2012, said the new crop were delivering better performances than the big names put together last year.

“Last season some players didn’t play to their potential for the side,” he said.

“Knowing Jamie [Joseph] pretty well, he would have assessed that the older guys weren’t leaving it all out on the field for the team and, with an eye to the future, chose to look to younger players who would be hungrier.”

It was working, Culhane said.

“The 9 and 10 combination – Aaron Smith and Lima Sopoaga – is functioning really well and if you look at any side going well on a rugby field, that combination has to be effective and drive the side around the park,” Culhane said.

Sopoaga has been pretty solid and Smith was back in All Black form, he said.

“Everyone is talking about Malakai Fekitoa,” Culhane said.

“He has been a revelation and Highlanders fans are pretty excited when he touches the ball.”

Also impressing Culhane is wing Richard Buckman – or, as he called him, the Honey Badger from the South – comparing him with Western Force wing Nick Cummins.

“Buckman is one guy who has really played above his weight. He is just a gutsy player who gets the absolute best out of his abilities and puts it out on the field. He is a pretty tough and strong individual.

A relatively unknown front row, with veteran Chris King leading the way, was holding its own up front against some formidable opponents, Culhane said. “Chris [King] is a quality individual who is laying the platform for the other forwards to follow,” he said.

Joe Wheeler and Shane Christie have also stood up.

“Joe is in his second season with the Highlanders franchise and is really coming into his own under Jamie Joseph,” he said.

“He is one of those young and hungry players and Jamie’s coaching style has been really good for him.”

The Highlanders were playing good rugby but Joseph and his side would not be getting ahead of themselves, Culhane said.

He was part of the coaching staff when the 2011 Highlanders put themselves into semifinals contention after a great start to the campaign before slumping at the end of the year to finish eighth on the table.

“Jamie [Joseph] won’t be getting carried away. We all know how it can change pretty quickly but the platform is there,” Culhane said.

If there was a question mark hanging over the side, it was whether the Highlanders had enough depth, he said.

A relatively injury-free run had helped the Highlanders, and the coaching staff were doing a good job balancing the time players were spending on the park, he said.

“There is always a risk your top players don’t get a rest when you want to win.

“But it looks like they have it right at the moment and there is also a fair amount of competition for spots, which is healthy.”

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HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 26 April 2014

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

Trevor Jones speaking personally about The 20th anniversary of Freedom & Democracy in South Africa

There are many special moments and memories that I have of 1994.

In particular the extraordinary experience of standing in a queue in Trafalgar Square outside South Africa House, with my mother, who was visiting me in London, she was waiting to vote in the first democratic elections of our country.

I had  my passport revoked and had been stateless for a number of years, studying in exile in Britain, and consequently could not vote.

On my return to South Africa after 29 years, my four children and I were invited to apply for re-instatement of South African citizenships by the immigration authorities.

I had vowed that I would never return to South Africa while apartheid existed and until such time as one man, one vote was instituted.  But frankly I dreamt but never believed that this would happen in my life-time.

In those years in exile I vigorously pursued my studies and forged a career in Film and Music.

There were always two cars outside my house in London which was under surveillance by the Security Police   —  while downstairs in my studio,  I was composing the music for short anti-apartheid commercials while my brother Colin Jones hosted Senior exiled members of the ANC.  He would update people like the Pahad brothers,  on  recent events in SA.

Oliver Tambo and Thabo Mbeki were my neighbours in Muswell Hill.

A couple of months after voting on the birthday of our eldest son my family and I watched the inauguration of Nelson Mandela – it was a joyous double celebration that day in our household.

Nearly a year later – on the 21st March (1995) – I watched with pride along with the rest of the world, live from Cape Town, my brother, Colin Jones, The Dean of the Cathedral hosting Madiba, The Arch, (Bishop Tutu), Martin Luther King’s widow, The Queen of England and Prince Philip, and other dignitaries,  commemorate the first human rights day   in South Africa.

 

This was the beginnings of our infant democracy, a twenty year young evolution and learning curve – which needs to be a constant process of change and development.

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Trevor Jones

The most important for me being Investment in our greatest resource  – the nurturing and education of our young – the next generation of the rainbow nation.

As we learn lessons about what a democracy should be and how to exercise our rights within the system, lets recall some of the words of Madiba:

.Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

It is what we make out of what we have,     not what we are given, that separates one person   –  from another. 

He could also have said that you can lead a horse to the water but its up to us to drink – of the waters of freedom.

We look forward with hope and enthusiasm to the next twenty years as we learn from the successes and mistakes of the last twenty years.

Success is the 10% tip of the ice-berg      –        of which 90% is striving and failure.

GOD grant us the SERENITY to accept things we cannot change.

The COURAGE to change the things we can.

AND the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE.

Blacks Only Comedy Show is back at Grand Arena Cape Town on 6 MAY 2014 !

Blacks Only Comedy Show is back at Grand Arena on 6 MAY 2014 !

VOTE DAVID KAU!

Comedy giant, David Kau, and the nation’s hottest black comics return to Grand Arena in GrandWest, Cape Town on the 6 May for a night to remember with South Africa’s favourite comedy show, Blacks Only Comedy show.

After the successful “Bling Bling Tour” last year October, Cape Town wanted Blacks Only back and the show promises to be its hilarious side splitting performance which includes comedians such as Joey Rasdien, Donovan Goliath,Skhumba Hlope, Sifiso Nene, Alan Committee and many more.

The evening will be hosted by MC, David Kau, who needs little introduction. The Kroonstad-born star began his career as the first black stand-up comedian in the 1998 Smirnoff Comedy Festival in Cape Town – the only black person on stage out of 44 comics! “I’d never had experience in stand-up comedy,” recalls David, “the first comedy show I ever saw was the first one I was in.” And for the next few years David was a headliner in many international and local comedy shows and has travelled the world performing at many Comedy festivals. His dedication to the Blacks Only Comedy Show brand is one of the reasons it is the fastest and biggest selling comedy brand in the country.

For ten years the popular comedy show has taken laughter across the country, and now Cape Town fans can see their favourite comedians under one roof at Grand Arena at GrandWest on Tuesday, 6 May. ” Cape Town.

Don’t forget it is on Tuesday the day before elections, come to the show, so you can vote properly the next day” says David Kau.

Tickets start from R165 and the show begins at 8pm sharp. To book visit www.computicket.com.

They didn’t score a try but the Crusaders snatched a rare Super Rugby away victory over the Chiefs

They didn’t score a try but the Crusaders snatched a rare Super Rugby away victory over the Chiefs in Hamilton last night on the back of Colin Slade’s boot.

In front of 17,097 at Waikato Stadium Slade kicked his sixth penalty goal in the 71st minute to seal an 18-17 victory.

That closed the Crusaders within three points of the New Zealand Conference-leading Chiefs on the points table.

With the final hooter having sounded the Chiefs had one last shot at trying to wrest back the lead, but they had to do it from inside their own 22.

Standout fullback Tom Marshall led the breakout and patienceruled as they worked their way up to halfway before a ruck penaltygave Anscombe a 51 metre shot at winning the game.

But the ball dropped just under the crossbar and the Crusaders celebrated their first victory in Hamilton since July 2012.

The first half had it all and while the Crusaders gained a slight edge in a mistake-ridden opening quarter, the Chiefs ground their way back into the match in the second 20 minutes as the rain started to fall to lead 17-9 at the break.

With both goal-kickers deadly from all angles and distances it was something of a penalty shootout for a while, Colin Slade banging overall three of his attempts to Gareth Anscombe’s one in the first 15 minutes.

Both teams took turns at stringing together multiple phase attacks only to turn the ball over and find themselves back down the other end, but when big Crusaders lock laid out Chiefs No8 Liam Squire with a shoulder charge, referee Garratt Williamson ordered up a replay on the big screen and issued a yellow card to Bird in the 28th minute.

That was the break the home side were seeking, Anscombe kicking his second penalty goal and within nine minutes his third and fourth to put the Chiefs ahead 12-9 before the Crusaders second rower was able to get back from the sin-bin.But with both defences cancelling each other out in something of a stalemate for much of the half the second break for the Chiefs came inthe final minute before halftime.

As Williamson played another penalty advantage, having warned the visitors for persistent infringing in their own red zone, 21-year-oldhooker Rhys Marshall ran right to a big blindside off a ruck and a slick pass put his namesake, fullback Tom Marshall, outside Crusaders No8 Jordan Taufua.

The fullback then gassed it straight between halfback Willi Heinz and

fullback Israel Dagg to score, Anscombe just missing the wide-angled conversion attempt to end the half.

The first 40 minutes were marred by three players leaving the fieldfor concussion tests – Squire, Crusaders skipper Kieran Read andChiefs halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow.

Squire and Kerr-Barlow returnedbut were replaced at halftime, while Read never returned.

The Chiefs came out breathing fire and brimstone after the break and put together 25 phases to hammer the Crusaders’ line, but again thedefence held and eventually forced an error.

Instead it was Slade who provided the half’s first points with hisfourth penalty goal in the 50th minute but a mad-headed moment by the Chiefs, rushing when they didn’t have to was not punished when Slade hit an upright with his fifth kick at goal and the home team broke out.

Fourteen minutes later in the 66th minute he struck the woodwork again, but the Chiefs’ indiscipline kept feeding him chances and two more Slade penalty goals put the Crusaders in front 18-17 with nine minutes left to play.

And then the last-minute drama played out with Anscombe’s forlornlong-range attempt at goal.

Crusaders 18 (Colin Slade 6 pens) Chiefs 17 (Tom Marshalltry; Gareth Anscombe 4 penalty goals). HT: 9-17.

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Nelson Mandela was staring death in the face. Fifty years ago on Sunday, standing in the dock aware that he could be hanged for treason

Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 during the Rivonia trial. Photograph: Reuters/Corbis

Nelson Mandela was staring death in the face. Fifty years ago on Sunday, standing in the dock aware that he could be hanged for treason, the leader of South Africans’ struggle against racial apartheid responded with one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century.

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people,” he told the supreme court in Pretoria. “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.”

Today the courtroom in which Mandela – who would be sentenced to life imprisonment at the end of the Rivonia trial – spoke these words is still hearing cases beneath the austere grandeur of a stained-glass ceiling, ornate sconce lamps, a carved dark wood dais for the judge and a jury box with red leather seats that have been empty since South Africascrapped juries in 1969.

Fourteen grey steps below the dock is a spartan concrete corridor leading to the holding cells where Mandela and his fellow accused were held. Chief among them is 5m x 7m room with walls coated in graffiti by generations of political prisoners. But after decades of neglect, the paint is cracking and peeling and in terminal decline, meaning this little-known historical treasure trove could soon be lost to the world.

The Freedom Charter at the Palace of Justice in Pretoria. Photograph: Nelson Mandela Foundation

Lawyer George Bizos, part of Mandela’s defence team from 1963 to 1964, is leading calls to save it. “It does worry me,” he said. “It’s part of the historical event and part of our culture and certainly a site that should be preserved.”

Bizos called for the cell to be recognised as a national heritage site, adding: “This is where we had consultations with Nelson Mandela,Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and others. There should be respect to protect these things. I hope the people who have control take notice of it.”

The cell has a bare concrete floor, one narrow barred window, a wide ventilation shaft against one wall, and the original heavy door with turn handle and peephole. The wall graffiti includes the yearned for freedom charter, a set of principles including “South Africa belongs to all who live in it”, as well as phrases such as “Mandela no easy walk to freedom”, “My dream is to be free, one love” and “Luthuli says the road to freedom is via the cross” a reference to former African National Congress (ANC) president Albert Luthuli.

There is also a description of an ANC “terrorist” trial in 1978 – “State closes the case. Defence starts its case” – and a list of prisoners who have come through the cell, including Tokyo Sexwale, later a government minister. There are drawings of unknown faces and a haunting image that depicts a stick man hanging from gallows; between 1961 and 1989, some 134 political prisoners were executed by the apartheid regime at Pretoria central prison.

The cell fell into disuse, and out of public consciousness, in the early 1990s. Since then, court facilities officer Chris Labuschagne estimates, only about 60 people have visited it, and the Guardian was the first this year. “It’s part of history but you can see what’s happening to the paint,” he said. “They’re supposed to put a Plexiglas screen over it. One day it will be gone and when it’s gone, it’s gone, and that will be sad.”

Labuschagne, who has photographed the walls for posterity, said he would like the cell to be turned into a museum but added: “I don’t think it’s going to happen, not the way this paint has been damaged. There’s not enough value given to history.”

The cell lies in the bowels of the 19th-century Palace of Justice, a monument to colonial opulence incorporating British floor tiles, Dutch stained glass and wood from east India. A statue of former president Paul Kruger stands in the adjacent square. Three courts are still operating, including court C, which hosted what remains the most significant political trial in South African history – one that puts the circus around Oscar Pistorius, a short walk over the road, into some kind of perspective.

The 50th anniversary of the late Mandela’s “speech from the dock” will be marked at the former Liliesleaf farm in northern Johannesburg on Sunday with a performance by musician Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse. Nicholas Wolpe, chief executive officer of the Liliesleaf Trust, said the holding cell must not be allowed to decay.

“The fact that we are allowing a revealing aspect of a key moment in our history to disintegrate and fade away goes to the core of our battle to keep our history alive and real,” he said. “It is indicative of our ambivalence and attitude towards our liberation struggle and our history in general.

“That is why commemorating events like the 50th anniversary of the raid on Liliesleaf and Nelson Mandela’s ‘I am prepared to die,’ statement from the dock is essential in our struggle to keep not only the memory of our history alive, but also our understanding.”

By David Smith

www.theguardian.com

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