All Black Richie McCaw on leadership

All Black Richie McCaw on leadership. Never let doubt show on the field.

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All Black captain Richie McCaw wowed at Wednesday’s charity gala iSport dinner event, and while most of the talk was on the upcoming World Cup, shares his top three leadership tips.

Here’s a summary:

1. Leaders treat everyone equal but different: Everyone is a bit different – everyone has different drivers, different motivations and different ways of doing things. I realised this one very important principle – that rules are for the guidance of the wise and the strict adherence of fools.

In the All Blacks, we have a full spectrum of society – we have guys brought up in the best of private schools, guys from the toughest of backgrounds. We have the grunty big forwards who just don’t like bullshit, the backs who dance around the facts and won’t play without their hair gel, so you can’t apply one set of rules for everyone because people have different drivers, different backgrounds and different motivations. Good leadership is about being able to get the best out of everyone.

2. Leaders must be open and honest but also conceal some things: Leadership is about being open and honest but at the same time, even when you’re not feeling it inside, you must exude a confidence even when there’s doubts. Open and honest – yes, but never let doubt show on the field.

3. The greatest enemy of excellence is talent: The talented individuals assume they will do well because they’re talented – but it’s the ones that try harder and practice longer because they need to, that succeed. When times get tough, they’re the ones that are used to trying their hardest and so they end up being the ones that are still around in the long run.

Fourie du Preez is “royal game’ in the Springbok camp

So there are us sleepy-eyed Durban hacks listening to Gary Gold telling us in a press conference what he told us last week about the statement he made the week before about he is backing youth in the Currie Cup, and critics can go to hell in a handcart,“But at the same time it is nice to have back the experience of Cobus Reinach at scrumhalf. If the Boks don’t want him, we certainly do.”

Silence. Bemused reporters look around as Gold suddenly turns crimson at the realisation that, two days before the RWC squad announcement, he has revealed that Reinach has not made the cut (for Rudy Paige).

You have got to love those unintentional gaffes from rugby people “in the know”, that unconsciously spill out classified knowledge to the uninformed, who light up like the lighthouse at the foot of the Bok hotel in Umhlanga Rocks and do not listen to another word Gold says about the banalities of the Currie Cup as they tweet away the news that Paige is in and Reinach is out, and dare anyone mention the words that a quota system has been enforced on Meyer.

In the olden days – I love that expression when I hear it from my little niece – before the days of multi-media and, heaven forbid, social media, newspapers actually used to have “trainspotters” who would watch the entrance of a Bok hotel from behind a grassy knoll and be rewarded with the odd snap of a crestfallen player packing his luggage into the boot of a taxi, his dream in tatters

That is honestly how reporters in the “olden days” picked up scoops about who was in an out.

My dear old friend Michael Shafto, a famous rugby writer of the 70s who is now well into his dotage, once told me how he was chased from his “grassy knoll” by a sjambok-wielding security guard. That is what you did for your stories in those days.

Even the not-so-secretive reporter hanging about the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2015 might have spotted the odd indication that all is not well with the 44. A disconsolate Marcell Coetzee was hiding nothing when he packed his kit into his SUV.

But back to Reinach. As a veteran reporter dating back to the start of the post-olden days, you want to tell him to be not too hasty in unpacking that suitcase. In fact, I would advise him to take out some of the surfing trunks and pack in some woollies.

I bet my house on it that Reinach will still play in the World Cup. Which brings us to the enigmatic Fourie du Preez. I have spoken about trainspotters sneaking their binoculars through the leaves of the grassy knolls around the Beverly Hills, but none of these heavily camouflaged operators have whispered a spotting.

I reckon Fourie uses the trademen’s entrance, which is a well known trick of the trade in London and New York Hotels as a way of spiriting in celebrities through busy hotel kitchens to thwart the media hordes.

There has been more chance of spotting the Loch Ness Monster doing a lap around the Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse or, as one of my colleagues put it, of seeing the Scarlet Pimpernel in Paris.

There is no question that Fourie du Preez is “royal game’ in the Springbok camp. Not be seen, not be spoken to.

There is no doubt that he proved himself to be the best scrumhalf in the world …. in 2007.

To be fair, Heyneke Meyer does not hav a dishonest bone in his body, and he is convinced that eight years later Du Preez can win the Boks the World Cup, despite his hibernation in Japan.

There is one small clause in the Rugby World Cup Agreement that worries me. It basically says that a player arriving injured at the World Cup cannot be replaced.

Mind you, that should worry Reinach as well.

Oh well, who are we to question what is going on behind closed doors at that most scenic of hotels on the KZN Dolphin Coast. But I stand my recommendation to Reinach that he does not hastily unpack.

by Mike Greenaway

All Blacks squad named for Rugby World Cup 2015

Chalk up another victory for traditional Fijian healing methods.

Barely six weeks after Waisake Naholo limped off with a broken leg on test debut, the Taranaki and Highlanders wing bolted into the All Blacks’ World Cup squad of 31, named on Sunday.

The 24-year-old was the big talking point of the announcement at the Beehive in Wellington as he filed out in his suit and tie with the team-mates tasked with defending the Cup in England, starting next month. He was one of four outside backs named, joining Ben Smith, Julian Savea and Nehe Milner-Skudder, the latter forcing his way in with two impressive tests against Australia.

It meant players of the quality of Charles Piutau, Israel Dagg and Cory Jane all missed out, with Piutau the unluckiest of the lot after some compelling All Blacks form this year.

Highlanders wing Waisake Naholo was the big surprise when the All Blacks’ Rugby World Cup squad was named on Sunday night.

Naholo displayed something of a Midas touch after representing Wanganui as a schoolboy fresh from Fiji. Last year his nine tries for Taranaki helped them win the NPC, then he stormed through Super Rugby with 13 tries for the title-winning Highlanders. But his World Cup dream looked over when he suffered a cracked fibula after 50 minutes on debut against Argentina on July 17, which he was told would sideline him for three months.

A remarkable story emerged from his home village, where he returned for treatment. His uncle, Isei Naiova, told local media he applied traditional leaves known as kawakawarau on Naholo’s leg for four days. Naholo was checked by All Blacks medical staff and is expected to be fit for their third game against Georgia in Cardiff on October 3.

“It’s been really frustrating not being able to do anything and watching the boys and knowing I could be there as well,” Naholo said.

“I never dreamed growing up in Fiji that I’d put the black jersey on; it’s a dream come true.”

The selectors, headed by coach Steve Hansen, clearly couldn’t ignore Naholo’s gamebreaking qualities and it gives the All Blacks two blockbusting wingers with Savea. Hurricanes star Milner-Skudder, whose uncles George Skudder and Buff Milner were All Blacks, can cover fullback and also falls into the matchwinner category. He headed off Jane who paid the price for an injury-hit season, while Dagg struggled for top form and probably suffered from a lack of versatility.

Highlanders first-five Lima Sopoaga was the other desperately unlucky one, as the selectors went with experience in the form of Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade.

Sopoaga looked a good bet after a cool-headed debut against the Springboks in Johannesburg, and his role as a key guiding hand in the Highlanders’ Super Rugby title win. He appeared a ready-made backup as a starting No 10 should Carter suffer injury, but the selectors went for the versatility of Barrett and Slade who can cover fullback and wing respectively.

Both Barrett and Slade hardly featured in the All Blacks tests this year but the selectors were convinced on past efforts in black.

Others to be counted unlucky were lock Jeremy Thrush, who missed out due to the selectors going with three specialist locks: Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock and Luke Romano. It meant loose forwards Victor Vito and Liam Messam each got the call-up. Midfielder Ryan Crotty missed out, with Sonny Bill Williams included despite a comparatively flat 2015, while prop Nepo Laulala made big strides but was pipped by Charlie Faumuina who returned from injury for Auckland in the nick of time at the weekend.

Hansen said the unlucky ones needed to keep their chins up and could well be required in the mould of 2011 cult hero Stephen Donald.

“We should spare a thought for those guys who have worked just as hard and missed out. We need those guys to get over their disappointment; we’re a tight-knit family and will help with that. At some point, history tells us we’ll need them in a black jersey. We wish them all the best and we see them very much in the future,” Hansen said.

The rest of the squad was predictable, with 17 forwards and 14 backs. They went with three halfbacks, with Tawera Kerr-Barlow snaring the third spot, and three hookers, with Codie Taylor getting his big moment at the expense of Hika Elliot after a robust display off the bench in Johannesburg.

The All Blacks remain in Wellington for a camp, then assemble in Auckland just before flying out on September 10. Their tournament opener is against Argentina on September 21.

“To the fans I would like to say: our attitude going into this Rugby World Cup is not a case of expecting it, but one of making it happen. The Cup isn’t ours. We are not defenders; like everyone else, we are contenders. We have to earn the right to win it through world-class performances,” Hansen said.

“In doing so, we have to do something that no-one has ever done before. But that is a hugely exciting challenge and one I believe the team will rise to. With this in mind, we believe we have selected players with the right mix of experience, x-factor, determination and mental strength. This is an exciting and talented group of players who are looking to do something that hasn’t been done before, and make New Zealanders proud.”


Hookers: Dane Coles (Hurricanes/Wellington), Keven Mealamu (Blues/Auckland), Codie Taylor (Crusaders/Canterbury).

Props: Wyatt Crockett (Crusaders/Canterbury), Charlie Faumuina (Blues/Auckland), Ben Franks (Hurricanes/Hawke’s Bay), Owen Franks (Crusaders/Canterbury), Tony Woodcock (Blues/North Harbour).

Locks: Brodie Retallick (Chiefs/Bay of Plenty), Luke Romano (Crusaders/Canterbury), Samuel Whitelock (Crusaders/Canterbury).

Loose forwards: Sam Cane (Chiefs/Bay of Plenty), Jerome Kaino (Blues/Auckland), Richie McCaw – captain (Crusaders/Canterbury), Liam Messam (Chiefs/Waikato), Kieran Read (Crusaders/Canterbury), Victor Vito (Hurricanes/Wellington).

Halfbacks: Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs/Waikato), TJ Perenara (Hurricanes/Wellington), Aaron Smith (Highlanders/Manawatu).

First five-eighths: Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes/Taranaki), Daniel Carter (Crusaders/Canterbury), Colin Slade (Crusaders/Canterbury).

Midfielders: Malakai Fekitoa (Highlanders/Auckland), Ma’a Nonu (Hurricanes/Wellington), Conrad Smith (Hurricanes/Wellington), Sonny Bill Williams (Chiefs/Counties Manukau).

Outside backs: Nehe Milner-Skudder (Hurricanes/Manawatu), Julian Savea (Hurricanes/Wellington), Ben Smith (Highlanders/Otago), Waisake Naholo (Highlanders/Taranaki).

– Stuff

HEART TOP 40 – 29 August 2015

HEART TOP 40 – 29 August 2015
1 Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend Like I’m Gonna Lose You NC 1 1 (3) 13 Last Week’s #1
2 Adam Lambert Ghost Town Up 3 5 2 6
3 Flo Rida feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White I Don’t Like It, I Love It Up 1 4 3 8
4 Charlie Puth feat. Meghan Trainor Marvin Gaye Up 7 11 4 7
5 OMI Cheerleader Down 3 2 1 (2) 9
6 Maroon 5 This Summer Down 3 3 2 8
7 Jeremih feat. YG Don’t Tell ‘Em Up 10 17 6 19
8 Jess Glynne Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself Down 2 6 6 5
9 Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. Mo Lean On Down 2 7 7 8
10 Shekhina feat. Kyle Deutsch Back To The Beach Down 2 8 8 4
11 Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz You’re So Beautiful Down 1 10 1 (5) 14
12 Omarion feat. Chris Brown & Jhené Aiko Post To Be Up 15 27 12 19 Highest Climber
13 Awa Obvious Up 2 15 13 5
14 Pitbull feat. Chris Brown Fun Down 2 12 2 12
15 Trey Songz Change Your Mind New 15 1
16 Tresor Never Let Me Go Down 3 13 9 8
17 Calvin Harris & Disciples feat. Ina Wroldsen How Deep Is Your Love Up 13 30 17 2
18 Natalie La Rose feat. Jeremih Somebody Down 4 14 1 23 Longest Running Song
19 Little Mix Black Magic Down 3 16 15 10
20 Timo ODV feat. Sarah Jackson Save Me Down 11 9 3 11 Biggest Faller
21 Deorro feat. Chris Brown Five More Hours Down 3 18 18 6
22 Charlie Wilson feat. Snoop Dogg Infectious Down 3 19 5 16
23 DJ Micks feat. Lebohang Hamba Down 3 20 8 12
24 Jess Glynne Hold My Hand Down 2 22 2 20
25 Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar Bad Blood New 25 1
26 Jamie Foxx feat. Kid Ink Baby’s In Love Up 5 31 25 10
27 Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth See You Again Down 4 23 2 11
28 Smile feat. Mariechan Last Summer Down 4 24 24 5 SA Top 10 #1
29 Jason Derulo Want To Want Me Down 4 25 1 (3) 20
30 The Weeknd Can’t Feel My Face New 30 1
31 Ariana Grande One Last time Down 5 26 2 22
32 Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett Conquerer Down 4 28 28 3
33 Tinie Tempah feat. Jess Glynne Not Letting Go Down 4 29 22 9
34 Leanne Dlamini No Sweat Up 1 35 34 4
35 Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea Pretty Girls Down 3 32 27 8
36 Lunchmoney Lewis Bills Down 3 33 11 14
37 Tori Kelly Nobody Love Down 3 34 13 14
38 Chic feat. Nile Rodgers I’ll Be there Down 1 37 24 7
39 Pharrell Freedom Down 1 38 36 4
40 Candice Thornton Super Hero Down 1 39 25 11

The 31-man Springbok squad for England for the Rugby World Cup.

Three Test centurions, Victor Matfield, Bryan Habana and Jean de Villiers, have been included in the 31-man Springbok squad that will travel to England next month for the Rugby World Cup.

De Villiers will captain the Springboks at the global rugby showpiece and Matfield is vice-captain, with Schalk Burger providing captaincy back-up.

Matfield and Burger will take part in their fourth Rugby World Cup, while De Villiers, Habana, JP Pietersen, Ruan Pienaar, Fourie du Preez, Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis will play in their third. Six players who featured in 2011, are back for their second tournament.

Sixteen members of the 31-man squad, 12 of whom made their Test debut under Heyneke Meyer since 2012, will have their first taste of Rugby World Cup action.

One uncapped player was included in Rudy Paige, who was first selected to tour with the Springboks last November.

The average age of the selected players is a little over 26 and the combined number of caps in the squad is 1,297.

Springbok coach Meyer said it was very tough to select the final squad from the wider training group that had been together for the last two months.

“Every single player in our wider group worked incredibly hard and to cut the squad to 31 was probably the most difficult selection I’ve faced in my coaching career,” said Meyer.

“In the end, the selectors decided the 31 players named were the best we have at the moment but that is not to say any of the others won’t have a role to play, with injuries a reality in our game.

“Because of the size of the squad, we also had to give more consideration to utility players, who can move around between positions, such as Schalk Brits and Pieter-Steph du Toit, both of whom can play in the back row, as well as Coenie Oosthuizen, who can pack down on both sides of the front row.

“A number of our backs, such as JP, Ruan, Pat Lambie, Handré Pollard, Damian de Allende, Jesse Kriel, Lwazi Mvovo and Zane Kirchner, are all comfortable to play in more than one position.

“I think the squad has a great balance between youth and experience while keeping together the core of the team that did the country proud in the last few years. We also have a number of players who know what it takes to win a World Cup and their knowledge will be very valuable.

“We’re going to England with the hopes of a nation on our shoulders and we would really like to make our country proud, but we’re under no illusions about how tough it will be.

“The gap between all the nations playing in the tournament has shrunk over the years and this will probably be the closest World Cup yet. But the players have really worked very hard over the last two months and by time we get to Eastbourne for our first match, we’ll hopefully be firing on all cylinders.”

Meyer said that although a number of players currently recovering from injuries were selected, every player in the squad is expected to be fit for the Springboks’ opening match of the Rugby World Cup, on 19 September against Japan.

De Villiers (fractured jaw), Duane Vermeulen (neck), Jannie du Plessis (knee), Fourie du Preez (knee), Willie le Roux (ankle), Francois Louw (shoulder) and Coenie Oosthuizen (neck) are all recovering from various injuries but are close to full match fitness.

“The best medical scenarios were taken into consideration with the selection process. Our medical team have worked incredibly hard with these players and we’re confident they will be ready to be considered to play Japan,” said Meyer.

“Although they have not been able to train fully with the rest of the squad at times, they have really worked hard on their fitness and all of them are incredibly fit, some of them in the best shape of their lives.”

The Springboks will be travelling to England on the back of a good record at Rugby World Cups, although the 2011 tournament ended in disappointment when the team got knocked out in the quarter-finals.

“The Boks have generally done very well at previous tournaments and our aim will be to build on that,” said Meyer.

“A lot of our players featured in 2007 and 2011 and will know what it takes to succeed. There is a lot of talk about the permutations for the quarter-finals, but our aim is only on the first game, against Japan.”

The Springboks will open their Rugby World Cup campaign against Japan on 19 September in Brighton. Their second pool game is on 26 September against Samoa in Birmingham, then follow the Tests against Scotland in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 3 October before the South Africans conclude their pool fixtures against the USA in London on 7 October.

As per an agreement reached with the provinces in January, all the players who did not make the final Rugby World Cup squad have returned to their provinces and will be available for Absa Currie Cup duty from next week. The same applies to players contracted to overseas clubs.

The Springbok squad is (in alphabetical order):

Name Franchise / Province / Club Position Caps
Willem Alberts Cell C Sharks / Sharks Loose forward 33
Schalk Brits Saracens, England Hooker 8
Schalk Burger DHL Stormers / Suntory, Japan Loose forward 79
Damian De Allende DHL Stormers / Western Province Centre / Wing 7
Lood de Jager Toyota Cheetahs / Free State Cheetahs Lock 12
Jean de Villiers (captain) DHL Stormers / Western Province Centre 107
Bismarck du Plessis Cell C Sharks / Sharks Hooker 73
Jannie du Plessis Cell C Sharks / Sharks Prop 64
Fourie du Preez Suntory, Japan Scrumhalf 70
Pieter-Steph du Toit Cell C Sharks / Sharks Utility Forward 4
Eben Etzebeth DHL Stormers / Western Province Lock 37
Bryan Habana Toulon, France Wing 110
Zane Kirchner Leinster, Ireland Fullback / Wing 30
Siya Kolisi DHL Stormers / Western Province Loose forward 11
Jesse Kriel Vodacom Bulls / Blue Bulls Utility Back 4
Patrick Lambie Cell C Sharks / Sharks Flyhalf / Fullback 44
Willie le Roux Toyota Cheetahs / Free State Cheetahs Fullback / Wing 28
Francois Louw Bath, England Loose forward 36
Frans Malherbe DHL Stormers / Western Province Prop 6
Victor Matfield (vice-capt) Vodacom Bulls / Blue Bulls Lock 123
Tendai Mtawarira Cell C Sharks / Sharks Prop 68
Lwazi Mvovo Cell C Sharks / Sharks Wing / Fullback 13
Trevor Nyakane Vodacom Bulls / Blue Bulls Prop 16
Coenie Oosthuizen Toyota Cheetahs / Free State Cheetahs Utility prop 21
Rudy Paige Vodacom Bulls / Blue Bulls Scrumhalf 0
Ruan Pienaar Ulster, N Ireland Scrumhalf 84
JP Pietersen Cell C Sharks / Panasonic, Japan Centre / Wing 60
Handré Pollard Vodacom Bulls / Blue Bulls Flyhalf 13
Morné Steyn Stade Francais, France Flyhalf 59
Adriaan Strauss Vodacom Bulls / Blue Bulls Hooker 48
Duane Vermeulen DHL Stormers / Western Province No 8 29

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rugby- Boks preview of RWC announcement

A trainspotter positioned outside the Springbok hotel in Umhlanga Rocks in Durban would be rewarded with the sad sight of one player after another packing his suitcases into a taxi as the whittling down of 44 players into the 31 that will do duty in England begins to take harsh reality.

One of those deemed surplus to requirements at this stage and has been conspicuously spotted outside the Bok environment was scrumhalf Cobus Reinach, who pitched up to observe a Sharks training session, no doubt in the knowledge he will soon be on Currie Cup duty.

Bulls scrumhalf Rudy Paige is tipped to be the third scrumhalf in Heyneke Meyer’s squad to be announced tonight (5.30pm, live on SS), with “Royal Game” Fourie du Preez the No 1 choice and the ever-dependable Ruan Pienaar doing what he usually does at World Cups – covering most of the backline positions as a general dogsbody.

While those close to Meyer know that he would not pick Du Preez if he did not believe the veteran still has what it takes to guide the Boks to a World Cup triumph, there are others who will wonder if the perennially injured Du Preez will last the distance.

The Boks are flirting with the laws of the tournament – a player that arrives at the World Cup injured cannot be replaced. Hard to prove, of course, but food for thought.

The same will go for captain Jean de Villiers. He will be picked, suspect jaw and all, and there is almost no South African who will not wish a fairy-tale ending for the 34-year-old centre, who will have to prove his fitness in the pool games, as will Du Preez, Francois louw, Jannie du Plessis and Coenie Oosthuizen.

It appears there will be no such luck for Marcell Coetzee, the flanker that was in fine form before injuring knee ligaments in the Rugby Championship and he is likely to be left behind with Sharks teammate Reinach.

The loose forward department is typically competitive and it is understood that another to lose out will be Heinrich Brussow, the opensider who could once boast that had beaten the All Blacks four times-in-a row.

Meyer is looking to do what former Bok coach Kitch Christie did way back in 1995 when he picked lock Mark Andrews as a loose forward, and in 2015, youngster Pieter-Steph du Toit is set to play a similar role, albeit off the bench, with Victor Matfield and Eben Etzebeth the certain starters, and Lood de Jager the other lock specialist.

Along with Du Toit, the other loosies will be Duane Vermeulen (another who must prove he does not arrive injured at the World Cup), Schalk Burger, Louw, Siya Kolisi and Willem Alberts.

In general, the squad mostly picks itself. Meyer is no maverick and is reliably conservative in his selections.

He will probably let go one of a surfeit of semi-injured tightheads he has in the squad, with Vincent Koch the most threatened.

Meyer will surely have a bead of sweat on his forehead tonight as the nation awaits his explanations on his selections ahead of the team departure on 11 September for the opening Pool game against Japan on the 18th.

Some will feel that there have been the dreaded “quota” selections in the squad, given the negative publicity after the Boks lost to Argentina in Durban and it was alleged that black players in the Boks squad had privately complained to Cosatu about unfair opportunities.

Meyer has already answered that question.

Last week, he passionately said: “I am a proud South African and a man of integrity. I do not see colour when I pick players for the Springbok team.”

As usual, there is mystery over Francois Steyn. the 27-year-old veteran of the 2007 and 2011 World Cups who left the squad on compassionate leave over a fortnight ago (and was injured at the time), and he has not rejoined the squad or given any indication that he is available for selection.

Possible RWC squad


Jean de Villiers

Willie le Roux

Patrick Lambie

Damian De Allende

Jesse Kriel

Bryan Habana

Cornal Hendricks

Lwazi Mvovo

JP Pietersen

Handre Pollard

Morne Steyn

Fourie du Preez

Ruan Pienaar

Rudy Paige


Jannie du Plessis

Coenie Oosthuizen

Trevor Nyakane

Tendai Mtawarira

Frans Malherbe

Bismarck du Plessis

Adriaan Strauss

Schalk Brits

Victor Matfield

Eben Etzebeth

Lodewyk de Jager

Duane Vermeulen

Willem Alberts

Schalk Burger

Francois Louw

Pieter-Steph du Toit

Siya Kolisi

By Mike Greenaway

Look who the speakers are for Music Exchange 2015 #MEX15 25 -26 Sept -GrandWest Market Hall

Tickets are R100.00 per day or R150.00 for both days -From computicket or the box office

Important meeting tonight : What is the role of the artist in post-apartheid South Africa?

Three decades ago, in 1985, a state-of-emergency was declared in response to the growing opposition to apartheid.

Artists – musicians, theatre-makers, visual artists, filmmakers, writers, etc – were deeply involved in the struggle against apartheid, often using their art as “weapons of struggle”.

What about the current situation, South Africa 2015?

Should artists be engaged in the politics and socio-economic struggles of our contemporary times? If not, why not? If so, how? What is the role of the artist in post-apartheid South Africa?

This is the theme of a public forum to be hosted by the African Arts Institute on Monday 24 August at 17:30 at the District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre, 15 Buitenkant Street.

Speakers include veteran activist and poet, Maishe Maponya and representatives of Right2Know and the Unite Against Corruption Campaign.

District Six Museum

Homecoming Centre 2nd Floor

15 Buitenkant Street

Cape Town 8001


: HEART TOP 40 – 22 August 2015 The A &R for Timo ODV at number 9 on the chart was done by Nic Burger who will be at Music Exchange from 25/26 September

The A &R for Timo ODV at number 9 on the chart was done by Nic Burger who will be at Music Exchange from 25 -26 September at Market Hall GrandWest

RJ Benjamin at number 40 will also be at #mex15

HEART TOP 40 – 22 August 2015
1 Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend Like I’m Gonna Lose You NC 1 1 (2) 12 Last Week’s #1
2 OMI Cheerleader NC 2 1 (2) 8
3 Maroon 5 This Summer NC 3 2 7
4 Flo Rida feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White I Don’t Like It, I Love It Up 4 8 4 7
5 Adam Lambert Ghost Town Down 1 4 4 5
6 Jess Glynne Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself Up 1 7 6 4
7 Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. Mo Lean On Up 2 9 7 7
8 Shekhina feat. Kyle Deutsch Back To The Beach Up 3 11 8 3 SA Top 10 #1
9 Timo ODV feat. Sarah Jackson Save Me Up 1 10 3 10
10 Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz You’re So Beautiful Down 5 5 1 (5) 13
11 Charlie Puth feat. Meghan Trainor Marvin Gaye Up 6 17 11 6
12 Pitbull feat. Chris Brown Fun Down 6 6 2 11
13 Tresor Never Let Me Go Down 1 12 9 7
14 Natalie La Rose feat. Jeremih Somebody Down 1 13 1 22 Longest Running Song
15 Awa Obvious Up 1 16 14 4
16 Little Mix Black Magic Up 6 22 15 9
17 Jeremih feat. YG Don’t Tell ‘Em Down 3 14 6 18
18 Deorro feat. Chris Brown Five More Hours Up 8 26 18 5 Highest Climber
19 Charlie Wilson feat. Snoop Dogg Infectious Down 4 15 5 15
20 DJ Micks feat. Lebohang Hamba Down 2 18 8 11
21 Taylor Swift Style Down 1 20 9 16
22 Jess Glynne Hold My Hand Down 1 21 2 19
23 Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth See You Again NC 23 2 10
24 Smile feat. Mariechan Last Summer NC 24 24 4
25 Jason Derulo Want To Want Me NC 25 1 (3) 19
26 Ariana Grande One Last time Down 7 19 2 21 Biggest Faller
27 Omarion feat. Chris Brown & Jhené Aiko Post To Be NC 27 12 18
28 Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett Conquerer NC 28 28 2
29 Tinie Tempah feat. Jess Glynne Not Letting Go NC 29 22 8
30 Calvin Harris & Disciples feat. Ina Wroldsen How Deep Is Your Love New 30 1
31 Jamie Foxx feat. Kid Ink Baby’s In Love Up 1 32 25 9
32 Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea Pretty Girls Down 2 30 27 7
33 Lunchmoney Lewis Bills Down 2 31 11 13
34 Tori Kelly Nobody Love Down 1 33 13 13
35 Leanne Dlamini No Sweat Up 3 38 35 3
36 Iggy Azalea feat. Jennifer Hudson Trouble Down 2 34 1 21
37 Chic feat. Nile Rodgers I’ll Be there Down 2 35 24 6
38 Pharrell Freedom Down 2 36 36 3
39 Candice Thornton Super Hero Down 2 37 25 10
40 RJ Benjamin feat. Proverb All Falls Down NC 40 24 9

Sauti za Busara: Zanzibar music festival cancelled for 2016

Sauti za Busara: Zanzibar music festival cancelled

The festival promotes local businesses and culture
East Africa’s most popular international music festival, Sauti za Busara in Zanzibar, has been cancelled next year because of a lack of funding.

The festival, whose name means “sounds of wisdom”, is held every February.
For the past 12 years, it has attracted thousands of international visitors to the Tanzanian island.

Festival promoter Yusuf Mahmoud said the target was to raise $200,000 (£130,000) before the dates for 2016 edition would be announced.

But so far only $42,000 has been raised, he said.

Selling tickets for Sauti za Busara was never a problem, he added, “but these only cover 30% of festival costs”.

BBC East Africa analyst Kasim Kayira says the festival serves as an opportunity for local artists to meet and interact with their professionals counterparts from the rest of the world.

Cancelling it will be bad news for local businesses. Hotels and restaurants are normally filled to capacity, providing jobs for the local people.

After the festival, visiting artists often stay behind to promote their music and learn Swahili, he adds.


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