Unite Against Corruption marches 30 September 2015 -details

This is to call on all artists, those engaged in the creative and cultural sector as well as other citizens to participate in the Unite Against Corruption marches taking place in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria on Wednesday 30 September.

While numerous unions may not be able to participate as originally planned (NEDLAC has granted permission allowing workers to participate in such protest actions only after 6 October), the marches are proceeding with scores of organisations representing community, gender, faith-oriented, youth, arts and culture, issue-based and other sectors, having endorsed the citizen-action marches to protest the increasing levels of corruption and their adverse impacts in our society. Details below.

Cape Town: Meet from 11:00 at Keizergracht, opposite the entrance to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The march starts at 12:00, will pass the City Hall (Darling Street), turn left into Adderley Street, then into Spin Street, and right into Plein Street, ending outside the entrance to Parliament at the end of Roeland Street. Arts and other cultural stakeholders are welcome to gather in the reception area of the District 6 Museum’s Homecoming Centre, 15 Buitenkant Street (2 blocks down from the museum itself, towards the Castle), from 11:00, and will leave from there to join the march in Keizergracht. Feel free to create your own posters, banners and statements that you would like to make! There will be music and poetry both before the march starts, and during the final event outside parliament, all of which will end by 15:00.

Durban: The march will start at 12:00 at Botha/Dinizulu Gardens/Park near the DUT City Campus (opposite the Durban Christian Centre) and proceed down Dr Pixley KaSeme Street (formerly West Street) to the City Hall. It will end by 14:00.

Pretoria: Burger’s Park will be the beginning point of the march, with busses shuttling people from Burnett Street, should they need. Marchers will begin to gather from 11:00, with the march starting at 12:00 and ending at the Union Buildings. Mehlo-Maya is coordinating scores of djembe drummers to participate in the march under the slogan “Beat Corruption”. They are inviting anyone to bring whistles, shakers and drums to participate both before the march starts and during the march itself.


Artist Razia for V&A NIGHT MARKET -Wednesday 30 September at 18H00

Cape Town Based artist Razia Myers’ path of discovery has catapulted her to

new heights ,and she will be shown at the night market at V&A Waterfront from 18h00 on Wednesday 30 September

Razia worked in the corporate world for a great many years.

While on a trip to India she had a spiritual awakening to become a full-time

creative. For the past year she has worked tirelessly,developing her craft, honing her art’s genesis.

Of her work Razia’s quick to point out, “art must stop you in your tracks!

Art without impact isn’t art, it’s simply work without soul.”

artist Razia showing some of her work on Wednesday 30th September at the Night Market at V&A Waterfront from 18h00.

HEART TOP 40 – 26 September 2015

HEART TOP 40 – 26 September 2015
1 The Weeknd Can’t Feel My Face Up 1 2 1 5
2 Silento Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) Down 1 1 1 (3) 4 Last Week’s #1
3 Jeremih feat. YG Don’t Tell ‘Em NC 3 3 23
4 Shekhina feat. Kyle Deutsch Back To The Beach NC 4 4 8
5 Flo Rida feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White I Don’t Like It, I Love It NC 5 2 12
6 Jess Glynne Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself NC 6 4 9
7 Nick Jonas Levels Up 9 16 7 2
8 OMI Cheerleader Down 1 7 1 (2) 13
9 Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend Like I’m Gonna Lose You Down 1 8 1 (3) 17
10 Calvin Harris & Disciples feat. Ina Wroldsen How Deep Is Your Love Down 1 9 9 6
11 Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. Mo Lean On Down 1 10 7 12
12 Disclosure feat. Sam Smith Omen Down 1 11 11 3
13 Deorro feat. Chris Brown Five More Hours Down 1 12 8 10
14 Jidenna feat. Roman Gian Arthur Classic Man Down 1 13 13 3
15 Trey Songz Change Your Mind Down 1 14 14 5
16 Natalie La Rose feat. Jeremih Somebody Down 1 15 1 27 Longest Running Song
17 Adam Lambert Ghost Town Up 16 33 2 10 Highest Climber
18 Charlie Puth feat. Meghan Trainor Marvin Gaye Down 1 17 4 11
19 Maroon 5 This Summer Down 1 18 2 12
20 Ciara Dance Like We’re Making Love Down 1 19 17 4
21 Shout Smile Down 1 20 20 2
22 DJ Micks feat. Lebohang Hamba Down 1 21 8 16
23 Omarion feat. Chris Brown & Jhené Aiko Post To Be Down 1 22 12 23
24 Awa Obvious Down 1 23 13 9
25 R.City feat. Adam Levine Locked Away Down 1 24 24 2
26 Rita Ora feat. Chris Brown Body On Me New 26 1
27 Pitbull feat. Chris Brown Fun Down 2 25 2 16
28 Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar Bad Blood Down 2 26 22 5
29 Smile feat. Mariechan Last Summer Down 2 27 24 9
30 Justin Bieber What Do You Mean New 30 1
31 Little Mix Black Magic Down 3 28 15 14
32 Charlie Wilson feat. Snoop Dogg Infectious Down 3 29 5 20
33 Tori Kelly Nobody Love Down 3 30 13 18
34 Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole No Sleeep Down 3 31 31 2
35 Jess Glynne Hold My Hand Down 3 32 2 24
36 Jamie Foxx feat. Kid Ink Baby’s In Love Down 2 34 25 14
37 Jason Derulo Want To Want Me Down 1 36 1 (3) 24
38 Timo ODV feat. Sarah Jackson Save Me Down 1 37 3 15
39 Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett Conquerer Down 1 38 28 7
40 Tinie Tempah feat. Jess Glynne Not Letting Go Down 1 39 22 13

Sam Cane to lead All Blacks in Rugby World Cup clash with Namibia

Sam Cane to lead All Blacks in Rugby World Cup clash with Namibia

Openside Sam Cane has swapped roles with leading All Blacks No 7 Richie McCaw.

Openside Sam Cane will captain the All Blacks for the first time during their second Rugby World Cup pool match against Namibia at Olympic Park on Thursday.

In a surprise move All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has handed the leadership duties to a 23-year-old who has spent most of his test career playing second fiddle to Richie McCaw.

In Cane’s 26th test the roles will be reversed with McCaw on the bench and Cane becoming the 67th – and the fifth youngest man – to lead the All Blacks.

Hansen has overhauled the team that beat Argentina with wings Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea along with lock Sam Whitelock the only survivors in the starting XV that ran on to Wembley on Monday.

Colin Slade starts at fullback, Malakai Fekitoa and Sonny Bill Williams form a potentially explosive midfield and Hurricanes TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett are the halves.

In the pack, Victor Vito gets his chance to continue his good test form at No 8 in a rejigged loose trio including Liam Messam at blindside.

Luke Romano joins Whitelock in the second row, Charlie Faumuina gets much needed game time at tight head prop and hooker Codie Taylor and Ben Franks make up the front row.

Major changes to the squad were pre-planned with a short four day turnaround between the All Blacks first two matches, but Cane’s elevation was not signalled.

Sat behind probably the greatest All Black of all time, the Bay of Plenty flanker has started only 11 tests since he made his debut in 2012, but still been promoted into the team’s leadership group.

His elevation will be popular within the squad and is a deserved reward for his selfless test career to date.

Hansen said it was a “very special moment”.

“He’s in our leadership group, is hugely respected by everyone, is a fierce and fearless player and is someone who has the potential of being a long-term captain of the All Blacks in the future,” he said.

Most pundits had expected veteran hooker Keven Mealamu or senior loosie Messam to be handed the captaincy in McCaw’s absence for a match the All Blacks are expected to win easily.

Mealamu is part of a reserve contingent that with 660 test caps must be close to the most experienced bench in test history

“At the completion of this match, 30 of the 31 players in our squad will have experienced time in the middle of the park which will give us a good foundation base going forward and which was always part of our planning pre-tournament,” Hansen said. “It’s now their time to step up.”

The only player in the All Blacks World Cup squad yet to be named is wing Waisake Naholo, who is on schedule to play against Georgia in their next match on October 3 in Cardiff.

Though the All Blacks are expected to run up a cricket score against Namibia there is plenty to be gained at the famous 55,000 seat stadium in Stratford.

Hansen will be especially keen to see his wings Savea and Milner-Skudder given plenty of ball in open spaces and may also be keeping a close eye on the form of Williams after his barnstorming start at Wembley.

All Blacks: Colin Slade, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Malakai Fekitoa, Sonny Bill Williams, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Victor Vito, Sam Cane (captain), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Charlie Faumuina, Codie Taylor, Ben Franks. Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Tony Woodcock, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Ma’a Nonu, Ben Smith.

Cheating’ Richie McCaw provides fuel for critics at Rugby World Cup

Richie McCaw begins the 2015 RWC campaign with a controversial yellow card against Argentina.

OPINION: Richie McCaw ensured the cheating claims will quickly surface as he did himself and his All Blacks no favours with his yellow-card effort in their Rugby World Cup opener.

There are two things you can be sure of when the All Blacks cross the equator and come under the microscope of the northern scribes – the haka will be lambasted and McCaw’s methods will be questioned.

The haka dominated the leadup to the tournament when there was no genuine news to ignite the buildup to Rugby World Cup 2015.

Richie McCaw is led to the sin-bin after being yellow-carded for foot-tripping in the All Blacks’ World Cup opener against Argentina.

But McCaw foolishly provided the ammunition for his own execution when his team finally took the field.

His cynical foot-trip as the Pumas looked to launch an instant attack from a penalty was a blatant foul, an indiscretion performed out in the open rather than the dark secrets that have frustrated opposition and foreign media and fuelled his reputation as a man who has pushed the rules to the absolute limits in rugby’s most competitive position of all.

When referee Wayne Barnes raised the yellow card on rugby’s most capped player, the World Cup record crowd erupted and you could be sure the keyboards of the northern scribes gained a bit of gleeful urgency too.

When McCaw’s frustrated face filled the screens from his place in the sideline dock a few minutes later, the Wembley crowd jeered again.

McCaw has engineered his incredible captaincy through leading by example and sadly this indiscretion did just that. Eight minutes later his able deputy Conrad Smith was there next to him for an infringement at a breakdown as the All Blacks were under pressure in front of their posts.

The world champion All Blacks were momentarily down to 13 men. It wasn’t a good look for them or the game. And their general performance was just as sloppy until they eventually wore down a committed Pumas outfit.

For that reason I’m reversing the clichéd order – here then are the ugly, the bad and the good from the All Blacks’ indifferent tournament opener.


Discipline has to top this category. The cards will have left the coaches looking yellow around the gills, but there were far too many penalties conceded in general.

It doesn’t come much more galling than a winger dropping the ball with an open line, but that was the embarrassment for young rookie Nehe Milner-Skudder. He’d shown a couple of nice touches earlier, but fluffed his line when given his chance for a solo on the biggest stage and was quickly subbed.

The biggest worry from this mixed effort is where does it leave the All Blacks in the bigger picture? This was their toughest test in a weak pool. Namibia, Georgia and Tonga now follow. They didn’t produce a statement performance and somehow have to rectify that in pool matches that will be cakewalks. They looked rusty and they can’t afford that by the time the quarterfinal rolls around against either France or Ireland, who both looked pretty slick in their opening hitouts.


The All Blacks’ miserly defence has been a hallmark of their reign at the top. But they were poor when they conceded the game’s first try – and against a team down to 14 men.

There was a general lack of rhythm between backs and forwards, more particularly in the backline for the first hour or so. Ma’a Nonu, the star of the Rugby Championship victory, was the victim, dragged just after halftime.

The handling bungles weren’t restricted to Milner-Skudder’s clanger. Sam Cane did something similar soon after. Chances must be taken at World Cups.

The passion factor was a worry early on. The All Blacks knew the Pumas would be full of vigour, fuelled by the historic deeds of Japan a day earlier. It took a long time for New Zealand to quell that.


Aaron Smith has been the spark of the All Blacks’ dominance over the last few years. No complaints about his speed to the breakdowns and service as the team’s link-man, but his running game was strangely quiet until it mattered most – using his instinct and his legs to get across the line for the crucial strike to get his team in front for the final quarter.

Julian Savea and Kieran Read – one forward pass aside – took their performances up a level.

When you’re not scoring tries (it was 58 minutes till one came) you’ve got to get points by other means and Dan Carter proved his worth with his trusty boot.

The bench provided enough impact to get the All Blacks out of jail. Their depth is the envy of every squad at this tournament. Sonny Bill Williams showed his offloading value and Beuden Barrett gave better shape to the rearranged backline with his introduction at fullback.

The All Blacks are an 80-minute team and they proved that again with their dominant final quarter. Fitness and composure under pressure saw them get out of an difficult situation.

– Stuff

In South Africa it will become known as Springbok rugby’s darkest hour.


JAPAN (10) 34

Mike Greenaway at the Brighton Community Centre

If this was 1911, the news filtering back to the civilised world that the Titanic had sunk would have been greeted with the same disbelief as this uncanny moment in sporting history. In biblical times, it would have been like hearing that David had slayed Goliath.

In Japan they will hail it as the greatest ever sporting triumph in their history. In the history of the World Cup it will be become known as the hugest upset ever. In South Africa it will become known as Springbok rugby’s darkest hour.

And we thought South African rugby had plumbed its lowest depth when two months ago Argentina beat them for the first time, in South Africa for good measure.

This was nothing short of a disgrace. How could this happen? Simple. The No 13 ranked team in the world taught the once proud Springboks a lesson in passion, enterprise and courage. Brave Blossoms indeed. In return the Boks were indescribably patheric, sadly insipid.

For the neutral observer, it was cracking game of rugby, pure entertainment. The Spirngb ok seeming to be getting ahead, the Jpanese fighting back. Ech time the boks looked liek that had found a catalyst to get theri game going with a try, the jpabs bounced back with interest and in the end were thoroughly derving of their win. In the dying minutes they could have taken an easy penalty goal to draw the game at 32-32, but chose a scrum and eventually scored a famous try that caused a celebration across the rugby word. Everybody loves the underdog.

Eddie Jones, the Japan coach, had said pre-match: “If we get some early points, watch how nervy the Boks get, …” and he was spot on. The Blossoms got braver by the minute and the neutrals in the 30 00 crowd, not to mention a good sprinkling of Japanese fans, got behind the minnows in no uncertain fashion.

The Boks were undoubtedly rattled from the first minute, with mistakes increasibgly creeping in under the pressure, such as kicks going on out on the full, ball turned over at the rucks, and passes being flung away in the face of the ferocious tackling.

A desperate tackle by Zane Kirchner on the flying centre Male Sa’u, just an he was about to offload to the wing saved a certain try ,but the Japanese went a head with a penalty by fullback Ayumu Goromaru.

For the thousands of Bok supporters that had travelled down to Brighton from London, it was hoped that sanity was restored in the 20th minute when a penalty was kicked to the corner and the inevitable Bok forward rumble to the line produced a regulation try for Francois Louw.

The Bok showed signs of hitting their stride as their sole hero, the magnificent Schalk Burger, who is in the form of his life in the unfamiliar position of No 8, tried to get the Bok engine firing.

The Japs just kept harrying the Boks and refused to let them settle into their game plan. In the 30th minute they had a try disallowed by the TMO but they were given a penalty and kicked it to the corner and scored from the lineout. The Boks had been given a taste of their own medicine – a try from a line drive from the smallest team at the tournament. Who would have believed it? But the Japanese were just getting started.

The Boks immediately struck back with a score of precisely the same pattern, Bismarck Du Plessis the scorer after a smashing drive to give his side a tenuous 12-10 half time lead.

The Boks needed a catalyst and it seemed to have come in the fourth minute of the second half, just after Goromaru had kicked Japan ahead, in the form of the industrious lock Lood de Jager, who burst through the defence from 30m out and galloped to the poles.

But it was a false dawn. The Japs kept coming and two minutes after De Jager’s score, a Goromaru penalty pulled the score back to 19-13, at which juncture the Bok bench began warming up, and while they were stretching, Gormaru knocked over another penalty to lock it out at 19-19.

The mood in the crowd was reflected by an outbreak of derisive booing when the Boks earned a penalty in the 56th minute and chose to abandon their policy of kicking for the corners in favour of a shot at goal, which Patrick Lambie coolly converted into a 22-19 lead as the game approached the three-quarter mark, at which point Handre Pollard and Fourie du Preez replaced Lambie and Ruan Pienaar.

They had just taken the field when yet another Goromaru penalty sailed between the posts.

Jean de Villiers gathered his troops before the restart and clearly read the riot act, and it seemed to make a difference when replacement hooker Adriaan Stauss scored a try not unlike that of De Jager’s, and Pollard landed the conversion.

The Japs just shook it off and Gormorau’s try in the corner from a swift backline move almost brought the house down, as did his successful conversion effort. Again the scores were level at 29-29.

Again the Boks were booed when they took a shot a goal to gain the lead, but it did not matter, the script had been written in the rugby heavens that the Japanese would come back, and do so with interest.

by Mike Greenaway

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