My daughter and I went on tour to Namibia during July 2016 These are the start of the happy snaps

My daughter and I went on tour to Namibia after working on Miss Namibia on 9 July 2016

These are the start of the happy snaps

The Zeila got stranded on 25 August 2008 in the early morning hours near “Die Walle”, a popular fishing spot about 14km south of Henties Bay.

The fishing trawler that was sold as scrap metal to an Indian company by Hangana Fishing of Walvis Bay got stranded after it came loose from its towing line while on its way to Bombay, India shortly after it left Walvis Bay. It seems that they will be able to rescue no more than a few usable items from the stranded ship.

James Stewart for Alma Cafe show Sunday 31st July 2016

After a sellout performance with stellar music colleagues at the Folk Festival last weekend James Stewart will be performing at the now-legendary Alma Cafe in Rosebank on Sunday the 31st.

This is a not-to-be-missed performance by this Emmy-nominated, multi-SAMA award winning and chart-topping singer songwriter who in his own words ‘is only just starting to get good.’

Expect a wholesome meal in a reverently music appreciative atmosphere hosted by owners Richard & Retha Tait.

Booking is essential as seating is limited to 50 maximum.

Call to book on 021 685 7377 (leave a message if prompted and you will be contacted)”

Nought Bru the Sharks get smashed

EISH! Eina! Ouch … This was a sad low for the Sharks. They were as atrocious as the conditions in stormy Wellington but while the weather may lift in the New Zealand capital in a day or two, the doom and gloom will cling to the Durban franchise for far longer.

In the words of Director of Rugby Gary Gold, “This was a performance unacceptable for a franchise as strong as the Sharks.”

The score was 41-0. Six tries to nil. It was the first time in the 21-year history of Super Rugby that the Hurricanes had held an opponent scoreless and it was also the first time that a team had failed to register a point in Super Rugby play-offs, dating back to the inception of the competition in 1996.

Yesterday, social media was awash with strident criticism of a Sharks side that was desperately disappointing. There were 21 missed tackles (this from a side that for much of this competition was the best defensive team through the efforts of no-nonsense defence coach Omar Mouneimne).

Yet in their last round robin match, against the Sunwolves, the Sharks shipped 29 points. Now another 41 … 70 points in two games ….?

It is easy to get carried away in criticism, and if you want hysteria go on to The Sharks’ facebook page and check out the comments), but perhaps we need to look at deeper issues before Gold is hung, drawn and quartered.

Key to this (mis) match at the Cake Tin was the vast discrepancy between the performances of the Hurricanes 9 and 10 and their Sharks’ counterparts.

TJ Perenara was the catalyst for most of the Hurricanes’ tries while flyhalf Beudon Barrett was quite simply sublime. It said a lot that with 20 minutes to go, coach Chris Boyd pulled the pair off to put them into cotton wool ahead of the semi-finals. That was as much an insult to the Sharks as it was recognition by the Hurricanes’ coaching staff of the gems they have at their disposal. Why risk them getting injured when the game was some time before won and lost?

The Sharks did not have similar playmakers in Michael Claassens and Garth April. The latter looked out of his depth and his defence is very concerning. He was pulled off after 55 minutes. April should not be written off but his inexperience and under-performance highlighted the fact that Patrick Lambie is conspicuous by his absence, particularly when you consider that another key Shark, scrumhalf Cobus Reinach, has likewise been injured for mot of Super Rugby.

If Reinach and Lambie had played yesterday plus another hugely influential (and injured) Shark in Marcell Coetzee, the dynamic flanker, these confidence-building players would have made a big difference.

Willie le Roux at fullback was another who could have made a positive impact had he played more of his natural game instead of kicking the ball virtually each time he touched it.

Gold said afterwards that the plan had to been a territory game but that the execution of the kicks was poor. TV commentator and former All Black scrumhalf Justin Marshall was astounded that the Sharks continued to kick without rhyme or reason even when they were 30 points down.

It was clear that the while kicking had been a pre-determined option because of the howling wind and blistering rain, this policy became a default for players who did not know what to do with the ball.

Paul Jordaan, the outside centre, did not once receive a pass down the backline.

You can’t blame him for departing for France. He is not alone. JP Pietersen has played his last game for the Sharks, as has Le Roux, Coetzee and hooker Kyle Cooper. All are going overseas.

There is growing speculation that talented back S’bura Sithole, who has been battling for game time this season, is being sought by the Stormers. If he goes it would be a significant loss.

This heavy defeat will hurt the Sharks and their fans but there is also reason to be encouraged. Until this game, the Sharks had been relatively successful against the five NZ teams, winning two matches and losing three by close margins. There has been the emergence of the young Du Preez twins, the continuing excellence of Philip van der Walt and the second-row of Etienne Oosthuizen and Stephan Lewies is growing in promise.

Clutching at straws? Possibly. But you can’t help thinking that the Sharks will look a whole lot better next year if Reinach and Lambie stay clear of injury and play from start to finish.


Sharks: Did not trouble the scorers

Hurricanes: Loni Uhila, James Marshall, Jason Woodward, Vaea Fifita, TJ Perenara, Brad Shields. Conversions: Beauden Barrett (3), Woodward. Penalty: Barrett.

By Mike Greenaway

Volunteering just 67 minutes can feed 450 000 hungry children for a year on Wednesday, 13 July


For 450 000 vulnerable children, giving 67 minutes of your time for Nelson Mandela on Wednesday, 13 July can stave off their hunger for as long as a year.

To honour Nelson Mandela’s rich legacy of caring for those in need, Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa and Sun International’s GrandWest Casino are gearing up to pack 450 000 meals that will benefit children at the Early Childhood Development Centres supported by Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa, along with a number of non-governmental organisations partners.

The national Mandela Day commemoration will also take place at a further four Sun International properties, namely The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth on 16 July, Sibaya in KwaZulu Natal on 18 July, Carnival City in Johannesburg on 19 July and Sun City on 20 July.

The initiative forms part of Stop Hunger Now’s global campaign to mark International Mandela Day by packing and distributing meal boxes to those in need. Each meal box contains 36 meal bags, which in turn contain six meals each. Meal bags are planned to deliver optimal nutrition to children. The bags are packed with rice, soya, soup mix and a vitamin sachet containing 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

Between 8.30am and 5pm, GrandWest’s Market Hall will be transformed into a streamlined packing facility with 30 production lines consisting of 20 volunteers each. In total, 600 volunteers, organised into 150 three-member teams working four shifts, will pack a total of 12 500 meal boxes containing 36 meal bags in each.

Heidi Edson, Sun International Group Socio-Economic Development Manager said, “We appeal to Capetonians, and especially to other corporate companies based in Cape Town, to join us in making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children. From our privileged position it is often difficult to imagine what it must be like to go to bed hungry every night, but for 3-million South Africans this is a reality. Please help us to make this challenge a reality, and to ensure that 450 000 children can stop worrying about where their next meal will come from”.

Explaining the registration process, Saira Khan CEO of Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa said, “An entry fee of R10 000 will be levied for each corporate team of 20 people. This money will be used to buy the dry ingredients and to cover the basic cost of the packaging. Individuals wishing to participate can do so for a donation of R500. Pre-registration can be done either online viaevents to request a registration form.”

Four two-hour packing sessions have been planned for the day but will be extended to a fifth session if sufficient entries are received. Once packed, the meals will be stored at the Stop Hunger Now warehouse, to be distributed over the next 12 months.


Sharks and the Cheetahs match preview for tonights game

The Sharks and the Cheetahs have dished up some thrilling entertainment over the years of Super Rugby and tonight’s clash at Kings Park has all the ingredients for another classic.

It is worth noting that six of the last nine meetings between these sides have been won by the away team, including each of the last two. While it is true enough that the Cheetahs are playing only for pride and the Sharks have infinitely more to gain from a win – a step closer to the play-offs – the Sharks will not forget that the Cheetahs love nothing better than upsetting the favourites.

So often the underdogs, it is part of the Cheetahs’ psyche to upset the apple cart. Many a Sharks team has had their Super Rugby or Currie Cup ambitions rudely disrupted by a plucky Cheetahs team fuelled by their determination to beat the odds.

Last week, in Bloemfontein , the Cheetahs scored a number of outstanding tries to rush into a commanding lead over the Western Force at half time …. only to cave in on defence in the second half and they were exceptionally lucky to get away with a 30-29 win after Peter Grant missed an easy penalty to win the game.

That is the Cheetahs in a nutshell. They are capable of brilliance on attack but can be woeful on defence.

“It makes them a difficult team to prepare for,” Sharks coach Gary Gold admitted. “We have to show them a lot of respect because they are a team that is capable of scoring tries against the best defences in the competition. They will have no lack of intent, they use the width of the field, and they have an effective passing game. Their back three has been outstanding – in fact they have a very good backline full stop.”

But the fact remains that the Cheetahs leak tries faster than they score them. It is why they are out of the running for the play-offs. The Sharks are the opposite. They have been exceptional in defence this season, apart from last week’s game against the Lions, but tries have not always been easy to come by.

“We have to just concentrate on ourselves,” Gold said. “We let ourselves down badly on defence last week at Ellis Park. We have looked at the reason for the bad defence and a lot of it was down to errors at the breakdown. We don’t want to be giving the opposition quick ball. We have worked hard on that. We have to focus on our own play, on keeping the ball through the phases and building pressure.”

Gold will be hoping for a return to form for flyhalf Garth April. The 25-year-old was put under pressure by the Lions and did not attack with the freedom he has in previous games for the Sharks. It will be a big test for April tomorrow. He needs to rebound and deliver an assured performance.

Patrick Lambie was ruled out earlier in the week with continuing symptoms of concussion but should be available for next week’s final round robin game against the Sunwolves, at Kings Park.

The Sharks will be lifted if Lambie can return against the Sunwolves, hopefully after a win against the Cheetahs, and if they beat the Japanese team as well, they will book a place in the quarter-finals ahead of the Bulls.

“Patrick has had his injury concerns in recent seasons but he is a very strong character, he has a strong mind,” Gold said. “He reminds me of Jean de Villiers in terms of his determination to get over injury. Patrick and Jean are both resilient. Jean had some terrible injuries but recovered to be a great Springbok. I have no doubt it will be the same with Patrick.”

Sharks – 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Garth April, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Beast Mtawarira (c).

Subs: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Ruan Botha, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Heimar Williams, 23 Curwin Bosch.

Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche. 

Subs: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 George Whitehead, 23 William Small-Smith.

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)

Assistant referees: Rasta Rashivhenge (South Africa), Archie Sehlako (South Africa)

TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Music Exchange returns to Cape Town Thursday, 8 and Friday, 9 September 2016.

South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment programme. Music Exchange(MEX) returns to Cape Town between Thursday, 8 and Friday, 9 September 2016.

Celebrating its sixth anniversary, this year not only will it be within heritage month, MEX16 returns to Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, to host South Afrirca’s entertainment economy indaba.

Adding weight to the now well-established and much respected conference, MEX’s most recent new inclusion the Mother City’s regional pop radio station, Good Hope FM, is the latest in a string of new media partnerships signed up and on board for this year’s all-entertainment economy emersion. Eastern Acoustics will handle all the technical production of the event and Cape Town Tourism will be actively promoting the event on all its platforms.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to return for a sixth consecutive year, with some of the most important names and talents actively invested in music and film today,” states Music Exchange founder Martin Myers.

2016’s #MEX16 is focused on excellence, storytelling, and journeys, and each of speakers will not only promote, but also punctuate the power of aural dictation.

Guest speakers confirmed already include: Samm Marshall, Sophia Foster, Derek Geddes, Lukas De Beer, Nick Matzukis, Siphokazi Jonas, Mornay Hofmeeyster, Steve Harris, Brian Mawdsley, Brandon Bakshi (BMI London) and John Fishlock, among others

Over the two days, the annual symposium of the industry strategists, marketers and musicians will get to share and engage in lectures, collaborative breakout sessions, all geared to empower, edify and entertain.

Diverse subjects covering every aspect of the African and global entertainment economy will be unpacked and shared by the very best in their respective disciplines. From the importance of arts and culture, insights into international trends, working in Africa, marketing, multi-media distribution mechanisms, right through to rights protection and how to be seen and heard in a local and global market, both cluttered with more noise than harmony – MEX2016 will deliver it all.

For more information, visit #MEX16

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