Reverend Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile Memorial Service 23 August 2016

The Western Province Rugby Football Union will hold a memorial service in honour of the late Reverend Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile, at 19h00, on Tuesday 23 August 2016, at the St. Saviours Anglican Church in Claremont.

Reverend Stofile passed away peacefully on 15 August 2016, at his home in Alice in the Eastern Cape, at the age of 71.

The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Fikile Mbalula will deliver the keynote address, and various dignitaries such as the President of SASCOC, Mr Gideon Sam, the acting President of SARU, Mr Mark Alexander and former Presidents of SARU, Mr Silas Nkanunu, Mr Brian van Rooyen and Mr Oregan Hoskins have all confirmed their attendance.

As a rugby administrator, Reverend Stofile made a huge contribution to the game of rugby, serving as a provincial and national sports administrator for more than 20 years. He represented the Victoria East Rugby Union, the South Eastern District Rugby Union, and also served as Vice-President of the South African Rugby Union.

As a rugby player himself, Reverend Stofile started playing in high school and went on to represent the University of Fort Hare. He also represented Border (at provincial level) in the late 1960’s and contributed hugely as a player and as a coach.

Reverend Stofile served as Minister of Sport and Recreation from 2004 to 2010 and at the time of his passing he was serving South Africa as Ambassador to Germany.

Divas of 90’s dance – Crystal Waters, CeCe Peniston, Sybil & Robin S 24 Sept Cape Town

DIVAS OF DANCE

Divas of 90’s dance – Crystal Waters, CeCe Peniston, Sybil & Robin S

On one stage for two shows only!

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The All Blacks side to play the opening Bledisloe Cup match at ANZ Stadium, Sydney on Saturday 20 August is

The All Blacks side to play the opening Bledisloe Cup match in the Investec Rugby Championship at ANZ Stadium, Sydney on Saturday 20 August has been named, with replacement prop Kane Hames named on the bench.
The matchday 23 is (with Test caps in brackets. New All Blacks in bold):

1. Wyatt Crockett (48)
2. Nathan Harris (4)
3. Owen Franks (80)
4. Brodie Retallick (50)
5. Samuel Whitelock (75)
6. Jerome Kaino (69)
7. Sam Cane (34)
8. Kieran Read – captain (87)
9. Aaron Smith (50)
10. Beauden Barrett (39)
11. Waisake Naholo (6)
12. Ryan Crotty (18)
13. Malakai Fekitoa (15)
14. Ben Smith (51)
15. Israel Dagg (51)

16. Codie Taylor (5)
17. Kane Hames
18. Charlie Faumuina (36)
19. Liam Squire (1)
20. Ardie Savea (2)
21. TJ Perenara (19)
22. Aaron Cruden (39)
23. Julian Savea (43)

27-year-old Tasman and Chiefs prop Kane Hames came into the All Blacks squad as an injury replacement for Joe Moody and will become the sixth new All Black of 2016 and All Black number 1152 if he takes the field, as expected, off the bench on Saturday.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “The selectors are very happy with the 23 selected for this Test match and we’re looking forward to seeing them play.

This Test match will be another stepping stone in the re-establishment of this group on the international stage and we know that Australia will throw everything at us, which is what Test rugby is all about. With more than 800 Test caps of experience in our matchday 23, I’m confident we have the experience to deal with the challenge.”

Hansen added: “This week has been about getting our preparation and attitude dead right and, therefore, there’s an expectation that this group will bring real intensity, physicality and a high level of skill execution come Saturday.

“We’re all really excited about this first Investec Rugby Championship Test match. It’s against one of our most respected rivals and the Championship itself is one of the best competitions in the world. It produces an exciting brand of rugby and world-class players, which both teams have.

“We’re also playing for the Bledisloe Cup, which, after the Rugby World Cup, is probably the most important trophy we play for. Both teams will be desperate to get their hands on it which will create added pressure. It’s about embracing that pressure and taking it on.

“Our attitude has always been – and still is – that we don’t hold the Bledisloe Cup by right; we have to go out and earn the right to take it. As a group we’re really looking forward to this challenge on Saturday.”

All Blacks v Australia – notable facts

• The All Blacks matchday 23 for the opening Investec Rugby Championship Test packs 822 caps worth of experience.

• The All Blacks and Australia have played each other 155 times, with 106 wins to the All Blacks and 42 to Australia, with seven draws.

• Jerome Kaino will play his 70th Test match on Saturday. He is the most capped blindside flanker of all time.

• The All Blacks head in to the opening Bledisloe Cup Test on the back of a three-nil Steinlager Series win over Wales in June.

• The All Blacks have held The Bledisloe Cup since 2003.

Special feeling for Team South Africa’s Rugby Sevens squad at Rio Olympics 2016

South Africa’s two World Rugby Sevens Players of the Year, Werner Kok and Cecil Afrika, described the bronze medal won by Team SA at the Rugby Sevens tournament of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as one of their career highlights.

Kok and Afrika were members of the Blitzboks team that comprehensively beat Japan 54-14 in the bronze medal match to earn South Africa a first ever Olympic medal in Rugby Sevens.

“It is a phenomenal feeling,” said Kok, who was named the World Sevens Player of the Year at the end of 2015.

“Just to be able to compete here and represent your country, to play for this team and be part of the Olympics was an achievement in itself. To add a medal, even if it is bronze and not the gold we came here for, is awesome.”

Afrika, who was named World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year in 2011, shared these sentiments.

“This was not the result we wanted as a team, but I am still extremely thankful for the bronze,” said Afrika.

“I can say I was part of a team that won bronze at the Olympics and that is special. It remained a massive honour and privilege to have been to the Olympics and to win a medal makes it even more so.”

Afrika scored two tries in the match against Japan and said the Blitzboks used their opportunities in this encounter: “The guys kept believing in the processes and finished off when we had to. Against Great Britain in the semi-finals, the exact opposite happened and we never made use of the opportunities we created.”

Kok agreed: “Against Japan we did not make it bigger than it was and played our structures. We stuck to our basics. The guys also want to show that we are a quality team and that we can do it.”

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Both decorated players feel that Rugby Sevens is here to stay.

“The rugby was great and I think sevens has established itself as an Olympic sport. There were the obvious disappointments, but also some awesome performances,” Afrika said.

Kok added: “This gives every rugby player a chance to be part of the Olympics. There is now something else to achieve in rugby too and that is wonderful.”

•South African referee Rasta Rasivhenge took charge of the Rugby Sevens final between Fiji and Great Britain.

“What an honour and a definite highlight in my career so far,” said Rasivhenge. “In fact, I cannot wait for the Olympics to come around again in four years.”

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

Women`s Day Tues 9 August fantastic concert – Divas Unite 3pm at Grandwest

A spectacular annual benefit concert designed to celebrate Women`s Day in grand style

Divas Unite 2016 will feature the extraordinary talents of :

Thembeka Mnguni
Rouchelle Liedemann
Adelia Douw
Kim Kallie
Judy Page
Magdalene Minnaar
Lynelle Kenned

BlackByrd
The Grey

PLUS award-winning TV presenter, Katlego Maboe , as your MC!

In addition, the Winner and finalists of the first Divas Unite Young Divas Singing Competition will also join the singers on stage, accompanied by an all-female Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and Divas Unite Choir, conducted by Brandon Phillips.

Show starts at 3pm

Springbok training squad named for Castle Lager Rugby Championship 2016

· First-time call-up for Malcolm Marx

· Habana, Hougaard, Goosen, De Jongh, Mohoje and Koch return

· Emirates Lions, overseas based players to join later

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has included uncapped Malcolm Marx and recalled Oupa Mohoje, Vincent Koch, Juan de Jongh, Francois Hougaard, Bryan Habana and Johan Goosen, in a squad of 31 players for the opening two matches of the 2016 Castle Lager Rugby Championship against Argentina.

Overall, seven changes have been made to the squad that did duty against Ireland in the Castle Lager Incoming Test Series in June. Injured players not considered for selection are Frans Malherbe, Coenie Oosthuizen, Jan Serfontein, Pat Lambie, Handré Pollard, Cobus Reinach and Siya Kolisi.

The Springbok squad will assemble in stages from tomorrow (Sunday, 7 August) in Johannesburg. The nine Emirates Lions players who featured in the Vodacom Super Rugby Final earlier on Saturday will join on Wednesday with the six overseas-based players and two Olympians due to join on Sunday, 14 August.

The remaining squad members assemble tomorrow for a week’s preparations before the full squad of 31 players move camp to Nelspruit (14 August) to continue their preparations for the first Test against Argentina, on 20 August in the Mbombela Stadium.

Coetzee was excited to start preparations for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship and to work with the new players in the 31-man Bok squad.

“I’m excited to get Malcolm Marx involved with the Boks on the back of a very strong Vodacom Super Rugby season,” said Coetzee. “It’s also great to welcome back Oupa Mohoje and Vincent Koch to the Boks – both of them have worked incredibly hard and played very well recently.

“Johan Goosen has been in outstanding form for his club in France and gives us a number of options in the backline with his versatility, while Francois Hougaard, Juan de Jongh and Bryan Habana were previously not available because of Springbok Sevens commitments.

“We are fortunate to welcome back an experienced player such as Bryan, who will be able to provide great guidance to our young backs, while Juan and Francois also bring vast experience with them.”

The Bok coach explained the decision not to select the experienced winger JP Pietersen and Willie le Roux: “JP and I recently held discussions and I have decided to give him a much-needed break because he has played a lot of rugby the past three years. Although he has joined English club Leicester, he will still be available for the Springboks. The same applies to Willie, who has just signed with Wasps.

“The other players who were part of the squad in June but have missed out on selection, will continue to be part of the process going forward. We have to build depth because this is a long haul and a tough competition, and they are not out of our plans. It is important that a player such as Scarra Ntubeni, for example, gets playing time in the Currie Cup with his provincial team.

“Losing Siya, Pat and Frans to injury is a huge blow as they are part of our leadership group. However, Oupa also brings leadership to the squad having captained the SA ‘A’ side earlier year against the England Saxons and also leading the Toyota Cheetahs towards the end of their Vodacom Super Rugby campaign,” added Coetzee.

“We will use our experience and learnings from the Ireland series as the stepping stone for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship and keep on growing our depth in our squad and improve on our overall game.”

The selection of prop Trevor Nyakane is subject to medical clearance.

Meanwhile, Coetzee has decided that Chean Roux will take charge of the Bok defensive coaching duties. Roux, who previously assisted the Boks as part of the Mobi Unit on refereeing and technical aspects, fills the vacancy left by Jacques Nienaber who recently left SA Rugby to take up a post at Irish club Munster.

The Springbok squad for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship is:

No Name and surname Position Franchise/ Province / Club Test caps
1 Ruan Combrinck Wing Emirates Lions 2
2 Damian de Allende Centre DHL Stormers 16
3 Lood de Jager Lock Toyota Cheetahs 20
4 Juan de Jongh Centre DHL Stormers 14
5 Faf de Klerk Scrumhalf Emirates Lions 3
6 Pieter-Steph du Toit Lock DHL Stormers 11
7 Eben Etzebeth Lock DHL Stormers 47
8 Johan Goosen Utility Back Racing Metro (France) 6
9 Bryan Habana Wing Toulon (France) 117
10 Francois Hougaard Utility Back Worcester (England) 35
11 Elton Jantjies Flyhalf Emirates Lions 5
12 Steven Kitshoff Prop Bordeaux (France) 1
13 Vincent Koch Prop DHL Stormers / Steval Pumas 2
14 Jaco Kriel Flank Emirates Lions 1
15 Jesse Kriel Centre Vodacom Bulls 12
16 Francois Louw Flank Bath (England) 46
17 Lionel Mapoe Centre Emirates Lions 4
18 Malcolm Marx Hooker Emirates Lions 0
19 Bongi Mbonambi Hooker DHL Stormers 1
20 Teboho Mohoje Flank Toyota Cheetahs 8
21 Franco Mostert Lock Emirates Lions 2
22 Tendai Mtawarira Prop Cell C Sharks 78
23 Lwazi Mvovo Wing Cell C Sharks 17
24 Sikhumbuzo Notshe Flank DHL Stormers 0
25 *Trevor Nyakane Prop Vodacom Bulls 25
26 Rudy Paige Scrumhalf Vodacom Bulls 3
27 Julian Redelinghuys Prop Emirates Lions 5
28 Morne Steyn Flyhalf Stade Francais (France) 61
29 Adriaan Strauss – captain Hooker Vodacom Bulls 57
30 Duane Vermeulen No 8 Toulon (France) 37
31 Warren Whiteley No 8 Emirates Lions 6

*Subject to medical clearance

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

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.

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