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14 May 2014
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UNDETERED: One of Bojanala’s well known politicians and Speaker of the Rustenburg Local Municipality, Boipelo Marekoa-Kodongo cast her vote days after her house was burnt down. (PHOTO: RAPULA MANCAI)
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Leading agri-business company Syngenta recently announced the opening of its state-of-the-art Africa Middle East (AME) Seed Care Institute, at its Brits Formulation, Fill and Packing Plant (FF&P). The Institute, located at Syngenta’s formulation and packaging site, will serve as Syngenta’s Research and Development facility for developing and testing seed treatment technologies and is the first of its kind in Africa.
The AME Seed Care Institute is the company’s 11th such facility in the world, with some of the other institutes housed in Stein, Switzerland, Holambra, Brazil and Stanton in the United States. The Institute’s research capability will address the complexity of diversified agro ecosystems, crop preferences and farming systems in Africa by strengthening research efforts and creating synergies. It will significantly expand Syngenta’s capability to serve its customers, including seed companies, seed treaters and growers in Africa and the Middle East.
“As a growing population demands more food security, seed companies and growers will require solid protection of their investment in high value seeds,” Antonie Delport, MD, Syngenta South Africa said. “The direct treatment of the seed itself has become the cutting-edge technology to improve plant growth, prevent pathogens and pests from causing damage, and achieve higher yields. This investment demonstrates how seriously Syngenta takes...
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PROTEST: Members of the Bakgatla ba Moiletswane hold posters outside the Madibeng Local Municipality offices (PHOTO: TEBOGO MATLALA)
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Members of the Bakgatla ba Moiletswane from Moiletswane village outside Brits embarked on a peaceful march to the Madibeng Local Municipality recently to submit their letter of grievances. This is not the first time that this community has delivered a memorandum to the municipality. Among the grievances that they wanted the Municipaliry to address include the “noncompliance and proof of implemented Local Economic Development projects” in terms of the Approved Social and Labour Plan as well as the “failure to employ locals in Brits mines”. They also wanted the municipality to intervene in a dispute that has seen the Department of Rural Development and land reform facing challenges in restoring a portion of land to its “rightfull owners” or beneficiaries.
The Bakgatla ba Moiletswane tribe claim to be beneficiaries of properties in Elandsfontein (440JQ), Bunu (233JQ) and Buffelsdoorn (237JQ) in the North west Province. The community says they were removed forcefully from their ancestral land in Elandsfontein in 1962 by the old Apartheid government and were put on the farm Buffelsdoorn without any compensation. The 94 families affected by this removal claim that the Bakgatla ba Mmakau Se-Motsepe royal family and a mining committee started to enrich themselves through land claims. The chairperson of the Bakgatla ba Moiletswane Matholo, Phineas Motsepe, said: “We are surprised that even today our newly democratic government does not recognize us as Bakgatla ba Moiletswane.” “Politicians and Se-Motsepe Mmakau royal family are using Bakgatla ba Mmakau tribal Authority office and the so called Headman Momoto
Phistus Motsepe to access our land claims as their scapegoat,” he added. The families are also unsatisfied with the Restitution on Land Claims Commission for failing to resolve their claims. This Motsepes say they will keep fighting until they get what belongs to them. “We are being held hostage to our land claims as there are claims that we are under the Bakgatla ba Mmakau cluster. However, we are two different communities. “It is clear that the corrupt individuals are at work to prevent the recognition of the Bakgatla community Moiletswane within government institutions,” Motsepe added. The memorandum requests the municipality to intervene and remove the headman as well as investigate all those implicated in fraud and other anomalies.
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The tiny village of Mmakau is experiencing an improvement of the main D2284 road which links Ga Rankuwa and Mothotlung in the North West Province. The road is being improved through the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) programme of the Department of Roads and Transport in the Province which is expected to last for 3 months. The project has employed approximately 150 men and women since it started in February. On April 9, Samuel Ngobeni was was hit by a minibus while he was on duty. He later died at the Brits District Hospital from the injuries he sustained during the accident. The accident left several EPWP workers who were on site injured. “We’ve lost a true friend, a colleague and a comrade,” said Benny Mpye during a memorial service of the late Mr Samuel Ngobeni, which was held at the Mmakau Community Hall recently. Ngobeni was buried in Mmakau on 17 April 2014. Councillor, Aubrey RantjieTshidi of Ward 18, in
Madibeng Local Municipality remarked: “This 3- month project is unfortunately or let me say fortunately coming to an end, only road markings need to be done, as well as topping, therefore we are forced to scale down the number of workers, this is a job – shedding period, which we have to face.” The accident left EPWP workers angry and traumatised. They claim the government is doing nothing about it, especially the fact that the minibus driver which allegedly killed Mr Samuel Ngobeni, their co- worker, is seen roaming the streets of Mothotlung. North West Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport, Communication Officer, Aubrey Obakeng Motsurupe said government regretted the accident. “The Department is aware and regrets the passing of Mr Samuel Ngobeni who was employed by Sirepele Trading,” he said. He further confirmed that compensation
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will be applied through the Compensation Act processes. He said the incident was reported to the local SAPS, and that a local social worker has been contacted to meet with affected employees to arrange counselling when required. “The project is however, expected to be completed by 30 April 2014, “he concluded.
SOMBRE MOMENT: Mourners pay their last respects to the late Samuel Ngobeni during a memorial service (PHOTO: PAT MORATHI)
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Mafikizolo shine at SAMAS
Mafikizolo sealed their comeback in triumphant style at the recent 20th Annual South African Music Awards – winning five awards at the main ceremony to add to their three trophies at the industry awards. This brings the popular Afro-pop duo’s total haul to an incredible eight awards at SAMA 20. They scooped an armful of trophies for Album of the Year, Duo or Group of the Year, Best Pop Album, Best Collaboration, Best Selling Ring-back Shaun Jacobs also added his name to the list Tone, Best Selling Full-track Download of winners with the award for the Best Adult and Best Selling Mobile Music Download Contemporary Album. of the Year. And in the most hotly contested category near slam-dunk of the main of the night, the Kia Record of the categories, the remainder of the Year, Mafikizolo featuring Uhuru beat out stiff awards doled out on the night competition to win the public SMS vote for their reflected a spread of winners. mammoth hit song Khona Only a handful of artists made The star-studded event at the Sun City the journey home from Sun City Superbowl marked 20 years of the SAMAs – held, with more than one trophy in fittingly, on the Freedom Day public holiday commemorating the country’s 20th anniversary of tow. Bagging a brace of awards was democracy – and saw the beautiful and talented songstress Zahara, who was people of Mzansi coming out to play in their glad crowned Female Artist of the rags, to celebrate SA music’s finest. Year for Phendula, which was also named the Best A number of sizzling live performances and onSelling Album of last year. stage collaborations set the tone for an evening Fellow Eastern Cape songbird Zonke added to filled with drama, tears, joy and – no doubt – a her Best Live DVD SAMA (at the industry awards few surprises. earlier in the day) with the accolade for Best Presenters and performers stepped out in style at African Adult Album, for Give and Take Live. the awards, dressed by top local designers Anel And Ladysmith Black Mambazo not only received Botha, David Tlale, Khathatso Tsotetsi, Paledi a SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award on the Segapo and Zano Sithetho. night – our kings of isicathamiya music also had With Mafikizolo dominating SAMA 20 with a
Afro-pop duo, Mafikizolo, collected eight awards at SAMA 20.
the International Achievement Award bestowed on them, for their four Grammy Awards and their ongoing role as global ambassadors for traditional South African music. Maskandi stalwart Phuzekhemisi also received a SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional contribution to the richness and diversity of the local music scene. Kabomo was named Male Artist of the Year for his release Memory Remains, with Naima Kay
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Release date: 1 May 2014 This modern Western is set in the 1970s, as outlaw Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas countryside to reunite with his wife Ruth (Rooney Mara) and the daughter he has never met. But along the way his past starts to catch up with him. The film costars Ben Foster and Nate Parker.
Release date: 1 May 2014 In this animated adventure a misunderstood fairy named Zarina (Christina Hendricks) steals Pixie Hollow’s all-important Blue Pixie Dust and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock. Now, Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to return it to its rightful place.
snatching the award for Newcomer of the Year from a very talented young field. As many had expected, Mi Casa’s Su Casa bagged the gong for Best Dance Album, with Big Nuz scoring Best Kwaito Album honours and Xhosa rapper iFani winning the SAMA for Best Rap Album. Another closely contested race saw Van Coke Cartel walking off with the honours for Best Rock Album.
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…… AND THE WINNER IS ……… Were the elections free and fair?
right which I exercised for the first time in 1994 and now recently on 7 May 2014. However, having said that in the whole 20 years of our enjoyments of our democratic environment, since 27 April 1994, after every 5 years into 7 May 2014, one big question that still remains to be honestly answered by all South Africans is were the elections free and fair, was the elections environment and campaigning free, fair and democratic. I doubt if yes will be the honest answer. Today I am asking “Were the elections free and fair and the pre – elections period, was it conducive, accessible, and productive? You are the judge, you voted, thanks, that’s what South Africa needed. I was personally pre election period, during and post elections very worried, particularly given the events leading to the elections. Neng, neng, ke DA taking ANC to court for this and that and vice – versa, kae , kae ke EFF taking ANC to court for this or the other and vice – versa, e re o santse o re o lebetse, ke IEC versus DA, EFF up against IEC, ANC taking on SABC and lastly Pansy Tlakula still runs our elections What was actually happening? Is this the maturity of democracy? Or was it democracy at its best? I personnaly doubt it. Who’s fooling who, why now? Nelson Mandela must be turning in his grave. We had Mandela, it was all systems go, WAITING: Many people turned then Thabo Mbeki era all processes and out to cast their vote (PHOTO: procedures were duly followed. Setswana RAPULA MANCAI) sa re mo tlhako ya pele e gatileng mo teng le ya bobedi fela jalo, was it the order this time around, I personally do not think so. Patrick Morathi Ntate Kgalema Motlanthe, we cannot talk about him in relation to elections because he was a care – taker email@example.com president, nogal not during any elective period. This time around why did have courts in a way “deciding” or ‘influening’ our election results? You are the judge I do not have any record nor the actual experience make up your own mind. except what I read in matters of elections in our We chose leaders for our country, so let us be content beloved continent Africa or even beyond the with the choice we made, no regrets, let’s embrace and borders of our own Africa shores. accommodate and live with it after all our own choice. Even as a history teacher for many years, I cannot Let’s live with it for the next 5 solid years , unless go beyond that in terms of relating what actually otherwise given other processes, which are unforeseen, happened in Africa for a simple reason – I was denied unsure to happen at this stage, unforecast as they may an opportunity and a democratic right to exercise seem, the ANC has won and Jacob Zuma is the main my right to vote as a South African as normally the man whether you like or not for the next 5 years. analysts, politicians, elders that came before us, the
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Africa’s first seed care institute in Brits Staff Reporter
email@example.com Leading agri-business company Syngenta recently announced the opening of its stateof-the-art Africa Middle East (AME) Seed Care Institute at its Brits Formulation, Fill and Packing Plant (FF&P). The Institute, located at Syngenta’s formulation and packaging site, will serve as Syngenta’s Research and Development facility for developing and testing seed treatment technologies and is the first of its kind in Africa. The AME Seed Care Institute is the company’s 11th such facility in the world, with some of the other institutes housed in Stein, Switzerland, Holambra, Brazil and Stanton in the United States. The Institute’s research capability will address the complexity of diversified agro ecosystems, crop preferences and farming systems in Africa by strengthening research efforts and creating synergies. It will significantly expand Syngenta’s capability to serve its customers, including seed companies, seed treaters and growers in Africa and the Middle East. “As a growing population demands more food security, seed companies and growers will require solid protection of their investment in high value seeds,” Antonie Delport, MD, Syngenta South Africa said. “The direct treatment of the seed itself has become the cutting-edge technology to improve
plant growth, prevent pathogens and pests from causing damage, and achieve higher yields. This investment demonstrates how seriously Syngenta takes its lifecycle stewardship role,” he added. The facility will advance Syngenta’s efforts in developing best in class seed protection technologies that will improve productivity in a more efficient and environmentally sustainable manner. “This investment underpins our commitment to the growers on the continent. Our seed specialists will work with small holder as well as large commercial farmers and seed companies to develop bespoke applications and treatments to control damaging and invasive plant pests and diseases. “Seeds are the foundation of the world’s food supply, and the institute will work to mitigate these risks TECHNO TALK: Wayne Jansen van Rensburg, Technology Manager Seedcare: AME for Syngenta (in a while and improve the grower’s yields,” lab coat) seen addressing the media and stakeholders during the walk through at the new Seedcare Institute in Antonie points out. Faced with high input costs, a grower Brits. (PHOTO: SUPPLIED) needs access to innovations in seed most efficient and economical ways to protect the field. protection to safeguard the investments and crops from pests. One of the fastest-growing segments is crop maximise crop production. It also remains the least environmentally intrusive protection; the global seed treatment market is Seed treatment, a technology in which crop measure for pest control as very small amounts valued at approximately USD 2.5 billion and is protection ingredients are applied directly onto of active ingredients are used. With much expected to reach USD 4.5 billion by 2018, growing the seeds prior to sowing offers vital protection lower chemical intensity per hectare, it is more at a CAGR of over 9%. when the plant is most vulnerable. It is one of the environmentally friendly than spraying crops in
How to strategise the hunt for formal employment Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
During economically difficult times, finding a job can be tough, whether you have just graduated, were recently retrenched, or just want to change jobs. The challenges associated with finding employment are probably more daunting to first time job seekers, who do not know the job search landscape and don’t know what to expect, but the search should be treated as a journey, not a series of attempts. “Finding a job is a process, and it is important that this process is backed by a strategy. It is also worth remembering that, while you are searching for a job, the search is and should be treated as your job,” says Erna Kruger, Head of Programme at The Independent Institute of Education (IIE), SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education provider. Kruger says that during the process of looking for and securing a position, one could find wonderful opportunities you never imagined, and therefore it was necessary to keep an open mind. “It is important that you set goals for yourself when searching for that perfect position,” says Kruger. “These goals may include, for instance, searching and applying for ten to fifteen jobs per week until you find full time employment. “It is also very beneficial to register your CV with employment agencies or using online employment services to search and apply for jobs that you are genuinely enthusiastic about. However, make sure that you are qualified for the job, otherwise your CV will easily end up in the bin and not be considered again.” While conducting your job search, it is also an opportunity
to improve your knowledge and skills, says Kruger. “Start to get used to an 8 hour working day, by devoting a large chunk of the day to your search, and by optimally using the other hours available to you,” she says. “You could consider getting additional qualifications in the career field you are interested in, or do short learning programmes that would further enhance your standing in a particular field. Higher Education institutions such as The IIE, for instance, offer a wide range of career focussed qualifications which can be attended as a full time, part time or distance student. They also offer short learning programmes that may add considerable weight to your CV.” Kruger says that there are also many resources available to assist job hunters, such as www.theworldofwork.co.za – a free web-based resource that help graduates prepare themselves to make the best of the application and interview process, as well as help them put their best foot forward in their first job. “These kinds of resources could make all the difference in ensuring that you set yourself apart from other candidates,” she says. Options also include taking up other opportunities, such as doing an internship, part-time work, freelance work and volunteer work in the field you want to work in. “Taking such opportunities could help you get your foot in the door and sell yourself. They may open doors for full time work, but even if they don’t, they will add to your experience which you can add to your CV.” Importantly, Kruger says, time should be spent on making sure your CV is professional, as it is the first impression a prospective employer will get of you.
The long wait for treatment is over
NOW OPEN: Acting CEO Dr. Lesego Pooe, Health Minister Dr. Aron Motsoaledi and North West MEC for Health Dr. Magome Masike (PHOTO: SUPPLIED)
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The newly built and recently opened Brits District Hospital caters approximately for 500 000 Madibeng population in terms of its services which include Medical, Surgical, Maternity and Paeditric Wards. There are a total of 215 beds in various wards with future plans to include Adult and Neonatal ICUs. The hospital, according to the Acting CEO, Dr Lesego Pooe, caters for an average of 15 – 20 patients per doctor at Out – Patients Department (OPD). Pooe told Leseding News that the Madibeng Community is actually happy with the hospital which was officially opened by Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, the Minister of Health in the country. Referring to Ambulance services, he informed us that the Madibeng Sub – District is the only section or Unit responsible to dispatch ambulances to communities and not the hospital, even they themselve go through the same Sub District, should they require such services. Pooe emphasized community education as one of the significant fields and areas the hospital will need to focus on, at schools, churches, and to communities in general. He dispelled complaints from communities that there is a serious lack of medication at the hospital. “The norm is that there should be 95% drug availability at the hospital, and we are complying with that, as a result, there is no challenge,” said Pooe. He said a Pharmacy store will be housed in the building they used to occupy at Madibeng Fire Station to improve drug availability and management. Pooe emphasized that all complaints will be sorted out within 25 working days and that they have appointed a Customer Care Officer to deal with all community complaints. “There is also a Patient Safety Group (PSG) that sits every month to deal with issues of suspected negligence at the hospital, which so far there has never been any that is reported, as far as I know,” he said. The six – month old hospital presently has 20 doctors from 12 when it started operating in August. Pooe mentioned that they work in conjunction with Medunsa in Ga / Rankuwa on matters that relate to skills transfer. He alluded to the successful opening of the facility and that there is access to the hospital for communities as some of the success stories and also that there are no long queues and that patients stay a bit longer at the hospital due to enough space and patients attention is also guaranteed.
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High voter turnout in Rustenburg and Brits Farirayi Kahwemba
firstname.lastname@example.org A huge number of people heeded government’s call to cast their vote by turning out in large numbers at various polling stations in Rustenburg and Brits. The offices of the Rustenburg Local Municipality in the area witnessed a very high turnout as people woke up early to exercise their right to vote. At some polling stations, however, there was a low turnout. Nkukise Primary School – located in the Fox Lake area – witnessed very few voters with a number of people choosing to stay at home. People interviewed by Leseding News said they did not experience any hassles or inconveniences during the voting process. “For me, the whole process lasted less then 15 minutes,” Emmanuel Solomon said, after casting his vote. “I am very happy. There was no problem. I live in Tlhabane and I have been voting since 1994,” he added. In Freedom Park, there was also a high turnout of voters with people turning up early and waiting patiently at the various polling stations for an opportunity to cast their vote. Among the scores of people who exercised their right to vote in this area were the Speaker of the Rustenburg Local Municipality, Boipelo Marekoa- Kodongo. IT’S MY RIGHT: Rustenburg Local Municipality Speaker Boipelo Marekoa- Kodongo was one of the people who cast During the run up to the elections the Speaker’s house their vote at Freedom Park Secondary School. (PHOTO: RAPULA MANCAI) was burnt down in an incident that the police believe was politically motivated. Tlakula pointed out that there was a huge voter turnout Africa's history for this national and provincial election However, the incident did not deter Marekoa-Kodongo throughout most areas of the country. - 25.39 million. This is about 2.2 million more than were and other residents from across the political divide from “The most pressing challenge we are facing at the registered for the 2009 elections. taking part in the electoral process. moment is an extremely high turnout at voting stations While we have increased the number of voting stations In Brits, long queues were also the order of the day. - especially those in urban and metro areas where long since 2009 by over 10%, many of the additional voting Both the police and the IEC confirmed that the voting queues continue to be experienced at a number of voting stations were introduced in rural areas to decrease the process in all these areas ran smoothly without any stations,” she said. “It should be remembered that we distance which voters were required to travel to vote,” she major incidents. In a statement released during the have the highest number of voters registered in South added. voting process, the IEC chairperson Advocate Pansy
Born frees spice up 2014 elections
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It has been 20 years of freedom since the first elections held in South Africa.
At the dawn of democracy, South Africans poured out in number to cast their vote on 27 April 1994. Decisions were made and questions were asked as to who was going to represent the country as the president. President Nelson Mandela became the first black president of the country. After so many years of straggle, South Africa is celebrating 20 years of freedom together with a generation that is energetic and has the courage to speak out about their country’s leadership. One of the born frees who was excited about the elections spoke out about her views. “I am very happy to vote for the party that I like. I am not satisfied about the service I receive from the government,” Palesa Radebe (19) said. She also added: “I would like to encourage the South African youth to be part of the next elections as it seems that most of the youth are not interest in elections. “They complain about services like water and electricity. However, voting is not about promoting individual parties but moving South Africa forward towards a better life for all.” AT
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18 811 offenders voted – Correctional Services
The Correctional Services Department said a higher number of inmates exercised their democratic right to vote during the just ended national and provincial elections, as compared to the previous polls five years ago. In the Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West Region, 3072 inmates and 868 officials voted. “The voting process ran smoothly and safely in all 243 correctional centres,” the Correctional Services Department said in a statement. “Altogether, 18 811 inmates voted in correctional centres during the national and provincial elections, which is a 29.7% increase from the previous election. Inmates demonstrated enthusiasm for voting,” added the statement. The department attributes this increase to the dynamic changes in the inmate population and the success of the campaign for families to bring identity documents of inmates to the centres prior to the elections. Minister Sibusiso Ndebele welcomed the manner in which the IEC and Correctional Services managed the voting process in correctional centres and the levels of inmate enthusiasm and participation. “South Africa's democracy has come of age," said Minister Ndebele. “We have demonstrated to the world that democracy is entrenched as the people of South Africa, including inmates, are guarding and protecting the hard earned freedom and democracy by turning out in numbers to vote,” he added. However, two offenders were wrongly reported to be deceased by the IEC scanning machine while they turned up in person to vote. Both cases were referred to the IEC for handling as those offenders could not cast their vote. The matter was reported to the police for investigation. Minister Ndebele praised the IEC and correctional officials for delivering the best ever election support in correctional centres since inmates were allowed to vote inside correctional centres in 2004.
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Rugby World Cup tour to visit SA
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ON COURSE: Preparations for the 2015 Rugby World Cup are at an advanced stage (PHOTO: ONKEMETSE SEREMO)
email@example.com Organizers of the next Rugby World Cup, which will be hosted in England next year, have announced details of a tour of the prestigious Webb Ellis Cup. The tour includes a visit to South Africa in August as well as fourteen other countries over 400 days before the cup eventually returns to England. Each Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour visit will last between three to five days and will include a school visit, a rugby club visit, a reception hosted at the British Embassy and unique activation with local communities. The objectives of the tour are to showcase the
values of the game and celebrate rugby as part of the buildup to the 2015 showcase. South Africa, twice winners of the Webb Ellis Cup in 1995 and 2007, will face Samoa, Scotland, USA and a qualifying team from Asia in Pool B. Their first game will be against the qualifier Asia 1 on September 19 at the Brighton Community Stadium. “We are very excited to announce the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour plans. This gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate rugby around the world in the lead up to 2015, engaging and exciting rugby fans and potential new audiences in South Africa ahead of the Tournament,” said Debbie Jevans, Chief Executive of England Rugby 2015. When Rugby World Cup comes around, every rugby fan knows that South Africa will be a top contender.
Having the Webb Ellis Cup in South Africa later this year is sure to inspire the fans and the team, who will have their eye on a third victory next year. Visiting 15 countries that include nations qualified for RWC 2015, those competing for the final four spots, and emerging rugby markets gives us an opportunity to showcase the global game and its shared values Fans across the world can already purchase tickets for Rugby’s biggest event through the locally appointed Official Travel Agents. As the Tournament moves into the final stage of planning and prepares for delivery details on the location of the Team Bases, the bases for the 20 teams used throughout the Tournament, will be announced soon as well as completion of the qualification programme which will see the final four teams qualify by November this year.
NW football teams aiming high Four teams from the North West will take part in the provincial finals of the Danone Nations Cup soccer finals at Ikageng Stadium in Potchefstroom to earn the right to represent the province in the finals of the under-12 tournament, to be held in Boksburg on 28 June. Manamolela Primary School from Atamelang in the Dr RS Mompati District will be one of the schools contesting the North West provincial finals after advancing to this stage for the very first time. “The school has been participating in this tournament for years and they have never reached this level before,” said Donald Bingwa, the school’s coach. “It is my first time coaching the team and they have done it under my leadership. I thank the boys for giving me a good welcome to the team by qualifying.” Bingwa admitted that getting through the cluster
games was not easy and he is not expecting anything different during the finals. “I didn’t expect the games to be that tough so early in the competition. Our toughest game was against Stellaland Primary School in Vryburg. We ended up in a 0-0 draw but scraped through by beating them 6 – 5 on penalties.” Coaching for the first time has been a learning experience for Bingwa, who has no qualifications but has a great passion for the sport. “I learn something new every day. The team is made up of young boys that need to be taught, watched and corrected in all aspects of soccer and they rely on my guidance and experience,” he said. Bingwa said his young team is ready for the challenge that lies ahead: “Our strength is being able to score goals, but we need to
O’Brien set to defend title It will be a hive of activity at the second annual edition of the exciting FNB Platinum Trail Run, which will be held on 25 May at Buffelsport. Anita O’Brien is hoping for a successful title defence when she takes on other competitors who have registered to take part in the event. “Coming first at the 2013 FNB Platinum Trail Run was just a bonus as I enjoyed everything about this race last year,” said. O’Brien. “I love the fact that I can enjoy the day with the entire family. The route has spectacular views, and a little bit of everything from technical sections to climbing sections and single track sections. The FNB Platinum Trail Run is one of my favourite races,” she added. “I will do it every year. I am looking forward to doing the things that I love most, running trail and spending time with my family. My goal will be to run a comfortable pace from start to finish”. O’Brien will face tough competition from top trail running stars such as Megan Mackenzie and Takalani Ndandani. In the men’s race reigning champion Thabang Madiba is sure to be out in front setting the pace. According to Nicola Collins, Event Manager, the exclusivity and terrain of the Platinum Trail Run are what define this event. “Runners can expect to run on some of the best trails that the area has to offer, which consist of a wide variety of terrain and spectacular views. “Each entrant will receive an awesome goody bag that will include an event t-shirt. This combined with a pristine running environment and a festive race village is what makes the FNB Platinum Trail Run presented by ISUZU an event not to be missed,” Collins explained.
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make sure that we have enough ball possession and create the opportunities to score.”
FAST PACE: Anita O’Brien in action during the 2013 FNB Platinum Trail Run presented by ISUZU. (PHOTO: CHERIE VALE/ NEWSPORT MEDIA)