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    Google revokes Huawei’s Android licence amid the US-China trade war

    Google revokes Huawei’s Android licence amid the US-China trade war


    The White House sanctions look set to deal a massive blow to Huawei as Google have now revealed how the trade restrictions will impact on current and future Android customers of the Chinese hardware giant. There are good news and bad news for people...

    The White House sanctions look set to deal a massive blow to Huawei as Google have now revealed how the trade restrictions will impact on current and future Android customers of the Chinese hardware giant.

    There are good news and bad news for people who already have Huawei phones. And the future looks very bad for anyone who had their heart set on one of the many exciting handsets Huawei has lined up for release this year.

    The Android operating system that powers the majority of smartphones on the planet belongs to Google but is essentially free to use. Regardless of what Google decides, Huawei will still have the option of running Android on its phones.

    It will, however, mean that should Google comply with the US sanctions, Huawei could lose access to updates to the operating system.

    The risk to Huawei customers

    For existing users, this will be the primary concern as their phones will become increasingly susceptible to attacks the longer they go without security updates.

    Everything else on their phones should continue to work as usual, though. As for the company’s future products, that’s where things start looking bleak.

    Future Android-based Huawei phones won’t be able to ship with Google Play and Google Play Protect. This will mean that users will lose access to the Android app store, including apps like Google Maps and Youtube,

    It’s been a poorly kept secret for years now that Huawei has been developing their own operating system for just such an eventuality. How they would compete without Google’s ecosystem is another matter altogether.

    Huawei sells nearly half of its handsets in China, where most of these Google products are banned anyway. So any switchover is more likely to hurt the manufacturer’s meteoric expansion. It will alsobring an end to their pursuit of Samsung for market share.

    Huawei under pressure from Trump

    Huawei has been under pressure from the US Government. President Donald Trump fears that the company’s equipment could be used by the Chinese government to spy on US networks.

    The war against Huawei continues. This despite the company maintaining that it’s not possible for the Chinese government to “poison its equipment with backdoors.”

    Still unclear how it will affect South African customers

    Many South African users could get caught in the crossfire. Huawei has greatly expanded its customer base in the SA market. This is mostly due to the company’s affordable prices and reliable handset design.

    However, the company has vowed to support devices. They will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to existing clients. The company said in a statement:

    Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.

    Cape Town dam levels for Monday 20 May: It’s official, we’ve got an increase

    Cape Town dam levels for Monday 20 May: It’s official, we’ve got an increase


    Seven months since the numbers started dropping off, the Cape Town dam levels have finally managed to turn the tide: It may be small, but it’s one hell of a step in the right direction. The combined water levels rose by 0.15% this week – and that’s...

    Seven months since the numbers started dropping off, the Cape Town dam levels have finally managed to turn the tide: It may be small, but it’s one hell of a step in the right direction. The combined water levels rose by 0.15% this week – and that’s before Sunday’s rainfall was counted.

    When the revised figures come out later this week, it’s likely those water levels will get another significant boost. The reserves are currently 45.44% full in the municipality, and the news is also positive across the rest of the province.

    The facilities serving the Western Cape are still dropping (by a meagre 0.3%, it has to be said) but there are some individual successes to speak of: The Berg River catchment area is now 0.4% more full, and there’s been a superb turnaround in the Gamka dam serving Beaufort West: This month, it’s gone from being bone dry to 43% full.

    Cape Town dam levels latest news for Monday 20 May Voëlvlei dam – 54.8% full (14.2% full in May 2018).Bergriver Dam 68.3% full (37.6% full in May 2018).Theewaterskloof dam – 35.3% full (11.8% full in May 2018).Clanwilliam Dam – 9.4% full (5% full in May 2018).Western Cape dams updates

    Anton Bredell is the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape. He was keeping his feet firmly on the ground, urging Capetonians to keep saving water as much as they can – it’s truly making a difference in the province:

    “We are a winter rainfall zone and we are not yet in the winter. Dam levels are still dropping slightly but that is not unusual. We are still not close to the record low levels we saw a year ago.

    We are continuing to urge caution and restraint with water usage. Please protect the resource. However, the Gamka dam in Beaufort West was empty a little more than a year ago. It is now at 43.6% full. That is a major relief.”

    Anton Bredell
    Public holidays: Enough already, South Africa

    Public holidays: Enough already, South Africa


    This article first appeared on Daily Maverick When tradition and customs for the sake of it start to become a cross too heavy to carry, we owe it to ourselves to assess their suitability in the modern day. Many business owners will attest to the...

    This article first appeared on Daily Maverick

    When tradition and customs for the sake of it start to become a cross too heavy to carry, we owe it to ourselves to assess their suitability in the modern day. Many business owners will attest to the savage impact these holidays have had – an already impotent economy kicked right in the bollocks by the arch-nemesis of the business owner: the public holiday.

    That the repair operation on our economy will require a huge effort by many South Africans is a given. But not all the repair work needs to be heavy lifting. With some smart lawmaking, we can stimulate growth and investment (putting aside whether GDP is the best measure of an economy’s health and whether higher GDP growth could even save an economy as structurally rotten as ours). I intend to propose an example of said smart lawmaking.

    Back in the day

    The adoption of public holidays in South Africa can be traced back to our English overlords who exported the concept to these shores when the Union of South Africa was formed in 1910. Along with the familiar religious holidays, other days off included the King’s Birthday and surprisingly, Dingaan’s Day celebrated on 16 December.

    But one can imagine how public holidays (or bank holidays as they are known back in the UK) would be welcomed by the majority of workers stuck in sooty, carbon-emitting industrial factories or the multitude of mines, hauling around bags and crates before the advent of machines. Apart from the ever-decreasing number of mineworkers, today’s employee is more likely to suffer death by a thousand doughnuts than physical overexertion at work.

    How much does a holiday cost the economy?

    In 2011 when Kgalema Motlanthe unexpectedly added another public holiday to the mix, BDO South Africa estimated the cost to the GDP was R7-billion in lost revenue. Seeing as our GDP has barely shifted from those levels, and then making some assumptions around profit margin and effective tax rates, the lost VAT and income tax to the state for a public holiday amounts to almost R500-million. And when one considers South Africa has 12 or 13 of these per year, the cost starts to stack up for an economy and tax base that is being maintained by a small number of workers relative to the adult population.

    While the number of holidays per year varies by country, and 12 is by no means the outlier number, we need to factor in the fragile state of our economy, unemployment rates and evolution of the workplace from over a century ago. We simply have to reduce the number of holidays that ground our productivity to a halt and figure out smarter ways of celebrating and remembering important junctures in our road to democratic freedom.

    Looking around

    Excluding the world’s two most competitive economies, the USA and China, the analysis of some countries’ paid holidays (annual leave and public holidays) points to one possible solution. The UK has only eight Bank Holidays per year but compensates with 28 days paid annual leave. France loads up with 30 annual leave days on top of 11 public holidays. By comparison, South Africa is behind the curve with paid annual leave days.

    A decent proposal

    By amputating say, five or six, public holidays from our calendar and replacing them with a consummate rise in annual leave days, workers would be, at a minimum, no worse off than they are currently – hopefully placating the unions. Businesses would at least be given the chance to restore some semblance of normal trading, and possibly even score a hat-trick of wins as more trading days = increased business profits = the increased likelihood of sustainability and/or bonuses for workers.

    While we’re at it

    If we’re going to propose amending the Public Holidays Act of 1994, we might as well do the job properly. I suggest the following rules also be considered to add more pulleys to carrying the deadweight of public holidays:

    Mid-week holidays are the Devil’s work! Public holidays must either be taken on a Monday or Friday, as it is in the UK, to avoid serial extended leave-taking.
    No more than two public holidays in any single calendar month. That may mean having to choose between God and celebrating Freedom Day, in some years. We have to put food on the table and neither God nor Madiba would want to see us go hungry.
    April and December are the most challenging months to our productivity and these need to the most attention:Given most people do not actually bother attending a church on Good Friday, and Family Day can be embraced by all, let’s scrap Good Friday as a holiday and compensate by adding an extra day’s annual leave for religious purposes for anyone who wishes to take a day off to celebrate. They can still attend church and the rest of us heathens can keep the course.December 16 is hands down the biggest impediment to getting anything done in December. The psychological start to summer holidays starts gnawing at people’s brains with many checking out mentally from mid-November. Business meetings have the same chance of happening as a Jacob Zuma admission of guilt – maybe less.
    In an election year, you simply cannot add another holiday when a holiday already exists to celebrate the holiest of election days. FFS, do we really need to spell that out?! Either that or election days must be moved to Saturdays.If however, elections do remain a working day holiday, we should definitely make it compulsory for every adult to vote. If you get a day off to vote, you’d better get your backside to the voting station.Another way to remember

    This proposal might anger those who’ll feel that some really important days will be cut from the remembrance calendar. The truth is that with the kind of tormented past South Africa has, we could fill many more days with events that should be honoured, and heroes that fell in the pursuit of freedom. And yet, most of us barely remember what holiday it is when we do get the day off anyway.

    Could we look ourselves in the mirror if we cut, say, Youth Day from the list of public holidays? Or could we rather find another way to remember the Soweto uprising of 1976? Perhaps with a youth sports centre and coding academy in Soweto, paid for by the R500m in recouped taxes – every year. Or the new jobs created for the 50% of youth unemployed today, whose lives will be ruined by this anchored economy that might soon run out of reserves to pay for an ever-increasing social grant system.

    We need to find other, better ways to remember this and other holidays. Documentaries and books could be commissioned that are included as setworks in schools, and we could still partake in an hour shutdown at lunch on those days. The point is that there are better, more effective (and cheaper) ways to remember these moments and people of our history.

    Sounds great, so what next?

    We’d need a minister, a deputy minister or member of parliament to read this proposal and be moved enough to introduce a bill to Parliament for assessment and feasibility. If all goes well, it gets published in the Government Gazette for public opinion and debated in the National Assembly, before hopefully getting signed by the president.7

    So, next time you pop over to social media, why not tag your favourite minister or, heck, @PresidencyZa. We might just find ourselves able to make a meaningful contribution to the arduous task that is fixing South Africa’s economy.

    Leave the echo chamber: Twitter is not the place for abstract discussions

    Leave the echo chamber: Twitter is not the place for abstract discussions


    The recent unfolding of Helen Zille’s comments surrounding black and white privilege are emblematic of the fact that social media, Twitter in the case, is not the place for abstract and intelligent discourse. It all started with a viral video by an...

    The recent unfolding of Helen Zille’s comments surrounding black and white privilege are emblematic of the fact that social media, Twitter in the case, is not the place for abstract and intelligent discourse.

    It all started with a viral video by an American poet, Kyla J Lacey about white privilege. Zille left an inflammatory and admittedly tone-deaf response to the clip, asking “why is she saying this stuff in English?”.

    This set off a chain of events that resulted in the former Western Cape premier tweeting about black privilege, then being reprimanded and asked to apologise and retract her statement by former public protector Thuli Madonsela.

    There have since been many comments thereafter from Zille and Madonsela, spectators and celebrities such as Hlomla Dandala. The purpose of this piece is not to discuss the merits of this debate, but to argue that Twitter is not the appropriate platform to have such an important discussion.

    The issue of racial privilege is not straightforward

    The issue of racial privilege is not straightforward. It is intellectually vexed, abstract, contested and lacks coherence beyond the realm of critical theory, which is plagued by the same problems, on a grander scale.

    It is a very difficult and vague concept to unpack, which is why it should not be discussed on a medium such as Twitter. 

    This is not to say that it should not be engaged and that these abstractions are not important. No. Rather, what I am saying is that in the context of South Africa, these issues have to be engaged with on a conducive platform. It is imperative – we cannot move on as a society if this does not occur. In South Africa, income inequality and poverty are heavily demarcated on racial lines.

    In fact, according to Statistics South Africa, 64% of the population living in poverty are black. Moreover, the white population still have ownership of the majority of wealth flowing in the country.

    Meanwhile, policies such as Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BB-BEE), which were introduced to mitigate this gap and its related legacies of Apartheid, have only exacerbated instances of intra-racial income inequality.

    This means that there is a greater gap between the black elite and the poorest within the black group, in addition to the stark difference in income levels between whites and blacks overall. It is a massive problem that needs to be addressed. Adding poorly defined and highly contested woke buzzwords to this, especially on Twitter, does not help confront the problem.

    If we are going to have these discussions, we do so on a platform that is conducive to in-depth discussion and exchange of ideas and opinions. A  place where it is acceptable to have disagreements, especially when dealing with such obscure and inflammatory terms. A place where, those who are affected can have input, the fact that the majority of people who are affected by these abstractions are not even on Twitter.

    They need to be handled with care and nuance on a platform that facilitates robust debate between opposing sides. This cannot happen within the very narrow confines of Twitter. 

    It is an echo chamber that does not allow conversations to materialise; a place where it is easy to get absorbed in bubbles where one can lose sight of what matters and what is real.

    This is exacerbated by the call-out culture and the phenomenon of cancelling, both of which are pervasive within the social media stratum. Calling-out is the act of public-shaming a person for their transgressions on social media platforms, while cancelling is a cultural boycott.

    It is an expression of taking back one’s agency by choosing to avoid, not give money to, or to stop engaging with an individual by blocking them. The increased likelihood of being called-out or cancelled on the platform, and being misconstrued or one being carried away, undermines any form of healthy debate.

    It stifles debate and ostracises people; there is no room for nuance or context on Twitter, which is a very troubling mentality to have in a grey world.

    This is further exacerbated by the proliferation of bots that try and sow discord between participants, and the 240 character limit; there is simply no way of getting anything of substance across on Twitter before you get attacked by a bandwagon. 

    Advantages and limitations of Twitter

    Nevertheless, it is important to note that there are many advantages to micro-blogging or tweeting.

    It a democratising tool that brings together a diverse range of people with different opinions and from different experiences; it transcends geographical distance and the use of hashtags enables users to easily find and participate in topical discussions; enables the easy share of information and can be a place where movements like #metoo are spearheaded. However, it has serious limitations, including the culture of calling-out and cancelling individuals.

    Having said that, it is a disgrace and an affront to voters to handle such poignant issues in such a reckless and superficial manner. Moreover, it distracts voters, from pressing issues such as the state of unemployment, basic education, access to social grants, social inequality and access to basic education. It offends and unwittingly undermines the project of racial reconciliation and non-racialism.

    Can we please go back to doing good work, instead of attacking people on Twitter?

    In South Africa, where racial dynamics are fragile and where there are so many other problems that need urgent attention, having these sorts of discussions on Twitter is not helpful.

    At times like this, I always think it is better to disengage from the Twitterverse, reconnect with voters on the ground and try to confront immediate and pressing issues, such as the Makhanda water crisis in the Eastern Cape, which is nowhere to be seen on local news platforms, instead of screaming in an echo-chamber that is accessed by the relatively privileged.

    If we are going to have these discussions – and we must – it is better to do so in a non-superficial arena that does not thrive on hype and hyperbole. 

    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of TheSouthAfrica.com.

    Durban motorist makes daring escape in hijack attempt [video]

    Durban motorist makes daring escape in hijack attempt [video]


    This Durban motorist was brave enough to react quickly after suspects jumped out of a car with guns drawn in an attempt to hijack the unsuspecting victim. Popular Twitter user, @crimeairnetwork, published a video showing how the driver of the red car...

    This Durban motorist was brave enough to react quickly after suspects jumped out of a car with guns drawn in an attempt to hijack the unsuspecting victim.

    Popular Twitter user, @crimeairnetwork, published a video showing how the driver of the red car managed to reverse his or her way out of a potentially fatal situation.

    New hijacking trend hits Durban

    Durban has seen an increase in hijacking incidents since the beginning of the year. Quoted in an IOL News article four months ago, Brian Jackson — the director at Blue Security Operations — warned that criminals in the city had grown smarter in finding more creative and dangerous ways to steal and hijack cars.

    Related: Live stream of the Jacob Zuma court case

    “When considered as an average that is at least one hijacking being reported to our company every day, and this excludes any additional incidents that we don’t hear of, which may be reported to other local security firms and directly to the police,” he said.

    Jackson also noted that hijackers were using a new, more threatening method to their crime: Kidnapping victims

    “Hijackers mistakenly assume that motorists must be aware of the location of the tracking device installed by vehicle tracking companies. They take the motorist with them in the hope that they will be able to get the location of the device out of them.

    “The reality is that most motorists should have no idea where the vehicle’s tracking device was installed and will not be able to tell hijackers anything,” Jackson explained.

    Luckily for this motorist, whose identity has not been verified, the hijackers caught in this video did not get what they wanted. The incident took place on Musgrave Road, in Berea.

    Related: Arnold Schwarzenegger attacked in Johannesburg

    Watch: Durban motorist makes daring escape

    Another VICTIM survived and escaped an #ArmedRobbery on Saturday 18 May 2019 just after 10h00 at
    MUSGRAVE RD. DBN. KZN pic.twitter.com/eETBJzhStU pic.twitter.com/zWGNhsjlF6

    — RIOT & ATTACK info SA (@RiotAndAttackSA) May 20, 2019
    Cape Town weather: Here’s how much rain fell overnight, as Theewaterskloof gets drenched

    Cape Town weather: Here’s how much rain fell overnight, as Theewaterskloof gets drenched


    It was the first biblical rainfall to kick-off the official winter season in the region. The Cape Town weather forecast promised – and delivered – some epic rain for the end of the weekend, with some regions pushing 90mm. Figures published by the...

    It was the first biblical rainfall to kick-off the official winter season in the region. The Cape Town weather forecast promised – and delivered – some epic rain for the end of the weekend, with some regions pushing 90mm.

    Figures published by the SA Weather Service (Saws) show that pretty much everywhere in the municipality of Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and the West Coast got in on the act.

    How much rain has fallen in the Western Cape and Cape Town?

    (Figures given in mm)

    Photo: SawsWhere did the most rain fall in Cape Town on Monday? Kirstenbosch – 86mmJonkershoek – 53mmVilliersdorp – 47mmGrabouw – 43mmStrand – 41mmCape Town weather: Good news for the dams

    For those of us still keeping our eye on the peripheral threat of day zero, this should be a soothing read. Theewaterskloof dam is based in Villiersdorp, an hour-and-a-half’s drive away from Cape Town.

    To get almost 50mm of rain in such a short period of time is a godsend for the facility – which is only 36% full at the minute – as well as the entire city.

    Grabouw came fourth and it is also home to both of the Steenbras dams. They are smaller facilities, but their health and well being are equally as important as their gargantuan cousin’s – Theewaterskloof is the biggest dam in the Western Cape.

    Elsewhere, Wellington and Franschhoek chalked up 30mm of the wet stuff, and the City of Cape Town got more than 25mm. Showers are set to persist intermittently across the province today, meaning these already-impressive figures will be even higher by the end of Monday.

    But it’s not all rosy

    However, the initial joy of the dams filling up is tempered by the short-term effects of the rain. Traffic chaos and the possibility of flooding have also played a chaotic hand on Monday morning, leaving some locals exasperated.

    When the weekly dam levels are reported on Monday, it’s not clear if this rainfall will be counted due to its timing. However, if not this week, then next Monday promises to be a bumper result for the region.

    Land Rover’s new baby Range Rover

    Land Rover’s new baby Range Rover


    After a global reveal earlier this year, Land Rover South Africa is now shipping its second-generation Evoque SUV to local customers. Known to followers of the brand as the baby Range Rover, Evoque has always appealed to those who value the...

    After a global reveal earlier this year, Land Rover South Africa is now shipping its second-generation Evoque SUV to local customers.

    Known to followers of the brand as the baby Range Rover, Evoque has always appealed to those who value the traditional exterior and interior design merits of Land Rovers – but require something slightly smaller and easier to park than a Vogue.

    The new Evoque shadows some of the styling elements Land Rover introduced on its Velar and remains the same overall size as the first-generation car, which makes it much easier to live with as a daily driver than traditional Range Rovers.

    Land Rover’s engineers have managed to find better space utilisation in the interior, which offers improved legroom – thanks to new Evoque’s 20mm longer wheelbase. In the rear, luggage capacity has swelled by to 591-litres (a gain of 10%). All new Evoques also feature Land Rover’s latest 9.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system and device connectivity.

    Luxury seats that aren’t leather

    An example of Land Rover’s new sustainable vehicle philosophy are Evoque’s seats, which feature a new leather substitute material. Developed by Danish textile company, Kvadrat, this material combines wool and recycled plastic bottles and is close to suede in its touch and texture.

    Mechanically Land Rover’s new baby Rangey is powered by two engines options, both 2-litres in capacity and turbocharged. The diesel Evoque powers up to 132kW and 430Nm, whilst the petrol option is good for 183kW and 365Nm. Both engines drive through a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

    Although Evoque’s destiny is as an urban status SUV, Land Rover has ensured that is does retain a credible level of off-road ability. Ground clearance is 216mm and although there is no low-range ratio option for scaling extreme inclines, Evoque’s all-wheel drive system does feature four selectable throttle and traction control algorithms, depending on terrain you are planning to roll over.

    Following Land Rover’s imperial naming convention, the different Evoque derivatives are denoted by their power output in horsepower: either D180 (for diesels) or P250 for petrol engined vehicles. The range starts at R734 300 for the most basic D180 and peaks at R987 900 for the P250 First Edition model.

    BNZ Crusaders squad accused of inciting homophobic brawl [video]

    BNZ Crusaders squad accused of inciting homophobic brawl [video]


    After a frustrating outing for the BNZ Crusaders in Newlands, Cape Town, certain members of the New Zealand squad left the country with homophobia accusations levelled against them. The rugby team took to its Instagram page to address allegations that...

    After a frustrating outing for the BNZ Crusaders in Newlands, Cape Town, certain members of the New Zealand squad left the country with homophobia accusations levelled against them.

    The rugby team took to its Instagram page to address allegations that surfaced on social media that between Thursday, 16 May, and the early hours of Sunday morning on 18 May, certain members of the squad were involved in altercations with partygoers at a nightclub in Bree Street and two days later, at McDonald’s in Long Street.

    Related: Super Rugby result: Stormers 19-19 Crusaders – as it happened

    BNZ Crusaders rowdy visit to Cape Town Altercation at Arcade nightclub

    Kaylene’s experience (a Capetonian queer) did not get much traction until the alleged homophobic verbal spat that was recorded at McDonald’s went viral.

    In her thread, which you can read below, she shared how her encounter with “a well-known Crusaders rugby player” at the Arcade nightclub turned into a horrible outing with mates.

    According to Kaylene, she and her friends were minding their own business when, seemingly out of the blue, they were targeted by a Crusaders player that spat at them with beer.

    I’m sorry but I have to speak about this because the more I think about it, the more pissed off I get…

    — Kaylene🌻 (@Kaylene_vDalen) May 16, 2019

    Related: Crusaders ‘forward pass’ that denied Sevu Reece a try vs Stormers

    The incident went unnoticed until the club faced backlash on social media after video footage surfaced, showing members of the team’s squad being “named and shamed” at McDonald’s.

    Alleged homophobic incident at McDonald’s

    Instagram user, only identified as Darren on his profile page, uploaded a carousel of images showing the players that allegedly egged them on with homophobic slurs in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    “We were attacked by members of the New Zeland rugby team in the McDonald’s on Long/Kloof Street [in the early hours of Sunday morning. As we entered, we were met with jeering and sniggers from them. They then proceeded to record us as a joke.

    “When catching them in the act, they told us they did it because we looked funny to them. They then said they can record us in a public space if they want to. Upon telling them that this is wrong, they then began physically intimidating us,” Darren wrote.

    In the Instagram post Darren shared, he included screenshots of some of the players allegedly involved in the debacle. He also included a short video which can be viewed below.

    View this post on Instagram

    Friends of mine were verbally and physically HARASSED by members of @crusadersrugbyteam last night due to obvious and inexcusable homophobic/hate related reasons. During the same night @arcade_ct a group of women had a guy from this same rugby team literally SPIT BEER on them and walk away?? The rugby team and respective players have since limited comments on all of their posts but I refuse to rest until some accountability has been taken because this story disgusts me. It makes me sick @ewnupdates @news24 @heart1049fm @goodhopefm @capetalkza

    A post shared by Darren (@darrendh_) on May 19, 2019 at 8:31am PDT

    Crusaders denies all allegations

    The accused rugby team responded to the backlash on Instagram, denying all claims levelled against its players.

    View this post on Instagram

    A post shared by BNZ Crusaders (@crusadersrugbyteam) on May 19, 2019 at 7:03pm PDT

    No reactions from the South African Rugby Union (SARU) have been released.

    Related: Rebels look to tackle homophobia in junior rugby

    Watch: Crusaders accused of inciting homophobic verbal fight

    IF YOU WANNA BE QUEERPHOBIC WE WILL RECORD YOU SINCE YOU RECORDED US FOR YOUR JOKE. Long st mc Donald’s. pic.twitter.com/Uz2pRnh4XS

    — adam (@adamlennoxx) May 18, 2019
    More confusion over the fate of Botswana’s elephants

    More confusion over the fate of Botswana’s elephants


    The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of The South African However, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism, Kitso Mokaila now proposes elephant “cropping”. To cull or not to...

    The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of The South African

    However, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism, Kitso Mokaila now proposes elephant “cropping”.

    To cull or not to cull

    Masisi stated to Bloomberg that “in the debate around elephants and our environmental stewardship, we have been misconstrued and misunderstood. To suggest that the irresponsible and reckless words like culling were ever used. We are never for culling. We will not cull.”

    This statement flies in the face of the report produced by his Cabinet Sub Committee on Hunting Ban Social Dialogue that recommended among others lifting the hunting ban, culling of elephants, and the canning of elephant meat as pet food.

    The Hunting Ban Social Dialogue report is based on consultation meetings with only some rural communities affected by the 2014 hunting ban, but strangely excludes the tourism industry and its beneficiary communities. Tourism is the second largest GDP earner in Botswana after diamonds, however the industry appears to have been cowed by threats, such as “you must remember where your bread is buttered and support us” made by Mokaila.

    It also seems odd that President Masisi takes advice from the controversial hunter Ron Thomson, who applauded Masisi’s highly criticised elephant management proposals. Thomson claims to have personally slaughtered 5,000 elephants (and supervised the killing of many 1,000s more), 800 buffalo, 600 lions, and 50 hippos, but refuses to be part of a televised debate that includes an opposing voice.

    In a UK interview with Piers Morgan, he admitted, shouting in a more and more enraged manner, that he “felt nothing” killing the animals, he was “highly efficient at it”, and his lack of emotion helped him “get the job done”.

    A supposedly ethical hunter, who has previously boasted of killing 32 elephants in one go and stating that killing animals gave him a “thrill”, Thomson made unsubstantiated claims in another interview that Botswana’s elephants “now number between 10 and 20 times the sustainable carrying capacity of their habitats”.

    According to the African Elephant Status Report 2016, Botswana’s population has shown a 14% decline since 2006 and the latest Botswana elephant census estimates the country’s current population to be around 126,000 elephants, which is well within accepted norms.

    Despite popular opinions, the Chobe elephant population is showing a long-term downward trend since 2010 and Botswana’s bull elephant population is also decreasing, especially in the four poaching hotspots. The latter trend will be exacerbated by trophy hunting, as the more mature bulls are the main target for trophy hunters.

    “Bulls only reach their prime between 40-50 years of age and these musth bulls siring about 90% of all offspring”, says Audrey Delsink (Wildlife Director – HSI Africa).

    “Elephant societies are also dependent on these older members for social and ecological knowledge. The removal of just a few of these key individuals will have long-lasting negative consequences for future elephant generations.”

    “Ethical” trophy hunting

    Proposals for lifting the trophy hunting ban are still on the table. Mokaila recently stated, when addressing Ngamiland community trusts in Maun, that should the government reinstate trophy hunting this will be conducted “ethically”.

    We have however witnessed too many examples of unethical and often illegal trophy hunts in Southern Africa, all clouded in a lack of accountability and transparency.

    Excessive hunting quotas, overhunting, and unethical trophy hunting practices in the 1980-90s in Botswana, led to a rapid decline in wildlife populations in many parts of the country, some of which have never fully recovered. The lion population was particularly badly affected with some areas reduced to a ratio of nearly six mature females for every mature male, leading to serious conservation threats such as inbreeding and kleptoparasitism (when lionesses and subadults are unable to defend and therefore regularly lose their kill to hyenas).

    This situation led to the Botswana government putting a moratorium on lion hunting in 2001, which was reversed in 2004 under pressure from the US Government. The former President George Bush Snr, a prominent member of the Safari Club International, wrote to the Botswana authorities pleading to lift the ban, who eventually capitulated. The moratorium was reinstated in 2008 and remains in place to date.

    More recently, Cecil the lion was illegally hunted in Zimbabwe. This 13-year old lion wearing a GPS research collar was lured with bait out of Hwange National Park, so that hunter Walter Palmer, who had previously been convicted of illegal hunting in the States, could kill this protected lion without consequences for either him or the professional hunter, Theo Badenhorst, who was subsequently arrested for attempting to illegally export sable from Zimbabwe.

    These are just a few from the many examples available in the public domain, clearly illustrating the hunting industry’s inability to maintain ethical standards.

    Furthermore, Botswana is considering reintroducing trophy hunting at a time when “facts and indicators reveal a very rapid decline in big game hunting in Africa”, according to Dr Bertrand Charadonnet (Protected Areas and Wildlife Consultant) in his report Reconfiguring the Protected Areas in Africa.

    In Africa, the Economists at Large calculated that trophy hunting spending only makes up on average 1.9% of the overall tourism spending and a recent report from Namibia shows the limitations of the economic benefits of trophy hunting.

    The long-term sustainability of trophy hunting is highly debatable from an ethical, ecological and financial point of view.

    Human-elephant conflict

    “Harbouring the largest elephant population in Southern African has led to escalating Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC)”, the government claims.

    There is no doubt that HEC is a real problem in Botswana that needs addressing. A report on Problem Animal Control data in the Chobe District recorded about 1,300 HEC incidences between 2006-17, i.e. about 100 per year, including crop and garden raiding, property damage, and personal threats to human lives. The report states that HEC is not increasing however 2016 shows an anomaly with 300 reports, dropping back to previous levels in 2017.

    Sensationalist reports are serving to inflame an already tragic situation and seek to show trophy hunting as the solution for elephant population control and the key to solve HEC.

    However, “trophy hunting, cannot, or rather should not have much effect on local elephant densities”, says Dr Keith Lindsay (Conservation Biologist – Amboseli Trust for Elephants). “Otherwise, the trophy-sized animals will not be there for the hunters to shoot. So, trophy hunting does not have any direct effect on reducing HEC”.

    With HEC at the forefront of the elephant debate, surprisingly Mokaila announced recently that his Ministry plans to stop HEC compensation, as “communities are capable of coming up with solutions for addressing HEC themselves”. Is this possibly a cynical ploy to force communities to support trophy hunting?

    Elephant commoditisation

    Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe submitted a joint proposal to CITES to amend the listing of the African elephant to allow for trade in live animals, registered raw ivory, hunting trophies for non-commercial purposes and elephant products.

    This blatant commodification of elephants is what the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area bloc so elegantly call a “scientific wildlife management system”.

    Amidst the many contradictions around the fate of Botswana’s elephants, its government hosted an Elephant Summit earlier this month and from Masisi’s opening address it is quite clear that the commoditisation of wildlife and elephants in particular are his main concern. This is “sold” to the people of Botswana as the solution to HEC and a sustainable way to secure the livelihoods of local people.

    All the shenanigans of the past few months that should be leading to a future elephant management plan that is good for Botswana’s people and its wildlife, seems to be nothing more than an election campaign for Masisi to appeal to rural voters, as well as preparation for the forthcoming CITES CoP18 meeting.

    Meanwhile, the verdict on lifting the trophy hunting ban is still pending with no indication when a decision will be made.

    conservationaction.co.za

    Busisiwe Mkhwebane: What this huge defeat in court means for her future

    Busisiwe Mkhwebane: What this huge defeat in court means for her future


    It’s been an embarrassing day for Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who has been handed a defeat in court by a DA application. The political party have been successful in getting her report on the Vrede Dairy Farm scandal declared...

    It’s been an embarrassing day for Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who has been handed a defeat in court by a DA application. The political party have been successful in getting her report on the Vrede Dairy Farm scandal declared “unconstitutional” and “invalid”. The judgement on costs has been reserved.

    What is the Vrede Dairy Farm project?

    The Gupta-backed scam was nothing more than a money-laundering rouse for the Indian billionaires. They syphoned funds from the Free State government into a farming project, but the operation was a sham. The #GuptaLeaks trove of emails showed that the brothers were in cahoots with Ace Magashule and ex-MEC Mosebenzi Zwane.

    Busisiwe Mkhwebane was charged with getting to the bottom of this scandal, but her report was – according to her detractors – “lacking in detail” while covering up for state-captured figures. Her investigation into the Vrede Dairy Farm did not mention the Guptas, nor did it recommend charges against Magashule and his cronies.

    What will happen next for Busisiwe Mkhwebane

    The DA is now calling for the removal of Mkhwebane once Parliament reconvenes later this week. Her position could come into question, as Cyril Ramaphosa is reportedly ramping up efforts to rid the ANC of its underperforming officials.

    Meanwhile, the office of the public protector has acknowledged the judgement, but they are yet to study its findings in their entirety. Somewhat undermined by the judiciary, Mkhwebane’s credibility has taken another blow. Her time in office has been blighted by scandal, and this latest own-goal is up there with the Bankorp debacle.

    Busisiwe Mkhwebane: From Vrede Dairy Farm to Bankorp

    In order to hold apartheid-era corruption to account and recover stolen government funds, Mkhwebane made a reckless announcement in 2017. She wanted to edit the constitution as part of her remedial action.

    Once the idea went public, the rand itself nose-dived. In trying to claim back R1.25 billion, her less-than-comprehensive thought process threatened to cost South Africa so much more. Disaster was averted when she backtracked.

    The North Gauteng High Court’s ruling does not make life easy for Mkhwebane going forward. The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services may also be compelled to summon her for a hearing, as they did last year: Quite simply, it’s not the impression any public protector wants to project to the people.

    WWE Money In The Bank 2019: Results, video highlights and live stream

    WWE Money In The Bank 2019: Results, video highlights and live stream


    It was a night of major shocks, not all good, as the Money In the Bank PPV took place. Get your full results...

    This Sunday the Money in the Bank PPV rolls around from Hartford, Connecticut, and despite some last minute changes, it looks to be a solid card. Get your full preview and predictions below.

    Kickoff Match
    The Usos vs. Daniel Bryan & Rowan

    Result: The Usos pick up the non-title win over Bryan and Rowan.

    Main Card WWE Women’s MitB Match
    Ember Moon vs Mandy Rose vs Dana Brooke vs Nikki Cross vs Bayley vs Natalya vs Naomi vs Carmella

    Result: Bayley takes out Sonya De Ville and Mandy Rose for the surprise win.

    US Championship
    Samoa Joe (c) vs Rey Mysterio

    Result: Rey gets the quick title win, but Joe gets revenge on Rey immediately as Rey’s son Dominic watches on. Joe’s nose was broken early on in the match.

    Cage Match:
    Shane McMahon vs The Miz

    Result: Yet another cheap win for the best in the world as he slips out his shirt to fall off the cage and and earn the escape win. Miz looks on in disappointment.

    WWE Cruiserweight Championship
    Tony Nese vs Ariya Daivari

    Result: Nese retains, crowd wasn’t much into this one.

    Throughout the night Braun Strowman hunts Sami Zayn. He finally catches him and strings him up. Triple H confirms there will be a replaced for Sami Zayn in the men’s Money In The Bank match. Boo.

    WWE RAW Women’s Championship
    Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans

    Result: Becky retains using the disarm her.Lacey put in a good showing. Charlotte Flair immediately comes down for her match and both her and Lacey beat down Becky.

    SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
    Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte

    Result: Charlotte takes out Becky with a stiff kick and pins her for the her ninth title reign. Her and Lacy continue the beatdown until Bayley comes out for the save. Bayley decides to cash in, and does so successfully with an elbow drop for the title win.

    Roman Reigns vs Elias

    Result: Elias nail Roman with a guitar shot before the match. The bell rings and Roman hits a spear. It’s over. That is literally ALL that happened.

    WWE Universal Championship:
    Seth Rollins (c) vs AJ Styles

    Result: Seth retains after a fantastic match with the Curb stomp. There is a handshake afterwards, but some fans boo.

    Luch House Party come out next, but are simply just fodder for Lars Sullivan who destroys all three members.

    WWE Championship Match
    Kevin Owens vs Kofi Kingston (c)

    Result: Kofi wins a fun match with the Trouble in Paradise. Afterwards Xavier Woods comes out to celebrate with Kofi. Not much else happened.

    WWE Men’s MitB Match
    Andrade vs Ricochet vs Drew McIntyre vs Finn Bálor vs Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin vs Ali vs Randy Orton

    Result: Brock Lesnar came out right at the end of the match to push Ali off the ladder. He’s officially announced as Sami Zayn’s replacement, and setups up the ladder and takes down the briefcase. Crowds cheers at this and Brock sits on the ladder and poses to end the night. Ok…

    That’s it for a rather lacklustre Money in the Bank PPV.

    Where to watch WWE Money In the Bank in South Africa

    As ever, it will be live on SuperSport. The kick off show will start at 0:00 on Monday morning with matches beginning at 2:00. All of this will be on SuperSport 4 with repeats on SuperSport 9 from 17:00 on the same day.

    Gauteng 2020 online applications for school learners officially open [video]

    Gauteng 2020 online applications for school learners officially open [video]


    The Gauteng 2020 online applications system is live, provincial education MEC, Payanza Lesufi revealed on Monday, 20...

    The Gauteng Department of Education has officially launched the 2020 online applications process after what seemed like a long and strenuous period.

    As reported by eNCA, Gauteng education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, revealed that, after much deliberation with the concerned stakeholders, the 2020 online applications system is finally live.

    What caused delay to 2020 online applications?

    The entire launch is a week late. The department was forced to put its brakes on the process to entertain the concerns of lobby groups such as AfriForum and Suid Afrikaanse Onderwysers Unie (SAOU, and other school governing bodies.

    Related: Gauteng Education Dept postpones 2020 school online application process

    The main area of contention in the application process was its failure to make provisions for language.

    In its previous version, the system had not considered the ramifications of placing children in schools that offer Afrikaans as a language of learning and teaching (LOLT).

    This, the lobby groups argued, would not bode well for learners who come from different teaching backgrounds. Lesufi, after deliberating the issue with the aforementioned parties, resolved to update the system with an option to suggest schools based on race and language.

    “We don’t use race to place people, we use race just to know how many people have applied that are black, African, so they said remove that part it must be information that is used. We have accepted that as well, reluctantly,” he exclaimed.

    How to apply for Grade One and Eight in Gauteng

    With the political aspect of the matter put to bed, the system has finally been launched and service centres have been opened across the province, ready to assist parents with learners going into Grade One and Eight in 2020.

    Parents have until 22 July to process their application and place their children in the prescribed schools.

    Those who wish to use the online application system have been urged by Lesufi to watch the tutorial video before proceeding with the application.

    Related: These children have to step over electricity cables to get to school

    “There is a tutorial video that is available on our website, that video takes parents step by step because this is a three-step process. It’s very important that people familiarise themselves with it because when we open there’s no room for mistakes,” he added.

    We have made life easier and embedded the full tutorial video below, enjoy:

    Watch: Get started with Gauteng 2020 online school application
    Watch: Live stream of the Jacob Zuma court case [video]

    Watch: Live stream of the Jacob Zuma court case [video]


    Could Jacob Zuma face a criminal trial? We'll know by the end of the week. If you want to watch all the latest developments, follow our live stream...

    Jacob Zuma is back in the dock for the corruption case that’s rumbled on for the best part of 16 years. This week will prove to be one of the most vital in his life, as there’s a very real prospect that he could face a criminal trial. Thanks to eNCA, we’ve got a live stream of the whole event at the bottom of the page.

    The state has to prove that there is no merit in the defence’s application for a stay of prosecution. Five days have been set aside, with a bench of three judges expected to come to a decision this week.

    Jacob Zuma in court – latest news and updates

    Lawyer’s for Zuma are expected to argue that the myriad of delays in this case has prejudiced the public’s opinion of their client and that there’s no chance of a fair trial anymore. Thales – the French arms company JZ is accused of acting in cahoots with – have made the same defence.

    Don’t be surprised if you see JZ and his lawyers employ the same “delay” tactics we’ve become accustomed to seeing over the years, either. The longer this case drags on for, the less chance there will be of a 77-year-old Jacob Zuma ever facing accountability for his supposed actions.

    Lawyers to do battle

    Meanwhile, the prosecution are adamant that justice delayed has been justice denied. They’ll also be buoyed by the fact that six legal challenges have been made against this particular case, with none of them succeeding.

    The magnitude of this case and its long, convoluted history means that there’s a lot to get through before the bench can come to a decision. Should they agree that Zuma must face trial, jail time would be on the cards. However, any decision made in Pietermaritzburg this week could be taken to the Supreme Court of Appeals or ConCourt.

    Watch: Live stream of Jacob Zuma in court

    You can catch all the developments via the live stream here. Proceedings get underway at 10:00.

    Lindiwe Sisulu faces uncertain future for downgrading Israeli embassy

    Lindiwe Sisulu faces uncertain future for downgrading Israeli embassy


    By the time the Cabinet is announced, Lindiwe Sisulu may not be part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s newly-appointed league of ministers. As reported by the Daily Maverick, the Minister of International Relations faces an uncertain future as she...

    By the time the Cabinet is announced, Lindiwe Sisulu may not be part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s newly-appointed league of ministers.

    As reported by the Daily Maverick, the Minister of International Relations faces an uncertain future as she deals with the backlash she has received from announcing her intentions of downgrading the Israeli embassy to a visa centre.

    Why did Lindiwe Sisulu push for the embassy downgrade?

    Sisulu’s decision was carried by her accountability to her role as South Africa’s head of international relations and a loyal cadre of the African National Congress (ANC).

    Related: Cyril Ramaphosa says downgrading embassy in Israel is not so easy

    Once the dust had settled around the leadership contest at the party’s Nasrec conference in 2017, two crucial resolutions were formed: the expropriation of land without compensation and the status of Israeli in South Africa.

    After much consideration, it was decided that the Israeli government’s perceived ignorance of international laws and those of the United Nations (UN), regarding settlement building, was in contradiction to the honour and dignity South Africa stood for.

    Up until the notice of the downgrade, Sisulu and Ramaphosa had been communicating mixed messages regarding the topic. The former’s position was clear, the embassy had to be downgraded, while the latter believed that more deliberation was needed.

    “Once the Cabinet has fully engaged and come out with a view on this matter, it will be communicated to the public. In other words, we remain seized with the modalities of downgrading the South African embassy in Israel, and this matter has not been finalised,” the president had said in a recent interview with the popular Jewish Report newspaper.

    Related: “Valid criticism of Israel is not antisemitic” – Ex-ANC minister Ronnie Kasrils

    Jewish community lambasts ‘threatening’ Sisulu

    The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), in an article published by the local newspaper, described Sisulu as a “threat in government” that seemingly has an agenda against Israel.

    “The downgrade of the South African embassy in Israel has not been implemented. She is obsessed with criticising the Jewish state.

    “Her announcements marked a very unpleasant period before the elections for South African Jewry. The minister made outrageous, inflammatory, and incorrect statements. She said the embassy downgrade had been implemented, but this has not been adopted as government policy..” SAJBD’s national vice-president, Zev Krengel said.

    The speculation around Sisulu’s future has been exasperated by a Cabinet list that has been doing the rounds on social media recently.

    Related: When you can expect Ramaphosa to announce his new cabinet

    Although it has been debunked as fake, it is still interesting to note that the coveted position Sisulu holds has been passed on to the former Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete.

    Patients evacuated from Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital in Soweto

    Patients evacuated from Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital in Soweto


    Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital in Jabulani, Soweto, was thrust into pandemonium on Monday morning as smoke billowed from one of the rooms. Shortly after daybreak, an emergency evacuation procedure was implemented at the District Hospital. According...

    Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital in Jabulani, Soweto, was thrust into pandemonium on Monday morning as smoke billowed from one of the rooms.

    Shortly after daybreak, an emergency evacuation procedure was implemented at the District Hospital. According to eyewitnesses on the scene, fears over a fire within one of the wards led to panic and the subsequent evacuation of all patients.

    @CityofJoburgEMS Fire Incident reported @Bheki Mlangeni hospital Admin block, no injuries reported and the cause of the fire incident still subject of investigations @CityofJoburgZA @CoJPublicSafety

    — Cojems Spokesperson (@RobertMulaudzi) May 20, 2019

    Patients are being evacuated in Bheki Mlangeni hospital #HospitalOnFire @effjoburg @MandisaMashego pic.twitter.com/QDBd0QGKmf

    — EFFJoziGroundForces (@Effgroundforces) May 20, 2019

    Robert Mulaudzi, Spokesperson for the City of Johannesburg’s Emergency Management Services, confirmed that firefighters were dispatched to Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital.

    According to Mulaudzi, the blaze started in the administration block of the hospital. Thankfully, no injuries or fatalities have been reported. Emergency services are still on the scene attending to the fire, which, as reported by Mulaudzi, has been brought under control.

    This is a developing story – more information will be added as soon as details of the incident are confirmed.

    Patients are being transferred to different hospitals from Bheki Mlangeni district hospital in Jabulani, it’s alleged a fire broke out at one of the rooms at the hospital. M.M pic.twitter.com/GE9ZxWwnRw

    — Jozi FM (@jozifm) May 20, 2019 Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital: A controversial history

    Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, with the latest fire only adding to the health department’s long list of headache-inducing controversies.

    In 2018, the Gauteng Health Department uncovered a jobs-for-cash scheme operating within the hospital. Gauteng Health MEC, Gwen Ramakgopa, confirmed that over 100 employees were implicated in the scam. Bizarrely, the scheme involved trained assassins which were hired to murder the hospital’s CEO.

    Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital, which was built to handle the spillover of patients from Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital, has also come under fierce scrutiny for its unsanitary and generally unhelpful environment.

    Reports of patients being turned away for ‘insufficient admission fees’ have been the subject of internal investigations. A lack of beds and hospital personnel have also led to complaints and even minor protests.

    Cape Town traffic disrupted by heavy rainfall, Chapman’s Peak closed

    Cape Town traffic disrupted by heavy rainfall, Chapman’s Peak closed


    It’s all fun and games until the roads are blocked-up. Cape Town traffic has been disrupted on Monday due to the large amount of rain that fell overnight. It’s the biggest storm of 2019, in a region still in fear of drought. However, what may be a...

    It’s all fun and games until the roads are blocked-up. Cape Town traffic has been disrupted on Monday due to the large amount of rain that fell overnight. It’s the biggest storm of 2019, in a region still in fear of drought.

    However, what may be a victory for the local water warriors is a spanner in the works for commuters. Major routes have been disrupted as the rainfall continues throughout the morning. The cold front isn’t expected to dissipate until later in the afternoon.

    Cape Town traffic latest updates for Monday 20 May

    Many of the hold-ups reported during rush-hour have been directly caused by the wet weather. Driving becomes a more treahcerous pursuit once the heavens open, and that’s showing on the roads already:

    Marine Drive (Inbound): Heavy traffic from Milnerton – robots not working at Milner / R27 near Paarden Eiland.The N2 Outbound at Hazeldene has seen its right lane closed due to a crash, you can expect delays on this particular stretch.Accident reported in Strand, Main Road / Disraeli Street blocked both ways.Traffic is at a stand-still in Khayelitsha, TR section Side B. Malibongwe Drive / N7 bridge / Potsdam Road and Dunoon all experiencing heavy congestion on Monday.Also, the M7 is experiencing a heavy flow of traffic leaving Mitchell’s Plain. Chapman’s Peak Drive – road closed:

    Meanwhile, it’s not just the commuter paths that are impacted: Chapman’s Peak is also closed to the public because of the adverse weather conditions. The high rainfall at the tourist favourite has made driving across the mountainside highly dangerous. Ou Kaapse Weg will be your alternative route from Cape Town to Noordhoek.

    Cape Town – Chapman’s Peak Drive: ROAD CLOSED due to high rain fall #Chappies

    — Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) May 20, 2019

    It’s likely that disruptions will continue throughout Monday, as flood alerts have been put in place across the Western Cape until 21:00 this evening. Most of the rain has fallen overnight, but showers are going to persist throughout the day. The Cape Winelands and West Coast are also set for more downpours.

    Jacob Zuma in court: The possible factors that could cause a delay

    Jacob Zuma in court: The possible factors that could cause a delay


    “Judgement Day” is coming for Jacob Zuma. One of the most crucial weeks of his life lies ahead of him, as the Pietermaritzburg High Court kicks off five days of deliberations on Monday. These will decide if Msholozi has to face a criminal trial for...

    “Judgement Day” is coming for Jacob Zuma. One of the most crucial weeks of his life lies ahead of him, as the Pietermaritzburg High Court kicks off five days of deliberations on Monday. These will decide if Msholozi has to face a criminal trial for his alleged role in an arms deal fiasco.

    It’s been 16 years since he and Schabir Shaik were implicated in a bribery and corruption scandal alongside the French armoury company Thales. In fact, it’s been such a long time coming, that Zuma’s co-accused Shaik has since been trialled, sentenced and freed from prison – albeit on medical grounds.

    If you’ve ever seen Jacob Zuma deal with a legal issue before, you’ll know that he only operates with one tactic: Delay, delay, delay. There’s a good chance that the defence team will find a way to postpone the case yet again this week, and there are a few avenues to explore.

    Could Jacob Zuma postpone his court case again? New legal team for Jacob Zuma

    For a start, uBaba now has a fresh squad of lawyers at his disposal. Since the case began and he was first summoned to court in April 2018, Zuma dumped the usually-dependable Mike Hellens and has since experimented with different representatives. This in itself could be an underhand tactic.

    Given that there are hundreds of pages of evidence to mull over – documents, affidavits and statements etc – it’s likely that a new set of legal experts will consider the idea of asking for more time to review the paperwork – we’ve already seen this excuse used in November, though. The judge could easily reject these claims.

    Appeal to other courts

    Jacob Zuma and his defence may even decide to play ball, even if that’s only for the week ahead. If the bench decides he must face a criminal trial, don’t think that will be accepted by the 77-year-old. He could still take the judgement to either the Supreme Court of Appeals of the Constitutional Court, which could add months – or years – to proceedings.

    A possible recusal

    Business Day have previously reported that Zuma’s lawyers demanded to have the NPA disclose whether KwaZulu-Natal deputy Judge President Mjabuliseni Madondo was the subject of an investigation by the Hawks.  

    Madondo is one of the presiding judges in this case, and it is entirely possible that this could be manipulated by the defence. Should they seek to postpone proceedings, they could end up asking for this particular magistrate to recuse (remove) himself. If he gives an unfavourable judgement towards Zuma, it’s likely the advocates will cry foul.

    Jacob Zuma says he will support troubled mayor Zandile Gumede

    Jacob Zuma says he will support troubled mayor Zandile Gumede


    Former President Jacob Zuma has thrown his weight behind Zandile Gumede, the eThekwini Mayor who faces charges of corruption and fraud. South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, better known as The Hawks, swooped down on...

    Former President Jacob Zuma has thrown his weight behind Zandile Gumede, the eThekwini Mayor who faces charges of corruption and fraud.

    South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, better known as The Hawks, swooped down on Gumede’s mayoral office last week. A prolonged confrontation ensued and, eventually, Gumede handed herself over to the law enforcement agency. On Tuesday, the mayor appeared in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court, charged with corruption, racketeering and fraud.

    Corruption charges against Zandile Gumede

    The bulk of the charges levelled against Gumede stem for a R25 million tender deal which became the focus of an in-depth criminal investigation in December. This dubious tender was granted for the provision of 800 chemical toilets. In addition to the cost being grossly overpriced – the tender agreement was marred by impropriety, which, The Hawks say, benefitted the mayor financially.

    The embattled mayor has also been implicated in other suspicion government tender agreements – some totalling R208 million – most of them connected to waste management in the Durban area.

    Gumede was granted R50 000 bail last Tuesday and promptly returned to her office, despite fierce political and public outrage emanating from her alleged malfeasance. The mayor is due to return to court in August.

    Jacob Zuma supports Zandile Gumede, “hopes it is not politically motivated”

    I shall show Comrade Zandile Gumede the same support that she has shown me for the past decade. Be strong my Leader, this too shall pass.

    — Jacob G Zuma (@PresJGZuma) May 19, 2019

    Zuma’s unflinching support for Gumede, announced via his infamous Twitter account, comes at a coincidental time.

    On Monday, the former president returns to court to face his own charges of corruption. Zuma is hoping to extend his stay of prosecution, which, if successful, will effectively scrap all charges relating to the notorious arm’s deal.

    Read: Six things to know as Jacob Zuma’s corruption case returns to court on Monday

    Jacob Zuma has remained resolute in the face of defeat. The court case, which has dragged on for 16 years, is, according to Zuma, a ‘politically motivated attack’. The former president pointed out the parallels between Gumede’s situation and his own, saying:

    “I have sadly learned that Comrade Zandile Gumede has been charged with corruption. I hope it is not politically motivated and that the state has enough evidence to substantiate this charge.

    I speak from experience from my own politically motivated charges.”

    Msholozi added that he would support Gumede throughout her impending legal battle, saying:

    “I shall show Comrade Zandile Gumede the same support that she has shown me for the past decade. Be strong my Leader, this too shall pass.”

    Aspire Art Auctions’ winter sale begins soon

    Aspire Art Auctions’ winter sale begins soon


    In a South African art world seemingly obsessed by quantity and price, and by the same roster of artists deemed valuable by the wider auction market, Aspire’s latest sale to be held in Johannesburg on June 2 is a breath of fresh air, presenting a...

    In a South African art world seemingly obsessed by quantity and price, and by the same roster of artists deemed valuable by the wider auction market, Aspire’s latest sale to be held in Johannesburg on June 2 is a breath of fresh air, presenting a focused and insightfully compiled selection of top-quality modern and contemporary art.

    What can we expect from the sale?

    The company’s commitment to innovation in different parts of the market has led to a bold and signature move for Aspire in this sale, which features a special section dedicated to photography.

    Alexis Preller

    Aspire is also capable of looking after the auction market’s big signatures – none more so in this sale than the offer of the very last painting worked on by Alexis Preller before his death. Forensic analysis by Gerard de Kamper’s team at the University of Pretoria showed that Preller had deliberately painted a border around the Christ Head pictured in the work (which gives the painting its name), prior to adding more detail had he remained alive. It goes on sale at estimates of R4,000,000 – 6,000,000.

    William Kentridge

    Aspire has an established reputation for achieving high prices for contemporary work, and has led the industry in the introduction, growth and development of this significant market at auction. A strong showing in this sale is led by a drawing from South Africa’s international star William Kentridge. His work Untitled (Woman and Café), from 1992, relates in its subject matter to Kentridge’s early animated films.

    Sekoto, Pemba, Hassan and Nhlengethwa

    Showing once again its commitment to the development of value in different market segments, Aspire also has a burgeoning track record in selling the work of previously under-represented black artists. This auction has one of the biggest complements of black modernist and contemporary work on sale of any South African auction house to date, including works by Sekoto, Pemba, Hassan, Nhlengethwa and many others.

    Photography

    The groundbreaking photography segment of the sale features a wide range of the most important and influential South African photographers, with some of their best work. These include Pieter Hugo, David Goldblatt and Zanele Muholi, star of this year’s Venice Biennale.

    Auction details

    Aspire Art Auctions Winter 19 sale

    Date: 2 June, 2019

    Venue: Gordon Institute of Business Science, 26 Melville Road, Illovo, Johannesburg.

    Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 20 May 2019

    Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 20 May 2019


    Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forecast of your province, click here. Warnings: Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the interior of the Eastern Cape, extreme western parts of the Free State...

    Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forecast of your province, click here.

    Warnings:

    Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the interior of the Eastern Cape, extreme western parts of the Free State and North West province, north eastern interior of the Western Cape as well as the eastern half of the Northern Cape.

    Heavy rain leading to localized flooding is expected in the mountainous regions of the Cape Winelands as well as the Overberg District of the Western Cape early Monday morning.

    Watches: 

    Localised urban flooding is expected in places in the Cape Winelands, Cape Metropole and Overberg Districts of the Western Cape early Monday morning.

    Gale force south westerly winds with gusts in excess of 85 km/h are expected between Cape St. Francis and Port Alfred from the afternoon.

    Special weather advisories

    Strong north-westerly winds are expected in places over the interior of the Eastern Cape as well as the north eastern parts of the Western Cape.

    Weather forecast and UV index for all provinces

    Gauteng: Fine and warm

    UVB sunburn index: Very high.

    Mpumalanga: Fine and cool to warm but hot in the east.

    Limpopo: Fine and warm.

    North-West Province: Fine and warm.

    Free State: Fine and cool to warm.

    Northern Cape: Cloudy and cool to cold with isolated showers in the south west, otherwise fine and warm. The wind along the coast will be light to moderate north-westerly, becoming fresh to strong southerly.

    Western Cape: Cloudy and cold with rain and showers in the west and south-west spreading eastwards along the south coast and adjacent interior by afternoon. It will be partly cloudy over the extreme east. The wind along the coast will be strong north-westerly at first becoming moderate to fresh westerly.

    UVB index: Low.

    Western half of the Eastern Cape: Fine, windy and warm, becoming cloudy with isolated showers and rain in the south west in the afternoon. The wind along the coast will be light to moderate north westerly, becoming fresh to strong south westerly by midday, reaching near gale force in places in the afternoon.

    Eastern half of the Eastern Cape: Windy in places in the west, otherwise fine and warm. The wind along the coast will be moderate north easterly, but moderate to fresh south westerly in the south, becoming strong from the afternoon while spreading north.

    KwaZulu-Natal: Morning mist over the north eastern interior, otherwise fine and warm but hot in the north east. The wind along the coast will be moderate north-easterly freshening in the north by afternoon. It will become strong to near gale south-westerly in the south by late evening.

    UVB index: Moderate.

    Free daily horoscope, celeb gossip and lucky numbers for 20 May, 2019

    Free daily horoscope, celeb gossip and lucky numbers for 20 May, 2019


    CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Busta Rhymes, Bronson Pinchot, Jimmy Stewart, Danny Aiello, Cher, Joe Cocker. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Slow-moving Saturn exerts its influence today. This may not seem like a great development, but it will allow you to...

    CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Busta Rhymes, Bronson Pinchot, Jimmy Stewart, Danny Aiello, Cher, Joe Cocker.

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Slow-moving Saturn exerts its influence today. This may not seem like a great development, but it will allow you to retrace your steps over certain matters. That said; this is a day where your judgment may be a little off, it’ll be a poor day for making promises, no matter how good your intentions are!

    Want to know what the future holds? Get a FREE tarot card reading.

    TAURUS (April 20-May 20): There’s a rather disciplined, stern vibe about the day, thanks to Saturn. However, you may need to watch out for being too rigid. It’s a day where you’re likely to cut your budget a little too much and increase your workload as well. Your day-to- day routine may need a few tweaks, not a dramatic overhaul!

    GEMINI (May 21-June 20): There’s possibly a call for some kind of commitment, (not the romance kind though). However, this call could be smothered by the various and conflicting influences, which may send all kinds of contradictory advice, such as be impulsive; be zany; be original, but what is really needed is focus!

    CANCER (June 21-July 22): Planetary shifts may well get you thinking about several key areas of your life; you may even believe that you need a massive overhaul in general. That said; there is a slightly pessimistic vibe to the planets. You shouldn’t allow a one temporary backward step to negatively influence your long-term plans!

    LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It’s not a day ideally structured for a fire sign, but there are hidden assets. There’s more cautious in the air; adventurous spirits will be more contained, and reliability may be a word you hear more than once. That said; don’t let logic rule supreme your heart; let your heart have a say too!

    VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Unsettling influences could rattle you slightly. If you have veered off-course in terms of cash, career or effort, then the planets will act like a mirror, reflecting back any potential pitfalls of your current strategies, or lack of them. You do need to pay attention to this planetary guidance, but you don’t need to panic!

    LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): There may be a sense of something quite significant or momentous in the air, although you’re not likely to see any visible signs of this. It’s more an inner shift in your way of thinking. You’re likely to become more of a power sign, which will last beyond today, so don’t try to solve every little thing; pace yourself!

    SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Mixed influences with an unsettling edge may well have you dismissing certain matters, especially the ones that look tricky to resolve. There is a certain benefit to be gained from postponing some decisions, but make sure you postpone the right ones – i.e. the ones linked to romance, not work!

    SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The contradictory influences may feel a little restrictive. A low-level insecurity may influence certain decisions. It’s possible that you’ll feel a need to present a cheerful, confident front to mask this insecurity, but perhaps someone will surprise you with their sensitivity and understanding!

    CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): While other signs may be dealing with all kinds of ripples, you’re likely to be waiting on the sideline. Look to incoming information to provide the impetus or incentive. It may not be as momentous as a stunning revelation; it’s more likely to be of a reflective or advisory nature!

    AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): There’s certainly scope for positive changes, but today you’re likely to adopt a rather counterproductive approach. There could be the opportunity to take a new direction, although you will need to be a little more systematic than you would like. If you don’t regard it as a restriction, you’ll get further!

    PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A slow-dawning realization is likely to mark the day. Maybe a chance comment from close quarters will get you thinking. Another person’s perception may well cast a whole new light on a career or domestic matter. That said; it’s unlikely that you’ll get the full picture!

    FOR THOSE OF US BORN ON THIS DAY: Happy Birthday! The months ahead are likely to start on a sweetly romantic note, but you could go a little too overboard in your efforts to impress someone special. You’ll continue to need to keep an eye on the cash-flow until the spring, by which time you’ll be back to your usual, practical self! The early summer suggests that you’ll need to make that extra effort to juggle the key areas of your personal relationships, because there’s a good chance that a promotion or reward at work or school will have you neglecting your friends! However, the fall looks as though it will be fabulous, with plenty of opportunities to make your mark!

    CELEBRITY GOSSIP: Rita Ora is certainly extremely busy right now, with both her musical and television careers moving forward at speed. Rita’s second album will soon be released for sale, but according to the planets, the release of her new music may actually harm her career as it will reveal that that there is little of any substance behind the hype!

    Today’s lucky numbers

    ARIES  2, 14, 17, 25, 33, 47

    TAURUS  3, 11, 20, 28, 32, 45

    GEMINI  1, 8, 18, 21, 38, 42

    CANCER  9, 16, 24, 27, 33, 45

    LEO  2, 5, 14, 20, 23, 37

    VIRGO  3, 11, 21, 25, 33, 48

    LIBRA  8, 13, 27, 35, 38, 42

    SCORPIO  1, 3, 16, 20, 32, 45

    SAGITTARIUS  2, 14, 29, 35, 38, 42

    CAPRICORN  7, 13, 18, 24, 37, 45

    AQUARIUS  9, 14, 21, 30, 38, 42

    PISCES  8, 15, 29, 33, 41, 46

    TODAY’S CHINESE PROVERB: Paper can’t wrap up a fire.

    TODAY’S MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE: Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our heart and we are never, ever the same. – Anonymous.

    TODAY’S WISDOM FROM AROUND THE WORLD: If you see in your wine the reflection of a person not in your range of vision, don’t drink it. – Chinese proverb.

    Game of Thrones season 8 finale has to answer these 6 questions

    Game of Thrones season 8 finale has to answer these 6 questions


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    I’m worried, folks. There are only 79 minutes left of the most popular show currently on television. Earlier this month, we looked at the six burning questions that Game of Thrones season 8 finale still had to address.

    The show did address three questions from our list: Will Daenerys go full Mad Queen? Will we get Cleganebowl? Is Euron cocky enough to betray Cersei? But that only opened up the door to more speculation.

    It goes without saying that this article will contain spoilers of previous episodes. If you are not caught up with the show, go do that first. Don’t try to be a hero.

    Photo: thesouthafrican.comGame of Thrones season 8 finale – Pressing questions What will Jon Snow do now, after Dany’s massacre?

    Now that Daenerys finally went full Mad Queen and burned King’s Landing to the ground, what will Jon do? Up till now, he defiantly told everyone that he stands by his queen. But can he look past this?

    Daenerys flew Drogon over King’s Landing and killed innocent women and children, and soldiers who had surrendered. Daenerys also uses Drogon to kill her enemies.

    What she is doing now goes against everything Jon stands for. Including that lesson he learned from Ned: If a ruler sentences a man to death, he has to swing the sword himself.

    We know that Jon doesn’t want the Iron Throne, despite being the rightful heir. He’s made that clear from the start. But would he allow Daenerys to take it, now that her true colours have been revealed?

    Read – Game of Thrones crypt: Those whose Watch has ended [Part 1: seasons 1 – 3]

    What is in store for Arya (and her white horse)?

    Arya survived a great deal during the last episode, no thanks to Daenerys and Drogon. She saw good people massacred, escape from dragon fire by a whisker and sustained a few injuries along the way.

    Episode 5 ended with Arya seeing a white horse standing amid the ruins, looking eerily out of place despite being covered in blood too. We got a Revelations type of vibe from that scene.

    It’s not lost on us that Arya is now riding a pale horse. Read into that what you will. Some feel that Arya is on her way to deal with Daenerys. The prophecy did after all say she’ll shut green eyes forever.

    We thought that meant Cersei, but we were so wrong about so many things in the past. It would be very disappointing if we don’t see Arya changing her face one more time as well. She didn’t train in Braavos for nothing.

    Who will sit on the Iron Throne?

    Cersei was the last person to sit on the Iron Throne. We don’t want to say outright that she is dead, but she appears to be very dead, buried under a ton of rocks with Jaime when the Red Keep collapsed.

    Daenerys has been meaning to take the Iron Throne back since she convinced Khal Drogo to take it back for her. Daenerys has claim to it but doesn’t deserve it.

    Jon has claim to the throne and would be a wonderful ruler, but doesn’t want it. The most popular fan theories right now, puts either Jon, Arya, Sansa, Bran or Tyrion on the throne.

    A popular book theory – and we’re not sure it can be adapted to the TV show – is that Samwell Tarly is a Targaryen by birth. He is supposedly the son of Rhaegar Targaryen, when he was still married to Elia Martell.

    Rumour has it that Varys smuggled the baby Samwell out of King’s Landing, like he did with Dany and her brother, but sent him to the Tarlys instead. That would make him Jon’s older half brother.

    Honestly, Sam on the throne won’t be the worst. However, as it stands, I won’t be surprised if the Throne is destroyed and no one gets a claim to it.

    What is Sansa’s game plan?

    Sansa is not a naive little bird anymore. She had endured plenty since going with her father to King’s Landing back in season one, and she learned a few lessons along the way.

    Petyr Baelish, all his perversions aside, taught her how to rule and how to be good at it. She doesn’t trust Dany, and learning of the massacre in King’s Landing will leave her even less psyched about seeing the Dragon Queen on the throne.

    Since season one, I’ve said Sansa is destined for great things. I saw the potential back when she was still a naive little girl. Nobody believed me. Everybody hated Sansa. We’ll see now.

    Will Bronn ever get his castle?

    Poor Bronn, he’s been after a castle since he met Tyrion in season one. Over time, practically every Lannister promised Bronn he’d get a castle. In season eight, Cersei promised him more riches than he could count if he kills Jaime and Tyrion.

    But he didn’t kill them, and Tyrion promised him Highgarden after Cersei was defeated. Well, that’s come to pass.

    If you need a refresher, Highgarden belonged to House Tyrell, the richest house in Westeros. They are all dead now, after Cersei killed Lord Mace, Queen Margaery and Loras. Jaime killed Mace’s mother, Lady Olenna, back in season 7.

    Look, Tyrion helped Jaime escaped and Dany hasn’t been all that impressed with him during season eight. Tyrion might find himself in a big pot of hot water once Dany gets off that dragon. But come on, man, just give Bronn the keys so long.

    What’s up with Bran?

    Oh sorry. He’s not Bran anymore, he’s the three-eyed raven now. And he doesn’t really do much, apart from sitting in his chair, looking creepy. We know he can warg, we know he can see that future, but what does he actually do?

    Cast your mind back to episode three, when the Night King and his army made their way to Winterfell. Bran ‘disappeared’ for a good long time.

    It appeared as though he warged into some birds to see what the Night King was up to, but a few fan theories suggest he’s been up to something bigger the entire time.

    But hey, even if he doesn’t play a big part in the season finale, it would be nice if the showrunners could clear up a few rumours. Will he be the next Night King? What exactly is his connection to the Children of the Forest and Bran the Builder?

    More questions to ponder ahead of the season 8 finale: Will they ever fix the Wall?What’s going to happen to the Unsullied now?Where will happen to the direwolves? The only two left are Ghost and Nymeria.Will we see Nymeria in the season 8 finale?What will happen to Tyrion?

    Also read – Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5 preview

    Game of Thrones article series Game of Thrones Crypt: Most notable deaths by season A round up of seasons 1 – 3Season 4 – 7And Game of Thrones season 8 [Coming soon…]Game of Thrones Season 1 to 7 Recap: Betrayals, beheadings and dragons – season one recapThe night is dark, Jon Snow knows nothing – season two recapThe Lannisters send their regards – season three recapLannisters have regrets – season four recap (Regrets. Get it?)A girl wants revenge – season five recapHold the door – season six recapWinter is here – season seven recapWhat you may have missed in Game of Thrones Season 8: FiveFourThreeTwoRelated topics Was Daenerys drinking Starbucks coffee on Game of Thrones?Game of Thrones: Here’s who died in the Battle of WinterfellThis is the website that will automatically spoil GoT for your friendsA Game of Feasts: How to prepare food from Westeros [videos]

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    PSL Awards: Thembinkosi Lorch bags a brace of top awards

    PSL Awards: Thembinkosi Lorch bags a brace of top awards


    Orlando Pirates attacking midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch was the big winner at the PSL awards held in Durban on Saturday, as he walked away with two prestigious awards. The 25-year-old had a breakthrough season with the Buccaneers, earning four...

    Orlando Pirates attacking midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch was the big winner at the PSL awards held in Durban on Saturday, as he walked away with two prestigious awards.

    The 25-year-old had a breakthrough season with the Buccaneers, earning four nominations – Telkom Knockout Player of the Season, Midfielder of the Season as well as the coveted Players’ Player of the Season and Footballer of the Season.

    Having lost out on the first two – to Baroka’s Elvis Chipezeze and Mamelodi Sundowns’ captain Hlompho Kekana respectively – “Nyoso” finally walked walked up to the podium towards the end of the ceremony.

    He was voted by his peers as the Players’ Player of the Season, and later by the league’s 16 coaches as the Footballer of the Season.

    Lorch’s outstanding campaign saw him help Pirates to a second-place finish in the league as well as a spot in the Telkom Knockout final, where they were stunned by Baroka on penalties after he had scored both goals in a 2-2 draw at regulations time.

    He finished with 15 goals in 40 appearances across competitions, and his nine PSL goals made him Pirates leading goal scorer in the league.

    Other big winners on the night include his teammate Vincent Pule, who’s long-range missile against Polokwane City on theth last day of the season was named Goal of the Season, while Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane walked away with the Coach of the Season award.

    Zakhele Lepasa, whose goal against Kaizer Chiefs helped TS Galaxy to the Nedbank Cup title, was named as the tournament’s best player, with Peter Leeuwenburgh snatching the big prize for his performances in the MTN 8.

    Watch: Vincent Pule’s goal vs Polokwane City that won PSL Goal of the Season [video]

    Watch: Vincent Pule’s goal vs Polokwane City that won PSL Goal of the Season [video]


    There were some screaming goals during the 2018-10 PSL season. Picking from just a few couldn’t have been easy, but there must be a winner. The annual PSL Awards took place in Durban on Sunday night. Across several categories, players and coaches...

    There were some screaming goals during the 2018-10 PSL season. Picking from just a few couldn’t have been easy, but there must be a winner.

    The annual PSL Awards took place in Durban on Sunday night. Across several categories, players and coaches battled it out for top honours.

    The PSL Goal of the Season, though, was decided by the fans.

    Much like voting for the PSL Goal of the Month, supporters had their say to decide the top three goals out of the nine winning monthly goals to make up the shortlist.

    From that shortlist, the Goal of the Season was decided and announced at the glitzy do on Sunday night.

    Vincent Pule from Orlando Pirates walked away with the honours for his strike against Polokwane City.

    Before we get to that clip, though, let’s recap the nine goals we started with.

    August/September: Knox Mutizwa (Lamontville Golden Arrows) vs Maritzburg UnitedOctober: Phathutshedzo Nange (Black Leopards) vs Baroka FCNovember: Gaston Sirino (Mamelodi Sundowns) vs Free State StarsDecember: George Maluleka (Kaizer Chiefs) v SuperSport UnitedJanuary: Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United) vs Bloemfontein CelticFebruary: Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United) vs Golden ArrowsMarch: Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs) vs SuperSport UnitedApril: Gaston Sirino (Mamelodi Sundowns) vs Chippa UnitedMay: Vincent Pule (Orlando Pirates) vs Polokwane City

    Those were whitteld down to these finalists:

    Khama Billiat- Teboho Mokoena Vincent Pule PSL 2018-19 Goal of the Season nominees

    #AbsaPrem Goal of the Season Finalist (1/3):

    Khama Billiat- @KaizerChiefs pic.twitter.com/jUrNdtz5Oz

    — Official PSL (@OfficialPSL) May 17, 2019 Watch: The Vincent Pule goal that won PSL Goal of the Season

    #AbsaPrem Goal of the Season Finalist (2/3):

    Vincent Pule- @orlandopirates pic.twitter.com/OVEmxPuaPg

    — Official PSL (@OfficialPSL) May 17, 2019

    Watch: The trailer for the last-ever episode of Game of Thrones [video]

    Watch: The trailer for the last-ever episode of Game of Thrones [video]


    Episode 6 of Game of Thrones Season 8 is the last episode of the entire series, and it's expected to feature a few...

    HBO has released a little preview for the much-anticipated final episode of Game of Thrones which will air in South Africa and the rest of the world on Sunday and Monday.

    The trailer gives little away, showing only a few key characters like Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister and Arya Stark, all presumably dealing with the aftermath of Daenerys’ actions in episode 5.

    The end of Game of Thrones has been kept tightly under wraps. And while the countdown to the final episode is almost over, fans can be guaranteed of an absolute spectacle when it finally airs.

    Watch: Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 6 preview Game of Thrones: The end

    David Nutter, who directed episodes one, two and four this season, as well as The Red Wedding, told ET last year that viewers will be happy with where Game of Thrones ends. 

    “It’s such a complete and satisfying finale and where the show goes to, and the journey that it takes, that it lives up to the hype and lives up to why the audience loves the show so much. It’s going to be something quite, very special,” he said. 

    The final episode of the whole series will run for 80 minutes and according to The Telegraph, showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff co-directed the sixth and final episode of the show. 

    Of the ending, some of the cast have dropped hints that the ending will be divisive:

    “To be able to act out the way that it all ends, it was really satisfying for us,” Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, told IGN

    “Who knows if it will be satisfying for the fans? I think a lot of fans will be disappointed and a lot of fans will be over the moon, I think.”

    Also watch: Game Revealed, Season 8, Episode 5
    Hlompho Kekana: Things you may not know about the Sundowns skipper

    Hlompho Kekana: Things you may not know about the Sundowns skipper


    Hlompho Kekana is as famous for his big, booming boot as he is for his superb leadership, that has seen him lead Mamelodi Sundowns to three PSL titles in four years. Just days before his 34th birthday, the midfielder has defied age in the...

    Hlompho Kekana is as famous for his big, booming boot as he is for his superb leadership, that has seen him lead Mamelodi Sundowns to three PSL titles in four years.

    Just days before his 34th birthday, the midfielder has defied age in the recently-concluded season – playing a record 52 games.

    His efforts have earned him three PSL awards nominations, where he will go head-to-head with Orlando Pirates’ Thembinkosi Lorch, who is the only player to score more nods.

    Hlompho Kekana fact file

    Born: 23 May 1985

    Playing position: Central midfielder

    Bafana caps: 24 (5 goals)

    Missed out on the FIFA Puskas award

    Hlompho Kekana has demonstrated that he is capable of scoring from pretty much anywhere on the field, and he showcased his ability on the international stage back in 2016 as he shot from inside Bafana territory during a game against Cameroon.

    His goal earned him a nomination for the FIFA Puskas Award, but the prize went to Malaysian player Mohd Faiz Subri, who’s freakish free-kick was the deserved winner.

    Holds an extraordinary goal-scoring record

    Despite playing in the midfield, Kekana holds the South African record for most goals scored by a single player in a top-flight match.

    This is for the seven goals he scored when Sundowns thumped little-known Powerlines FC in the Nedbank Cup back in 2012, registering a jaw-dropping 24-0 scoreline.

    Was a journeyman before Sundowns

    Before settling down with Sundowns, it seemed as if Kekana found it a bit hard to spend more than a couple of seasons at a club.

    The midfielder made his top flight debut in the colours of Black Leopards, and has turned out for City Pillars in the first division, as well as Bloemfontein Celtic and Supersport United.

    He joined the Brazilians in 2011 and has been there ever since, making his longest spell at any club.

    The PSL’s most decorated player

    Sundowns’ league triumph was his sixth, putting him level with another veteran midfielder in Daine Klate, who has just as many PSL winners medals.

    Kekana first hoisted the coveted trophy in the colours of Supersport United, where he was teammates with Klate under coach Gavin Hunt.

    Knows all about being snubbed for awards

    Of the three awards he is nominated for, he is also up for the PSL Midfielder of the Season, his fourth nomination in that category in as many years.

    Despite being recognised as one of the best in his position, he is yet to collect that particular prize.

    Revealed: These are South Africa’s most-watched TV shows

    Revealed: These are South Africa’s most-watched TV shows


    The battle for ratings between South Africa’s most-watched TV shows is truly fascinating. The Broadcast Research Council of SA (BRCSA) have released their figures for April 2019, which highlight just how many millions of people are tuning in for their...

    The battle for ratings between South Africa’s most-watched TV shows is truly fascinating. The Broadcast Research Council of SA (BRCSA) have released their figures for April 2019, which highlight just how many millions of people are tuning in for their favourites each evening.

    What are the most-watched TV shows in South Africa?

    The landscape is dominated by soapies, with news broadcasts and sports coverage also making their presence felt. Movie nights also seem to bring home the bacon, with modern classics bringing in the love some networks.

    For these lists, we’re looking at the most popular prime time shows aimed at viewers aged 15 and over, which air between the hours of 17:30 – 22:00. We are looking at the main SABC channels, as well as ETV and DStv, before ending with the combined top 10 of South Africa’s most-watched TV shows. Let’s get stuck in, shall we?

    South Africa’s most-watched TV shows SABC 1: Uzalo: 9.08 million viewers on Tuesday 16 April.Generations The Legacy: 8.4 million viewers on Tuesday 16 April.Skeem Saam: 7.9 million viewers on Tuesday 23 April.Xhosa News: 4.8 million views on Tuesday 23 April.Nyan Nyan: 4.7 million viewers on Tuesday 23 April.


    It looks like Tuesdays are a very big deal for soapie fans. Four of the top five most-watched SABC 1 shows from last month were some of our favourite melodramas. Meanwhile, viewership for the news spiked after the Durban Floods terrorised the city, killing scores of citizens.

    SABC 2: Muvhango: 5.2 million viewers on Tuesday 9 April.7de Laan: 2.58 million viewers on Wednesday 24 April.Live Lotto Draw: 2.06 million viewers on Wednesday 24 April.Giyani: 1.8 million viewers on Tuesday 23 April. Nuus: 1.5 million viewers on Thursday 25 April.


    Again, our soapies were triumphant in the battle of the ratings, as both Muvhango and 7de Laan reigned in millions of viewers for some truly climactic episodes. Meanwhile, the promise of R68 million lured in plenty for the Lotto Draw, and South Africans proved they still have a taste for current affairs, as Nuus secured a top-five place.

    SABC 3: Isidingo: The Need: 844 266 viewers on Monday 29 April.Safari Live: 788 834 viewers on Sunday 21 April.Mela: 523 743 viewers on Sunday 21 April.FA Cup Semi-Final – Watford vs Wolves: 523 255 viewers on Sunday 7 April.John Carter: 515 535 viewers on Saturday 27 April.


    The lesser-viewed SABC 3 still pulled off some coups last month. Isidingo proved to be the most-watched show, but the channel was left to rely on one-off events. Watford’s stunning 3-2 win over Wolves in the FA Cup piqued the interest of over half-a-million South Africans, as did the Disney blockbuster John Carter.

    DStv: The Queen Mzansi: 1.3 million viewers on Thursday 25 April.Isibaya: 952 181 viewers on Thursday 25 April.My Perfect Wedding: 949 236 viewers on Sunday 7 April.The Herd: 866 241 viewers on Sunday 7 April.Lockdown: 802 771 viewers on Monday 29 April.


    On the pay-TV channels, it would be more long-running dramas doing the business in the ratings war. The Queen Mzansi and Isibaya brought in 2.3 million viewers between them. Three Manchester United games – against Manchester City and two European legs vs Barcelona – were the most popular sporting events on the network.

    ETV Scandal: 5.9 million viewers on Tuesday 16 April.The Karate Kid: 4.4 million viewers on Saturday 6 April.Rhythm City: 4.3 million viewers on Monday 8 April.Scoop Network: 4.2 million viewers on Wednesday 3 April.Imbewu: The Seed: 3.95 million viewers on Tuesday 16 April.


    Martial arts can still bring in the viewers. The Karate Kid was only second to Scandal in the ETV ratings. Again, it’s soapies galore for April, thanks to Rhythm City and Imbewu. Around 6.4 million tuned in for all three Captain America films broadcast on the channel, capitalising on the hype over the recently-released Avengers: Endgame.

    Top ten shows and the most-watched soapies in South Africa Uzalo (SABC 1): 9.08 million viewers on Tuesday 16 April.Generations: The Legacy (SABC1): 8.4 million viewers on Tuesday 16 April.Skeem Saam (SABC 1): 7.9 million viewers on Tuesday 23 April.Scandal (ETV): 5.9 million viewers on Tuesday 16 April. Muvhango (SABC 2): 5.2 million viewers on Tuesday 9 April. Xhosa News (SABC 1): 4.8 million views on Tuesday 23 April.Nyan Nyan (SABC 1): 4.7 million viewers on Tuesday 23 April. The Karate Kid (ETV): 4.4 million viewers on Saturday 6 April.Rhythm City (ETV): 4.3 million viewers on Monday 8 April.Scoop Network (ETV): 4.2 million viewers on Wednesday 3 April.


    All in all, Uzalo remains the most popular soapie on the box, followed closely by Generations and Skeem Saam. Scandal and Muvhango also put in some incredible performances last month, to ensure the TV dramas dominate the most-watched list.

    Pitso Mosimane: Some little-known facts about the Sundowns coach

    Pitso Mosimane: Some little-known facts about the Sundowns coach


    One man who can confidently stake a claim to the title of best soccer coach in South Africa is Mamelodi Sundowns’ Pitso Mosimane. The man known as “Jingles” took over from Dutch legend Johan Neeskens, midway through the 2012/13 season and...

    One man who can confidently stake a claim to the title of best soccer coach in South Africa is Mamelodi Sundowns’ Pitso Mosimane.

    The man known as “Jingles” took over from Dutch legend Johan Neeskens, midway through the 2012/13 season and steered the club from the relegation zone to a ninth-place finish and, in subsequent seasons, the club is yet to finish lower than second in the league and has claimed four titles in his six seasons at the helm.

    Mosimane recently led the Tshwane giants to a record ninth league title – a second on the bounce and his fourth overall, joining former Sundowns coaches Ted Dimitru and Gordon Igesund, as well as Bidvest Wits mentor Gavin Hunt as the men with the most PSL crowns.

    The 55-year-old is however one-up on the trio, having won CAF Champions League in 2016, becoming only the second South African side, after Orlando Pirates, to achieve this feat.

    Mosimane cut his teeth under the legendary Jomo Sono

    SA soccer legend, Jomo Sono built a reputation of unearthing some of the country’s most talented footballers, having mentored the likes of Mark Fish and Helman Mkhalele.

    Pitso Mosimane was one such player, as he made his professional debut for Jomo Cosmos as an exciting 18-year-old striker.

    Was once SA’s most expensive player

    Pitso has every right to take some of the credit for grooming Percy Tau into becoming the best player in the PSL and the most expensive to come out of the local league.

    He, himself once held the accolade of being the most expensive South African player.

    Mosimane cost Sundowns R60 000 when he made a move to Pretoria from Jomo Cosmos back in 1985.

    He won Cosmos the league title on his return to the club

    Pitso was instrumental in helping Jomo Cosmos walk away with their sole league title 1987.

    Then 23, he registered impressive numbers as he found the net 11 times in just 14 appearances for Ezenkosi.

    Scored on Bafana debut

    The early 1990s saw South Africa welcomed back into the sporting world, meaning talented players finally got to showcase what they could do in international soccer.

    Pitso Mosimane made his debut for Bafana in a friendly match against Mauritius and made an immediate impact as he found the back of the net.

    That would be his only international goal as he made just three more appearances in Bafana colours.

    Has cracked the top ten of best coaches in the world

    Bafana Bafana’s loss has turned out to be Sundowns’ gain as Mosimane led the club to CAF Champions League glory back in 2016.

    The feat earned him some global recognition as he was named as one of the ten best soccer coaches in the world, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

    That very same year, he was named as the African Coach of the Year.

    He’s a big softie

    Pitso may seem like this tough character who demands a lot from his players but, according to his charges, he’s an easygoing fella who isn’t too hard to please.

    Giza explosion: South Africans among 17 injured in Egypt bus blast

    Giza explosion: South Africans among 17 injured in Egypt bus blast


    An explosion struck a tourist bus on Sunday near Egypt’s famed pyramids, injuring 17 people including foreigners, security and medical sources said. As AFP has reported, a number of South Africans and Egyptians were among those injured when an...

    An explosion struck a tourist bus on Sunday near Egypt’s famed pyramids, injuring 17 people including foreigners, security and medical sources said.

    As AFP has reported, a number of South Africans and Egyptians were among those injured when an explosive device went off, hitting the bus in Giza, according to the sources. No deaths were reported. Images circulating online showed some of the bus’ windows shattered.

    Giza explosion latest as death toll remains at zero

    No information has yet been made available about the identities of the visitors from Mzansi. All victims are present and accounted for, with some being taken away for hospital treatment.

    It’s another unfortunate and unsettling incident for the region, which has experienced a spate of similar violence recently. Sunday’s blast comes after three Vietnamese holidaymakers and their Egyptian guide were killed when a roadside bomb hit their bus as it travelled near the pyramids outside Cairo in December.

    Egypt suffering from targeted terrorist attacks.

    Egypt’s tourism sector has suffered for years due to a series of deadly attacks targeting holidaymakers following the turmoil of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. Sharm el-Sheikh is another popular tourist resort in the country that has been affected by terrorism.

    Authorities have gone to great lengths to lure tourists back, touting a series of archaeological finds and a new museum next to the pyramids, as well as enhanced security at airports and around ancient sites.

    Tourism in Egypt

    The industry has slowly picked up, with tourist arrivals reaching 8.3 million in 2017, compared with 5.3 million the previous year, official statistics showed. But that figure was still far short of the record influx of 2010 when more than 14 million visitors flocked to see the country’s sites.

    Given the carnage caused on Sunday, this will be another setback for the industry

    Thembinkosi Lorch: Things you might not know about the midfielder

    Thembinkosi Lorch: Things you might not know about the midfielder


    Thembinkosi Lorch has had quite a season. Since returning to Orlando Pirates from his loan spell with Chippa United, his star has been on the rise. Not bad going for a player who was slogging it out with Maluti College just a few seasons ago. Follow...

    Thembinkosi Lorch has had quite a season. Since returning to Orlando Pirates from his loan spell with Chippa United, his star has been on the rise. Not bad going for a player who was slogging it out with Maluti College just a few seasons ago.

    Follow the 2018-19 PSL Awards LIVE here with our updates.

    Nominated for four gongs at the 2019 PSL Awards (Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Season, Midfielder of the Season and TKO Player of the Season), he’s unlikely to finish the season empty-handed, unlike his club.

    A modest man, Lorch dedicated his nominations to his teammates.

    “I am pleased with the nominations. This is an honour and reward for all the hard work that one has put in throughout the season. I would also like to thank my teammates because without them I wouldn’t have this recognition. These nominations are much theirs as they are mine because football is not a one-man game, the team makes the individual not the other way around,” Lorch told Pirates’ official website when the list of nominees was announced.

    Here are some fast facts about Lorch.

    His nickname means “shit”

    But not in a bad way. Nicknamed “Nyoso” which is derived from “o dira nyoso” which means “he’s the shit”.

    An all-round sports guy

    He might be earning a living from playing soccer, but when he does get down time, he likes to play other sports, too, including cricket.

    Screamer Tshabalala first spotted him

    He started playing with Maluti College, a TVET College club founded in 2008, back in 2013. reamer Tshabalala spotted him after a game against Jomo Cosmos and let him know that Pirates are keeping an eye on him. He soon signed with the Buccaneers but was sent on loan to Chippa United before he even made the first team. When he returned, though, the turn around was dramatic.

    His father owned the club where he first played

    Before his move to the college club, Lorch Senior owned Mountain Eagles in Ficksburg, where Lorch junior first started to play. His dad, though, is a dedicated Kaizer Chiefs fan and despite Lorch’s best efforts to convert him, that’s not yet happened. Although, considering the woeful season Amakhosi just had, maybe change is looming. In an interview with KickOff, Lorch said that his whole family supports Chiefs – and he did too when he was growing up.

    His career nearly didn’t take off because he didn’t have an ID

    While he was still playing with Mountain Eagles, he went for trials  at Maluti FET College FC. In an interview with Soccer Laduma, the coach who spotted him explained that it took just “five to ten minutes” before he decided he’d sign Lorch. The coach then discovered Lorch did not have an ID – a requirement to sign n nthe Motsepe League. Lorch did have a birth certificate, though. After a bit of a mission, his ID got sorted back in 2012. The rest is history, sort of.

    His Wikipedia page needs some help

    At the time of writing, Lorch’s Wikipedia page (see screenshot below) was looking pretty empty. It also contained a seemingly arb and incorrect claim that he was in a “serious relationship with joy kavekotora also known as toxic_joy_2004_” [sic]

    Now, we’re not about to go full People Magazine in South Africa’s footballers, but a quick search for “Joy” returned some rather dubious results. Go on Pirates fans, help a man out.

    He’s a huge fan of Thulani Serero

    On the club’s official website, it says that he’s a big fan of fellow midfielder Thulani Serero. Well, who isn’t?

    Lorch’s basic stats

    Birthday: 22 July 1993

    Height 166cm

    Weight: 60kg

    2018-19 Season Stats

    For all competitions.

    Played: 38

    Yellow cards: Four (no red cards)

    Goals: 12

    Assists: Five

    PSL Awards 2018/19 LIVE: Follow updates here!

    PSL Awards 2018/19 LIVE: Follow updates here!


    With the season concluded and all trophies that were on order nicely packed away in the deserving teams’ cabinets, players and coaches alike have a chance to bask in a bit of individual glory in the latest instalment of the PSL awards. The...

    With the season concluded and all trophies that were on order nicely packed away in the deserving teams’ cabinets, players and coaches alike have a chance to bask in a bit of individual glory in the latest instalment of the PSL awards.

    The prestigious event takes place in Durban’s International Convention Centre (ICC) on Sunday night, a day after the 2018/19 season concluded in dramatic fashion with a tense Nedbank Cup final in the same city.

    Eleven awards are up for grabs, with Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompo Kekana nominated three times and Orlando Pirates’ Thembinkosi Lorch headlining the list with four nominations.

    The duo will be squaring off for three of those accolades, as they are up for Footballer of the Season, Midfielder of the Season and the prestigious Players’ Player of the Season.

    The fierce battle for the title between the Soweto giants and their Tshwane counterparts is reflected in the nominees list, as the two men at the helm of either side, Milutin Sredojevic and Pitso Mosimane are both up for Coach of the Season, alongside Cape Town City’s Benni McCarthy, who’s side lifted the MTN 8 trophy.

    Others in line for big accolades include TS Galaxy hero Zakhele Lepasa, who is nominated for Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament, as well as an award for the competition’s most promising player.

    PSL Awards 2018/19 nominees

    Footballer of the Season: Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns) Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates) Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns).

    Coach of the season: Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Milutin Sredojević (Orlando Pirates), Benni McCarthy (Cape Town City FC)

    Players’ Player of the Season: Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns).

    Young Player of the Season: Tebogo Mokoena (SuperSport United), Bongani Sam (Bloemfontein Celtic), Gift Links (CTCFC).

    Defender of the Season: Thamsanqa Mkhize (CTCFC), Ricardo Nascimento (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sifiso Hlanti (Bidvest Wits)

    Midfielder of the Season: Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns)

    Goalkeeper of the Season: Peter Leeuwenburgh (CTCFC), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns).

    Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player of the Tournament: Terrence Mashego (TS Galaxy), Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya (Kaizer Chiefs), Zakhele Lepasa (TS Galaxy).

    Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament: Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs), Zakhele Lepasa (TS Galaxy), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs).

    Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament: Elvis Chipezeze (Baroka FC), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates) Mduduzi Mdantsane (Baroka FC).

    MTN8 Last Man Standing: Thabo Nodada (CTCFC), Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United), Peter Leeuwenburgh (CTCFC).

    Start time and live stream

    The award ceremony starts at 18:30 (SAST) and will be broadcast live on Supersport 4.

    PSL awards live updates
    Kaizer Chiefs: How Middendorp’s reign compares to Solinas’ brief spell

    Kaizer Chiefs: How Middendorp’s reign compares to Solinas’ brief spell


    There is a lot of soul-searching required at Naturena after Kaizer Chiefs reached a new low in the 2018/19 season. The one mighty Amakhosi finished ninth on the league table for the third time in the PSL era, recording their lowest points tally in the...

    There is a lot of soul-searching required at Naturena after Kaizer Chiefs reached a new low in the 2018/19 season.

    The one mighty Amakhosi finished ninth on the league table for the third time in the PSL era, recording their lowest points tally in the process.

    Some silverware would have perhaps sweetened what had been a sour campaign, but that was not to be as, after making it to the Nedbank Cup final, they landed up on the wrong side of history as their unfancied opponents TS Galaxy became the first lower division side to triumph in the competition.

    This has further placed coach Ernst Middendorp under scrutiny, as the rescue mission he was brought into to do after a faltering first half of the season under Giovanni Solinas seems to have fallen flat on its face.

    How Ernst Middendorp measures up to Giovanni Solinas

    The German has been in charge of the club for a period similar in length to the Italian’s all-too-brief tenure.

    Under Solinas, Chiefs managed just four wins in 14 league matches, collecting a paltry 18 points.

    The former Free State Stars mentor also led Amakhosi to two cup semifinals – the shorter MTN8 yielding one victory, plus two in the Telkom Knockout.

    This gave him an overall record of seven wins in 20 matches in all domestic competitions, while suffering six defeats.

    This was enough for him and the club to cut ties, with Middendorp brought in just before the club’s last league game before the festive season break.

    The German started on a positive note, bagging the big scalp of Supersport United on his way to winning three of his first four league matches, plus a victory of third tier outfit Tornado in the Nedbank Cup round of 32.

    The fairytale period didn’t last as Chiefs could only manage a further two league victories, while continuing on a good run in cup competition.

    In total, Middendorp has been in charge for 21 matches, winning nine and losing six.

    A performance comparison between Giovanni Solinas and Ernst Middendorp.

    In goal-scoring stakes, there’s very little to choose between the two as, under the German, 27 goals were scored with 19 conceded – the latter achieved despite some visibly shaky goalkeeping in the absence of the injured Itumeleng Khune.

    Solinas’ tenure yielded just as many goals as Middendorp, but two more were let in.

    Eskom shocked by new R36 billion bill from infamous Kusile unit

    Eskom shocked by new R36 billion bill from infamous Kusile unit


    With Eskom set to receive a R70 billion government bailout over the next few years, they could lose more than half of that amount before they even get going. Another set of spiralling costs have floored the utility, who have been billed R36 billion by...

    With Eskom set to receive a R70 billion government bailout over the next few years, they could lose more than half of that amount before they even get going. Another set of spiralling costs have floored the utility, who have been billed R36 billion by contractors working on the Kusile Power Plant.

    The report – which was first published by City Press on Sunday – features a response from Eskom: They’ve confirmed that they received the whopping figure, but stressed that this won’t necessarily be the amount they have to cough up. According to the company, “it provided for a smaller amount in its total R161-billion Kusile budget.”

    Why have Eskom been billed R36 billion from Kusile?

    The bill itself consists of “unforeseen costs” that weren’t originally mapped out in the contractor’s plans. Kusile has been a nightmare for the entire Eskom grid, despite it being one of the most modern units in operation.

    The build has been blighted by shoddy engineering and the ripple effects of corruption: Money meant to get the plant up and running smoothly ended up in the back pockets of crooks, rather than the bank accounts of construction teams.

    “Banking” on Kusile to perform, older plants have gone offline and struggled fiercely at the beginning of this year. South Africa went through its worst-ever period of load shedding in March, where it was suspected that Eskom tried to sneak Stage 5 power cuts onto the roster.

    Kusile and Medupi: Two underperforming peas in a pod

    Kusile also has an ill-behaved twin to speak of, too. The Medupi Plant has suffered the exact same fate, and as a new build, progress has been limited due to the piss-poor management that has been rampant at the power giants.

    When both of these “modern designs” are firing on all cylinders, they can add 9 600MW to Mzansi’s total power supply. But you won’t find these two at full capacity any time soon – an issue that the government is racing to fix, as maintenance takes priority going forward.

    According to the report, the R36 billion claim isn’t something out of the ordinary on big jobs like these. But, by all accounts, it’s an expense that Eskom can ill-afford.

    South Africans could soon be jailed for these CV lies

    South Africans could soon be jailed for these CV lies


    The National Qualifications Amendment Bill is one of the new laws President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to sign off on soon. Signing new bills into law is one of the first tasks he’ll have in the coming weeks, but there’s a little way to go before it...

    The National Qualifications Amendment Bill is one of the new laws President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to sign off on soon. Signing new bills into law is one of the first tasks he’ll have in the coming weeks, but there’s a little way to go before it gets to that point.

    He first has to be officially elected, inaugurated and then announce his new cabinet. Rumours are already swirling about who might make the cut. One of the biggest talking points is whether deputy DD Mabuza will keep his job.

    Once the dust settles on all of that, though, it’s over to signing new bills into law.

    The National Qualifications Amendment Bill explained in brief

    Many people tell fibs on their CVs, you might even have done so yourself. They might be white lies, with the facts augmented with a few fancy adjectives. But the bill is after the big lies. Most simply, it aims to create grounds to punish those who fabricate qualifications. The punishment? Up to five years in jail.

    But it’s not just those who lie on their CV who will be held accountable. Fly-by-night institutions misrepresenting qualifications or issuing unregistered qualifications could also be prosecuted.

    The impact of the bill

    While the full impact can’t be measured yet, the bill serves as some sort of reassurance as South Africa continues to recover from mismanagement. Many reference checking services say that so-called qualification fraud is actually one of the most common embellishments found on CVs.

    Most common qualification frauds listed on CVs in South Africa

    Not all jobs require degrees, of course, but those that do will benefit from the reassures that a deterrent is in place to help curb the prevalence of CV fraud. According to research  by reference checking services, the most common embellishments are:

    Non-existent matric certificatesInflated educationUnfinished degreesFake degree certificates

    So, if you’ve got a few fibs on our CV, best tidy it up.

    Aussie rugby player booted from camp after drink-driving charge

    Aussie rugby player booted from camp after drink-driving charge


    Tolu Latu was withdrawn from a Wallabies training camp on Sunday. This comes in the wake of drink-driving allegations, with NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson fuming that he only heard about the issue hours before a Super Rugby clash with the Reds. The...

    Tolu Latu was withdrawn from a Wallabies training camp on Sunday. This comes in the wake of drink-driving allegations, with NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson fuming that he only heard about the issue hours before a Super Rugby clash with the Reds.

    The hooker was reportedly found slumped behind the wheel of a car in the early hours of Thursday morning in Sydney, but apparently did not tell his bosses.

    The news only broke late Saturday, with Gibson upset that he was not made aware of the claims earlier.

    “I was pretty disappointed to only learn of it so close to the game,” Gibson told reporters after the Waratahs edged the Reds 40-32 in a pulsating 10-try clash on Saturday.

    “That’s the disappointing aspect as a coach. I’m sure there’s a number of things that he needs to say to the team.”

    It is another unwanted distraction for the sport and the Tahs, coming just a day after their star fullback Israel Folau was sacked for homophobic comments.

    The deeply Christian Folau, who posted on Instagram that “hell awaits” gay people and others he says are sinners, has 72 hours to appeal, with the case potentially heading to the courts.

    Rugby Australia said Latu would return to Sydney from Brisbane and miss the training camp, part of the Wallabies build-up to the World Cup this year.

    “Latu will meet with Rugby Australia’s Integrity Unit as well as New South Wales Rugby CEO Andrew Hore on Monday,” the governing body said in a statement. “The matter is still under investigation.”

    Latu, 26, came off the bench to play against the Reds, with Hore saying he checked with Super Rugby’s governing body SANZAAR and Rugby Australia to ensure he was still eligible.

    “As far as we are aware, he’s an innocent man until there has been a formal investigation. You have to be fair,” he told reporters.

    “We went through all the processes. When you find out late in the piece, it makes it really tough.”

    Latu, a friend of Folau’s, has only just returned from a six-week suspension for dangerous play and is seen as a contender for the Wallabies squad to play the World Cup in Japan.

    Hore cautioned against trying to connect Latu’s issue with Folau.

    “You can’t connect the two,” he said. “The complexity of case A (Folau) was pretty full on, so you’ve got to take each hurdle as it comes.”

    Additional reporting by AFP.

    N1 crash: “At least four dead” after horror collision in Gauteng [photos]

    N1 crash: “At least four dead” after horror collision in Gauteng [photos]


    Photo: David Tembe /...

    A scene of unimaginable horror has played out in Gauteng on Sunday morning after a multi-vehicle pile-up claimed “at least four lives” and left another 23 injured. The incident unfolded on the N1 toll plaza at Grasmere, just before motorists head off onto the N12.

    Photo: Crime Air Network / TwitterGrasmere death toll stands at four

    The first responders to the tragic crash were ER24. They’ve released a statement confirming the fatalities, revealing that paramedics had to carry out “life-saving interventions” before sending survivors off to hospital:

    “ER24 personnel, along with several other services, arrived on the scene at 07:33 to find numerous vehicles, including light motor vehicle, trucks and a bus, scattered along the road. Numerous patients were found either lying between the vehicles or walking around on the scene.”

    “Local authorities closed off the highway while emergency personnel began to assess the patients. Assessments showed that four people had sustained fatal injuries while at least 20 others had sustained injuries ranging from minor to critical.”

    “The patients were treated for their injuries, and the critically injured provided with advanced life support interventions before they were transported by various services to nearby hospitals.”

    Russel Meiring, ER24

    Although the cause is yet to be fully established by the local authorities, it’s understood that poor visibility may have been the cause of the carnage. A grass fire was spotted by the side of the road shortly after eyewitnesses and other road users reported the accident.

    Photo: David Tembe / TwitterN1 crash: Johannesburg traffic latest news

    It may all seem inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, but this incident has caused a spate of traffic problems along the road. The N1 Freeway at the Grasmere toll plaza is currently closed in both directions:

    There are 2 separate incidents on both directions, the Freeway is temporarily closed, @JoburgMPD Freeway officers are diverting traffic

    — David Tembe (@AsktheChiefJMPD) May 19, 2019

    Preliminary reports suggested that as many as 10 people had been killed in the pile-up, but these have been dismissed for the time being. The official death toll remains at four, but that could rise throughout the course of Sunday.

    Photo: David Tembe / TwitterLatest updates on the N1 crash

    Wayne Minnaar is a spokesperson for the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD). He issued a statement just before 11:00, sharing further details on the devastating news:

    Four trucks, two buses, four cars and two mini-buses were all involved.Of the four people who have been confirmed dead, two are women and two are men. Twenty-three travellers have been injured in total.Motorists are advised to use Golden Highway as an alternative to the Grasmere route.
    Watch: TS Galaxy’s fairytale trophy lifting moment [video]

    Watch: TS Galaxy’s fairytale trophy lifting moment [video]


    National First Division outfit TS Galaxy etched their name in history when they beat Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup final at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, becoming the first lower league side to triumph in the tournament. The minnows stunned...

    National First Division outfit TS Galaxy etched their name in history when they beat Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup final at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, becoming the first lower league side to triumph in the tournament.

    The minnows stunned the Soweto giants in the dying moments of the game as they were awarded a penalty with two minutes remaining on the clock – just as the game had looked to be headed towards extra time.

    Up stepped substitute Zakhele Lepasa, on loan from Orlando Pirates, whose brace against Golden Arrows in the semifinals landed The Rockets on the brink of history.

    The 22-year-old made no mistake as he sent Bruce Bvuma the wrong way, before the underdogs held on for a famous 1-0 victory.

    Galaxy had followed in the footsteps of Pretoria City (now Supersport United), Black Leopards, University of Pretoria and Mpumalanga Black Aces, who had all made it to the last two of the competition while playing in the first division. All four ended up on the losing side in their respective finals.

    For Kaizer Chiefs, the defeat sealed what had been a nightmarish season as they recorded their lowest points tally in the league – finishing with a seven-match winless streak – before the humiliating result in the final.

    Watch: TS Galaxy lift the Nedbank Cup trophy in video below

    🏆 The fairytale story is complete TS Galaxy 🎉#NedbankCup2019Final pic.twitter.com/rq97FSteuk

    — SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) May 18, 2019
    Captain Kompany leaving Manchester City

    Captain Kompany leaving Manchester City


    Club captain Vincent Kompany announced Sunday that he is to leave Manchester City after 11 trophy-laden years. The 33-year-old Belgian defender joined the club in the summer of 2008 and has made 360 appearances, winning four Premier League titles, two...

    Club captain Vincent Kompany announced Sunday that he is to leave Manchester City after 11 trophy-laden years.

    The 33-year-old Belgian defender joined the club in the summer of 2008 and has made 360 appearances, winning four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields.

    He signed off with victory in the FA Cup final on Saturday, where City thrashed Watford 6-0 to complete a domestic treble.

    “As overwhelming as it is, the time has come for me to go. And what a season to bow out,” said Kompany, who joined City from Hamburg.

    “I feel nothing but gratefulness. I am grateful to all those who supported me on a special journey, at a very special club.”

    Kompany added: “I will never forget how all Man City supporters remained loyal to me in good times and especially bad times. Against the odds you have always backed me and inspired me to never give up.

    “(Club owner) Sheikh Mansour changed my life and that of all the City fans around the world, for that I am forever grateful. A blue nation has arisen and challenged the established order of things, I find that awesome.”

    Kompany also paid tribute to his team-mates and manager Pep Guardiola.

    “It’s cliche to say it but it’s also so true: without my team-mates, I would have never been here today,” he said.

    “We fought many battles together. Side by side. In good times and in bad. So to all of you, from the 2008-2009 squad to today’s domestic treble winners: I owe you guys!

    “A special word also to Pep and the backroom staff: you’ve been superb. You’ve followed me through so much hardship. You made me come back stronger every time. Thank you so much.”

    Cape Town weather advisories: Province on high alert for flooding

    Cape Town weather advisories: Province on high alert for flooding


    With a biblical deluge of rain set to storm the Western Cape on Sunday night and Monday morning, the SA Weather Service (Saws) are taking no chances. They’ve issued several Cape Town weather alerts for multiple regions in the province. Areas like...

    With a biblical deluge of rain set to storm the Western Cape on Sunday night and Monday morning, the SA Weather Service (Saws) are taking no chances. They’ve issued several Cape Town weather alerts for multiple regions in the province.

    Areas like Paarl and Stellenbosch are set to bear the brunt of nature’s destructive force, with one reading suggesting that 90mm could fall in some parts of the Cape Winelands over the next 36 hours.

    Flood alerts have been issued in the Cape, whereas veld fire warnings have also been reported in NC / EC – Photo: Saws.

    The rain is expected to push through until Monday afternoon, and there is a high chance of flooding in many separate locations. We’ve got them all here, so Capetonians can prepare to batten down the hatches.

    Cape Town weather alerts for Monday 20 May

    (Areas in bold indicate that both advisories apply)

    Heavy rain alerts have been issued for the following regions, from 10:00 – 21:00 on Monday 20 May:

    Cederberg, Hexriverberg and Boland and OverbergBreede ValleyClanwilliamDrakenstein and PaarlStellenboschTheewaterskloofWitzenberg and CeresWorcester


    This is where the bulk of the rain will be going. Although the storms intensify early on Monday morning, it is believed that the problems will occur later in the day for areas outside of the Cape Town Municipality.

    Flooding alerts have been issued for the following regions, from 10:00 – 21:00 on Monday 20 May:

    Breede Valley and CederbergClanwilliamCity of Cape TownDrakenstein and PaarlOverstrand and HermanusStellenboschTheewaterskloof / GrabouwWitzenberg and Ceres


    These are the regions where sharp bursts of rain are likely to cause chaos on the roads and in the streets. As Monday wears on, the total accumulation of rainfall will build up, increasing the chances of flooding.

    What is the difference between a weather warning and an advisory?

    A “weather alert” is an advisory which raises awareness in advance of either an expected large scale potential disruptive weather system that could later lead to specific warnings with time, or to less urgent alerts of uncommon conditions. This is currently in place for Cape Town and its surrounding areas.

    Meanwhile, a “weather warning” is an alert calling for the reaction due to a very high certainty of a severe weather hazard which is already occurring or imminent within 24 hours, and that could lead to disruptive and disastrous conditions. No severe warnings have yet been issued for the Western Cape.

    WWE Money In The Bank 2019: 6 Great MitB Cash-Ins

    WWE Money In The Bank 2019: 6 Great MitB Cash-Ins


    Get hyped for this Sunday's WWE Money in the Bank PPV with a look back at 6 great cash-ins over the last 15...

    It’s the annual ladder extravaganza. What started as a WrestleMania tradition lives on as a pay per view of it’s very own. As we get hyped for this Sunday’s event, here’s a look back at 6 memorable Money in the Bank cash-ins.

    6. Alexa Bliss – Money in the Bank 2018

    When global star Ronda Rousey got her first title shot against then Champion Nia Jaxx, few believed there would be any other result other than the Rowdy one walking out as champion. However, little Miss Bliss has other ideas. Fresh off winning her briefcase earlier in the night, Alexa Bliss stormed the ring and took out Ronda with the briefcase, and cashed in on Nia to steal the RAW championship.

    5. Dean Ambrose – Money In The Bank 2016

    It was a history making night as Seth Rollins returned from a devastating injury to overcome brother in arms, and WWE Champion Roman Reigns. However, his comeback story was short lived as the third member of The Shield made his was down with his MitB briefcase for a shock cash in, which saw all three members of the Shield WWE WWE Champion on the same night.

    4. Kane – Money in the Bank 2010

    The demonic Kane became the first superstar to cash in the Money in the Bank contract on the same night. After surprising the WWE Universe in a Smackdown filled MitB contest, can walked away with the guarantee title shot. However nobody could have guessed he would cash in that same night on a prone Rey Mysterio who had just retained the Heavyweight Championship against Jack Swagger. But that’s exactly what he did.

    3. Randy Orton – Summerslam 2013

    It was the cash-in everyone saw coming, yet nobody expected it to go down the way it did. At the height of his popularity, Daniel Bryan would go on to cleanly defeat John Cena at SummerSlam 2013 to finally become WWE Champion. However, it was a short lived moment for the fans as Randy Orton teased cashing in, only for guest referee Triple H to pedigree Daniel Bryan and allow Orton to pick up the easy pinfall.

    2. Edge – New Year’s Revolution 2006

    The original cash-in saw the Rated R Superstar Edge become the first man to cash in the MitB briefcase. Edge’s timing could not have been more perfect as he waited for then champion John Cena to survive a brutal Elimination Chamber, before making his way out on stage at the end of the night and handed in his briefcase to Mr. McMahon. Edge Speared Cena and finally won his first ever WWE Championship.

    1. Seth Rollins – WrestleMania

    Considered the greatest heist of all time, Seth Rollins proved himself the mastermind of The Shield as he followed his recent heel turn and Money in the Bank win up with one of the greatest WrestleMania moments ever. As the much criticised main event of Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns drew to a conclusion, Seth Rollins music hit and the Architect ran to the ring in epic fashion to turn the match into a triple threat. After nailing Brock win a curb stomp he pinned Roman Reigns to shock the universe by leaving WrestleMania as WWE Champion.

    Tune back in following the US broadcast of Money in The Bank for full results and video highlights.

    Where to watch WWE Money In the Bank in South Africa

    As ever, it will be live on SuperSport. The kick off show will start at 0:00 on Monday morning with matches beginning at 2:00. All of this will be on SuperSport 4 with repeats on SuperSport 9 from 17:00 on the same day.

    Six things to know as Jacob Zuma’s corruption case returns to court on Monday

    Six things to know as Jacob Zuma’s corruption case returns to court on Monday


    Jacob Zuma is arguably facing the battle of his life this week, as his legal team attempt to halt the proceedings and dismiss all charges of corruption laid against the former president. The court case resumes on Monday morning in Pietermaritzburg,...

    Jacob Zuma is arguably facing the battle of his life this week, as his legal team attempt to halt the proceedings and dismiss all charges of corruption laid against the former president.

    The court case resumes on Monday morning in Pietermaritzburg, and it will feature a week of deliberations that could make or break Msholozi’s future. We’re looking ahead to what you can expect over the next few days:

    Everything you need to know about Jacob Zuma’s corruption court case Why are we back in court?

    Zuma’s defence team are angling for a permanent stay of prosecution in this case. That means they want all legal proceedings related to the alleged illicit arms deal postponed indefinitely. It’s classic JZ warfare, and another delay would add to the previous 16 years where he’s already managed to dodge accountability for his suspected actions.

    How long this will go on for

    From Monday 20 May to Friday 24 May, the court will hear arguments from both the defence and the prosecution on whether Jacob Zuma should face the full might criminal trial. Yes, this case has been plagued by postponements, but this week marks the most solid bit of progress we’ve had since Msholozi returned to the dock in April 2018.

    What the defence will say

    They’ll be bringing out the tried and tested lines: They believe the enormous delays actually work in favour of Jacob Zuma – in the 16 years since Schabir Shaik was first accused of greasing the former president’s palms, the defence believes their client has suffered extensive reputational damage, harming his chances of a free and fair trial.

    What the prosecution will say

    They are also keen to use the postponements in their favour. Wim Trengrove is a leading prosecutor for the state, and he argues that delaying the trial only implicates Zuma further. As the Mail and Guardian report, Trengrove feels buoyed by six failed court cases which previously sought to halt legal action against Jacob Zuma.

    Jacob Zuma in court: Who are Thales?

    When the ANC government implemented a multi-billion rand arms acquisition programme after coming into power, the French arms company – formerly known as Thompson CSF – was awarded a R2.6 billion stake back in 1997. This was to supply combat systems for the SA Navy.

    A subsidiary of the group known as “Thint” are accused of paying Zuma R500 000 a year, to use his political influence and prevent any inquiries into their illicit deals. The group will also be asking for a permanent stay of prosecution.

    What will happen to Jacob Zuma once we’re done here?

    A full bench will receive all applications on the matter over the next five days. Friday 24 May will be the last day of this hearing, and the lawmakers must come to a decision on whether they will officially give the go-ahead for a criminal trial.

    If the state can convince the bench they have a solid case, that’s when the real fireworks will begin. If the defence is successful, it’s likely that a 77-year-old Jacob Zuma will avoid a conviction for his role in this alleged corruption.

    Crusaders ‘forward pass’ that denied Sevu Reece a try vs Stormers [video]

    Crusaders ‘forward pass’ that denied Sevu Reece a try vs Stormers [video]


    Another weekend, another draw in the 2019 Super Rugby season. This time, between the Stormers and Crusaders with a bit of added controversy. Crusaders thought they had scored a fourth try with five minutes left of the round 14 match when winger Sevu...

    Another weekend, another draw in the 2019 Super Rugby season. This time, between the Stormers and Crusaders with a bit of added controversy.

    Crusaders thought they had scored a fourth try with five minutes left of the round 14 match when winger Sevu Reece scored off his kick-and-chase.

    But the South African television match official said there was “compelling evidence” that substitute back Braydon Ennor had made a forward pass to Reece and the score was disallowed.

    Replays of the incident suggested otherwise with Ennor seemingly passing the ball backwards out of his hands.

    SuperSport TV analysts and former Springboks Robbie Kempson and Gcobani Bobo said a try should have been awarded, which would have given the visitors an eight-point advantage.

    Rival skippers Siya Kolisi and Whitelock did not discuss the incident, preferring to dwell on one of the liveliest Super Rugby matches this season.

    “The Crusaders brought out of the best in us and the crowd support was awesome,” said Springboks captain and flanker Kolisi.

    And in the final minutes, Sam Whitelock shook his head to indicate unhappiness with a last-minute penalty awarded against the New Zealanders at a vibrant Newlands stadium.

    Stormers substitute fly-half Jean-Luc du Plessis slotted the kick to salvage a draw, although some of his South African team-mates believed they should have kicked for touch and sought a match-winning try. 

    Needless to say, social media was somewhat divided over the issue. Let’s take a look, first at some stills.

    And now over to the video.

    Crusaders forward pass vs Stormers for Reece’s disallowed try

    Was this a forward pass??? Rubbish call. #Rugby #WorldRugby #RugbyUnion #SSRugby #AllBlacks #NewZealand #NZLRugby #NZRugby #NZL #NZ #SuperRugby #superrugbyxespn #Hurricanes #Crusaders #RugbyChampionship pic.twitter.com/fVdsQ2NYYZ

    — jared (@cropdog85) May 19, 2019

    Some social media pundits feel the evidence is clear cut, with opinion divided over whether it was or wasn’t a forward pass.

    Those less willing to hide their bias simply said: what goes around, comes around.

    One thing is for sure, though, it was one heck of a game, one heck of an atmosphere and it’s shaping up to be one heck of a season.

    New angle shows Schwarzenegger didn’t even flinch during attack [video]

    New angle shows Schwarzenegger didn’t even flinch during attack [video]


    It was the video that sent shockwaves across South Africa on Saturday. During the Johannesburg leg of the Arnold Classic Africa Festival, a local decided to take his shot at the king and launched into a flying-kick, right through the back of Arnold...

    It was the video that sent shockwaves across South Africa on Saturday. During the Johannesburg leg of the Arnold Classic Africa Festival, a local decided to take his shot at the king and launched into a flying-kick, right through the back of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    The director of Arnold Partner for Africa Wayne Price confirmed, as quoted by EWN, that the Austrian-American was unharmed during the bizarre incident:

    “It was all dealt with immediately by the security team, the on-site security and also the police that was also on site. There was no problem. Arnold was not injured at all, as you can see in the video he is smiling later.

    Wayne Price

    The wannabe “John Connor” was seen loitering in the background of Arnie’s Snapchat video before he carried out his attack in Sandton. Initially, the kick seemed to rattle the Hollywood star as he disappeared from shot. But another angle proves that 71-year-old actually took the hit like a champ…

    In a clip shared to his own Twitter feed, Schwarzenegger asked his followers to share a different video to the one that went viral. The attacker’s face is obscured, and the ex-governor of California says that he doesn’t want his assailant getting any further undue attention:

    Watch the alternative angle of the “Arnie Attack” here:

    And if you have to share the video (I get it), pick a blurry one without whatever he was yelling so he doesn’t get the spotlight.

    By the way… block or charge? pic.twitter.com/TEmFRCZPEA

    — Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) May 18, 2019 Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks out

    Inevitably, the feeble attack made international headlines and put the spotlight firmly on Johannesburg. It’s not the greatest look for Mzansi, but Arnold Schwarzenegger remained a class act about the whole incident.

    For a start, the actor-turned-activist will not be pressing charges against the chap who administered the kick. But Arnie was immediately more concerned with the young athletes he was coaching – he told the public to divert their attention towards those overcoming physical and mental barriers to play the sports they love:

    “Do me a favour: instead of sharing the video of the guy who wants to be famous, watch some of our Arnold Sports athletes. We have a total of 24,000 athletes of all ages and abilities, inspiring all of us to get off the couch. Let’s put this spotlight on them.”

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    We agree with Arnie…

    Do me a favor: instead of sharing the video of the guy who wants to be famous, watch some of our @ArnoldSports athletes like this young hero proving that fitness is for everyone who deserve to be famous. They’re on my Snapchat. pic.twitter.com/EuMynJ7t1n

    — Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) May 18, 2019
    Bathabile Dlamini: Why she’s likely to be booted from cabinet next week

    Bathabile Dlamini: Why she’s likely to be booted from cabinet next week


    She’s one of the most divisive figures representing the ANC at the moment, in a field where she has plenty of competition. Yet Bathabile Dlamini has remained at the very top of the political tree for the past few years. All that could come to a...

    She’s one of the most divisive figures representing the ANC at the moment, in a field where she has plenty of competition. Yet Bathabile Dlamini has remained at the very top of the political tree for the past few years. All that could come to a crashing halt though, as Cyril Ramaphosa plans his next move.

    As the Sunday Times report, Dlamini’s job as Minister for Women is hanging by a thread, and the president is ready to turf her out of office. She has already survived two Ramaphosa reshuffles, but it could very well be third time unlucky for the controversial figure.

    Her departure wouldn’t be without acrimony, either. As the government’s highest authority for women in South Africa, there’s no doubt her supporters will cry foul if she’s given the can. That’s why we’re taking a brief look at her history of scandal, to remind us all why Cyril is preparing to cut the cord:

    Bathabile Dlamini – a history of scandal

    Minister Dlamini and the CEO of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) Pearl Bhengu were thick as thieves together as they attempted to run the Department of Social Development. Bathabile’s reputation was left in tatters after a Parliamentary hearing turned up some shocking revelations about her abuse of power – and state funds:

    The total in irregular expenditure during her time as minister comes to R1.3 billion.When the hearing got underway, 664 cases of maladministration were under consideration.Bathabile Dlamini used R2 million from Sassa’s pot to hire top-notch security for her children. This was entirely excessive.Dlamini and Bhengu spent R43 million on “work streams” to figure out a new grants system. It proved utterly fruitless.The pair orchestrated “wholesale abuse” of the emergency funding system, asking for triple the price of what blankets and sheets would originally cost.“Abuse of the system”

    Bathabile Dlamini knows how to trick the system, too. When planning an event for Sassa, she requested a marquee for R485 000, flooring for R482 000 and decor for R487 000. You’ll notice these figures are all close to – but do not exceed – R500 000…

    That’s because anything the department requests which costs more than half-a-million rand must be declared through special emergency channels. Dlamini and Bhengu pushed their luck as far as they could, without having to go down any official routes. Interestingly enough, Sassa approved all of these costs on the same day.

    In 2016, it was reported that Sassa’s expenditure had actually risen by more than 1 000%, jumping from R93 million to R1 billion 12 months later. That’s a staggering leap, even by Bathabile Dlamini’s high standards.

    Ramaphosa to consider axing Bathabile Dlamini from his cabinet

    Cyril can no longer afford to have liabilities in his cabinet, and – much like we’re seeing Ace Magashule shoot his mouth off – the president won’t want any more dissenting voices in his inner circle. Dlamini has previously criticised Ramaphosa for “supporting” Khwezi; the alleged rape victim of Jacob Zuma.

    Her comments on corruption haven’t gone down well, either. She’s called for state capture players to be “forgiven” rather than punished, claiming that people are too quick to “label” politicians who get things wrong. Dlamini must be talking from experience, here.

    Parliament reconvenes later this week, and we’re expected to get a better idea of who will appear in Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet once the session has concluded. Bathabile Dlamini will have to buckle up for this, because it promises to be a bumpy ride over the next few days.

    Free daily horoscope, celeb gossip and lucky numbers for 19 May, 2019

    Free daily horoscope, celeb gossip and lucky numbers for 19 May, 2019


    CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Pete Townshend, Claudia Kavan, Rachel Appleton, James Fox, Kyle Eastwood, Joey Ramone, Nora Ephron, Malcolm X, Grace Jones, David Hartman. ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s not a bad day at all, but do be aware of a slight...

    CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Pete Townshend, Claudia Kavan, Rachel Appleton, James Fox, Kyle Eastwood, Joey Ramone, Nora Ephron, Malcolm X, Grace Jones, David Hartman.

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s not a bad day at all, but do be aware of a slight undercurrent, which may be driven by a delay or holdup, particularly when it comes to incoming news. In addition; an inclination to hold your cards very close to your chest when it comes to work matters may be interpreted as a lack of interest by others!

    Want to know what the future holds? Get a FREE tarot card reading.

    TAURUS (April 20-May 20): It’s a day where you may feel a little restricted by a rather materialistic vibe, which is likely to last for a few days. A non-committal response to a tricky question or suggestion may be a convenient way to avoid any complications, but this approach may not do much to improve work-based relationships!

    GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Planetary shifts late last night may well generate about a subtle air of indifference for many Twins for the next few days. It’s quite possibly one of those weeks where you will start to be treated as you treat others. Take care from this point: being a little more inclusive is likely to make a big difference!

    CANCER (June 21-July 22): A slightly unreliable vibe is likely to move in and stick around. In addition, bouncy lunar aspects could cloud your judgment, and may well have you spending too much time on non- starters. If the day seems to be a little time-pressured, you should be able to claim some space for yourself later in the week!

    LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The airy vibe could have a subtle impact on everyday developments. Your main pitfall may well revolve around a propensity to over-delegate and rely a little too much on casual confirmation. Don’t necessarily accept everything at face-value and do at least double-check important details!

    VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It’s a day where the little chores and tasks that crop up may develop minor complications. In addition, an inclination to set ideal targets and aim for perfect results could increase the sense of pressure, since in the face of an understandable mistake you may be inclined to be a little hard on yourself!

    LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You may need to tone down a slightly heavy-handed approach, particularly when it comes to team-efforts and joint ventures. If you project an inflexible ‘do as I say’ mode, then you’re less likely to get the results you want or need. Personal preferences may need to be put aside!

    SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A marginally obstructive vibe suggests that you may need to circumvent a slight air of resistance or even cosmic fatigue when it comes to an old problem, which may resurface with a new angle. All that said; while today won’t be ideal to try and establish a second chance, you should get another crack in a few days’ time!

    SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A shifting vibe is likely to bring about a low-level sense of change. This has the capacity to supply you with a rather weak advantage on one particular front, although there is likely to be an equal and opposite drawback. It’s also a day where results may well depend directly on the input!

    CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Yesterday’s slight lack of cooperation may intensify, thanks to a shifting vibe, and this may become apparent on the work front. It may not feel like it, but a balanced approach will get you further in the long run. That said; you may need to find a subtle way to deal with someone else’s unreasonableness!

    AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You may well feel as though you’re being overloaded with several tasks and requests. In amongst what may feel like a disordered vibe there’s a propensity to write off a positive development as a negative one. It is perhaps a question of regaining a sense of control over the day!

    PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It may not be the easiest day, but it could be a useful one. A single opportunity could develop, but you may be obliged to postpone something else in order to take advantage of it. Although it may feel like an equally weighted either/or choice, the planets suggest that you will have some sense of direction!

    FOR THOSE OF US BORN ON THIS DAY: Happy Birthday! The months ahead are likely to start on a mixed note, with cash being the focus of some minor tension; ease up on the spending! Slow-down in June and be sure that you mean what you say; July is a revealing month, while August requires more focus! October keeps the focus based on material things, but there are some tender moments to be shared too! A brief encounter with someone, quite possibly an air sign, could confuse you a little in November, but December is an easy month, with plenty of fun on offer! Work or school might interfere with travel or vacation plans in January, while February sees you torn between a friend and a love interest!

    CELEBRITY GOSSIP: We’ve all had a rant after a trying day, but when you are a celebrity there is the danger that it ends up on the internet. Chad L Coleman recently launched into a strange verbal outburst on the subway, but the planets suggest that the Walking Dead actor need not worry about any negative reaction. In fact it may even be a publicity boost for him!

    Today’s lucky numbers

    ARIES  3, 5, 21, 25, 32, 48

    TAURUS  7, 18, 27, 34, 41, 46

    GEMINI  2, 19, 22, 25, 33, 41

    CANCER  8, 14, 23, 30, 37, 48

    LEO  9, 17, 25, 33, 41, 45

    VIRGO  2, 18, 24, 36, 39, 43

    LIBRA  7, 12, 20, 25, 33, 40

    SCORPIO  9, 15, 20, 32, 35, 43

    SAGITTARIUS  8, 11, 21, 24, 33, 47

    CAPRICORN  2, 7, 15, 28, 36, 42

    AQUARIUS  3, 12, 28, 30, 37, 45

    PISCES  4, 17, 25, 29, 34, 43

    TODAY’S CHINESE PROVERB: First resolve what must be done; solutions will then become evident.

    TODAY’S MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE: What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other? – George Eliot.

    TODAY’S WISDOM FROM AROUND THE WORLD: If you do not have patience you cannot make beer. – African proverb.

    Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 19 May 2019

    Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 19 May 2019


    Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forecast of your province, click here. Warnings: Extremely high fire conditions are expected over the western interior of the Eastern Cape, the interior of the Northern Cape as...

    Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forecast of your province, click here.

    Warnings:

    Extremely high fire conditions are expected over the western interior of the Eastern Cape, the interior of the Northern Cape as well as the interior of the Western Cape, including the Overberg district municipality.

    Watches: 

    Heavy rain is expected in the mountainous regions of the Cape Winelands and as well as the Overberg District of the Western Cape on Monday from early morning.

    Localised urban flooding is expected in places in the Cape Winelands, Cape Metropole and Overberg Districts of the Western Cape early Monday morning.

    Special weather advisories

    Strong north-westerly winds are expected in places over the southern and central interior of the Northern Cape, the western interior of the Eastern Cape as well as the north eastern parts of the Western Cape on Sunday.

    Weather forecast and UV index for all provinces

    Gauteng: Fine and warm

    UVB sunburn index: High.

    Mpumalanga: Fine and cool to warm.

    Limpopo: Fine and warm to cool. 

    North-West Province: Fine and warm.

    Free State: Fine and cool to warm.

    Northern Cape:Fine and warm, but hot in the north.

    Western Cape: Partly cloudy and cool but warm in the east where there will be strong winds over the interior. It will be cloudy in the west from the evening with light rain in the south-west. The wind along the coast will be moderate north-easterly in the south where it will become westerly to south-westerly from the afternoon, otherwise moderate north-westerly becoming fresh to strong in the afternoon.

    UVB index: Moderate.

    Western half of the Eastern Cape: Cloudy with mist in places in the south in the morning, otherwise fine and warm. The wind along the coast will be light and variable, becoming light to moderate north easterly in places from late morning.

    Eastern half of the Eastern Cape: Partly cloudy with showers along the escarpment at first, otherwise fine and warm, but cool in places in the north. The wind along the coast will be light to moderate north easterly, becoming light to moderate south westerly south of Kei Mouth from the afternoon.

    KwaZulu-Natal: Morning mist patches over the eastern interior, otherwise fine and warm. The wind along the coast will be moderate northerly to north-easterly.

    UVB index: Moderate.

    The Zakhele Lepasa penalty that won TS Galaxy the cup vs Kaizer Chiefs [video]

    The Zakhele Lepasa penalty that won TS Galaxy the cup vs Kaizer Chiefs [video]


    Kaizer Chiefs trophy drought continues, thanks to a last-gasp penalty from Zakhele Lepasa which gave TS Galaxy as shock win in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday. The two sides went into the all-too-crucial clash at Moses Mabhida Stadium with the...

    Kaizer Chiefs trophy drought continues, thanks to a last-gasp penalty from Zakhele Lepasa which gave TS Galaxy as shock win in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday.

    The two sides went into the all-too-crucial clash at Moses Mabhida Stadium with the Soweto giants overwhelming favourites against a side that had plodded along to an eighth-placed finish in the National First Division.

    Amakhosi had had a nightmarish league campaign of their own, going without a win in their last seven matches to finish ninth, missing out on participation in next season’s MTN 8.

    However, with a partisan Durban crowd sporting a sea of gold, and an impressive record in Nedbank Cup finals, Ernst Middendorp’s men were expected to overcome their league form and sweeten what has been, otherwise, a sour season.

    TS Galaxy make Nedbank Cup history

    A goalless first half with very little goalmoth action from either side went by, but Chiefs came all guns blazing in the second 45 with The Rockets living off scraps.

    It would turn out that the unfancied minnows only needed a sniff, as a rare surge into opposition territory with just two minutes remaining saw them awarded a penalty after Zakhele Lepasa was fouled in the box.

    The 22-year-old, on loan from Chiefs’ bitter rivals Orlando Pirates, stepped up to take the spot kick, sending Bruce Bvuma the wrong way to take Galaxy within touching distance of history.

    It was his fourth goal of the competition, making him its leading goal scorer and giving his side the distinction of becoming the first lower league side to win the Nedbank Cup.

    Watch the Zakhele Lepasa penalty that sunk Kaizer Chiefs here:

    The penalty that created history for TS Galaxy and extended the trophy drought for Kaizer Chiefs.#NedbankCup2019Final pic.twitter.com/ccLwybAmIi

    — SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) May 18, 2019
    Sterling describes cup final hat-trick as a dream come true

    Sterling describes cup final hat-trick as a dream come true


    Most football fans would have grown up dreaming that they would score a hat-trick in a Cup final, that wins your club a historic treble but Raheem Sterling is living that dream. On Saturday 18 May Sterling became juts the fourth player to score an FA...

    Most football fans would have grown up dreaming that they would score a hat-trick in a Cup final, that wins your club a historic treble but Raheem Sterling is living that dream.

    On Saturday 18 May Sterling became juts the fourth player to score an FA Cup final hat-trick and the first to do so for 66 years.

    The England International joined William Townley for Blackburn in 1890, Jimmy Logan for Notts County in 1894 and Stan Mortensen for Blackpool in 1953 in the Cup final hall of fame.

    Sterling grew up not far from the site where the new Wembley Stadium was built and he has enjoyed the latest visit home.

    “I grew up here and saw this stadium get built. It’s a massive dream come true to win trophies here,” Sterling told the BBC.

    Sterling wasn’t sure if he got a touch on the first goal awarded to him after Gabriel Jesus toe-poked the ball towards the Watford net. Sterling was delighted with the togetherness of the team and how well City have been playing.

    When asked if he got a touch before the ball crossed the line Sterling replied: “I haven’t got a scooby-doo (clue). The boys did brilliant. My goals added to the win. It was brilliant from everyone.”

    Sterling lauded City boss Pep Guardiola for making sure his squad remained focused throughout a stressful and draining campaign that saw the champions hold off a strong title challenge from Liverpool and beat Chelsea on penalties in the League Cup final.

    “It shows what the manager is building here. He said we needed to get the mentality right and we did that and did it exceptionally well,” Sterling said.

    “It’s been a long season with the World Cup as well but everyone has been on their A-game and come through.”

    The 6-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup final means that City will face Liverpool in the traditional season opener, the Charity Shield.

    Zidane makes it clear he will direct transfer business at Real Madrid

    Zidane makes it clear he will direct transfer business at Real Madrid


    Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s final game of the season Zinedine Zidane was cagey on the future of Gareth Bale but crystal clear that he would direct all transfer business for the club. Zidane left Real Madrid after guiding them to a third...

    Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s final game of the season Zinedine Zidane was cagey on the future of Gareth Bale but crystal clear that he would direct all transfer business for the club.

    Zidane left Real Madrid after guiding them to a third successive Champions League title amid rumours Cristiano Ronaldo was sold to Juventus against his wishes.

    The Frenchman made it clear that if Bale were to be sold then it would be because he wills it. Bale has fallen out of favour with fans at the Bernabeu and doesn’t appear to be keen on staying in the Spanish Capital any longer.

    “I don’t know, I can’t tell you. It’s the season finale and next year there are going to be changes. But I don’t know what is going to happen,” Zidane told press this week.

    “It’s my decision, that is clear as water. I’m the coach and I will always do what I want to do. If not, I’ll leave. 

    “For signings and those sorts of things we have people who work on them but we work together.”

    Zidane wants to see more from his team in their closing La Liga game against Real Betis this Sunday even if Los Blancos cannot avoid finishing third after a disappointing campaign started under Santiago Solari.

    “The message is clear, it is the last game and we want to say goodbye to the fans with a good game and a victory,” said Zidane. 

    “It has been a complicated year and I want to convey that we are looking ahead to next season and to show the fans that we will return with enthusiasm to make them proud of the team again.”

    Real Madrid are rumoured to be targeting moves for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to freshen up their attacking arsenal.

    FA Cup final: Man City 6-0 Watford – Sterling hat-trick seals treble at Wembley

    FA Cup final: Man City 6-0 Watford – Sterling hat-trick seals treble at Wembley


    Manchester City celebrate on their way to FA Cup final victory over Watford at Wembley. Photo: Alex Morton/Getty...

    Manchester City 6-0 Watford

    Manchester City powered their way to the English domestic treble thanks to a merciless victory over Watford in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday evening.

    Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions and EFL Cup winners continued their title party in fine style, spilling over into their lopsided tussle with their fellow EPL side.

    A Raheem Sterling hat-trick and goals from David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus did the trick as the ravenous title winners tore apart their helpless opponents at the home of football.

    It was another success to soothe the angst of failing to hit the heights of Champions League glory, which once again eluded the Mancunians this season thanks to the efforts of English counterparts Tottenham.

    The players of Manchester City and Watford line up before the 2018/19 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Photo: Alex Morton/Getty Images.

    An early Bernardo Silva foray caused alarm in the Watford defence, with Jesus and Sterling both missing out after his smart delivery.

    Ederson soon had to be out rapidly to deny Roberto Pereyra at the other end, though, as the Hornets found their feet.

    David Silva set the City ball rolling

    City took the lead on 26 minutes when club legend Silva latched on to Sterling’s header before seeing his shot deflect into the back of the net.

    Bernardo’s run in the opening minutes then proved a mere warning.

    The Portuguese star picked out Jesus with a wonder-pass before Sterling whacked in the Brazilian’s cut-back from inches out in the 38th minute. 

    Javi Gracia’s men were nearly dead and buried moments after the break when Jesus and Sterling combined once more, with the former denied by the legs of Heurelho Gomes.

    Manchester City celebrate on their way to FA Cup final victory over Watford at Wembley. Photo: Alex Morton/Getty Images.

    Jesus was busy again seconds later as his diving header was chalked off for offside.

    And they had their third after a Watford free kick at the other end after a bookable Silva foul had the men in yellow stranded up the pitch.

    Late goal bonanza sealed record-equaling win

    City broke like blue lightning with substitute De Bruyne left in perfect position with the goal at his mercy – and the German didn’t miss.

    They did the same thing on 68 minutes, with Jesus producing a chillingly composed finish beyond his hapless countryman.

    An relentless appetite for more remained, as Bernardo once again did brilliantly to surge clear and cross for Sterling to add a close-range finish for number five.

    Bernardo thoroughly deserved one of his own but was denied by the outstretched leg of Kiko Femenia.

    But De Bruyne’s tee-up allowed Sterling to slot home his third in the 87th minute to complete the ultimate demolition job.

    Langer insists Smith and Warner are ready for hostile English crowds

    Langer insists Smith and Warner are ready for hostile English crowds


    Australia coach Justin Langer says any crowd abuse Steve Smith and David Warner may receive while on tour in England will pale in comparison to what they’ve already experienced. The pair were handed year long bans for their role in the ball...

    Australia coach Justin Langer says any crowd abuse Steve Smith and David Warner may receive while on tour in England will pale in comparison to what they’ve already experienced.

    The pair were handed year long bans for their role in the ball tampering saga at Newlands. Cameron Bancroft was encouraged by the then captain and vice[-captain to sneak a piece of sandpaper onto the field to scuff up the ball.

    The star batsmen have returned the Australia fold ahead of a lengthy tour of England which includes both the World Cup and Ashes series.

    Warner was seen as the instigator in the “sandpapergate” scandal during a Test against South Africa in Cape Town that saw novice opener Bancroft banned for nine months.

    But having witnessed the angry reaction in Australia to Smith and Warner’s conduct, Langer said it would be hard to imagine any English taunts could be worse.   

    “Well we can’t control the crowd. What I do know? It may heat up, but it won’t be any hotter than it was 12 months ago,” said Langer at an Australia training session on Saturday.

    “I’ve never seen anything like it so the boys are very well prepared,” added the former Australia opener, who took over as coach after predecessor Darren Lehmann resigned in the aftermath of the scandal. 

    “They’ve paid a heavy price and we’re expecting always to come here and to face the fire and we’re ready for that.”

    Smith a Master of the game

    Smith’s return to Australia duty this month in three unofficial World Cup warm-up matches at home to a weakened New Zealand XI, included unbeaten innings of 89 and 91.

    Warner could only manage a top score of 39 but Langer was encouraged by what he’d seen from both batsmen.

    “I watched Steve Smith batting against New Zealand, he’s literally a master of the game, so it’s nice to have him back,” he said.

    “He’s just shadow batting the whole time…He loves batting, he’s shadow batting on the sand, he’s shadow batting in the shower –- I’m not joking!”

    As for Warner, Langer added: “Dave’s got that look on his eye, he’s really hungry, he’s a great player as we all know, he’s so dynamic, he brings so much energy, and that’s what we ask from our players.

    “They’ve had 12 months to have a good think about a mistake they and the team made. I’m sure they’ll be better people for that.”

    Australia may be the reigning World Cup champions but England, who top the one-day internationals rankings, will start the tournament as favourites.

    Last year saw England compile an ODI world record total of 481 for six against Australia at Trent Bridge and the old foes will meet again for the first time this season in a World Cup warm-up at Southampton on May 25.

    England took an unbeatable 3-0 lead in a home ODI series against Pakistan with a three-wicket win at Trent Bridge on Friday and Langer said: “They’re playing brilliant cricket, aren’t they?

    “There’s always good rivalry between us and it’s going to be nice for us to see how we’re at against the best team in the world.”

    “We’re coming for what’s ours” – Ace Magashule warns of ‘troubled times’

    “We’re coming for what’s ours” – Ace Magashule warns of ‘troubled times’


    Ace Magashule has found a way to turn the African National Congress’ (ANC) loss of support at the 2019 General Elections into something positive. Speaking at the annual Walter Sisulu memorial lecture in Bloemfontein in the Free State, Magashule...

    Ace Magashule has found a way to turn the African National Congress’ (ANC) loss of support at the 2019 General Elections into something positive.

    Speaking at the annual Walter Sisulu memorial lecture in Bloemfontein in the Free State, Magashule resuscitated the #WhiteMonopolyCapital buzzword and insisted that South Africans still have faith in the ANC.

    The ruling party won just 57.50 % of the vote at the recent elections, their lowest ever tally and the first time support dipped under 60%.

    Magashule, however, delivered a rhetoric loaded speech, insisting that the party remains almost universally loved.

    “Our people demand service delivery, sustainable jobs, efficient health services, and an accountable government.

    Their hope still lay with the ANC, which dare not betray them. The people were refusing to be subtenants and squatters in the land of their birth. This was the current challenge – to better the quality of life of the people, and this could only be done when the ANC remained an unapologetic fighting force.”

    He added that the government must work towards reviving the country’s economy, especially in informal areas. He said:

    “Starting with the township economy. We too have come of age, and are willing to take charge of our affairs. [Former president] Nelson Mandela once warned us that: ‘Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies’.”

    He added:

    “It must not be argued that we are motivated by hate. We are motivated by the quest for justice. It is an irrefutable truth that for long as the poor are poor, the rich cannot sleep at night.”

    Magashule is alleged to have been involved in in multi-million rand corruption scandals. He has vehemently denied those claims, however.

    But he let rip at “white monopoly capital” during his speech. While the phrase itself has been around for some time, it entered the popular South African discourse through an allegedly under handed campaign by scandal ridden Bell Pottinger, to paint the infamous Gupta family as being victims of some grand conspiracy.

    On Saturday, Magashule bellowed:

    “We cannot allow a few of us to be co-opted into the power structure of the (mainly white) rich, while many – indeed most black and African people – still remain poor.

    “We cannot defeat White Monopoly Capital by allowing it to co-opt us.”

    Magashule also went off script, urging the crowd not to praise ANC members who are still alive.

    “Never sing songs about leaders who are still alive because they are going to think they are important. They are promoted by the media. They think they are more important than the ANC itself.”

    This could be seen as another jab at President Cyril Ramaphosa. Magashule scoffed at the suggestion that Ramaphosa had renewed hope in the party during the 2019 Elections. He made a point of stating clearly that Ramaphosa is not the ANC. This was rebuked by Fikile Mbalula.

    But perhaps the most curious line of his speech was buried towards the end.

    “We are heading for troubled times, and we are surely coming for what is ours.”

    While Magashule did not elaborate, much hysteria currently surrounds the implementation of land expropriation without compensation. This statement could be a reference to that.

    Ramaphosa has been on the charm offensive to calm nerves around the process, but if the above quote is indeed in reference to land, it’s quite clear that the party might be even more fractured than it is letting on.

    Read Ace Magashule’s full speech below

    pic.twitter.com/Cn0ZBNcapi

    — African National Congress (@MYANC) May 18, 2019
    Super Rugby result: Stormers 19-19 Crusaders – as it happened [video]

    Super Rugby result: Stormers 19-19 Crusaders – as it happened [video]


    The Stormers return to Super Rugby action on Saturday as they host the touring Crusaders from New Zealand at Newlands in Cape...

    Super Rugby result: Stormers 19-19 Crusaders

    The Stormers kicked a late penalty goal to earn a draw from their Super Rugby Round 14 clash with the Crusaders in Cape Town.

    The result is one that came after some controversy. The Crusaders appeared to have scored late on but the try was ruled out by Marius Jonker for a forward pass that looked to be legal.

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    Lotto and Lotto Plus results for Saturday, 18 May 2019

    Lotto and Lotto Plus results for Saturday, 18 May 2019


    Are you ready for the Lotto and Lotto Plus draw on Saturday, 18 May? It’s yet another chance to find out whether or not you’re South Africa’s latest overnight millionaire. To get breaking news first, download thesouthafrican.com’s app for iOS...

    Are you ready for the Lotto and Lotto Plus draw on Saturday, 18 May? It’s yet another chance to find out whether or not you’re South Africa’s latest overnight millionaire.

    To get breaking news first, download thesouthafrican.com’s app for iOS and Android.

    If you’ve decided to Phanda, Pusha, Play then you might just strike gold here.

    Let’s have a look at those jackpots and see what’s between you and your overnight millionaire status. Good luck!

    Here are the estimated jackpots for Saturday’s Lotto draw:

    Lotto: R11 million
    Lotto Plus 1: R5.1 million
    Lotto Plus 2: R3.2 million

    The only way you can win the jackpot is by playing the lotto.

    If you have played and want to check whether you have won, you are in the right place. TheSouthAfrican.com brings you the Lotto Results as they happen. If you cannot see the results, you might need to refresh or restart your browser.

    Results are all updated and loaded no later than 21:15.

    If you can’t see the results, you might have to refresh or restart your browser.

    Here are the winning Lotto, Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 numbers for Saturday, 18 May 2019:

    Main Lotto Draw: 1, 5, 13, 20, 36, 52 Bonus Ball: 16

    Lotto Plus 1: 24, 28, 32, 35, 37, 52   Bonus Ball: 4

    Lotto Plus 2: 7, 10, 25, 31, 34, 45 Bonus Ball: 40

    For more details visit the National Lottery website.

    See previous lotto results here.

    When do lottery ticket sales close?

    If you are buying your tickets from an existing Lottery outlet, they close at 20:30 on the day of a draw. The terms and conditions for other lotto services vary – please read them when you sign up for these services.

    What does a Lotto ticket cost? A single LOTTO play will cost you R5.00 vat incl. A single cost of LOTTO PLUS 1 will be R2.50 and a single cost of LOTTO PLUS 2 will be R2.50 vat incl.But be aware if you use any of the online services, there might be an additional charge. Always check the terms and conditions.
    Search goes on for fisherman lost at sea near Kleinmond

    Search goes on for fisherman lost at sea near Kleinmond


    The search for three fisherman lost at sea off Kleinmond near Hermanus in the Western Cape is ongoing according to the National Sea Rescue Institute. The families of the men reported their disappearance on Friday activating two rescue boats and the...

    The search for three fisherman lost at sea off Kleinmond near Hermanus in the Western Cape is ongoing according to the National Sea Rescue Institute.

    The families of the men reported their disappearance on Friday activating two rescue boats and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter.

    Rescuers were able to locate the fishing boat the men had gone out to see in but the vessell had been capsized and there was no sign of the fishermen in the surrounding waters.

    “At 11h53, Friday, 17th May, NSRI Hermanus, NSRI Kleinmond and the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter were activated following reports from families of three Hawston fishermen suspected to be missing at sea between Hawston and Kleinmond,” said NSRI Kleinmond station commander Schalk Boonzaaier.

    “The sea rescue craft South Star and Jaytee III was launched and a sea and shoreline search was joined by the EMS/AMS Skymed rescue helicopter conducting an air search.

    “Flotsam from the casualty boat was located off-shore between Hawston harbour and Kleinmond and during an ongoing search the Skymed helicopter located the fishermen’s boat capsized 7 nautical miles off-shore and South of Hawston.

    “Our sea rescue craft diverted to the location of the capsized boat and righted and took the casualty boat under tow.”

    The South African Police Service continue to search for the men and have deployed their dive unit to aid the search. The boat was towed to shore and handed over to the families.

    “Despite an extensive search no sign of the 3 fishermen, believed to be aged in their 30’s and 40’s, has been found and Police and the Police dive unit are continuing in an ongoing search operation and investigations into the incident,” Boonzaaier added.

    “The casualty boat was towed to Hermanus harbour and recovered and handed to the family members of the missing fishermen.

    “Telkom Maritime Radio services assisted with VHF marine radio communications and an all ships alert has been posted alerting ships in the area to remain alert for any signs of the three missing fishermen.”

    Thoughts are with the families in this difficult time.

    Sunday movie: The Hurricane Heist – what you need to know

    Sunday movie: The Hurricane Heist – what you need to know


    Promotional film...

    It feels like the type of weekend one needs to end with a movie night and lots of popcorn. M-Net brings us The Hurricane Heist in the Sunday movie spot at 20:05.

    The 2018 disaster heist action film is directed by Rob Cohen. It follows a group of thieves as they plan to use a Category 5 hurricane as a cover for their bank robbery scheme.

    The Hurricane Heist Plot

    The rural town of New Hope has a pair of super-sized problems heading its way: A hurricane bearing down on the Gulf coastline, and a team of 30 well-armed mercenaries intent on looting the local treasury facility.

    The film was initially titled Category 5, but it was changed to The Hurricane Heist during post-production. It also stars Maggie Grace from the Taken trilogy.

    Best quote

    There’s a hurricane coming, and it’s gonna be a mother.

    Watch: The Hurricane Heist trailer Critics’ reviews

    Most critics didn’t hate it, but they weren’t blown away by The Hurricane Heist either. Kristin Smith from Plugged In said it definitely has the “unbelievable factor.

    Michael Ordona from Common Sense Media said the movie delivers what you expect from it: “fun action sequences, genre cliches, CGI disaser effect and violence.” Zeenia Baria from the Times of India liked it:

    “More than just a regular ‘save the earth’ film,’ this one combines an offbeat plot with some decent special effects to make it an interesting watch.

    Promotional film material The main cast and characters Toby Kebbell as Will Rutledge Leonardo Dickens and Luke Judy as Young Will Rutledge Maggie Grace as Casey Corbyn Ryan Kwanten as Breeze Rutledge Patrick McAuley and Andre Robinson Ralph Ineson as Connor Perkins Melissa Bolona as Sasha Van Dietrich Ben Cross as Sheriff Jimmy Dixon Jamie Andrew Cutler as Clement Rice Christian Contreras as Agent Randy Moreno Jimmy Walker as Xander Rice Ed Birch as Frears Moyo Akande as Jaqi James Barriscale as Deputy Michaels Mark Basnight as Deputy Gabrielle Keith D. Evans as Deputy Rothilsberg Mark Rhino Smith as Deputy Baldwin Brooke Johnston as Deputy DiamondSunday Movie: Stats Genre: Action, Crime, AdventureRuntime: 1 h 43 minAge Restriction: PG-13IMDB: 5.1On air: Sunday, 12 May, 20:05 on M-Net, Channel 101.

    Also read – Game of Thrones season 8 still has to answer these 6 questions

    To get breaking news first, download thesouthafrican.com’s app for iOS and Android.

    Simbine takes third at Shanghai Diamond League

    Simbine takes third at Shanghai Diamond League


    South African sprinter Akani Simbine made a strong start to his international season with a third place finish in the mens 100m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai. Ahead of him were Americans Noah Lyles and Christian Coleman with a photo...

    South African sprinter Akani Simbine made a strong start to his international season with a third place finish in the mens 100m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai.

    Ahead of him were Americans Noah Lyles and Christian Coleman with a photo finish needed to separate the pair, who are currently favourites to take gold and silver at the World Championships in Doha later this season.

    Simbine’s coach had outlined the runner’s desire for a strong start to his season in Shanghai. Simbine was among four runners in the field to dip below the 10 second mark.

    Lyles launched himself from near the back of the field to beat fellow countryman Coleman by just 0.006secs in the second Diamond League meeting of the season. His time was blistering 9.86sec was the fastest mark this year and his own personal best, and lays down the gauntlet ahead of the world championships.

    21-year-old Lyles is part of a new generation of American sprinters and ducked to the line with a glance to his left to Coleman. A photo finish confirmed he had won.

    Lyles said: “In pre-season I’d taken a couple of losses, a couple of second places, even on my home track, so I really wanted to come out here and told my coach I wanted to do something.

    “I told him that today is the day, today is the day we put it all together.”

    In other events South Africa’s Clarence Munyai claimed third in the men’s 200m with a season best time of 20.37s.

    Ruswahl Samaai also finished third in the men’s long jump with compatriot Zarck Visser ending sixth.

    35-year-old javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen finished eighth in a field of nine women.

    The next meeting, where Wayde van Niekerk is expected to return to international running, will take place in Stockholm starting on 30 May.

    Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger attacked in Johannesburg [video]

    Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger attacked in Johannesburg [video]


    Arnold Schwarzenegger had a hairy encounter with a fan at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on...

    Actor and bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger will not have the fondest memories of his trip to South Africa, after he was fly-kicked by a member of the public at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday.

    “The Terminator” is in the country for the Arnold Classic Africa Festival, an annual multi-sport event held in six continents.

    During the Johannesburg leg, the entertainer had an encounter reminiscent of some of his fight scenes, as a fan rushed towards him.

    In a video shared on social media, Schwarzenegger can be seen signing a few autographs before standing up to get closer to his adoring fans.

    Soon after, a man can be seen approaching in the background before disappearing of shot. He later appears executing a perfect fly kick on the 71-year-old’s back, rendering him off balance before security swarms around him.

    The incident seems to not have fazed Schwarzenegger much, as he is later seen taking his seat, looking rather amused by what had just happened.

    The director of Arnold Partner for Africa Wayne Price confirmed, as quoted by EWN, that the former Governor of California escaped the incident unharmed.

    “It was all dealt with immediately by the security team, the on-site security and also the police that was also on site. There was no problem. Arnold was not injured at all, as you can see in the video he is smiling later.

    Wayne Price

    Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.

    — Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) May 18, 2019 Watch: Fan attacks Arnold Schwarzenegger in video below
    CWC 2019: The fastest World Cup century in history

    CWC 2019: The fastest World Cup century in history


    One-Day International cricket lends itself to blisteringly fast scoring and it will be a surprise if the mark for the fastest World Cup century doesn’t fall in 2019. The benchmark outside of the World Cup was set up by AB de Villiers when he blazed...

    One-Day International cricket lends itself to blisteringly fast scoring and it will be a surprise if the mark for the fastest World Cup century doesn’t fall in 2019.

    The benchmark outside of the World Cup was set up by AB de Villiers when he blazed his way to 100 in just 31 balls against the West Indies at the Wanderers in January 2015.

    De Villiers’ world record comes in fully 19 balls under the best effort in the world Cup.

    Here we look at the five fastest centuries in the Cricket World Cup.

    5 John Davison (Canada) 67 balls vs West Indies Centurion, 2003

    There will be no associate nations at the 2019 World Cup but they have certainly contributed to the World Cup flavour over the years.

    In 2003 John Davison blasted his way to what was then the record for the fastest World Cup century on a belter of a Supersport Park pitch.

    Davison’s effort went largely unsupported on the day and Canada were well beaten by the West Indies.

    1⃣0⃣0⃣ runs off 6⃣7⃣ balls! 💥

    Happy birthday to the man who hit the quickest 💯 in World Cup history at the time, John Davison! 💪 pic.twitter.com/Znp74qJ3DL

    — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 9, 2019 4 Matthew Hayden (Australia) 66 balls vs South Africa St Kitts, 2007

    Hayden made a career out of tormenting South Africa and was particularly severe on Shaun Pollock in the Caribbean. Hayden and opening partner Adam Gilchrist got Australia off to a flying start.

    Australia won the game and went on to win the tournament with Gilchrist smashing what still stands as the fastest hundred in the farce of a final against Sri Lanka.

    3 AB de Villiers (South Africa) 55 balls vs West Indies Sydney, 2015

    Two of the three of the fastest centuries in World Cup history came in the most recent tournament.

    De Villiers knock was remarkable not for how quickly he got to 100 but how incredible his jump to 150 was. Mister 360 faced just seven dot balls in his entire innings, he reached his hundred in the 48th over and went past 150 in the 50th over which he plundered for 30 runs.

    The innings ranks as one of the best ever played at the World Cup with many ranking it ahead of the double hundreds achieved by Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill.

    2 Glen Maxwell (Australia) 51 balls vs Sri Lanka Sydney, 2015

    The Aussie bruiser had never made an ODI hundred at the time despite having reached the 90s three times.

    Maxwell saw the ball and he hit the ball in his trademark fashion. The following year he blazed a 49-ball hundred against Sri Lanka in a T20I in Kandy on his way to 145*.

    Maxwell is the only player in the top five who has been named in a 2019 World Cup squad.

    1 Kevin O’Brien (Ireland) 50 balls vs England Bangalore, 2011

    Kevin O’Brien wrote his name large across the history of cricket with his incredible knock against England in 2011.

    The fastest World Cup hundred was made that much sweeter for how it came. Ireland had their backs to the wall chasing 328 to win, they slipped
    111 for 5 wickets in 24 overs when Kevin O’Brien walked out to bat.

    At the time the mark for the fastest World Cup century was Hayden’s 66 ball ton against South Africa.

    Fastest ODI centuries of all time

    1 AB De Villiers (SA) 31 balls vs West Indies at the Wanderers 18/01/2015
    2 Corey Anderson (NZ) 36 balls vs West Indies in Queenstown 01/01/2014
    3 Shahid Afridi (PAK) 37 balls vs Sri Lanka in Nairobi 04/10/1996
    4 Mark Boucher (SA) 44 balls vs Zimbabwe in Potchefstroom 20/09/2006
    5 Brian Lara (WI) 45 balls vs Bangladesh in Dhaka 09/10/1999

    Super Rugby result: Lions 38-29 Highlanders – as it happened

    Super Rugby result: Lions 38-29 Highlanders – as it happened


    Super Rugby result: Lions 38-29 Highlanders Our live updates will appear below. They might take a little while to load on slower connections. Please be patient, we apologise for any...

    Super Rugby result: Lions 38-29 Highlanders

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    Crusaders ready to thrill their loyal Cape Town fans

    Crusaders ready to thrill their loyal Cape Town fans


    As a team that is over 10 000km away from its hometown, the Crusaders expected to contend with a partisan crowd as they square off against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday, but will have a decent smattering of red shirts cheering for them. The men...

    As a team that is over 10 000km away from its hometown, the Crusaders expected to contend with a partisan crowd as they square off against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday, but will have a decent smattering of red shirts cheering for them.

    The men from Christchurch have not been to the Mother City since March 2013, when they ran off 19-14 winners in the middle of what was somewhat of a dry spell in terms of Super Rugby titles.

    Their loyal away supporters have been dubbed the “Cape Crusaders”, and are not entirely popular among the local rugby fans and, at times, players as well.

    The Stormers’ last victory over the Crusaders dates back to 2010, just a year before the home side were unsettled by a group of locals in the visitor’s famous red ahead of a round-robin encounter.

    “That was quite an experience at our home ground,” former Stormers and Springbok captain Jean de Villiers is quoted on the Supersport website.

    “We arrived at Newlands in our bus and we were booed and jeered. It wasn’t the usual welcome we were used to.”

    Jean de Villiers

    The hosts will definitely not be too keen on such a welcome but, according to Crusaders assistant coach Brad Mooar, the visitors are relishing the prospect of thrilling the locals in red.

    “We have seen a lot of the supporters at the hotel and around the city and it has been wonderful,” he said.

    “People are keen to support the Crusaders and that support is something we are proud of, of the sides that have come before us and the people that have represented our team before we have this year.

    Brad Mooar

    The Stormers and the Crusaders kick off at 17:05 on Saturday.

    Nedbank Cup LIVE: Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 TS Galaxy – as it happened!

    Nedbank Cup LIVE: Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 TS Galaxy – as it happened!


    Silverware is up for grabs on Saturday as Kaizer Chiefs take on TS Galaxy in the Nedbank Cup final at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday. The Glamour Boys beat Chippa United in the semifinals in Port Elizabeth, just after the minnows stunned...

    Silverware is up for grabs on Saturday as Kaizer Chiefs take on TS Galaxy in the Nedbank Cup final at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

    The Glamour Boys beat Chippa United in the semifinals in Port Elizabeth, just after the minnows stunned Lamontville Golden Arrows in their semi at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont near Durban.

    Having suffered defeat in their last outing which was against their semifinal opponents, a change in tactics – and possibly personnel – could be on the cards for Ernst Middendorp’s men, who are looking to end what has been a disappointing season on a high.

    The German emphasised the importance of taking the game by the scruff of the neck early on.

    “Of course‚ it’s very clear‚ if you go into it tactically‚ we definitely have a certain responsibility in terms of being proactive‚ in terms of being on the front foot‚” Middendorp said.

    “The defence work on our side has to be maximised‚ that’s for sure.

    “Having the responsibility in terms of being proactive‚ in terms of demonstrating our position [of strength]‚ of course‚ it’s not a situation where we will have a different approach.

    Ernst Middendorp

    With Daniel Akpeyi cup tied and Virgil Vries’ ties with the club severed, rising star Bruce Bvuma is almost a sure bet for a starting berth in the absence of the injured Itumeleng Khune.

    Veteran defender Eric Mathoho could aalso make a rare start, having returned from a lengthy injury layoff.

    Kaizer Chiefs vs TS Galaxy predicted XIs

    Kaizer Chiefs: Bvuma, Moleko, Hadebe, Cardoso, Mphahlele, Katsande, Maluleka, Adrianarimanana, Parker, Billiat, Castro.

    TS Galaxy: Mpakumpaku, Aubaas, Dube, Mashego, Nyama, Setelele, Mbamba, Bodibe, Lepasa, Mdlinzo, Ndlovu.

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    Meghan Markle’s official job title is “Princess” – check out Archie’s birth certificate

    Meghan Markle’s official job title is “Princess” – check out Archie’s birth certificate


    The birth certificate of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who was born at the Portland Hospital in London. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty...

    You know when you were growing up and your parents told you that “princess” isn’t a legit job? Well, they were wrong.  According to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s (or Baby Sussex) birth certificate, that’s exactly what Meghan Markle’s job is.

    Under British law, all births must be registered within six weeks. Once done so, birth certificates become public records. The birth certificate reveals some interesting details, amongst them, Markle’s official “occupation”.

    A copy of the birth certificate was photographed by photo agencies and published on Friday.

    The birth certificate also reveal some other interesting details. While

    Markle and Prince Harry  did buck royal tradition for the birth of their son, she did not give birth at home like many believed.

    Archie was born at the private Portland Hospital in Westminster, London – not the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. But Archie wasn’t the first member of the family to be born at Portland hospital. both Lady Sarah Chatto and Serena-Armstrong Jones, Countess of Snowdon (the daughter and daughter-in-law of Queen Elizabeth’s sister, Princess Margaret respectively).

    But now back to the best bit.

    Meghan Markle’s official job is princess

    Archie’s birth certificate lists his parents’ occupations as “Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom”. Kate Middleton’s occupation was listed similarly on her children’s’ birth certificates, so it’s not that big of a deal. But it’s a big deal if you’re not swanning about palaces.

    The birth certificate of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who was born at the Portland Hospital in London. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images

    The couple are also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but Prince and Princess of a whole country sounds much fancier, doesn’t it?

    The couple will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Sunday 19 May 2019.

    The photoshop guy who has social media in stitches

    The photoshop guy who has social media in stitches


    If you have access to the internet the chances are that you might have seen the work of James Fridman, a British graphic designer and photoshop wind-up artist. Fridman takes public requests to alter images in some way or another and produces hilarious...

    If you have access to the internet the chances are that you might have seen the work of James Fridman, a British graphic designer and photoshop wind-up artist.

    Fridman takes public requests to alter images in some way or another and produces hilarious interpretations of the instructions.

    Of course most people submitting their photos to Fridman now know that he will take the piss out of anyone foolish enough to send him an image, but that doesn’t detract from the hilarity.

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) May 1, 2019

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) April 17, 2019

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) April 5, 2019

    In March of this year Fridman teamed up with online dating app Bumble to support the criminalization of unsolicited lewd photos. The campaign is lead by the Bumble Founder & CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd.

    Fridman is known for taking down vanity and narcissism with his edits but he is also a campaigner against bullying through his charitable foundation which seeks to address social issues affecting children and young people.

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) March 14, 2019

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) December 2, 2018

    Not content with simply editing photos, Fridman often produces short videos featuring images he is sent.

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) January 27, 2019

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) January 3, 2019

    Most of the photoshop requests Fridman receives are rooted in some form of vanity or at the very least people playing at being vapid, but the artist can be as cutting in his take-downs as he is supportive of body positivity.

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) March 8, 2016

    People often ask to have a former lover or partner removed from shots.

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) December 28, 2018

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) December 3, 2017

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) September 29, 2017

    Strangely some folk appear to bring genuine requests to the infamous piss-taker and he rolls out some truly marvelous photoshop creations in response.

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) May 13, 2019

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) March 23, 2019

    Internet trolling is a largely mean spirited activity but Fridman brings joy to people’s lives and teaches us the odd lesson along the way.

    Users who want to submit requests to Fridman can do so through his website JamesFridman.com or by contacting him on the three major social media platforms.

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) February 28, 2019

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    — James Fridman (@fjamie013) December 17, 2018
    Middendorp speaks out against underestimating TS Galaxy

    Middendorp speaks out against underestimating TS Galaxy


    Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has poured water over the notion that the Nedbank Cup final against TS Galaxy is a “David vs Goliath” clash. The Glamour Boys are in Durban for the all-too-crucial encounter against the first-division outfit,...

    Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has poured water over the notion that the Nedbank Cup final against TS Galaxy is a “David vs Goliath” clash.

    The Glamour Boys are in Durban for the all-too-crucial encounter against the first-division outfit, which could end a trophy drought that has stretched to over four years.

    On arrival at the coastal city, the German was pleased with the energy displayed by his charges.

    “It is good to see the players before such a big match so calm but highly focused,” he is quoted on the club’s website.

    “It is a final, and there are no two ways about it. The team is aware of the task ahead. We have an obligation to fulfil for the club and its supporters.”

    Ernst Middendorp

    With the gap between the two sides, Chiefs run the risk of underestimating their opponents who, like the Soweto giants, finished midtable in their league.

    However, Middendorp has talked up the minnows, who went past Golden Arrows on their way to the last two.

    “That can’t be. It’s a cup final between two teams that have qualified to be in it. We have prepared for a tough encounter.”

    Ernst Middendorp

    Throughout the season, Amakhosi have battled with injuries, and are still missing a few key players. However, Middendorp is pleased at the state of the competition for places among his available players.

    “We have travelled with the entire squad. They all want to play, and it’s good to go to into match with such an attitude.”

    Health bars vs their not so healthy counterparts: Read before you eat

    Health bars vs their not so healthy counterparts: Read before you eat


    We took a look at some popular health bars and see how healthy they really were based on the data on their labels versus the quirky buzzword on the packaging And to make it more interesting, we compared them to three of South Africa’s most popular...

    We took a look at some popular health bars and see how healthy they really were based on the data on their labels versus the quirky buzzword on the packaging

    And to make it more interesting, we compared them to three of South Africa’s most popular chocolates.

    The Macmillan Dictionary defines the term “Health Halo” as the perception that a particular food is good for you even when there is little or no evidence to confirm this is true.

    Think “gluten-free”, “low fat”, “natural’, “raw”.

    We reach for healthier alternatives like organic, free trade, locally produced dark chocolate because we think it is healthier than the milk chocolate.

    And of course, sweet potato and beetroot vegetable crisps are much better for us than the chips that Simba has been peddling us. Right?

    Not necessarily.

    Setting the bar: What should I be looking for?

    The main things to consider on the back of the label is calorie count, sugar content, fibre, sodium as well as the amount and type of fat.

    Calorie count

    According to Chloe McLeod, accredited practising dietitian and sports dietitian a perfect snack should range from 100 to 150 calories.

    Ingredients

    Health24 states that ingredients are listed in order of weight. So a red flag should raise if refined grains, sugar or syrups are listed first.

    Sugar

    You want as little sugar as possible, according to McLeod you should aim for five to ten grams. This equals about one to two teaspoons of sugar.

    Fibre

    Fibre keeps us fuller for longer. Aim for 3g or more.

    Fat

    Good fat can keep you fuller for longer but be sure to look at where the fat is coming from. Nuts and seeds provide a good source of saturated fat. Aim for less than two grams per 100g.

    Preference should be given to products which contain more unsaturated vs. saturated fats, within the context of the total fat the product provides.


    Health24 Sodium

    McLeod suggests that you should look for less than 120 mg per 100g.

    Crunch time: Weighing in on the different bars

    TREK Cocoa Oat, Protein FlapJack (50g)

    High in calories and sugar, this bar contains rice syrup as the second ingredient on the list.

    Rice syrup is refined sugar and no healthier than sugar.

    “One tablespoon of rice syrup has 55 to 75 calories, depending on the brand; sugar has 48 calories per tablespoon. Brown-rice syrup also has a high glycemic index (98), meaning it causes your blood sugar to spike quickly. (White sugar, or sucrose, has a glycemic index of 65.)”

    If you were watching your calorie intake for weight loss and not the ingredients for health, this bar has more calories than a Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate.

    Cadbury does have a glass and a half of milk in it…

    Approximate calories in Trek is 227 versus  216 calories in Cadbury.

    Kellog’s Crunchy Nut Cereal Breakfast Bars (33g)

    The majority of the bars we have looked at a weight between 45 – 55g so we need to take into account the nutritional value of this breakfast bar which is smaller.

    Marketed as a breakfast bar, we can assure you the sugar high you may get will have you craving your elevenses sooner than needed.

    Pound for pound this bar would rival a Bar One in terms of calorie load and sugar content.

    The 3 main ingredients are peanuts, Rice Krispies and Chocolate coating. Not your ideal breakfast ingredients.  

    66g of Kellog’s Crunchy Nut Cereal Breakfast Bar calorie count is 322 versus a 55g of Bar One at  231 calories.

    Natures Valley Crunchy (42g)

    Wholegrain oats and real honey! All from a valley that belongs to Nature herself!

    Unfortunately, the real honey only comes up after the oats, sugar, sunflower oil and almonds. The red flag here is that sugar is the second ingredient which makes sense considering that the bar contains 11g of the stuff!

    The sweetness comes from the sugar, not the honey.

    The majority of the fat comes from the sunflower oil and not the almonds which would be a preferable fat source.

    So it’s not as healthy as the brand would like us to think it is. High sugar, high sodium and sitting at 192 calories whilst a 45g Cadbury Dairy Milk bar has 216.

    So if you are looking at weight loss from pure calories in versus calories out, this isn’t doing you any favours.

    Future Life, Whole Grain Granola Bar:

    “FUTURELIFE® Whole Grain Granola Bars are SA’s 1st* certified Gluten Free Whole Grain Bars with added sterols and sterolins.” https://futurelife.co.za/flavour/honey-granola-bar/

    Sold. Sterols and sterolins, whatever they may be, must be good for you. Unfortunately, since being last on the ingredient list, we doubt there are enough in there to make an impact on your health.

    But it does have real berries!

    Get ready for this….5% real berries – there is more brown sugar in this bar than berries.

    It packs quite a bit of carbohydrate due to the oats and oat flour and is an approx 200 calories per bar.

    Nakd (35g)
    Vegan-friendly and gluten, wheat and dairy free! Nakd bars also contain no added sugar bar what it found in the fruit. This does add up to a hefty 17.5g of carbs though.

    The bar is made up of dates, coconuts, raisins, cashews, cocoa and a hint of natural flavourings.

    Well, at least the flavourings are natural right? Well not really…

    According to Gary Reineccius, a professor in the department of food science and nutrition at the University of Minnesota natural flavourings are no better in quality, nor are they safer, than artificial flavourings.

    This bar packs quite the calorie load given its size but the fibre content and natural sugars mean it keeps you fuller for longer and less likely to have a sugar crash.

    Jungle Oats Peanut Butter Energy Bar (47g)

    Containing oats, sugar and peanut paste this “healthy alternative” has almost as many calories as a Lunch Bar.

    The fat content of this bar is very high at 16g per serving and we are confident it isn’t the good kind of fat that the Banting folk harp on about.

    This bar is also very high in sodium with 166mg/100g.

    This bar has about 242 calories compared to the 256 of a Lunch Bar.

    ProNutro Protein Bars (35g)

    Basically chocolate and sugar.


    The first 3 ingredients listed are chocolate, glucose syrup and humectants. Humectants are substances that keep things moist.

    “Some common humectants used in food are honey and glucose syrup both for their water absorption and sweet flavour.”
    Sounds like more sugar.

    Calorie wise, it sits at 110cals and 4g of protein.

    For a protein bar that amount is pretty negligible. We would go with the Future Life Protein Crunch (40g) instead.

    Future Life Protein Crunch (40g)

    Compared to the Pronutro Protein bar, it has double the protein, the same amount of carbs but less sugar. The first 3 ingredients are a protein blend, peanuts and chocolate coating.

    Unfortunately, the sodium here is a whopping 436mg per 100g (we are looking for 120g or less).

    It does have more calories due to the higher fat content.

    Kellogg’s Special K® Red Berries Cereal Breakfast Bars (33g)

    More sugar than berries. In fact, we aren’t sure what red berries these are, as they contain ingredients as well.

    The cranberries in this bar are made of cranberries, sugar and vegetable oil and only make up 6% of the bar.  

    The saving grace here is that it has one of the lower sodium totals out of all the other bars.

    Milo Cereal BAR (23g)

    Another breakfast cereal bar but this one has milk, making it a great breakfast on the go.

    Again this bar is half the size of the others so nutrient wise it weighs in at approximately 190 calories,   30g of carbohydrates and 15g of sugar.

    The three main ingredients that the bar is made up of are cereal grains (34%),  confectionary coating and vegetable fat.

    Don’t be fooled by the enticing splash of milk on the packaging. There is more sugar in there than milk.

    The variants of sugary substances found in this bar are sugar, sugar syrup, glucose syrup and sweetened condensed milk. Talk about variety.

    The lesson

    Considering that many of us look to these convenience items for a quick snack when life is busy, these little bite-sized meals in your pocket could ultimately make or break your health routine depending on how often you rely on them.

    I’m not saying that if I found out that the gluten free, wheat free organic bar I was about to eat had the same nutritional profile of a Kit Kat, I would chuck it in a bin and eat the Kit Kat…

    I just want to know that a Kit Kat could be an option, you know?

    Take some time to read the labels and make informed decisions about your health.

    Stormers vs Crusaders: Last time out at Newlands

    Stormers vs Crusaders: Last time out at Newlands


    Super Rugby’s reigning champions the Crusaders have made a rare trip to Newlands, where they are set to meet the Stormers on their way to possibly securing a quarterfinal spot. The men from Christchurch have enjoyed some success in the Mother City,...

    Super Rugby’s reigning champions the Crusaders have made a rare trip to Newlands, where they are set to meet the Stormers on their way to possibly securing a quarterfinal spot.

    The men from Christchurch have enjoyed some success in the Mother City, as well as decent support from the locals, who have come to be known as the Cape Crusaders.

    The nine-time champions are chasing a third consecutive title, and are up against a side desperate to climb up from fourth place in the South African conference, where a playoff spot now hangs in the balance.

    Stormers vs Crusaders head-to-head

    You have to go back a long way for the last time the Stormers were victorious in this particular fixture, as the Kiwis have been dominant in recent years.

    The men from the Cape last recorded a win over the Crusaders nine years ago when they stunned them with a 42-14 thumping at Newlands.

    Since then, the ‘Saders have gone on to win the last seven clashes between these two sides.

    Last time at Newlands

    The current Super Rugby format means that teams can avoid playing each other for an entire season, and the Stormers and Crusaders have managed not to cross paths on a few occasions.

    The last two clashes between these two sides happened in Christchurch, and the last at Newlands dates all the way back to March 2013.

    On that occasion, it was a tight affair just with five points separating the sides.

    A young Siya Kolisi touched down from the home side, with Joe Peterson slotting over three penalties, but that was not enough as the visitors managed to skate past with a 19-14 win.

    When you can expect Ramaphosa to announce his new cabinet

    When you can expect Ramaphosa to announce his new cabinet


    Cyril Ramaphosa has his work cut out for him. The African National Congress (ANC) might have won the 2019 General Election, but support has dropped notably. Political pundits and armchair commentators alike have noted that this is the strongest message...

    Cyril Ramaphosa has his work cut out for him. The African National Congress (ANC) might have won the 2019 General Election, but support has dropped notably. Political pundits and armchair commentators alike have noted that this is the strongest message yet that the party is on notice.

    Municipal elections could land another blow, but there’s some time to make good on promises before those roll around. Then men and women CR elect to serve in his cabinet will be integral to that turnaround.

    There has been some speculation already over who will and won’t get a gig. A list of names has been circulating… apparently a leaked version of what the cabinet might look like. Of course, lists like these should be taken with a pinch of salt, especially under the political circumstances. However, if you’re interested in a bit of fodder, read about it here.

    But now, back to business.

    When Ramaphosa will announce his new cabinet

    Ramaphosa will be inaugurated on Saturday, 25 May 2019. Before we get there,  South Africa’s parliamentarians are set to be sworn in on 22 May 2019. In a routine procedure, MPs will elect the country’s president (Ramaphosa) who will then be inaugurated on 25 May 2019.

    Following all of that hullabaloo, you can expect the new cabinet to be announced on 26 or 27 May with swearing in taking place on 28 May.

    There’s currently no official word from the presidency on when this announcement will just  yet, however, those details are likely to emerge after the inauguration.

    It’s all a fairly routine process. But with so much resting on the next 12 months, there’s no doubt the interest in who ends up in which position will be more closely watched than usual, especially if the rumour is true that DD Mabuza might get the boot.

    Cape Town weather: Epic rainfall set to batter the Cape on Sunday night

    Cape Town weather: Epic rainfall set to batter the Cape on Sunday night


    Overall rain forecast for the Cape Town dams, 19 - 20 May 2019 - Photo:...

    After a spate of moderate showers across the Western Cape this Autumn, it looks like the first proper barrage of the season is coming to the south-west. The Cape Town weather forecast is an absolute delight for locals, who are still looking to banish the threat of a drought for good.

    Although day zero is now just a mere speck on the horizon, the dams servicing the Cape Town Municipality have lost almost half of their reserves since last September. Water levels have been plummeting ever since, so a deluge like this will be most welcome – even if it has the potential to cause flash floods.

    SA WEEKEND OUTLOOK
    – Low chance of🌩️over the central & S interior today (Fri).
    – Fine countrywide on Sat.
    – Evening rain in the SW Cape on Sun with berg winds over central areas🌧️.
    👇DETAILS👇https://t.co/ySLwLwD2Db@landbou @ReenvalSA @_ArriveAlive @StormReportSA1 @FatalMoves pic.twitter.com/0zSwzdGIRe

    — AfricaWeather (@AfricaWeather_) May 17, 2019 How much rain is likely to fall?

    A lot of rain is going to fall in a short space of time. According to both Ventusky and weather.com, the mountainous regions of the province look set to receive more than 50mm of the wet stuff. Interestingly enough, one early projection suggests that upwards of 90mm is possible in some parts.

    As ever, we’re on hand to tell you where the rain will be falling, and how much of it you can expect to see. Forget grabbing your umbrella, Capetonians: You might want to build an ark for this one…

    Cape Town weather for Sunday 19 May

    Not much will happen on Sunday until very late in the evening. The first bursts of rain are on course to make landfall just before 22:00. And when it starts, locals will know about it: A substantial downpour soon turns into something a little more eye-opening…

    Cape Town weather at 22:00 on Sunday 19 May – Photo: VentuskyCape Town weather for Monday 20 May

    The rain will intensify through the early hours of Monday morning, battering the Cape with a furious downpour. In the three-hour period between 2:00 – 5:00, 30mm is expected to fall in some parts. You can expect the SA Weather Service to issue a flood warning or an alert in due course:

    Rain forecast in the early hours of Monday 20 May – Photo: Ventusky

    The rain somewhat calms just after sunrise, but the showers will persist throughout Monday. Eventually, this cold front will make it’s way to the north-east, dissipating by about 17:00. Our 24-hour forecasts suggest that this will be the biggest rainfall in the region for the best part of a year, too.

    Cape Town is likely to receive more than 40mm, but it’s the channel between Paarl and Ceres that’s likely to set the bar at its highest. Around 90mm is forecast for the region, which is great news for the local river catchment system. In fact, most of the Cape Winelands can expect to see rainfall figures pushing the 50mm mark.

    The 24-hour rain forecast for Cape Town, from 22:00 on Sunday to 22:00 on Monday – Photo: VentuskyWill the rain affect the dams?

    Of course, there’s only one thing that truly matters with a storm like this: Will this change the way local dams are performing? Well, we’re happy to report that the current forecast gives us a resounding “yes” to that question.

    Villiersdorp is where the biggest dam servicing Cape Town (Theewaterskloof) resides, and that’s on course for 35 – 40mm over a 24-hour period. Voelvlei is also on for a similar reading. Meanwhile, both Steenbras facilities are likely to get more than 60mm in Grabouw, whereas Berg River dam could even reach 70mm.

    You love to see it…

    Overall rain forecast for the Cape Town dams, 19 – 20 May 2019 – Photo: Ventusky
    Rugby Australia downplay potential player backlash in Folau saga

    Rugby Australia downplay potential player backlash in Folau saga


    Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle has downplayed any potential backlash from Polynesian players sharing similar religious beliefs to Israel Folau, while admitting to regrets over the divisive scandal. The star Wallaby and devoutly Christian...

    Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle has downplayed any potential backlash from Polynesian players sharing similar religious beliefs to Israel Folau, while admitting to regrets over the divisive scandal.

    The star Wallaby and devoutly Christian fullback was sacked from his Aus$4-million (US$2.7-million), four-year contract on Friday for homophobic comments after a tribunal found him guilty of a “high-level” breach of the governing body’s code of conduct.

    It followed Super Rugby’s record try-scorer posting a banner on Instagram last month that read: “Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators – Hell awaits you.”

    He was involved in a similar tirade last year.

    The case proved complex, pitting his right to freedom of religious expression against restrictions on hate speech.

    Players of Pacific Islander heritage make up a large chunk of Australia’s professional playing ranks, with many sharing a similarly deep Christian faith, and concerns were expressed that their beliefs were under attack.

    But Castle said she was confident Folau’s sacking would not cause disunity, characterising the issue as simply a contract breach.

    “I am very confident that our players of faith feel comfortable expressing their faith and will continue to do so, as we have seen over the last couple off weeks,” she said in an interview on the Rugby Australia website Saturday.

    “But they also need to understand, and they do understand, that they need to express those views in a respectful way.”

    Castle said the issue with Folau was that it had been made clear to him last year “where the line stood” on how he communicated his views, yet he ignored this with his post last month.

    “What I would say is that Israel also knew the implications,” said Castle.

    Folau, who is of Tongan background, has been unshakeable in his convictions and said on Friday that “upholding my religious beliefs should not prevent my ability to work or play for my club or country”.

    He is considering his options, which could involve an appeal with a new three-person panel or taking the matter to the courts, with 72 hours to decide.

    Several senior players of Pacific background, including veteran Wallaby Sekope Kepu and Queensland Reds captain Samu Kerevi, took to Instagram to commiserate with him on Friday.

    Castle said there were no winners from the row, and admitted regret to not foreseeing further potential problems after Folau was let off without sanction last year.

    “But I probably would have had to have a really good crystal ball and I didn’t have that,” she said.

    “What I had was some conversations with Israel where I believed we were clear that he understood where the line was.

    “From where I sit, he signed a new contract and that contract had the same code of conduct in it, it had the same values, it had the same expectations set out.

    “He also completed some significant training around what was offensive in certain communities.”

    Virgin Active bans alleged masturbator for life

    Virgin Active bans alleged masturbator for life


    Virgin Active South Africa has taken swift action against a man who was allegedly caught masturbating at one of the company’s gyms. VA said they have banned the man for life from all of their facilities following a social media uproar. According to...

    Virgin Active South Africa has taken swift action against a man who was allegedly caught masturbating at one of the company’s gyms. VA said they have banned the man for life from all of their facilities following a social media uproar.

    According to reports, the video was taken  at a gym in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape.

    The shocking video which showed a man allegedly masturbating on the floor of a Virgin Active gym went viral on Friday. The video, taken by a gym member and shared to Twitter, shows a young man dressed in a red shirt sitting with one hand in his pants while holding his phone with the other. A white towel is draped across his lower body while he sits on an exercise mat.

    His phone appears to be pointing at a woman in front of him doing squats, all while other gym members around him seem completely unaware of his actions.

    “I want this man’s face to go viral. This was at the Virgin Active in Stellenbosch @virginactiveSA.  Absolutely abysmal behaviour,” the poster captioned the video.

    VA  also said that they agreed the  man’s behaviour was despicable. His membership was immediately terminated.

    The man in the video has not been identified and it is not clear how hold he is, hence the decision by this to not share the video on this platform.

    It is not clear if criminal charges will be laid yet. Gallingly, some social media commentators laughed the incident off as a joke.

    The incident has led to women (and men) taking to Twitter to talk about how misogynism impacts them.

    Guys I don't feel comfortable about a man masturbatig in a public space. I don't think it is funny. I have nieces……this #virginactive story is FAR from funny for me. The space is unsafe for women 💔

    — Nontsikelelo Mazwai (@ntsikimazwai) May 17, 2019

    South African men doing what they know best, scraping at the bottom of the barrel. Rock bottom is no impediment for a society of men who can always find room for a new low. #virginactive

    — Mr. Dimplez (the abs guy) (@mytrainerelite) May 18, 2019

    Women you are on your own. It's sad how men are finding this funny and don't understand how unsafe women feel. Na se gym pho ? 🤮 #virginactive

    — We are Caster Semenya!  (@PrettyMissPale) May 18, 2019

    The #virginactive pervert is a sexual predator & some men are actually out here defending him. If he cant control his urges in public just imagine what other despicable acts he's capable of. These are the type of men that grab little kids in bathrooms but carry on laughing mxm

    — aba_lisa (@dr_aba_lisa) May 18, 2019
    Botox in the age of social media: How your timeline is getting younger

    Botox in the age of social media: How your timeline is getting younger


    Botox hasn’t been a taboo subject for a while. Going under the needle was once something frowned upon (no pun intended). These days, the cosmetic procedure doesn’t have anyone batting an eyelid. Instead, it has led to the rise of the post...

    Botox hasn’t been a taboo subject for a while.

    Going under the needle was once something frowned upon (no pun intended). These days, the cosmetic procedure doesn’t have anyone batting an eyelid. Instead, it has led to the rise of the post injectable selfie and fresh new filler Instastory.

    Botox is one of the most common cosmetic procedures which involves injecting Botulinum toxin into an area of the body, usually the face, to reduce facial lines and wrinkles. It works by causing paralysis to your muscles which lasts for three months.

    Patients usually tolerate Botox well.

    A variety of medical treatments make use of Botox and it has few side effects. Ironically it is actually very poisonous.


    “Botulinum toxin also called “miracle poison” is one of the most poisonous biological substances known.”


    Botulinum Toxin, The Indian Journal of Dermatology

    But this has not stopped its continued rise in popularity as both a solution and prevention to the effects of ageing.

    The recent annual survey from The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reveals that

    The average number of surgical procedures has almost doubled since 2013 (up 47 per cent) with a 22 per cent increase in Botox injections compared to 2013, revealing that facial tweaks and treatments continue to be embraced and are sought after at a marathon pace.


    AAFPRS Preventative Botox

    I knew that one or two of my inner circle of friends have had botox but was surprised at the responses I received when putting my feelers out to my Instagram audience.

    “No way! I had no idea.” was my reactions to all the respondents.

    “It means I’ve got a good doctor,” was the retort.

    I interviewed women who are all in their early 30’s, well put together and gorgeous.

    They are not your stereotypical cosmetic surgery candidates: old rich white woman, forehead taut and unmoving, sporting that distinctive burnt orange shade of lipstick which matches her chihuahua’s collar and her spray tan.

    For these ladies, this is as normal a part of their self-care regime as a hair cut. It makes them feel confident and was even likened to the everyday practice of applying makeup. If you apply foundation and base to hide your skin imperfections, why do hide your frown lines or better yet, prevent them?

    It makes a massive difference to my face and makes me feel so much better about myself.

    Rowan, Durban

    Many of them had noticed familiar lines forming, similar to the ones they saw on their parents and chose to nip it in the bud and get a step ahead on genetics.

    “Prevention is better than cure” said one woman.

    Photo: Pexels

    Referred to as “pre-juvenation,” patients want to remain youthful as opposed to trying to turn back the clock.

    Our younger patients are controlling the ageing process and taking prevention seriously.


    Phillip R. Langsdon, AAFPRS President Selfie nation and The Kardashian effect

    Every woman I interviewed said that they were open about their Botox use.

    I don’t see it as taboo or something that should be hidden. I also feel the more people talk about it, the better service and quality you will receive.

    S, Cape Town

    We can credit celebrities like the Kardashian’s for lifting the veil on the topic of cosmetic enhancements. Kim has posted Instastories about her procedures and Dr Diamond, a well known plastic surgeon who has a following of 220 000 on Instagram, often has well know celebrities featured on his Instagram feed.

    Millennials have grown up in an age where plastic surgery is normal.

    Photo: Pexels

    Injectables are easy to have done if you have a lot of spare change and some free time in your calendar.

    The relative ease of which you can get these done translates into how casual and blase people are about the topic these days – it’s as common and as widely accepted as going for a wax.  

    Sure, the women I spoke to aren’t hashtagging #injectable and #botoxupdate along with selfies in the doctor’s chair but they aren’t keeping mum about it either.

    I’m not shy about it, if people ask me about it I’ll happily share my experiences and tell them about my reasons for doing it. I’ve even recommended a doctor to a few of my friends.

    Michelle, Cape Town

    “I am very open about it. There is no shame in doing things to help your appearance. It’s the same as using makeup,” says Megan.

    Botox bars

    “Injectables” are now so mainstream that there have even been “Botox Bars” cropping up in cities such as New York and Los Angeles.

    Plump is a injectables bar that specialises in non-invasive treatments for the face. It is one of the growing numbers of establishments that seek to make the procedures more acceptable and less clinical.

    We founded Plump to make the world of injectables more approachable, more talked about and more enjoyable.

    Plump Plump Treatment Menu

    These “Botox drive-throughs” welcome walk-ins, provide gifts cards for those who would like to gift a friend some fuller lips as well as offer monthly memberships. Should you wish, you may even gather a few friends and host an injectables party, complete with vegan snacks.

    Now Botox parties aren’t something new and these gatherings have been taking place in South Africa as far back as 2010. However, they were privy to the hosts closest circle of friends not opened up as a Facebook event.

    Hey Mickey Beauty House which is based in Cape Town, held a Botox and Bubbles Party way back in 2017. They used Facebook to create an event and advertise it.

    We will be hosting our very first and certainly not last Bubbles and Botox party where the bubbly will flow and you can magically make those lines disappear.

    Hey Mickey Beauty House

    The guests were treated to facials and manicures and vials of Botox.

    The risk

    I think the benefits outweigh the risks.

    S, Cape Town

    But do they?

    Not only do you risk walking away with a face that will be paralysed for a couple of months but you also risk infection, lumpiness, allergic reaction, prolonged swelling and bruising should your doctor perform the procedure incorrectly.

    Botox users end up with ‘muscle atrophy or loss of muscle mass. This can cause an indentation in the temple and indentation in the forehead furrow line, which creates a shelf-like droop of wasted muscle.’ There’s also a risk of scarring from repeated injections, he noted, since “it’s not the filler, it’s the needle” causing trauma to the skin.


    Buzzfeed

    Psychology Today reports that the latest research also shows that Botox rearranges the brain’s sensory map of the hands.

    It is common knowledge that when one part of the body is not working, another part is heightened to compensate. An example is an elevated sense of hearing if blind.

    The “brain map” of the hands and the “map” of the face lie next to each other. Patients with facial paralysis due to Bell’s palsy or stroke have enhanced metabolic activity in the hand region of the sensory cortex so you would expect hand maps to increase after a patient’s face is paralyzed by Botox injections. But it doesn’t.

    Your forehead and general facial movements provide sensory input to your brain. When you paralyse your face, your brain is deprived of the sensory inputs that are made by your expressions. This slight loss is enough to affect both your hands…

    Currently, research has only pinpointed that the hands are affected. Researchers still need to establish if other areas of the body are too.

    Photo: Pexels Anti-ageing

    Aren’t the above findings as well as the previous list of possible risks enough to at least get one to question if that perfect selfie is worth it?

    Do we still want to rage war against ageing even though we have moved into a time where body positivity, self-love and acceptance is at its highest?

    Then again we are also at a time where we are pushing body autonomy harder than ever before and showing the middle finger to anyone who questions our choices.

    My advice? You do you boo.

    Free daily horoscope, celeb gossip and lucky numbers for 18 May, 2019

    Free daily horoscope, celeb gossip and lucky numbers for 18 May, 2019


    CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Dwayne Hickman, George Strait, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Reggie Jackson, Pope John Paul II, Yun-Fat Chow, Robert Morse. ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s possibly one of those days where you won’t really be satisfied with...

    CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Dwayne Hickman, George Strait, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Reggie Jackson, Pope John Paul II, Yun-Fat Chow, Robert Morse.

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s possibly one of those days where you won’t really be satisfied with very much at all. A slightly perfectionist outlook on your part may have you ignoring the development of a possibly intriguing matter. There’s an additional cosmic hint of a non-romantic proposal much later in the day!

    Want to know what the future holds? Get a FREE tarot card reading.

    TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The start of the week is likely to bring about a kind of wasteful vibe. You may commit a minor verbal blunder on the work front; or you could forget an ongoing commitment. It’s perhaps a simple case of things getting a little worse before they start to improve, which they will over the course of the next few days!

    GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The start of the week is likely to begin on a slight note of excess. You’d do well to tread carefully when it comes to problem-spotting in general. You may believe that you have the best solutions and fixes, but you may well be a little impulsive, rather than measured. Think twice!

    CANCER (June 21-July 22): The start of the week is likely to encourage more sweeping approaches than you would like, on a day where you may well be up against a few tight deadlines. There are times when paying too much attention to intricate details is not always the most efficient route. This may be one of those times!

    LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): While the airy vibe may appear reliable enough to support a slight risk, you may need to take greater care. Poor preparation is very likely to lead into poor results. It’s perhaps a day to apply basic common sense. If cutting some corners feels a little risky, then heed that feeling!

    VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It may not be the easiest day of the week, but you should be able to navigate it with relative ease. You may need a while to process a piece of incoming news that may be more time-consuming than it first seemed. In addition; one developing idea may need to be toned down a little!

    LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): As days go, this one contains a slightly unreliable air. Errors are likely across the board and across most signs. However, in your case, it may be highly tempting to pass the buck when it comes to a less obvious error of your making. You may just get away with it, but a fresh and corrective vibe in a few days’ time may shed too much light on this!

    SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The day may start on a rather flat note. However, looming on the immediate horizon is the prospect of incoming news with a positive slant. That said; you may need to wait for a couple of days rather than act, since a slightly mischievous vibe is likely to exert its influence up until Thursday at least!

    SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A surge in the workload may well indicate the beginning of a slightly unpredictable week. It may be a good idea to tackle the easier and/or more manageable deadlines first. Aim to lessen the pressure; don’t increase it, but sensibly. As an aside: say no to any excesses this evening!

    CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There’s a definite desire to start the week on a strong note. However, it’s certainly not a day to expect others to do the same. In addition; most other signs will be feeling a slight sense of pressure from somewhere. Unfair responses from you could backfire in a couple of days!

    AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): There’s likely to be an internal divide between making a dazzling impression, which carries a risk and quietly doing the rather invisible background work. There’s perhaps little scope for the middle path. If the main impetus is pride or proving a point, then maybe you need to rethink this!

    PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): There’s a rather unsettling influence in general for a few signs, including yours. Incoming information may not bring the best news. It’s certainly a day to double-check any recent transactions. You may want to remind yourself of any recent promises too, since an old obligation may well resurface!

    FOR THOSE OF US BORN ON THIS DAY: Happy Birthday! The months ahead are likely to start on a confusing note, with a friend’s out-of-character behavior. May is the month to expect little from romance; singles are likely to meet someone who isn’t entirely suitable. The aspects are much better for love in June, while a money-making scheme in July might be harder to implement than you first thought! October sees you developing expensive tastes, while November might require some patience with a reserved or secretive loved one. An extrovert and adventurous mood makes December a great month, but work or school in January will provide January’s main highlight: a cash boost is also likely. A positive change of direction in March leads into some excellent career opportunities in April.

    CELEBRITY GOSSIP: The latest photos showing Miley Cyrus in compromising positions have passed by almost without comment. This is because, as the planets have shown, Miley has no longer has the ability to shock no matter what she does. According to Jupiter, it is crucial for Miley that she now focuses on her actual talents!

    Today’s lucky numbers

    ARIES  4, 11, 20, 25, 33, 41

    TAURUS  7, 15, 23, 28, 37, 48

    GEMINI  1, 5, 14, 29, 33, 46

    CANCER  2, 15, 19, 23, 30, 49

    LEO  8, 16, 24, 33, 37, 41

    VIRGO  9, 12, 25, 32, 40, 45

    LIBRA  3, 7, 18, 26, 34, 45

    SCORPIO  2, 14, 21, 38, 42, 48

    SAGITTARIUS  6, 13, 17, 25, 33, 49

    CAPRICORN  9, 18, 21, 24, 38, 44

    AQUARIUS  7, 15, 17, 22, 35, 42

    PISCES  3, 8, 11, 29, 36, 40

    TODAY’S CHINESE PROVERB: You must have crossed the river before you may tell the crocodile he has bad breath.

    TODAY’S MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE: Teachers are those who use themselves as bridges, over which they invite their students to cross; then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own. – Nikos Kazantzakis.

    TODAY’S WISDOM FROM AROUND THE WORLD: If you can’t bite, don’t show your teeth. — Yiddish proverb.

    Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 18 May 2019

    Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 18 May 2019


    Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forecast of your province, click here. Warnings: Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the north-eastern parts of the Northern Cape. Watches:  None. Special...

    Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forecast of your province, click here.

    Warnings:

    Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the north-eastern parts of the Northern Cape.

    Watches: 

    None.

    Special weather advisories

    Strong north-westerly winds are expected in places over the southern and central interior of the Northern Cape, the interior of the Eastern Cape as well as the north eastern parts of the Western Cape on Sunday.

    Weather forecast and UV index for all provinces

    Gauteng: Fine and warm

    UVB sunburn index: High.

    Mpumalanga: Fine and cool to warm.

    Limpopo: Fine and warm

    North-West Province: Fine and warm.

    Free State: Fine and warm, but cool along Lesotho borders.

    Northern Cape: Cloudy and cool in the west with morning fog patches at first, otherwise fine and warm. The wind along the coast will be light northerly to north-easterly becoming southerly to south-easterly in the afternoon.

    Western Cape: Cloudy and cool in the west becoming fine in the afternoon, otherwise fine and warm, but partly cloudy along the south coast in the morning. The wind along the coast will be light westerly to south-westerly along the south coast in the morning, otherwise moderate to fresh northerly to north-westerly. It will become light south-westerly along the west coast north of Cape Columbine from the afternoon.

    UVB index: Moderate.

    Western half of the Eastern Cape: Cloudy with mist in places in the south at first, otherwise fine and warm, but partly cloudy with isolated showers along the escarpment in the early morning. The wind along the coast will be Light to moderate south westerly, becoming fresh in places in the afternoon. It will become light to moderate north westerly in the evening.

    Eastern half of the Eastern Cape: Partly cloudy with showers along the escarpment at first, otherwise fine and warm, but cool in places in the north. The wind along the coast will be light to moderate north easterly, becoming light to moderate south westerly south of Kei Mouth from the afternoon.

    KwaZulu-Natal: Partly cloudy in the morning, otherwise fine and warm, but cool in the south-west. The wind along the coast will be Moderate north-easterly.

    UVB index: Moderate.

    Robert Marawa and King Mswati dominate Google search queries this week

    Robert Marawa and King Mswati dominate Google search queries this week


    It was an eventful week with plenty newsworthy events. South Africans used Google to keep informed and up to date with the news. The weekend after the elections had everyone googling for the election results and the various political parties, while...

    It was an eventful week with plenty newsworthy events. South Africans used Google to keep informed and up to date with the news.

    The weekend after the elections had everyone googling for the election results and the various political parties, while Mother’s day generated more than 300 000 searched.

    South Africa’s top Google searches this week Mother’s Day

    We love our mothers, and terms as such Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Mother’s Day Omages ranked the highest over the weekend – approxmiately 200 000 queries were logged on Saturday, and 100 000 on Sunday.

    Did you know that the found of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis, distanced herself fom the public holiday? She said years later that she became resentful of the commercialisation of the day.

    Also read: Mother’s Day: What you need to know about its dark historyThings to do in Joburg this Mother’s DayMother’s Day: Five inappropriate cards you should probably avoidElections

    We went to polls on 8 May and the results were released over the weekend. This prompted many citizens to search for information about the political parties, their leaders and the controversies surrounding the results.

    The search term Election results 2019 South Africa generated more than 50 000 search queries over the weekend as readers wanted to know who had won the majority of national and provincial government votes.

    Robert Marawa

    The veteran sportscaster was fired from SuperSport, over SMS nogal, and turned into the most searched person on Google South Africa on 16 May. He tweeted Thursday evening that he was told not to return to work.

    SuperSport released a statement the following day to confirm the termination of his contract.

    Also read: SuperSport fires Robert Marawa via text message“Robert Marawa was fired for defending interns” – SourceZandile Gumede

    Netizens generated more than 20 000 search queries for Zandile Gumede on Tuesday, when news broke that the Ethekwini Municipality Mayor would hand herself over to the Hawks.

    She will appear in front of the Durban Commercial Crimes court for charges of corruption and money laundering leveled against her.

    Also read: Busted: eThekwini’s mayor to hand herself over to HawksZandile Gumede – a history of scandal. Where will Cyril’s axe fall next?Zandile Gumede: Why the “corrupt” ANC mayor can’t be removed from officeKing Mswati

    King Msawti also made headlines for reportedly ordering men to take two wives, preferably more. The Government of eSwatini denied these reports and is demanding that the Zambian Observer retract its story.

    South African netizens generated more than 20 000 search queries on 13 May. No, he wasn’t forcing people into polygamy. Government spokesperson Percy Simelane cleared up the matter:

    “His Majesty has not made any pronouncement to that effect as it has never been an issue raised by the people. He said the story was ‘not only an insult to the monarchy and the culture of eSwatini but a disgrace to journalism’.”

    What you need to know about PS Plus, free games and playing online

    What you need to know about PS Plus, free games and playing online


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    As a long time PlayStation user I can remember playing Tekken 3 and Street Fighter on my cousin’s PlayStation 1. Later, I bought a PlayStation 2 along with Gran Turismo. That was before the days of Sony’s PS Plus.

    After that very significant investment while still working part-time, I couldn’t afford another game for a good long while. As it happens, Gran Turismo was tremendous, but playing the same game for six months is not.

    Quite frankly, it’s enough to make you resent your console purchase a bit. Not to worry, Sony understands all this and have your back.

    Free games on PS Plus

    Since 2010, users have been able to sign up for PlayStation Plus, Sony’s subscription service. That means for a small monthly fee you can start growing your game library from day one.

    Screenshot

    In fact, Resogun was the first game I played on my PS4. It’s safe to say that half of the games I’ve spent the most time playing have come my way thanks to my PlayStation Plus premium membership.

    Don’t Starve, Tropico 5 and XCOM (PS3) were all games that I wouldn’t have tried if I didn’t get it for free. I’ve subsequently gone on to spend money on all of them, by way of sequels or downloadable content (DLC).

    The other obvious reason to get a PlayStation plus membership is so that you can play online with your friends – and by extension, your enemies.

    Most multiplayer games like FIFA and Overwatch (not Fortnite curiously) require PlayStation Plus if you want to use the online features.

    PS Plus benefits

    PlaySation Plus is a subscription service from Sony that gives subscribers access to:

    2 free games every monthExclusive discounts on games and DLC every monthAccess to online multiplayerCloud storage for your saved gamesEarly access to upcoming games

    Backing up saved game data is invaluable. A few years ago, before I had a PS Plus subscription, my PS3 crashed. I lost all my saved data. Five years of Skyrim gone. It was painful.

    Screenshot

    Users can subscribe monthly, quarterly or annually. The monthly cost is usually discounted for longer subscriptions, and Sony runs regular promotions where PlayStation Plus membership is further discounted.

    What does it cost?

    PlayStation plus costs R109 per month, R349 for three months or R899 per year. You can sign up for PlayStation Plus from your console. If paying by card is a problem, you can buy PS Plus codes at most video game stores.

    Sony promises that they’ll only give away good quality games and typically the free games each month are worth a lot more than whatever you’re paying for your subscription.

    In the US the games they gave away in 2017 were worth $1 287 or R18 491.17.

    Also read – PS Plus May 2019: Your free Playstation games for the month

    Everything you need to know about the Stormers vs Crusaders

    Everything you need to know about the Stormers vs Crusaders


    The Crusaders are in Cape Town preparing to take on the Stormers at Newlands Stadium this Saturday. After scoring a bonus point against the Bulls last weekend, the Crusaders will definitely try to beat the Stormers before they go home. Luckily,...

    The Crusaders are in Cape Town preparing to take on the Stormers at Newlands Stadium this Saturday.

    After scoring a bonus point against the Bulls last weekend, the Crusaders will definitely try to beat the Stormers before they go home.

    Luckily, the Stormers are boosted with the return of captain Siya Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Damian de Allende.

    Stormers team and injury news

    De Allende takes his place in midfield alongside flyhalf Joshua Stander, with Jean-Luc du Plessis and Dan Kriel on the replacements bench.

    In the forward pack, Kolisi and Du Toit are on the flanks with Jaco Coetzee at the back of the scrum, while Cobus Wiese starts in the second row next to Eben Etzebeth.

    The only front row change comes on the replacements bench, with the experienced Frans Malherbe set to provide an impact in the second half.

    Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is looking forward to playing at Newlands again.

    “We have a good home record and this is another great opportunity for us to perform in front of our supporters.

    “We have put the hard work in on the training pitch and we want to ensure we are focused on Saturday so that we can be as accurate as possible,” he said.

    Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Cobus Wiese, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff

    Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Dan Kriel

    Crusaders team and injury news

    Head Coach Scott Robertson has made three changes to the side that ran in seven tries in their bonus point win over the Bulls.

    In the front row, Joe Moody will be rested this week, allowing a leg wound he sustained against the Bulls, to heal. George Bower will start at loosehead prop and Harry Allan provides cover in the reserves. 

    Sam Whitelock returns to captain the side against the Stormers, having re-joined the squad in Cape Town earlier this week.

    The final change to the side sees Ethan Blackadder get an opportunity to start on the blindside, with Jordan Taufua shifting to the bench. 

    The Crusaders’ backline remains unchanged from last weekend’s game, including Man of the Match Richie Mo’unga at first five-eighth and right wing Sevu Reece, who ran in three tries against the Bulls last week. 

    Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 George Bower

    Substitutes: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor

    Kick off time

    Saturday, 17 May at 17:15 (SAST).

    TV & live stream

    The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (SS1).

    Powerball and Powerball Plus results – Friday, 17 May 2019

    Powerball and Powerball Plus results – Friday, 17 May 2019


    It’s Friday night and that can only mean one thing; cash dollar bills (not really) are ready to be won in the Powerball draw. Powerball and Powerball Plus jackpots estimated at: R30 million (Powerball)R14 million (Powerball Plus)But if you want...

    It’s Friday night and that can only mean one thing; cash dollar bills (not really) are ready to be won in the Powerball draw.

    Powerball and Powerball Plus jackpots estimated at: R30 million (Powerball)R14 million (Powerball Plus)

    But if you want your share of the jackpot, you have to play the Lotto! You know what they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it.

    TheSouthAfrican.com brings you the Powerball results as soon as they happen.

    The numbers will appear below as soon as they are available. Powerball results usually appear no later than 21:15. You can also sign up for our lotto newsletter which delivers the Lotto and Powerball results to your mailbox instantly.

    If you cannot see the numbers, you might need to restart or refresh your browser.

    Powerball and Powerball plus results for 17 May 2019 PowerBall: 9, 19, 29, 31, 46 Powerball: 17PowerBall Plus: 2, 3, 7, 10, 29 Powerball: 10

    Check out previous South African PowerBall results here.

    For more details visit the National Lottery website.

    When do lottery ticket sales close?

    If you are buying your tickets from an existing Lottery outlet, they close at 20:30 on the day of a draw. The terms and conditions for other lotto services vary – please read them when you sign up for these services.

    What does a Lotto ticket cost? A single LOTTO play will cost you R5.00 vat incl. A single cost of LOTTO PLUS 1 will be R2.50 and a single cost of LOTTO PLUS 2 will be R2.50 vat incl.But be aware if you use any of the online services, there might be an additional charge. Always check the terms and conditions.
    May’s full moon will be the last Blue Moon this decade

    May’s full moon will be the last Blue Moon this decade


    We usually refer to the second full moon in a month as a Blue Moon or Flower moon. However, that isn’t the case with May’s full moon. Note: not to be confused with Jeff Bezos’ lunar lander of the same name. Different types of blue...

    We usually refer to the second full moon in a month as a Blue Moon or Flower moon. However, that isn’t the case with May’s full moon. Note: not to be confused with Jeff Bezos’ lunar lander of the same name.

    Different types of blue moons

    However, there is another way for a full moon to earn the ‘blue moon’ label. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac:

    “One season – winter, spring, fall, summer – typically has three full moons. If a season has four full moons, then the third full moon in the season may be called a Blue Moon.”

    May only has one full moon, and that falls on Saturday the 18th. But because this weekend’s full moon is the third in this season, it is classified as a blue moon.

    This is called a seasonal blue moon. The next time this occurs, will be on 22 August 2021.

    When a month has two full moons, it’s referred to as a calendrical blue moon. The next calendrical blue moon – or two full moons in a month – will be in October 2020.

    The rarest of all is when a seasonal blue moon and a calendrical blue moon occur in the same year. That will only happen in 2048, with a Blue Moon in January and a seasonal Blue Moon in August.

    Then nearly two decades later, in the year 2067, there will be a Blue Moon on 30 March, and a seasonal Blue Moon on 20 November.

    Why is it called a full Flower Moon

    Every full moon of every months has a specific title. The full moon in January is called ‘wolf moon’, while February’s is known as ‘snow moon.’

    April and June are ‘pink moon’ and ‘strawberry moon’ respectively. In the same way, May’s full moon is referred to as a ‘flower moon’, July will be ‘buck moon’. And so on and so forth.

    It’s called a Flower Moon because the full moon in May marked a time of increasing fertility. The May full moon as know by a few other names as well: Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon and Corn Planting Moon.

    Is a blue moon really blue?

    This weekend’s full moon won’t shine with a blueish tint. The moon can appear blue, but it’s very rare and you need unusual sky conditions for the effect to be created. Atmospheric optics expert Les Cowley explains:

    “Our eyes have automatic ‘white balances’ just like digital cameras. Go outdoors from a cosy cabin lit by an oil lamp (yellow light) and the moon will appear blue until your eyes adjust.”

    The moon can also appear blue after a volcanic eruption or a major forest fire, as both instances will fair the air with ash and dust. Clouds of water droplets, ice crystals or fine-grained sand can have the same effect.

    When to view May’s blue moon

    On Saturday, 18 May, shortly after 23:00 South African Standard Time. It happens at the same moment for all of us worldwide, yet the time on our clocks vary by time zone.  If you’re observing from somewhere else on the planet:

    21:11 Greenwich Mean Time (London)18:11 Atlantic Time (Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands)17:11 Eastern Time (New York, Ohio, Carolina, Virginia, etc.)16:11 Central Time (Part of Canada, Mexico, Central America)15:11 Mountain Time (Arizona, Dakota, Texas, Utah, etc.)14:11 Pacific Time (California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, etc.)13:11 Alaskan Time (US State of Alaska)11:11 Hawaiian Time (Hawaii, Honolulu etc.)

    Upcoming lunar events (2019)

    If you miss this, these are some of the celestial events you can look forward to in the forthcoming months:

    July 2 – Total Solar Eclipse. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the Sun, revealing the Sun’s beautiful outer atmosphere known as the corona. July 16 – Partial Lunar Eclipse. A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra, and only a portion of it passes through the darkest shadow, or umbra. August 12, 13 – Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peakNovember 17, 18 – Leonids Meteor Shower. The Leonids is an average shower, producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak.December 26 – Annular Solar Eclipse. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun.
    Cricket World Cup 2019: Proteas squad and fixtures

    Cricket World Cup 2019: Proteas squad and fixtures


    The Proteas head into the World Cup quietly confident of being a competitive force at the tournament. When chief selector Linda Zondi unveiled the squad there was a feeling among team management that a good balance had been struck in the 15-man...

    The Proteas head into the World Cup quietly confident of being a competitive force at the tournament.

    When chief selector Linda Zondi unveiled the squad there was a feeling among team management that a good balance had been struck in the 15-man group.

    “We are very happy with the squad we have been able to put together and have every confidence in their ability to do our country proud at the World Cup,” commented Zondi.

    “The fact that we have managed to win our last five series in a row in this format against Zimbabwe, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka twice underlines the quality of the team that Faf will lead into the contest. The final selection is also the result of a very rigorous search we have conducted, leaving no stone unturned, to make sure that we have made the best use of the options available to us.

    “We feel that Faf’s team is well equipped to handle whatever conditions are presented to them, bearing in mind the weather extremes one can encounter in the British Isles.

    “We have also been highly encouraged by the form shown by those of our players who are currently in action in the Indian Premier League and there is no doubt that there is a great sense of anticipation and determination among our players.

    “As is well known you need a good squad of 15 players to come out on top with the demanding fixtures list ahead of us rather than just a first XI and I have been particularly encouraged by the depth of talent that has revealed itself to us during the selection process.

    Anrich Nortje was forced to withdraw from the squad with injury and was replaced by Chris Morris, ensuring the Proteas head into the tournament with three seam-bowling allrounders to go with three specialist quicks.

    Proteas World Cup squad

    Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, JP Duminy, David Miller, Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Hashim Amla, Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris Morris.

    Proteas World Cup fixtures

    30 May v England, The Oval 
    2 June v Bangladesh, The Oval
    5 June v India, Rose Bowl
    10 June v West Indies, Rose Bowl
    15 June v Afghanistan, Sophia Gardens
    19 June v New Zealand, Edgbaston
    23 June v Pakistan, Lord’s
    28 June v Sri Lanka, Chester-le-Street
    6 July v Australia, Old Trafford

    Chris Morris heartbroken for injured Anrich Nortje

    Chris Morris heartbroken for injured Anrich Nortje


    Allrounder Chris Morris expressed sympathy for the man he replaced in the Proteas World Cup squad, fast bowler Anrich Nortje. Nortje fractured his thumb during a net bowling session as the quick was getting ready to return to action, having recovered...

    Allrounder Chris Morris expressed sympathy for the man he replaced in the Proteas World Cup squad, fast bowler Anrich Nortje.

    Nortje fractured his thumb during a net bowling session as the quick was getting ready to return to action, having recovered from a shoulder injury that ruled him out of the Indian Premier League.

    “Of course it was a bit of a shock to the system,” Morris told gathered press at Tuks’ High Performance Centre on Thursday. 

    “It’s never nice to see someone get injured, so my first reaction was actually being heartbroken for Anrich. For a guy to miss out on the World Cup because of a broken finger is never fun … or any injury for that matter.

    “It’s really nice to be here. I’m not taking anything for granted. I’m going to enjoy every day here like I should.”

    Morris said that he wasn’t angry about not being picked for the World Cup initially. He said selectors made it clear to him where he stood when he approached them for clarity during the T20I series against Pakistan. Morris has not played an ODI since February 2018.

    “During the T20 series against Pakistan, I had an honest discussion with them,” said Morris.

    “I really just wanted to know where I stood in terms of World Cup selection, because it’s something that does grab hold of you a bit. You’ve got the thought of what you’re performing for constantly at the back of your mind.

    “There was so much noise about selection that I just wanted a bit of clarity.

    “I wasn’t in line for the World Cup. I was behind a couple of players in the pecking order. I could appreciate the honesty and I understood the decision. There were guys that were performing better than me,” Morris added.

    “You do feel a bit out of it, it takes a bit of time to accept. It happens, I’m not the first and won’t be the last. I moved on and just enjoyed my cricket. You won’t find any animosity here for not being picked initially.”

    The Proteas will play in two official warm-up fixtures against Sri Lanka and West Indies ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England, which gets underway on 30 May.

    CWC 2019: Players who have taken World Cup hat-tricks

    CWC 2019: Players who have taken World Cup hat-tricks


    Cape Town-180207 South African cricket spinner JP Duminy congratulated by his captain Aiden Makram after taking his first wicket in a ODI game at Newlands.photograph:Phando Jikelo/African News...

    The Cricket World Cup is fast approaching and, judging from its recent editions, we could be set for one or two hat tricks.

    The global spectacle kicks off on 30 May, with a mouth-watering clash between hosts England and South Africa at The Oval.

    In the competition’s 44-year history, nine hat-tricks have been taken, with three of the last four instalments dishing out two apiece.

    The men who have thrilled with the leather

    The first Cricket World Cup hat-trick came in the 1987 edition and was achieved by Indian seamer Chetan Sharma, who dismissed New Zealand’s Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield on his way to the history books.

    It would take another 12 years and three World Cups before the feat was repeated, with Pakistan’s legendary off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq etching his name into folklore in 1999, as he skittled out Zimbabwe’s tail. His victims were Henry Olonga, Adam Huckle and Pommie Mbangwa.

    The turn of the century provided a few outrageous hat-tricks, starting with Chaminda Vaas early demolition job on Bangladesh in Pietermaritzburg in 2003 with the first three deliveries of the game.

    The 2003 edition was the first to provide more than one hat-trick, with Australian speedster Brett Lee following suit 11 days after the wiley old Sri Lankan as he did the same against Kenya.

    Four years later in the Caribbean, Vaas’ countryman Lasith Malinga dished out the most thrilling of the lot against South Africa.

    With the Proteas cruising to victory, needing four runs to win with five wickets in hand, the slinger threw a cat amongst pigeons as he accounted for all rounders Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall and Jacques Kallis in consecutive balls. He was not done as, in the very next delivery, he clean bowled Makhaya Ntini to leave Robin Peterson and Charl Langeveldt on the crease.

    The duo did, however, manage to steer South Africa to victory under immense pressure.

    Malinga would get another hat-trick in 2011, with Kemar Roach also getting one of his own.

    The 2015 World Cup featured the most unlikely addition to the list in South African batting all-rounder JP Duminy, who three wickets in as many balls helped his country to their first knock-out victory against Sri Lanka in the quarterfinal, shortly after England paceman Steve Finn had done the same against the Netherlands in the group stage.

    Cape Town-180207 South African cricket spinner JP Duminy congratulated by his captain Aiden Makram after taking his first wicket in a ODI game at Newlands.photograph:Phando Jikelo/African News Agency(ANA)Cricket World Cup hat-tricks

    Chetan Sharma – India vs New Zealand (1987)

    Saqlain Mushtaq – Pakistan vs Zimbabwe (1999)

    Chaminda Vaas – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh (2003)

    Brett Lee – Australia vs Kenya ( 2003)

    Lasith Malinga – Sri Lanka vs South Africa (2007)

    Kemar Roach – West Indies vs Netherlands (2011)

    Lasith Malinga – Sri Lanka vs Kenya (2011)

    Steve Finn – England vs Netherlands (2015)

    JP Duminy – South Africa vs Sri Lanka (2015)

    Manchester City get Fernandinho boost ahead of historic treble bid

    Manchester City get Fernandinho boost ahead of historic treble bid


    Pep Guardiola has the chance to do what no other manager in English football has ever done if he can guide Manchester City to FA Cup glory over Watford on Saturday. The domestic treble – League Cup, League title and FA Cup – is something not even...

    Pep Guardiola has the chance to do what no other manager in English football has ever done if he can guide Manchester City to FA Cup glory over Watford on Saturday.

    The domestic treble – League Cup, League title and FA Cup – is something not even Manchester United’s iconic manager Sir Alex Ferguson could achieve in his storied career and the same goes for Liverpool legends Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley.

    That City are on course for the historic milestone is a testament to the strength of their squad and the ability of the side to carry out the manager’s vision regardless of the personnel out on the pitch.

    In bad news for Watford, Guardiola revealed ahead of the match that Brazilian midfield dynamo Fernandinho was in line to return for City while French international Benjamin Mendy has been ruled out. Fernandinho gives City’s outrageously talented midfield extra steel without detracting from their cutting edge.

    Benjamin Mendy has not been selected because he’s not fit,” said the City boss.

    “He will be ready next season, but he is not available for the final.

    Fernandinho trained today and yesterday.”

    City have already secured two pieces of the treble puzzle but Guardiola is not treating the clash with Watford at Wembley as a victory lap. The Spaniard feels that Watford have the quality to derail his team’s campaign for total domestic dominance.

    “It is what it is after what happened last season,” he added.

    “We won the most incredible Premier League ever, in terms of results and competitors. We are incredibly satisfied.

    “We celebrated for a short time and were back to business in the last few days to focus on Watford because I know how difficult it was in the home game, with the the quality up front with [Roberto] Peyreyra, [Troy] Deeney and [Gerard] Deulofeu.

    “The long balls to Deeney are always unstoppable, even with our tough central defenders. Maybe he is the best striker for setting the ball to his mates.

    “We handled the defensive side really well, with set pieces they have Holebas who is an incredible taker.

    “We spoke about the players and hopefully we can be focused for one more day, to compete again to be champions.”

    Guardiola feels that defeat on Saturday won’t take too much away from the incredible season Manchester City have enjoyed.

    “We could not win, but the effort would have been the same,” he explained.

    “For one line you can win the league or not win the league, or you can win the FA Cup or not win.

    “The important thing is to judge what we have done that season. To take back to back Premier Leagues, to be in the FA Cup final and to win four titles in one season would be incredible.

    “But honestly, it won’t change my judgement of the team if tomorrow we don’t win.”

    The FA Cup final between Manchester City and Watford from Wembley kicks off at 18:00 SAST on Saturday 18 May.

    Bitcoin (BTC) sees $1000 drop in light of market sell-off

    Bitcoin (BTC) sees $1000 drop in light of market sell-off


    The world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, Bitcoin has seen a considerable loss in trading price in the last 24 hours as a result of a more significant crypto market sell-off which resulted in a price drop of $1,000. As of May...

    The world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, Bitcoin has seen a considerable loss in trading price in the last 24 hours as a result of a more significant crypto market sell-off which resulted in a price drop of $1,000.

    As of May 17th, Bitcoin (BTC) dropped by a staggering 16.7% to below $7,000 at $6,600 before once again rising above $7,000 to where its currently sitting at $7,200 at the time of press.

    Bitcoin: Market cap also dropped by more than $10 billion

    During the past 24 hours, Bitcoin’s market cap also dropped by more than $10 billion. This should not be a cause for much concern as BTC remains positive over its a seven day period as it’s up by $14 billion despite high volatility and market disagreements around its actual price.

    The cause for this rampant sell-off could be as a result of large sell-orders liquidating several stop-loss positions thus garnering panic amongst traders.

    For example, a sell-order which occurred on Bitstamp for 3,645 BTC ( $26.8 million) was executed around 02:00 could have been one significant cause for the dip below $7,000.

    Most crypto enthusiasts know that when BTC moves in value, the rest of the crypto market often does the same. Thus the massive capitulation in daily prices is currently down by 11% to 22% within the top 100 at CoinMarketCap.

    Ethereum (ETH), bitcoin cash (BCH) and Litecoin (LTC) all have seen similar losses around 8% to 16% in value. Stellar (XLM), XRP and Cardano (ADA) were hit the hardest in the top 10 markets, dropping 16.3%, 16.5%, 16.7% respectively.

    Lastly, the total cryptocurrency market cap took a severe hit as it dropped by more than $29 billion during the last 24 hours which hints at uncertainty among investors as many have moved to the sideline to await bitcoins next move.

    Biggest winning margin in a Nedbank Cup final

    Biggest winning margin in a Nedbank Cup final


    The Nedbank Cup pits top flight clubs against teams from the lower leagues and, every now and then, serves up a mismatch in the final. Memorable thumpings in the competition include Mamelodi Sundowns’ 24-0 rout of Powerlines FC from Kimberley in...

    The Nedbank Cup pits top flight clubs against teams from the lower leagues and, every now and then, serves up a mismatch in the final.

    Memorable thumpings in the competition include Mamelodi Sundowns’ 24-0 rout of Powerlines FC from Kimberley in 2012 – but that was in the first round.

    As the 2019 edition of the tournament reaches its last two, men have been separated from the boys, but it’s another case of two teams from different leagues squaring off against each other.

    Thirteen-time champions Kaizer Chiefs will be doing battle against first-division outfit TS Galaxy, who could either punch above their weight or be completely overwhelmed by the country’s most decorated club.

    Biggest wins in the Nedbank Cup final

    In the Nedbank Cup era, two finals stand out for turning out to be complete mismatches, even though both were between top flight clubs.

    AmaZulu have suffered some beatings in finals over the years, and their most recent came in 2010, when they turned up against Bidvest Wits in what was a clash between two of the PSL’s oldest clubs.

    Usuthu came second best on that occasion, after a brace from Sifiso Vilakazi plus a goal from Brazilian Fabricio Rodrigues gave the Students a resounding 3-0 victory for their first Nedbank Cup triumph.

    The other match featured two past winners in then four-time champions Supersport United and Orlando Pirates, who have lifted the trophy eight times.

    It was not to be for the Buccaneers, who were coming off their worst season in recent memory – finishing 11th in the league – having suffered a 6-1 thumping to their opponents earlier in the campaign.

    There was to be no sweet revenge, as the Soweto giants were again convincingly beaten.

    Overall biggest winning margins

    1972: Kaizer Chiefs 4-1 AmaZulu

    1973: Orlando Pirates 5-2 AmaZulu

    1995: Cape Town Spurs 3-0 Pretoria City

    2010: Bidvest Wits 3-0 AmaZulu

    2017: Supersport United 4-1 Orlando Pirates

    Ngidi says the Proteas have a score to settle with India at CWC

    Ngidi says the Proteas have a score to settle with India at CWC


    Proteas seamer Lungi Ngidi has said that he feels South Africa have a score to settle with India after they suffered a bilateral ODI series to the number two ranked side last year. India won both the ODI and T20I series in South Africa after going...

    Proteas seamer Lungi Ngidi has said that he feels South Africa have a score to settle with India after they suffered a bilateral ODI series to the number two ranked side last year.

    India won both the ODI and T20I series in South Africa after going down 2-1 in a hard-fought Test series but Ngidi feels the Proteas were missing key players in that series.

    The quick, who missed the IPL due to injury, is looking forward to meeting India in what will be the Proteas third World Cup assignment but the first for Virat Kohli’s side.

    “I’m looking forward to India,” Ngidi was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo . “When they came here, they had a good series against us. So in my mind I believe we owe them one. It would be a very exciting game for me. I’m sure it will be for all the guys as well.”

    In that series injuries to senior players Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock saw Aiden Markram thrust into leading the side. De Villiers has since retired but Du Plessis and De Kock ended the IPL strongly and are expected to lead the Proteas top order.

    “They’re a great team, don’t take that away from them,” Ngidi said of Kohli’s charges. “But when they had a good series here, we were missing a few players. With those guys back, we’ll see how it evens out a bit.”

    Ngidi has spoken before about how he feels the chokers tag doesn’t apply to this Proteas side. The fast bowler said that winning the World Cup would be a dream come true but just getting there is fulfillment enough.

    “Since I started this journey in international cricket, it’s something that was always brought to my attention: that there’s a World cup coming, and am I looking to be within that squad?” Ngidi added.

    “And now I’m here, and there’s no turning back now. Nothing but excitement going there, and it would be a dream come true to win that world cup and bring it back to South African soil.”

    Proteas World Cup fixtures

    30 May v England, The Oval
    2 June v Bangladesh, The Oval
    5 June v India, Rose Bowl
    10 June v West Indies, Rose Bowl
    15 June v Afghanistan, Sophia Gardens
    19 June v New Zealand, Edgbaston
    23 June v Pakistan, Lord’s
    28 June v Sri Lanka, Chester-le-Street
    6 July v Australia, Old Trafford

    Everything you need to know about the Lions vs Highlanders

    Everything you need to know about the Lions vs Highlanders


    After beating the Waratahs 29-28 at home last weekend, the Lions are getting ready to take on the Highlanders in Johannesburg once more. The Highlanders are currently third on the Australian Super Rugby conference, while the Lions are in fourth place...

    After beating the Waratahs 29-28 at home last weekend, the Lions are getting ready to take on the Highlanders in Johannesburg once more.

    The Highlanders are currently third on the Australian Super Rugby conference, while the Lions are in fourth place on the South African conference.

    Lions team and injury news

    According to the Lions’ official website, Malcolm Marx will retain the captaincy for their Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders.

    Warren Whiteley will sit out the encounter due to a knee bone bruise.

    Changes in the starting line-up include Dylan Smith who will start in the place of Sti Sithole at loosehead prop while Kwagga Smith moves into the number eight jersey. Marnus Schoeman will come in at number six while Cyle Brink will don the number seven jersey in place of Vincent Tshituka.

    Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Malcolm Marx (c), 1 Dylan Smith

    Substitutes: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Vincent Tshituka, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Tyrone Green

    Highlanders team and injury news

    Shannon Frizell will return from his All Blacks’ break to take his place at number eight for the Highlanders.

    Elliot Dixon gets a well-earned break and Dillon Hunt completes a new look backrow with James Lentjes heading to the bench. Josh Dickson and Tom Franklin will lock the scrum and Tyrel Lomax replaces Siate Tokolahi at tighthead.

    In the backs, Waisake Naholo returns from a lengthy injury break and will ease into the action off the bench. Teihorangi Walden will partner with Rob Thompson in the midfield and Patelesio Tomkinson will move to the wing to cover for the injured Tevita Li. Daniel Hollinshead will again cover the pivot position.

    Highlanders: 15 Matt Faddes, 14 Jordan Hyland, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Sio Tomkinson, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Shannon Frizell, 7 Luke Whitelock (c), 6 Dillon Hunt, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Josh Dickson, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Ayden Johnstone

    Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 James Lentjes, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Dan Hollinshead, 23 Waisake Naholo

    Kick off time

    Saturday, 17 May at 15:05 (SAST).

    TV & live stream

    The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (SS1).

    Scorned ex-lover executes girlfriend before taking his own life

    Scorned ex-lover executes girlfriend before taking his own life


    The community of East London has been rocked by the shocking death of a couple that died at the hands of a scorned ex-lover. On Thursday evening, police were called to a house on Jade Street, in Amalinda. It was reported that a man had fired shots at...

    The community of East London has been rocked by the shocking death of a couple that died at the hands of a scorned ex-lover.

    On Thursday evening, police were called to a house on Jade Street, in Amalinda. It was reported that a man had fired shots at a 52-year-old woman.

    East London police called to a bloody scene

    According to police spokesperson, Captain Hazel Mqala, when they arrived at the house, they found two dead bodies swimming in a pool of blood, with no signs of life in either of them.

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    It was later discovered that the male, aged 49, was the perpetrator, He had stormed into the residence, looking for the slain woman.

    “It is alleged that while she was inside her car talking on the phone, the woman’s ex-boyfriend entered the house carrying a firearm on one hand and a knife on the other hand,” Captain Mqala noted in a statement.

    There was not much that the tenant of the house could do to protect the woman. In an attempt to divert attention away from the car, the tenant told the fuming ex-lover that nobody knew where the woman was.

    Scorned ex-lover takes his own life

    However, as fate would, unfortunately, have it, the two bumped into each other as the man was leaving the house.

    Related: Free State farmer gets three life terms for family slaughter

    “It is alleged that he then shot the victim on the upper body and then shot himself also in the upper body. The police and paramedics were called and they were both certified dead. A 9mm Norinco pistol with a serial number was found on the scene,” Captain Mqala added.

    A 9mm handgun was extracted from the scene and as a matter of formality, the police have opened a murder docket.

    Banyana Banyana Women’s World Cup 2019 squad announced

    Banyana Banyana Women’s World Cup 2019 squad announced


    Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has named the squad that will carry the flag for South Africa at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Ellis has been eager to construct a squad with experience of international competition. Jermaine...

    Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has named the squad that will carry the flag for South Africa at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

    Ellis has been eager to construct a squad with experience of international competition.

    Jermaine Seoposenwe, who went to Rio in 2016 with Banyana, and 2018 African Women’s Player of the Year Thembi Kgatlana are expected to lead the line for Ellis.

    “I have looked at all the scenarios and I wanted to make sure that I gave players as much opportunity as possible to show themselves‚” Ellis said announcing the squad at Safa House in Nasrec‚ Johannesburg.

    “Our squad not only has senior international experience – in the Olympics‚ continentally‚ in the Africa Cup of Nations and Cosafa Cup – but also from junior Under-17 level too. It has a combined total of more than 1‚000 international caps in it.”

    29-year-old Leandra Smeda recently took a giant leap forward when she signed for Swedish Damallsvenskan club. She was the first South African to score in the Uefa Women’s Champions League while playing for Lithuanian club Gintra Universitetas. Smeda brings experience and versatility as she is capable of turning out on the wing or at fullback.

    Banyana star Kgatlana currently plies her trade in China alongside midfielder Linda Motlhalo. They are among five players based abroad in the squad. South Africa doesn’t have a fully professional women’s league but their are plans to launch

    The squad leave for France today to compete in the tournament that runs from 7 June until 7 July.

    Banyana Banyana World Cup squad

    Goalkeepers: Mapaseka Mpuru (University of Pretoria)‚ Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns)‚ Kaylin Swart (Golden Stars)

    Defenders: Lebogang Ramalepe (Ma-Indies)‚ Nothando Vilakazi (Gintra Universitetas‚ Lithuania)‚ Noko Matlou (Ma-Indies)‚ Janine van Wyk (captain‚ JVW)‚ Bambanani Mbane (Bloemfontein Celtic)‚ Tiisetso Makhubela (Mamelodi Sundowns)‚ Bongeka Gamede (UWC Ladies)

    Midfielders: Refiloe Jane (Unattached)‚ Mamello Makhabane (JVW)‚ Karabo Dhlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns)‚ Busisiwe Ndimeni (TUT-PTA)‚ Leandra Smeda (Vittsjö GIK‚ Sweden)‚ Kholosa Biyana (University of KwaZulu-Natal)‚ Sibulele Holweni (Sophakama/HPC)‚ Linda Motlhalo (Beijing Phoenix‚ China)

    Forwards: Thembi Kgatlana (Beijing Phoenix‚ China)‚ Ode Fulutudilu (Malaga‚ Spain)‚ Amanda Mthandi (University of Johannesburg)‚ Jermaine Seoposenwe (Gintra Universitetas‚ Lithuania)‚ Rhoda Mulaudzi (Unattached)

    Ramaphosa appoints new head of investigating directorate

    Ramaphosa appoints new head of investigating directorate


    Advocate Hermione Theresa Cronje has been appointed as head of the Investigating Directorate in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions. President Ramaphosa has appointed Cronje as an Investigating Director for a period of five...

    Advocate Hermione Theresa Cronje has been appointed as head of the Investigating Directorate in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions.

    President Ramaphosa has appointed Cronje as an Investigating Director for a period of five years with effect from 15 May 2019, the Presidency said in a statement on Friday.

    Mandate of the investigating directorate

    In March 2019 the President proclaimed the establishment of an Investigating Directorate in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions, in terms of the National Prosecuting Authority Act.

    “The Investigating Directorate is tasked with investigating common law offences including fraud, forgery, uttering, theft and any offence involving dishonesty,” said the Presidency.

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    The Investigating Directorate will attend to statutory offences including but not limited to contraventions of:

    The Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 6 of 2000;The Prevention of Organised Crime Act 121 of 1988;The Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Activities Act 33 of 2004;The Public Finance Management Act 1 of 1999;The Municipal Management Act 56 of 2003;The Financial Intelligence Centre Act 38 of 2001; andAny other statutory offence involving dishonesty.

    In addition, the directorate will investigate any unlawful activities relating to serious, high-profile or complex corruption including but not limited to offences or criminal or unlawful activities arising from current commissions and enquiries.

    What we know about Advocate Hermione Theresa Cronje Education background

    According to the Presidency, Cronje has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government (2010); and a BA (1993) and LLB (1996) from the University of Cape Town.

    Work experience

    From 1998 to 2012, she was employed in various capacities in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa – first as an assistant to the first National Director of Public Prosecutions; as founding member of the Asset Forfeiture Unit, and for 10 years as Regional Head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit in the Western Cape.

    Related: Ramaphosa’s Cabinet: David Mabuza replacement on the cards

    In her last year in the NPA she was involved in the establishment of the Anti-Corruption Task Team (ACTT), a multi-agency task team established to investigate, prosecute and recover the assets of persons involved in large-scale corruption.

    Since 2013, Cronje has been engaged as a consultant on behalf of the Stolen Assets Recovery Initiative (StAR) – a joint initiative of the World Bank and UNODC. In this capacity she has worked as an advisor and mentor to asset recovery and anti-corruption units in Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, Kenya, Nigeria, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova and Sri Lanka.

    She is also a practising Advocate of the High Court of South Africa.

    In 2017 she drafted a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Study on the Effective Management and Disposal of Seized and Confiscated Assets.

    Helen Zille under fire for tweeting about black privilege

    Helen Zille under fire for tweeting about black privilege


    The outgoing Western Cape premier, Helen Zille, waded knee-deep into troubled waters again when she shared her very own definition of “black privilege” on Twitter. Zille has shown just exactly how tone deaf a person can be when it comes to...

    The outgoing Western Cape premier, Helen Zille, waded knee-deep into troubled waters again when she shared her very own definition of “black privilege” on Twitter.

    Zille has shown just exactly how tone deaf a person can be when it comes to nuances of discussions about race, class and privilege, and her tweets are something to behold. For all the wrong reasons.

    The debacle started when a Twitter user known as ‘Baas’ shared a clip of an American poet addressing white privilege. ‘Baas’ captioned it: “White privilege? This outburst sounds more like ‘I hate whites.'”

    That prompted Zille to ask: “Why is she saying this stuff in English.”

    The fact that the outgoing Western Cape premier would align herself with a person whose timeline is filled with racism, Islamophobia, sexism and other -isms, is a discussion for a different day.

    When South African actor Hlomla Dandala responded to her tweet, another Twitter user asked him “why are you wearing a suit? Suits are associated with colonial influence no?”

    Spoiler alert, it is because we exist in a post-colonial society where these things are required to survive, but I digress.

    Black privilege and ‘whataboutery’

    Zille’s use of the term black privilege is problematic in and of itself as it is really just another example of flippant ‘whataboutery’.

    Whataboutism – also known as whataboutery – is a variant of the tu quoque logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent’s position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument.

    Instead of acknowledging the idea of white privilege, Zille would rather we went on a wild goose chase lifting up rocks and saying but ‘what about those guys that did corrupt things and got re-elected”.

    Two things can be wrong at the same time without being remotely the same thing. White privilege is the societal privilege that in some countries benefits white people over people of colour. It’s really as simple as that.

    In order for Zille’s definition to even make sense, all black people should benefit from this black privilege she’s created just by virtue of being black. One Twitter user summed up it up succinctly:

    If that was #blackprivilege then All black people would of benefited from corruption only the ones who stole benefited from corruption. All of the white people continue to benefit from systems set out by apartheid that is #WhitePrivilege

    — zaida dalvie (@ladyzai) May 17, 2019

    Another user points out that defining the privilege of a whole race based on the corruption of a few members of that race is rather problematic.

    Leigh Matthys said that Zille was “using looting and corruption to define ‘black privilege’ and using it to deflate from what white privilege is.”

    White privilege has everything to do with structural racism and social advantages that exist for white people, it’s not a stick to beat white people with and make us feel guilty. It’s not personal, it’s systemic.

    Of course, Zille took the opportunity to condescendingly whitesplain privilege by tweeting:

    “My point, clever one, is that racial generalizations work both ways. If you can generalize about “white privilege” there are plenty of generalizations that can be made about “black privilege”. I’m sure you can grasp that point. NO??”

    Unfortunately, Helen, your generalisations only work both ways if we ignore facts and logic. If only it ended there. But no.

    Dear @ThuliMadonsela The era to which you refer, has ended. 2day "whiteness" is a swear-word used to stigmatise and marginalise. I thought our struggle was to judge each INDIVIDUAL on their merits irrespective of race. I will not replace one form of racism with another. Sorry.

    — Helen Zille (@helenzille) May 17, 2019

    Just been to a wonderful event where I opened a magnificent sports centre to benefit the poor and marginised (black people) of die Swartland funded by a British Charity. I am embarrassed at South Africans generalisations about "whiteness". We just love victimhood.

    — Helen Zille (@helenzille) May 17, 2019

    Amazing. People can run around all day making the most outrageous racial generalisations about a tiny minority in this country by stigmatising "whiteness", and the sky fall in when you give them a taste of their own medicine. I am not doing double standards anymore.

    — Helen Zille (@helenzille) May 17, 2019

    I don't have to explain to people who understand the meaning of words, like double-standards. I certainly don't have to justify myself to you.

    — Helen Zille (@helenzille) May 17, 2019

    I will not apologise for rejecting racism and double standards. But I will reflect long and hard about how to keep exposing them.

    — Helen Zille (@helenzille) May 17, 2019

    Aaaah, another person with a doctorate seeking to be a permanent victim. Nice try. Doesn't work on me.

    — Helen Zille (@helenzille) May 17, 2019

    My true colours, to coin a phrase, have always been clear. I believe in non-racialism. I reject racial hypocrisy and scape-goating minorities of any kind. I abhor double-standards and self-serving victimhood. Let's say we are polar opposites in our predelictions.

    — Helen Zille (@helenzille) May 17, 2019

    Just like all the Woke-heads who speak about "Whiteness" and White Privilege are speaking about Whites in general. I do not do double standards or one-way racism. I attack them both. And you had a privileged enough upbringing to know what I mean. Stop trying for victimhood.

    — Helen Zille (@helenzille) May 17, 2019

    I'm not in the least bit interested in being supported by Woke-heads.

    — Helen Zille (@helenzille) May 17, 2019
    All the SA filmmakers attending the Cannes Film Festival

    All the SA filmmakers attending the Cannes Film Festival


    South African filmmakers will join the rest of the world for Pavillon Afriques at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France. The festival, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world, is set to run...

    South African filmmakers will join the rest of the world for Pavillon Afriques at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France.

    The festival, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world, is set to run from 14 to 25 May 2019. Pavillon Afriques refers to an exclusive exhibition that will be set up to showcase content that highlights the incredible talent of African Film and television.

    It was mainly launched by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in South Africa, together with 15 other African nations.

    According to All Africa, a couple of South Africans are also on the list to attend. This includes award-winning actress and producer Terry Pheto, director John Barker, producer Isaac Mogajane, producer and director Sarah Blecher; Katleho Ramaphakela, Rethabile Ramaphakela, and Tshepo Ramaphakela and actor Atwanda Kani.

    “We are very excited about what we will experience from South Africa at Pavillons Afriques. With this project, we are creating a unique venue for movie trade and promotion that outlines the diversity and plurality from South Africa, Africa and its diaspora film and television content,” said operations director Prudence Kolong.

    “Our ambition is to become an exclusive business platform where film industry stakeholders meet, discuss, trade, make deals and take advantage of the unique atmosphere of the Festival de Cannes.”

    South African Films showcased at Cannes

    According to Getaway, South Africa will feature predominantly in the documentary segment of the festival. Four of the films will be screened in the ‘Doc Corner’, a dedicated venue honouring the essential role documentaries play in societies.

    The documentaries from South Africans are The Rise, The Colonel’s Stray Dogs, African Warrior Queen and Influence.

    One of only three films selected to be screened at Cannes is Lace, a short film produced by VIVA Pictures. Lace follows Garvey, a man planning to propose to his girlfriend, Vida who experiences an unforgettable evening, that changes his life forever.

    “We are excited to share films that give the world a small window into the inner workings of South African society. In today’s fake news era, documentary films are a powerful tool for shining a light on and driving the debate around important issues affecting the world,” said Chief Executive, Makhosazana Khanyile of the South African National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).

    Other filmmakers travelling to Cannes as part of the National Film and Video Foundation’s delegation is Bonolo Madisakwane, David Kabale, Dylan Voogt, Kevin John Singh, Khalid Shamis, Kgosi Choene, Jacintha Timothy, Mary-Ann Mandishona, Neo Ntlatleng and Sara Blecher.

    Free State farmer gets three life terms for family slaughter

    Free State farmer gets three life terms for family slaughter


    Johan Pieter Sonnenberg, a Free State farmer, has been sentenced to three life terms for his direct involvement in the murder of his two brothers and friend. As reported by Times Live, the Virginia High Court finally closed the chapter on...

    Johan Pieter Sonnenberg, a Free State farmer, has been sentenced to three life terms for his direct involvement in the murder of his two brothers and friend.

    As reported by Times Live, the Virginia High Court finally closed the chapter on Sonnenberg’s triple murder case involving his two brothers, Michael and Desmond Grant, and a close friend of the family, 23-year-old Riaan Ruiters.

    What drove Sonnenberg to kill his brothers?

    According to police spokesperson, Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, the triple murder case stems from 2014.

    Related: 19-year-old suspect arrested in Bonnievale farm murder

    Michael, Desmond and Riaan were reported missing at the Christiana police station, in the North West after days had gone by without any sign of life from them.

    Investigators were baffled as to how three young males, who were very familiar with the outskirts of the province, could disappear without a trace.

    Investigators were informed of Sonnenberg by witnesses who stated that the three young gentlemen were last seen alive with the 62-year-old.

    Sonnenberg was a prominent figure in his community. He owned a game farm in the Free State and had his hands in the cutthroat diamond mining business.

    Related: SAPS warning: ‘Get out of jail free’ scam hits Eastern Cape

    The last time anyone saw Michael, Desmond and Riaan alive was when they were crossing over a bridge that borders between Christiana and Hertzogville in the Free State, heading towards Sonnenberg’s farm.

    Free State farmer gets triple life

    As a matter of procedure, investigators followed the lead and paid Sonnenberg a visit. It was the foul stench of death that alerted officers to the unthinkable.

    “During the search, a foul smell was detected and national forensic services were contacted from Pretoria to help in exhuming the bodies in the shallow graves,” Brigadier Makhele recalled.

    The evidence that was collected in Sonnenberg’s property paid a huge role in sealing the case for prosecutors. Five years later, the matter was brought to book and Sonnenberg will spend the rest of his life in jail.

    The last time Kaizer Chiefs lost a Nedbank Cup final

    The last time Kaizer Chiefs lost a Nedbank Cup final


    The unfancied TS Galaxy do not only have a heavy presence of Kaizer Chiefs fans to contend with when they step onto the turf at Moses Mabhida Stadium for the Nedbank Cup final – but also stacks of history heavily piled against them. The...

    The unfancied TS Galaxy do not only have a heavy presence of Kaizer Chiefs fans to contend with when they step onto the turf at Moses Mabhida Stadium for the Nedbank Cup final – but also stacks of history heavily piled against them.

    The first-division outfit are looking to become the first lower league side to triumph in the competition, after becoming the fifth team from the second tier to make it to the final hurdle.

    Having only been formed in 2015, Galaxy are in their first ever major cup final, and are up against the country’s most successful club, with no less than 53 trophies in tow.

    They will, however, fancy their chances – given the fact that the Glamour Boys have not added to that figure in four years, and are coming off their worst league campaign in the PSL era.

    Kaizer Chiefs impressive record in Nedbank Cup finals

    While history often counts for nothing on such occasions, smart money is still on a Chiefs win, thanks to how well they have done in the competition over the years.

    Since the tournament’s inception in 1971, under the name Life Challenge Cup, the Soweto giants have contested the final 18 times, only finishing as runners up on five occasions.

    Their chief tormentors in the final have been their biggest rivals Orlando Pirates, who have beaten them three times in the final, with Witbank Aces and Supersport United the other teams to halt Amakhosi on the last hurdle.

    Matsatsansa were the last team to inflict defeat on them back in the 1999 final, where goals from the late Thomas Madigage and Glen Salmon were enough to see them through, despite a late penalty from Pollen Ndlanya.

    The Glamour Boys bounced back immediately the following year, beating Pirates in the final, and have gone on to contest two more finals – coming off victorious on both occasions.

    IAAF Diamond League Shanghai: Akani Simbine to test himself against glittering 100m field

    IAAF Diamond League Shanghai: Akani Simbine to test himself against glittering 100m field


    South African sprinter Akani Simbine will begin a streamlined international season against an all star field at the Shanghai meet of the IAAF Diamond League. The African and Commonwealth champion will have his work cut out for him in a field that...

    South African sprinter Akani Simbine will begin a streamlined international season against an all star field at the Shanghai meet of the IAAF Diamond League.

    The African and Commonwealth champion will have his work cut out for him in a field that includes 2018 Diamond League 100m champion Christian Coleman.

    Simbine’s coach, Werner Prinsloo said before the meet that the sprinter would be focused on peaking at the World Championships in Doha later this season.

    “The goal is that each time he should be a little bit better than his previous race. If he does, there will be fast times. That is one of the reasons why Akani will be racing a lot less this season than he usually would.”

    The American trio of Coleman, Michael Rodgers and Noah Lyles pose the threat of a star spangled podium in Shanghai but they aren’t the only runners with ambitions of a top three finish. Both Chinese runners Su Bingtian and Xie Zhenye have clocked sub-ten personal bests and will be running on home turf. British sprinting hot prospect Reece Prescod could also make a big statement after his silver at the 2018 European Championships. The three Americans are the only sprinters in the field with a better personal best than Simbine.

    “It is an excellent lineup. I won’t be surprised if all nine athletes will qualify at the World Championships at least for the semifinals,” said Prinsloo.

    “It is Akani’s first 100m race for the season. Over the last few years, he was off to a fast start in each of his first races, but tomorrow it is not about time. Winning or at least a top-three finish will be more important.

    “Whoever wins might have a slight psychological edge for the rest of the season. It will be like putting out a challenge saying this is what I am capable of, can you do better? If everything goes according to plan, it could be Akani.”

    The mens 100m will be run at 14:53 SAST on Saturday 18 May in Shanghai. Other SA athletes in action will be double international Sunette Viljoen in the javelin, Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai in the long jump and Clarence Munyai in the mens 200m.

    Presidential inauguration: Pretoria road closures for Saturday, 25 May

    Presidential inauguration: Pretoria road closures for Saturday, 25 May


    Motorists and resident have been notified that several roads surrounding Soutpansberg, Loftus and Hatfield will be closed next week Friday and Saturday for the Presidential Inauguration. The democratically-elected President of South Africa will be...

    Motorists and resident have been notified that several roads surrounding Soutpansberg, Loftus and Hatfield will be closed next week Friday and Saturday for the Presidential Inauguration.

    The democratically-elected President of South Africa will be inaugurated on 25 May 2019 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, situated along Kirkness Street in Clydesdale.

    More than 200 buses from all the provinces in South Africa will arrive in Tshwane from different directions, which will affect streets around and leading to the venue.

    Presidential inauguration: Road closures for Saturday, 25 May

    The Tshwane Metro Police Department, with other law enforcement agencies, will deploy members along these routes for traffic control and total road closures in Soutpansberg, Loftus and Hatfield.

    Related: Presidential Inauguration at Loftus: What you need to know

    Rietondale Park, which will be used as a park-and-ride area for invited guests, will also be affected.

    Road closures on Friday, 24 May

    Road closures will commence on Friday, 24 May 2019 at 15:00 and end on Saturday, 25 May 2019 at 22:00.

    Streets will be closed as follows:

    In Soutpansberg/Rietondale:

    Soutpansberg Road and Gordon StreetSoutpansberg Road and Wren StreetWoodlands Drive and Gordon StreetSoutpansberg Road and Tom Jenkins DriveSoutpansberg Road and Van der Merwe StreetSoutpansberg Road and Nuffield StreetSoutpansberg Road and Parker StreetRose Street and Parker StreetNorth Street and Nuffield StreetVan der Merwe Street and North StreetLys Street and 18th AvenueKieser Street and Lys StreetRussel Street and Tom Jenkins DriveEastwood Street and Government Avenue

    In Loftus/Hatfield:

    Eastwood Street and Francis Baard StreetOrient Street and Francis Baard StreetArcadia Street and Hill StreetPark Street and Hill StreetUniversity Road and Burnett StreetLynnwood Road and Roper StreetLynnwood Road and Jan Shoba StreetLynnwood Road and University RoadUniversity Road and Walton Jameson AvenueUniversity Road and Justice Mahomed StreetJorissen Street and Walton Jameson AvenueBond Street and Walton Jameson AvenueVilla Street and Walton Jameson AvenueBrecher Street and Walton Jameson AvenueIvy Street and Maple StreetMyrtle Street and Maple StreetPark Street and Beckett StreetArcadia Street and Beckett StreetFarenden Street and Francis Baard StreetKirkness Street and Park StreetKirkness Street and Bond StreetKirkness Street and Lynnwood RoadBond Street and Farenden StreetFarenden Street and Park StreetAyton Street and Farenden StreetSoutpansberg Road at the entrance of Rietondale Park for the park-and-rideHow to obtain a permit

    The City of Tshwane has urged residents of Loftus and Rietondale who will be affected by the road closures to collect permits from 17 May 2019 to 22 May 2019.

    Residents must bring along their identity documents, proof of residence and vehicle registration numbers to collect the permits.

    “Residents in the Loftus vicinity must collect permits at Loftus Versfeld at the reception area in Kirkness Street where City of Tshwane staff will set up a desk to issue the permits. Those using vehicles to collect the permits can park at the open parking area at Loftus Park.

    “Residents in Rietondale must collect their permits at the Rietondale Park Tennis Club in Van Der Merwe Street,” the City of Tshwane said.

    The permits in both areas must be collected as follows:

    Friday, 17 May 2019 9:00 to 18:00Saturday, 18 May 2019 14:00 to 18:00Sunday, 19 May 2019 9:00 to 17:00Monday, 20 May 2019 9:00 to 18:00Tuesday, 21 May 2019 9:00 to 18:00 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 9:00 to 18:00

    Please note that only residents that will be affected by the street closures may collect permits.

    The Tshwane Metro Police Department and other law enforcement agencies will be deployed at all street closures and other affected streets for traffic control and road closure monitoring.

    All residents and road users are urged to comply and work together with law enforcement officers to avoid any mishaps. 

    Morocco and South Africa in line to host Formula One races

    Morocco and South Africa in line to host Formula One races


    Liberty Media have reiterated their desire to host a Formula One grand prix on the African continent and revealed that they are looking at Kyalami in South Africa and Marrakesh in Morocco as potential locales. South Africa and Morocco have hosted...

    Liberty Media have reiterated their desire to host a Formula One grand prix on the African continent and revealed that they are looking at Kyalami in South Africa and Marrakesh in Morocco as potential locales.

    South Africa and Morocco have hosted Formula One races in the past. The Morocco Grand Prix filled a slot on the Formula One calendar in 1957 and 1958. The ’58 race was one by F1 legend Stirling Moss. Kyalami hosted 20 Grand Prix 1967 and 1993.

    Liberty Media commercial managing director Sean Bratches made the revelations at a Sport Industry Breakfast Club event in the Netherlands.

    “It’s a marketplace [Africa] in which we would like to race ,” Bratches said.

    “We race on five continents now and the last habitable continent that we don’t race in is Africa.

    “We’ve been having very productive conversations in South Africa and to a lesser extent in Morocco about bringing a grand prix… we’re on it. It’s really important to us.”

    Bratches said that having the backing of government in Morocco and South Africa would be very important.

    “The vast majority of our grands prix are underpinned by government and it’s because it works. We shine a bright light on these cities,” he added.

    The 2020 season will see two ‘new’ grand prix debut in Formula One, with the return of the Dutch GP at Zandvoort and the addition of the Vietnam GP. Mexico, Spain, Germany and Britain are out of contract at the end of 2019. The Mexican government are reportedly ready to pull the plug on funding the race.

    “We are optimistic about the prospect of a 21 grand prix schedule next year,” said Bratches. “I don’t think we are going to have more than that.”

    The US market remains Liberty’s promised land though and they are eager to add street courses in North Americans cities, with Miami and Las Vegas mooted.

    “In an ideal circumstance we would be racing downtown Miami or downtown Las Vegas,” said Bratches. “Those are the two cities in the United States that best align with our brand and our aspirations.

    “We are going to try and create the best experience in each market that (circumstances) will permit, not only from a racing standpoint but a fan engagement and economic standpoint… it’s still viable.”

    No, there wasn’t an emergency landing in Polokwane… it’s a hotel

    No, there wasn’t an emergency landing in Polokwane… it’s a hotel


    Photo: Jumbo...

    On Thursday, social media was flooded with news of an emergency landing in Polokwane. Many South Africans took to Twitter, sharing pictures of the plane spotted near the Mall of the North.

    [ MUST WATCH]: An airplane made an emergency landing on the road next to Mall of the North in Polokwane. Details are still sketchy. @Abramjee @PolokwaneReview @eNCA pic.twitter.com/6i84ZrCikl

    — TEBOGO_17 (@TEBOGO09332350) May 16, 2019

    Emergency landing in Polokwane. 😱

    Bari the pilot got lost🤦🏿‍♂️🚮 pic.twitter.com/QCn59Km9k0

    — Neo Ramogayane (@NeoRammy) May 16, 2019

    Traffic had also come to a standstill on Munnik Avenue. The same plane that caused such a ruckus was seen across the intersection of the N1 bypass, reported the Polokwane Review.

    Polokwane? What's going on here? pic.twitter.com/XNJkEnWZ6W

    — future wife🌶 (@chantelle_IV) May 16, 2019

    But as it turns out, truth is stranger than fiction. The plane was being transported to Hoedspruit. Not because it ran out of fuel or the pilot got lost or because of an emergency landing.

    The plane is destined for far greater things. It’s on its final journey for being turned into a boutique hotel.

    According to the Aerotel Hoedspruit Limpopo’s Facebook page, the aviation-themed boutique hotel will be launching soon. It is the brainchild of Martin den Dunnen and Riaan van Niekerk.

    Not much is known about the hotel just yet, beyond the obvious. The Facebook page has only posted a few pictures of the exterior of the soon-to-be-renovated plane.

    Other planes turned into hotels

    The concept, however, isn’t entirely unique.

    Back in 2015, Airbnb and Dutch airline KLM kicked-off a new partnership by creating an aircraft apartment at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

    Photo: KLM / AirBNB

    Not strictly a hotel, we know. But it gives some sense of what is possible on the inside of a plane.

    Even before that, though, a retired Jumbo Jet was also converted into accommodation.

    This unique hotel was crafted out of Boeing 747 jumbo jet in 2011. Jumbo Stay is located at Arlanda Airport, in Stockholm, Sweden. It offers free airport bus transportation, free Wi-Fi, and early breakfast. It offers dorm rooms, standard rooms and suites. You can even stay in the ensuite cockpit.

    Pretty cool!

    Whatever South Africa’s Aerotel turns out to look like inside, we’ve got no doubt it’ll be pretty awesome, too.

    Cash-strapped SABC to receive yet another government bailout

    Cash-strapped SABC to receive yet another government bailout


    The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will receive a much-needed government bailout, after failing to improve its financial position in 2019. Government, by way of the National Treasury, has, once again, been persuaded to open its coffers...

    The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will receive a much-needed government bailout, after failing to improve its financial position in 2019.

    Government, by way of the National Treasury, has, once again, been persuaded to open its coffers up to the embattled broadcaster.

    Telecommunications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams confirmed that the finance minister was expected to finalise the bailout plan, which includes guarantees on loan agreements, and, in due course, release the figures to the public.

    SABC bailout “to prevent the broadcaster from collapsing”

    Telecommunications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has said National Treasury has agreed to provide the SABC with interim financial relief, to prevent the broadcaster from collapsing. #sabcnews

    — OnPoint (@OnPointSABC) May 17, 2019

    While the Treasury has remained mum on details relating to the bailout, Ndabeni-Abrahams explained that the finance minister would sign-off on the agreement “to prevent the broadcaster from collapsing”.

    Speaking to SABC News on the current challenges, both financial and operational, facing the public broadcaster, Ndabeni-Abrahams explained:

    “It is in our best interest to ensure that SABC survives and thrives in everything that they do. That is why we committed that we will be giving SABC money.”

    In 2018, the SABC received numerous government bailouts, totalling several billion rand. This, however, has barely been enough to keep the broadcaster afloat. Dire financial circumstances have threatened mass retrenchments and frustrated service providers. The fightback from major trade unions almost singlehandedly prevented job losses in the organisation yet staff still remain on tenterhooks.  

    Diesel leak sparks outrage from Trade Unions

    Following a disastrous diesel leakage on the 15th floor of the public broadcaster’s Radio Park headquarters in Johannesburg earlier in the week, the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) has, once again, threatened legal action.

    BEMAWU’s qualms centre on the issue of inadequate building maintenance, which the union says is to blame for the Radio Park leak. BEMAWU spokesperson, Hannes du Buisson, said that the union would institute legal proceedings against the department of Telecommunications, the Treasury and even President Cyril Ramaphosa himself, should a bailout be denied.

    It is unclear, in light of the recent bailout confirmation, whether this threat has been retracted.

    Most Nedbank Cup title wins by a club

    Most Nedbank Cup title wins by a club


    The Nedbank Cup has gone through many changes over the years, since the tournament’s inception in 1971 under a different name. The competition can be seen as South Africa’s FA Cup as it bears resemblance to the famous UK tournament, which also...

    The Nedbank Cup has gone through many changes over the years, since the tournament’s inception in 1971 under a different name.

    The competition can be seen as South Africa’s FA Cup as it bears resemblance to the famous UK tournament, which also pits top flight clubs against teams in the lower leagues.

    Just as is the case in England, a new champion is set to be crowned on Saturday, as Kaizer Chiefs prepare to take on TS Galaxy at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

    The Nedbank Cup has had six different champions under its current name, with the Glamour Boys looking for a repeat, while Galaxy are hoping to be the first lower league side to clinch the title.

    The competition over the years

    The tournament has been known as the Nedbank Cup for just over a decade after the bank took over the the sponsorship in 2008.

    Previously, it was known as the Absa Cup, which ran for five years, with Ajax Cape Town as the last winners before the big change.

    The competition started out as the Life Challenge Cup, and has had many name changes, with the Mainstay Cup and the Bob Save Superbowl as its two longest running incarnations.

    Kaizer Chiefs won the inaugural edition in 1971 – a year after the club was formed – and remain the competition’s most successful club with 13 titles overall.

    However, in the Nedbank Cup era, their 2013 triumph remains their only one to date.

    Amakhosi’s Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows are among the most successful since 1971, while the two Tshwane giants Supersport United and Mamelodi Sundowns are not too far from the pack.

    There’s also one-hit wonders such as Cape Town Spurs, Vaal Professionals and Bloemfontein Celtic, as well as the reigning champions Free State Stars, who have been relegated from the top flight.

    Most wins in the Nedbank Cup

    Supersport United: 3 (2012, 2016, 2017)

    Orlando Pirates: 2 (2011, 2014)

    Mamelodi Sundowns: 2 (2008, 2015)

    Bidvest Wits: 1 (2010)

    Kaizer Chiefs: 1 (2013)

    Moroka Swallows: 1 (2009)

    Most wins overall

    Kaizer Chiefs: 13 (1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1992, 2000, 2006, 2013)

    Orlando Pirates: 8 ( 1973, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2011, 2014)

    Moroka Swallows: 5 (1983, 1989, 1991, 2004, 2009)

    Supersport United: 5 (1999, 2005, 2012, 2016, 2017)

    Mamelodi Sundowns: 4 (1986, 1998, 2008, 2015)

    Bidvest Wits: 2 (1978, 2010)

    Santos: 2 (2001, 2003)