Just days after what was described as a “100-year storm” the good men of Christchurch had to weather another – this one inflicted yesterday by an aptly named team from South Africa.
Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has picked Andile Jali (23), Bongani Zungu (21), Ayanda Patosi (21) and Dean Furman (25) as players around whom a new Bafana Bafana team must be built.
The brash young man who matured into SA’s cricket test captain talks about the life journeys he took in the game.
In a rare gesture, Ashleigh Simon has paid tribute to her caddy/boyfriend David Buhai as the driving force behind her resurgence on the golf course.
It’ll take some doing to equal Graeme Smith’s record, writes Khanyiso Tshwaku.
The current experiment in the Varsity Cup rugby tournament of having two referees on the field is not proving as successful as it was hoped it would be.
Hekkie “The Hex” Budler has proved his critics wrong by successfully defending his two world championship belts.
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Brazilian soccer ace Neymar showed that stardom has not gone to his head. When guards were removing Ayo Dosunmu (7), who had run on to the field after the final whistle at FNB Stadium on Wednesday, Neymar told the guards to let the boy approach them. Ayo was hoisted into the air by the Brazilian team and even took pictures with the star.Not:
The world doesn’t need to go back to the old days when every reason was used to colonise other countries. This week, President Vladimir Putin’s Russia claimed it was protecting ethnic Russians in Crimea by taking over the Ukrainian peninsula. Such excuses could have worked back in the day, but they cannot be allowed in the 21st century.
Judge Dunstan Mlambo’s ruling to allow the partial broadcast of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ trial is welcomed. In past court appearances, space has been an issue due to public interest. As Mlambo said, the ruling will “ensure a greater number of people in the community who are unable to attend the proceedings are able to follow wherever they may be”.Not:
No superstar is bigger than the audience. The antics of US rapper Eminem (he did not want to be photographed by the media while on stage), who performed in the country this week, is disturbing. Blame should also be apportioned to the concert organisers who allow megastars to undermine the freedom of the media to do their jobs.
The time has come for the government to seriously consider legalising dagga for medicinal purposes. This week, terminally ill IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini tabled a Medical Innovation Bill in an attempt to legalise the use of cannabinoids for medical purposes. He and many others should not have to resort to the illegal use of dagga to manage pain.Not:
It may be that the North-West University students who imitated the Sieg Heil salute as a hostel “tradition” did not fully realise the meaning of the Nazi symbol they were mimicking, but the university leaders cannot plead ignorance. Viewing the act in context doesn’t make it less objectionable. It’s unjustifiable. Full stop.
Kudos to the National Prosecuting Authority for its tough stance on rape and child abuse masquerading as culture and tradition. Mvumeleni Jezile (32) was sentenced to 22 years in jail by the Wynberg Regional Court on Thursday for human trafficking, rape and assault after he abducted a 14-year-old girl in 2010, married her and repeatedly raped her.Not:
As the elections near, people on the left, right and centre are calling for “political tolerance”. But what we practise and what we preach are two different things, as evidenced at Wednesday’s DA march when people in ANC
T-shirts brandished bricks with the letters ‘DA’ scrawled on them. So much for political tolerance.
Giving out of love was one of Nelson Mandela’s many attributes. There was further evidence of that this week when his will was read out to his family and the world. He not only gave to his family, but to his support staff. He also awarded bursaries to children in less fortunate schools. This is the power of giving with love that we should all embrace.Not:
Acting SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said graduates were a drain on colleagues who were skilled but did not have degrees. This explains why capable and educated leaders are leaving the broadcaster, while Motsoeneng, who doesn’t have matric, remains in his position. You wonder who drives them out.
Kaizer Chiefs rejects – Vladimir Vermezović and Lehlohonolo Majoro – may come back to haunt them on Saturday, writes Timothy Molobi.
Australia’s way of selecting a captain goes by the method of picking the team then finding the strongest leader among them.
Former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana midfielder Andile Jali was involved in a car accident in Kokstad today.
Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Jeffrey “Mongoose” Mathebula may hang up his gloves following two terrible jaw injuries.
South Africa is among 141 countries competing for medals at the IAAF World Championships, which started in Sopot, Poland, today.
Michael Schumacher’s condition remains unchanged.
Safa will keep Gordon Igesund as coach despite Bafana Bafana’s embarrassment at the hands of Brazil.
The mistake we made was to underestimate Julius [Malema’s] boys.
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