Bulls Super Rugby coach Frans Ludeke is confident that his charges will bounce back against the Waratahs, whom they meet on Saturday morning (11.40am SA time) in Sydney.
Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula has called on the private sector to come on board as he launched the much-anticipated inaugural netball professional league on the continent.
Arsene Wenger took a risk by picking Arsenal’s old guard against West Ham United, but it paid off with a 3-1 win as his weary side regained fourth place in the Premier League.
Second-half replacement Helder Pelembe scored four minutes from the end to snatch a 1-0 Premiership victory for Orlando Pirates over visiting Maritzburg United at Orlando Stadium.
After scooping the Absa Premiership Coach of Quarter 3 honours, Mpumalanga Black Aces coach Clive Barker now wants the scalp of Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane.
Real Madrid will be without Cristiano Ronaldo for the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona because the forward has failed to recover from a leg injury.
The transformation meeting between the department of sport and recreation and the SA Rugby Union, Cricket SA, Netball SA, Athletics SA and SA Football Association was a tense one.
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National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu for at least setting up the ad hoc committee to consider the president’s submission on the Nkandla matter. His ANC colleagues wanted the issue buried and forgotten, but Sisulu has ensured it will be transparently considered by a multiparty committee, even if the ANC has a majority in Parliament.Not:
Clearly a high-profile individual accused of murder deserves high-class treatment from our government. The R2.9 million spent on a private jet to fly Shrien Dewani to the country from the UK shows the justice department paid way too much. We all want justice in this matter, but several cheaper options could have been explored.
Police constable Beauty-Queen Nchabeleng donned a school uniform and posed as a pupil to catch a brutal serial rapist in Limpopo. She was among the winners at the SAPS’ annual National Excellence Awards late last week – a well-deserved honour for an officer who went above and beyond to remind us just how much good cops can achieve.Not:
Shinawaaz Ahmento and Kyle Fredericks, both 21, were convicted and sentenced this week for
the rape and murder of young Eldorado Park mother Tracey-Lee Martins. The two posed for
reporters outside court, grinning proudly as though they were at a party. Criminals as self-made
Female leaders in the ANC don’t often publicly challenge the sexism that’s endemic across the political spectrum. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula deserves praise for defending Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. She criticised those in the alliance who decried Madonsela’s “big nose”, saying Madonsela’s detractors should play the ball, not the woman.Not:
Reading up on a subject lends credence to anyone who wants to speak with authority on a matter. So ANC parliamentary chief whip Stone Sizani should have known better when he called a press conference to discuss Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla spending. Sizani had not read the report.
During the course of the Nkandla investigation, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was stymied, bullied, insulted and threatened by governing party leaders and supporters.
She stood her ground and proceeded to fulfil her duties of safeguarding the public interest. South Africans are fortunate to have someone of her integrity and courage in that office.Not:
How does one begin to describe Thulas Nxesi? Puppet? Suck-up? Manipulator of truth?
As the frontline man in the defence of the Nkandla plunder, Nxesi has dreamt up wild stories that would make residents of the Weskoppies mental institution envious. He is really working hard to hold on to his R2 million salary.
We think the ANC needs more elders like Ben Turok, who was bold enough to question the party’s inclusion of the likes of Dina Pule on its parliamentary candidate list despite damning findings against her by the Public Protector and Parliament’s ethics committee. Turok has challenged the ANC to uphold the best standards of ethical conduct.Not:
A year ago, the Mkhondo municipality in Piet Retief dug holes for toilets but left them open. The
incessant rain filled the open holes and two-year-old Innocent Mambane drowned in one this week. Whatever answer the municipality supplies as to why it left the holes open, it will never bring back little Innocent.
Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer in history, will come out of retirement next week – the clearest signal yet that he is getting ready to make an Olympic comeback at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
Stefano Domenicali has resigned as Ferrari Formula One principal and been replaced by Marco Mattiacci.
Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs were kept apart once again in the Nedbank Cup when the semi-final draw took place in Johannesburg today.
The Cape Town University students trailed 15-33 with five minutes left to play, but somehow conjured up three tries to snatch the cup.
Premier League leaders Liverpool took a huge step towards becoming English champions for the first time in 24 years when they defeated third-placed Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield for a ninth successive win.
Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund and SA Football Association (Safa)vice-president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana are likely to be cleared of any wrongdoing.
South Africa’s top medal contenders, Athletics SA (ASA) and Swimming SA (SSA) did not feature among the top beneficiaries from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.
It’s a very funny thing … he [Kasrils] was not just a comrade, he was a friend.
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