Tennis

HENNING FACES SECOND SEED HOWARD-TRIPP IN FINAL OF CURRO JUNIOR ITF

Fourth seed Philip Henning toppled first seed Richard Thongoana in the semi-final of the Curro Junior ITF tennis tournament 1 played in Stellenbosch. Henning will face second seed Joshua Howard-Tripp in the final on Saturday. Henning and Thongoana played some high quality tennis and used every inch of the court in quality stroke play and epic rallies produced by both players. Henning won 7-5, 6-4. Howard-Tripp played against the only international player left in the boys’ draw Ien Schouten from Holland. The South African beat…

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TENNIS

QUALITY QUARTERFINAL ACTION AT CURRO JUNIOR ITF

The quality of tennis at the Curro Junior ITF 1 tennis tournament in Stellenbosch took an upward curve on quarterfinals day. The top four seeded boys will play in the semi-finals. Top seed Richard Thongoana had a fierce battle with eight-seeded Lleyton Cronje and was made to work hard for his three set victory with 6-3 1-6 6-3. Second seed Joshua Howard-Tripp face some resistance from Mehluli Don Ayanda Sibanda, fifth seed form Zimbabwe. In the end he was too strong though and won 6-2…

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BUILDNAT CONFIRMED AS TEAM SPONSOR OF CAPE COBRAS – 22ND SEPTEMBER

BuildNat, one of the fastest emerging construction companies in South Africa, confirmed their association with a prestigious and dominant South African cricket-franchise, the Cape Cobras, on Thursday in a deal that will see them become their headline team sponsor in all three domestic formats for the next two years. BuildNat is a true all-rounder that handles projects in all sectors of the construction industry from residential to industrial commercial, agricultural and turnkey projects. The past three years has seen the company expand operations by 120…

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TENNIS

SCINTILLATING TENNIS PLAYED AT CURRO JUNIOR ITF

The third day of the Curro Junior ITF tennis tournament in Stellenbosch produced some scintillating action. In the girls’ draw top seeds Minette van Vreden, Lexie Stevens from Holland, fourth seeded Adrienn Nagy from Hungary and Amelie Boy fifth seed from Mauritius are all through to the quarterfinals of the first junior tournament. Number one seed Van Vreden will now face Boy in the round of eight, while Stevens will come up against Holly Fischer from Britain. Megan Lombardi (8th seed) battled for some two…

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WHO

At UN, global leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance Collective effort to address a challenge to health, food security, and development

World leaders today signalled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) happens when bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi develop resistance against medicines that were previously able to cure them. For the first time, Heads of State committed to taking a broad, coordinated approach to address the root causes of AMR across multiple sectors, especially human health, animal health and agriculture. This is only the fourth time a health issue has been taken…

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Tennis

DAY 3 RESULTS OF THE CURRO JUNIOR ITF 1

Day 3 results of the Curro Junior ITF 1 being played in Stellenbosch, South Africa. All players South African unless otherwise stated.   Singles Girls Round 2 Diane Parry bt 1-Minette Van Vreden (Fra) 6-2 6-2 5-Amelie Boy (Mri) bt Lize-Alet Morkel 6-2 6-1 4-Adrienn Nagy (Hun) bt Evangeline Du Toit 6-0 6-2 8-Megan Lombardi bt Angela Georgieva 4-6 6-3 6-2 Linge Steenkamp bt 6-Dakota Fordham (USA) 6-4 6-4 Maelys Bougrat bt Bianca Wolmarans 6-2 6-2 Holly Fischer (GBR) bt 7-Margo Landmann 6-2 6-2 2-Lexie…

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Wheelchair Tennis South Africa

Maripa named Limpopo’s sportsman of the year with disability

South Africa’s leading men’s wheelchair tennis ace Evans Maripa was named Sportsman of the Year with a Disability for the first time at the Limpopo Sports and Recreation awards revealed at Protea Hotel Ranch Resort on Saturday evening. The 26-year-old who recently represented South Africa in his second Paralympic Games in Brazil came out ahead of Lebogang Mogale (Intellectually impaired) and Alex Taylor (Intellectually impaired). Maripa reached the men’s singles second round at the Rio Paralympic Games last week after he lost a grueling match…

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UN Commission: New Investments in Global Health Workforce Will Create Jobs and Drive Economic Growth

The Presidents of France and South Africa today called for urgent investments globally to create new jobs in the health sector in order to prevent a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers primarily in low- and lower-middle-income countries, and help countries to maximize the social and economic benefits of increased health employment. The High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, chaired by H.E. François Hollande and H.E. Jacob Zuma, today delivered its final report and recommendations to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon…

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Special Assignment

Spieners (Part 1)

It’s every motorist’s worst fear – being held up at gunpoint and hijacked or having their car stolen. According to police crime statistics, the past four years has seen an upwards trajectory in car hijackings. The country’s hotspots for this crime are Johannesburg, followed closely by Durban. This week, Special Assignment speaks to families of two hijack victims – Charlotte Ramohai and Mohammed Darsot – who died at the hands of their ruthless hijackers. In court, the families face the alleged hijacker duo accused of…

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Police

Airport cops nabs suspect for vehicle theft

A North West man who was arrested by members of the OR Tambo International Airport based task team, appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court yesterday, facing a charge of theft of motor vehicle. The 58-year-old suspect, Moustach Amos Mtshamba of Klerksdorp was arrested after he failed to return a hired vehicle to an airport-based vehicle rental company. Mtshamba, along with another suspect, hired a white Toyota Hilux double cab with registration number FB 63 NC GP valued at R400 000.00. According to the agreement…

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law

KZN Education Department ordered by High Court to set aside unlawful appointments

Yet another provincial education department has been hauled over the coals regarding unlawful appointments. The High Court in Pietermaritzburg has ordered the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department to follow the correct appointment procedures as determined by the Schools’ Act, the Employment of Educators Act as well as the Personnel Administrative Measures. The Department was also directed to pay the cost of the application. A number of schools in the province were impacted by an unlawful decision of this Department to place excess educators at schools without any…

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EFFSC

EFF Students Command Statement on the Fee Increment Announcement by Blade Nzimande

The EFF Students Command notes the announcement made by the Ghost Minister, Blade Nzimande, on fee increments being left to universities with vehement disparagement. The clarion call for free education is not one to be ignored nor sidelined due to the failure of the ANC to devise and generate monetary means to fund education. The students of South Africa have made it clear that they will not succumb to any detour besides that of free, quality, decolonised and well resourced education. The failure of the…

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tennis

TENNIS: DAY 1 RESULTS OF THE CURRO JUNIOR ITF 1

Singles Day 1 results of the Curro Junior ITF 1 being played in Stellenbosch, South Africa. All players South African unless otherwise stated. Round 1 Boys Robbie Arends bt Jean Durand 6-3 3-6 6-0 Kholo Motsi bt Gerhardt Becker 7-6 (5) 6-4 Daniel Kotze bt Jamie Davis 6-2 2-6 6-1 Wikus Robbertse bt Werner Botha 6-0 6-2 Kyle Johnson bt Steele Greyling 6-4 6-0 Thando Longwe-Smit bt Luke Gedult 6-1 6-1 Liam Coertzen bt Alexander Yalais (Zim) 4-6 6-1 6-0 Christian Van Der Wath bt…

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Tennis

GOOD DAY FOR LOCALS AT CURRO JUNIOR ITF 1

Everything went according to plan on day one of the Curro Junior ITF 1 international tennis tournament in Stellenbosch on Monday. With the sun out and no wind to bother the players it was perfect playing conditions at the Coetzenburg courts on the University of Stellenbosch sports grounds. It is the fourth year that these internationally sanctioned junior tournaments are taking place in Stellenbosch. It was a good day for the locals as well. Number one girl seed Minette van Vreden – Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof…

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TENNIS

SOUTH AFRICA IMPRESS AT ITF SUPER-SENIORS WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

As they say in the classics, the older you get the better you get and how true that was for the South African Women 70 years and older tennis team. The team comprising of Petro Kruger (Boland), Elmarie Lategan (Eden), Mave Samuels (Western Province) and Danilla Whelpton (Gauteng North) finished in an impressive fourth position in the Althea Gibson Cup played in the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships which finished over the weekend in Umag, Croatia. The championships had 112 teams from 27 countries competing…

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Hawks

PRE-DAWN RAIDS NETS SIX ALLEGED BANK ROBBERS IN THE CAPE FLATS

In meticulously carried out pre-dawn raids on Friday morning, Members from the Hawks in the Western Cape in the company of SAPS’ Tactical Response Team (TRT) and Flying Squad, arrested six (6) suspects aged between 32 and 48, amongst them a female branch manager for their alleged role in a bank robbery that took place in Kuilsrivier during 2014. In true hawk-like demeanour, following multifaceted investigations members attached to the HAWKS’ Serious and Violent Crime Unit with their counterparts flocked together and raided several addresses…

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WHO

Presidents Hollande and Zuma to present the report of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

On Tuesday, 20 September 2016, H.E. Mr François Hollande, President of France, and H.E. Mr Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, will present the report of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a side event during the UN General Assembly in New York. The report will include recommendations for world leaders to ensure that all countries have a health workforce capable of meeting the health needs of the 21st-century, and to enable countries to maximise…

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WHO

WHO – updated Zika situation report – 15 September 2016

Key updates Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week: None Countries in the Western Pacific Region have been reporting new cases as seen in Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia. Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: None Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:…

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Wheelchair Tennis South Africa

Sithole misses out on bronze at Paralympics

Thursday, 15 September 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. – South Africa’s Lucas Sithole, ranked three in the world, missed out on a bronze medal as he went down 1-6 6-2 7-5 to the American six-time Paralympic medalist David Wagner in a grueling one hour and 50 minutes at Olympic Tennis Centre in Brazil on Wednesday evening. Sithole had started well and made quick work to take the first set 6-1, however, suffered a reverse in the second set, dropping it 2-6. In the deciding set, Sithole took…

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Hawks

Pair Nabbed for Defrauding Municipalities of Millions of Rand

The Hawks’ Commercial unit has on Tuesday arrested two suspects, male and female aged 42 and 49 respectively. The arrests followed lengthy internal SARS investigations relating to unclaimed Input VAT claims by several Western Cape municipalities, for the period 2009 to 2011. It is alleged that a tax consultant company under the duo’s directorship was contracted by Oudtshoorn, Venterdorp and Plettenberg Bay Municipalities to assist in recovering unclaimed Input Vat for these periods, and in return, the entity was paid lucratively for each successful tax…

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department of health

Health Ombudsman to investigate allegations of psychiatric patients death

The Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has asked the Office of Health Ombudsman to investigate allegations that 36 psychiatric patients in Gauteng died after transferred from Life Health Care, Esidimeni into care of Non-governmental organizations early this year. The decision to ask the Health Ombudsman to investigate this allegations was taken after a marathon consultation meeting between the Minister of Health & Gauteng MEC for Health Ms Qedani Mahlangu this afternoon. The MEC gave the minister an update report on the transfer of psychiatric…

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Tennis

Future Tennis Stars Jet Into Stellenbosch

Newly crowned US Open champions, Stan Wawrinka and Angelique Kerber started their successful professional tennis careers playing the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Circuit. The ITF Junior Circuit, played around the world in over 124 countries, is the most prestigious junior tennis circuit on the planet. Next week the circuit comes to South Africa and Stellenbosch will host two back to back tournaments namely the Curro Junior ITF 1 & 2 at the Maties Tennis Club on the Coetzenberg Sports Ground, University of Stellenbosch. Both…

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Cape Cobras

Cape Cobras elect two former SA players in key positions at franchise

The Cape Cobras have been boosted by the acquisition of two former international stars in senior roles at the home of Cape cricket. Ashwell Prince, a former South African stalwart who represented the Proteas in 66 tests, has been appointed as the Cobras’ assistant coach. Alan Dawson, an admirable exponent of swing bowling who represented Western Province and the Cape Cobras for 15 years, has been picked as the Convenor of the Cape Cobras’ selection committee. Prince resigned from the national selection committee to make…

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Hawks

Hawks Operation Expose, Nails Two Detectives For Conspiracy

Two detectives aged 38 and 30 years, who allegedly conspired to execute a cash transit, appeared briefly before the Kriel Magistrate’s Court following their arrest by the Hawks and SAPS Task Force in the early hours of Friday morning.   Constables Tami Kubeka (38) and Daniel Mahlangu (30) have been remanded in custody pending their next appearance at the same court on 16 September 2016.   The two detectives are accused of being part of a larger group that was conspiring to execute cash in…

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Wheelchair Tennis South Africa

ithole, Maripa and Els in action on day one – Rio Paralympics

The seventh Paralympic wheelchair tennis event gets underway on Friday, September 9 with three divisions on display; quad’s singles, men’s singles and women’s doubles, as wheelchair tennis prepares to entertain at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Rio de Janeiro. The day will see three South African aces battle it out on court against respective opponents, with quad ace Lucas Sithole and Leon Els playing first matches at 11:00 Rio de Janeiro time and Evans Maripa later in the day. Third seed Lucas Sithole missed out…

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