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SABC, ASA reach an agreement to broadcast sporting events
7 May 2019, 7:38 PM

The SABC and Athletics South Africa (ASA) have reached an agreement regarding the broadcasting of the Comrades Marathon.

The agreement will see the SABC producing and broadcasting the Comrades Marathon, Cape Town Marathon and Soweto Marathon.

The Comrades Marathon, which takes place on 9 June 2019, will be broadcast live on SABC 2 from 5h30.

Acting SABC COO, Dr Craig Van Rooyen, says, “We are delighted with the agreement, as we are committed to the development of athletics in the county. This agreement also bears testimony to the fact that the SABC and ASA are keen on working together in promoting not only the sport, but also showcasing our local and global superstars, who inspire the nation.”

ASA says it will continue negotiations with the SABC in the hope of securing a three-year agreement regarding the broadcast of sporting events such as the Comrades Marathon, in future.

President of Athletics South Africa, Aleck Skhosana, says, “As ASA we look forward to further negotiations with the SABC for a three year contract, which will look into Track and Field events under ASA. All preparations for the marathons which we have now concluded an agreement on with the SABC, are underway.

“We would like to thank the Group Chief Executive Officer and the Acting Chief Operations Officer for ensuring that a deal is concluded between the two parties and we look forward to the nation being able to see their icons and champions in action,” Skhosana adds.

Anrich Nortje
Nortje ruled out of World Cup for injury
7 May 2019, 3:04 PM

Fast bowler Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the Cricket World Cup due to a fractured thumb and will be replaced by all-rounder Chris Morris.

Nortje fractured his thumb in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

The 24-year-old Nortje has played just four one-day- internationals for South Africa and was expected to make an impact at the World Cup which starts in England and Wales later this month.

He was also forced to withdraw from the Indian Premier League because of an injured shoulder.

Two other fast bowlers in South Africa’s World Cup squad, who returned from the Indian Premier League prematurely because of injuries, Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn, have not been cleared yet and remain works in progress.

The good news is that J.P Duminy, Lungi Ngidi and Tabraiz Shamsi have all fully recovered from their injuries.

Home Affairs Department
GP, EC and KZN have most uncollected IDs according to Home Affairs
7 May 2019, 1:59 PM

Home Affairs says Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have the most uncollected Smart ID cards.

Eligible voters need their IDs, whether card or green book to cast their ballots. Many of the people who visited Home Affairs offices to collect their Smart card IDs or green ID books say they’re determined to vote on Wednesday in the general elections.

“The reason I’m here is because of my daughter’s ID as she is going to matric. So that is why I came here so that she can get an ID. Maybe she might be lucky and vote tomorrow (Wednesday). If everything goes well I think she is going to vote.

I’m here to get my ID because I also want to vote tomorrow. It’s a big day for voting. I’m ready I’m waiting for the day of tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Home Affairs is extending working hours until election day on Wednesday. This is to enable citizens to collect their IDs to vote.

On Tuesday offices will be open from 7 am to  5 pm and on Wednesday it will open from 7 am to 9 pm.

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Stellenbosch FC
Stellenbosch FC promoted to PSL
5 May 2019, 8:51 PM

Cape Town will have another team campaigning in the ABSA Premiership. Stellenbosch FC has gained promotion after being crowned champions of the National First Division.

Stellies finished top of the log with 56 points, beating second placed Royal Eagles by 3 points.

Eagles will now play in the play-off’s between the 15th of May and the 1st of June to determine the second team that will play in the PSL next season.

National First Division leaders Stellenbosch FC who hosted tenth placed Maccabi FC needed just a single point to be crowned automatic champions.

Already on 55 points Stellenbosch led second placed Royal Eagles by just two points. After reaching 53 points last week, Eagles were guaranteed a top two finish.

Third placed Tshakhuma and Ajax who were both on 48 points can’t surpass Eagles’ point tally, and were therefore fighting for the final play-off spot.

The match failed to produce any goals in the first half. The best chance for Stellenbosch came early in the second half but Iqraam Rayners was denied his 20th goal of the season by the crossbar.

Despite their team failing to score on the day the local crowd started celebrating in injury time. Celebrations officially started after the final whistle.

Stellenbosch FC becomes the second club from the NFD to be promoted by coach Steve Barker. Barker helped the University of Pretoria gain promotion into the PSL seven seasons ago.

“Barker saying thanks to everyone including the players, management and supporters. He says they deserve to be playing in the PSL after a good and consistent performance,” says Barker.

Meanwhile second placed Royal Eagles visited relegation threatened Ubuntu Cape Town at the Athlone Stadium. Eagles had to win and Stellebosch had to lose to be crowned champions of the NFD.

It was the home side Ubuntu who scored first through Fawaaz Basadien in the 18th minute, and led 1-nil at the break. Ubuntu realised that they needed a lot of goals to move away from the relegation zone. The home-side continued to create more scoring opportunities than second placed Eagles and managed to win the game 1-0.

IEC
IEC, police reassure citizens that voting will take place on Wednesday
5 May 2019, 8:40 PM

Citizens of the Eastern Cape have been given the assurance by the police and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) that they will be able to cast their votes on Wednesday.

This comes despite the recent severe floods in parts of the province and threats of disruptions.

Arrangements have been made to ensure that temporary access roads and bridges will be built by the army and police will be on hand to assist where necessary.

By Sunday afternoon, the main IEC centre for the province was opened and operating in East London.

IEC officials in the Eastern Cape will be part of the teams monitoring and running the 4 791 polling stations in the Province over the next few days.

It is an obligation of IEC to ensure each South African citizen who is eligible to vote does so freely and fairly on Wednesday.

IEC provincial Executive Officer Khayakazi Magudumane says, “As the province we are ready. We just launched our ROC and we’ve just confirmed with the political parties that we’re indeed ready. We have done all the collection of material and picked and packed the materials. They are ready for collection in the morning to all the voting stations that are affected by special votes. We’ve trained and done with training.”

The Department of home affairs also pledged support for those who lost their identity documents. Gcinile Mabhulu who is the Eastern Cape home affairs provincial manager says “Home affairs is ready and working overtime to assist those that lost their documents during floods.”

The EC Police Commissioner also issued a stern warning to disrupters. Liziwe Ntshinga says her department is more than ready to face the elections. “We have identified all the hotspots and the intelligence is doing all the ground work,” says  Ntshinga.

A strong message was also sent to those with any intention of intimidation or disruptive behaviour that the police will not hesitate to take action.

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