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Jesse Kriel
Kriel out for up to eight weeks
30 April 2019, 3:41 PM

The Bulls will be without Springbok centre Jesse Kriel for the next six to eight weeks after he limped out of the Pretoria-based side’s 24-23 defeat to the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.

Kriel has had successful ankle surgery.

Bulls team doctor Herman Roussow confirmed that Kriel had torn a ligament in his ankle.

There are more worries for the Bulls with wings Divan Rossouw and Jade Stighling who will also miss their upcoming home fixture against the New South Wales Waratahs, after they left the field with concussion at the weekend.

Better news for Coach Pote Human is that centre Burger Odendaal will be eligible after being cleared by a specialist after sustaining an eye injury against the Stormers.

The Bulls are second in the South Africa Conference, two points behind the Sharks but with a game in hand.

Joseph Malanji
SADC Observation Mission to meet with Police Minister
29 April 2019, 9:22 PM

The SADC Election Observation Mission to South Africa will on Tuesday meet with the Minister of Police to gain clarity on the issue of security for the upcoming elections.

The mission has raised concerns about the recent reports on xenophobic attacks in some parts of the country.

Expected to be the eyes and the ears for SADC during election in South Africa next week, the mission says it will deploy observers in all nine provinces but the numbers are a challenge.

Minister of Foreign Affairs in Zambia Joseph Malanji says the other thorny issue is safety and security.

The team will hold talks with political parties and the representatives of the police on Tuesday.

Domestic and international observers will be playing a crucial role in ensuring that the 2019 elections are transparent, free and fair, and that the outcome is accepted by voters, political parties and candidates.

 

C Town City aim to disturb the title race, starting with Pirates
29 April 2019, 9:11 PM

Cape Town City Coach, Benni McCarthy has promised to throw the Absa Premiership title race open after their match against Orlando Pirates. The Citizens host the title-chasing Pirates in Cape Town on Saturday.

With two matches to go, Pirates have 50 points, and lead second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns by three, but the Pretoria team still have a game in hand. Third-placed Bidvest Wits is still in contention. They are on 48 points.

McCarthy says they are going to make the title race interesting.

“We like to ruffle feathers. Next week is the right time to ruffle those feathers, unpin that hand grenade there and drop it there and see what happens. Wits, Sundowns, we are gonna throw that hand grenade in the mob there. Let it explode. They’re gonna fight each other. We look to do exactly the same. It must go down to the wire. We want to cause confusion,” says McCarthy.

Aboriginal Khoisan
Elections 2019: Aboriginal Khoisan
29 April 2019, 8:58 PM

Abbreviation: A.K.S.

In the 2019 elections, the Aboriginal Khoisan will be contesting provincial elections only, in the Northern Cape province.

Aboriginal Khoisan was formed in December 2008.

Rodney January is the party Leader.

Jed Holloway
Waratahs’ Holloway gets 3 week suspension
29 April 2019, 7:33 PM

Waratahs lock, Jed Holloway, has been suspended from all forms of rugby for three weeks, up to and including the 18th of May. Holloway, who was held back at a ruck by Sharks prop Thomas du Toit, retaliated by striking the prop in the face with his elbow.

The incident happened in the 46th minute of the match and Holloway was red carded. A mid-range suspension of six weeks for striking a player on the head was considered.

However, due to the player’s clean judicial record, the fact that he expressed remorse and pleaded guilty, the suspension was reduced to three weeks.

Holloway will miss the Waratahs’ tour to South Africa where they’ll play the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld and the Lions at Ellis Park before taking on the Reds in Brisbane.

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