De Villiers SA rugby player of the year

first_img26 November 2008Springbok centre Jean de Villiers was named South Africa’s Rugby Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year at the sport’s annual awards banquet in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening.The 27-year-old Western Province captain was the clear winner in a poll of South African rugby journalists for the SA Rugby Player of the Year title ahead of four players from the Sharks: Bismarck du Plessis, Adrian Jacobs, Ryan Kankowski and Beast Mtawarira.De Villiers completed a memorable double as he was also awarded the prestigious Players’ Player of the Year Award, voted for by members of the South African Rugby Players’ Association (SARPA); he is the first man to complete the double since Ashwin Willemse in the 2003 season.Kankowski recognisedEighthman Ryan Kankowski’s outstanding year was recognised with four nominations, although he had to settle for just one award as the Vodacom Super 14 Player of the Year. He was also nominated for Sasol Young Player of the Year and the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year, as well as for the main award.His back-row colleague Jean Deysel also had his devastating form in the Sharks’ run to the title recognised when he was named Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year.And completing the Sharks’ joy were awards in two of the three new categories introduced this year. John Plumtree was chosen as Absa Coach of the Year after helping the Sharks end their 12-year wait for a title with victory in the Absa Currie Cup final, while the Sharks’ Super 14 side was named the Vodacom Team of the Year after returning to the play-offs for a second successive year.Big winnerAnother big winner on the night was Vodacom Free State Cheetahs’ centre Robert Ebersohn, who was named Sasol Young Player of the Year from a strong field, as well as the Sasol Under-20 Player of the Year.Kennedy Tsimba was named as Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year, six years after he was named as the Premier Division Player of the Year, following his return to fitness in the Griffons’ impressive surge to the First Division title.Flyhalf Burton Francis of the Vodacom Blue Bulls was chosen as the Vodacom Cup Player of the Year, while Ricky Januarie’s score against the All Blacks in Dunedin was named as SuperSport Try of the Year.In women’s rugby, Lorinda Brown of Eastern Province capped a fine year in which she played for the national sevens and 15-a-side teams and was part of an inter-provincial title-winning side by being named as Women’s Player of the Year.SA RUGBY AWARD WINNERSSA Rugby Player of the YearWinner: Jean de Villiers (Western Province)Also nominated: Bismarck du Plessis, Adrian Jacobs, Ryan Kankowski, Beast Mtawarira (all Sharks)Sasol Young Player of the Year(The outstanding young rugby player of 23 years or younger of the 2008 South African season- born in 1985 or later)Winner: Robert Ebersohn (Free State Cheetahs)Also nominated: Heinrich Brussow (Free State Cheetahs), Ryan Kankowski, (Sharks), Nick Koster (Western Province), Beast Mtawarira (Sharks)Players’ Player of the YearWinner: Jean de Villiers (Western Province)Vodacom Team of the Year(The outstanding South African team or province of the 2008 season. This may be awarded for performances in a single tournament or for a province/franchises performances across a range of competitions)Winner: Sharks (Vodacom Super 14 team)Also nominated: Platinum Leopards, Sharks (Absa Currie Cup team), Vodacom Blue Bulls, Vodacom StormersAbsa Coach of the Year(The outstanding coach of the 2008 South African season)Winner: John Plumtree (Sharks, Absa Currie Cup)Also nominated: Eugene Eloff (Golden Lions), Rassie Erasmus (Stormers), Frans Ludeke (Blue Bulls). Chaka Willemse (Platinum Leopards)Vodacom Super 14 Player of the Year(The outstanding player of the 2008 Vodacom Super 14 season)Winner: Ryan Kankowski (Sharks)Also nominated: Andries Bekker, Jean de Villiers, Conrad Jantjes (all Stormers), Rory Kockott (Sharks)Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year(The outstanding player of the 2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division season)Winner: Jean Deysel (Sharks)Also nominated: Heinrich Brussow (Free State Cheetahs), Ryan Kankowski (Sharks), Wynand Olivier (Blue Bulls), Stefan Terblanche (Sharks)Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year(The outstanding player of the 2008 Absa Currie Cup First Division season)Winner: Kennedy Tsimba (Griffons)Also nominated: Cecil Afrika, (Griffons), Clayton Durand (Platinum Leopards), Ashley Johnson (Griffons), Vuyo Zangqa (Platinum Leopards)Vodacom Cup Player of the Year(The outstanding player of the 2008 Vodacom Cup season)Winner: Burton Francis (Blue Bulls)Also nominated: Isma-eel Dollie (Western Province), Rocco Jansen (Blue Bulls), Ashley Johnson, Wilton Pietersen (both Free State Cheetahs)SuperSport Try of the YearWinner: Ricky Januarie (SA v New Zealand, Dunedin)Sasol Sevens Player of the YearRenfred DeyselSasol SA under-20 Player of the YearRobert Ebersohn (Free State Cheetahs)Women’s Player of the YearLorinda Brown (Eastern Province)SAA National Club Champs Player of the TournamentLola Waka (Pukke)Marriott Refereeing Achievement of the YearMark LawrenceCoca-Cola Craven Week Player of the TournamentSampie Mastriet (Boland)Source: SA Rugbylast_img read more

Maths, literacy targets set for 2011

first_img5 December 2008 Source: BuaNews The efforts form part of the Foundation for Learning campaign, launched by Education Minister Naledi Pandor in March this year, which focuses on offering quality teaching and learning from grade one through grade six. The interventions included CCTV systems to monitor access and behaviour, the Hlayiseka programme to assist with the management of school safety, exploring humanitarian law to develop social awareness and civic responsibility, youth camps to instil positive values, example of a code of conduct to support extra curricular activities, while at the same time addressing life skills. The marking is scheduled to be complete by 11 December 2008, individual results will be released to all schools on the 29 December and Education Minister Naledi Pandor will officially release them on 30 December. In bid to ensure that the average learner obtains a 50% mark for mathematics and literacy by 2011, the Department of Education is taking steps to ensure that classrooms are adequately resourced and that teachers teach effectively and assess learner performance regularly. With the NSC, there are no longer higher grades and standard grades; only one grade of examination paper is set, and all learners must choose either mathematics or mathematical literacy. All learners also have to take Life Orientation, which is assessed internally. “The interventions also include sport for development to create sustainable extra curricular activities, while at the same time addressing life skills and legislation for drug testing to enable schools to test learners where reasonable suspicion exists,” the department said. National Curriculum Statement Hindle said 593 000 learners sat for this year’s exams, 28 225 more than 2007, with a number of them opting for the toughest subjects. Hindle said during 2009, the department would focus on monitoring the implementation and impact of the various school safety interventions, and provide support to teachers to facilitate effective discipline and behaviour management in the classroom. “Each school must ensure that every teacher has at least the basic minimum resources in the classroom as listed in the government gazette of 14 March 2008, [and] schools will put the core task of teaching at the centre stage, and all teachers are expected to be in their classes teaching planned lessons during contact time,” Education department director-general Duncan Hindle said in Pretoria this week. “The department reported that several interventions, which have been put in place to address the incidence of crime and violence at schools impacted positively on the incidence of crime, violence and vandalism in schools with some schools reporting change behaviour among the learners intervention,” he said. This year was the first time that all grade 12 learners in public schools wrote the same examinations, which are set on the new curriculum known as the National Curriculum Statement (NSC). Safety in schoolslast_img read more

Brand South Africa Statement

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 17th August 2018 – Brand South Africa’s Board of Trustees has appointed Ms Thembi Kunene-Msimang as Acting Chief Executive Officer of the entity as of 13th August 2018.Ms Kunene-Msimang is currently a non-executive Trustee at Brand South Africa. She has over 18 years’ executive management experience in the fields of Tourism, Communication, Marketing and serves on various other Boards.“I am delighted to have been trusted to help steer the organisation to success with the support from employees and the Board. I look forward to continuing the work in fulfilling the organisation’s mandate for the greater good of our country”, said Ms Kunene- Msimang.Chairperson of the Board, Ms Khanyisile Kweyama added, “the Board would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Nadine Thomas for her contribution and willingness to act as CEO since April. She will now continue in her role as Chief Financial Officer of the organisation”.For more information, please contact, Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Communications, Ms Thoko Modise 082 787 6695, [email protected]last_img read more

American Lakota woman accuses border guards of racial profiling after they probe

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn American Indian woman is accusing border guards in Saskatoon of racial profiling after she was stopped while entering Canada and asked her heritage and if she was part of the Idle No More movement.Patricia Stein told APTN National News her flight arrived in Saskatoon at about 3:20 p.m. Friday and was questioned by a Canadian Border Services Agency officer about where she was going and who she was going to see.The officer ordered her to a “secondary” meeting and Stein was ushered to a waiting area before being interrogated by a different officer.“The first question the officer asked me was my heritage,” said Stein who told him she’s Lakota and German. “He literally had a pad of paper in front of him and wrote ‘Native American’ down and circled it.”The officer wanted to know who she was going to see. Stein said a friend. In fact Stein was using frequent flyer miles to fly to Saskatoon and had to use them up by a certain time or they’d expire.“Then he came back to the Native questions and asked “have you participated in Idle No More?’” said Stein.She said the officer then asked if she’d ever been paid for her “activism.”“No one gets paid for that. Who in the world is going to pay us for that?” said Stein, who during the throes of the Idle No More movement in December and January was in Egypt and held her own rally in front of the Canadian Embassy.She is also outspoken about Indigenous rights, especially missing and murdered women.“The questions were all very, very weird,” said Stein who after an hour and half was allowed into Canada. “It was the most blatant racism I have ever seen.”When she asked why they were asking her all the questions she claims the officer said it’s “routine.”A call to the CBSA was not immediately returned. A spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews needed more information and didn’t immediately provide comment.But it didn’t end there according to Stein who claims she had to show the officer how much money she had in her bank account.She pulled it up on her phone.“According to him (they ask for bank records) to make sure people don’t come in and stay here but that’s weird as I have my return flight in six days,” she said. “They wanted bank statements from me but everything kept coming back to how active are you with Native activism.”She described the office she was in as typical with a desk with a computer. She didn’t get the name of the officer but said he was a middle-aged man with red hair and a thick build.Stein said border guards asked her over and over again if it was her first time in Canada. She told them it [email protected]: @afixedaddresslast_img read more