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T-Systems rewards record-breaking Wayde van Niekerk with R1 million gift

In celebration of his spectacular performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, T-Systems today present’s athletics superstar Wayde van Niekerk with a R1 million gift.  “It’s our gesture of thanks, honouring Wayde for the way he’s inspired millions of South Africans to believe in their own dreams and chase after success,” notes Mpumi Nhlapo, Head of […]

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The Quota Question: Is Cricket SA fixing what’s not broken or making what’s working better?

By Sanjeev “Mahatma” Gupta By now most of us must be aware that Cricket South Africa (CSA) has decreed that the national cricket team, The Proteas, should play a minimum of 54% black players and an average minimum of 18% black African players over the season. The targets will be calculated as an average of […]

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From Gold medallist to a high court attorney

   When Paralympian Samkelo Radebe won a gold medal at the 2012 paralympics for the 4 x 100 relay in the world record time of 41.78 seconds, the world might have thought that he was contented with the feat and there was nothing more he aspired for.  But foresighted Radebe regarded the glory as a springboard […]

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Wayde van Niekerk: the band that loosely binds the nation together

To the majority of South Africans, victory in any sporting code carries much more significance than in other countries, where people speedily revert to their daily tasks after fleetingly savouring in the glory. It’s not unusual. South Africans, still battling to exorcise the deep-rooted legacy of racial divisions which the system of apartheid sowed, temporarily […]

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Sports needs grassroots transformation, not window dressing – CEO

In an article he has penned which was published on www. bizcommunity.com, Ryan Evans, CEO of Accelerate South Africa makes a compelling, rational case for transformation in sports, looking beyond the emotions the topic has generated. As we all certainly must be aware, the Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, recently took the bold […]

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Gary Kirsten unearthing cricket’s rough diamonds in Khayelitsha

Talented young cricket stars are quickly being identified in Khayelitsha schools following the creation of comprehensive cricketing ecosystems by the Gary Kirsten Foundation last year. In a drive to provide gifted individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds with the tools to develop their sporting skills, the Gary Kirsten Foundation initiated the Township Cricket Net Installation project. Learners […]

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No honeymoon for new springbok coach

  Allister Coetzee, the new Springboks coach, is a battle-hardened veteran who knows better what it is like to endure unbearable pressure from both fans and the team’s directors. Under his tutelage, the unfancied Stormers side had been transformed into a formidable Super Rugby Side that often punched above its weight and outwitted highly esteemed […]

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Temba Bavuma’s batting: More excellence than colour

When rare opportunity finally arrived for 25 year old Temba Bavuma to bat for the Proteas against England on 6 January 2016 in Durban -after a long wait in the sidelines – he enthusiastically grabbed it with both hands, and, boy, he did not disappoint the least bit. With the poise of a veteran, Bavuma […]

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It must be tough being a token Springbok player

It’s now customary that, on the eve of the Rugby World Cup, there should be a hullabaloo about poor transformation or lack thereof. Conveniently, those who have taken a backseat in matters transformation after the previous tournament capitalise on the opportunity to score some political brownie points. They make noise about lack of black players […]

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Sincerity should override emotions in Springbok ‘BEE’ players selection

By Sanjeev Mahatma Gupta Transformation, A Rainbow Nation, Simunye (We are one for non-nguni language speakers), ‘New’ South Africa, inclusiveness ……the list goes on. South Africans are amongst people in the world gifted, in fact incredibly so, at coining catchy expressions that stand for and are meant to create a sense of patriotism or positive […]

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