Aspiring future rugby stars from the Eye of the Tiger Rugby Academy say the stories of both Siya Kolisi and Makazoli Mapimpi gives them enough hope to come out on top one day. Most of the boys at the academy come from rural communities and where schools do not have rugby.

The Eye of the Tiger which is a women led national rugby academy, was launched in 2011 and have produced a number of professional rugby players who come from disadvantaged and rural areas across the country.

The main objective of the academy is to ensure that there are enough young rugby players, with enough talent, to be passed on to the current SA Rugby Unions and ultimately the Springboks, and to support the country‘s call for transformation in rugby.

The President of the Eye of the Tiger Rugby Academy, Viwe Qegu, says the euphoria of winning the rugby world cup inspired most of their boys.

Qegu says her boys come from the farm areas, if not from the farm areas then from informal settlements, single parents that are pushing really hard to see them excel. They come from the backgrounds that assimilates themselves with where Mapimpi and the captain Kolisi are coming from. I am actually so happy that some of the boys can see themselves in the success mood and not in the mood where they are coming from.

Farmers in drought stricken areas across the province have received a generous boost thanks to two friends.  Ruan Van Der Merwe from Blouberg and Marius Viljoen from Bonnievale, launched the Friends of Drought Relief initiative, aimed at assisting farmers across the province who are struggling due to the severe drought.

The two friends decided to provide a helping hand for farmers and their families, by providing them with animal fodder, diesel and trucks to distribute goods. The news of their initiative which started early this month, spread across the country, where around 20 to 30 members already joined to help.

Van Der Merwe has encouraged people to drive to some of the farms to experience firsthand what farmer-families encounter due the the drought. For those who would like to help, visit the Friends of Drought Relief’s Facebook page.

 

We can all play our part to help our farmers in need. Since we launched this project we shared our purpose on social media hoping that more people would open their hearts to come forward and help us helping the farmers. People as far as the United States of America and the UK have reached out to help. 

Some of the men loading animal fodder, ready to be distributed to farmers.

The newly appointed firefighter recruits by the City’s Fire and Rescue Service will soon hit the ground running, just in time for the busy summer season.

The City’s Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed 51 new recruits into its fold, which earned their stripes after an intensive selection process and training course. The new firefighters recently graduated and will soon be deployed at a number of fire stations around the city. The new recruits had to pass a tough physical assessment, and then eight months of training in various modules including Firefighter 1, Hazardous Materials Awareness and First-Aid Level 3.

One of the new firefighters Arthur Cornelissen from Kuils River says it was always a dream of his to become a firefighter.

I’m very ecstatic and honored to be able to be part of a team that serves and protects the country. I have been a seasonal firefighter before and know how tough it is out there.  I want to thank the City and all the trainers who assisted us during training and assessments.  

Picture above: Five of the new recruits ready for duty at the Strand Fire Station. In the picture Caidan Penderis; Ledwaba Madimetja; Arthur Cornelissen; Sikhumbule Njongo and Malizole Siyana

The 2019 Golden Games for Older Persons ended with a bang for team Western Cape, after they secured the second place at this annual event for senior citizens. The event which was first held in the Western Cape in 2010, gained popularity in most of the other provinces since then. All participants who competed at these games are 60 years old and older. This year it was held in KwaZuluNatal, where nine other provinces participated. The host province came in first followed by the Western Cape in second.

Team Western Cape managed to win most of their sporting codes and bagged almost all of the medals in the process. The highlight of the games was when team WC was crowned as the Champions of the men’s soccer event, when they beat three times champion Team KZN, 1-0 in the final. The good news is that the games will be heading to its place of origin, the Western Cape next year. The Chairperson of the Local Organizing Committee for team WC, Martin De Villiers says, the games is not only about winning medals but it is an occasion for most participants to get out more and having fun.

“Getting up and going out to spend a little time is relaxing and a great mood booster. Even if our limited mobility allows us to only take a short walk or swinging our arms around. These games keeps us active and it is something that we always look forward to every year.”

South Africa’s national under 13 Futsal Team will represent the country at the 2019 C13 Futsal World Cup, in Spain, starting Monday 28 October. Nine boys from across the country, and six of them belonging to the local Tygerberg Futsal League, arrived save and sound in Barcelona for the tournament. The boys will represent South Africa for the first time at this international showpiece.

The President of Tygerberg Futsal League Joshua Jansen van Rensburg, says the entire team wants to thank Smile 90.4 fm and everyone for their incredible support during the build up campaign, ahead of the tournament. 

“It was an incredible few weeks with regards to getting the boys ready for this once in a lifetime opportunity. From fundraising, logistics and shorting out their passports, we managed to get it done just in time. Smile 90.4 fm played a crucial role with sharing the team’s progress, and for that we are truly grateful. “