The popular Tannie Poppie known for her famous “roosterbrood” will finally embark on her journey to Italy, after she reached her fundraising target on the Back-a-buddy crowd-funding platform.

The campaign received overwhelming support in a few short weeks, raising over R100 000, with contributions from 170 donors.

Tannie Poppie’s journey started when she met Stan Engelbrecht, who bought some of her “roosterbrood” from  a small roadside stand on the N1 in Laingsburg.

“Poppie and I met by chance about 6 years ago, and I asked her to come and prepare her now-famous ‘roosterbrood’ at a few of the bicycling races I organise. Over the years she has made ‘roosterbrood’ at all my races, and she has become part of the family.”

“One of the events I organize is Eroica South Africa in Montagu, and of course Poppie was there to make ‘roosterbrood’ for the weary riders. Eroica is an Italian event that I manage locally. During their visit the Italian representatives were so impressed with Poppie, and so touched by her incredible life story, that they invited her to Gaiole, Italy to attend the main Eroica event as a special guest. Since Poppie might struggle travelling overseas on her own for the first time in her life, myself and my girlfriend Donnet will be escorting her.”

For their final performance on America’s Got Talent the Ndlovu Youth Choir gave a tribute to Africa.

The choir who hails from Limpopo has been doing the nation proud throughout the competition.

Closing off the show the choir shined on the stage with their spin on Africa, by Toto.

The winner of the 14th season of America’s Got Talent will be crowned tonight in a live broadcast in the US at 17:00 PST (Thursday 02:00 – SA time).

Watch the moving performance here:


South Africa recovered 1.285 million tonnes of recyclable paper products last year, putting the country’s paper recovery rate at 71.7%.

This is according to Anele Sololo, general manager of the country’s paper recycling association, RecyclePaperZA, who adds that this rate is well above the global average of 59.3%.

If baled, 1.285 million tonnes of paper and paper packaging would:

  • Cover 166 rugby fields
  • Fill 1 542 Olympic swimming pools
  • Weigh the equivalent of 214 208 adult African elephants

Sololo says more importantly, the paper recovered in 2018 saved 3.855 million cubic metres of landfill space and ensured that the recovered fibre was made into new products that we use every day.

More than 90% of this recovered paper is used for the local beneficiation of new paper packaging and tissue.

She says South Africa’s paper recycling success is thanks to the efforts of citizens who separate their waste at home, work and school, industry initiatives and our informal waste sector.

“Recycling requires a collective effort – from retailers to the consumer. We can all play a small part in making sure that recyclable paper gets where it should: to the paper recycling mills across the country.”

Capetonians have been asked to play their part and vote for Cape Town in the World Travel Awards.

The Mother City will again try to secure the title of World’s Leading Festival and Events Destination.

In addition, Table Mountain and the Cape Town International Airport are in the running for the WORLD’S leading tourist attraction and leading airport respectively.

They already hold the title of best in Africa.

Established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries across the world, the World Travel Awards are recognised as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

Visit to vote. The voting period closes on 20 October.

Former Springbok rugby player and Western Cape legend, Chester Williams will receive a special provincial official funeral.

The national flag will be flown at half-mast in his honour from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, the day of his funeral service.

Premier Alan Winde said: “Chester first captured the hearts of South Africans when he played a leading role in the Springbok rugby team which won the 1995 Rugby World Cup. He was also highly respected and loved by fans during his time as a member of the Western Province team. But even after he hung up his own boots, he was instrumental in shaping the lives of many young players through the Chester Williams Rugby Foundation. For the past four years, he coached the University of the Western Cape team, leading them to victory in the Rugby Varsity Shield. But perhaps the biggest legacy he will leave is in his role as a worthy and committed husband and dad. He was a man that the boys of our province could look up to.”

“Chester’s contribution to sport and transformation in this country and in this province has been immense and for this reason, we made a request to the Presidency for a special provincial official funeral in order to pay tribute to him and the remarkable life he led.”

This request was agreed to by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Details of the funeral:

The funeral will take place at Newlands Rugby Stadium on Saturday 14 September.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend this celebration of his life.

The funeral will be held at Newlands Stadium. Gates open at 10am and the service wills start at noon.