Power utility, Eskom says it has made a lot of strides over the past few months to stabilize the country’s electricity grid.

Eskom Chief Operating Officer, Jan Oberholzer says technicians have, since last year, been able to do a lot of repairs at the country’s major power stations.

Oberholzer says many other challenges were also addressed which will ensure an uninterrupted power supply to the national grid.

Access Eskom’s latest media briefing here.

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Day 11 at the 2022 Australian Open was straightforward in determining the finalists in the Woman’s singles draw.

Local favourite, Ashleigh Barty made history this morning. The 25-year old pulled off yet another straight-set victory. This time over American, Madison Keys to become this first Australian to compete in the Grand Slam down under since Wendy Turnball in 1980.

The other Yank to compete in the 2022 Australian Open semi-final achieved more success. The 27th seed, Danielle Collins was ruthless in terms of accuracy against the Seventh seed, Iga Swiatek. The straight-set victory sees Collins advance to her first Major final.

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Top seed, Ash Barty made a huge statement at the Rod Laver Arena and looks poised to break the Turnball-curse. The Aussie charged to a 6th consecutive victory without dropping a set. Barty lost just 21 games in the 2022 Australian Open so far, with her time on court totalling six hours and six minutes.

That is the most ruthless performance in a Woman’s draw at a Grand Slam since Serena Williams dropped just 16 games on route to the US Open final in 2013.

Ash Barty in action in the Semi-Final at the 2022 Australian OpenBarty also sent a 3rd successive American pacing, again in a little over an hour. It took just 62-minutes for the World No.1 to power to a 6-1 and 6-3 win over Madison Keys.

The Aussie is now just one win away from becoming the first local woman to win the Australian Open since Chris O’Neil in 1978.

“It’s unreal, it’s just incredible. I love this tournament, I love coming here and playing in Australia and as an Aussie, we are spoiled that we are a grand slam nation and get to play at home,“ said the 25-year old.

“I get the chance to play for a title, it’s unreal. This is Brisbane weather, it was humid. I tried to keep Maddy under the pump as she can take it away from you. She’s a great person, looks you in the eye, a lot of the girls love her.”

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27th seed, Danielle Collins delivered a performance worthy of a Grand Slam crown. The American pulled off a massive upset, which will see her make her Top 10 debut in the coming week.

Collins, who underwent surgery to treat endometriosis last March, turned over the favourite, Iga Swiatek with ease. Her intent was clear from the first game, overpowering the Seventh seed with pure first-strike tennis.

Danielle Collins punches the air celebrating a point at the 2022 Australian OpenThe 28-year old was deadly accurate on her way to a 6-4 and 6-1 victory to make it through to a first-ever Major final.

“It feels amazing, it’s been such a journey, and it doesn’t happen overnight, so many years of hard work,” said the American after her semi-final victory.

“It’s incredible to be on this stage, especially with the health challenges. I added a little bit more variety over the last two years but this is my Plan A. In this tournament, I don’t feel like I have time to sit down, I have been standing up when I sleep at night.“

The Men’s finalist will be decided tomorrow.

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If there’s one person who continues to defy the odds in just about every way possible, it’s got to be Cher.

 

At 75 years old, she looks better than some of us (including me) can only dream of looking in a lifetime! Sure, when you’re a legendary pop star with tons of money in the bank, having access to the best dermatologists and dietitians in the business is no problem at all. But, Cher recently gave us a sneak peek into what her workout routine looks like. And I think it’s safe to say that many of us would struggle to keep up!

 

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 The goddess of pop tweeted on Tuesday, “Just came up from abs, Zumba, yoga, wall sits. Tomorrow, my step class, yoga, different abs”.

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When you think of someone in their mid-70s, I’m sure such a rigorous workout schedule is probably not something that first springs to mind. But considering this is someone with a career in entertainment spanning nearly 60 years, we can all agree that Cher doesn’t do anything halfway. It’s either 110% or nothing at all!

 

These tweets come after Cher signed on to be one of the new faces of MAC Cosmetics in 2022, alongside hip-hop star, Saweetie. Again – not quite something you expect from a 75-year-old!

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Cher’s ‘go-getter’ attitude and determination to achieve the highest honour in just about everything she’s ever set out to do in her career is something I have always looked up to her for. She seems like the kind of person who’d invite you over for a G&T on Saturday afternoon, all while giving you the best masterclass on life that money couldn’t even buy! Go granny Cher!

 

 

Siya Kolisi is the SA Rugby Player of the Year for 2021, after the popular Springbok captain garnered the most votes for his performances during a tough season, while the exciting Aphelele Fassi underlined his great potential by winning the Young Player of the Year award.

The 30-year-old Kolisi edged out strong challenges from his national teammates Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Eben Etzebeth and Makazole Mapimpi to become the first Bok captain since Jean de Villiers in 2013 to win the top award.

Kolisi – who was named the MTN Springbok of the Castle Lager Lions Series last year and was the only Springbok to play in all 13 Tests in 2021 – led South Africa to a superb series victory over the British & Irish Lions in August and went on to captain the side under difficult circumstances in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, which culminated with a nail-biting win over the All Blacks.

Fassi made his Springbok debut in 2021 and although he featured in only two Tests – scoring superb tries on both occasions – he showed that he is one for the future playing with increased maturity at fullback and on the wing.

As a result of showing true grit while spending five months in various bio-secure bubbles in South Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom and delivering some outstanding performances – notably coming from 1-0 down to clinch the Castle Lager Lions Series – the Springboks were named Team of the Year for 2021.

In a brand-new category, Lusanda Dumke was named Springbok Women’s Player of the Year, while the Border captain also walked away with the award for Provincial Women’s Player of the Year after leading her side to the Women’s Premier Division title.

Ronald Brown capped a fine debut season for the Blitzboks as he was named Springbok Sevens Player of the Year at the SA Rugby Awards, while Henco van Wyk’s performances in the Under-20 International Series saw him walk away with the award for Junior Springbok Player of the Year.

Aimee Barrett-Theron capped a remarkable season by winning the OUTsurance Referee of the Year at the SA Rugby Awards for the second time after she also walked away with the accolade in 2019.

Another new award at the SA Rugby Awards, the Castle Lager Test Try of the Year – which was voted for by supporters on various digital platforms – went to Cheslin Kolbe for his superb and crucial try in the third Test against the British & Irish Lions in Cape Town.

The Vodacom Bulls’ second successive Carling Currie Cup title was reflected as Jake White was named Coach of the Year for the second year running, while their up-and-coming loose forward Elrigh Louw edged out teammate Johan Goosen and co-flanker Evan Roos in the race to Carling Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year.

The award for Carling Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year, which wasn’t contested in 2020, was won by Dylan Maart of the Boland Kavaliers, whose eight tries were the most in the competition last year.

Mr Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, congratulated the winners of the SA Rugby Awards and applauded their achievements in 2021.

 

“Siya led from the front as the Springboks completed what was arguably their toughest season – for many reasons – in a very long time,” said Mr Alexander.

 

“Supported very well by Jacques Nienaber and his coaching team, as well as his teammates, Siya showed true leadership under challenging conditions, and he became better as the year progressed, which culminated with a spot in the World Rugby Dream Team for 2021, along with Makazole, Lukhanyo, Eben and Malcolm Marx.

“Aphelele is a star in the making and last year we saw glimpses of what he can do, which is why he fully deserves the award for Young Player of the Year, while Cheslin’s try-scoring exploits are well-documented and his excellent five-pointer in the final Test against the Lions was crucial in helping the Boks clinch the series.

“Lusanda, Ronald and Henco are all deserved winners after stellar performances as three of our other national teams kept the South African flag flying high around the world.

“I would like to congratulate Jake and the Vodacom Bulls on their season, as well as Elrigh, Dylan and Lusanda again for showing that our provincial game is as strong as ever, with the two Carling Currie Cup competitions as well as the Women’s Premier and First Divisions delivering superb rugby all season long.

“As we gear up for what promises to be a massive year ahead, I would like to congratulate every winner on their SA Rugby awards, but would also like to thank every player, coach, administrator, referee, sponsor and all other role players for making 2021 a season to remember.”

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

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Employees are advised to first seek legal advice before going against a companies’ Covid-19 vaccine mandate, as it could cost them their jobs.

This is the message from Cape Town law firm SchoemanLaw Inc, following a recent decision by the CCMA to uphold the dismissal of an employee who refused vaccination.

The Commission ruled that Theresa Mulderij’s sacking by the Goldrush Group was “substantively fair”.

Senior candidate attorney at SchoemanLaw Inc, Gabriella Keeble, says in many cases, the safety of the many, will outweigh the decisions of the few.

Keeble has some tips for employers who want to avoid getting to this point where the CCMA is approached:

Mulderij initially applied for medical exemption but then changed tack when doctors refused to grant it, then protesting her right to bodily integrity. She also claimed she felt extreme social pressure and emotional discomfort being subjected into deciding between her livelihood and accepting the vaccine.

Leading constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos says a lesson here, is that perhaps, doing “your own research”, and embracing widely circulating but misleading or outright false claims about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines can cost you your job. You can read his analysis of the ruling, and access the ruling HERE.