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Archive for May, 2009

Bulls: Super 14 Champs


With the tunes of Liefling, Marching to Pretoria and Ek Bly n’ Bul being sung by 52 000 supporters all in unison, with the majority sporting blue, who could have blamed the Waikato Chiefs for feeling a tad intimidated at last nights Super 14 final at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

The Bulls stole the show by thrashing the Chiefs 61- 17 to record the biggest winning margin in a Super 14 final yet, much to the delight of the Pretoria crowd and so it seemed, former Springbok captain turned SuperSport presenter, Bob Skinstad (who it must be noted has some impressive metaphors for an ex- rugby player).

Bulls try scorers were Fourie du Preez (2) Bryan Habana (2), who overtook Breyton Paulse’s record for the most tries scored in Super Rugby, Victor Matfield, Wynand Olivier, Pierre Spies and Danie Rossouw.

Last weeks hero, Morne Steyn converted five tries, kicked two penalties and drop goaled one. Buton Francis who received his first Super rugby points also made a conversion.

Leila Masaga and captain Mils Muliana each scored for the New Zealand franchise with flyhalf Stephen Donald kicking two conversions to compliment his teammates tries.


55 Pilot Whales Beached in Kommetjie

whales-beached-in-ctWhales Stranded

A remarkable but sad sight of a pod of 55-beached pilot whales could be seen on the Southern Cape Peninsula town of Kommetijie in South Africa yesterday morning.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and public volunteers started rescue efforts at 7:30am much without prevail as only 20 of the 55 mammals could be rescued with the rest either dying of natural causes or were euthanized.

Marine and Coastal Management scientist Mike Meyer stated that, “This is not a nice decision but we are just prolonging their agony. The animals that have been saved are beaching themselves further along the coast.”

Two volunteers were injured in the rescue attempt and a third was rescued after being swept out to sea.

No one knows why the whales beach themselves.

i-Burst launches campaign to teach South Africans the National Anthem

MyAnthem logo

iBurst, SA’s broadband internet provider, has launched its MyAnthem campaign in a bid to ensure that every South African knows the words of the national anthem.

The idea is the brain child of a local chiropractor, Grant Ions, who was concerned that many South African don’t know the anthem.

South Africans who don’t know the words to Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika can visit iBurst’s MyAnthem website where they’ll be able to learn the words by downloading a karaoke style device which uses pictures to represent the words and sounds of the anthem.

Controversial Zapiro documentary a big hit!


A show featuring South African cartoonist, Jonathon Shapiro (Zapiro) has been downloaded over 3500 times since it was posted on the Mail & Guardians website at 2:30 PM on Wednesday 27 May.
The Special Assignment documentary on political satire which features an interview with Shapiro explaining why exactly he depicts SA president Jacob Zuma with a “shower head” was banned by the SABC.
ANC spokesperson Jesse Duarte is also featured in the documentary. Refering to the shower Duarte states in the documentary that, “Shapiro had taken a comment in the court case out of context and then used a “derogatory” image, a shower, and thought that it would be funny”.
She continues by saying, “I don’t think he’s [Shapiro] a small fish in a small pond. I think he’s a cog in a wheel … of right-wing elementary journalism that looks at people from a very one-sided viewpoint and doesn’t allow for the opposite views to come through,”

“I think Jonathan Shapiro should be taken to court where a court can hear his side of the view and Mr Zuma’s side of the view and where it can be decided whether he should punitively pay for his race and class bias.”
A number of clips from Shapiro’s satirical Z News, in which politicians are lampooned through the use of puppets, are also featured in the documentary.

Click on link below to see the documentary on Zoopy
What the SABC wouldn\'t show you

Radio station keeping Cape Town warm this winter

Good Hope FM

Local Cape Town radio station Good Hope FM is staging a Keep Cape Town Warm campaign, which appeals to the Cape Town public as well as businesses to donate blankets, food, clothing and money for the city’s less fortunate inhabitants.
The radio station will broadcast live from different intersections around Cape Town every Wednesday from 6am to 7pm (starting 3 June, ending 29 July).

Listeners will be asked to drive past the intersections and drop off blankets and tinned food for the needy. Good Hope FM personalities will be present at the intersections from 6am to 7pm to help collect items from drivers who can’t stop their cars.

If you reside in the mother city look out for the stations outside broadcasts which will take place from the following locations:

Wednesday, 3 June – Thibault Square
Wednesday, 10 June – Engen, Main Road, Claremont
Wednesday, 17 June – BP, corner of Rosmead Avenue and Wetton Road
Wednesday, 24 June – N1 City, McDonalds
Thursday, 2 July – Sable Square, Century City
Wednesday, 8 July – Liberty Promenade Mall, Mitchells Plain
Wednesday, 15 July – Canal Walk, Century City
Wednesday, 22 July – Engen, Orange Street, Gardens
Wednesday, 29 July – Athlone Police Station

For details of the various drop-off zones visit

The new BMW Z4 released in SA

Following the popular Z3 and Z4, BMW launched the much anticipated Z4 roadster in South Africa this week.

The roadster, which has the longest single bonnet and comes with an all in one aluminum roof that take 20 seconds to fold up and down, can take you back R 506 500 for the basic Z4 sDrive 23i manual. Want all the bells and whistles? Expect to pay up to R 682 500 for the Z4 sDrive 35i manual.

SA Mountaineer’s Climb of Hope


Robby Kojetin recently became the 17th South African to summit the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.

Naming the climb his “Climb of Hope” Kojetin undertook the climb to raise awareness of lymphoma and funds for the Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC) SA.