An SA Perspective

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Archive for August, 2009

SA Top’s Rugby and Cricket Rankings

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The Protea’s joined the Springboks this week to become the number one ranked team in their respected sporting disciplines.

With England’s 2- 1 victory over Australia in the Ashes series that was concluded this past weekend the Protea’s, who already hold the title of top ranked ODI team, overtook the Aussies as the worlds top ranked Test team.

Springbok captain, John Smit, said that, “It was fantastic for South Africa to hold the top ranking in both cricket and rugby.

It is a reward for hard work that has been put in over the past 2 years. Many hours of effort go into preparing for international competition and achieving such an accolade makes it all worthwhile.” Graeme (Smith) and his team can be proud of this achievement,” said Smit.

Things might look up even more after this Saturday as the Springboks face Australia in Perth in contention for the Super 14 title.

Thousands of people welcome SA sensation- Semenya

Semenya
Caster Semenya, SA’s 800 meter sensation who was hounded by the press for speculation of her gender was welcomed with the rest of the SA Athletics team by thousands of people today at OR International Airport.

It was reported that the shy 18 year old could only say “Hi everybody” as the public praised her achievements in Berlin at the 12th IAAF World Championships.

The SA team walked away with a total of two gold medals and one silver.

SA medal winners were:
Caster Semenya- Women’s 800m Gold Medal
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi- Men’s 800m Gold Medal
Khotso Mokoena- Long Jump Silver Medal

Tutu Praised by Obama

Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu recently traveled to the United States to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President, Barack Obama.

According to the White House, the award, which is the US’s highest honour for a civilian is awarded to individuals for the work as ‘agents of change.’ The award is rewarded to sports men and women, actors, activists and scientists.

Obama commended Tutu for his “unflagging devotion to justice, indomitable optimism and unmistakable sense of humour.”

Tutu stated that, “My wife Leah and I are truly humbled by the extraordinary symbolism of a former South African township urchin receiving the United States’ highest civilian honour from the first African American to occupy the White House, President Barack Obama.”

Tutu dedicated the award to all South Africans who fought the country’s struggle for freedom and justice.” I am standing out only because millions of my compatriots are carrying me on their shoulders,” he said.

Running Around the Mother City

My City Running Tours

Cape Town locals and tourists alike can now share there passion for running by taking part in organised running tours in and around the Mother City.

myCity Running Tours offers packaged tours around some of the city’s most scenic landmarks which include run’s in Kirstenbosch Gardens, the CBD, Rhodes Memorial, the 12 Apostles, along the beach fronts of Camps Bay and Clifton and the Newlands Forest and Liesbeek River trail routes.

Customized running tours can also be created depending on your fitness levels and/ or the landmarks which are interested in seeing.

Visit http://www.mycityrunningtours.com/ for more information or to see a pricing structure of the tours.

Hout Bay Sentinel Sold for a mere R 10 million

Sentinel Peak
The Hout Bay landmark in Cape Town, Sentinel Peak was put under the hammer yesterday, fetching for a mere R10 million.

Although the the 321 metre landmark has caught the attention of a short list of celebrities and tycoons, including, Oprah Winfrey, Sol Kerzner, Donald Trump Jnr and Bill Gates it is yet to be announced who made the final offer.

The auctioneers confirmed that the new owners will be able to name the peak accordingly as the current name was never officially declared.

Stellenbosch Wine Festival showcases over 500 of SA’s best

Stellenbosch Wine Festival
The annual Stellenbosch Wine Festival kicked off this weekend welcoming thousands of local and international wine lovers and their families.

The four day festival played host to a variety of activities where guests were able to meet winemakers, watch celebrity chefs at work, take historic tours, look at local- made crafts, and of course what most people came for, to taste wine.

Over 500 wines were showcased at the festival.