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The South African Government has joined the international community in its call for parties involved in the conflict in Sudan to lay down their weapons, return to the negotiating table and unite the people of Sudan.
“South Africa reiterates its appeal to the parties involved in the conflict to heed international calls for an immediate ceasefire as unarmed civilians, including visitors from many parts of the world, remain stranded and fast running out of supplies,” The Presidency said on Friday, 21 April 2023.

The Government expressed deep concern about the unfolding situation in Sudan, where violence erupted last week following a breakdown in negotiations on political and security sector reforms.

“Over a prolonged period, the people of Sudan have endured instability and strife. The deterioration of the situation this week further complicates their yearning for a stable government that is civilian-led.

“South Africa sends a message of solidarity to the people of Sudan as they mark conclusion of the Holy Month of Ramadan and wishes them well during the Id-Ul-Fitr,” The Presidency said.

The Presidency said the conflict in Sudan marked a setback in Africa’s efforts to silence the guns and usher in a sustained period of peace, stability and development.

South Africa is currently serving as a member of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC). In this role, the country has been seized with the situation in Sudan, working with other African countries towards peace and stability in Sudan.

South Africa supports the role played by the AU, Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the East African Community in their mediation roles in Sudan.

“We will engage directly with the leaders of the armed forces in Sudan as part of our endeavours for peace in Sudan,” The Presidency said.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa hosted President Sauli Väinämö Niinistö of the Republic of Finland on a State Visit to the Republic of South Africa on 25 April 2023.

The President of Finland undertook a State Visit to the Republic from 24 to 26 April 2023, at the invitation of President Ramaphosa. Initially, the visit was planned in April 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State Visit was the first by a Finnish President to South Africa in more than 20 years. President Niinistö, however, visited South Africa in December 2013 to attend the funeral of former President Nelson Mandela.

Bilateral relations between Finland and South Africa are deep-rooted due to Finnish support for the liberation movements in southern Africa. Relations have grown since 1994 in all areas of bilateral engagement and Finnish investment is a major priority for both countries, with over R2 billion in new investments in the last three years.

President Niinistö was accompanied by a delegation of Finnish business leaders and a Business Round Table was hosted in partnership with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) under the theme; "Building Smart, Secure, Sustainable Society Together".

The objective of the session was to strengthen trade and investment relations between South Africa and Finland through the mobilisation and facilitation of new investments, expansion and nurturing of existing Finnish investments in South Africa as well as exploring opportunities for joint ventures in technology commercialisation in mutual sectors.

Most of the discussions centred on possible opportunities in renewable energy; information and communications technology (ICT); mining technology; packaging and food hygiene; construction; and finance, that the South African and Finnish companies could work together in exploring.

The Presidential Round Table was preceded by a Business-to-Business Matchmaking engagement between the South Africa and Finnish companies. The outcome of the two interactions is expected to increase trade and investment between South Africa and Finland.

Finland is an important partner to South Africa and, despite its small population and territory, it is among the most developed countries in the world and provides valuable trade, investment and development cooperation to South Africa. Like the other Nordics, they play an active role in global affairs, are strong advocates for multilateralism, have an excellent capacity and track record for peace and mediation efforts and are global leaders in innovation.

Since 2010, Finland has been supportive of South Africa’s national priorities and continues to be a reliable partner in various sectors, including maritime, science and technology, ICT and digitalisation, environment, energy, education, skills development, agriculture and water.

President Niinistö will also be conducting a State Visit to Namibia during his southern Africa visit. Within the Southern African Development Community context, the Finnish have supported several programmes on sustainable water management. The Finnish engagement with Africa forms part of its strategic objective of increasing partnerships with Africa, including expanding its diplomatic presence, its support for the African Agenda and expanding economic relations. In this regard, Finland has adopted an Africa Strategy.

Finland is also a strong international partner in areas of various global issues such as strengthening multilateralism, international law, peacebuilding and mediation, the advancement of gender and human rights as well as around issues of renewable energy. 



President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the 2023 National Freedom Day event, which will be held at Manzilpark Stadium in the City of Matlosana, North West.
South Africa will celebrate the attainment of freedom and transition to democracy on Thursday, 27 April 2023.

President Ramaphosa will lead the national celebrations observed under the theme, Consolidating and Safeguarding Democratic Gains.

“President Ramaphosa will deliver the keynote address and the programme for the day will feature cultural performances, a South African Air Force flypast and other ceremonial and celebratory elements,” The Presidency said in statement.

The President will be supported by Sport, Arts and Culture Minister, Zizi Kodwa; North West Premier, Bushy Maape: Members of the Executive Council; mayors; and senior government officials.

This year, 27 April marks the 29th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections. Freedom Day is commemorated every year to honour those unsung heroes and heroines who fought for freedom and paved the way for an equal, representative, non-racial society.

The national day also honours the masses of South Africans who resisted and suffered under apartheid and faced death, injury and repression from the security forces. Many others battled forced removals, discrimination and other injustices, which the global community classified as a crime against humanity.

Minister Kodwa launched Freedom Month on 6 April at Freedom Park in Tshwane. Celebrations will continue for the entire month across the country. 

The celebrations offer the nation an opportunity to reflect on progress made in transforming the South African society, while also examining challenges.

This year’s Freedom Day celebrations coincide with the 27th anniversary of the enactment of the Constitution as the supreme law of the country.
The Freedom Day celebrations programme will be broadcast on all major news channels and on all Presidency and government digital platforms.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says Namibia and South Africa will deepen trade and investment ties with a Bi-National Commission (BNC) expected to be held between the countries later this year.
The President was speaking during a media briefing during the Official State Visit by Namibian President Hage Geingob and several of that country’s ministers on Thursday, 20 April 2023.

President Ramaphosa said progress had already been made in various sectors of mutual interests with new agreements signed to “further expand our formal scope of cooperation”.

“Our ministers responsible for trade and industry will convene a Business Forum later this year to be attended by businesspeople from both countries. We also agreed that the ministers of trade of the two countries should put in place a mechanism to protect investments in our respective countries.

“We will work together to leverage the opportunities presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area and the Tripartite Free Trade Area between the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for East and Southern Africa and the East African Community,” he said.

President Ramaphosa highlighted that the aim of the State Visit was to “discuss, review and strengthen our political, social and economic relations”.

Namibia’s last State Visit to South Africa was held some 10 years ago.

He said during the official talks, the two countries’ delegations discussed “broad areas of cooperation and evaluated progress in the implementation of previous decisions and agreements” between the two southern African neighbours.

“We have directed that an audit of our legal instruments be conducted prior to the convening of the South Africa-Namibia Bi-National Commission in Windhoek later this year. In view of the length of time between sessions of our Bi-National Commission, we have discussed the need for an Inter-Session Review Mechanism of BNC decisions and commitments.

“This work is important for our collective efforts to rebuild our economies and improve the livelihoods of our people following the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Turning to issues of security on the continent, President Ramaphosa said discussions also expanded to conflict on the continent and in Europe.

“As South Africa, we wish Namibia well in its role as chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, which is playing a central role in advancing peace and stability in the region.

“I have assured President Geingob that we will continue, as part of the SADC collective and within available resources, to assist with regional initiatives such as the SADC Mission in Mozambique.

“We expressed our concern at the current situation in Sudan, the ongoing occupation of Western Sahara, the continued denial of the aspirations of the Palestinian people and the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine,” he said.

Concluding his address, President Ramaphosa emphasised that the State Visit had buttressed the relations between the two countries.

“This State Visit has done much to reinforce the solid political, social and economic relations between our two countries in pursuit of mutual development and prosperity.

“All in all … we had wonderful discussions and our cooperation is of a historic nature, bound by our struggle against the evil apartheid system. We continue to be allies, we continue to be countries that are forging prosperity, united in our quest to improve the livelihoods of our people,” he said.

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The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Alvin Botes, working in partnership with the Embassy of Romania, participated in the launch of the Romania Assistance Programme for Township and Rural Schools in South Africa on Tuesday, 25 April 2023.

The programme was launched at Laezonia Primary School in Doornrandje, Centurion. The Romanian Embassy delivered electronics and IT equipment as well as learning and teaching materials. The programme is part of the Official Development Assistance for South Africa and is facilitated by the Romanian Government through the Romanian Agency for International Development.




South Africa this week hosted and chaired the Ninth Session of the meeting of BRICS Deputy Ministers and Special Envoys responsible for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

The meeting is taking place from Monday, 24 April, to Wednesday, 26 April 2023, in Cape Town.

According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), the gathering forms part of a series of activities leading up to the BRICS Annual Heads of State Summit, to be held in August 2023 in Gauteng.

The department said the leaders would discuss, among other issues, the Middle East Peace Process as well as developments in the Gulf states, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Western Sahara and Yemen.

The MENA consists of regions that have had rich civilisations, cultures and traditions since ancient times, contributing positively to advancements in various facets of life, including science, arts, culture and politics.

Today, this region is home to more than 500 million people who live in countries that are heterogeneous in terms of territorial size and levels of development.

“The region is now at a critical juncture in its history as its people struggle to contain and resolve persistent conflict and address the challenges of terrorism and extremism.”.



Public Works and Infrastructure Minister, Sihle Zikalala, together with United Kingdom (UK) Trade Envoy, Andrew Selous, have met to cement relations between the two countries.
The two countries are expected to share experience, expertise and best practices in the prioritisation, financing, procurement and management of infrastructure projects.

The UK Trade Envoy and his delegation met with Minister Zikalala and Deputy Minister Bernice Swarts on Friday, 21 April 2022, to extend the already existing partnerships that will see the two countries ramp up infrastructure development trade relations.

“The renewal and consolidation of these trade relations, which are detailed in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries, will contribute towards improving South Africa’s capacity to deliver infrastructure projects and attract investments.

“The partnership will see a stronger collaboration between Infrastructure South Africa, a programme under the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure, which packages, plans and manages the delivery of infrastructure for the country, as well as the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority, which executes infrastructure projects on behalf of the UK Government.

“Under the MoU, the UK will support infrastructure projects in South Africa and facilitate the necessary financial and technical capacity,” said the department.

Welcoming the partnership, Minister Zikalala said infrastructure delivery was a critical component of South Africa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Programme.

“Our government has placed infrastructure as key to the development and re-igniting of our economy. We value investing in infrastructure projects as they have a multiplier effect and beneficiation in the whole economic value chain, especially job creation,” Minister Zikalala said, adding that infrastructure is considered the backbone of the economy.

He highlighted areas such as energy, hydrogen and water, especially the construction of dams, transport, especially logistics, and road-to-rail initiatives as well as the construction of bridges, as urgent areas of intervention that should benefit from the partnership.

The UK Envoy also expressed delight at the renewal of the good relations and committed that the UK bridge company would form part of the delegation from the UK that would be visiting South Africa and tour projects under construction.

Both the delegations agreed that it was time to breathe life into the MoU and time for delivery.

The UK and South Africa have a deep and longstanding economic partnership. According to the department, South Africa remains an important trading partner for the UK, with bilateral trade between the UK and South Africa reaching £11.0 (ZAR values) billion in the four quarters to the end of Q3 2021, an increase of 35.5%. South Africa was also the largest trading partner in Africa, accounting for 34.9% of all trade.

The UK has reaffirmed its commitment to support the South African Government’s infrastructure agenda and to leverage UK expertise and innovation to facilitate the sharing of technical knowledge, advice, skills and expertise across the infrastructure sector.

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The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Zizi Kodwa, hosted a gala dinner on Thursday, 20 April 2023, to pay homage to renowned Grammy Award winners within the cultural and creative industry.
The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture said the event was intended to recognise South African Grammy Award winners since 1965.

The department paid tribute to the first icons who paved the way, such as Miriam Makeba, best known as "Mama Africa"; five-time Grammy Award winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Lebo Morake; three-time Grammy Award winners, Soweto Gospel Choir; Wouter Kellerman; and Nkosinathi Maphumulo, best known as Black Coffee.

The 2023 Grammy Award winners as a trio, Nomcebo Zikode, Wouter Kellerman and Zakhele Madida, best known as Zakes Bantwini, was also honoured.

“The event will also highlight the executive actions and policy proposals of government that honour the creative sector while elevating the spirit of the nations as we drive nation-building through celebrating South African excellence in the arts at a global stage, promoting and advancing the creative economy.

“Furthermore, also elaborating on the mandate of the department and government on our gains of democracy,” the department said.

Both past and recent Grammy Award winners as well as various celebrities, icons and legends of the cultural and creative industry, graced the ceremonial gala dinner at Galleria Conference and Events Venue in Sandton.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) officially launched its mRNA vaccine technology hub in Cape Town on Thursday, 20 April 2023 ‒ a facility established during the COVID-19 pandemic to help poorer countries that struggled to access life-saving medication.
In what South African President Cyril Ramaphosa described as a historic step in 2021, the WHO picked South African biotech firm Afrigen Biologics for a pilot project to give poor and middle-income countries the know-how and licences to make COVID-19 vaccines.

Afrigen Biologics used the publicly available sequence of Moderna Inc's mRNA COVID-19 vaccine to make its own version of the shot, AfriVac 2121, at lab scale and it is now scaling up production.

The vaccine candidate, which must still be tested on humans, is the first to be made on the basis of a widely used vaccine without the assistance and approval of the developer. It is also the first mRNA vaccine designed, developed and produced at lab scale on the African continent.

WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a statement:

“I am ... here in Cape Town with our partners to support a sustainable model for mRNA technology transfer to give low- and middle-income countries equitable access to vaccines and other lifesaving health products.”

The hub decided to pursue the vaccine on its own after global pharmaceutical firms, including Moderna and Pfizer, declined to provide the technical know-how to replicate their vaccines, mainly due to intellectual property concerns.

The visit by the WHO Director-General and senior health officials over five days included discussions over the programme's sustainability, the science of mRNA technologies and its potential use to combat other diseases, such as HIV and tuberculosis, that disproportionately affect poorer countries.

The WHO said 69.7% of the global population had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of March 2023, but that figure was still below 30% in low-income countries.

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South African National Parks (SANParks) recently confirmed that the fabulous refurbishments of tourism facilities in the iconic Kruger National Park (KNP) are in progress.
The project was announced in May 2022 and began in July last year. It is set to run for three years, using funds allocated by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE).

Almost a year later, measurable progress has been achieved in several projects, including:

  • Rebuilding of the burnt Letaba Shop is 60% complete and the shop is scheduled to be operational by July 2023.
  • Lower Sabie Petrol Station is 90% complete and is scheduled to be operational by May 2023
  • Phalaborwa Wildlife Activity Hub (Phase 1) is 65% complete and is expected to be complete by the end of July 2023.
  • Upgrading of staff accommodation at Skukuza, Lower Sabie, Satara and Olifants rest camps as well as Phabeni K9 has commenced while the construction and upgrading of 20 staff housing at Skukuza is nearly completed.
  • Construction of the Shingwedzi Main Building Roof is 40% complete, and although several challenges and delays were experienced, the project is to complete by end July 2023.
  • Shangoni Gate Development (Phase I), which includes the Shangoni Reception facility, is at 65% construction, including civil works. The picnic and camping sites have been delayed due to an amendment in the Environmental Authorisation.
  • Repair and upgrading of the viewing deck at the Skukuza Rest Camp, which was impacted by termites, is completed and in use already.
  • Repair and upgrading of the restaurant viewing deck at Olifants camp impacted by termites is also completed and already in use.
  • Several tourism units have gone through refurbishment and are completed at Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp and Biyamiti and Bateleur bush camps.
  • Repairing of the leaking and damaged thatch roofs at Shingwedzi and Mopani rest camps is in progress.
  • The construction and upgrading of Punda Maria luxury tents and Sweni trails camp will commence in June 2023. Delays on these projects were caused by the designs and late appointment of the contractors.
  • Management is looking at appointing contractors for resurfacing and re-graveling of the roads.

Park management says they regard the maintenance of infrastructure as an important aspect of attracting and keeping visitors happy; so guests are requested to please report any faults to camp management so that they can be attended to on the spot and without further delays.

Commenting on the progress, KNP Managing Executive, Oscar Mthimkhulu, assured the public that they were committed to the timelines, which were set out at the beginning of the project. Mthimkhulu said:

Commenting on the progress, KNP Managing Executive, Oscar Mthimkhulu, assured the public that they were committed to the timelines, which were set out at the beginning of the project. Mthimkhulu said: “Thus far, we are on course to meet our deadlines, even though we were a bit diverted due to the flood damages in February and early March. Most gravel roads that were damaged and temporarily closed have now re-opened although a few remain closed. The main road between Skukuza and Lower-Sabie is going to be a long-term project because of the extensive damage caused. We are also happy that the refurbishment project created a total of 300 new jobs in these tough times and continues to give our neighbouring SMMEs an opportunity to transact with the park, which augurs well for the development of our rural economy and good neighbourliness.”

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A gorgeous maze in George, South Africa, has been named one of the world’s most incredible hedge mazes by Great Gardens of the World. In fact, not only is it featured on the prestigious list, but Great Gardens says Redberry Farm’s Hedge Maze is also one of the most difficult mazes in the world and definitely the most impressive in all of Africa.

Redberry Maze, which is located along the Garden Route, consists of seven strawberry stations, a 25-m underground tunnel and a look-out point – found within 10km of pathways. The hedges are grown from over 30 000 Syzgium Paniculatum plants.

Great Gardens’ 20 most incredible hedge mazes in the world were selected by expert and author Ettore Selli, known as The Maze Hunter. “The symbol of the labyrinth expresses the difficult journey of life, an allegory of the human soul and his unanswered questions,” explains Great Gardens.

Redberry Farm’s maze was designed and planted in 2008 and officially opened in 2012. (A drought in 2010 caused a delay in opening the maze.) The Redberry Farm Hedge Maze is the largest permanent hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts thousands of visitors annually to conquer the maze. In 2022, over 18 000 visitors who visited the maze.

The design of the maze was the brainchild of Mark Miller, the owner of Redberry Farm, and a manager at the time, Jonathan Grey. It is not like a traditional maze with the goal to navigate your way to the exit. The maze offers an educational experience for people to discover the inner secrets of a strawberry.

The objective of the maze is to find all seven different stations and collect all seven different picture stamps to conquer the maze. On completion, a badge is awarded to say that you have conquered the maze.

During the winter months, Redberry Farm hosts an annual Moonlight Maze event in which visitors can try and navigate their way through the maze at night with flashlights.

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Joseph Gibbon and Matthew Redfern earned themselves a gold medal while competing in the prestigious International Festival of Engineering, Science, and Technology in Tunisia (I-FEST2). The two young scientists won gold for their innovative plastic pollution mitigation study.
They are students at Pinelands High School in the Western Cape, which is incredibly proud of their efforts and success.

Joseph and Matthew started their project for the school. They then entered it into the Eskom Expo International Science Fair (ISF). There, they won gold at the expo and were accelerated to a one-week boot camp and granted access to Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) funding valued up to R260 000. Before they knew it, the project was sent on to the I-FEST2 programme.

“We are delighted to receive a gold medal at I-FEST2. We have worked really hard on this project and we are glad to see it pay off. We are so proud of our project. We really enjoyed the whole experience. We learnt a lot about science, research and innovation, and were amazed by the beautiful and fascinating culture of Tunisia. The programme was fun, as well as educational and interesting. Overall, it was a really enriching experience,” said the duo.

“When we began working on this project for our school, we had no idea that IFEST2 existed, but now we’ve had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To us, this shows that if you work hard and give your all for everything you do, it will pay off in ways you can’t even imagine right now,” the duo added.

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A South African professor has been honoured for his research by having a newly discovered Malagasy frog species named after him.
Professor Louis du Preez of North-West University has recently been honoured for his research into understanding the parasites that affect Malagasy frog species, by having a newly discovered species named after him.

The frog from the south of Madagascar is now known as the Blommersia dupreezi, an honour bestowed by a group of German scientists from the University of Braunschweig, Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, and the Zoological Museum in Munich.

Blommersia dupreezi belongs to a group of frogs called the Mantellidae, which only occurs in Madagascar and the Comoro Islands. A recent paper on the frog's discovery suggests that it be classified as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List.

Prof. Du Preez is a renowned National Research Foundation B-rated scientist and is affiliated with North-West University's Unit of Environmental Sciences.

He also leads the African Amphibian Conservation Research Group, which focusses on the conservation and well-being of amphibians, according to a statement from North-West University.

Prof. Du Preez said that his interest in amphibians started when he was a postgraduate student. "I worked on a group of flatworms infecting frogs, terrapins, the Australian lungfish and the hippo. I realised that to understand the parasites, I have to know the hosts as well and got interested in frogs. Today, I work on both parasites and frogs, and we are still discovering frogs unknown to science," he said.

Research into frogs is important as they are the "most threatened vertebrate group on the globe," Prof. du Preez said. To properly protect frogs, we need to know them and understand their specific requirements, he added.

Prof. du Preez has written 164 papers and eight books to date. He has also just finished a book on flatworm parasites of frogs from around the world, which will be released in September.

He has also co-founded an app, Complete guide to southern African frogs, with environmentalist Vincent Carruthers, who is also known for his work on amphibians.

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“Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” stars graced South Africa for the premiere, held on 16 April 2023, and hosted by Netflix.
The series, written and produced by Shonda Rhimes, is a prequel spin-off of Bridgerton. The prequel will look at the life of Queen Charlotte – a fan favourite character portrayed by accomplished Guyanese-British actress Golda Rosheuvel.

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story features the origin stories of much-beloved characters, including Lady Danbury (a role reprised by Andjoa Andoh). The young Lady Danbury is played by breakout star Arsema Thomas, a thespian with roots in Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa.

Rosheuvel and Thomas were in good company as the high-society Bridgerton-themed event was attended by Nigerian, Tanzanian, Kenyan and South African personalities, actors and influencers.

The premiere event in South Africa was part of the global celebrations ushering in the six-part series set to launch on Netflix on 4 May.

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The World Transplant Games in Perth, Australia, have come to an end. Team Transplant SA and the South African Transplant Sports Association have shared the final medals won on social media.


Alta Withers – Cycling
Team SATSA – Golf
Team SATSA – Squash                                                                                                   
Joshua Kriegeler – Men’s Tennis
Jaco Potgieter – Men’s Individual Golf
Michelle Luscombe – Power Walk
Melda Ruiters – Power Walk
Mary Ann Johnson – Shot Put
Frans Maluleke – 5000m Power Walk
Rentia Le Roux – 100m Sprint
Rentia Le Roux – 200m


Susan Burri – 5km Road Race
Alta Withers, Byron Powell and Paul Lombard – Cycling
Team SATSA – Golf
Team SATSA – Squash (x2)
Jacques Boshoff – Men’s Tennis
Lloyd Perry – Men’s Tennis
Heilie Uys – Men’s Individual Golf
Sean Samjuh – Men’s Individual Golf
Derek Botes – Men’s Individual Golf
Pedro Basson and Joshua Kriegler – Men’s Tennis Doubles
Mark Agnew – Shot Put
Rentia Le Roux – Ball Throw
Rentia Le Roux – Long Jump
Mark Nortje – Long Jump
Rentia Le Roux – Javelin
Heilie Uys – Javelin
Itumeleng Phoshoane – 100m Sprint
Jacques Carstens – Lawn Bowls


Team SATSA – Golf
Team SATSA – Squash
Pedro Basson – Men’s Tennis
Lloyd Perry and Jacques Boshoff – Men’s Tennis Doubles
Susan Burri – Power Walk
Heilie Uys – Shot Put
Heilie Uys – Discus.

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The Springbok Women’s Sevens team was crowned champions of the first World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series tournament in a cold and wet Stellenbosch on Saturday, 22 April 2023.

Victory over Belgium in the final meant the South Africans finished the tournament unbeaten after they booked their place in the final with a 5-0 win over China earlier on Saturday at the Markotter Stadium.

In the final, early mistakes were costly for the host nation as the Belgians raced to a 10-0 lead after tries from Nele Pien and Emilie Musch in the first four minutes.

Ayanda Malinga pulled one back for South Africa with a try shortly before the break to make it 10-5.

The second half belonged to the Bok Women though as they grew in confidence, despite losing a player to a yellow card. They defended well, played most of the half in Belgium’s territory and pounced on mistakes by their opponents.

Nadine Roos put them ahead with a converted try from a sniping run off the back of an attacking scrum in the 12th minute, and two minutes later Marlize de Bruin’s five-pointer, from a turnover, all but sealed the win.

In their semi-final early on Saturday, the South Africans edged China by 5-0, while the Belgium side outplayed Poland in the other semi-final.


South Africa 17 (5) – Tries: Ayanda Malinga, Nadine Roos, Marlize de Bruin. Conversion: Libbie Janse van Rensburg.

Belgium 10 (10) – Tries: Nele Pien, Emilie Musch.

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With less than 100 days to go until the first Netball World Cup is enjoyed on African courts, the host, City of Cape Town can’t contain its excitement.

In celebration of the 100-day mark last week, the City unveiled another epic artwork dedicated to netball heritage in South Africa, earmarking that it’s high time for a South African-African-hosting moment.

It was a busy day in the City’s CBD on Lower Long Street, with roads blocked off on Wednesday, 19 April 2023, while the artwork was underway.

The busy street between Walter Sisulu Avenue and Wharf Street had an inspired makeover, adding to the list of artworks dedicated to the Netball World Cup all over Cape Town.

Several murals have been scattered throughout the city, including the vibrant Mitchell’s Plain mural by artist Wayne Bks.

Other murals celebrating the art of netball can be seen in Langa, Khayelitsha, Strand and Belville South.

As for the City, slickers will be able to enjoy the Protea-proud road artwork for months to come.

Not to mention, a fan park is also on the horizon.

“Cape Town is officially ready to welcome the world to our beautiful city this July. A lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes for over 36 months to ensure Cape Town is able to deliver a memorable Netball World Cup experience for players and spectators. Outside the CTICC, the City has earmarked a space which will be used as a fan park during the tournament.

“Just like we had thousands on the Grand Parade for the 2010 World Cup, we want this space to be a place where thousands of netball fans can gather to enjoy games and everything netball. We call on the world to come experience a uniquely African Netball World Cup in one of the world’s top destinations and for locals to bring the gees to back the Proteas.”‒ Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.

Additionally, the street netball programme will see junior players from Grassy Park, Elsies River, Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Langa, Mfuleni, Ocean View and Nomzamo take part, have fun and be guided toward future opportunities.

The street netball games begin today, 21 April, with the Netball World Cup starting on 28 July.

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