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CAPE TOWN – There is progress but at times it is too pedestrian when it comes to transformation in many of South Africa’s premier sporting codes. It has to be spoken about consistently and the situation must be challenged through awareness, discussion and debate.
There are good news stories but they are balanced by stories of bias and white prejudice that are all too familiar with this wonderful country’s bitter past. We can’t be seen as one when a minority can comfortably claim majority status in many sports.
Netball South Africa, hosts for the 2023 World Cup in Cape Town, will claim a victory in transformation with the appointment of Bongi Msomi as the country’s first black netball captain for a World Cup tournament.
Msomi will lead a squad of 12 in Liverpool, England as the Protea netballers look for their first medal finish since the silver of 1995.
Confirmation of her leading position was the more poignant because it coincides with Africa Day tomorrow, which is a day of celebration but also one of reflection in the fight against oppression and colonialism.
Africa Day commemorates the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity on May 25. It marks the liberation movement’s progress and is a symbol of the determination of the people in Africa to break the shackles of foreign control.
In the South African context, Africa Day also speaks to a pre- and post-apartheid South Africa. And when we look at sport, which is mirror of so much in South African society, the picture is more bleak than brilliant.
Not forgetting that Bongi Msomi is our countries FIRST BLACK Senior Netball National Team Captain. She’ll be captaining our ladies in the Netball World Cup in England🙏🏾🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/o9TpDrstiW
— Dineo Pearl Modise🎾 (@Dineo_The_Ninja) May 24, 2019
Msomi is the captain but in a squad of 12, there are only four black players. Netball in South Africa is a black-dominated sport, from within the school system to the professional leagues.
Why are so few black numbers reflected in the national team selection? It speaks of netball’s failure to transform effectively over the past 25 years. There has been advancement but not at an acceptable pace.
I question intent. It is a consistent question from those who doubt the integrity within netball’s white national team history, pre- and post-apartheid.
South Africa, in 2023, will host the Netball World Cup in Cape Town for the first time. It is non-negotiable that the squad in 2023 is a reflection of a post-apartheid South Africa and not a reminder of how a minority ruled the majority for a century. The lack of black-playing numbers in Netball South Africa’s World Cup squad must be challenged. It has to change.
In keeping with May 25th’s Africa Day, what must be celebrated is the individual success stories of black men and women in South African rugby.
For the first time, South Africa’s men’s 15 and 7s captains are black, the women’s national team captain is black and the men’s under 20 World Cup captain is black.
SA Rugby Union president Mark Alexander called me full of cheer at who sits at the helm of the respective teams. He said it was another step in the right direction for a sport that could have a future in South Africa in 2030 only if it spoke to the country’s majority.
Women’s rugby broke new ground: Laurian Johannes, a former University of Western Cape graduate and woman Springbok player, was appointed as the first woman coach of the national women’s team. Former female Springbok Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe is the manager of the woman Springboks.
Johannes, Tsotsobe and Msomi are names that will shine brightly on Africa Day but in the future these names can’t be the exception – they have to be the norm.
* Keohane is the head of sport at Independent Media
It is often said that a spinner is only as good as the faith his captain has in him. Well, Kuldeep must be an exceptional bowler for his skipper Virat Kohli believes fully in his left-arm Chinaman bowler’s ability.
“They might get hit for 70-odd in the next game but there is no problem in that because you know that if they bowl attacking lines then they will end up picking two, three wickets every game. In these conditions now and we are going to play the World Cup away from home, that I think is going to be the massive X-factor for us,” Kohli said of Kuldeep and his spin twin Yuzvendra Chahal on last year’s tour of South Africa.
A modern day fairytale. Born in war-torn Nangrahar – a previous Osama-bin-Laden stronghold – Khan has risen from those ashes to be the most popular sportsman in his native land. For all the criticism the various T20 Leagues receive from traditionalists, it has created the space for a globetrotter like Khan to showcase his talents to a worldwide audience.
And what a talent he is. Only 20, he has already bamboozled the most senior international batsmen. He holds the key to any surprise Afghanistan may cause at #CWC19.
The Proteas owe plenty to a young lady from Durban who convinced a teenage Tahir to turn his back on his Pakistan roots in return for her love all those years ago for the leg-spinner’s contribution to spin bowling in South Africa is immeasurable. Not only has he been a match winner for the Proteas since his debut at #CWC11, but he has transformed South Africa’s attitude towards spin bowling.
Even at 40, with ODI retirement imminent, there are no signs of Tahir losing his effectiveness as he was the highest wicket-taker in the IPL. A World Cup winner’s medal would be the ideal farewell for the Proteas legend.
A viral infection almost ruled the Pakistani leg-spinner out of #CWC19, but after visiting a couple of specialists he was cleared to take his place. Pakistan will breathe a sigh of relief as the 20-year-old was sorely missed during the recent England series.
His ability to take wickets regularly during the middle period of the innings is of crucial importance to Pakistan.
Everyone knows that England can bat, and bat big too. The hosts have a clear-cut plan to chase down anything the opposition throws at them. However, the batsmen would appreciate it if it wasn’t 350 every single time. And that’s where Rashid comes to the fore.
The Yorkshire leg-spinner is comfortable to be banged over his head a few times, but often comes back and takes the wickets that matter.
The former Prime Minster of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe, will deliver the 10th Thabo Mbeki Africa Day lecture on Friday.
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National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi has officially introduced Advocate Hermione Cronje as the head of the NPA’s Investigating Directorate.
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Durban – The teenage son of slain Pietermaritzburg businessman Farhaad Moosa has appeared in court for his father’s murder.
Arif Moosa, 19, was taken in for questioning at the weekend and on Monday, police said, he appeared in the New Hanover Magistrate’s Court with two other suspects.
Moosa, 46, the owner of Ideal Sands, a building materials supplier, was killed at his Albert Falls farm, in Cramond, last month. He was shot while fixing his truck at his smallholding.
His uncle, Mohammed Ebrahim Moosa, said of the son’s arrest “it really is a shocking thing because he was with his father all the time. They worked together on the farm.”
The uncle earlier described the mood in the family as “tense” when they discovered both mother and son had been taken in for questioning. The uncle said the wife had not been charged and was released.
“She is a timid woman, who would never hurt a fly. Why would she harm someone who had taken care of her so well?” he asked.
He said the family would await police feedback.
“We cannot make assumptions as to who is responsible. Many people were arrested and I am sure the police will extract the truth from one of them.”
Moosa was with his son when they were both shot, in what was believed to be a botched robbery, on Old Greytown Road on April 18. Moosa was shot in his upper body, while his son was shot in the hip.
A crime intelligence operation between Pietermaritzburg Crime Intelligence detectives and Mountain Rise SAPS led to mother and son being taken in for questioning on the weekend.
Others, who were allegedly hired to carry out the hit, were also arrested.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said a shootout ensued between the police and two suspects, aged 49 and 51, in Ross Road, Eastwood.
“It is alleged the suspects had been sought by police for the Cramond murder. A firearm was found in the suspects’ vehicle. A 51-year-old suspect died at the scene and another was taken to hospital for medical attention under police guard.
“An inquest docket and a case of attempted murder were opened at the Mountain Rise police station. The arrested suspect will appear in the court soon.”
Zwane added that Moosa’s murder case was being investigated at the Cramond police station.
Investigations by police also led to two more arrests. This pair appeared in court with the son.
According to reports, there was a conspiracy to kill Moosa where four hitmen were used with the help of two employees. The case was adjourned to later this month for further investigation.
Legal expert Advocate Makhosazana Mbonani says the Pietermaritzburg High Court will decide if there is any prejudice that has been suffered by former President Jacob Zuma.
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JOHANNESBURG – The next phase in the experiment of possibly turning Hacjivah Dayimani into a midfielder will take place in Durban on Saturday when the Lions run out against the Sharks in a round 15 Super Rugby match.
The exciting 21-year-old, who normally plays at flank or eighthman, has been picked on the bench for the match and according to Lions head coach Swys de Bruin, he’ll be considered as a cover for the loose-forward positions as well as in the midfield.
Dayimani’s first taste of playing in the centres came two weeks ago when he wore the No 12 jersey in the Golden Lions’ SuperSport Challenge match against the Valke. Before the game De Bruin said Dayimani could be a star midfielder due to his pace and power and good skills set.
“Hacjivah has done well at loose-forward and I’m not saying he won’t play there again, but I want to try him at centre. I’ve had a good look at his profile and believe he has all the attributes to be a brilliant centre.”
Now, after a quiet outing against the Valke, Dayimani could face his big test in the midfield.
“He’s been picked on the bench as a loose-forward and as a back,” confirmed De Bruin yesterday.
“We’re expecting another hard and physical match from the Sharks, so have decided to go in with six forwards on the bench and just two backs, Shaun Reynolds and Tyrone Green. But, in Hacjivah, we have a player whose versatility gives us a few options.”
De Bruin added he was expecting another big battle with Robert du Preez’s team, who beat them 42-5 Ellis Park when they met earlier in the competition.
“They’re a very good side and, like us, have slipped a few games they probably should have won,” said the Lions boss.
“They had a good tour, they’re really powerful and they’re definitely going to pitch up for this game. We’re going to have to be at our best if we want to get the right result.”
The Lions will be without key hooker Malcolm Marx as the Springbok-contracted player is required to sit this match out. No 8 Kwagga Smith will lead the team in his absence, while young Jan-Henning Campher will start at hooker.
“Malcolm has had two big games now (against the Waratahs and Highlanders) and we have to rest our top guys,” explained De Bruin.
“But this is a big opportunity for our two young hookers, Jan-Henning and Pieter Jansen.
Jan-Henning has been impressive when he’s got his chances this year and you can see he’s hungry to get a proper go. I’m keen to see what he can do from the start.”
#SHAvLIO | @SmithKwagga will lead the @emirates Lions at Jonsson Kings Park against the Cell C Sharks on Saturday as @M_marxi2 sits this round out to give Jan-Henning Campher a starting berth.#LionsPride pic.twitter.com/u2uQxhbn0q
— Emirates Lions (@LionsRugbyCo) May 23, 2019
In the other changes to the side that beat the Highlanders last week, prop Johannes Jonker comes in for Carlu Sadie, while at the back Nic Groom replaces Ross Cronje, who is not available this week.
The game kicks off at 5.15pm at Jonsson Kings Park.
Producing high-quality fast bowlers was always the domain of neighbours Pakistan, but India now boast a pace attack that can stand shoulder to shoulder with any team in the world. And their undisputed leader is Bumrah. If the 25-year-old does not suffer any major injuries, he will undoubtedly finish as India’s best fast bowler ever. He clocks speeds consistently above 145km/* but is also armed with a devilish slower ball that flummoxes even the top batsmen in the world.
Bumrah is a unique specimen due to his high-arm action at the point of release that makes his yorkers virtually impossible to keep out. Comfortable with the new ball or at the death, Bumrah has earned his No 1 ODI ranking ahead of some worthy competitors.
The Proteas’ jewel in their crown. Their very own Iron Man. Rabada is a genuine superstar. Regardless of the colour of the ball, Rabada has been electrifying. He recently lit up the IPL, spearheading the Delhi Capitals’ charge to the playoffs. The amazing yorker he castled Andre Russell with in a Super Over against the Kolkata Knight Riders is a ball that will be spoken about for years.
It was no surprise that Delhi’s run came to a screeching halt when Rabada returned to SA with a back ailment. Yes, even Iron Man’s armour gets ruptured sometimes. And that is SA’s biggest fear. Rabada has been going full tilt this entire season and everyone is holding their breath with regards to whether the 23-year-old’s body will stand up to the rigours of a high intensity six-week tournament.
It is not often that within one household there are two ICC global tournament champions. Well, that’s the case in the Starc-Healy home with the left-arm speedster propelling Australia to their fifth World Cup title, while his wife, Alyssa Healy, won the World T20 with the Southern Stars last year. All eyes will be on Starc in England and Wales though, to see if he can repeat his heroics of four years ago when 22 wickets earned him the Man-of-the-Tournament award.
Unlike the other premier pacemen around the world, Starc has only played seven ODIs over the past two years – all on home soil – to keep his body in peak physical condition. He has also given the IPL a miss over the past couple of years. Only time will tell whether it was a gamble worth taking.
4. Jofra Archer (England)
Matches: 3 Wickets: 3 BB: 1/6 Ave: 36 Eco: 4.90
The final piece in the World Cup-winning jigsaw. Or at least that’s what England would like to believe when Barbados-born Archer was a last-minute inclusion in their 15-man squad. Having only qualified to represent the country of his father in March, all the talk has been whether Archer would get an invite to this year’s biggest party. Well, he now has his ticket and the 24-year-old is ready to go.
It only took four overs on his ODI debut to convince everyone that the kid who made his name in T20 leagues around the world can mix it with the big boys. No English bowler has bowled at 150km/* in a long, long time.
Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akthar and Mohammad Amir. All legendary Pakistan bowlers. Yet, Hasan Ali beat them all to become the fastest Pakistani bowler to 50 ODI wickets. That underlines the class of the 24-year-old.
He has a craving for the big stage too, as he demonstrated two years ago when he blew away teams at the Champions Trophy to spearhead Pakistan’s surprise march to the title. In this age of batting dominance, Hasan counters with supreme skill at the death.
Boult’s epic head-to-head with Starc at the last World Cup in Australasia was one of the major highlights, with the two southpaws matching each other blow for blow. Ultimately it was Starc who prevailed, but Boult certainly lit up the tournament with his own exploits.
Boult thrived under Brendon McCullum’s attacking philosophy and looked to swing and strike, claiming 22 wickets in the process. With his strike-partner Tim Southee from four years ago having gone backwards since, the Black Caps will rely even more on Boult for those precious new-ball strikes.
This week South Africa’s 6th democratic Parliament was convened and all the MPs sworn in before Cyril Ramaphosa was duly elected as the president of the republic.
Over the past two weeks there has been lots of speculation about who Ramaphosa will choose as his Cabinet ministers. These men and women will be the ones tasked with ensuring that the president’s election promises are met and his vision for the country comes to fruition.
When it was announced that outgoing Deputy President Davd Mabuza would not be one of the contenders for Ramaphosa’s second-in-command three names were immediately thrown into the ring.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had run against Ramaphosa for the position of ANC president and is a firm favourite among a large number of ANC veterans who believe that her experience as the chairperson of the African Union Commission makes her stand out above other contenders.
Currently Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor has held a number of Cabinet positions since 2004. She has a wealth of experience and is generally seen as a middle of the road politician.
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu has been a member of the ANC NEC for years and was also one of the candidates for ANC president. She has served in Cabinet since 2004.
Who do you think President Cyril Ramaphosa should choose as his deputy? Take today’s poll.
Previous poll results:
Question: Do you expect any surprises among the ministers when President Ramaphosa announces his new Cabinet?
Result: 49.3% of all participants in the poll said they were expecting a surprise or two w hile 22.4% of readers were confident that they knew who President Ramaphosa would choose to make up his Cabinet. A further 28.4% of readers felt that "There are no surprises in south African politics".
The State Capture Commission of inquiry will continue to hear testimony of Roberto Gonsalves of the China North Rail consortium when proceedings resume on Friday morning in Parktown, Johannesburg.
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The presidency says preparations for the inauguration of the sixth democratically elected President of South Africa on Saturday at the Loftus stadium in Pretoria are at an advanced stage.
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JOHANNESBURG – The World Cup will be awash with wrist-spinners.
Eight of the ten teams will have front-line wrist-spinners in their squad. West Indies and weirdly Bangladesh don’t, although the latter has a wide mix of off-spinners and slow left arm orthodox bowlers.
It’s the Shane Warne, Anil Kumble and Mushtaq Ahmed effect, and the forecast for a dry English summer, which has made teams pick leg-spinners. If the World Cup is to be a month and a half long batting bonanza, then say the experts, the best counter would be to take wickets. Leg-spinners are naturally aggressive and they’re wicket-takers.
“It’s because of the variation they can use,” said South Africa’s very own Imran Tahir. “Finger spinners don’t have many variations and wrist-spinner bring a lot of excitement, they take more wickets and create more opportunities to take more wickets.”
South Africa hasn’t always been an agent of spin, but when Tahir got to this country and started bamboozling local batsmen, administrators couldn’t wait to get him into the national team. Once he was eligible, they kept him under wraps, unleashing him at the 2011 World Cup, where he picked up 14 wickets in five matches.
Tahir helped change South African mindsets about spinners in one-day cricket. Until his arrival, slow bowlers were prized mainly for their ability to contain and to give opposing batsmen no pace with which to work.
Tahir showed South Africa how a more aggressive outlook slowed the scoring rate through taking wickets.
Other countries paid attention. Australia has worked long and hard to turn Adam Zampa into a threat, while India unleashed the one-two combo of leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
Pakistan have Shadab Khan in their ranks this year, England Adil Rashid, the leading wicket-taker in ODIs since the 2015 World Cup and New Zealand have Ish Sodhi.
Arguably the biggest impact from a leg-spinner has been Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, who has charmed crowds in various T20 Leagues around the world and given the Afghans the belief that they are capable of upsetting one of the main contenders at this year’s World Cup.
Khan spins the ball hard and propels it at a reasonable pace too, which allied with a devastating googly makes him a difficult proposition to face. He’s taken 125 wickets in 59 matches, his economy rate of 3.90, is a sign of his terrific control and his strike rate of 23.5 illustrates his aggression.
Those long term weather forecasts for a dry and hot English summer will raise expectations even more for spinners – especially the wristy ones – making a big impression. Tahir has no doubts.
“If you get a summer like last year, when I was playing for Durham, it will definitely help the spinners.”
National Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Shamila Bathohi, will on Friday introduce Advocate Hermione Cronje as head of the NPA’s so-called state capture investigative arm for the next five years.
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CAPE TOWN – Once again the only constant about Super Rugby has been the inconsistency in team performances and results. Last weekend produced some good games and I thought the Stormers certainly deserved to get reward for their effort against the Crusaders.
The Stormers pack continues to impress, but I can’t say the same thing about their backs. It is their pack that I think will have too much firepower for the Highlanders. The Kiwis have some good individuals, but as a collective pack they can’t match the Stormers.
I am going to put down R3000 that the Stormers will win by more than two points and this will win me back R5700.
For the first time this season I am putting down R10 000 on one weekend. This is across several matches. Usually I would limit my bets to two matches, but I like the look of many match-ups. If successful in all of my bets I’ll get back R19 000.
The Crusaders are a champion team and while not necessarily as consistent or dominant as last year, I still think it would be a brave or foolish punt to go against them winning the title.
They play the Blues in Christchurch and I think the bookies may have got this one wrong. The bookies, in their odds, haven’t given the Blues much chance. They have the Blues on a plus 12.5 handicap. I am putting down R2000 to win back R3800 that the Blues will cover the handicap and not lose by 13 or more.
The Jaguares have won me some good returns this season. They remain on course to win the South African conference. They were very good in convincingly beating the Hurricanes in Wellington last week. It was their third win in their last four matches in New Zealand. That’s a fine effort. The last time the Hurricanes lost to a team outside of New Zealand at home was in 2015, so this gives you an idea of the Jaguares’ achievement.
I am putting down R2000 to win back R3800 that the Jaguares will cover the plus 3.5 handicap against the Waratahs, which means they won’t lose by four points or more. For my Superbru, I am picking them to win outright.
The Bulls earlier in the week had me thinking about the prospects of their visit to Canberra to play the Brumbies. Then Handre Pollard returned home with an injury and my mind was made up: Go with the Brumbies to beat the handicap of plus 6.5 to the Bulls and beat the Bulls by more than seven points. The Brumbies are unbeaten at home this season. I am putting down R2000 to win back R3800.
The big SA derby is the Lions’ visit to Durban. I believe the Sharks will win comfortably. There is no Malcolm Marx or Warren Whiteley and that reduces the Lions potency. The bookies have it as a one score game with the Lions at plus 3.5, but I am putting down R1000 to win back 1900 that the Sharks will beat the handicap and beat them by four points or more.
* Kevin Ferguson is the chief executive of Highbury Media and a leading sports betting specialist in SA.
LOS ANGELES – Tony Finau set the first round pace at the Charles Schawb Challenge on Thursday, reaping the rewards from a change of putting grip to card a blistering six-under-par 64 and claim the lead at Colonial Country Club in Texas.
The world number 15 took a one-shot lead after posting seven birdies and one bogey as he chases only his second PGA Tour victory.
Finau, who managed a fifth place finish in the Masters last month but struggled in the PGA Championship, finishing tied in 64th, started slowly before making back-to-back birdies on the third and fourth holes.
His opening birdie on the third came after he rolled in a 19-foot putt, and he backed it up on the par-three fourth by sticking his tee shot to within three feet for a simple tap-in.
A bogey on the fifth threatened to check Finau’s momentum, but he responded with back-to-back birdies on the 7th and 8th holes to reach the turn at three under.
A hat-trick of birdies on the 11th, 12th and 13th saw Finau vault up the leaderboard.
Once again, the 29-year-old relied on a red-hot putter to pick up shots, draining putts of 24 feet and 26 feet to bag his final two birdies of the day.
Finau, who also saved a par by making a 30-foot putt during his round, later revealed he had changed his putting grip after a disappointing showing in the PGA last week.
“I haven’t been putting great I feel like, and standing over the ball the most important thing is, ‘Do you feel like you’re going to make the putt or not?’“ Finau said.
“Outside of everything else, ‘Do you believe you can make the putt?’ So for me, I needed to switch something.”
Jordan Spieth and Roger Sloan meanwhile were a shot back from Finau after both posting five-under-par 65s.
Spieth, coming off a share of third place at the PGA Championship last week, had a wild round comprised of eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey.
The 25-year-old Texan managed to finish with a flourish however, with a birdie on his final hole of the day.
Spieth believes his recent form indicates a protracted slump may be over.
“I know what I have needed to work on and I knew it was going to take a lot of time,” Spieth said.
“It’s nice to see some results off what I believe is the progress I’ve been making. At the same time, it’s one round. I’ve got to keep my head down and keep working.”
Spieth and Sloan are two ahead of nine players tied on three under.