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Saturday, 29 October 2016 14:29

Hugh Bladen

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Full name: Antony Hugh Bladen

Nickname: Blades

Place of birth: Johannesburg

First job: Insurance broker

Favourite sport: Rugby

Hobbies: Reading autobiographies and biographies all sport

Favourite holiday destination: Zinkwazi Beach

Favourite food(s) : Roast and vegetables

Pet peeves: Spitting

Best characteristic trait: Loyalty

Any guilty indulgences: Smoke 5 a day

Something else you’d like the world to know about you:

First sporting memory: Winning race for 6 year olds on Uvongo beach.

Best sporting memory: Picked for the Junior Springboks

Worst sporting memory: Losing to Argentina for Junior Springboks at Ellis Park

Greatest sporting achievement (‘A’ team rugby at school, provincial/international colours, broke a window with golf ball etc.) : Played for Transvaal and Junior Springboks.

SuperSport career highlight: Commentating the Springboks winning the World Cup in Paris 2007
Saturday, 29 October 2016 14:23

Wayde van Niekerk

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Wayde van Niekerk born 15 July 1992) is a South African track and field sprinter who competes in the 200 metres and 400 metres. He is the current world record holder, world champion and Olympic champion in the 400 metres. He is also the first person in history to run faster than 10 seconds for 100 metres, 20 seconds for 200 metres and 44 seconds for 400 metres.

Van Niekerk was the silver medallist in the 400m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and took bronze in the 4×400 metres relay at the 2013 Summer Universiade. He also represented South Africa at the 2013 and the 2015 Athletics World Championships. At the 2015 World Championships, he won the gold medal in the 400 metres.

In the 2016 Olympic Games Men's 400m, he won the gold medal with a World Record time of 43.03 seconds (reaction time 0.181 s aged 24, beating the time of 43.18 seconds set by Michael Johnson during the 1999 World Championships in Athletics in Seville, Spain.

Monday, 14 September 2015 11:01

Heyneke Meyer

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Heyneke Meyer (born 6 October 1967 in Nelspruit, South Africa) is a rugby union coach. He succeeded Peter de Villiers as coach of South Africa's national team the Springboks on 27 January 2012 for a four-year term.

He was previously Head Coach at Leicester Tigers in the Guinness Premiership where they lost the season. He is the former coach of the Bulls in the Super rugby competition.

After studying sports psychology at the University of Pretoria, Meyer coached a variety of smaller clubs before joining the SWD Eagles as assistant coach in 1997. The following year he was promoted to head coach and took the team to seventh place in the Currie Cup and to the semi finals in the following year. In 2000 Meyer joined the Northern Bulls as head coach. In 2002 he became head coach of the Blue Bulls and coached them to four Currie Cup titles in between 2002 and 2006. In 2007, the team became the first South African team to win the Super 14 competition.

In February 2008 Meyer was expected to succeed Jake White as coach of the South African national team but after this job went to Peter De Villiers. Meyer quit rugby and accepted a senior position at a sports supplement company. In June 2008 Meyer was appointed Head Coach at Leicester Tigers succeeding Marcelo Loffreda. In January 2009 he took compassionate leave from his Tigers post to attend to family matters in South Africa – however, Meyer tendered his resignation from the Tigers on 28 January 2009.

Thursday, 23 May 2013 08:33

Vuyo Mbuli

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Vuyo has been with Morning Live on SABC 2 since its inception. He made his television debut in 1993 for SABC 3, then TSS, as a Continuity Presenter and worked his way up to Sports Presenting and as a News Anchor. Vuyo started his radio career on SAfm in 1995 when he teamed up with veteran broadcaster Paddy O’Bryne. A highlight early in his career was in 1996 when Vuyo was the SABC Anchor in Atlanta, Georgia for the Olympics.

Over the past 12 years of Morning Live, Vuyo has interviewed a wide range of local and international celebrities, politicians and sports personalities. His overarching memory of over a thousand of his prolific interviews, was his one on one with South Africa’s first democratic President Nelson Mandela.  In addition to his illustrious career on the SABC’s premier morning show, Vuyo has hosted many special broadcasts for the news division including his position as a key anchor during prime time slots for the past few democratic elections.

On a personal note Vuyo remembers well the days when banned individuals and organizations were not part of the news agenda which has made his present day commitment to public broadcasting a key part of his personal agenda and professional career.
Monday, 13 May 2013 09:37


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Nataniël le Roux- (1963- ) is a South African singer, songwriter and entertainer.[1] He launched his solo career in 1987 with the release of his first single, Maybe Time. Since then he has released 13 albums, staged more than 50 original theatre productions and published 10 books. Nataniel manages a company specializing in lifestyle goods called Kaalkop, the Afrikaans for Baldy but which also implies 'honest' or 'unpretentious'.  Over the past 2 decades he has not only established himself as producer, director, designer, playwright and public speaker, but as South Africa's leading exponent of the solo stage act.

An outspoken and controversial figure, he continuously crosses over from the alternative circuit to the main stage, generating extensive media coverage and a massive cult following. His popular Kaalkop column has been appearing in SARIE magazine for the past 10 years.

Nataniël manages Kaalkop Studio, his lifestyle retail company, and records on his own independent label, Nataniël House Of Music. He is an ambassador for Child Welfare SA and also heads his own charitable foundation, The Nataniël Progress Project.

Monday, 13 May 2013 09:27

Jeremy Mansfield

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Jeremy Mansfield is a South African radio and television personality. He worked on numerous radio stations as presenter and voice-over artist, and also presented numerous television shows, and inserts for some popular television magazine programmes.

In 1985, while still a student, he started working for the Durban-based radio station Capital Radio 604. During the same year, he was awarded the AA Vita Award as The Most Promising Young South African Actor.[citation needed] In 1990, Mansfield left Capital Radio (then broadcasting from Johannesburg) when it closed and joined Primedia-owned 702 Talk Radio.[1]

Mansfield's popularity continued to grow, and in 1993 he was appointed as a regular presenter of 702's Saturday Afternoon magazine programme. In 1995 Mansfield took over hosting of the afternoon show.

In 1997 Mansfield moved to 702 Talk Radio's sister station 94.7 Highveld Stereo where he created and hosted the weekday breakfast show, The Rude Awakening. In June 2010 Mansfield announced he would be leaving the show. He hosted his last show on Monday 12 July.[2] Mansfield stated that he would remain active in other areas of the broadcasting business.[3]

Television & Film

In the mid-1990s, Mansfield started appearing as a features contributor and guest presenter on South African Pay television channels M-Net and SuperSport. In 1998 he left the channel and started presenting A Word or 2, [4] [5] on SABC 2. The show lasted 10 seasons.

In 2005 Mansfield presented, along with Darren Simpson, the M-Net comedy show Laugh Out Loud.[6] The show continued into a second season (airing in 2006).

In 2010 Mansfield was cast in Disney's local release of Toy Story 3 as the voice of Lifer.[7] In 2010, he was approached by CNBC Africa to present a weekly TV finance show aimed at the Layman.[8]

Books and Writing

Mansfield wrote a number of joke books, of which Vrot Jokes (ISBN 978-1-86872-335-5) is a South African bestseller. Along with wife Jacqui, Mansfield published a multi award-winning contemporary cookbook titled Zhoozsh! (ISBN 978-1-77007-785-0) in February 2009. It won amongst others awards; Best Cook Book in South Africa and won Third Best Cook Book in the World at the Gourmand Awards. Their second cook book, Zhoozsh! Faking It (ISBN 9781770078659) is also an award-winner. Both books are best-sellers.

Monday, 13 May 2013 09:24

Darren Simpson

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Darren "Whackhead" Simpson (born 19 April 1978) is a radio presenter (as of 2010) working for Primedia,[2] a broadcasting company that broadcasts 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 Kfm in South Africa (Among others). Since Monday 2 August 2010, Simpson hosts 94.7's morning show Breakfast Xpress.[3] The show was previously hosted by Jeremy Mansfield under the name The Rude Awakening. Simpson's prank call slot titled Wackhead's Window on the World remains in place on both 94.7 Highveld Stereo in Johannesburg, and Kfm Breakfast (hosted by Ryan O’Connor) in Cape Town. [4] His pranks are available for podcast on a daily basis by the radio stations. [5] [6]

He has also co-starred with Mansfield on the M-Net hidden camera show, Laugh Out Loud. [7] On Monday morning, 2 February 2010, at approximately 07:15 SAST, Simpson announced his engagement to Samantha Teixeira. The wedding took place on 25 September 2010.[8]

Monday, 13 May 2013 09:21

Riaan Cruywagen

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Riaan Cruywagen, born on 5 October 1945, is a South African television news reader and voice artist who has been associated with the South African Broadcasting Corporation since its first television broadcasts in 1975. Since then, Crywagen has presented the Afrikaans news on the SABC network almost every weeknight. His final broadcast on SABC 2 went out on 26 November 2012 at 7pm CAT. He has over 8000 news broadcasts under his belt and is seen as a generation's guiding voice through South Africa's turbulent modern times.

He began his career as a journalist in 1965 when he started working part-time at the SABC in Cape Town, while studying at the University of Stellenbosch. He presented his first news bulletin on 26 November 1975 at 20:00 - the first story he read on that night was the sentencing of Breyten Breytenbach to nine years in jail.[1]

In June 2003, following an outcry over reports that Cruywagen's contract with the SABC would not be renewed, an agreement between the SABC and UASA (United Association of South Africa) was reached. His contract was renewed and it was announced that he would continue with his duties for a period of time.

The name Riaan Cruywagen has become synonymous with Afrikaans television news through his lengthy career. In the mid-2000s, following the contract renewal issue, Cruywagen was once more the focus of popular culture in South Africa for a time, when a number of e-mail and internet jokes originally referring to Chuck Norris and David Hasselhoff were modified by using his name in their place. South African-themed jokes in a similar vein were also circulated, mostly related to his perennially youthful appearance and intellectual prowess.

Cruywagen was also the voice artist for the character Haas Das on the popular Afrikaans children's news programme Haas Das se Nuuskas in 1976. He also voiced the character when it was revived in a movie Haas Das hou konsert (Hare Tie Holds A Concert) in 2007. He originally landed the job when he told the show's creator Louise Smit a joke. She grabbed him and screamed: "I've got my rabbit!". He also voiced numerous characters in another popular children's programme, "Liewe Heksie".

He appeared in an ad-campaign for ATKV/Pendoring, as a waiter in a restaurant with a board on the wall saying: "Moenie die taal afskeep nie! (Don't neglect the language!)" - referring to Afrikaans. Cruywagen has appeared in a number of films, playing himself as a newsreader, including an appearance reading the news in Zulu in Leon Schuster's "Sweet 'n Short".[2] He was also seen in Stander as a nostalgic reminder of his long career as newsreader.

He has left a huge legacy not only with the Afrikaans community but with the South African public as a whole. He is known for his intellect, integrity and humility.

Monday, 13 May 2013 09:04

Gé Korsten

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Initially he worked as an electrician, but from the age of 20, started singing in choirs. However, he received his first formal vocal training in 1952, when he was well into his 20s, studying under Adelheid Armhold at the South African College of Music.

In 1955 he moved to Pretoria, where he was one of the founder members of the Pretoria opera company. In 1956, he debuted as Canio in Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.

Korsten won a bursary to study in Vienna in 1962, where he received tuition under Judith Hellwig. During this period he had the opportunity to perform in Vienna and Munich, but he never sang professionally outside South Africa, mainly due to family considerations. It was only in 1970 that Korsten sold his business to devote himself to full-time singing. In the course of his operatic career, Korsten appeared on stage more than 3,000 times, playing 23 roles in most of the major operas.

In 1965, Korsten started his career in light music, with his album Gé Korsten Sing Uit Die Hart (English: Gé Korsten Sings From The Heart), and soon became a best-selling recording artist, with a career spanning 40 years. Nine of his 58 albums achieved gold status. Most of his recorded work is light Afrikaans music, including the song "Liefling" (English: Sweetheart), which is still performed at rugby matches in Bloemfontein and Pretoria. His popularity as a singer also led to lead roles in films such as Hoor My Lied (English: Hear My Song), Lied In My Hart (English: Song In My Heart) and A New Life, all of which included singing scenes. He received six Sarie awards and, in 1979, an ARTES award for his TV program Gé Sing (English: Gé Sings).

In his later life, Korsten was well known for his role as family patriarch Walt Vorster in the long-running South African soap opera Egoli: Place of Gold.

In 1985 he was appointed the managing director of the Cape Performing Arts Board (CAPAB) in Cape Town, a post which he held until 1989.

Thursday, 02 August 2012 10:32

Chad le Clos

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Personal information
Full name Chad Guy Bertrand le Clos
Nationality South Africa
Born 12 April 1992 (age 20)
Durban, South Africa
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 76 kg (12.0 st; 170 lb)
Sport Swimming

Stroke(s) Butterfly, freestyle, medley