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NQOBILE DLUDLA AND LUTHO MTONGANA: Bloemfontein Celtic walked away with the spoils at an inaugural pre-season event hosted by Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Celtic won the inaugural Charity Showdown at Bidvest Stadium following well fought battles over fellow premier league sides Bidvest Wits and AmaZulu. Mpumalanaga Black Aces also participated in the four-team tournament.

ROXANNE JOSEPH: Seven months since the death of iconic former president, Nelson Rolihahla Mandela, South Africans gear up to spend 67 minutes of their day giving back to their country.

Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of the late statesman’s birthday, July 18, in 2009, by the UN (United Nations) General Assembly. It was in response to a call Madiba made a year earlier, when he asked the youth to “take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices”, according to the official Mandela Day website. “It is in your hands now,” he said.

Teboho ‘Tee’ Makhabane and Brent Nygaard are two very different people. Both are young professionals venturing down opposite career paths, but what connects them is how they got there.

Tee is in the investment world and confesses that university could never have prepared her for the practical know-how gained simply being in the job that she has grown to love. “I guess I have always had some interest in finance. My honours degree, which focused more on investments, stimulated my interest… Just like any other job or profession you have to love it.”

Brent is working in the branding, design and web development industry and shares how interesting and fun branding has been for him so far. “I have been hooked on design since early in high school as I loved drawing and making images… So I had design as a high school subject and then went on to study brand management. Read the full article here: Industry Hopefuls

ROXANNE JOESPH: The new lane dedicated to cyclists on Jorrisen Street in Braamfontein, has been launched with minimal regulation and enforcement causing some confusion among road users.

The introduction of the lane has led to a number of problems for drivers, including traffic congestion. The demarcation of the lane as a cycle-only space means that there are now only two lanes for drivers (instead of the previous three) and if you want to go into Wits University, the University Corner parking lot or turn left onto Bertha Road, you will be stopping traffic as you wait to turn safely.

ROXANNE JOSEPH: The Wits branch of the National Education Health & Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) is unhappy with the current leadership, according to regional chairperson, Lulamile Sibanda.

Sibanda was speaking at the branch congress in Senate House earlier today which was convened to elect new leaders but his sentiments were not echoed by the branch chairperson.

KAREN LAZARDr Karen Lazar is a lecturer in the School of Education at Wits University. She based her doctoral research on Nadine  Gordimer and spent many hours interviewing the late Nobel laureate. 

In the course of my feminist doctoral research on Nadine Gordimer, I interviewed her several times in her beloved  dappled garden  in Parktown, 2km from Wits.

LUCA KOTTON: Nine new players have joined premier league side Bidvest Wits ahead of the start of the season in August.

Gavin Hunt, Bidvest coach, appears to have gone with a mix of youth and experience, with five of the new signings over 30-years-old.

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Celebrated South African author and political activist Nadine Gordimer passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday evening, the Gordimer family announced today. Gordimer was 90 years old.

Gordimer is best known for her novels and short fiction works but has also written a number of essays and a play.

MICHAEL REINDERS: Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time to claim their fourth World Cup. Substitute Mario Götze scored in the 113th minute to ensure a German victory at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

There was a lot of hype prior to the game given Germany’s 7-1 drubbing of Brazil. Because Argentina had to go to penalties to win their semi-final against Holland, they were seen as the underdogs and Germany were seen as the favourites to win the match.

MICHAEL REINDERS: Argentina beat Netherlands 4-2 in a dramatic penalty shootout to book their place in the World Cup final against Germany on Sunday after a tight game that ended 0-0 after normal and extra time.

The first half showcased both teams’ defensive talents. The high-scoring Brazil v Germany match on Tuesday night seemed to have made both the Netherlands and Argentina cautious as they played a slow and calculated game.

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