A rugby fraternity is a band of like-minded brothers, a group of men and women who believe that no inch should be yielded in pursuit of winning the game. There are the custodians of the game, the administrators and the various specialists employed to ensure that this goal is reached. However, none are more in the spotlight than the coaches, who know that their profession is akin to a revolving door. Coaches demand excellence, and supporters even more. Their work is judged by thousands and scrutinised by journalists, and their teams are public property. It is not an enviable position and that is one reserved for only the most hardened of characters.
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) cut the repo rate by another 50 basis points on 21 May. Prof Raymond Parsons, well-known economist and academic from the NWU Business School, says this underscores the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) resolve to provide the necessary monetary support in light of the economic impact of the prolonged Covid-19 lockdown.
If you log on to any social media platform in the early hours of the morning you are likely to find a lot of people online. Since the country went into lockdown due to Covid-19 a few weeks ago, South Africans have been struggling to fall asleep.
He strode the red, rich earth of the old Western Transvaal like a colossus, this enigma of a man. Hard and uncompromising, dedicated to the extreme. For decades his name was known in rugby circles the world over as a Goliath of the game.
The Covid-19 virus is causing unprecedented uncertainty on a global scale. An economist from the North-West University (NWU) says the impact of the pandemic is expected to be greater than that of the Spanish flu of a century ago.
The Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas is a 5,513 km test of driving expertise. Most turns bank to the left, exerting excessive amounts of G-force on the driver. “Don’t brake too late,” the motoring journalist mutters to himself as he reaches the apex of what the vehicle allows going down the straight. His face contorts as his concentration is centred on the turn ahead.