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Varsity Cup: Update of team scores

Varsity Cup updates

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The week was filled with victories, defeats and anticipated glory for the teams.

FNB shimlas Young Guns gain victory over FNB Wits Young Guns, finishing the match with 46-12 on Monday.

FNB UKZN outplayed FNB Rhodes 50-10 in Durban in the opening match of the FNB varsity shield tournament.

The UP-Tuks was not even close to a win as FNB Maties Young Guns securing comfortable 47-16 win in Pretoria, on Monday afternoon.

In Bloemfontein, FNB UJ  YG earned their glory with final score of 45 to 17 of FNB CUT YG. Although being penalised regularly for ill-discipline, UJ proved that the scoring of tries would be sufficient to earn them a victory. 

FNB WSU won against FNB UFH securing a score of 37-22 in front of their home crowd in Alice on Monday to win the Eastern Cape derby.

FNB Madibaz showed their dominance in Port Elizabeth with a satisfactory 38-21 win against the FNB CPUT to open their Varsity Shield account.

The crowd at the Wits Rugby stadium were treated to an amazing game that left visitors the FNB Shimlas secure a late 33-26 victory over FNB Wits team.

FNB NWU’s  first home game of the season proved to be great one as they were able to seal the score with a 37-21 victory against FNB UWC on Monday.

The FNB CUT Ixias scored their first ever win over FNB UJ in Bloemfontein sealing their final score at 27-26.

FNB Maties stands strong beating the FNB UP- Tuks to a score of 26-24, In their Round three FNB Varsity Cup clash at the Tuks Rugby stadium on Monday evening.


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Schools shutdown following rise in Covid-19 cases

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President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on matters relating to the COVID-19 pandemic at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, on 15 March 2020. PHOTO: Phill Magakoe / AFP

Institutions around South Africa had to shutdown due to rise in Coronavirus cases. This also comes after a Univeristy of Wits students tested positive for the virus.

We saw the vice-chancellor of the University of Johannesburg’s Vice-Chancellor Tshilidzi Marwala  shutdown all classes as well as graduation ceremonies at the univeristy.

The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and the University of Cape Town has also joined the universities closing down amid the Coronavirus outbreak in South Africa.

“The UKZN academic programme is suspended (including tests) with immediate effect until further notice pending further engagements on a sector-wide approach regarding contact classes,” says the university.

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Celebrating those who are at the forefront of tourism

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Tourist Guide Anelisa Zigana from the Western Cape who scored 100% in the Mandarin language training programme

Day 2 of the “2020 INTERNATIONAL TOURIST GUIDE DAY” celebrations were to acknowledge guides and their achievements.

Twenty Tourist guides from Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng receiving their Mandarin language training certificates.

“The Department of Tourism has over the last 3 years trained 110 new entrants and up-skilled more than 140 existing guides in a number of areas,” said National Registrar of Tourist Guides, Morongoe Ramphele.

The focus on day two was on sharing tourist guides’ success story, tourism safety and handover of certificates to the Mandarin language learners.

Language barriers, one of the issues which the tourism industry guides experience daily. The initiated programme was implemented to mend these issues.

“The numbers of registered tourist guides has grown steadily over the years with now more than 13 000 tourist guides registered on the database.” National Registrar of Tourist Guides, Morongoe Ramphele.

“Your role as the main link between the visitor and destination, can be the most valuable part of the whole marketing mix of the destination,” said Constitution Hill CEO, Dawn Robertson.

Day 2 ended with a tour around constitution hill to educate guides and those attending the event about the events which shaped South Africa’s implemantation of human rights laws.

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Working towards a sustainable tourism economy and jobs

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Today, marked day 1 of the ” International Tourist Guides’ Day” (ITG) celebrations at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg – Gauteng.

The Department of Tourism together with with the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) joined tourist guides from all over South Africa to discuss ways to create sustainable tourism economies and jobs.

Tourist guides from all over the country shared their experiences, highlighting areas which have been hindering guiding experiences, with some posing a threat to their jobs.

The tourism industry contributes significantly towards economic growth and ensuring sustainability within this sector is always key.

Guides have been put at the forefront of tourism, they have become the face of tourism, leading us through the country’s sites and more importantly have become educators of South Africa’s attractions.

Some of the issues put forward by guides were:

  • Training needed to penetrate within local communities
  • One of the biggest issues is that theres no training of guides as there is a lot youth looking to also join the industry.
  • Resolve the issue of local communities feeling sidelined when coming to Township tourism
  • Safety of tourists guides at the brink of Corona virus outbreak
  • What measures are set in place to ensure the guides are protected/ safe ( Corona virus)
  • The impact of taxi industry on guides
  • Language challenges as guides are exposed to people fromall over the globe

The government has been tasked with looking into :

  • making partnerships with private sector to grow tourism, and this can be achieved through offering training.
  • Tourist guides health insurance
  • Guides protection
  • Guides receiving staples (salaries)

With all the issues put forward, Morongoe Ramphele, National Registrar
of Tourist Guides admitted that to move forward government has to ensure that it pays more attention and effort towards such gatherings and monitoring and evaluating these processes.







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