Brand South Africa was proud to be part of recognising and honouring sportswomen and men at the annual SA Boxing awards alongside SA Boxing, the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation and many other organisations in Sandton.“We are proud to be at the SA Boxing awards to acknowledge and celebrate excellence. Sport is instrumental to a competitive Nation Brand image,” said Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Officer; Ms Thulisile ManziniJust as the former great statesman Nelson Mandela once said; “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”The award ceremony was a true reflection of Mandela’s words as the event saw an array of guests which included American actor, politician and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, the MEC of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Ms Faith Mazibuko and many aspiring boxers.Boxing South Africa Chief Executive Officer, Mr Tsholofelo Lejaka speaks on the significance of the awards, “the boxing awards are very important, in the life of every athlete recognition and reward is crucial because it is a motivator but at the same time it is also a statement through which we inspire a generation.”Every country has to nurture its strengths. Similarly, South Africa is rated highly in the sports fraternity, continuously breaking records in the like of Caster Semenya, Kagiso Rabada, Wayne van Niekerk, Kgothatso Montjanelack and Kevin Anderson.“Sport is the one vehicle through which the globe is quickly and easily integrating, so when our athletes go out to compete on the global arena, they fly our flag and sing our national anthem and become ambassadors for the country and therefore, it is very important that we support our athletes because their victories are the nation’s victories;” further adds Mr Lejaka.Brand South Africa continues to celebrate excellence with an anticipated launch of Sports Friday, taking place 24 May as a means of encouraging citizens to rally behind the national sports teams while instilling pride and patriotism amongst South Africans.The winners at the SA Boxing were:Male boxer of the year: Tulani MbengeFemale boxer of the year: Mellisa MillerMale fight of the year: Mzoxolo Ndwayana v Shaun NessFemale fight of the year: Asandiswa Nxokwana v Sherodine FortuinMale prospect of the year: Ayabonga SonjicaFemale prospect of the year: Simangele HadebeMedia person of the year: Thabiso MosiaFemale ring official of the year: Siya VabazaMale ring official of the year: Alan MatakaneMost promising ring official of the year: Simphiwe GcebaKnockout of the year: Zolani Tete v Siboniso GonyaTrainer of the Year: Colin NathanPromoter of the year: Teris Ntutu (Rumble Africa Promotions)Most promising promoter of the year: Xolani Mampunye of Last-Born PromotionsManager of the year: Colleen McAuslandSpecial achievements: Zolani Tete‚ Hekkie Budler‚ Moruti Mthalane‚ Xaba Boxing PromotionsLifetime achievement awards: Themba Zulu‚ Les Andreasen‚ Gladys Tsenene‚ Jeff Ellis‚ Mzoli Madyaka.
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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife, Amruta, was trolled on social media after addressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the ‘father of the country’ while wishing him on his 69th birthday on Monday. Ms. Fadnavis’s comparison of the Prime Minister with the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi did not go down well with Twitterati. “Wishing the Father of our Country @narendramodi ji a very Happy Birthday — who inspires us to work relentlessly towards the betterment of society (sic),” she tweeted, and social media was quick to remind her who the Father of the Nation was.Last year, Ms. Fadnavis had courted controversy by climbing on the edge of India’s first domestic cruise Angria to take a selfie. She was filmed being cautioned by security personnel, after she crossed the Mumbai-Goa ship’s safety range.Ms. Fadnavis profiles herself on Twitter as ‘Banker, Playback Singer, Social Worker, Homemaker.’ The Opposition took the opportunity to hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying the tweet was indicative of Mr. Modi’s ultimate intention of replacing Mahatma Gandhi as the Father of the Nation. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the ultimate aim of replacing Gandhiji as Father of the Nation. He even had his picture replace that of Gandhiji on the annual calendar of Khadi institutions. Ms. Fadnavis’s tweet is an indication of this evil ambition, which the people of this country will not accept,” said the Nationalist Congress Party’s Mumbai chief, Nawab Malik.
MOST READ Two people with knowledge of the trade said the Mavericks sent Barnes to the Kings for Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade hadn’t been announced.Barnes played most of the third quarter before reports of the trade surfaced, scoring seven of his 10 points. He wasn’t available in the locker room after the game.Dirk Nowitzki started realizing something was up when Barnes didn’t replace him early in the fourth quarter as usual with the 40-year-old playing a limited role in his record 21st season with the same franchise.Since Nowitzki credited Barnes for being a positive influence in his two-plus seasons with the Mavericks, he wasn’t surprised that Barnes stuck around after word of the trade got out.“He’s a better man than me,” said Nowitzki, who scored eight points. “Everybody else would have bounced out. He’s just a genuinely good dude and he’s obviously got bonds with some of these players here for life. That’s the kind of guy he is.”ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Kemba Walker had 30 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who got swept by Dallas after losing to the Mavericks by 38 points at home about a month ago.With NBA Commissioner Adam Silver watching from not far behind the Mavericks bench, Doncic had a spinning layup for a 3-point play with Dallas leading by two and answered a bucket by Batum with a 3 to push the lead to six.The first teenager with multiple triple-doubles, Doncic had 11 assists and 10 rebounds on a rough shooting night (5 of 20, including 2 of 10 from 3-point range).Batum, who finished with 14 points, got the Hornets within three with a 3-pointer before Finney-Smith answered from long range for a 97-91 lead in his second career double-double.TIP-INSHornets: G Tony Parker was out with a back strain in what would have been his first appearance in Dallas since leaving San Antonio after 17 seasons with the rival Spurs. … Jeremy Lamb scored 15 points, and Cody Zeller had 13 rebounds with nine points. … Batum was just 2 of 9 from 3-point range as the Hornets shot 24 percent from beyond the arc.Mavericks: After setting franchise record for 3s in a quarter by going 10 of 17 from long range in the first quarter of the meeting in Charlotte, the Mavericks missed their first 10 before Hardaway and Doncic hit consecutive 3s in the final 1:11 of the first. … All of Doncic’s triple-doubles have come in the past seven games. … Dwight Powell had his second double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.COMING AND GOINGAfter trying to figure out how to incorporate three new guards into his rotation, and only using two, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has a couple of forwards coming in with Randolph and Jackson.“With this trade now, a lot of things are in play,” Carlisle said. “Everything is going to bump a little here and a little there. 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(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Harrison Barnes stayed on the bench in the fourth quarter after news broke that the Dallas Mavericks forward had been traded to Sacramento.The seventh-year player lingered on the floor a few extra moments after the game to chat up some Charlotte opponents, then walked through a throng of fans who seemed to want to say goodbye after seeing all the social media activity on their phones during the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The makeover of the Mavericks continued even as parts of the blockbuster trade that brought Kristaps Porzingis from the New York Knicks were making their Dallas debuts. Porzingis isn’t playing this season as he recovers from a knee injury.Rookie sensation Luka Doncic scored 19 points in his third triple-double, Dorian Finney-Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Mavericks made another move by dealing Barnes while beating the Hornets 99-93 on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“That’s really the first time I’ve witnessed it,” Hornets forward Nicolas Batum said of seeing someone traded during a game. “During practice, on the plane, bus, stuff like that, yes, that happened to me. But during the game? I have not witnessed that being live.”Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 12 points in his first game since leaving the Knicks. 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Transfers West Ham target Pellegrini leaves Hebei China Fortune Goal 02:38 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alex Livesey/Getty Images Transfers West Ham United Hebei CFFC Premier League The former Manchester City manager has departed the Chinese Super League club, possibly paving a way back to the Premier League West Ham target Manuel Pellegrini has left his position at Hebei China Fortune, the Chinese Super League club announced on Saturday.Goal reported on Friday that West Ham had made the former Manchester City manager their top target to replace David Moyes.”As of May 20, Mr Pellegrini will no longer work as the head coach of Hebei China Fortune Football Club,” the club announced in a statement posted to Weibo.com. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “We sincerely thank Mr Pellegrini for his contribution to the club and we wish him all the best for the future.”The move potentially paves the way for Pellegrini to join West Ham as the Premier League club search for a new manager following the 2017-18 season.Slaven Bilic began the season at the club, but was fired mid-season as the club toiled under the threat of relegation.Former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss Moyes was brought in as a replacement and steered West Ham to safety, but his contract was allowed to expire following the end of the season.While Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez and outgoing Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery were in the frame for the job, Goal reported Pellegrini had become the front runner in recent days.Emery’s lack of English was considered a detriment, as were concerns over Benitez’s wage demands and compensation for a release from his Newcastle contract.Pellegrini has been valued thanks to his Premier League experience and success with Manchester City, where he won the league title in 2013-14 during a three-year stay.The Chilean, who is not believed to have met with West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan yet, had a large contract in China, where he earned approximately £15.7 million per year, but it is not expected he will require a deal that large to join the London club.The 64-year-old took over Hebei China Fortune after his departure from City. He led the side to a fourth-place finish in his only full season at the club, and departs with the team in ninth place. In addition to the Premier League, Pellegrini won two League Cup medals during his stint at City, before making way at the Etihad Stadium for Pep Guardiola in 2016.