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“The Competition Now Begins in Earnest” – John Mitchell on the Quarter-final Stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup

The excitement of the 2015 Rugby World Cup (RWC) is heating up, with teams preparing for the quarter finals scheduled for 17 and 18 October.

Mitch: The Real StoryJohn Mitchell, one of the most highly regarded and controversial coaches in international rugby and the subject of Mitch: The Real Story co-written with Gavin Rich, has written a column for ESPN in which he reflects on the eight teams set to fight it out this weekend.

On Saturday South Africa will be facing Wales, while New Zealand (Mitchell’s former team) will play against France. Sunday sees Ireland and Argentina in one game, and Australia and Scotland in another. The winners from these four matches will battle it out in the semi-finals on 24 and 25 October, with the final of the 2015 Rugby World Cup to be played on Saturday, 31 October.

“Now that we have reached the quarter-final stage of the 2015 RWC, the competition begins in earnest,” Mitchell writes, remembering his own experience in the competition before analysing each team’s chances.

Read the article to see what he says about our boys in green and gold:

Team selection will be critical for the Springboks. Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager are their best locking combination, but Heyneke Meyer may opt to start veteran Victor Matfield at No.5 because of the experience he brings to the team. I firmly believe that Meyer needs to start players who will lift the side’s intensity from the outset, put their bodies on the line and get them over the advantage line. Moreover, he must select substitutes who can make an impact when they come on, help lift the tempo and finish off the match with a flourish.

Head on over to the official RWC website for all you need to know about the biggest rugby event in the world – including facts, fixtures, photographs and team information:

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Ocean Driven, a Documentary about Chris Bertish, to Feature at the 2015 Honolulu Surf Film Festival

Stoked!The 2015 Honolulu Surf Film Festival will feature the thrilling documentary on the life of South African pro-surfer, Chris Bertish.

The film is entitled Ocean Driven and will screen at the Doris Duke Theatre on Tuesday, 28 July, at 7:30 PM and again on Friday, 31 July, at 1 PM. The general admission is $10 per person, or $8 if you’re a member of the museum.

Bertish’s biography, Stoked, is due to be published by Zebra Press next month and tells the tale of how a skinny little boy from Cape Town became a world-champion surfer, on his own budget and with borrowed equipment.

Watch the trailer for Ocean Driven:

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For more information about the event visit the Honolulu Museum’s website.

Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 28 July, and Friday, 31 July, 2015
  • Time: 7:30 PM and 1 PM PM
  • Venue: Doris Duke Theatre
    900 S Beretania Street
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    HI 96814
    United States of America | Map
  • General admission: $10 per person


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Video: Vinod Hindocha Recalls the Strangeness of His Final Conversation with Anni Dewani

Anni Dewani: A Father's StoryAnni Dewani’s father, Vinod Hindocha, has told The Mirror about his last conversation with his daughter, in which she hinted that she wanted to tell him something that her husband was not permitted to hear.

The author of Anni Dewani: A Father’s Story says that the family has not found any closure and that they still struggle to understand how Shrien Dewani had hidden his sexuality from their “intelligent daughter”.

Hindocha recalls his final phone conversation with Anni, four hours before she died. He said that Anni spoke in Swedish so that Shrien, who was presumably in the room, couldn’t understand her: “She said, ‘Papa I have so much to tell you, I’ll tell you on Tuesday when I come home.’”

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Zebra Press Acquires Local Rights to Publish Anni Dewani: A Father’s Story by Shekhar Bhatia

Anni Dewani: A Father's Story Anni Dewani: A Father’s Story will be published in South Africa by Zebra Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The book will be in stores in March.

Anni Dewani: A Father’s Story is a full, frank and ultimately heartbreaking account of Anni’s life from childhood through to the conclusion of the trial of her husband Shrien Dewani in Cape Town, four years after her murder. It is told from the perspective of Anni’s father, Vinod Hindocha, to journalist Shekhar Bhatia and is the extraordinary story of how one family has coped with seeing their hopes for their daughter’s future being so cruelly extinguished, how they tried to live with, and through, the aftermath, their efforts to see justice done and, ultimately, their attempts to reconcile themselves with the court’s verdict and a future without their beautiful daughter, Anni.

On November 13, 2010 while on honeymoon in South Africa, newlyweds Shrien and Anni Dewani, from Bristol, were kidnapped at gunpoint in Gugulethu, a township near Cape Town. Shrien was released unharmed by his kidnappers, but only a few hours later Anni’s brutally murdered body was found in the back seat of the taxi she had been travelling in. She had been shot in the neck. As the news broke, Anni’s loving family were faced with the horrific reality of the loss of their beloved daughter in the most tragic and brutal circumstances. But worse was to come. As the investigation into her murder began, the family quickly had to confront the possibility that Anni’s death might have been orchestrated by the one person she should have been able to trust above all others – her husband.

About the author

Shekhar Bhatia is a London-born journalist who has been on the staff of the Evening Standard, Sunday Mirror, Daily Express, the Observer and the Sunday Express, where he was chief reporter. Bhatia has produced documentaries for British and American TV companies on subjects such as the Oscar Pistorius shooting of Reeva Steenkamp for NBC and the BBC. He also helped produce Channel Four’s Dispatches TV programme on Anni’s death, entitled “Murder on Honeymoon”. Bhatia has spent four years on the murder story, working closely with Anni’s family, who asked him to help them write this book. In November 2014, he was named Journalist of the Year at the Asian Media Awards. He lives in London with his student daughter Chameli and is set to move to New York later in 2015 for work.

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John Mitchell on the Details in His New Autobiography: My Coaching Life was Colourful Enough

Mitch: The Real StoryDavid Kelly has written an article for The Independent on former All Black coach John Mitchell and his biography Mitch: The Real Story.

Kelly says that Mitchell’s life offers rich pickings for an interesting biography, saying that although Mitch: The Real Story is primarily about his coaching work, he could just have easily have filled the pages with stories from his career as a player or from his eventful childhood.

Mitchell has worked and played rugby all over the world, and has many stories worth telling. This article focuses on his experiences in Ireland.

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In South Africa, he suffered a near fatal stabbing frenzy when his home was burgled four years ago; all this and much, much more is detailed in a wonderfully entertaining account of his life, ‘Mitch: the Real Story’.

Tell him there is precious little reference to Ireland in the index and he laughs down the phone from his current home in Pietermaritzburg, a city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal; the place where he met and married current wife Julie.

“The publishers primarily wanted a book about my coaching life,” he chuckles, adding “which was colourful enough. If they wanted playing details, we’d have to go another 700 pages.”

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After Freedom: Katherine Newman and Ariane De Lannoy Examine Post-apartheid South Africans

After Freedom by Katherine Newman and Ariane De Lannoy to be published this month:

After FreedomTwenty years after the fall of apartheid and the first free elections, South Africa has come far. Yet frustration is rising as inequalities that once divided the races, now grow within them. Award-winning sociologist Katherine Newman and South African expert Ariane De Lannoy profile seven people – Black, White, “Coloured” and immigrant—to reveal life today. A timely look at how the generation that came of age post-apartheid are grappling with a tenuous democracy in a globalized economy.

About the authors

Katherine Newman (Baltimore, MD) is the James Knapp Dean of the Arts and Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of twelve books on poverty, the working poor, and the consequences of inequality, including The Accordion Family and The Missing Class.

Ariane De Lannoy
(Cape Town, South Africa) is a Senior Researcher at The Children’s Institute and Lecturer in the Sociology Department at the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on youth transitions to adulthood in South Africa and has published on young adults’ educational decision-making, youth belonging and citizenship, and youth violence in a context of poverty.

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Winners of Random House Struik and James Patterson Short Story Competition Announced

Random House Struik recently held a short story competition inviting young readers to write short fictional stories with the chance to win a cash prize of R5 000 as well as books for their school library to the value of R10 000. The winning school will be able to nominate a disadvantaged school of their choice who will receive a further set of books to the value of R10 000.

The winner in the 9-12 age group is Haytham Jeppie from SACS Junior School in Cape Town, whose story titled “Ghost School” impressed the judges (see picture above). The judges also recognised great talent in young writer Tom Vidal from Bishops College in Cape Town, and he was chosen as the winner in the 13-17 age group for his story titled “Broken Wings”.

Maximum Ride: AngelWitch and Wizard: The FireMaximum Ride: NevermoreConfessions of a Murder SuspectDaniel X: Watch the SkiesDaniel X: Armageddon

James Patterson is passionate about encouraging children to read. He was inspired by his own son, who was a reluctant reader, to write books specifically for young readers. Random House Struik supports this initiative and with this competition, we hope to inspire more young South Africans to become passionate about books, reading and writing.

The competition was judged by Marj Brown and Jay Heale. Marj is Senior Librarian at Roedean, SA Coordinator of the International Kids Lit Quiz, and Founder and Coordinator of the literacy quiz, Phendulani. Jay is the author of many children’s books including Hooked on Books. He reviews children’s books regularly on the Book Choice programme of Fine Music Radio.

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Enter the James Patterson Short Story Competition for Young Adults Aged 13 to 17

James Patterson Short Story Competition for SA High School Learners

Random House Struik is running a James Patterson Short Story Competition for young adults between the ages of 13 and 17. The winner will receive R5000 and R10 000 worth of books for their school library, including all of James Patterson’s young adult books. The winner’s school will then get to nominate a disadvantaged school to also receive R10 000 worth of books for their library.

Confessions of a Murder SuspectMaximum Ride: NevermoreWitch and Wizard: The FireMaximum Ride: Angel

Entrants can choose one of these three titles for their fictional stories: “Dark City”, “The Fire Catcher” or “Broken Wings”. Entries must be in by 31 March 2013 and the stories must not exceed 1000 words.

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Enter the James Patterson Short Story Competition for Children Aged 9 to 12

James Patterson Short Story Competition for SA Primary School Learners

Random House Struik is running a James Patterson Short Story Competition for children between the ages of 9 and 12. The winner will receive R5000 and R10 000 worth of books for their school library, including all of James Patterson’s children’s books. The winner’s school will then get to nominate a disadvantaged school to also receive R10 000 worth of books for their library.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My LifeMiddle School: Get Me Out of HereThe Dangerous Days of Daniel XDaniel X: Game OverDaniel X: ArmageddonDaniel X: Watch the Skies

Children can choose one of these three titles for their fictional stories: “Ghost School”, “Feathers and Stars” or “The Magic Clock”. Entries must be in by 31 March 2013 and the stories must not exceed 1000 words.

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Podcast: Gorry Bowes Taylor Discusses Killing for Profit with Julian Rademeyer

Killing for ProfitJulian Rademeyer joined Gorry Bowes Taylor in studio at Fine Music Radio for her Book Choice programme to discuss his book, Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade.

Rademeyer explains who are behind the poaching, from people struggling to make a living along the border of the Kruger National Park to the wealthy game farmers using trophy hunts as a guise to supply to syndicates in South East Asia.

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