Justin Kluivert has been impressing in the youth set-up at Ajax 1 With a surname like that, Ajax forward Justin Kluivert has big shoes to fill, but this goal shows he certainly has the potential. Son of former Netherlands, Ajax, AC Milan, Barcelona and Newcastle striker Patrick, the 16-year-old is impressing in the Dutch side’s youth set-up. Like his old man, frontman Justin showed a deft touch, confidence and composure to go on a solo run, beating two men before shaping a fine shot around his next marker and into the top corner – see below:Patrick Kluivert won the Champions League with Ajax aged 18 before going on to make over 350 appearances at the top level.
14 May 2007South African swimmer Natalie du Toit and athletes Oscar Pistorius and Teboho Mokgalagadi won seven gold medals between them at the 2007 Paralympic World Cup which concluded in Manchester on Sunday.Du Toit set the winning streak in motion by dominating in the swimming pool at the same venue where she earned the first David Dixon award for the Outstanding Athlete of the Games at the Commonwealth Games in 2002.She claimed three victories, in the multi-disability (MD) 100 metres freestyle, the S9 100 metres freestyle, and the MD 50 metres freestyle.Aiming for Beijing 2008A winner of five gold medals at the Athens Paralympics in 2004, and six gold medals at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Durban last year, Du Toit is hoping to swim at the Olympic in Beijing in 2008 against able-bodied athletes.Unusually for her, she wasn’t able to break any of the world records behind her name, but her medals were the usual colour of gold.She won the MD 100 freestyle in 1:01.21 from the USA’s Jessica Long. She was slightly slower in the S9 freestyle, clocking 1:01.73. In the all-out sprint of the MD 50 freestyle, she touched the wall in 29.14 seconds.South Africa picked up another medal in the pool when Shireen Shapiro claimed the bronze medal in the women’s S10 100 metres breaststroke.Track actionOn the track, Pistorius, whose sporting motto is “you’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are abled by the abilities you have,” competed in the T44 category and won with ease, although wet conditions hampered his times.He claimed the 100 metres title in a competition record 11.64 seconds, which was far outside the scintillating 10.91 seconds he ran at the Nedbank Championships for the Physically Disabled in Johannesburg to become the first amputee to crack the 11-second barrier.Before that, he also won the 200 metres in 23.17 seconds. Again, the time was well outside his personal best of 21.34, but more than good enough to secure victory.Sprint doubleMokogalagadi competed in the T35 category and, like Pistorius, also completed the sprint double.Emulating Pistorius, he set a competition record in the 100 metres, recording a time of 13.44 seconds. He took victory in the 200 metres in 28.26.South Africa narrowly missed out on another medal when Jon Fred de Koker finished fourth in the 200 metres in the T42 category. It was a marked improvement on his finish in the 100 metres in which he collected seventh place. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
South Africa’s North West province has called on interested farming communities to apply to participate in the final phase of a stock farming development project, which gives successful applicants 24 Nguni cattle in the form of a loan, before the end of June 2010.The Nguni cattle have been chosen specifically because they are an indigenous breed and can thrive under difficult conditions. (Image: Storm Signal)Brand South Africa reporterThe project is a partnership between the North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Rural Development, the Industrial Development Corporation and the North West University’s Mafikeng campus, and has shown remarkable growth since its inception four years ago.Project manager Andrew Mathe says all interested farmers must fill in application forms which are available from all local development centres and district offices. They should then be submitted for a selection process that includes short listing of potential beneficiaries, interviews and an on-site visit by the provincial technical committee to verify information provided by applicants.The province is urging especially young aspirant farmers and female farmers to take advantage of this opportunity and apply for participation.Participation criteriaThe set criteria for participation in the project includes sufficient land to accommodate livestock numbers at recommended rates; that applicants must be in possession of certified proof indicating ownership, lease-right or use-right of the land for the five year-long duration of the project; that livestock must be managed in a controlled environment; and that commitment to the project and that daily supervision of livestock must be ensured.“There are however specific exclusions for participation in the project,” explained Mathe in a statement this week.“Where personnel and their immediate families of participating institutions, all public servants and their immediate families and communities currently benefitting from any beef projects originating from the participating institutions are prohibited from participating in the project.”For each successful application, 24 Nguni cattle – 23 heifers and one bull – are handed over in a form of a loan. Each beneficiary will enter into a contract, committing to return back to the project 11 heifers and a bull after five years and keep the remaining number and any progeny resulting from efficient management of the herd.Successful applicants receive 24 Nguni cattle – 23 heifers and one bull – in the form of a loan. (Image: IDC)Reintroducing Nguni cattleThe main objective of this project is to reintroduce the Nguni breed of cattle into the province in large numbers, focusing specifically on emerging black farmers. The project is aimed at empowering these farmers with livestock farming skills and developing their entrepreneurship abilities.The Nguni cattle have been chosen specifically because they are an indigenous breed and can thrive under difficult conditions. They are easy to maintain because of their low cost input, are reputed to have high fertility rates, and can withstand adverse conditions and diseases than other breed of cattle.More than hundred beneficiaries from all districts in the province, who include both individuals and communities, have benefited from this project since its inception in 2006.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
‘As good as you’re ever likely to see’“The spell we saw from Philander was as good a spell as you’re ever likely to see in Test cricket,” Black Caps’ captain Brendan McCullum told ESPN Cricinfo. At the beginning of December, on day two in Perth, South Africa ran through Australia’s batting, bowling the hosts out for 163 after they began the day on 33 for 2. They then raced to 230 for 2 by the close of play, on their way to a huge total of 569 all out, which included 196 from Amla and 169 from AB de Villiers. In 2012, there was day three of the first test against England at The Oval in July when the Proteas went from 86 for 1 to 403 for 2, with Hashim Amla finishing it undefeated on 183, on his way to 311 not out, and Jacques Kallis 82 not out, on his way to 182 not out in South Africa’s intimidating total of 637 for 2 declared. During their ascent to the number one ranking in test cricket in 2012, South Africa’s Proteas enjoyed at least two days of overwhelming brilliance that will live on in memory. They had another of those days on day one of their first test of 2013 at Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday. He claimed the first five wickets to fall in New Zealand’s innings, taking him to his eighth five-for in only 13 tests. His return was the sixth most economical five wicket haul in test history. Five of those were achieved before 1948. By stumps, South Africa had reached 252 for 3, with Petersen on 103 and AB de Villiers on 19, giving them a lead of 207 runs and New Zealand the blackest of holes to climb out of. MilestonesAfter Graeme Smith had lost the toss and New Zealand had elected to bat, the Proteas’ vaunted bowling attack ran roughshod through the Black Caps’ batting, dismissing them for 45 in less than 20 overs. During the course of the day, Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis achieved memorable milestones too, and by the close of play South Africa were very convincingly in the driving seat on 252 for 3, with Alviro Petersen on 103 not out. He is fifth on the list for matches in a career, having played in 159 since his debut way back in 1995. Tendulkar, with 15 645 runs, tops the list of test run scorers, but Ponting and Dravid, both retired, are just 348 and 248 runs ahead of Kallis on the list, meaning he will, barring injury or a spectacular loss of form, pass them this year. “He never missed his length and asked questions defensively. In terms of defending his stumps, he also managed to get the odd ball to kiss away. It was a real class spell and then [Morne] Morkel and [Dale] Steyn chipped in with their hostility.” Both efforts stood out, but they were matched in Wednesday in Cape Town. 3 January 2013 13 000 test runsThe great all-rounder fell a little short of his superb average at Newlands, matching Amla’s 66, but along the way, when he reached 20, he became only the fourth batsmen in the history of test cricket to reach 13 000 runs, joining Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Rahul Dravid in the elite club. All-round contributionWith 282 wickets to his name, Kallis is also 30th on the all-time wicket takers’ list and his 192 catches have him in fourth place all-time, 18 short of Dravid’s number one mark of 210. “I am fortunate enough that I can do it in front of my home crowd. I enjoy playing at Newlands. The public have been fantastic to me, to get an ovation like that certainly means a lot to me and these are special moments that will live forever with me.” Vernon Philander had been an injury concern with a niggling hamstring problem, but he was passed fit to play and he proved his fitness in eye-opening fashion, capturing a remarkable 5 for 7 off six overs. South Africa lost Graeme Smith in only the second over of their reply, but Hashim Amla and Alviro Petersen then put on 107 for the second wicket before Amla fell for 66 from only 74 deliveries. His dismissal brought Jacques Kallis to the wicket. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “I have come a long way since the first Test matches I have played,” Kallis said afterwards. Leading South African wicket takers Since August 2009, he has been the number one ranked test bowler in the world. Steyn clean-bowled Doug Bracewell to pick up the seventh wicket of the innings and with it his 300th in test cricket. He reached the mark in his 61st test, behind only Dennis Lillee and Muttiah Muralitharan, and tied with Richard Hadlee and Malcolm Marshall. It was a start enjoyed by the packed crowd at Newlands and one that, no doubt, pleased coach Gary Kirsten as the Proteas set about strengthening their grip on the number one ranking in 2013. “Dale is a special talent,” Kallis said of Steyn. “It is a special moment for him to pick up his 300th wicket in front of his home crowd. I know he is proud of that achievement, as are we. It’s special to stand at slip and to watch how our attack operates.” He went on to figures of 2 for 18, while Morne Morkel knocked over 3 for 14 as New Zealand, 45 all out, fell for the third lowest total in their history and the lowest test innings since 1974. In terms of balls faced, it was their shortest innings ever and the shortest innings in 116 years. Back then, cricket was a much lower scoring game, dominated by bowlers. On the list of South African test wicket takers, he trails only Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini and Allan Donald. Steyn included, only 25 men have taken 300 test wickets.
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