Skipper Dane Van Niekerk hails Proteas character

Despite losing their Women’s World Cup game against England, Proteas skipper Dane van Niekerk lauded her side for their efforts.

The Proteas lost their first game of the tournament falling short by 68 runs to England at the County Ground in Bristol on Wednesday.

England batters Tammy Beaumont (148) and skipper Sarah Taylor (147) shared England’s highest-run partnership in a One-Day International (ODI) when they put together 275 for the second wicket.

The Proteas were sent with a tough task, chasing down 373 in their 50 overs.

“It took us too long to adapt to the conditions and that partnership (between Taylor and Beaumont) from England made us pay,” Van Niekerk told reporters on Wednesday.

“They were well into their partnership and seeing the ball as if it were a volley ball…

“I told the girls (at the innings break) that we can either accept defeat or we can go out there with character and give our best shot. I’m really proud of the girls with the way they stood up considering it was a tough ask.”

South African openers Lizelle Lee (72) and Laura Wolvaardt (67) got the innings off to a strong start with their 128-run stand, but the total was too far for the Proteas to take down the hosts.

South Africa eventually ended on 305/9 in their 50 overs – the highest score batting second in women’s ODI cricket.

Van Niekerk praised her team’s batting performance and said there were plenty of positives to take out of the game.

“305 is great against a team like England, which just shows you the nature of the track. I’m very happy and we can take a lot of positives out of it,” said Van Niekerk.

“We thought 280 or 300 was a really good score to chase on a wicket like this. But we were a bit far away from their total.”

Van Niekerk admitted that their bowlers did not execute their plans, but was certain that this could fuel them for their next game.

“We didn’t bowl to our plans. They really made us pay when we missed our lines and lengths. The margins of error in women’s cricket is very small,” she said.

“We are a good bowling side. It doesn’t mean their skills gone away in one day and that West Indies was a fluke. All teams in the world have days like today (Wednesday) and unfortunately it wasn’t ours.

“I’m sure our bowlers will come firing in stronger, I’m excited to see how they will bounce back.”

The Proteas next task will be facing India on Saturday, July 8.

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World record holder Wayde ready for 400m return in Lausanne

Lausanne – World record holder Wayde van Niekerk will return to the 400 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday, after starting the season focusing on the shorter events.

The 24-year-old, having run personal bests in the 100m (9.94sec) and 200m (19.84sec) last month, set a new world best time of 30.81sec in the rarely-run 300m in Ostrava last week, beating a long-time record held by Michael Johnson.

But now van Niekerk is ready to turn his attentions back to the distance in which he is also the reigning world and Olympic champion, having run the world-record time of 43.03sec in Rio de Janeiro last August.

“I definitely know that I’m in good shape in every single distance below 400m, except the 400,” the South African told a press conference on Wednesday.

“It’s about continuing this really good form that I’ve been building and improving both my 200 and 400m times.

“I’m glad that I had the opportunity to improve both my 100 and 200m times, but I guess now it’s back to business and time to try and get some good form in the 400m for the world championships and put up a good show in the world champs in London this year.”

Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has hailed van Niekerk as his successor as leader of the sprinting world, with the Jamaican legend due to retire after the world championships in London in August.

Van Niekerk is the only man in history to have run under 10 seconds for the 100m, 20sec for the 200m, and 44sec for the 400m.

He is the fastest man this year in the 200m, and will be expected to beat American Fred Kerley’s world-leading 400m of 43.70sec on Thursday.

“There’s no use in sitting on top of the rankings in the middle of the season and not finishing off strong, as that’s where I’d like to be at the end of the season,” he said.

Last week’s 300m was the longest race van Niekerk has run since winning Olympic 400m gold.

“I knew it was going back to the lactic days and getting used to that feeling,” he added.

“I tried to go out in the first 200 metres quite strong, and I think that when I got to the last 100 metres I felt very comfortable.”

Other big names in action in Lausanne include pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie, Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers and Olympic triple jump gold medallist Christian Taylor.

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How to shop overseas and send stuff to South Africa with consolidated shipping from Postbox-Courier

Not only do South Africans often feel left out of the bounty of gadgets and modern products available to overseas consumers, but South African Expats (SAFFAs) overseas, also find it hard to find a decent reliable service to send gifts and stuff back home to friends and family. Fortunately, Postbox-Courier (PBC) has stepped in to fill the gap and help South Africans send stuff back home to loved ones and also to buy TVs, iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, computers, bikes, vintage clothing, baby goods, toys, children’s clothing, books and other products from abroad and have it shipped back home.

PBC has been offering courier services from the UK to South Africa since 2012. It was originally set up as an alternative to unreliable postal services, and overly priced courier services, for South African expats to send stuff back home.

They now have depots in New York City, London Heathrow, Sydney, and Hong Kong, where they consolidate shipments and fly directly with the airlines to their PBC office in Johannesburg, where they handle Customs clearance in house, making a seamless service which is very safe, secure, and reliable. The Johannesburg depot also handle shipments for expats living abroad wanting to shop for South African products and have them delivered to themselves abroad.

Ready to shop?

As a perfect example, it’s that time of the year when Amazon celebrates it’s birthday with massive online sales, and this year they are touted to be bigger than Black Friday. The 30-hour sale will take place between July 10 and July 11 (starting at 7PM our time on Monday), and to prepare for the day this is what you need to do:

First, you need an Amazon Prime account, although this costs R100 per month, your first month is free, so sign up for the trial and you’re good to go.

Second, know what you’re doing

Not only will there be deals that run for the whole of Prime Day, but there are also flash Lightning Deals that will pop up more than usual throughout the 30-hour period. They last around 10 minutes each, or until the product has run out.

The deals are sorted into categories, and this year the Amazon app will allow you to watch a product and send you a notification when a deal begins.

Get an overseas delivery address

The main reason South Africans aren’t able to indulge in such sales is because of our address: Amazon doesn’t deliver here.

But that’s why we have Postbox Courier.

You can order anything, from anywhere in the world, without the hassle of stressing about whether or not they ship to our neck of the woods – including Amazon.


How does it work?

Sign Up
Register free of charge with Postbox Courier via their website. They will assign you with a Personal Postbox at each of our worldwide depots. Look out for the confirmation email which provides a link to activate your account.

Sign In
Once you have activated your account, you will be able to login to view your unique Postbox addresses, by clicking the “View your Personal Postbox addresses” banner. Your addresses are permanent, so you can save them and start sending items to your Postbox.

Notify them of incoming items
Each time you send something to Postbox Courier, please notify them via the Parcel Pre-Alert (in your Parcel Manager).

Manage your orders
You can ship single items or multiple pieces combined into a single shipment. If you do wish to consolidate orders from different suppliers (in the same origin country), you will be able to do so in your Parcel Manager. Just notify them of each shipment that is en-route to your Postbox, and then use the ‘Group’ button to let them know which items you wish to combine

Pay for shipping
Once they receive the items that correspond with your booking they’ll let you know via email and invite you to login to your Parcel Manager and make payment, upon which they will courier your items to your door within South Africa immediately.

If we come across any more information we will be sure to let you know, we’re always happy to help.

But in the meantime, with over 100 000 items slashed in price, there’s no reason for you not to take advantage so start prepping for the big day now.


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Answers to frequent questions

Transit times are 3-4 days from the UK and 4-6 days from the US and HK. They’ll deliver before Christmas if they receive your goods by 11 December.

Prices from the UK start at GBP14.99 for the first 500 grams and they have a quick quote calculator on their home page to work out costs for larger items or to get quotes from other origins to SA.

Registration is free! Payment is quick and secure through paypal. Get more info

Benefits for South Africans in SA:

– Import from US, UK, HK/China vendors via your respective Postbox in each of those origins.

– Combine several purchases from different vendors into a single shipment, saving on freight costs and clearing costs.

– Access goods which are not readily available in SA or which you can snap up in a bargain in upcoming sales such as Black Friday / Cyber Monday.

Benefits for South Africans Abroad:

– Send items (gifts, Christmas cards etc) back home to loved ones with the knowledge that it won’t be lost in the post/take months to arrive.

– Save heaps compared with using big name couriers who offer similar transit times.

Sign up, sign in and be at the ready to score big on whatever you happen to need want.

Ready to start shopping overseas stores and saving on international shipping? Visit now!

For a complete list of items banned in South Africa, please visit SAR’s Customs & Excise website.


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DATE: 8 July 2017
TIME: 12:00
VENUE: 3rd East Kilbride Scout Group, Carlyle Drive, East Kilbride, G74 3EW

We are pleased to announce that we have finally found a suitable venue for our July BIG BRAAI.

All fellow SAFFAS are more than welcome and bring your family and friends along.

You are free to bring along your home-made goodies to sell (bring a table if you need one)

There will be some picinic tables and a bouncy castle . SA items will be available to buy: Wors, biltong, droewors, sweeties, cooldrinks and biscuits, among others.

Overnight camping will also be available for quiet guests.

* An open wood fire and grids
* Charcoal
* Plastic Utensils and paper plates
* 2 large salads (for those that didnt bring any)

(A donation bucket will do the rounds to help with the cost of these items)

* Bring your meat, salads, rolls etc
* Cash to buy some SA Goodies that will be on sale
* Wear your Bokke, Proteas and Bafana gear
* Your Wellies if its raining
* Bring Alcohol and cooldrinks (yep that’s how we say it in SA)
* Bring vessels to drink your drinks out of.

* Parking may be a problem, try and use public transport
* Kelvin Kabs 01355241212 about £5 from EK Station

* Trains from Glasgow Central to East Kilbride is every 30 min
11:18, 11:48, 12:18, etc.
* Trains from East Kilbride to Glasgow Central is every 29 min
20:26, 20:55, 21:26, etc.
* LAST TRAIN 23:56
* Journey time 32 minutes

Looking forward to meeting you all and catching up with “old faces”.

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OLIFEST is a South African themed festival where South Africans and all other cultures meet. It is open to the public and an amazing family weekend for all to enjoy. With camping, childrens entertainment, music, food, drinks and stalls with traders.

Date: 7 July 2017 – 17:00 till 9 July 2017 – 22:00
Entry £3.00 per person children under 3 years – Free
Camping £10.00 per pitch per night – Limited spaces
Campervans and Caravans will be £15 per night this includes entry fee for up to 3 people.

To pay go to PayPal – and please advise how many nights and how many people.

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Move to the US using these work-based strategies

A work visa (usually an H-1 visa) for the USA requires the following:

Qualifications and experience need to be evaluated

An accredited evaluation agency in the USA will need to evaluate all your qualifications and experience. For starters, though, you will need to hold a degree that is equivalent to a US Bachelor’s degree and you will need to have worked in that field for a number of years.

A job offer

If you have received an offer of employment in line with your qualifications and experience, the Department of Labor will determine the wage you should be offered.

It is important to note that the H-1 visa season opens on 1 April, and the petition needs to be filed on this date due to oversubscription.

Your employer applies for your Green Card

This application can take between nine and 24 months, depending on your qualifications. The speed of the process is directly proportional to your degree – the higher your degree, the faster the application process.

If you have the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree, you will be classified in a 3rd preference category; if you have a Master’s degree or higher, and if the offer of employment matches this qualification, you will be classified in a 2nd preference category.

You display a level of excellence in the fields of business, art or sciences

If you have an extraordinary national or international reputation in business, the arts or the sciences, you are more likely to find a wider array of options open to you. A reputable immigration lawyer will be able to assist with your application, should this apply to you.

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Bring & Braai – South Africans In And Around The Oxfordshire Area, UK

Bring & Braai – South Africans In And Around The Oxfordshire Area, UK
Date and Time:  Friday, 01 July 2016
Location: Wallingford Bridge OX10 Wallingford, Oxfordshire

​Repeat Event #3
Venue: River Side Park and Pool on the Crowmarsh side of the river.
Bring and Braai South African style. (Bring your own Braai, your own coal, your Meat, your drinks, your salads).

***This is not a strickly South Africans only event. All friends and family welcome!***

If anyone doesn’t mind sharing your Braai like last year please do let us know as I’m sure some would appreciate sharing if they are coming alone.

Butcher in Wallingford, Goring, Didcot and Pangbourne all sell Boereworse.

I will apply for a permit this time as it is getting busier each year, any contribution towards this would be much appreciated.
Please can I also ask that every takes care to remember, others not part of the event are also using the space.

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Downtime In USA, why not travel to these recommended places

If your expat assignment takes you to USA, why not travel to these recommended places in your time off? Get away from your work assignment and truly explore your new environment, its culture and unique sights.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is known for great food (you won’t find better grits – ground-corn porridge – on the planet) and colourful history. But why do travellers return year after year? We’ll blame the genuine Southern hospitality this city extends to each and every visitor.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Is there any possible way Las Vegas could not be on our ‘best nightlife’ list? The only way we could possibly omit it is on a technicality—since you can do pretty much anything 24/7 in Vegas, it might be wrong to call it ‘nightlife’.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle’s petite downtown area and many attractions make it possible to pack a week’s experience into a weekend. Grab a latte and start at the world-famous Pike Place Market. Watch the fish fly and then head to the Space Needle for a dramatic view of the city and its surrounding waters. Return to earth and jump aboard a moonlit dinner cruise to Blake Island or canoe through the arboretum.

San Francisco, California

Who cares about a little fog (okay, a lot of fog) when there’s so much to do in San Francisco? By day, explore Fisherman’s Wharf and the Aquarium of the Bay, ride a cable car, and stroll around the Presidio. By night, have a fabulous dinner (at a Michelin-starred restaurant or a tiny place in Chinatown), then hit some of the best clubs on the West Coast.

Washington, District of Columbia

Make sure you bring cash to Washington, DC. Not that it’s expensive (actually, many museums are free) or that no-one accepts plastic (they do)—it’s just an awful lot of fun to hold up a $5 bill next to the actual Lincoln Memorial, or a $20 in front of the White House. In between touring monuments and historical sights, check out the quirky International Spy Museum, watch pandas at the National Zoo, or catch a military band playing an outdoor concert on Capitol Hill.

New Orleans, Louisiana

As a visitor in New Orleans, you can expect the locals to pull out all the stops to show you a good time. And it’s way more than just a demonstration of Southern hospitality—‘laisser les bon temps rouler’, or ‘let the good times roll’ is the city’s unofficial motto. So take a tour of the elegant Garden District, hit a jazz club, dine at the Commander’s Palace, or join the crowds on Bourbon Street. The Big Easy has much to celebrate these days, now that it’s had some time to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina, and you’ll be welcomed with open arms.

Palm Springs, California

Looking to relax in the sun? Palm Springs, with 354 days of sunshine per year, might be the place for you. Relax poolside or visit one of the many area spas… or tour some fantastic examples of mid-century modern architecture.

San Diego, California

Looking for a classic California beach experience, with a boardwalk, beach volleyball, even a classic amusement park? You can find it at Mission Beach in San Diego. After you’re done swimming and sunning, hit one of the many beachside restaurants and bars for some live music, dancing and a tropical drink.

St Louis, Missouri

The history of St Louis has been heavily influenced by westward expansion and blues music. The big must-see in this region is the Gateway Arch, while other important sites include the Museum of Westward Expansion, the St Louis Cathedral and the Anheuser-Busch factory tour. The city offers plenty for the whole family. Children will enjoy the local zoo and the Magic House, while family members will also want to unwind at Forest Park, home to the World’s Fair almost a century ago.

Sedona, Arizona

Any place can have an amazing pool and spa, but an amazing pool and spa in the middle of a gorgeous desert? That’s what you’ll find at Sedona’s resorts. If you do feel like taking a break from lounging poolside and sampling different kinds of massages, you’ll find miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback tours. Afterward, of course, you’ll need another massage. It’s the good kind of vicious cycle.

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Who Will Succeed As An Expat in the USA?

A new report which identifies the personal characteristics of successful expatriates has been published by assessment specialist cut‑e, to help multinational employers choose the right people for international assignments. Do you fit the bill?

Called Predicting who will be a successful expatriate, the report follows a research study involving 35 expatriates as well as their managers, peers and subordinates in their home and overseas countries. Feedback was collected on each expat’s performance, their personal success, their communication ability and how well they integrated into the local culture.

“Sending employees to live and work abroad involves a significant expense, so organisations have to look beyond the technical skills of candidates and ensure that they’re choosing the right people for the right reasons,” said Dr Katharina Lochner, cut‑e‘s research director.

“Our research identifies what it takes to succeed as an expatriate. We’ve also created a model which can predict whether someone will adapt well to a new culture, perform as expected, cope with the personal and professional challenges, manage their own stress level and be satisfied working abroad.”

According to the study, the key characteristics for success as an expatriate are: emotional stability; openness to change; cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity; an ability to adjust to different customs, perspectives and business practices; strong interpersonal skills; flexibility; resilience; respect for diverse viewpoints; a high level of autonomy and a sense of humour.”

Our study reveals that top performing expatriates have a specific profile,” said Dr Lochner. “They understand that pressure can be a strong motivator, so they’re prepared to put time and effort into challenging tasks, and they’re not overly concerned with the aesthetic aspects of their workplace, which probably helps them to adapt more easily to a new environment. They also feel empowered to organise their own work and take initiative when appropriate.”

Expats: do you recognise yourselves?

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Proteas meet hul kragte teen Engeland in 2de T20 wedstryd te Taunton

Die Protea krieket span kom weer te staan teen Engeland in die tweede T20 wedstryd te Taunton op Vrydag 23 Junie 2017. Hopelik skop hul dieslag stof in hulle oppenente se oë.

Die Proteas het Woensdagaand in Southampton weer teleurgestel toe Engeland hulle met nege paaltjies en met nog 33 balle oor ʼn deeglike krieketles in die eerste van drie T20-wedstryde geleer het.

Suid-Afrika het besluit om eerste te kolf. JJ Smuts is met die eerste bal van die kolfbeurt deur David Willey skoongeboul en in die tweede boulbeurt is Reeza Hendricks, ook van die eerste bal, deur Mark Wood se boulwerk gevang.

Op 7/2 na sewe balle was Suid-Afrika dus uit die staanspoor met
die rug teen die muur.

David Miller het ook nie lank gehou nie en is vir nege lopies uitgehaal, wat ʼn goeie ses ingesluit het (32/3).

AB de Villiers en Farhaan Behardien moes die situasie probeer red en hulle het bestendig gekolf.

Maar T20-krieket verg ʼn vinniger lopietempo as De Villiers se 65 lopies in 58 balle en Behardien se 64 in 52 balle.

Goeie boul- en veldwerk het hulle vasgepen, en die Proteas het ná hulle toegelate 20 boulbeurte net 142/3` op die telbord gehad.

Engeland het vanuit die staanspoor baie aanvallend gekolf en hulle eerste en enigste paaltjie het in die vyfde boulbeurt geval toe Andile Phehlukwayo vir Jason Roy beenvoor betrap het. Die telling was toe reeds 45/1.

Die Proteaboulers kon nie juis hond haaraf maak nie, en veral Wayne Parnell en Imran Tahir is sleg verinneweer.

Alex Hales (47 in 38 balle) en Jonny Bairstow (60 in 35 balle) het die benodigde 143 lopies op ʼn drafstap na slegs 14.3 boulbeurte bereik.

Die volgende T20-wedstryd vind Vrydagaand om 18:00 op Taunton plaas.


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