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News: Rugby Commentator Kaunda Ntunja passes away, age 38.

Former South African Schools captain and rugby commentator Kaunda Ntunja has passed away, aged 38. His family confirmed the sad news on Monday morning.

Ntunja represented the Cheetahs and was part of their Currie Cup-winning side in 2005. After hanging up his boots, he joined Supersport as a commentator and part of the famed Xhosa commentary duo of “Zizi and Dabane”, with rugby legend, Makhaya Jack.

His sister Tando, who shared the tragic news on social media said the family was still in shock.

“It is with deep sadness I confirm the passing of our beloved brother Kaunda Ntunja, earlier today in East London, Eastern Cape,” Tando Ntunja wrote.

“As you can imagine, we still trying to make sense of this tragic news and we ask for your love, care and discretion as we prepare to lay my big brother to rest.”

Ntunja made history in 2000, when he became the first black SA Schools captain, leading a team which consisted of the likes of World Cup-winning Bok scrumhalf Ricky Januarie and former Blitzbok flyer MJ Mentz.

In a statement issued out in the afternoon, SA Rugby said it was saddened to learn of Ntunja’s untimely passing.

“He was a true rugby pioneer – the first black African SA Schools captain, a Currie Cup winner and a groundbreaking SuperSport commentator.”

SA Rugby president, Mark Alexander said Ntunja left an indelible mark on the local rugby commentators.

“Our thoughts are with the Ntunja family and all of his friends and colleagues for this terrible loss – the South African rugby community is much poorer without Kaunda Ntunja,” he said.

 

Photo Credit: SuperSport

Cricket South Africa announces seven coronavirus cases

According to eNCA, Cricket South Africa (CSA) revealed on Monday that seven people within the organisation had tested positive for coronavirus, raising questions over the sport’s potential return to action in the country.

The acting chief executive of South African cricket’s governing body, Jacques Faul, said more than 100 tests had been conducted within the organisation, and they had included players and support staff.

“The number of seven is actually quite low,” said Faul, who added CSA’s medical and ethical protocol prevented him from revealing the identity of those who had tested positive.

The announced cases of COVID-19 are likely to further delay the resumption of the sport in the country.

A three-team event was scheduled for this coming Saturday involving 24 leading players.

It was due to be South Africa’s first televised sporting event since the country went into lockdown in March.

It was announced last Saturday the competition had been postponed because it had not yet been approved by the government.

Faul said on Monday CSA had been “a little ambitious” in announcing the date, especially as Centurion, where the match was due to be played, is considered a virus “hot spot”.

Faul said no new date had yet been decided and it was possible the venue would be changed.

Source: eNCA

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Mthethwa warns sport bodies to comply with Level 3 Regulations

Mthethwa warns sport bodies to comply with Level 3 Regulations

Officials from the Sports, Arts and Culture department will be deployed to monitor that Level 3 sport directions are being complied with.

A stern warning was also given from the department that no organisation could resume training or competition until receiving approval from Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Sport bodies have until June 26 to submit their resumption plans to the department for approval.

The ministry said in a statement on Saturday:

  • If the sports body resumes training or matches, either contact or non-contact, without the approval of the minister, it is tantamount to a violation of the directions and regulations.
  • Any necessary or punitive measures will be taken against such sports body in terms of the regulations.
  • The department shall deploy officials to monitor compliance with the directions and such officials shall be given special identity documents.
  • Currently there are sport bodies which have sent their plans and are being considered by the department together with the NICD (National Institute of Communicable Diseases).
  • Upon receipt of the plans it will be decided whether the sports bodies have complied with all the requirements as proclaimed in the directions.

“During the period of processing the plan, no sports body is allowed to resume training or playing.”

Source: Sowetanlive

Image: TWITTER/Nathi Mthethwa

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