Daily Archives: September 18, 2016

South Africa: Hayes Makes It Medal No15 for Team SA in Rio

Ilse Hayes followed in the footsteps of Charl du Toit on Saturday to become Team South Africa’s second double medallist at the Rio Paralympics.

After Du Toit had done the double by winning the T37 100 and 400-metre events it was Hayes who added to her T13 100m silver by grabbing silver in the one-lapper.

Winner was France’s Nantenin Keita in 55.78 and Hayes clocked 56.49.

Beaten she may have been but Stellenbosch’s star at least had the satisfaction of beating the woman who had won gold in the 100m, Ukraine’s Leilia Adzhametova (56.60 in third).

‘Yes the 400m wasn’t my main event but I gave it my best. I got a bronze in Athens (2004) so this is better.

‘Obviously my main event was the 100m so my strategy was to go conservatively to begin with. I gave it all for the last 100m but at least I still ended up with my second best time. The competition was very strong this year.

‘This is my last Paralympics and I just have to say thanks to God for my talent etc. The silver in the 100m was the cherry on the cake for me as I didn’t train too much for the 400m. But IPC World Championships in London next year have a 100 and 200 so I’ll focus on that.

‘All thanks to a great journey with by coach Suzanne Ferreira and my husband [Cassie] my parent and by training group.’

Hayes’ medal, her seventh in her Paralympic journey, takes Team SA’s medal tally to 15 with just one day to go.

That places the team 22nd on the medals table on Saturday with Nigeria and Tunisia ahead of them.

In swimming, Alan Ferreira was the final South African swimmer in action, in her fifth and final event. She ended seventh in her heat, in 1:24.60 and failed to make the final.

In cycling, Dane Wilson ended 21st in the C4-5 road race in 2:38.50.

Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee

President Zuma extends condolences on the passing of Kwaito music legend Mandoza

President Jacob Zuma has extended his deep felt condolences on the sad passing of South African music legend and one of the pioneers of Kwaito music genre, Mr Mduduzi Tshabalala, popularly known as Mandoza.

Mandoza passed away today after a long battle with cancer which had reportedly spread to his brain, leading him to lose his sight completely. He appeared on the stage recently for the last time at Orlando Stadium in Soweto where he performed at the SABC Thank You Concert in honour of 90% local music content on all radio stations under the public broadcaster.

“South Africa has lost one of its pioneers whose music appealed to a cross section of our people, young and old and was known to have achieved the unique crossover culturally to be enjoyed by both black and white South Africans. It is a great loss to the nation and we wish to extend our deepest condolences to his wife Mpho, his family and hordes of fans. Mandoza will be sorely missed. May his soul rest in peace,” said President Zuma.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa