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Heinrich Klaasen called up by the Proteas

Multiply Titans and former Assupol TuksCricket wicket-keeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen has been called up to the Proteas test squad for the three-match test series against New Zealand, which gets underway in a few days. The call-up comes after an impressive domestic season that saw him finish seventh on the run-scoring charts in the Sunfoil series with 635 runs at an average of 48.84, including a season-best high score of 195 against the Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg.

Klaasen has built a successful domestic career with 3 140 runs and an overall average of 49.06. He has become a mainstay in the Multiply Titans set up and a key link in their batting line-up. He has received praise from the likes of the Powerade National Academy coach, Shukri Conrad, who said that the young wicket-keeper batsman could develop into “South Africa’s very own M.S Dhoni”. Former Head of the Assupol TuksCricket programme, Pierre de Bruyn, compared Klaasen to Adam Gilchrist with the bat and praised his keeping skills saying that “he has great hands and reach”.

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Shell Eco-Marathon returns to SA


Shell South Africa, a subsidiary of the multinational oil and gas company and the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) School of Electrical Engineering will once again collaborate in hosting another instalment of the Shell Eco-Marathon in Africa this year. Shell South Africa and UJ are inviting students from the Univer­sity of Pretoria who have a passion for ingenuity and innovation of cutting edge efficient technology to register a team, and possibly compete in the 2017 edition of this event, which is set to take place from 20 to 22 of October at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria West.

The Shell Eco-Marathon is a global initiative with events that occur annually in regions including Asia, the Americas and Europe. The project attempts to encourage young engineers to invent new forms of energy which could ultimately shape and revolutionise transport in the future. The aim of this initiative by Shell is to “challenge high school and university students to design, build, test and drive the most energy efficient vehicle”, therefore creating a platform for young, passionate Engineering students and enthusiasts to showcase and exhibit their fresh, new ideas regarding efficient energy against some of the best young minds on the African continent.

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Tragedy forces abrupt end to youth tournament

The Engen Champ of Champs soccer tournament hosted by SuperSport United Football Club at the University of Pretoria High Performance Sports Complex was brought to an abrupt end on 8 October. The tournament was scheduled to take place from 7-9 October, but was cancelled after footballer Kabelo Qabalatsane passed away.

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Rising star Lungi Ngidi debuts for the Proteas


Right-arm fast bowler for Assupol, TuksCricket and the Titans, Lungisani Ngidi, made his debut for South Africa in the T20 series against Sri Lanka, as the opening bowler. Ngidi walked in as debutant with the economy of 3.20 and a best bowling figure of 9/32 for the Titans. Ngidi’s best bowling international score is an accomplished 4/19 with a striking economy of 5.16. Before his debut match Ngidi admitted to “being a tad bit nervous”.

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Bulls win North-South derby semi-final

The Bulls secured a 36-30 win against Western Province (WP) in the Currie Cup semi-final on 15 October at Loftus Versfeld. The Bulls welcomed back Springbok scrumhalf Rudy Paige from international duty and captain Arno Botha from injury. Western Province welcomed the return of Sprinboks Bongi Mbonambi (hooker) and centre Juan de Jongh.

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