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Richards Bay regain second spot, as Chiefs end year with win

Richards Bay regained second place in the South African Premiership thanks to a 1-0 win over lowly Swallows in Durban on Saturday.

Left-back Tshepo Mabua scored his first goal of the league campaign for the newcomers by converting an 11th-minute penalty for the surprise packets of the 2022-2023 season.

Victory lifted promoted Bay to 26 points, two more than SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs, both multiple winners of the richest league in Africa.

Richards Bay, who were expected to be relegation candidates, trail leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by five points as the 30-round season approaches the halfway point.

Despite their lofty position, club owner Jomo Biyela says the main objective is “to stay in the Premiership for next season”.

“We have a wonderful environment. The boys train each day, then have lunch together. We do not have players who dash to the car park after practising and drive off.”

Biyela believes key factors were retaining the majority of the promotion-winning squad and hiring former AmaZulu assistant Vasili Manousakis to co-coach the team with Pitso Dladla.

“Pitso is a very good young coach but we did not want to throw him into the deep end alone,” added the official.

Inadequate facilities at their ground in a harbour town mean they play home matches in Durban, 170 kilometres (105 miles) away.

Soweto outfit Swallows are one point above the relegation zone having won just three of 13 matches and changed coaches twice with German Ernst Middendorp the latest incumbent.

In another Durban match, success-starved Chiefs triumphed 2-0 over hosts Golden Arrows through first-half goals from Burundian Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana and Mozambican Edmilson Dove.

Bimenyimana tops the Premiership goal charts with seven after joining Chiefs this year from Kazakhstan club Kaisar.

Johannesburg-based Chiefs have won a record 54 domestic titles, but none since being crowned league champions in 2015.

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Barcelona drop points in heated Catalan derby

Barcelona stumbled in the Spanish title race with a 1-1 draw against rivals Espanyol in a bad-tempered Catalan derby on Saturday, levelling Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Xavi’s side threw away the two-point advantage they had earned before the World Cup break, with Joselu’s penalty pegging Barcelona back after Marcos Alonso’s opener.

Both teams finished with 10 men as Jordi Alba and Vinicius Souza were sent off, with referee Mateu Lahoz allowing the game to spiral out of control at Camp Nou.

“The draw is our fault, we can talk about the referee and other things but they are our mistakes,” said Xavi.

“I think Mateu is a referee who controls games but today it got away from him in my opinion, he let the game get totally out of control.”

“(But) I don’t blame him for anything, the fault is ours. We lowered our intensity.”

The teams were at loggerheads before a ball was kicked because Barcelona started Robert Lewandowski, who had been banned before a late court ruling allowed him to play.

The forward, due to miss three league matches, was only allowed to feature thanks to a controversial decision announced on Friday, suspending his punishment.

It greatly angered Espanyol, whose president and directors boycotted the match, while Barca coach Xavi admitted his team had prepared all week expecting to be without the division’s top goalscorer.

The Spanish football federation said in a statement on Saturday they could not override the court’s decision.

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    Lewandowski was not at his best but Barcelona took the lead after just seven minutes with Alonso capitalising on shoddy set-piece defending from Espanyol to head home.

The former Chelsea defender, deployed as a centre-back, should have doubled his tally but sent Alba’s cross wide from point-blank range.

Espanyol’s only chance of the first half came when Nico Melamed had a shot deflected wide of Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s far post, with the hosts looking comfortable.

“We wanted to leave with a win, to leave as leaders,” said Sergi Roberto.

“We had a very good first half, we lacked the goal to kill the game. In the second half there were a lot of cards, sendings off and the game stopped a lot.”

Barcelona faded after the break with wingers Ansu Fati and Raphinha struggling to create danger.

The visitors, 16th, weren’t particularly threatening either but won a penalty after Alonso tangled with Joselu in the area, and the forward dispatched it down the middle.

Lahoz, racking up the bookings, sent off Alba for two in quick succession, before dismissing both Souza, for a foul, and Leandro Cabrera for a clash with Lewandowski seconds later.

However he cancelled the latter dismissal after watching the incident again with VAR, and Barcelona could not find a winner in the nine minutes added on.

Xavi also received a booking from Lahoz for complaining from the sidelines late on, and the official left the stadium to jeers and whistles from the home fans.

“These games are very hard to referee, what’s important is the result,” said Joselu.

“There were a lot of interruptions because there were a lot of fouls, but we had to make sure that we played our game.”

Barcelona and Real Madrid, who beat Real Valladolid on Friday, are both on 38 points from 15 games, leaving the title race neck and neck ahead of the new year.

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URC Result: Stormers end the year unbeaten at home as they beat Sharks 40-8

The Stormers capped the first New Year’s Eve Vodacom United Rugby Championship clash in Cape Town with a bonus-point win against the Lions on Saturday night.

Leading at 19-3 at half time, the URC champions finished 2022 unbeaten at Cape Town Stadium after they ran in six tries – two from right wing Angelo Davids – in a 40-8 victory.

Veteran ballhawk Deon Fourie was immense at the breakdown for the Capetonians, while Man of the Match No 8 Hacjivah Dayimani was dynamic with ball in hand, as the Stormers’ ability to reorganise on defence suffocated the Lions on attack.

Stormers fullback Damian Willemse, taking the ball at first receiver, cut the line after nine attacking phases for the opening try, before Fourie rose with ball in hand over the whitewash off the back of a textbook lineout maul. 

The hosts boasted a 16-point lead at half time after outside centre Dan du Plessis coasted through to dot down near the uprights following a sniping run from scrumhalf Paul de Wet. Flyhalf Jordan Hendrikse bagged the only points of the first half for the Lions from the kicking tee, with opposite number Manie Libbok on song with two of five conversions in the match.

The Lions drew first blood after the break when outside centre Henco van Wyk finished off a clever trick play in the corner from the visitors, but the Stormers to hit back via Davids, who dotted down for the bonus-point try courtesy of an electrifying breakaway from Dayimani.

Libbok added the extras to make it 26-8 heading into the final quarter, as replacement halfback Morne van den Berg’s converted touchdown for the men from Joburg midway through the second stanza was overturned by the TMO for a knock-on from loose forward Emmanuel Tshituka in the buildup.

The Stormers, though, were on the right side of another TMO review after Davids and Dayimani combined again out wide for the former’s second, with replacement flanker Marcel Theunissen soaring over at the death to ring in the new year in style.

The Stormers will now refocus for a trip to Scotland to face the Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium next Sunday, while the Lions turn their attentions to a clash with Munster in Limerick on Friday night.

Scorers

Stormers: Tries – Damian Willemse, Deon Fourie, Dan du Plessis, Angelo Davids (2), Marcel Theunissen. Conversions – Manie Libbok (5).

Lions: Tries – Henco van Wyk. Penalties – Jordan Hendrikse

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Daily Lotto results: Saturday, 31 December 2022

Get the Daily Lotto results as soon as they are drawn on The Citizen.

While great care has been taken to ensure accuracy, The Citizen cannot take responsibility for any error in the Daily Lotto results. We suggest verifying the numbers on the National Lottery website.

The winning Daily Lotto numbers will appear below after the draw. Usually within 10 minutes of the draw. You might need to refresh the page to see the updated results.

Here are the winning Daily Lotto results for Saturday, 31 December 2022:

0, 0, 0, 0, 0.

For more details and to verify the Daily Lotto results, visit the National Lottery website.

How to play Daily Lotto in South Africa? 

If you are buying a ticket in-store: 

  • Pick up a betslip in any lottery store.
  • Choose five numbers between 1 and 36 or ask for a Quick Pick.
  • Entries cost R3 each. You can play a max of R150, but you are allowed to play multiple boards.
  • Select how many consecutive draws you wish to enter, up to a maximum of 10. Leave blank for a single draw.
  • Take your betslip to the teller to pay for your ticket.
  • Write your details on the back of your ticket in case you need to claim a prize. If you do not sign your ticket and you lose it, anyone will be able to use it to claim the prize.

If you are playing online: 

  • Set up a lottery account here and make a deposit so you can pay for tickets.
  • Choose five numbers from 1 to 36 or select ‘Quick Pick’ to generate a random set. Repeat this on as many boards as you want to play.
  • Decide whether to enter a single draw or multiple draws.
  • Confirm and pay for your entry.

What time does the Daily Lotto draw take place? 

The Daily Lotto draws take place at 21:00 every evening and you can buy tickets up to 20:30.

Is there a winner everyday? 

Yes. The jackpot prize money is guaranteed to be given away even if no one matches all five numbers. When this happens the jackpot is split between everyone who matches two or more numbers.

Visit www.nationallottery.co.za and go to the How to Play Daily Lotto section to find out more.

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Lotto and Lotto Plus results: Saturday, 31 December 2022

Get the Lotto and Lotto Plus results as soon as they are drawn on The Citizen, so you can rest easy and check your tickets with confidence.

Estimated Lotto and Lotto jackpots for 31 December 2022:

Lotto: R31 million

Lotto Plus 1: R19,5 million

Lotto Plus 2: R3,5 million

Here are the winning Lotto results for Saturday, 31 December 2022:

While great care has been taken to ensure accuracy, The Citizen cannot take responsibility for any error in the Lotto or Lotto Plus results. We suggest verifying the numbers on the National Lottery website.

Lotto: 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0. Bonus: 0.

Lotto Plus 1: 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0. Bonus: 0.

Lotto Plus 2: 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0. Bonus: 0.

For more details and to verify the Lotto results, visit the National Lottery website.

When do South African national Lottery ticket sales close? 

Lottery outlets close at 8.30pm on the day of a draw, which happens at 9pm. The terms and conditions may differ from other service outlets. Visit www.nationallottery.co.za for more information.

You can find the historical winning numbers for PowerBall and Lotto draws here.

How much does it cost to play Lotto?

Lotto entries cost R5 per board including VAT. Lotto Plus costs an additional R2.50 per board. You can also play PowerBall on selected banking apps (T’s & C’s apply).

Visit www.nationallottery.co.za and go to the How to Play section to find out more.

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URC result: It was meant to be close but Sharks destroy Bulls 47-20

Given that the Bulls had won their last two matches against the Sharks and were fired up after their loss to the Stormers, it was meant to be a close United Rugby Championship derby at Kings Park on Saturday night, but the KwaZulu-Natalians produced a tremendously focused and intense performance as they blew the visitors away 47-20.

The opening quarter was tightly contested with Chris Smith and Curwin Bosch trading penalties, before the Bulls grabbed the opening try in the 19th minute. Impressive hands created space out wide for wing Canan Moodie, who regained his own chip ahead, albeit with a lucky bounce.

But then the Bulls found themselves in the eye of a storm, much of it of their own making as they were terribly ill-disciplined. Following a Bosch penalty, after prop Thomas du Toit won a turnover, that closed the gap to 9-13, the Sharks took a quick tap penalty and found space out wide, but Moodie knocked the final pass out into touch, leading to a yellow card and a penalty try.

The Sharks piled on the pressure and, with two minutes to go, flank Cyle Brink was also sent to the sin-bin after repeated Bulls’ infringements. A big Sharks scrum – an area where they held a great advantage – was followed by scrumhalf Grant Williams going one way and then the other and sniping over for the try.

By the time Bosch had converted – the resurgent flyhalf succeeded with eight of his nine kicks at goal – the halftime hooter was about to go, but referee Marius van der Westhuizen warned the Bulls twice that they could not kick the restart direct into touch.

Nevertheless, that is what Smith did and the Bulls paid a heavy price. The Sharks attacked from the scrum in the centre of the field, wing Kurt-Lee Arendse conceding a penalty for a deliberate knock-on, which allowed the Sharks into the 22. From there they earned another penalty, also kicked to touch, and a patient lineout maul saw hooker Bongi Mbonambi score. Having trailed by just three points two minutes before halftime, the Bulls were suddenly 13-30 down at the break.

Auto-pilot

The Sharks, confidence rampant, were on auto-pilot in the second half and they scored a superb try in the 51st minute to open the scoring after the break. Outside centre Lukhanyo Am popped an inside ball to wing Marnus Potgieter, who broke through before inside centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg’s quick hands sent the ball wide to fullback Boeta Chamberlain, who was stopped inside the 22 but produced a super offload for Janse van Rensburg to score.

The Bulls did respond with a fine try of their own, Moodie and Johan Goosen combining very well out wide for the fullback to score.

But the result was never in doubt as a Bosch penalty stretched the Sharks lead back to 40-20.

Moodie then ended up being red-carded, for a second yellow card, when he went fractionally high on a tackle on a dipping player. It was a harsh penalty when the Bulls wing did little wrong, and the officials ought to have paid more attention to the more dangerous neck-tackle on Arendse that followed. But because it happened later on in the same passage of play as Moodie’s small mistake, it was ignored.

The shellshocked Bulls then conceded another try after the final hooter when Janse van Rensburg snatched an intercept and dotted down under the poles.

The New Year’s celebrations at Kings Park will certainly be good.

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Scorers

Sharks: Tries – Penalty try, Grant Williams, Bongi Mbonambi, Rohan Janse van Rensburg (2). Conversions – Curwin Bosch (4). Penalties – Bosch (4).

Bulls: Tries – Canan Moodie, Johan Goosen. Conversions – Chris Smith (2). Penalties – Smith (2).

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Our 5 favourite moments from the Royal children in 2022

It’s been a bumper year for the Royal Family, and the first time some members have emerged into the spotlight.

Although sometimes a little too much to handle, the Royal Children have behaved impeccably whenever they have been called upon.

From funny faces to temper tantrums, here are the top five times the youngest Royals stole the show this year.

Prince Louis at Trooping the Colour

It may have been the Queen’s platinum Jubilee, but Prince Louis stole the show.

From pulling cheeky faces to covering his ears, the young Royal could not keep calm while plane-spotting on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

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A game of royal musical chairs

During the Platinum Jubilee, Prince Louis could not decide whose knees he wanted to sit on.

He settled on getting cuddles from his grandpa, King Charles in the end.

Princess Charlotte shows us who’s boss

When it comes to royal etiquette, Princess Charlotte knows how to keep her siblings in line.

The princess scolded her brother, the future king, on the Buckingham Palace balcony, reminding him to keep his arms down.

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Princess Charlotte shows us who’s boss… again

Charlotte had to lay down the law again with her brother during the Queen’s funeral.

As their grandmother came past in her coffin, she reminded George to bow and pay his respects.

Princess Charlotte wishes the Lionesses good luck

Prince William had already put in his daughter’s request to join the women’s England football team.

But she had to settle for cheering from the sidelines as England beat Germany in the Euros 2022 final.

Her good luck message almost certainly secured the Lionesses the win.

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Pope Francis to lead unique funeral for ex-pope Benedict XVI

For the first time in modern history, a sitting pope will preside over his predecessor’s funeral next week, with Pope Francis leading a “simple” ceremony for Benedict XVI, who died Saturday.

Benedict, the first pontiff to resign since the Middle Ages, had renounced the papal throne – but lived within the Vatican and still wore white.

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The 95-year-old would have a “solemn but simple” funeral on Thursday, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni told journalists at a briefing following his death.

The sudden deterioration of the ex-pope’s health earlier this week had sparked questions over what would happen next.

The death of a Roman Catholic pope usually sets in motion time-honoured traditions, but would someone who had given up the papacy get papal treatment?

Unlike when previous popes have died, there is no need to call a conclave to elect a new pontiff, as Francis – chosen to succeed Benedict in 2013 – remains very much in the post.

Under rules set out in 1996, a pope must be buried between four and six days after his death.

How and when he is buried is usually decided by cardinals who gather from around the world, and who also organise the Vatican’s nine days of mourning, known as novemdiales.

They decide because the death of a pope traditionally creates a power vacuum at the top of the church.

However, no such vacuum exists in this case, as Francis is in charge.

Last rites

The ex-pope’s funeral will take place in St Peter’s Square, the vast square in front of the basilica, on Thursday at 9:30am (0830 GMT).

“As the Pope Emeritus wished, the funeral will be simple,” Bruni told journalists.

Francis had alerted the world to Benedict’s frailness on Wednesday, when he called on the world’s Catholics to pray for him.

He later visited him at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery inside the Vatican gardens which became Benedict’s home when he retired.

Bruni said the ex-pope had that same day received “the anointment of the sick”, or “last rites” as it is often called, a Catholic tradition in which a person’s soul is cleansed of sins in preparation for the afterlife.

That was performed at the end of a mass at his home, in the presence of the Memores Domini, four lay women similar to nuns, who lived with him.

The body of the German pope, whose birth name was Joseph Ratzinger, will stay at the monastery until early on Monday morning.

Then it will be taken to lie in state at St Peter’s Basilica, where the faithful can pay their respects over three days.

In 2005 the body of John Paul II, the last pope to die, also lay in state before a funeral mass in St Peter’s Square presided over by Ratzinger, then a senior cardinal.

An estimated one million people attended, alongside heads of state from around the world.

‘Fisherman’s Ring’

The Vatican said official delegations from Italy and the ex-pope’s native Germany would attend the funeral.

Afterwards, “the coffin of the Supreme Pontiff Emeritus will be taken to St Peter’s Basilica, and then into the Vatican Grottoes for burial”, the Vatican said.

In 2020, media reports said Benedict had chosen to be buried in the former tomb of John Paul II, in the crypt of St Peter’s.

The body of the beloved Polish pope was moved to the upper part of the basilica when he was beatified in 2011. He was confirmed a saint in 2014.

Traditionally, when a pope dies, his “Fisherman’s Ring” – a signet ring specially cast for each new pope which once was used to seal documents – is also destroyed.

When Benedict left office, the face of his ring was etched with a “X” to make it unusable.

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‘Let us keep going and keep on trying,’ says Ramaphosa in New Year message

As South Africans prepare to usher in 2023, President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the country to unite and work together in the New Year to overcome SA’s socio-economic challenges.

Ramaphosa’s New Year Message

In his New Year message on Saturday, Ramaphosa said 2022 has been a difficult year during which South Africans continued to endure the hardships that are given rise to by unemployment, poverty and persistent inequality.

On top of all this, the president said citizens have had to deal with the rising cost of living, natural disasters and the load shedding crisis.

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Despite all of these challenges, Ramaphosa said South Africans “still hold fast to the belief in our nation’s greatness” to see it prosper and thrive.

He urged citizens to enter 2023 with courage and resilience, and “keep going and keep on trying, no matter how difficult it gets”.

Read the president’s full New Year message below:

My fellow South Africans,

In a few hours we will ring in a new year.

It is a time for fresh starts in a number of aspects that affect our lives and for making resolutions to do things better.

It is also a time of hope – hope for a better life for ourselves, and for things to become better for the country that we all love.

2022 has been a difficult year. It is a year during which South Africans continued to endure the hardships that are given rise to by unemployment, poverty and persistent inequality.

On top of all this we have had to deal with the rising cost of living and an energy crisis.

We have also been burdened by the loss of loved ones to a number of tragedies.

There have been devastating tragic events that have destroyed both lives and livelihoods.

These events have included floods, fatal vehicle crashes, deaths in taverns, dam wall collapses, drownings, fires in informal settlements and most recently, the terrible explosion of a fuel tanker in Boksburg in Gauteng that killed at least 34 people.

A number of young men have lost their lives during the summer initiation season, turning what was meant to be a time of joy and celebration into a time of sorrow.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the bereaved families.

May the Lord embrace and comfort all families who suffered loss as a result of these tragic events.

With all that has happened this past year, we must remain optimistic and have hope. For hope does spring eternal in the human breast.

Much as we are going through a stormy phase in the life of a country, storms do eventually pass.

Two years ago when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, I said that we would overcome. And we have.

The Covid-19 pandemic no longer determines how we live our lives.

We have been able to shelter society’s most vulnerable from its worst effects.

Our economy is growing again and is now larger than it was before the pandemic.

Over the past year, around 1.5 million new jobs were created.

The Presidential Employment Stimulus, which has provided opportunities to more than a million citizens, is growing and thriving.

We are improving the business operating environment and attracting new investment.

We are undertaking reforms in the operation of our ports and railways, and in our telecommunications, water and electricity sectors.

We are working hard to end the crisis of load shedding.

We are increasing the amount of renewable energy on the grid

The benefits of this work may not be immediately felt, but we should expect that these efforts will steadily reduce the need for load shedding until it is no longer necessary.

Over the last year, there have been milestones in the fight against corruption.

The State Capture Commission handed over its final report and government has set out a plan for the implementation of its recommendations.

There have been several arrests, prosecutions and convictions for corruption and cases related to state capture.

Significant amounts of stolen funds have been recovered by state owned companies like Eskom and Transnet.

Just as the new year is a time for a fresh start in our personal lives, so too must it be for the life of our nation.

South Africans want to see our country’s electricity challenges resolved.

They want to see tougher action against corruption.

They want to lead lives of dignity and to have jobs.

They want to live in safety, freedom and peace.

We must build on the important work that has been done this past year to determine our actions in the next.

We must intensify the fight against poverty and inequality, unemployment, crime and gender-based violence.

This is what South Africans want and deserve.

Even as we face the challenges of today and tomorrow, the people of South Africa still hold fast to the belief in our nation’s greatness.

They are determined to see our country prosper and thrive.

As we look to the year ahead, we pay tribute to the many outstanding South Africans who have served our nation.

We pay tribute to the lifeguards, emergency workers, law-enforcement personnel, fire fighters, nurses, doctors and other health care workers.

We pay tribute to our educators, who have worked so hard to restore our classrooms as places of learning, and to the learners themselves who have given their very best in centres of learning.

We thank the hard working staff, businesses and suppliers who keep our streets clean, who transport commuters, and who provide our homes with various services.

We applaud the farmers and farmworkers who produce our food.

We thank those who opened their hearts to victims of tragedy and helped wherever and however they could.

Our humanity and our unity during times of hardship is what makes us who we are.

Let us enter 2023 with the courage and resilience for which we are known.

Let us keep going and keep on trying, no matter how difficult it gets.

By working together, we can and will rebuild our country. We can and will improve our economy and improve the lives of our people.

Wherever you are at this time, I wish you a happy, prosperous and peaceful new year.

I thank you.

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