After World Cup, Brits is ready to make new memories


Schalk Brits is still revelling in the memory of the Springboks’ 2019 Rugby World Cup triumph. But it is a measure of Brits as a man that his most treasured memories have nothing to do with the William Webb Ellis Trophy. Instead, they involve a tent, a rugby field, and his three young boys.

As entries open for the 2020 Vodacom Father and Son Campout a day after Vodacom Super Rugby kicked off another “superpowered” season in partnership with Marvel at the Vodacom Super Hero Sunday extravaganza in Soweto, Brits was amongst the first to book his tent and a place in what has become the most sought-after experience for rugby-loving dads and their sons. Even if they’re Springboks.

“I experienced my first Vodacom Father and Son Camp Out last year and it was absolutely phenomenal,” says Brits as he looks forward to this year’s experience on the main field at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March. This unique event is exclusive to Vodacom Red clients.

“I have three boys all under the age of 10, and they loved it. I also loved it because I always feel a team should never isolate its players from the fans, and at an event like this I wasn’t just a player but also a dad sharing special memories with other dads. It’s an unbelievable experience.

“It’s not only a memory for the boys, but for me as well. We all know time is short. When you lie on your deathbed, you won’t remember what you achieved, but who you achieved it with. Those memories are what’s important to me.”

Brits returns to Loftus Versfeld as very much a “normal” dad having retired from rugby after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The theme for this year’s campout is #BeAPresentDad, and it’s something Brits can certainly relate to.

“I will always be thankful for my dad running with me at 5am so I could stay fit for rugby. He’d pull on the tekkies and do the run with me, and then he’d go to work. It’s a choice to be a dad, and making the time to be with my boys is precious to me.”

To register for the Vodacom Father and Son Campout brought to you by Vodacom ONE Family, visit


‘n Gedugte familieboerdery te sien in Landbouweekliks se 100ste episode!

Die gedugte pa-en-seunspan Hugo en Rian Maree van die Rihugo-boerdery naby Piet Retief is vandeesweek te sien op Landbouweekliks se 100ste episode! Rihugo-boerdery het buiten ’n gesogte, bekroonde Brahmanboerdery ook ’n saaivertakking met ’n geenbewerkingsbenadering en makadamias. Piet Retief is weens sy suurveldweiding nie goeie beeswêreld nie, maar danksy streng seleksie en doelgerigte teling vir aangepaste beeste maak Rihugo Brahmane meer geld met sy beeste as menige boer in gunstiger gebiede. Goeie voervloei speel ’n belangrike rol in hul sukses.

Vodacom #SuperHeroSunday: #Bullsfamily balanced and exciting team

The Vodacom Bulls have announced their matchday team for #SuperHeroSunday that includes a World Champion, Blitzboks, Vodacom Super Rugby stalwarts and several youthful players who will front up against the Emirates Lions at the FNB Stadium on Sunday, 19 January 2020.

Veteran Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn will face South African opposition for the first time in seven seasons and will lead a backline that consists of three Springboks and a Blitzbok, in Warrick Gelant, Cornal Hendricks, Ivan van Zyl and Rosko Specman.

The forwards also boast international experience with Scottish capped no.8 Josh Strauss controlling the back of the scrum and Springbok lock Juandré Kruger powering the engine room.

The bench is also loaded with international quality such as Embrose Papier, Dylan Sage and Tim Agaba. Fans can also expect the unleashing of a few exciting and hungry youngsters like loose forward Muller Uys starting in the seven jersey, and Chris Smith together with Ryno Pieterse making an impact of the bench.

Kick-off is 15h15.

Vodacom Bulls: 15. Warrick Gelant, 14. Johnny Kotze, 13. Cornal Hendricks, 12. Burger Odendaal (C), 11. Rosko Specman, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Ivan van Zyl, 8. Josh Strauss, 7. Muller Uys, 6. Wian Vosloo, 5. Juandré Kruger, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Jaco Visagie, 1. Simphiwe Matanzima.

Replacements: 16. Johan Grobbelaar, 17. Gerhard Steenekamp, 18. Mornay Smith, 19. Ryno Pieterse, 20. Ruan Nortje/Jean Droste, 21. Embrose Papier, 22. Chris Smith, 23. Divan Rossouw, 24. Dylan Sage, 25. Manie Libbok, 26. Jeandré Rudolph, 27. Abongile Nonkontwana, 28. Tim Agaba.

Vodacom Blue Bulls XV to test depth against Emirates Lions

The Vodacom Blue Bulls XV will face a Emirates Lions in preseason warm-up match on Loftus B field on Friday, 17 January 2020.

Kick-off is 14:00.

Vodacom Blue Bulls XV: 15. Richard Kriel, 14. Jade Stighling, 13. Marnus Potgieter,12. Franco Naude, 11. Sebastiaan Jobb, 10. David Coetzer, 9. Marco Jansen van Vuren, 8. Ewan Coetzee, 7. Adre Smith, 6. Ruan Steenkamp (C), 5. Jean Droste, 4. Ian Groenewald, 3. Madot Mabokela, 2. Louis van der Westhuizen, 1. Dayan van der Westhuizen.

Replacements: 16. Corniel Els, 17. Kudzwai Dube, 18. Eduan Swart, 19. Carl Els, 20. Janko Swanepoel, 21. Jaco Labuschangne, 22. Phillip Potgieter, 23. Keagan Johannes, 24. Vaughen Isaacs, 25. Dawid Kellerman, 26. Diego Appollis, 27. Jay-Cee Nel.


Beesboer se sukses is oor generasies opgebou

Landbouweekliks besoek vandeesweek Arthur de Villiers van Arcadia Bonsmara in die Vrystaat. Dié bekroonde stoetbeesteler van die Vrededistrik in die Oos-Vrystaat is sinoniem met Bonsmaras en bou voort op ’n reputasie wat oor geslagte opgebou is. Die stoetery het in 1937 die lig gesien en in 1958 is Bonsmaras vir die eerste keer in die kudde ingebring. Arthur bespreek graag sy kennis en ondervinding en het al verskeie rubrieke en raadgewende artikels in landboupublikasies geskryf.

Vodacom Bulls eager to stretch legs against FNB UP-Tuks

The Vodacom Bulls have returned from their festive season break with renewed spirits as they put the finishing touches on their preparation for the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

They will face three-time FNB Varsity Cup champions, FNB UP-Tuks, in two warm-up matches on Saturday, 11 January at the Tuks Stadium.

The Vodacom Bulls will split their extended squad across the two matches as they aim to shake off the rust and shed a few kilos of festive indulgence before the action begins against the Cell C Sharks in Round 1 on Friday, 31 January.

Kick-off is 09:00 and 11:00.

Vodacom Bulls (warm-up match 1): 15. Warrick Gelant, 14. Cornal Hendricks, 13. Johnny Kotze, 12. Burger Odendaal (C), 11. Rosko Specman, 10. Chris Smith, 9. Embrose Papier, 8. Muller Uys, 7. Wian Vosloo, 6. Marco van Staden, 5. Jaundrè Kruger, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Johan Grobbelaar, 1. Simphiwe Matanzima.


Replacements: 16. Louis van der Westhuizen, 17. Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18. Ian Groenewald, 19. Marius Verwey, 20. Jean Droste, 21. David Coetzer, 22. Dawid Kellerman, 23. Diego Appolis, 24. Tim Agaba.

Vodacom Bulls (warm-up match 2): 15. Richard Kriel, 14. Jade Stighling, 13. Marnus Potgieter, 12. Dylan Sage, 11. Divan Rossouw, 10. Manie Libbok, 9. Ivan van Zyl, 8. Josh Strauss, 7. Abongile Nonkontwana, 6. Jeandre Rudolph, 5. Ruan Nortje, 4. Ryno Pieterse, 3. Mornay Smith, 2. Jaco Visagie, 1. Gerhard Steenekamp.

Replacements: 16. Corniel Els, 17. Madot Mabokela, 18. Adre Smith, 19. Ewan Coetzee, 20. Marco Jansen van Vuren, 21. Morne Steyn, 22. Jay-Cee Nel, 23. Franco Naude, 24. Vaughen Isaacs.

Transport and safety get top priority ahead of Vodacom Super Hero Sunday

Johannesburg, December 12 – An integrated security and transport plan will be in place for Vodacom Super Hero Sunday at FNB Stadium on January 19.

In confirming its plans yesterday, Stadium Management South Africa, which manages the stadium precinct, announced that a multi-faceted security system would be in place, designed to ensure safety for upwards of 80 000 rugby supporters.

“Our plans are very similar to what was in place for the recent Ed Sheeran concerts,” explained Bertie Grobbelaar, managing director of SMSA. “We had a safety and security and transport and traffic management plan that was efficiently carried out for just over 125 000 people over the two days with very positive feedback from concert attendees and this has informed our plans for this event.”

The public transport plan for Vodacom Super Hero Sunday incorporates various options for match day fans and starts operating at 9am on match day.

1. Self-drive and general parking at no charge.

  • Secure parking at no charge in dedicated parking areas.  All the parking areas will be clearly marked and manned by security staff.
  • Dedicated gas braai areas have also been identified in these parking areas.

2. Park and Ride

  • Park and ride from Menlyn Park, Emperors Palace and Mall of Africa.  Tickets are available from Computicket for R150 return.
  • Buses will travel in dedicated bus lanes moving easily through traffic and collect and drop passengers at the transport hub, 650m from the stadium.

3. Gautrain buses

  • Gautrain service with shuttle buses from Park Station.  Buses will travel in dedicated lanes and drop passengers at the transport hub, 650m from the stadium.

4. Zeelo

  • Dedicated area has been identified for personalised bus service Zeelo.  Tickets available at Computicket –  R200 per adult and R175 per child (under 12) return.

5. E-hailing Service

  • A dedicated and secure drop off and collection point with safe walkway to the stadium

For further information and times please visit their social media pages.

Planning of this event is subject to the provisions of the Safety at Sport and Recreational Event Act and governed by the Event Safety and Security Planning Committee, comprising various role-players, inclusive of SAPS, JMPD, Medical and Emergency service and private security and parking management.

This committee is chaired by a senior SAPS officer appointed by the National Commissioner of Police.

All event related operational plans are scrutinised and approved by this committee with the responsibility to oversee execution on event day.

Interest is already high around the new-year event that sees the DHL Stormers play the Cell C Sharks and the Emirates Lions play the Vodacom Bulls. Matches kick off at 1pm and 3.15pm respectively, ensuring that fans will be home before sunset.

This follows the success of the debut event in Cape Town last year.

“We are planning for a fun family event,” said Grobbelaar. “The normal concerns around parking and security will be taken care of and we anticipate a historic and memorable rugby day.”

Tickets are on sale at Computicket at R60 each or R200 for four.

Toewyding en omgee lei tot sukses vir Schoonbee-landgoed

Landbouweekliks besoek vandeesweek die Schoonbee-landgoed naby Groblersdal in Limpopo. Dié gesiene familiebesigheid is in 1950 op die been gebring en beslaan nou amper 3 000 ha oor drie produksiegebiede. Vandag voer hierdie boerdery sitrus en tafeldruiwe uit na 33 lande, hoofsaaklik in die Noordelike Halfrond, en is ook betrokke by wildteeltprojekte met eksotiese en inheemse wild. Hulle bedryf ook ’n uitgebreide bemagtigingsinisiatief in die Loskopvallei, waar hul wortels diep lê.



Blue Bulls Company honours outstanding performances at 2019 awards

The Blue Bulls Company held their 2019 awards ceremony at the vibrant Altitude roof top Bar in Menlyn on Tuesday, 3 December 2019.

The event, which focused on fun and unwinding after another season of hard hitting rugby, was attended by sponsors, stakeholders, management, players and their respective family and friends. World Cup winning flyhalf Handrè Pollard walked away as the BBCo’s Player of the Year with fellow World champion, Duane Vermuelen, claiming the Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year award.

The Currie Cup and SuperSport Challenge Player of the Year awards were snapped up by Tim Agaba and Ruan Nortje respectively while Muller Uys and Richard Kriel were awarded the U21 and U19 Player of the Year. The ceremony was also used to name the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby leadership with Burger Odendaal being named as captain and Trevor Nyakane his deputy.

The Blue Bulls Company would like to congratulate all the award winners while wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable festive season.

U19 Player of the Year: Richard Kriel

U21 Forward of the Year: Hanru Sirgel

U21 Back of the Year: Wian van Niekerk

U21 Player of the Year: Muller Uys

SuperSport Challenge Player of the Year: Ruan Nortje

Currie Cup Player of the Year: Tim Agaba

VSR Forward of the Year: Trevor Nyakane

VSR Back of the Year: Burger Odendaal

VSR Player of the Year: Duane Vermeulen

BBCo Employee of the Year: Collen Khoza

PUMA Forever Faster Award: Cornal Hendricks

ISUZU Award: Lizo Gqoboka

AFGRI Award: Simphiwe Matanzima

BBCo Player of the Year: Handrè Pollard

Afrikanerbeesboer werk hard, hou aan verbeter

Pieter de Kock van Thabazimbi in Limpopo het ’n besondere liefde vir die Afrikanerbeesras wat gedy ten spyte van erge strestoestande. Hy voorsien ook vleis aan AfriBeef, ’n handelsmerk wat geskep is om veral die vleissagtheid van hierdie ras te bemark. Pieter is passievol oor die oordrag van kennis aan die jonger geslag en sy Pronk-Afrikanerstoetery is as die Landbounavorsingsraad se Vleisbeesverbeteringskudde van die Jaar vir 2019 bekroon.


Africa Agri Tech backed by ag giant AFGRI

The AFGRI Group has announced its support for the AFRICA AGRI TECH conference and expo, which will be hosted in Pretoria from 18 to 20 February 2020. The event promises to be one of the highlights on the 2020 agricultural calendar and will showcase the latest technologies transforming agriculture and related value chains, whilst addressing the issue of our new reality – the tech revolution: Industry 4.0.

Encompassing amongst other things, the Internet of Things and Big Data, automation, artificial intelligence, there has never been a more relevant time to see what possibilities lie in wait to further agricultural production and aid farmers in South Africa.

AFGRI Group CEO, Chris Venter, expressed his delight in partnering with the event. “We believe that technology and digitalisation will become ever more important. The changes it has effected in everyday lives in terms of markets and production continuously take new shape, almost daily. We feel that an expo of this nature, focusing on advancements in science and technology, and where discussion can take place, is long overdue and most relevant. We are not merely watching how markets get disrupted, we want to be part of the disruption to bring new innovations to our industry and our clients alike.”

AFRICA AGRI TECH will also shed some light on the near future, helping executives and farmers alike, to develop practical and realistic roadmaps for driving this transformation over the next five years.

The event will be hosted at the Sun Arena and Maslow Hotel, Time Square, Menlyn Maine.

For more information, contact Pula, Bella, Werner or Ronel on 011 465 0099 or visit