South Africa vs India, 1st Test Preview: Live stream, session times, team news

Date: Friday 5 January – Tuesday 9 January.

Time: 10:30 (SAST)

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town.

Live Stream & TV: SuperSport 2 (South Africa), Sony Ten 1 & Sony Ten 3 (India), Sky Sports Main Event (UK).

Overview

India, the world’s number one Test team, are in town and ready to face South Africa.

After months of boring board room wrangling over dates, fixtures and who knows what else, we finally have a three-match Test cricket series to get our teeth into this summer.

The less said about the Proteas’ two-day, Boxing Day Test blitz of hopeless Zimbabwe the better.

Slightly more instructive for home fans were the two Test thrashings of Bangladesh last September and October.

Heavy runs and confident bowling aligned for stand-in skipper AB de Villiers’ side to wipe the floor with the men from the subcontinent.


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But Bangladesh’s Asian neighbours are a different prospect entirely.

Virat Kohli’s men haven’t lost a series since a 2-0 defeat in Australia back in 2014/15.

They come to the Cape off the back of a 1-0 series victory over Sri Lanka on home turf in November and December last year.

But South Africa holds vastly different conditions to those found in India.

Proteas’ swing king Vernon Philander has even described it as “a totally different ball game,” so the tourists should bring their tennis rackets and golf clubs, just in case.

Dale Steyn is back in the South Africa squad following a year out after shoulder surgery, but he is likely to be unwrapped later in the series with long-term fitness the priority.

Best buddies De Villiers and Faf du Plessis will also team up for the first time in yonks, as the Proteas approach something like full strength just in time for the visit of the world’s best.


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India have doubts over the health of Ravindra Jadeja, who has been under the weather.

Ravichandran Ashwin will likely play as the sole spinner if Jadeja doesn’t recover in time.

Shikhar Dhawan is fit for consideration at the top of the order following an ankle complaint.

Pitch

Who knows.

Cape Town’s worst drought in decades has left people scraping around for shower water, never mind preparing the perfect cricket wicket.

The grass covering a day out from the toss is not an unusual sight and neither are a few cracks lurking from wicket to wicket.

Expect less pace than in Tests two and three at Centurion and the Wanderers, as well as a regulation amount of turn for the spinners later on.


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The weather is set fair with sunshine, light winds and temperatures in the 20s (celsius).

All apart from day three (Sunday) that is, with showers and a brisk north-westerly breeze expected throughout.

Head-to-head

South Africa Test match wins: 13

India Test match wins: 10

Draws: 10


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Predicted XIs

South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aidan Markram, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (c), AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel.

India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohamed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

Session Times
Morning: 10:30-12:30

Afternoon: 13:10-15:10

Evening: 15:30-17:30


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Off to Newlands for the cricket? We’ve got your seating guide here

Objectively speaking, Cape Town’s Newlands is the most beautiful cricket ground on Earth. Half-sporting paradise, half-essential tourist pilgrimage, the famous old stadium has captured imaginations worldwide…

In fact, it’s the only cricket ground in the world where you’ll need to bring both a warm jacket and a barrel of sun cream. It gets hot here, but the Cape winds absolutely lash Newlands from time to time.

With India and Australia both visiting over the summer, we’ve got a seating guide to help you pick the best spot.

Seating and Spectator information for Newlands:

What is the capacity of Newlands?
The Ground can hold 25,000 spectators at full capacity

Who else plays there?
As well as the Proteas, domestic sides Western Province and Cape Cobras play their home fixtures on this ground.

Names of the stands
North Stand
President’s Pavillion / South West Stand
Railway Stand
North West Grass
Oaks Grass Embankment


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Best view of Table Mountain at Newlands?
That would be from the North Stand, as well as ‘The Oaks’ – it’s an open grass area to the right of the main gates (East side of the ground, furthest away from the train line).

Usually during a Test match, you’re likely to have the wonderful smell of frying boerewors and onions penetrating your nostrils from the locals. Get to the grass as early as you can for an International game, it’s prime real estate.

How do I buy tickets?
For all four and five day events, it’s highly likely you can buy tickets on the day. However, this changes given the opposition. Tests against England and Australia are almost always all-ticket affairs. Any international one-day games are also high demand.

You can buy online using Ticket Pros for both international and domestic games. You can also buy tickets at the ground by visiting the Railway Ticket Office at the Wynberg end, or visit A-Gate and B-Gate either side of the scoreboard on Oaks Grass Embankment


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Where are the shaded seating areas at Newlands?
The President’s Pavilion / South West Stand is generally regarded as the best refuge from the sun, where it stays shaded from noon onwards. The Railway stand also offers shade and a cracking side on view of the quicks.

Where are the grass banks?
We’ve already spoke a little bit about both, but the Oaks Embankment is underneath the scoreboard and to the left of the North Stand, whereas North West Grass – the favourite spot of England’s raucous Barmy Army – is to the right of the North Stand.

Is Newlands wheelchair-friendly?
Absolutely, wheelchair access is provided at every stand and there a number of designated disabled parking bays. There are plenty of disabled toilets all around the stadium, as well as elevators provided for upper tier access

Contact Details
Address: 146 Campground Rd, Cape Town, 7780, South Africa

Telephone: +27 21 657 2050

E-mail: Glenda@wccricket.co.za


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Table Mountain can be deadlier than Mt. Everest

SANParks and the police are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of two climbers on Table Mountain on New Year’s Day.

The group were climbing Arrow Final when they fell while abseiling. A dramatic rescue mission unfolding on Monday night with the cable car being used as rigging point to get rescue crews to the injured. Several people were left stranded on the top of the mountain while the cable car was in operation.

The incident has led to increased reminders that the majestic mountain is not to be messed with. And that Table Mountain often claims more lives that Mount Everest each year.

While that is likely down to a sheer difference in the number of people who visit the mountains (about one million flock to Table Mountain each year), many rescue operations are down to people underestimating the mountain.


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The official South African National Parks website warns: “Please be aware that more people die on Table Mountain than Mount Everest”.

According to a Mountain Club of South Africa spokesman, even experienced hikers can run into trouble.

“It’s very easy to underestimate how big it is and it’s not a simple mountain at all. We end up with 10 to 20 fatalities on it a year.”

A comparison of fatality figures for Table Mountain and Everest shows that in 2010 and 2011 seven people died on Table Mountain compared with four on Everest. However in 2012, Everest claimed 10 lives compared with only four on Table Mountain. Some of Table Mountain’s most deadly years were 2006 and 2009 when 20 and 15 people were killed, respectively. Everest had its highest death toll in recent years when a Nepal earthquake caused an avalanche and claimed 22 lives at base camp in 2015.

Many experts believe that majority of deaths can be down to ‘lack of preparation’. But there have also been incidents where people fell to their deaths while trying to take selfies.


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Tax on property, money and shares you inherit in the UK

This is because any Inheritance Tax (IHT) due should be paid out of the deceased’s estate before any cash or assets are distributed to the heirs.

However, the recipient is liable to income tax on any profit earned after the inheritance, such as dividends from shares and to capital gains tax on the increase in value on assets after the date of inheritance.

The main exception is if you received a gift during a person’s lifetime. These lifetime transfers are known as Potentially Exempt Transfers (PETs). These gifts or transfers achieve their potential of becoming exempt from IHT if the taxpayer survives for more than seven years after making the gift. If the taxpayer dies within 3 years of making the gift, then the IHT position is as if the gift was made on death.


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Planning notes

A tapered relief is available if death occurs between three and seven years after the gift is made. There are insurance products such as a seven-year term assurance policy that can be used to reduce the amount of IHT due should the taxpayer pass away within seven years of making a gift.

The situation is more complicated if the person giving the gift does not fully give up control over the assets concerned. A common example is a person giving their house away but continuing to live in it rent-free. Such gifts are known as ‘gifts with a reservation of benefit’. These gifts can remain subject to IHT even if the taxpayer dies more than 7 years later.

A liability to IHT can also arise if an inheritance you receive is placed into a trust and the trust can’t or doesn’t pay any IHT due.


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And so, we come to the end of 2017…

I cannot believe 2017 is in the home straight! Apparently, the time is moving even faster (perception of course) due to the fact that we are spending so much time on electronic appliances and social media.

I also think that it is making us less creative and patient seeing as one begins to struggle with silence, standing still or to make time to be alone in order to reflect.

For me personally, the year is ending on a particular high note thanks to three particular reasons:

It has begun to snow here in England! Look, it is a good problem to lie on the beach and sweat during Christmas in South Africa, but to me snow is extra special and romantic. I suspect it is all those Walt Disney/American movies and TV shows that made a contribution to the love I have for a white and cold Christmas.


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I had the privilege last week to talk to four fellow Afrikaner podcast pioneers (who have been trying to tame this incredible digital medium for longer than a year) for the first time regarding all the good and bad aspects of being a podcast founder and host, the future expectations for South African podcasters and of course the million-dollar question, namely how to make money using a podcast. The men that came to play were Willim Welsyn and his WAT PODCAST (@willimwelsyn), Stix and his GEVAAALIK PODCAST (@gevaaalikdotcom), Dirk Scheepers and his DS PROGRAM PODCAST (@dsprogram) and Dewald Pelser and his MisterBA PODCAST (@dewaldpelser). Click here to listen to the conversation.

Lastly and the most important: After 14 years in England, we have decided to permanently return to South Africa! We have received different reactions to date, ranging from “high fives” to “Are you crazy!” and the subtler “Why?”. The answer is simple: We know what the realities are, but we miss our people, culture and an African freedom which you won’t understand until you have lived long enough in Europe. Last but not least, business opportunities also played a big role in our decision. As an entrepreneur, South Africa’s innovation and opportunities are concrete to me. Innovation that is being brought about by naughty and inexperienced politicians.

I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018!

And remember … Never say die!


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Three days alone in Paris: the dos and don’ts

If you (like I did) thought that Paris welcomes you with the soft sound of accordion music and the smell of fresh croissants, think again!

Yes, Paris is a charming and unique city with world-renowned monuments, historic paintings and intimate little restaurants, but at the same time it is a jumble of tourists, pedlars and souvenir shops. Because it is also the home of one of the most-visited monuments in the world, it is extremely important that you know your stuff when you visit Paris.

I recently had the privilege to spend three freezing days in the city of lights and love after a work visit to the United Nations in Switzerland. I was alone, uninformed and somewhat nervous.

After my visit I compiled a short list of dos and don’ts that will assist a bit when you find yourself in Paris one day (something you definitely must try to do).

1. Do: Master the Metro.

On my first day in Paris I spent an hour at the Metro station because I had no idea where to buy tickets, where to get on or in what direction the train is going (there is no information desk – I looked for it for 20 minutes). After about 30 times of pleading “parlez-vous Anglais” a small group of high school girls agreed to help me and explain to me how the train works.


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Yes, taxis are very convenient. But their little meters run faster than Usain Bolt and before you realise, you have parted with a lovely meal’s euros for a 2-km taxi ride.

Paris’s mole train, or Metro, is the cheapest and fastest way to travel through the city. Although the Metro’s map looks like a toddler scribbled on it with crayons, it is actually very easy to understand.

The system doesn’t use wind directions to indicate the directions of the routes, but rather the first and last destination of each line.

If for example you are on line 8 (the light purple line), you will either go in the direction of Crétell Préfecture or in the direction of Balard. These two destinations will therefore be on the directory boards at the stations. You will then go in the direction of Crétell if you want to for example go from the station at Bastille to the station at Ledru-Rollin.

2. Don’t…: fall for street pedlars’ tricks.

There are thousands of pedlars in the streets of Paris who sell cheap souvenirs and tourists are their prey. Your accent therefore determines the price you will pay. Deter pedlars quickly by saying in your best broken French “Non, merci,” rather than “No, thank you,”. When you look disinterested or sound as if you speak a little French, they will leave you alone instantly.


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3. Do: Book your visit to monuments or museums beforehand.

I was lucky enough to be in Paris on the first Sunday of a new month which meant that some museums such as the Musée d’Orsay offers free entrance, but I had to stand in the queue for about an hour to get in (-2 °C can’t keep art lovers away!).

If you can, pre-book your visit to all the famous monuments and museums such as the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe on the internet. This way you ensure that you will have access and the queues for pre-booked tickets are of course much shorter. Tickets vary between 9 and 15 euro.

4. Don’t…: Take photos, but not take in the moment.

“A picture is worth a thousand words. Or a thousand likes.”

Because social media obliges us to share every aspect of one’s travels, it is extremely important that you take a moment to enjoy the experience. Yes, everyone wants the perfect photo in front of the Eiffel Tower or the Mona Lisa, but the experience is nevertheless what you forked out thousands of rands


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Because I travelled alone, I had to swallow my pride daily and take selfies. (Where there was a friendly Asian tour group, I could ask someone to take a photo of me every now and then.) But no selfie can capture the smell of fresh crêpes, the sound of Notre Dame’s church bells or the shiny brushstrokes of Van Gogh. So, take your photo and put away your phone; believe me, it’s worth it.

5. Do: Walk, walk and walk.

The Metro stations are conveniently close to each other, but where you can (and have the energy) – walk. I walked between 10 and 15 km daily and thanks to that I saw places and met people I otherwise would’ve missed with a train trip.

People such as the middle-aged woman who played everything from La Vie en Rose to the Star Wars theme song on her saxophone outside the Musée d’Orsay. Places such as the no-name little bistro near Notre Dame where the words “Wi-Fi, Pizza and Coffee” (three of the things any tourist without an international data plan wants on a cold day) beckons. Shops such as Shakespeare and Company in la Bûcherie Street close to Place Saint-Michel, that sells new, second-hand and antique books and on top of that even offers a sleeping place for homeless people at night.

These are but a few of the gems you can encounter if you are willing to take to the streets.

This journey was however a childhood dream come true (my room looks like a shrine to the Eiffel Tower) and I was determined to make the most of my experience. So, despite the freezing weather, poor rand and my inexperience, I wouldn’t trade this adventure for anything.

One thing is certain: The travel bug definitely bit me and although I am currently dead beat and broke, I am already saving up for my next trip.


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Five points to consider when approaching your online tax return

It’s that time of year when you really want to tidy up your accounts, shut the laptop and head to the hills. However, there is one thing we’d like to remind you about before you go. Your UK tax return online submission deadline is 31 January 2018.

We can only imagine this news lands in your lap like an unexpected bowl of spaghetti, but imagine how good you will feel once you have made a plan and all is on course. The turkey will carve a little sweeter and your financial year ahead will be about opportunity and growth rather than avoidance behaviours and dread.

Gary Watton, from Premier Assignments, one of our marketing partner clients, has kindly offered a few points to consider:

* Is the process and allocation code entries simple?
* Do I have enough time?
* Do I understand what I am allowed to deduct from my total tax?
* Am I taking the right credit rebates into account?
* If I approach a Tax Advisor, how do I detect credibility, and what would I be paying for?

Gary says, “Under expert guidance, the process of entering and submitting your tax can be made simple, seamless and easy.”

Gary and his wife Jill have twenty-years of experience in tax from both SA and UK. If you need someone to walk you through the process, they are set up to help Southern Africans, based both in the UK, abroad and back in SA. Click here for more information or give them a call on 077 531 46352 (UK) for any queries you may have.

Premier Assignments are tax practitioners registered and approved by HMRC to practice tax law in The United Kingdom. They assist clients with all tax-related matters and help them to navigate the complex British tax system.


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