SportsLIVE Podcast

Get behind the biggest sporting stories and hear from the sporting world's biggest names, with the weekly SportsLIVE Podcast.

Sports journalist Sibusiso Mjikeliso and his revolving door of sporting experts, take you through the stories behind the scoreboard.

SportsLIVE is a MultimediaLIVE production, a division of Tiso Blackstar Group.

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Becoming an award-winning sports Journalist feat. Junia Stainbank

For this episode we were joined in studio by accomplished multiple award-winning sports journalist Junia Stainbank, who spoke to SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso on what it takes to become a top sports journalist.

Stainbank won a hat-trick of SAB Sports Media Awards television sports journalist-of-the-year awards in his career plus a multitude of other accolade, which saw him grab the honor of covering the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

For those who have been intrigued by the art of sports journalism, this is a conversation not to be missed. Sbu Mjikeliso chimed in on his experiences, including the highlight of having authored the first biography of an African black Springbok, Being A Blacks Springbok: The Thando Manana Story.

We also spoke briefly to Springbok legend Breyton Paulse about the impact Springbok winger Cheslin Kolbe has had on South African rugby as well as the team's performances at the Rugby World Cup that is currently on the go.

Sbu also gives his views on the Makazole Mapimpi online controversy and the so-called "racist" video following South Africa's win over Italy and the "Bomb Squad" issue.

If you've not done so already, please listen to our special episode on the Etzebeth saga that featured the leader of the Khoisan Defiance Campaign, Sammy Claassen, as well as Peter de Villiers' representative Pablo Urayayi.

"Mark Alexander must step down" over Etzebeth - Claassen

The leader of the Khoisan Defiance Campaign, Sammy Claassen, whose organisation laid the complaint regarding Eben Etzebeth's alleged racial assault in Langebaan with the SA Human Rights Commission, called on SA Rugby president Mark Alexander to step down.

This after Alexander stood in support of Etzebeth, who is facing mounting calls from the public and the community of Langebaan to be recalled from the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad. SA Rugby said they would launch an internal investigation into the matter.

More than Rugby Part 2: The Nkosi & Nomlomo journey

While Springbok captain Siya Kolisi leads the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup, becoming the first black African to do so, the #SportsLIVE podcast charts the journey of players that come from places like Zwide, where Kolisi is from, and other rural Eastern Cape locations.

What does it take for an underprivileged kid to make it in South African rugby? What do they do when they get to the lofty surrounds of Loftus, Ellis Park and Kings Park?

More than Rugby - Part 1

SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso spent a week in Japan where he witnessed the Springboks lose to the All Blacks in a game that the South Africans controlled and bossed for large chunks.

But they were hit by two All Black counter-punches from which they could never recover, although they made a valiant effort through Cheslin Kolbe's second half performance.

What was it like to witness Japan hostile first Rugby World Cup – the first one ever held in Asia – and the magic of the Yokohama Stadium that held the clash between the Boks and All Blacks, as well as Ireland and Scotland.

Sbu bumped into plenty Irish fans who wondered exactly why it's so important to have a black African Springbok captain for the World Cup.

And to really do so, SportsLIVE had to step back in time to a conversation at Grey College (Bloemfontein) between SA Schools coaches Mziwakhe Nkosi and Phiwe Nomlomo, as well as former Bulls lock and now SuperSport commentator Fudge Mabeta.

The conversation chronicles the stories of the rise of two most promising young coaches in the system and how SA Rugby helped place them where they can have the most impact – at schoolboy level.

Anyone listening to part one of this episode might watch the World Cup with different eyes.

RWC Preview: Kaplan on refs & Herschel Jantjies

The wait is over. The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off this weekend and the tournament comes out swinging with South Africa facing New Zealand in one of the competition's opening round matches.

It's going to be a box office affair in Yokohama and SportsLIVE host Sbu Mjikeliso will be at the game to witness the action live. But before he left, he took a deep dive into some of the main talking points around the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

We spoke at length to former renowned international rugby referee and author Jonathan Kaplan about the laws of the game, which will come under intense scrutiny at this tournament, especially in this social media era.

Kaplan says: "The tackler is at the mercy of the ball-carrier." He is referring to the alleged "diving" that has creeped into rugby. He also delves into the Owen Farrell controversial decisions that allowed England to beat the Springboks at Twickenham last year.

These and many other officiating talking points will have social media abuzz when the tournament officially begins. There are some NBA references in there as well. And what does basketball have to do with it? You will have to listen to find out.

We also take a special look into Herschel Jantjies's rise to become a potential match-winner for the Springboks at the big showpiece. And we hear from the guy that made it possible for HJ to attend a prestigious school like Paul Roos, even though he was from a small town called Kylemore.

Kaizer Chiefs Top & Ntseki the very cheap option

South Africa took plenty L's during the international window when no African country wanted to play a friendly against Bafana Bafana because of the xenophobic violence sweeping across the country.

It's an indictment on how South Africans have treated foreign nationals of late and in the past and we had accomplished Sowetan journalists Tiyani wa ka Mabasa and Sihle Ndebele in the studio to unpack what the chaos did for Bafana's plans for the future.

The pair also dove into the Molefi Ntseki appointment as Bafana coach, calling it a "very cheap" option. Mabasa details where else SAFA could have looked for a coach with better credentials, even with the shoestring budget that they now operate with.

We also delved into the Premier Soccer League, which is led by Kaizer Chiefs, to many people's surprise. Are the title contenders this year? Well, they are unbeaten in four matches so far and won three of those.

Ndebele pegged Lebogang Manyama as the fulcrum of Amakhosi's revival, plus the key return of Eric Mathoho, which has bolstered the team's backline. Seems like coach Ernst Middedorp has found his sweet spot at Naturena.

Aphiwe Dyantyi: Separating Fact From Conspiracy

Springbok Aphiwe Dyantyi tested positive for three banned substances, which was confirmed by his B sample that came back positive for multiple banned drugs, including steroids.

This obviously sent social media into a spin and split the country into multiple different directions. Dyantyi stood by his initial comments, which were: "I have never cheated and never will."

But the facts are damning. In this episode host Sbu Mjikeliso gives detail as to what the case against Dyantyi looks like from a scientific perspective. 

There are also multiple conspiracies flying about, including one very bizarre assertion. 

Also, there are conversations with Bok prop Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira and former Bulls winger Trompie Nontshinga. 

Bok Squad Special: Full analysis & big predictions

Sbu Mjikeliso hosts former Bulls lock Mthunzi "Fudge" Mabeta and sports analyst Lunga Kupiso in an unmatched Springbok 2019 Rugby World Cup squad announcement special where they took a deep into Rassie Erasmus's 31-man squad that's headed for Japan.

Fudge clarified the technicalities that go into the lineout, which he reckons not a lot of teams pay enough close attention to. "The philosophies of the lineout," as he put it.

He rates the four lock options that Erasmus eventually took to Japan – Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Franco Mostert and RG Snyman – some of whom he played with during his career. And he chimed in on some omitted names who had stellar seasons, such as Lions lock Marvin Orie.

With Sunday Times sports journalist Khanyiso Tshwaku also chiming in, there was also a microscopic look at the midfielders that form part of the squad and the big debate surrounding Damian de Allende, Andre Esterhuizen, Lukhanyo Am and Jesse Kriel.

It was all out Rugby World Cup squad announcement extravaganza and, of course, we heard directly from the coach as well as skipper Siya Kolisi.

MB Lusaseni exclusive Part 2: "Straueli told me to go home & forget about rugby."

Former SA Junior Springbok and Lions lock MB Lusaseni cut his career tragically short at the age of 26, and in this candid part 2 of his exclusive chat with Sbu Mjikeliso, he tackles his last season with the Lions, which saw some questionable rotation policies being put in place.

Lusaseni and Sbu also delved into the enigma that was MB's old teammate Howard Mnisi, the mercurial No 12, who was an instrumental member of the Lions team that made three Super Rugby finals on the bounce. Notably, how a man of Mnisi's talents has gone under appreciated in a rugby country like South Africa.

The lock lets SportsLIVE listeners in on what he is up to these days, where he is coaching and whether he can still play at just the age of 30.

We also delve into some Springbok action, most notably, the dancing, pirouetting, try-machine called Sbu Nkosi, whom our Sbu has nicknamed "The Blacks Swan". Nkosi took Argentinian defenders apart in the Test at Loftus last Saturday, beating three defenders for his first try and four for his second.

We hear from Nkosi and what goes on in his head in those heady moments when he just "loses it" and decides to take on an army of defenders by himself. "I am not thinking in that moment," he admitted.

We also get a word from Bok flyhalf Elton Jantjies, who has been through the rough and tumble of the Allister Coetzee era and is now enjoying a fruitful spell under Rassie Erasmus.

MB Lusaseni exclusive Part1: "I got paid R2K, others got R700 playing pro rugby"

Former Lions and Junior Springbok lock MB Lusaseni revealed how much he used to earn as an entry level rugby player from the Eastern Cape when he arrived at one of the biggest rugby academies in the country.

Moreover, he was playing for the Junior Springboks with the likes of Lionel Mapoe, which was coached by Eric Sauls. In this thrilling MB Lusaseni exclusive Part1, the East London-born lock also spoke about what part agents played in blindsiding some of the naiive young black rugby players who broke into the academy and tried to make a living for themselves. 

SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso rates this candid interview as one of the Top 5 Best interviews he's had since he became a journalist in 2006. From a person who has interviewed the likes of Bryan Habana, Victor Matfied, Tiyani Mabunda and many others, this says a lot.

We also spoke to resident Man United fan and Sunday Times sports writer Khanyiso Tshwaku about United's flattering 4-0 win over Chelsea in the opening weekend of the English Premier League.

Plus: The return of King Siya Kolisi.

This episode is not to be missed!

Football Extravaganza: Chiefs, Pirates, Sundowns

The new Premier Soccer League season began with clinical performances from the traditional PSL Big Three – Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns – all began the season with impressive victories over Highlands Park, Bloemfontein Celtic and SuperSport United, respectively.

The Big Three laid the marker down early in the season. The opening weekend extravaganza also saw whimsical performances from former Absa Premiership Player-of-the-Year Lebogang Manyama, Bafana international Sibusiso Vilakazi, who christened the new season with a wonder left-foot strike from outside the box, and of course the eye-pleasing Buccaneers team.

This being sport after all, the football season did not begin without some madness on the national team front. Former Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter vacated his position in one of the most "picturesque resignations" in South African football history.

We have Tiso Blackstar's authority on football, Marc "Striker" Strydom to make sense of Baxter's rogue solo performance and what it means for the future of the national team.

Cricket South Africa also confirmed that Ottis Gibson would not continue as Proteas head coach but there was talk that he would have continued until 2021. So what happened to cut matters short between CSA and the West Indian? We hear from CSA CEO Thabang Moroe, who gave the lowdown on what happened behind the scenes.

Scorching Lorch, Hot Herschel & Phumelela Mbande

The football season that's about to begin could not as for a better appetizer than the Soweto Derby during the Carling Black Label Cup. But does it truly serve as a yardstick?

Thembinkosi Lorch, who scored another scorching goal – adding to his sizzling Bafana Bafana Africa Cup of Nations form – gives us a glimpse into what we should expect during this upcoming Premier Soccer League 2019/20 season.

Orlando Pirates got the better of their cross town rivals, Kaizer Chiefs, 2-0 in the pre-season derby. But is there cause for concern at Naturena so early in the season?

The Springboks burgled a 16-all draw in Wellington, making it one win, one defeat and one draw for coach Rassie Erasmus against the mighty All Blacks since he took over from Allister Coetzee as head coach.

Aside from going all googoo gaga over Herschel Jantjies, we look at what Erasmus has done right as opposed to what his predecessor did wrong, with relatively the same pool of rugby talent.

And our special guest is the acclaimed Proteas Hockey Women vice captain Phumelela Mbande, who opened up about her background, how she got into hockey, her early influences and the strangest of coincidences involving ex Proteas Hockey Women legend Sanani Mangisa – who was also a goalkeeper like Mbande.

She also tells us about the impact the Players For Transformation movement had on the sport of hockey since its founding in 2018 and delves into the important subject involving mental health and how she struggled to come to terms with South Africa's 4th place finish at the FIH Series Finals last month.

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