World Cup: Gilas Pilipinas not taking lower-ranked Angola for granted

first_imgCebu Santo Niño devotees hope for blessings The duel with Angola too is of utmost importance as far as the Philippines’ chances of making it past the first round of the tournament are concerned.“We cannot take Angola for granted. Even if you win Italy then, we lose to Angola, everything would be useless,” said Guiao Wednesday shortly after the team’s last practice before leaving for China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSBlack ’embarrassed’ as Meralco sorely outhustled by Ginebra anew“Let’s assume we lose to Serbia, so if we’re successful against Italy, you have to win Angola to make the next round. If you don’t, it’s useless.”Angola is currently ranked eight spots lower than the Philippines at 39th in the world but Guiao knows the Angolans cannot be taken lightly. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? WATCH: Meet Taal and Tala, the rescued dog in Batangas Prince William honors singer M.I.A. at Buckingham Palace Gilas Pilipinas concludes Thursday practice session. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Philippine team head coach Yeng Guiao has declared the game against Italy as a make or break for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 Fiba World Cup.But that’s not the only game Gilas Pilipinas would find itself in a must-win situation especially if they managed to pull off a mighty upset over the Azzurri on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Thirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubscenter_img OFW comes home from Saudi to cops waiting to arrest her 3 young volunteers die in car crash after giving aid to Taal evacuees MOST READ Man sexually assaults woman by licking her ear, arrested “We’re not taking it for granted. We already have scouting materials against Angola. So as soon as we’re done with Italy, that’s when we’re going to study and focus on them,” Guiao said. “The schemes that we designed are applicable to most situations.”Gilas, which takes on Italy and Serbia in its first two games, plays Angola on September 4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Black schools hope Stephen Curry’s gift sparks a golf resurgence View commentslast_img read more

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There’s a lot of raw talent in Kenya, says Campbell

first_img“When you look across all Africa one thing that strikes me is the raw talent. It is hard to get raw talent in Europe, hard to get kids playing on the streets. For me you’ve got the ingredient. You only need the infrastructure. That’s the difference,” Campbell said.He believes if players are developed from a young age in academies, then they would be better players when they land to European clubs.The former England defender added that he was impressed by the talent he saw at the final day of the coaching clinic both with the coaches and the young kids who had been brought on.“The creation of structures will aid transition from the youth to first team and have that kind of conveyer belt and philosophy from an early age is important such that when they get to Europe it is not a shock to them on the system. All that has to be in the informative stage of a kid.-Wanyama-Sol Campbell issuing certificate to AFC Leopards under-19 coach Ezekiel Akwana during the Arsenal training in Nairobi.Campbell was full of praise for Kenyan skipper Victor Wanyama, who is plying his trade in England with Southampton FC, noting he has been one of the reasons the Saints have performed well in the past two seasons.“If you look at how he has performed since he arrived at Southampton, he has been very consistent. He has held on to that midfield role so well and every time he is not playing you will notice something is missing. For every team, a defensive midfield role is very key and for Wanyama he has ensured Southampton have that important ingredie.“I think he is an example of what exact talent you have in this country. I believe there are more like him only they have not been exposed. He is a great ambassador of this country,” he stated.Campbell took his time on the final day of his three-day Kenyan tour to mingle with upcoming players at under-14 level who had attended the final practical session of the coaching clinic organized by Premier League sponsors SportPesa.“This is a great initiative because I have seen a list of enthusiastic coaches, enthusiastic kids and really, it is important to impart that knowledge on them. It is a huge step in the right direction by SportPesa,” Campbell offered.Speaking at the closing ceremony, SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri said it was a start of many more programs to be conducted by the betting firm in their five-year partnership with Arsenal.The coaches will be needed to do monthly reports and will be assessed as their progress is checked.“We learnt so much from this clinic. An all-round approach to a player’s behavior on an off the pitch, talent identification and management, psychology of a player, development of the youth and so much tactical knowledge. It has been a decent one week and we hope to get more of this because we have really grown,” Former Harambee Starlets coach Florence Adhiambo told Capital Sport.His sentiments were echoed by AFC Leopards’ under-19 coach Ezekiel Akwana who said; “There was so much as coaches we didn’t know and now we have learnt. It is a great initiative but it should not stop here. We have grown so much and we expect more to help us grow the beautiful game.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal legend Sol Campbell during the Arsenal coaching clinic in Kenya.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 29- Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell believes there’s a lot of raw talent in Kenya but the major difference as to why African countries are not at par with their European compatriots is the infrastructure.Speaking to Capital Sport before officiating the closing ceremony of a week-long coaching course conducted by Arsenal coaches in Nairobi, Campbell said if more attention was given to developing talent that in Kenya and the continent as a whole, then Africa’s game would rise.last_img read more

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Alberta premier says oil cut plan working, takes yuletide jab at prime minister

first_imgSLAVE LAKE, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the decision to cut oil production seems to be working but says it’s not a long-term solution.Notley has ordered companies to cut production by almost nine percent starting in the new year to close the price gap between Alberta oil and the North American benchmark.That price gap was growing so wide that vast reserves of oil were building up in Alberta and the price was falling through the floor, leading to fears of massive job cuts and project closures.- Advertisement -The differential, which was over US$50 at one point this fall, has bounced back in recent days and now trades at about US$25 less than the benchmark West Texas Intermediate price.Notley is buying rail cars and continues to push Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for action to end the pipeline bottleneck, considered the primary culprit for the low prices.Trudeau said this week his sympathy is with Alberta this holiday season, but Notley says she hopes that comment comes with a gift receipt so she can trade it in for a pipeline.Advertisementlast_img read more

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‘Kieran Trippier is the real winner of Kyle Walker’s move to Man City’

first_imgFormer Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has urged fans not to fret over Kyle Walker’s imminent big-money move to Manchester City, insisting it’s ‘good for all parties’.England international Walker is set for a medical on Friday ahead of a switch to the Etihad Stadium after a fee of around £50m was reportedly agreed between the Premier League clubs.Some are questioning Spurs’ decision to allow one of their starting XI stars to leave for a direct rival – with many suggesting it only signals to other clubs that their best players are up for sale.But Sherwood dismisses that claim, and insists Walker would not be leaving White Hart Lane if manager Mauricio Pochettino wanted to keep him.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Sherwood said: “Obviously Mauricio has decided he no longer wants him [Walker] at the club, otherwise the boy wouldn’t be going. I’m sure of that.“I’m sure Daniel [Levy – Spurs chairman] would have backed Pochettino and said, ‘if you want him to stay then we’ll keep him’.“But the decision has been made and I think it’s good for all parties.”The ex-Spurs coach also insists fans need not be worried about losing the England right-back, as they have the perfect replacement already in place – 26-year-old Kieran Trippier.The former Burnley man filled in for Walker during his injury absences last season and made a big impact not only with his defensive abilities, but also his impressive movement and delivery in an attacking role.And while £53m for Walker seems another great bit of business from Spurs, Sherwood believes Trippier will be the real winner from his team-mate’s move.“It’s good for Kyle Walker, he gets the move which is obviously wants, Tottenham have got a great sum of money and Manchester City have got a great attacking right-back,” he added.“But the real beneficiary here is the boy at Tottenham – Kieran Trippier.“He had Kyle Walker in his way and now he’s going to play every game for Spurs now.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL WOMAN BECOMES FOCAL POINT OF AER LINGUS PROTESTORS

first_imgA Donegal woman has become an unlikely hero after taking her baby on a protest march.Aer Lingus cabin crew member Anne Gillespie was pictured in several national newspapers taking her young child in a buggy during the action at Dublin Airport.Ms Gillespie was part of more than 300 crew who walked to the airline’s head office where a letter was handed in to the airline’s chief executive, Christopher Mueller, on behalf of staff. Staff are furious after new working rosters were introduced across the board at the company.The airline has sent more than 140 letters to cabin crew warning them that those who refuse to co-operate will be sacked.In the letter to management Aer Lingus staff said they were loyal to the company but were also loyal to their families.They say the new working rosters will simply make it impossible to have a normal family life. EndsDONEGAL WOMAN BECOMES FOCAL POINT OF AER LINGUS PROTESTORS was last modified: January 22nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Aaron Ramsey to make 13-hour round trip to Baku for Europa League final

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining Getty Aaron Ramsey will travel to Baku to support Arsenal no dice ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow REVEALED Aaron Ramsey will make a 13-hour round trip to support Arsenal when they face Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku.The Welshman will cut short a family holiday in Portugal to set off on the 6,500-mile journey to Azerbaijan’s Olympic Stadium, The Sun reports. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Having failed to finish in the top four, Arsenal’s best route into the Champions League is now through winning the Europa League.Ramsey, who joined the Gunners in 2008, bid an emotional farewell to the club following their home match with Brighton.“It’s very emotional, it’s been a hell of a journey,” he said.His voice cracking, he added: “Eleven years of my life, so much has happened in that, when I look back. You can tell by my voice how much it means to me.center_img REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ramsey bid farewell to Arsenal fans 2 tense gameday cracker LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars After suffering a minor hamstring tear in the Europa League quarter-final second leg against Napoli, Ramsey saw his time at Arsenal come to a devastating end, as he was ruled out for the remainder of the season and a chance to play in the final.Ramsey’s contract expires at the end of the campaign and he has agreed a four-year deal with Serie A champions Juventus worth a reported £400,000 per week.He will officially become their player on July 1. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 “I’m just grateful for the opportunity to play for this great club and spend so many years here.“I spent 11 years here, I came here at 17-years-old a boy, and I’m leaving a man. I’ve got a family, my wife, my kids, so much has happened, I’m just grateful for the opportunity here.“Obviously I’m really excited for the new challenge and new chapter in my life, but today it’s all about this.“This is where I grew up, I just want to take this in today and let it settle in for a few more days before I can really look forward and concentrate on that.”last_img read more

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League of Ireland bosses fail to see beyond the Pale: It’s Walshy on Wednesday!

first_imgAs the Finn Harps jigsaw is slowly being put together for another season, the real puzzle is what the authorities believed they were trying to achieve with yet another revamp in the structure of the League of Ireland.From next year on, there’ll be a ten-team Premier set-up with no less than three clubs facing automatic relegation to the doldrums of the First Division from where one club will be allowed the climb into the top flight.By Paddy WalshOr, perhaps, we do know what they were trying to achieve. A Premier league with an accommodating scattering of Dublin clubs to provide countless city derbies and a minimum of travel for same. Not the first time a ten-team top division was attempted.It failed then – as recently as four years ago – as evidenced by the restructuring to a twelve-team Premier.And it will, of course, falter again for if there’s one thing designed to turn supporters away, it’s repetition on the fixtures list and meeting opposing sides four times in a campaign falls repeatedly into this bracket.Not surprisingly the dissenting voices have been clamouring loudly against the change in formation. Hardly had he time to digest his side’s play-off success that earned them another season in Premier ranks, than Drogheda United boss Pete Mahon, was bemoaning the move as a retrograde step.“I’m sitting here wondering what have we broken our backsides for in getting promoted,” he declared before touching on the realism facing a club that doesn’t have the budget to compete and will find it difficult to stay up.From the First Division perspective, Cobh Ramblers manager, Stephen Henderson, was equally sore about the decision, taking to Twitter to denounce those clubs who voted for the change and predicting that some clubs in the lower league could crash out of business.And for Harps? A hard enough season last time out but a virtually impossible one in 2017, you’d have to suggest.“I would love to know the reason behind the ten team league,” Ollie Horgan demanded in an interview in the ‘Donegal News’ on Monday. “Is it to allow for more Dublin derbies? I don’t see any positives in it at all.” And the Harps boss echoed Henderson’s claim that it would have “huge implications” for the First Division clubs.And highlighted his own club’s budget and the additional challenge the Donegal side face in the coming campaign.At this stage, it’s not clear how many clubs precisely were allowed a voice in the decision-making process as it seemed to catch a fair selection of them on the hop and certainly had fans questioning the wisdom of it. But then wisdom and the League of Ireland authorities haven’t always shared the same pitch.And common sense has often stayed behind in the changing-rooms. Clubs at least should have been given a three year phasing in period before the new structure was put in place but there appeared to be undue haste in pushing this one through.I predict that we’ll be back to yet another revamp before the decade is out but for some clubs that may just be too late.PASSING OF GENTLEMAN GERRYA couple of years back I was fortunate to be involved in helping to set up an exhibition featuring the sporting heroes of Donegal – a display run in conjunction with the Donegal Sports Partnership and the County Museum in Letterkenny.One of the rewards from it, apart from seeing it staged, was meeting the many people along the way who provided me with the assistance, and material, I, and more significantly the exhibition, could not have done without.In this respect, due regard was owed to the likes of Gerry Deignan and his spouse, Kathleen, parents of one of our most notable competitors, our acclaimed professional cyclist, Philip.It involved one or two visits to the family home at Magherennan in Letterkenny where the hospitality ranked in equal measure to the help the couple afforded me with photographs and information on the achievements of their son.Gentleman Gerry furnished me with anecdotes and enough material to stage an exhibition on its own – a fraction of which we could only use. But I will always remember the kindness and patience shown to me by this amicable couple.And it was with a measure of shock – even if his illness of recent times should have prepared us – that his passing was announced in the wake of Christmas Day and a light went out in the locality.We’ll remember him for his ever-ready smile –  an entertaining conversationalist and someone who in his own professional life, played a huge rule in the success of Donegal Creameries.And specifically a proud family man, proud, not just of the achievements of Philip, but also of Helen, Louise, and David.To Kathleen and sons and daughters and his other family members, my sympathy on your searing loss when hopefully time will ease the aching and the memories will lift you in darkest days. McGEADY UPS HIS GAMEWatched highlights of Preston North End’s recent league game against Sheffield Wednesday and Aiden McGeady playing like a man with a couple of missions in mind.Firstly, to announce to Martin O’Neill that he’s still got some genuine quality and, secondly, to try and ward of the intentions of the club’s new signing, Daryl Horgan, to claim his place on the left wing.A fine performance from McGeady but he’ll need a few more consistent ones like that to aid his ambitions on both fronts.Good to see Shane Long claim his first goal of the season for Southampton over the festive period but I think he needs a change of club to get back into the scoring groove. SERVING SIRIt seems the authorities at Wimbledon – that’s the tennis club not the footballing version – have stated it is unlikely that Andy Murray will be addressed as ‘Sir’ on the scoreboards at the annual tournament.The world’s number one received a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honourslist – the first serving (sic!) tennis star to be acknowledged in this way.Hopefully, the powers-that-be at Wimbledon won’t alter their stance onthis but, sadly, it won’t stop the likes of Sue Barker & Co. in the B.B.C. broadcasting studio and commentators and other British – and nodoubt Irish equivalents –  media outlets alike coat-tailing everyaction of the Scotsman with ‘Sir Andy serving for the first set” or‘what a forehand smash from Sir Andy’ or ‘Sir Andy’ this and ‘Sir Andythat’.And, of course, once the athletics season gets up and running again, we’ll have ‘Sir Mo’ picking off the opposition to win another 5,000 metres title – Farah, another awardee in the Honours merry-go-round.Said it before in these parts and I’ll say it again – sporting personalities, or at least those currently performing, should be completely overlooked when it comes to giving out Knighthoods andDamehoods or whatever. There’s something not quite right about the name of a sportsman or woman being continually pre-faced with a title when they are competing, almost as if their less endowed rivals hardly belong in the same arena. THAT MEDALSOME PAIR!Christmas television should be gift wrapped and given away as, not so much a going concern, but one that is will gone past its sell-by date.Every year, the same parade of films and repeats and hardly a fresh turkey among them.Still, one or two notable exceptions this year –  the appearance ofthe O’Donovan brothers on the Graham Norton show on B.B.C. and in theR.T.E. documentary ‘Pull Like a Dog’ being both of them.Silver medalists from the Rio Olympics – and silver-tongued to go with it, even if many a Norton show viewer was moved to venture into social media land to reveal a failure to understand anything the Skibbereen siblings were saying.But true entertainment nonetheless from Ireland’s rowing sensations – and an intriguing documentary that charted their path into international waters and that pull to glory in Brazil.Meanwhile, after the credits had rolled on the Norton show, the presenter briefly returned to inform viewers that the pair had left their medals behind in the studio.Somehow, it all rowed in perfectly. OPENING A BOOK ON LEEDSAre the once mighty Leeds United on their way back? I only ask because a glance at recent results and the Championship league table would strongly suggest a stirring resurgence from the Elland Roaders.Also, because long-time Whites fan, David, in the Eason’s store at Letterkenny Shopping Centre feels they are long overdue a positive mention in this column.By the end of the season, Garry Monk’s side could, on current form – worth a small bet, I’d say – have booked a place in the Premier League. And a few spaces on the shelves in Eason’s for the publications that will undoubtedly follow marking the club’s arrival back in the big-time.Still think they did our David wrong. That’s David O’Leary, not the David in the Shopping Centre though they have probably put him throughthe wringer as well….NEW YEAR GREETINGSAnd finally a very Happy New Year to you all – except to those of you who don’t support the right teams….!League of Ireland bosses fail to see beyond the Pale: It’s Walshy on Wednesday! was last modified: January 4th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Something is brewing in Linden

first_imgDivan Botha and Jaco De Witt have opened South Africa’s first neighbourhood-inspired coffee shop in Linden, Johannesburg.(Image: Facebook.com/The Whippet Coffee) The interior has an industrial look about it, but it is cosy with big windows that let in natural light. It is the kind of place where you can spend hours. The Whippet is fast becoming famous for its milk tart. (Images: ofbeautyandlove.co.za) The Linden region was once the biggest exporter of peaches to the UK and now The Whippet sells jars of peaches to celebrate the suburb’s peach export heritage. (Image: underourownolivetree.blogspot.com) They’ve developed their own Linden Blend, which consists of creamy Costa Rican and rich chocolate Malawian beans. (Image: Facebook.com/The Whippet Coffee) MEDIA CONTACTS • Divan Botha   The Whippet in Linden  +27 11 782 7310 RELATED ARTICLES • Nougat becomes race food • Hop on, hop off – and experience Jozi • Local whiskies douse rivals • Southern Africa’s greenest dairy Wilma den Hartigh The historic suburb of Linden in Johannesburg has become home to South Africa’s first neighbourhood-inspired coffee shop. The Whippet in Linden is setting a new trend to encourage South Africans to reconnect with their neighbourhoods and their own history.Three entrepreneurs with a love for South Africa and their suburb – Divan Botha, Jaco De Witt and Roelitha Cloete – took the bold step of pioneering the new concept coffee shop in Johannesburg. The Whippet in Linden, situated on the corner of 7th Street and 4th Avenue, opened for business just two months ago.“We had a dream about fundamentally changing the coffee shop industry in South Africa while at the same time celebrating South Africans and their neighbourhoods,” Botha says.He’s always supported the idea of creating independent neighbourhood coffee shops. “Chains tend to bring their identity to a neighbourhood, we’ve flipped this around by embracing Linden’s identity,” he says. Delving into Linden’s historyBotha wanted to build a brand centred on the history of Linden, and in the months leading up to the opening he embarked on a journey to learn everything there is to know about the suburb, who walked on the pavements many years ago, and who planted its characteristic tree-lined sidewalks.He’s lived in Linden for 12 years, and he was surprised by what he found out.It is difficult to imagine that before Linden became a residential suburb it was a working farm considered to be on the outskirts of Johannesburg.A vibrant farming community inhabited the area, and it was well known for its peach and cherry orchards, maize, chicken farms and even dairy production. Some of the remaining fruit trees can still be seen on properties in the area.In fact, the region was once the biggest exporter of peaches to the UK.But in later years the farm was subdivided and by the late 1950s Linden was a fully developed urban suburb.Linden was named after Johannes Jacobus Rabie van der Linde, a farmer from Philippolis in the Free State. He co-owned the south western corner of the farm Klipfontein, with Louw Geldenhuys, who farmed fruit and vegetables on the neighbouring farm of Braamfontein.The late Albertina Sisulu, anti–apartheid activist and the widow of fellow activist Walter Sisulu, was one of the suburb’s most famous residents. Retired South African veteran news anchor Riaan Cruywagen is also a member of the Linden community, and nowadays the area is popular with academics, lawyers and artists. Creating a local food movementResidents of the neighbourhood have preserved Linden’s strong community ethos and long tradition of food production, creating something of a local food movement in the area.The owners of The Whippet celebrate this heritage by sourcing all their ingredients from butchers, bakers, growers and artists who live and work in the neighbourhood.Rembrandt Butchery, run by husband and wife team Ross and Elmarie Schutte, supplies The Whippet with steak and cold meats for their gourmet sandwiches. This family business has been in Linden for more than 30 years, since 1981.“This is a central focus of what we do. Even our vegetables are from producers who grow them in their gardens,” Botha says.Patrons can expect good food that is freshly prepared. “We don’t over-engineer our food. The menu is simple and this makes it possible to source fresh daily,” he explains.When it comes to cakes and pastries, what is on offer each day depends entirely on the mood of their neighbourhood bakers.They also sell jars of peaches to celebrate Linden’s peach export heritage. The Whippet is fast becoming famous for its milk tart, but there are also more unusual items on the menu such as the blueberry-infused blue velvet cake.And the coffee is good.“We believe in good coffee,” Botha says, and their secret is employing well trained baristas and buying top-quality beans. They’ve developed their own Linden Blend, which consists of creamy Costa Rican and rich chocolate Malawian beans.The Whippet recently started hosting coffee evenings, where patrons can learn about the history of Linden and coffee, and sample different blends. Botha says he thoroughly enjoys these events, as he has an opportunity to meet the locals and talk about Linden and his other love – good coffee. History becomes furnitureBotha and his team found creative ways to integrate Linden’s history into the furniture.“I challenged the team to make sure that Linden truly runs through our veins, and what better way than through the use of photos,” Botha says.They made a memory table inside consisting of photographs and archive newspaper clippings of the area, found in old school yearbooks dating back to 1953.As part of their desire to leave a legacy for future generations of Linden residents, De Witt custom-builds all the tables from recycled wooden floor boards reclaimed from abandoned buildings in the inner city suburb of Hillbrow.These tables are for sale to patrons and decorators, and this initiative is part of their Trees-for-Linden drive – they plant a tree in the suburb for every fifth table sold. Taking a risk pays offWhile searching for the ideal location Botha and his business partners took a liking to the busy corner of 7th Street and 4th Avenue.“This corner has come to be known as notoriously bad for business – not a single restaurant has survived here,” he says.“But I knew this was the corner.”And he was right. In just a few weeks he’s noticed that The Whippet appeals to a diverse crowd, from students, moms and business people, to joggers on their morning run.The team revamped the building so that the understated charcoal exterior shows off the beautiful acorn tree outside.The interior has an industrial look about it, but it is cosy with big windows that let in natural light. It is the kind of place where you can spend hours. Creating a social media followingAnother unique characteristic of The Whippet is that Botha regularly blogs about the restaurant, which also has a strong following on Facebook and Twitter.But he says this is not just a gimmick. “We feel our story is strong enough to do this and people buy into it because we are telling it authentically.”He hopes that The Whippet will inspire a new generation of coffee shops elsewhere in Johannesburg and South Africa that also celebrate the neighbourhoods they operate in.“People buy into your story and then you become part of theirs,” he says. “It has been a phenomenal experience to see how locals support us.”And, if you are wondering about the unusual name, The Whippet in Linden is named after De Witt’s own Whippet, Jozi. “She was named after our awesome city and became a great inspiration for the first flagship store,” Botha says.“Whippets look timid but run like hell. They are loyal, inviting and elegant, and prefer to be in the presence of people. The name just made sense.”These qualities are exactly what The Whippet is bringing to Johannesburg.last_img read more

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