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Rasta Gets First Prize

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The Western Province Referees' Society held its annual awards dinner at the Protea Hotel Stellenbosch on Friday night. The winner of the major award, Referee of the Year, was Rasta Rasivhenge.

By Paul Dobson, Moonsport

There was a big, cheerful gathering in the hotel's dining room with the chairman of the Western Province Referees' Society, Joey Klaaste-Salmans as host.

The president of the Western Province Rugby Union, Thelo Wakefield, who is due to end his term of office soon, was the guest of honour.

The speakers were Klaaste-Salmans, Wakefield and Keith Hendricks, the chairman of the South African Referees' Association. The mater of ceremonies was Arthur Southgate, the outgoing vice-chairman of the referees' society.

Each year, the main award of the evening is the naming of the Referee of the Year. This year it was Rasivhenge, a test referee, the youngest referee to referee a Currie Cup final and known throughout the world as a Sevens referee on World Rugby's international circuit.

He refereed the men's Sevens final at the 2016 Olympic Games and was named as World Rugby's Referee of the Year along with Spain's Alhambra Nievas.

The Awards

Referee of the Year: Rasta Rasivhenge
Most Improved Referee: Petrus van der Merwe
Most Promising Referee: Dylen November
Overall Merit award: Henk Hagen
Willem Brits Award: Egon Seconds
Executive Award: Egon Seconds
Highest Examination mark for active referees Award: Henk Hagen (93.3%)

Divisional Merit Awards

Division 1: Jaco Smith
Division 2: Henk Hagen
Division 3: Jerome Josua Pienaar
Division 4: Lloyd Hagglund
Division 5: Lonwabo Diyo
Division 6: David Mentoor
Division 7: Clarence Santi

Regional Awards

Brackenfell: Nathan Swartz
Khayelitsha: Sakhe Gwexe
Langa: Daryn van Heerden
Mitchell’s Plain: Henry Gardiner
Paarl: Ashley Jacobs
Parow: Bennie Bothma
Stellenbosch: Andre Bester
Table View/Mamre: Samuel Passens
Helderberg: Dylen November
Wynberg: Clint Jacobs

Junior Referees

Referee of the Year: Chris Simayi
Most Improved Referee: Reece Groenewald
Most Promising Referee: De Wet Du Plessis
Junior Ambassador of the Junior Referees: Jade Lawson of Rustenburg Girls' High 

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