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Western Province Rugby Group CEO, Paul Zacks, has confirmed that Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi is amongst a host of key players that have committed their future to WP Rugby, by signing long-term contracts.

Mbonambi made his Test debut in 2016 following an impressive Vodacom Super Rugby campaign with the DHL Stormers and has signed a new three-year contract with the Union.

He is joined by the likes of backs Jean-Luc du Plessis, Dan du Plessis, EW Viljoen, Grant Hermanus, Justin Phillips and Brandon Thomson, and fellow forwards Chad Solomon, JD Schickerling and Kobus van Dyk, in signing long-term contracts.

Zacks said that it is encouraging to see such talented players show confidence in the long-term vision of Western Province Rugby, joining the likes of senior players Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Frans Malherbe who are all contracted until 2019.

“It is vital to retain talented players such as these who have signed new contracts, if we are to move forward and evolve.

“Of course there are many others who are on existing contracts that will also play a big role in what we have planned for the future,” he said.

DHL Western Province captain Chris van Zyl, DHL Western Province U21 captain Luke Stringer, utility forward Jurie van Vuuren, centre Ryan Oosthuizen and flyhalf Ernst Stapelberg, all signed contract extensions with the union.

In addition to this, there are a number of players in last year’s table-topping DHL Western Province U21 and DHL Western Province U19 teams that have also signed on.

Junior Springboks Eduard Zandberg, Cobus Wiese, Reuben de Villiers and Edwill van der Merwe along with David Brits have all signed five-year contracts, committing their long-term future to Western Province Rugby.

They are joined by the likes of Zain Davids, Percy Mngadi, Jaco Coetzee, Herschel Jantjies, Carlu Sadie,Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, Nama Xaba, Jordan Sesink-Clee, Jordan Chait, Ricky Nwagbara, Reuben Terblanche, Matt Wiseman, Saud Abrahams, Paul de Wet, Daniel Maree, Cornel Smit, Nico Leonard, Eduan Keyter, Thumi Mogoje, Ryan Muller, Juarno Augustus and Tristan Leyds who have all extended their contracts. Continue reading

Programme:           COMEDY CENTRAL GOES OVERBOARD – OH SHIP!

Channel:                 COMEDY CENTRAL (DStv channel 122)

Date:                       FRIDAY 20 JANUARY 2017

Time:                      21:30 CAT

Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) said “aye aye” to its first Oh Ship! cruise in December, raising the anchor on  a jam-packed, nautical-but-nice comedy special starring SA’s saltiest comedy sea dogs: Lihle Lindzy, Deep Fried Man, Mojak Lehoko and Richelieu Beaunoir.Going Overboard will feature short stand-up segments from our comedy crew, accompanied by fun vignettes that are sure to float your boat – from a mock press conference where Mojak finds himself all at sea, to Lihle’s less than ship-shape take on MTV Cribs.  And don’t miss the thrilling segment on O.S.I. (Oh Ship Investigates) – where Detectives Deep Fried Man and Beaunoir team up to figure out the mysterious case of tipsy passenger Lihle.

PLUS 1 FESTIVAL PRESENTED FOR THE FIRST TIME AT LA PARIS ESTATE (FRANSCHHOEK) OVER VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND AS MUSIC MARRIES ART

The ultimate Valentine’s Day weekend will be presented for the very first time with the all new Plus 1 Festival that will be taking place from 17 to 19 February 2017 at the recently refurbished La Paris Estate in Franschhoek with its spectacular views and rolling green laws.

This “festival of love” can be attended for the entire weekend or just for one of the three days, with a fantasy themed “Happily Ever After Party” presented like never before. The theme is inspired by the idea of marriage and how a couple who make these vows to one another chooses to be with the one that stole their heart “till death do us part” for a lifetime of happiness. Therefore, the ultimate fairytale.

Those attending can expect live performances from top local acts like GoodLuck, Euphonik, Mi Casa and The Kiffness, and for the very first time in South Africa, DJ Lovebirds from Berlin will be performing to play a special set.

As the Plus 1 Festival will be celebrated as a marriage between contemporary Art and her groom, sexy Music, over twenty of South African original artworks will also be displayed in the winery, turned into a gallery for the weekend. Furthermore, another five talented artists created five large art installations that will be placed across the picturesque estate as a symbol of love. Examples of this will include a “Steam Punk Bride” installation at the dam, as well as an almost six meter tall Eifel Tower.

The “wedding reception” will be celebrated with a craft and gourmet food market while DJs will be playing reinvented classics on their “Something Old” dam side dance floor.

Says Greg Lipton, Plus 1 Festival Director: “This all new festival invites discerning party goers from all over SA and the world to come to one of the most beautiful settings on earth in order to get lost in this enchanted playground – effectively, when Art marries Music, everyone over 21 is invited! Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee today, 19 January 2017, recommended that Council implement tougher water restrictions at its sitting next week. If approved by Council, these Level 3b restrictions will come into effect from 1 February 2017. Read more below:

A move to intensify water restrictions comes as a result of diminishing dam levels and consistent water use above the daily water usage targets.

‘So many of our residents have really gone above and beyond the call of duty to save water. They have been selfless and have been true water ambassadors for us. Sadly, this cannot be said about all of our residents and our water usage has been consistently above the target. We will continue to take action against these culprits and will target the city’s top 20 000 high water users – the majority of whom reside in formal areas of the metro. We are committed to bringing this group to book. They are scuppering all of our efforts to bring down water usage.

‘Within the next week, we plan to conduct increased door-to-door visits, issue more fines where applicable, and focus strongly on education and awareness. We’ll work together with our peace officers, law enforcement officers, councillors, and our newly appointed area-based mayoral committee members.

‘We will continue to do everything in our power to further reduce water usage in our own City operations. We are also requesting our religious leaders to pray for rain.

‘We must remember that formal residential consumers are by far the biggest users of potable water in the municipality, consuming approximately 70% of total water supplied. In winter, residential consumption levels are substantially lower. Therefore, if residents could use the same amount of water that they use during the winter rainy season, the current consumption would definitely go down.

‘Our approach to water supply and sustainability is a long-term one where we are looking decades ahead at reliable water supply management and conservation. We have the systems in place now and going into the future. We can turn this situation around now if we all work together,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services, and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

The City is also engaging with the Western Cape Government and the National Government to ensure that they assist with efforts to minimise water usage.

The City will continue to implement its other key initiatives for water management and conservation, such as: Continue reading

This from iol.co.za:

Cape Town – The bad news that Stormers fans would’ve hoped to not hear is now reality – Cheslin Kolbe is leaving Cape Town. The 23-year-old excitement machine has signed for Toulouse, the French club announced on Wednesday.

Kolbe is set to join up with his new team for the 2017-18 season, but it is unclear if he will play in the Currie Cup or not, although he is contracted to WP until the end of the South African season.

Kolbe will join veteran Springbok Gurthro Steenkamp at the club, with the loosehead prop having joined the former European champions in 2011, as well as former Cheetahs tighthead Maks van Dyk.

Other South Africans who formerly played at Toulouse were Kolbe’s Stormers teammate Jano Vermaak, as well as Gaffie du Toit, Daan Human, Gary Botha and Shawn Sowerby. Toulouse are currently fourth in the French Top 14 standings, and director Fabien Pelous – the former French captain and lock – believes Kolbe can bring something different to the club.

Full story here:

http://www.iol.co.za/sport/rugby/super-rugby/cheslin-kolbe-leaves-the-stormers-7442627

The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority has published a draft Cycling Strategy which aims to increase the percentage of commuter trips made by bicycle from the current 1% to 8% by 2030. Inclusive of the draft strategy is a proposal for a bicycle manufacturing plant in Cape Town. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has committed substantial resources over the past eight years to pursuing the vision of a cycling-friendly city. Currently cyclists have access to at least 450 km of cycle lanes across the city, some of which are separate from the road.

‘Although some of these lanes are popular for recreational cycling, we still have not seen the growth in commuter cycling which is required to have a noticeable impact on traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and to improve mobility in the lower-income areas. We evidently need a new approach, together with some key interventions from both the City and the private sector, to realise our goal to increase the percentage of commuter trips by bicycle to 8% within the next 13 years. Our new draft Cycling Strategy which is now available for public comment makes some bold proposals. I invite residents and interested and affected parties to read this document and to submit their suggestions on how we can turn Cape Town into a top cycling city,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA), Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

5FM is joining forces with three remarkable organisations to help them profile the importance of protecting the environment. The youthful radio brand will launch a pro-bono environmental campaign next week to support the ongoing efforts of Sea Shepherd, Clean C and the Two Oceans Aquarium to mobilise the 5FM community to help clean up Cape Town. On 18th February 5FM invites all volunteers to join 5FM DJs in conducting the biggest beach clean-up South Africa has seen.

In September 2016 5FM’s attention was drawn to the harmful effects of plastics on bird and marine life and South Africa’s internationally envied beaches and oceans. This was after balloons were released at the station’s Cape Town Live Loud event. “At that point we really saw a need to help our family and community understand the environmental impact of littering,” says Station Manager Justine Cullinan (known to the 5FM family and community as “The Bosslady”), “It was a terrible error on our part and we felt it was essential to use the power of 5FM to draw attention to the harmful effects of plastics on our environment.”

5FM has been hard at work planning an enormous beach clean-up in partnership with Clean C, an organization that runs regular beach clean-up events and has removed over 200 tons of litter from South Africa’s beaches since 2010. Clean C’s Greg Player says, “We run a clean-up on the beaches of Cape Town on the first Saturday of every month and work to uplift communities so they can understand and take ownership of their roles in sustaining our environment.”
This is echoed by Rosie Kunneke of Sea Shepherd who says, “’Our oceans are dying and Sea Shepherd is fighting against that every day. One of the biggest destructive forces is pollution and that’s why we are really happy to be part of this campaign – to educate people about the devastating effect pollution and other factors have on our oceans and the sea life inhabiting it.” Continue reading

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