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In true “Thuma Mina” style British Airways connects praise poet with President Cyril Ramaphosa

 Johannesburg, 24 April 2018 – In true British Airways (operated by Comair) style, President Cyril Ramaphosa was given an unofficial inauguration and welcome aboard a flight from Durban to Johannesburg earlier this week.

British Airways (operated by Comair) honoured the President by sending first-time flyer and praise poet, Lutendo Evans Mugagadeli, known as “Vendaboy Poet” to give him a warm welcome on board.

Bridgette Ramuluvhana, Marketing Manager for British Airways (operated by Comair), said, “Mr Mugagadeli recently said in an interview that he’d be honoured to meet the President and act as his official praise poet. We were delighted to make that happen and to ensure Mr Ramaphosa had a presidential welcome aboard. It exemplifies the British Airways brand promise, ‘To Fly. To serve.’”

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South African actor, model, rapper and presenter Jesse Suntele is set to join the word of Rhythm City, he will TX on the 7th of May as Nqaba, Suffocate’s son who was based in Ghana.

Nqaba is a suave, intelligent and good looking young man with a good head on his shoulders. He has clean and sober habits, but he occasionally goes out for a drink with friends or alone after a stressful day. Girls gravitate towards him like bees on honey and he knows it, but he is by no means a player. He simply loves the attention. Despite his charm and laid-back appearance, Nqaba is quick with his fists when provoked – he is, after all, Suffocate’s son.

Suffo learns that things have not been all hunky-dory in Zothile’s house since she revealed that Nqaba was Suffo’s son. He allows Nqaba to live with him and Puleng, as long as he promises to stay out of trouble. But being Suffo’s son, Nqaba can’t avoid getting into trouble occasionally, especially because of his quick temper.
Catch Jesse Suntele on Rhythm City from the 7th of May.

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Today, I visited one of the 22 job centres that the City of Cape Town established to train and connect job seekers with employers across the metro.

In December the City embarked on its first outcomes-based workforce development programme to improve residents’ access to employment opportunities. Lulaway runs the three-year programme on behalf of the City.

The company is incentivised to train job seekers by identifying, preparing and placing them in education, training and ultimately securing permanent work opportunities for programme participants. These employment opportunities must be with big business and SMMEs across the city.

In Atlantis I met participant Chuma Jaqu, 25, who found employment through the programme. Jaqu, a resident from Gugulethu, struggled for two years to get a job. He matriculated in 2014 and volunteered at a hospital after completing a paramedics course.

Thanks to the City’s programme, Jaqu started work for Cashbuild in Gugulethu in February. Since then he was promoted from a general assistant to a cashier.

Over the next three years the City’s programme will run skills assessments of 30 000 unemployed residents, provide work-readiness skills training to 6 000 participants, and place 4 050 candidates in job opportunities.

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Note to editors: Attached are audio notes (Afrikaans and English) of Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell on the forthcoming HSBC Singapore Sevens. Attached are two rights-free images of the Springbok Sevens team at training in Singapore (Credit: David van der Sandt).

“Let the team do the work.” That is the message from Neil Powell, to his Springbok Sevens team as they find themselves in a potentially difficult situation before in this weekend’s HSBC Singapore Sevens tournament, to be played at the National Stadium on 28-29 April.

The Blitzboks have arrived for the tournament, the eighth of ten in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with a combination of young guns who played in Hong Kong, and a number of more senior players who featured at the Commonwealth Games a week later in Australia.

The Hong Kong team claimed bronze, while the team in Australia missed out on a podium place by finishing fourth.

“We have one group of guys who are very keen to maintain their form from Hong Kong and show they deserve a permanent spot in the team, and another group itching to redeem themselves after the disappointment of Australia,” Powell said after a solid training session in hot and rainy conditions in Singapore.

“It is great to have 12 players all wanting to prove a point; the danger will be if they wanted to do so as individuals. So the message is a simple one, play as a team and we will achieve more.

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The largest museum of contemporary art in Africa in more than 100 years, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), will open its doors free of charge to the public on Freedom Day, 27 April 2018. In line with the museum’s mission of Access for All and the encouragement of intercultural understanding, as well as to commemorate the first post-apartheid elections held on this day in 1994, entrance to the museum will be free from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, to avoid overcrowding, visitors will still be required to present a ticket for entry to the museum. Tickets will be available––at no cost––at the door on Freedom Day.

Date Friday 27 April

Time 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Venue Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), Silo District, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront

Cost Tickets available at no cost at the door

Contact Zeitz MOCAA on 087 350 4777 or

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) Silo District, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront

Cape Town, 8002, South Africa

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 There’s a celebration of British Royalty on ITV Choice (DStv channel 123) next month with a season of exclusive programming in honour of the forthcoming Royal wedding on May 19 and a new Royal baby due any day now.

The Royal campaign starts on Friday, May 4, at 20h00 and includes a number of special documentaries and tributes to Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle; a look at the wedding of The Queen and Prince Philip and the marriages of the Windsor wives including Diana, Fergie, Camilla and Kate.

The full, not-to-be-missed Royal line-up is as follows:

A Very Royal Wedding – Friday, May 4 at 20h00
A Very Royal Wedding celebrates the 70th anniversary of The Queen and Prince Philip’s marriage in November 1947. Presenter Alexander Armstrong discovers how a battered post-war Britain pulled off the wedding of the century against the odds. This feature-length documentary includes contributions from Joan Collins and Sheila Hancock, sharing their memories of the wedding, as well as revealing insights from those who were part of the big day, such as page boy Prince Michael of Kent. This was “the people’s wedding” and Armstrong meets the ordinary people, who made this such a special occasion, including one of the seamstresses responsible for the spectacular wedding dress and three of the choir boys who performed at Westminster Abbey. Armstrong also recreates The Queen’s exquisite three carat diamond engagement ring, her beautiful wedding bouquet and her show-stopping wedding cake.
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Famed Irish band, The Script, with songs like Rain and Hall of Fame are expected to pack out the Grand Arena, GrandWest for their live show on 2 May 2018. The Script is one of the world`s most successful bands having sold over 29 million records globally. They have three multi-platinum albums all of which were number one hits in Britain.

“This three-piece band is sensational,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “Their Hall of Fame song was a huge hit in South Africa, it is such a beautiful and inspirational song. We are excited to host these guys at GrandWest.”

The Script is one of the biggest live bands, having sold more than
1.4 million tickets to 203 shows all over the world. They have already had two sold out tours to South Africa, in 2011 and 2015. The band members are Danny O`Donoghue on vocals, Mark Sheehan on guitar and Glen Power on the drums.

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23 April 2018

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape is appalled that after 52 years, many District Six residents are still waiting to be returned to the area. Since 1994, more than R700 million has been allocated to the area’s development, whilst nearly 1 000 claims remain unaddressed.

This has recently been amplified by media reports, which highlighted that these residents have lost hope that they will ever be restored to their beloved area. These are the mothers and fathers who are among the 2 600 claimants promised a home by 2014.

This once again clearly demonstrates the ANC’s populist jargon which over-promised in 2014 election and will under-deliver by 2019 and begs the question, when will Gawa, Yussuf, Rosemary and Aisha be able to return to their home and community?

I will write to the National Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to appear before the Provincial Standing Committee of Human Settlements, in order for her to explain why there have been such lengthy delays, despite R700 million having been set aside for the development. I also call on the Minister and her Department to swiftly address the pertinent issue.

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As at today, Monday 23 April 2018, our collective consumption over the past week was 507 million litres of water per day. This is 35 million litres lower than the previous week’s spike in average consumption of 542 million litres per day and close to our record low of 506 million litres per day, which was achieved on 9 March 2018. A great thank you is due to Capetonians who continue to strive to reach our savings target.

However, dam levels have declined by 0,9% to 20%. This is the highest rate seen over the past few weeks and is due to a large release of water from the Berg River Dam via the Berg River to the Misverstand Dam by the National Department of Water and Sanitation. This was done in an effort to ensure uninterrupted water supply to West Coast municipalities, including Saldanha Bay. These municipalities abstract water from Misverstand Dam which had become critically low in recent weeks. Read more below:

We urge all of our water users to give it their best shot and to ensure that our collective water usage breaks through the 500 million litre barrier. We need to get down to the required 450 million litres of collective daily water usage, or 50 litres per person per day, to stretch the available water supplies.

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