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We are very proud to announce that our temporary desalination plant in Strandfontein is now delivering high-quality, treated desalinated water into our supply system.

This plant is injecting 4,7 million litres per day into the reticulation system and is being delivered to customers. It is foreseen that full production of 7 million litres will come online during June 2018.

Our reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Waterfront area is close to producing two million litres of drinking water per day while progress on the desalination plant at Monwabisi is also progressing well, with first water expected to be delivered by June and full production to be reached by July, if all goes according to plan. This plant is also set to produce 7 million litres per day.

It is important to note that these projects provide only a small contribution of our daily water requirement as a city. It forms part of our efforts to make additional water available without only relying on rainfall to fill our dams. However, our most effective tool to keep Day Zero away is to continue to reduce our usage. We have done well so far, and we must keep up our savings efforts during winter and in preparation for Summer 2018/19. We must continue to stretch our existing water supplies as we simply do not know what the actual winter rainfall will be. Continue reading

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Today, I am pleased to announce the City of Cape Town has, through its support of Wesgro and special-purpose small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) vehicles, facilitated R1.2 billion worth of investment during the first few months of 2018.

In addition, the City’s support of sector-specific interventions ensured that 1 380 job opportunities were created and 274 people were trained between January and March 2018.

These results are proof of our efforts undertaken in line with the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan’s goals to ensure economic inclusion.

Cape Town is steadfast in its commitment to build an opportunity city where the economy thrives and employment grows each year. The City has identified priority sectors with the potential to grow and develop the city’s economy. These sectors include information communication and technology (ICT); business process outsourcing (BPO); craft and design; clothing, textiles and fashion; and renewable energy, among others.

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The Junior Springboks got down to business on Monday at a holding camp as they get ready to depart to France for the World Rugby U20 Championship, with the 28-man squad assembling at their training base in Stellenbosch to fine-tune their game for the international spectacle.

The team will depart for the south of France on Friday, where they will meet Georgia at Stade Aimé Giral in Perpignan on Wednesday, 30 May, followed by clashes against Ireland on Sunday, 3 June, and hosts France on Thursday, 7 June, at the Stade d’Honneur du Parc des Sports et de l’Amitié in Narbonne respectively.

With flyhalf Damian Willemse back from his Vodacom Super Rugby duties with the DHL Stormers, Muller du Plessis back from the Springbok Sevens team, and lock Ruan Vermaak fit after recovering from the knee injury that ruled him out of the team’s UK tour earlier this month, coach Chean Roux had his full squad on the field on Monday.

“It is great to have Damian, Muller and Ruan back,” said Roux.

“It means our full squad is on the field, and that is vital as we wrap up our preparations at home for the World Rugby U20 Championship.

“Muller and Ruan have trained with us, and although this is Damian’s first camp, the experience he gained from being part of the team for the tournament in Georgia last year will set him in good stead.

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The Emirates Lions made a splendid return to form on Saturday evening in Johannesburg when they defeated the Brumbies 42-24, with Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies victorious in his landmark 100th appearance for the Highvelders.

In the only other Vodacom Super Rugby match played in South Africa this weekend, the Cell C Sharks managed to beat the visiting Chiefs 28-24 in an exciting encounter in Durban while in Saturday’s late night action in Buenos Aires the Vodacom Bulls lost 54-24 to the in-form Jaguares.

The resurgent Sunwolves stunned the DHL Stormers 26-23 in their Saturday morning clash played in soaring heat in Hong Kong, with the winning points coming from a dramatic last-gasp drop goal.

Following the weekend’s action, the Emirates Lions increased their SA Conference tally to 36 points. The Jaguares claimed sole second spot as a result of their fifth win in a row. The Argentina franchise have 29 points, but they have played one match fewer than the Highvelders’ 13 games. The Cell C Sharks is currently sitting third on 28 points and are followed by the Vodacom Bulls and DHL Stormers (24).

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Franco Mostert’s Highvelders led 21-17 at half-time and they eventually scored six tries in total, with centurion Jantjies landing all the conversions, while the visiting Brumbies replied with three tries. The timely bonus point-win enabled them to extend their lead atop of the SA Conference table.

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Mpumalanga-based music trio, Bonfire Buffalo, have scooped a coveted award in the category for ‘Folk/Singer Songwriter’ in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition (ISC).

The global competition which receives over 16 000 entries from 140 countries, is judged by smash hit artists such as Adam Lambert, Bastille, The Script, Kaskade to name a few, as well as music industry stalwarts Gregg Nadel, Ed Vetri, Nate Albert and more.

Bonfire Buffalo’s song ‘A Little Sunshine’ received the silver award in the ‘Folk/Singer Songwriter’ category. The awards also saw the band compete with other global musical heavyweights such as Birds Of Tokyo as well as their local counterparts Wonderboom, Rubber Duc and Dan Patlansky; with Bonfire Buffalo taking the highest accolade for any South African act that took part in the initiative.

Bassist Carl Dedekind is ecstatic about the band’s award and what the future holds for them. “We are extremely proud and honoured to be winners in this competition, especially because it is considered the most prestigious songwriting competition in the world,” says Dedekind.

“With songs entered from all over the world, is an awesome achievement to be one of the winners. Also, some of the judges have had major influence on our music, including Bastille, Tom Waites, Lorde etc and for them to have considered the song to be one of the winning songs is a huge compliment. We ourselves are proud of the song and are warmed that it has received some international acclaim.”

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Recent trends have shown that pre-owned car sales are far outweighing new car sales. In TransUnion’s latest quarterly report, the Vehicle Price Index (VPI), which analyses monthly data it receives from dealers, vehicle financiers and banks throughout the country, it states that vehicle financiers are financing 2.22 used vehicles for every single new vehicle bought. Used car finance deals have increased by 4% with the average used car loan being around R234 000.

At an average price of R100,000 and average age of 11 years old for pre-owned cars sold on OLX in the last year (adding to that the improvements in maintenance plans and advancements in manufacturing over the last ten years), the second-hand car market has some appealing options for growing families, first time drivers, entrepreneurs and small businesses.

6 out of the top 10 most wanted cars on OLX of 2017 were larger vehicles – bakkies, SUVs and minibuses.

1. Toyota Hiace, average price R95,329

2. Mazda Rustler, average price R34,490

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It turns out there are some surprising daily habits, such as overdosing on our favourite TV series, that can wreak havoc on the body’s ability to fight off colds and flu.

Nicole Jennings, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics – a leading provider of colds and flu medication – says the relatively new phenomenon of being able to watch an entire TV series all at once, as opposed to waiting a week, has sparked several studies that attempt to understand how binge-watching is impacting our health.

She cites a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine which found that people’s addiction to watching TV series can lead to chronic fatigue, which has a damaging effect on immunity.

“According to the study, over half (52%) of binge-watchers viewed three to four episodes in one sitting, with an average session lasting three hours. If one considers that most of the watching occurs in the evening, that doesn’t leave much shuteye. Binge-watchers also reported more fatigue and insomnia and had 98% more chance of having poor quality sleep than those that limited their screen time.

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The show is a stripped-down look at PJ’s colorful career spanning the last 35 years and she is accompanied by the world-renowned stick-man, Barry van Zyl on percussion and her long-time band member, Tigger Reunert, on guitar and vocals. The three of them weave a beautiful thread through her hits and provide a platform for her to regale audiences in a light-hearted and hilarious jaunt. Cafe Roux in Noordhoek on Wed 23 May and in Cape Town on Shortmarket St Thursday 24 May.

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Fullback Craig Barry and hooker Bongi Mbonambi will start for DHL Western Province in their SuperSport Rugby Challenge encounter with the SWD Eagles at the Bridgeton Sports Grounds in Oudtshoorn on Sunday.

Both players will make their first appearance of the season, as DHL Western Province look to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign, in a match that kicks off at 15h00 on Sunday.

There are just two changes to the backline, with Barry at fullback and Justin Phillips starting at scrumhalf, which means that Herschel Jantjies and Tristan Leyds are set to make an impact off the replacements bench.

In the forward pack Mbonambi will pack down in the front row alongside Kwenzo Blose, who makes his first start of the campaign at loosehead prop, and Neethling Fouche, while Johan du Toit moves to lock and Jaco Coetzee and Chris Massyn join the loose trio.

DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that after their bye, his team want to put together a convincing performanc in Oudtshoorn.

“It was good to be able to regroup during the bye and the players are looking forward to another festival in Oudtshoorn.

“Last year our game at the Bridgeton Sports Grounds was a tough one, so we know that we will have to raise our standards considerably to meet the challenge on Sunday,” he said.

DHL Western Province: 15 Craig Barry, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 Dan Kriel, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Joshua Stander, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Luke Stringer (captain), 6 Chris Massyn, 5 Johan du Toit, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Kwenzo Blose.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Michael Kumbirai, 18 Brendon Esterhuizen, 19 Marno Redelinghuys, 20 Steph de Wit, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Tristan Leyds.

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