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South African singer, Nádine will join the legendary Julio Iglesias on stage as his special guest during his upcoming show at the Grand Arena, GrandWest. The concert at GrandWest, one of only three Iglesias will perform in South Africa, takes place on 19 October 2016. Tickets are selling quickly at Computicket. Prices range from R350 to R1 250 per person.

Iglesias says: “When I heard Nádine’s voice and saw live footage of her performing on stage, I knew I wanted her to make an appearance at my Cape Town show. It is just a matter of time before this lady will conquer Europe and the rest of the world.”

Nádine is excited about the opportunity: “My grandmother played Iglesias’s music when I was a little girl so I grew up with songs such as ‘Un Canto A Galicia’, ‘Quere Me Mucho’ and ‘To All The Girls I’ve Love Before’. To perform in my favourite place, Cape Town, on the same stage as one of the biggest artists of all time is a great honour. It will certainly be one of the most wonderful moments in my career. I cannot wait to sing together with this living legend.” Continue reading

28 September 2016

In a briefing to the Standing Committee on Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, community stakeholders conveyed a devastating story about abalone poaching’s effect on our local coastal communities on 21 September. Today the committee held a follow up briefing, giving the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) a second opportunity to present on what is a transnational crime and a threat to our national security.

DAFF holds the responsibility as they are the main custodians and implementing Department to combat illegal abalone poaching. For the second time DAFF gave notice at the very last minute that they would not present themselves to the Standing Committee, and we have been left with no other option but to issue a summons for DAFF to appear at a special committee meeting on 25 October 2016. Continue reading

For the first time ever, Blackrock Casino will be treating guests to an India-inspired pop-up store. The store opens on Saturday, 01 October 2016, families will get the opportunity to experience the best of India while preparing for the Diwali, taking place on 30th of October 2016.

Families can expect a taste of authentic Indian cuisine while being whisked away with a variety of entertainment like an Indian dance showcase, a Live DJ who will be spinning some Bollywood-inspired tracks, and many other activities.

Fans can look forward to a captivating show and are encouraged to book their tickets early!

Date:               Saturday, 30 October 2016.

Time:               Doors open at 10:00 am and the pop-up store closes at 15:00

Venue:             Blackrock Casino

Tickets:           R20 per person

When Lindile Khumalo graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree this week, it was with both pride in her achievement, and gratitude that she was one of the lucky ones to be a recipient of the Cell C Girl Child Bursary Fund.

Cell C Foundation’s managing executive, Suzette van der Merwe and Tomorrow Trust’s Lorena El-Lakkis (they find eligible young women and monitor their progress) could not be more delighted.

Said Suzette van der Merwe: “This is a very special milestone for Lindile, and for us at Cell C. We see the offering of bursaries complementary to our Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® initiative and as a long term, sustainable investment that empowers women. The development and empowerment of young women is at the heart of Cell C’s corporate structure and corporate social investment initiatives.” Continue reading

The construction of new road infrastructure alone will not solve Cape Town’s traffic congestion, neither will it improve the long-term sustainability of our city in the midst of rapid population growth. As such, the City of Cape Town has published a draft Travel Demand Management Strategy which proposes interventions to change motorists’ travel patterns and over-reliance on private vehicles. Residents and interested parties, in particular businesses who employ a large number of employees, are requested to please comment on this draft strategy. Read more below:

The City is spending R750 million on road infrastructure projects over the next five years to address the three main congestion hotspots in the city, namely Kommetjie, Kuils River and Blaauwberg. A total of R40 million was spent in the past financial year (2015/16) to kick-start the Congestion Management Programme and another R118 million is earmarked for the current financial year (2016/17).

‘The stark reality remains, however, that we cannot build ourselves out of congestion and that constructing new roads only provides short-term relief. Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, is therefore also embarking on operational and behavioral interventions that will complement the infrastructure interventions that we have identified in our Congestion Management Programme,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

Damian de Allende will play his first Currie Cup match of the season when DHL Western Province face Boland Cavaliers, at DHL Newlands, on Friday.

The returning Springbok centre comes straight into the starting line-up in place of Huw Jones, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, in one of five changes to the team that beat Griquas in Kimberley last week.

De Allende will be partnered in midfield by Johnny Kotze, after Juan de Jongh returned to Springbok duty this week, whilst in a rotational switch out wide Scott van Breda gets an opportunity to start on the wing, with Werner Kok providing cover from the replacements bench.

In the forward pack hooker Mike Willemse returns to the starting XV in place of Bongi Mbonambi, who has also rejoined the national squad. He is joined in the front row by loosehead prop Alistair Vermaak, with JC Janse van Rensburg on the replacments bench.

Dobson said that with a place in the Currie Cup semifinals on the line, his team will look to embrace the occasion as they host their near neighbours at DHL Newlands. Continue reading

Ibrahim Hamadtou of Egypt competes in the table tennis singles class 6 group D. REUTERS/Pilar OLivares

Ibrahim Hamadtou of Egypt competes in the table tennis singles class 6 group D. REUTERS/Pilar OLivares

GrandWest is host to the annual Bok Radio Wes Kaapse Bokkie Toekennings for the fifth consecutive year on 2 October 2016. The event reaches new heights in 2016 with 30 well known artists on the bill for the music showcase including Kurt Darren, Arno Carstens, Snotkop, Leah, Desmond Wells, Wynand and Cheree, Louis Loock and many more. The guest of honour is Steve Hofmeyr.

Tickets to the event at the Grand Arena are almost sold out. Fans are encouraged to book at Computicket soon to avoid missing out. Prices range from R75 to R150 per person.

The Bok Radio Wes Kaapse Bokkie Toekennings were introduced in 2011 to acknowledge and celebrate local performers, sports people and radio personalities. The concept has proved to be extremely popular amongst Afrikaans music fans, with over 5 000 people attending the event at the Grand Arena the following year. A capacity crowd is expected again this year to watch performers compete in various categories such as Best Artist, Best Song, Best Album, Best Group, Best Newcomer and Best Music Video amongst others. Sports stars will also be awarded.

OpenView HD celebrates its 3rd birthday in October with the launch of an exciting new channel – eMovies Extra.eMovies Extra is the second movie channel in the family – South Africa’s destination of choice for quality entertainment. The free-to-air OpenView HD platform recently surpassed half a million activated households, bringing viewership numbers to around 2 million people.
eMovies Extra will offer the same high calibre of movies viewers have come to expect from – giving viewers even more movies to choose from. Film fans can look forward to a bouquet of action, comedy, romance, sci-fi, horror, thrillers, crime and drama. In addition to the arrival of the new channel, fans can also look forward to the launch of TransAfrica Radio on the platform, bringing the total number or radio stations to nine. Continue reading

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