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It all started 25 years ago, when co-founders of Zip Zap Circus School, Brent van Rensburg and Laurence Estève, hung a trapeze bar in a tree at Zimasa Primary School in Langa. Their goal at the time was simple and noble: to inspire and empower ordinary kids and to create a sense of team. Little did they know, they were just at the beginning of an incredible journey of helping kids ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality.

With the strong vision and passion of its co-founders, Zip Zap embarked on its first tour around South Africa in 1994, which was closely followed by its first international tour to Denmark in 1996. Zip Zap finally settled into its first home in 1998 and opened its doors to youth from all walks of life and completely free of charge.

Over the years, as their humble project in Langa expanded to a reputable school with nine programmes reaching over 1,400 kids, the heart of their mission has remained unchanged. As a pioneer of the growing social circus movement, Zip Zap has earned wide recognition for wielding circus arts pedagogy as a powerful tool for social transformation and for its contributions to building a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Continue reading

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JOHANNESBURG: Friday, 24 March 2017

Food Network celebrity chef Siba Mtongana’s documentary interview filmed by CNN will be aired on CNN International, DStv Channel 401, from Friday, 24 March 2017. The CNN documentary showcases young African pioneers and captures Mtongana’s rise as a global influencer in the food industry and her ambassadorship role as Global Impact Ambassador for Rise Against Hunger. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town encourages households, government departments, and businesses to join us in switching off the lights tomorrow evening, 25 March 2017, as we commemorate Earth Hour.

Every year we join millions around the world in renewing our commitment to enhanced resource efficiency by switching off the lights in our own buildings in celebrating Earth Hour between 20:30 and 21:30.

The City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, and I will also be signing a pro-renewable energy petition which theWorld Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) has drawn up, calling on Eskom to go ahead with the Independent Power Producer’s procurement and connections. This is in line with the City’s commitment to the diversification of our energy mix, among others. The City therefore supports the WWF’s call to transition to renewable resources in generating electricity supply. Continue reading

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On March 26, 2017, the world will mark the 30th anniversary of the Air Max 1, the shoe that pushed Air Innovation to new heights with its visible Air-cushioning unit. In celebration of the iconic design, a number of revolutionary women from around the globe are sharing their inspiring stories and demonstrating how they merge fashion with art in their daily lives.

Yagazie Emezi is one such women who is breaking boundaries with her documentary-style photography and humanitarian work in Africa. Originally from Aba, Nigeria, Yagazie is currently based in Monrovia, Liberia, working on an education project for girls in at-risk communities in Liberia.

While she has photographed behind the scenes for high-profile events like Lagos Fashion Week, it is her documentary work that shines a light on the ordinary. Her remarkable ability to tell a story through images and capture the common essence of human life – the struggles, the pain, the achievement, the joy – has set her aside as a revolutionary woman on the continent.

Her art speaks on behalf of its subject – the voiceless, the unheard. One of her ongoing projects, Relearning Bodies, is based in West Africa and documents how trauma survivors that are left with significant scarring adapt to their new bodies, as well as the role their socioeconomic class and community plays in this adjustment. Continue reading

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Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux on Friday named a squad of 47 players invited to attend the team’s second training camp in Bloemfontein from Sunday, 26 March to Sunday, 9 April, with an eye on announcing his squad of 28 for the World Rugby U20 Championship next month.

A total of 33 players will assemble in the City of Roses on Sunday for the two-week camp, which will feature warm-up matches against the Down Touch Griffons, Tafel Lager Griquas and Toyota Free State Cheetahs on 31 March, 5 April and 8 April respectively.

The nine players participating in the final stages of FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International will join the squad as their progress in the tournament permits, while the participation of the five players in contention for Vodacom Super Rugby selection will be determined by their Super Rugby responsibilities.

“This is a big group of players, but the tour to Bloemfontein will offer us an ideal opportunity to test our depth and to make sure we do not leave any stone unturned in trying to select the best possible squad for the World Rugby U20 Championship,” said Roux. Continue reading

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A number of SA Rugby referees will feature prominently during the Test window in June, with Jaco Peyper given the responsibility of handling the highly anticipated first test match between New Zealand and the British & Irish Lions.

World Rugby announcement of the appointments of match officials on Friday (list attached).

New Zealanders Glen Jackson and Ben O’Keeffe, as well as Angus Gardner from Australia have been named as referees for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against France.

Jackson will handle the opening Test at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on 10 June, O’Keeffe the second on 17 June at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban and Gardner will officiate at Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg in the third and final Test of the series on 24 June.

The 36-year-old Peyper will take charge of the highly-anticipated series opener between New Zealand and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park, Auckland, on Saturday 24 June in what will be his 37th Test in charge. He will then run touch in the remaining two Tests, while Marius Jonker will act as TMO in three matches leading up to the first Test. Continue reading

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Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries, from South Africa’s top rugby schools which are broadcast live on SuperSport from March to August.

Schoolboy rugby has served as one of the cornerstones of domestic rugby dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is about History, Heritage and Tradition. The series, now in its third year, is expected to grow even stronger.

Premier Interschools stories are further captured in 12 Preview shows, which preview all the games and provide historical overviews of these traditional schools and highlight other academic, cultural and sporting achievements.

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Capetonian to participate in this year’s Paris Marathon

Cape Town, 23 March 2017 –  Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, together with Sanlam and ASICS, has announced the winner of the 2017 all-expenses paid trip to this year’s Paris Marathon. Aaron Adams, 21 and hailing from Cape Town, will set off for Paris this April to take part in one of the world’s leading races.

Having first discovered his passion for running in 2010, and after many years of track and field, Adams chose last year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon as his debut marathon.

“Participating in last year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon was a phenomenal experience,” says Adams. Whilst his race may not have gone exactly to plan, he is determined to participate again this year. “I experienced quite a bit of pain and cramping and there were several moments during the race when I questioned why I signed up. But, ultimately, it was worth every single moment of discomfort. To be able to cross that finish line left me with a feeling and sense of accomplishment I will never forget.” Continue reading

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