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After an absence of more than 30 years Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band will be returning to The Baxter at 8pm on 26 October for a one-night-only celebration.

Not only will Sipho be performing all of his seminal hits, his bigger commitment is to usher in the next generation of hitmakers – all one on stage, all for one night only.

As one of South Africa’s stateliest musical treasures who loves his country as much as he does performing live, Sipho promises Cape Town a show well worth the wait.

“If you weren’t there, at The Baxter, 30 years ago, now it’s your turn,” Sipho teases. “We’ll be doing some riveting performances with some discovered talent from Music Exchange 2018 (MEX18) too.”

The night will come alight with guest performances from Siphokasi Jonas and the Cape Town treasure and legacy artist Tony Cedras, the Elsie’s River born accordion, harmonica, keyboard and guitar player. “Cape Town has not been able to appreciate its own,” Sipho says. “A big part of my show is about acknowledging and celebrating artists that come out of the Cape. I think it is very important that we get to appreciate it all, while it’s here.”

“I have been privileged to have known someone like Tony for so long, “Sipho adds. “Siphokasi Jonas is an amazing poet. She’s going places. She’s a true inspiration to us all.”

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Several South Africans to perform match official duties in November

Australian referee Angus Gardner will be in charge of the Springboks’ opening Test of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, against England at Twickenham on Saturday, 3 November, World Rugby confirmed on Wednesday when it released the list of match officials for the November internationals.

World Rugby has confirmed the match official appointments for a bumper programme of 45 men’s international matches during the November period.

With the start of the Rugby World Cup 2019 less than a year away, the matches provide important preparation for teams and match officials alike, and match official performances over the period will be taken into account when the World Rugby Match Officials Selection Committee meets to select the team for rugby’s showcase event.

The Springboks start their Castle Lager Outgoing Tour with a visit to Twickenham in London on 3 November where they face England in what will be the two teams’ fourth meeting this year. The South Africans won a close-fought Castle Lager Incoming Series 2-1 at home in June.

Welshman Nigel Owens will be the man in charge of the Springboks’ second tour match a week later, on 10 November, against France in the Stade de France in Paris.

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The Western Cape Cabinet has today resolved to send a set of urgent demands to Police Minister Bheki Cele on the crisis of police under-resourcing in the Western Cape, where the police to population ratio is on average one third lower than the rest of the country. The greatest crisis is experienced at stations in precincts with the highest crime rate.

As a provincial government we have stretched our Constitutional powers of oversight to their limits, and supported SAPS through successful community partnerships in crime prevention where we have a constitutional mandate to act.

This includes the establishment of the O Regan/Pikoli Commission and the implementation of its recommendations by us, the promulgation of the Community Safety Act (which defined our oversight functions) and the creation of the Western Cape Ombudsman.

More recently, our initiatives have focused on specialised support to Neighbourhood Watches, Community Policing Forums, funding for School Resource Officers, strategic safety partnerships with the religious fraternity and various programmes aimed at our youth.

In addition, we have committed resources to supporting the police in trying to secure safety on our rail network through the establishment of a Rail Enforcement Unit, jointly funded by the Province, City and Prasa.

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DATE:     The V&A Waterfront participation in the festival runs from Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 October

10 to 13th – The market at Workshop 17

12th to 13th – the exhibition in the marquee at North Wharf

13th to 14th – Amphitheatre screenings for the public

The Cape Town International Film Festival will screen free family-friendly films at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October from 1:30pm. For further details, visit

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Former Junior Springbok and Emirates Lions scrumhalf, Marco Jansen van Vuren has joined the SA Rugby Sevens Academy and will be available for selection for the team’s first assignment of the season, the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens International Invitational tournament at the end of November.

Jansen van Vuren played Vodacom Super Rugby for the Emirates Lions this year and he represented South Africa at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in 2015 and 2016, and has played SA Schools in both fifteens and sevens.

“It is an exciting time for me,” said Jansen van Vuren.

“I have spent some time with coach Marius Schoeman in the sevens set-up when I played for the SA Schools and was struck by the great culture and strong sense of brotherhood at the time, so when the opportunity came to join the SA Rugby Sevens Academy, I had to take it.”

The 22-year-old joined the wider Blitzboks training group on Monday. The SA Rugby Academy side are preparing for tournaments in Dubai and South America, while the Blitzboks start the defence of their HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series at the end of next month, at the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens.

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Premier Helen Zille says the raising of the Clanwilliam dam wall must be a priority for the national Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and should be completed without any further delays.

Speaking during the relaunch of the Clanwilliam dam wall project, Premier Zille said: “I welcome the relaunch of this project today and commend Minister Nkwinti for ensuring that this project is revived again. I do however caution against complacency, as there has been gross mismanagement of this project and it is 5 months overdue.”

In 2007 at the conclusion of a feasibility investigation, it was determined that the dam wall could be raised by 13 metres. The original completion date of 21 May 2018, was first set down by the Water and Sanitation Department’s Construction unit as far back as June 2013.

DWS staff, contract personnel and various equipment have been located in Clanwilliam since 2014, waiting for the project to start. This has cost the taxpayer an estimated R100 million to date. The Department of Water and Sanitation then announced that it has run out of money to complete the dam wall raising, despite R2 billion being allocated to the project by National Treasury as far back as 2013/14.

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Award winning vernacular comedian, Sifiso Nene has rounded up a group of his funniest friends to unleash their special blend of standup at The Boardwalk on 26 October 2018. Nene’s Combo Comedy show features the likes of Siya Seya, Stop Nonsense and Siya B.

Initially from KZN, Nene has blown away Gauteng and other provinces with his vernac comedy.  He also recently opened up the Comedy Basement in Braamfontein, a place where comedians are invited to share their jokes in all 11 official languages. Despite humble beginnings in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, Nene was announced the first-ever winner of reality competition So You Think You’re Funny. Since then he has kept his winning streak alive. He not only won an award at the Satmas for the Best Indigenous Comedian but has for two years in a row won the Comics Choice Award which is voted for by the audience.

Shy in character, Nene is a man of few words…until he’s up on stage that is.  There is no doubt Nene is a comedy professional, and because he knows the industry so well, he has added the best comedians in SA to join him on stage. 

A highlight of the show is fast rising funnyman, Tumi Stopnonsense aka Jumaima who found instant fame with his parody video of SABC Show’s Khumbulekhaya, with him acting as the long lost son of Patrice Motsepe. He has since shared the stage with big names in the industry such as Loyiso Gola, Trevor Gumbi, David Kibuuka, Soli Philander, Chris Forrest, The Soil, Basket Mouth (Nigeria), Kansiime Anne (Uganda), HHP, Harrison Crump (USA), Solly Mahlangu, JR and more.

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The South African Under-18 Sevens squad arrived in Buenos Aires on Monday and are raring to go as they prepare to make their Youth Olympic Games debut this weekend.

Marius Schoeman, who will coach the side, made only two changes to the team that successfully defended their African Youth Games title in Algeria in July, which allowed them to qualify for the tournament in Argentina, with Diego Appollis and Mnombo Zwelendaba featuring in the 12-member squad.

Schoeman’s charges will face Japan and France on the opening day at Club Atletico San Isidro sede la Boya on Saturday, which will be followed by clashes against the USA and Argentina on Sunday, and Samoa on Monday in the pool stages. The round-robin games will be followed immediately by the final stages.

“This is the first time that we participate in the Youth Olympic Games and we are very excited about the challenge,” said Schoeman.

“Our biggest challenge is the fact that we have not had much time together as a squad as a result of examinations and the school programme, but we all agree that this is a fantastic opportunity to prove ourselves.

“This tournament will serve as a big boost in the players’ development and for our Sevens structures, as it will offer the players the best possible chance to test themselves against the top sides in the world in a prestigious international event.

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