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The Springbok Sevens team advanced to the Cup quarter-finals of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens tournament in front of a packed Cape Town Stadium on Saturday after winning all three their pool matches.

The hosts and defending champions topped Pool A with wins over Russia (41-0), the USA (28-10) and Australia (29-7). They will face Wales in the first of four Cup quarter-finals on Sunday (kick-off at 12h04).

The South Africans had a strong day on attack, scoring 16 tries in their three matches, the most of all the teams. However, their defence was also tested, especially against Australia and the USA, but the Blitzboks put in some solid hits to keep their opponents at bay. They only conceded three tries, the least of any of the teams on the opening day.

Werner Kok finished the day as top South African try scorer with four touchdowns, while Seabelo Senatla and Philip Snyman scored three each. Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell said that it was a difficult day, despite the good results.

“Teams are now looking at different ways to counter us and especially Australia played a very physical match against us,” said Powell. Continue reading

The City’s work and employment readiness skills programme has seen nearly 200 young people offered short-term work opportunities at schools to put their theoretical training into practice. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has put 171 young people through their paces in a work and employment readiness skills programme, run by the Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate’s Youth Development Programme.

For the financial year until the end of June 2017, each of the eight Social Development Department districts will target 60 young people to participate in the progamme at a cost of just under R800 000.

The training touches on a number of aspects like computer literacy and writing skills, communication and conflict management skills, and life skills. The aim is to help participants find employment, but also understand the importance of having these skills and how to apply them in the workplace and in their personal lives. Continue reading

With its finger on the pulse of the wants and desires of the young and young at heart, GrandWest presents Fun Park, a fantasy playground for the holidays. GrandWest’s Sun Exhibits and Sun Park will be transformed from 16 December 2016 to 10 January 2017 to create space where young people can enjoy thrilling rides and activities.

There are over 12 activities and rides for children aged 18 months (accompanied by a parent) and older to try in Sun Exhibits. These include horse and aeroplane swings, an inflatable pop up park, a rocket parachute simulator, a bungee trampoline, lady bug rides, a toy ride, the rodeo bull, elephant rides, the space gyro and barrel swings. In the Sun Park, there are more than seven rides to enjoy. These include big swings, the spiral jet, the jumping star, the tornado, the kangaroo, the Ferris wheel and pedal go karts.

Fun Park is open from 11h00 daily, excluding 25 December 2016. Tickets cost R20 each and can be purchased at the ticket office inside Sun Exhibits. All rides require one ticket, with the exception of one ride which requires two tickets.

Children will be permitted to ride for free from 12h00 to 13h00 on Monday 19 December 2016 as part of the GrandWest’s birthday celebration.
There will also be a line up of fun filled activities daily in GrandWest’s Cape Village during December 2016 and January 2017. Activities are presented by adults in an enclosed area and many of them are free to enjoy.

The exciting schedule includes mind boggling magic shows, lip smacking cookie decorating, beading workshops, balloon twisting, face painting, puppet shows, art and craft workshops, stories, dress up booths and more. The action takes place from 12h00 to 16h00.

Instagram has made storing and finding photographs child’s play, but it doesn’t beat a framed photograph of a loved one. So during this season of giving, The Point Mall in Sea Point is offering all visitors the opportunity to print out their Instagram photos for free until Sunday, 8 January 2017.

The Brandrocket Instagram photo booth on the second floor will print up to two free prints of any Instagram photograph bearing the Hashtag #ThePointMallSeaPoint.

After working on your perfect summer pose, take a photo and tag it with #ThePointMallSeaPoint. Alternatively, edit an existing Instagram photo with this tag. When photographs appear on the booth’s touch screen, simply tap the image, and select ‘print’. Within a minute you will receive a print which you can keep or give as a gift.

There is even a chance to earn 15 seconds of fame as all the best photos will be displayed on the Mall’s Big Screen and social media platforms until Sunday, 8 January 2017.

To upload photos to the booth, ensure privacy settings are turned off by opening the Instagram profile icon, select ‘Settings’, ‘Edit Profile’ and turn off privacy settings. To reset privacy settings when the photo has been printed, simply reverse the process.

The Point Mall is located at 76 Regent Road, Sea Point.

Cape Town, December 2016 — The spirit of the season is upon the V&A Waterfront this December, with a packed line-up of festive entertainment. From visits from Santa and Christmas Light Shows, to gift-wrapping stations and extended shopping hours for convenience, visitors are sure to leave in a festive mood, with enough gifts to pack their Christmas stockings to overflowing.

Trading hours at the V&A Waterfront will be extended from Friday, 9 December until Friday, 23 December, ensuring that visitors can shop to their hearts’ content until later in the evenings in preparation for Christmas Day.

Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre will open from 9am to 10pm from Friday, 9 December to Friday, 23 December, and trade on Christmas Day is optional. Visitors who prefer a tranquil shopping experience are advised to visit Victoria Wharf before 10am or after 7pm to avoid the festive rush.

The Waterfront’s home of craft and design, the Watershed, will extend their trading hours from 9am to 7pm from Friday, 16 December through to Sunday, 8 January 2017, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, when it will trade from 9am to 5pm. The Watershed will close on Christmas Day, 25 December. Continue reading

The Buildnat Cape Cobras squad for the T20 Challenge match vs Warriors in Port Elizabeth on Friday 9th December 2016.

Kieron POLLARD (Captain)
Hashim AMLA
Richard LEVI
George LINDE
Nkululeko SERAME
Dane VILAS (W/Keeper)

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell on Thursday stuck with the tried and tested squad that won in Dubai last weekend for the second edition of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens tournament, to be played at the Cape Town Stadium this weekend.

The 12 players that were crowned champions of the Emirates Airlines Dubai Sevens last Saturday, will again start in Cape Town, with Siviwe Soyizwapi the reserve player that will replace any injured Blitzbok during the tournament for the second week in a row.

The South Africans are looking to defend the title they won in last year’s inaugural tournament, as well as a fourth consecutive title at home, after also winning the last two tournament hosted in Port Elizabeth in 2013 and 2014.

With a combined total of 375 tournament caps, the Blitzbok squad is the most experienced amongst the 16 contenders for the Cape Town title.

“We are fortunate to be able to again field an experienced squad,” Powell said.

“There were niggles from Dubai, but those were expected as the guys have not played for a couple of months. Luckily for us, we came back from Dubai without any serious injuries and lots of belief in our systems.”

Powell introduced some special measures this week to try and re-focus the team’s goals and mindset.

“We had to start from scratch again. The players are experienced enough to be able to do that themselves, so I hope the triggers we provided will be successful,” said Powell. Continue reading

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