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There is a rising star taking the world by storm.

The talented Pan-African singer, songwriter and record producer known to his extensive and expanding fan base as WurlD, has been selected as the Apple Music New Artist Spotlight for the month of April. A multicultural musician going through a rapid evolution of sound and general appeal, WurlD is the King of cool and the Boss of beats – especially when it comes to his particular genre of music – “Electronic Soul with a fusion of African Rhythm and Sounds”.

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E! Entertainment Television – NBCUniversal International Networks’ global, multi-platform brand dedicated to all things pop culture – today announced the commission of Celebrity Game Night, for its latest local production in Africa. The series, comprised of ten one-hour episodes, will premiere late 2019 on E! (DStv channel 124).

Celebrity Game Night is based on the Primetime Emmy Award winning series Hollywood Game Night, hosted by Jane Lynch, and is distributed internationally by NBCUniversal International Formats. In each episode, two teams of celebrity guests will face-off as they play hilarious and outrageous party games that test pop culture knowledge, acting skills and nerves of steel. Adding to the atmosphere, this local commission will feature a local host who will guide African celebrities through their evening and ensure the game night is filled with fun and frolics.

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The City of Cape Town can confirm that the invasive polyphagous shot hole Borer beetle (PSHB) has been sighted in Somerset West. The City is in the process of appointing an experienced invasive plant removal team to remove the infected trees. Read more below:

The PSBH infestation was discovered in Oldenland Road in Somerset West by passionate gardeners and environmentalists who noted that a London plane tree in their garden was ailing and exhibited signs of a PSHB beetle invasion.

The City’s Invasive Species Unit was contacted last month and a student with a Master’s of Science degree (MSc) from Stellenbosch University who is currently working on the PSHB beetle for his thesis, collected samples from the infested sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) and London plane trees in Oldenland Road for laboratory analyses.

On 3 April 2019 after extensive DNA testing the results of the positive PSHB identification were released in a statement by academic experts from the Stellenbosch University’s Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology and the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the University of Pretoria.

The City can as such confirm that a limited number of trees in Oldenland Road in Somerset West, namely London planes and sweetgums, are infested with shot hole borer beetles.

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RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 06:  McDonald Duma of Rustenburg breaks the Rhino defence and score a try defence during the Gold Cup, Semi-Final match between Newrak Rustenburg Impala and Northern Platinum Rhinos at Impala Rugby Club on April 06, 2019 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 06: McDonald Duma of Rustenburg breaks the Rhino defence and score a try defence during the Gold Cup, Semi-Final match between Newrak Rustenburg Impala and Northern Platinum Rhinos at Impala Rugby Club on April 06, 2019 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

• Newrak Rustenburg Impala to face Durbanville-Bellville

• Rustenburg to host third Final in four years

• Match is repeat of 2015 Final won by Durbell

• SuperSport to televise Final on Sunday at 14h30 on SS1 & SS10

Note to Editors: A rights free image of Newrak Rustenburg Impala centre McDonald Duma scoring a try in his team’s semi-final victory over Northam Platinum Rhinos is attached. Credit: Sydney Seshibedi, Gallo Images.

Two teams who between them have lifted the Gold Cup three times in the past five seasons will resume their rivalry on Sunday in the biggest match of the season in South African amateur club rugby.

Newrak Impala — champions in 2014 and 2016 — will host 2015 winners Durbanville-Bellville on Sunday in Rustenburg in the Final of the 2019 SSG Gold Cup, presented by Blu Approved & M4Jam and championed by 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok captain John Smit.

The Final will be televised live on Sunday at 14h30 on SuperSport 1 and 10 (DStv channels 201 and 210).

Impala and Durbell reached the final after convincing semi-final victories over Northam Platinum Rhinos and Hollywoodbets Swallows respectively, bringing to a climax five weeks of thrilling rugby that drew capacity crowds from all walks of life to community venues across the country.

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Master chocolatiers and candy-makers the world-over have been hard at work for months experimenting with new flavours and textures, trying to outdo one another in an effort to capture the lion’s share of the sales this Easter.

New flavours that are sure to excite chocoholics this season include florals, like lavender, healthy spices such as ginger, turmeric and chai, coconut milk and tahini – a sauce made from toasting and grounding sesame seeds. There is also a big move among chocolatiers to include superfoods, such as spirulina, goji berries, reishi mushrooms, and our humble Rooibos in this delicious treat.

Adele du Toit, spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council says it’s a real coup that the USD103-billion chocolate industry has taken notice of Rooibos, which is a proudly South African product.

“As consumers’ taste profiles change and new consumers enter the confection market, new opportunities arise. Today, teens and young adults are using social media to interact with and document everyday life, providing opportunities for chocolate and sweet brands to incorporate multisensory confectionery options that use unexpected textures and flavours. The youth seek experiences over possessions and are always looking for new innovations from brands that they love.

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Springbok Sevens forward Zain Davids will undergo shoulder surgery on Wednesday and has been ruled out of the last three tournaments of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The 22-year-old Davids injured his shoulder in training in Hong Kong last week and had to return to South Africa before the start of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, where the Blitzboks finished in seventh position.

The injury comes at a bad time for the Blitzboks as their two worst results of the season – in Las Vegas and Hong Kong – happened in Davids’ absence.

But there was good news on the injury front too, with confirmation that regular captain, Philip Snyman, the experienced Cecil Afrika and young guns JC Pretorius and Mfundo Ndhlovu are all available for selection for the final two tournaments in the series, in London (25-26 May) and Paris (1-2 June). All of them are in the final stages of rehabilitation at the team’s home base in Stellenbosch.

The Blitzboks are in a tight race with England to retain the fourth spot on the World Series log – which will give them automatic entry to the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan – and that challenge will continue in Singapore this weekend.

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Dam levels declined 1,2% for the week of 1-7 April 2019

Dams that supply Cape Town have declined by 1,2% over the past week to 49,1% (2018: 21,5%) of storage capacity. 

Cape Town’s collective water consumption for the past week increased by 11 million litres to 609 million litres per day of collective consumption.

Water users are encouraged to stay the course and use water wisely. Compared with historic data for the same time of the year, dam levels were at 21,5% of storage capacity in 2018 and at 25,6% of storage capacity in 2017.

Please see the following links for information on:

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.

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Triple Pulitzer Prize winner, Edward Albee’s acclaimed and provocative play, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, comes to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio, from 24 April to 18 May, at 7.30pm nightly, with Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Fleur du Cap Best New Director award-winner Mdu Kweyama (Reza de Wet’s Missing, Woza Albert!), takes the reigns as director, featuring a stellar cast headlined by Lionel Newton and Jennifer Steyn, with Paul Savage and Sihle Mnqwazana.

Newton (The Miser, The Well Being) tackles the complex role of middle-aged architect, Martin, with Steyn (The Inconvenience of Wings, A Doll’s House), in the role of stay-at-home wife, Stevie. Sihle Mnqwazana (The Fall, Black Dog/Inj’ emnyama), plays the gay son, Billy, with Paul Savage (Kaapse Stories, Kat and the Kings) as Martin’s best friend, Ross.

The powerful four-hander won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and was also a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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