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Drifting, control and speed will delight motoring enthusiasts once again at the Drift City Motor Show on Sunday, 24 September 2017, at the Grand Parade. In its second year, this show is expected to attract thousands of spectators on the day. The event will kick up a lot of smoke as some of Cape Town’s best drivers compete to drift onto the podium. Read more below:

Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success and indications are that this year will be even bigger and better with Cape Town’s best drivers going head to head on an improved technical professional track. There will be only one champion on the day.

‘The City of Cape Town’s support for the show is about creating opportunities where motoring enthusiasts can compete in a controlled, safe and spectator-friendly environment. As a proud sponsor of this event, the City provides services as well as free usage of the Grand Parade. By providing a large space to cater for non-traditional forms of motorsport entertainment, we ensure a safer environment for drifting fanatics and patrons. The City would like to invite all Capetonians and visitors to attend this popular event,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services,’ Alderman Jean-Pierre Smith.

Following on the successful events during the World Cup 2010™, the City has deliberately sought to partner with event organisers in order to continue utilising the Grand Parade as a leading venue.

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Chantal Jax Venter & Eugene Mathews have joined forces to create Jax & Gina; a stand-up comedy show with a difference!

Talking about their individual experiences as members of the LGBTIQA+ community, their hilarious take on life, love & everything else in between will have you laughing from the moment they start Jax & Gina!

Chantal & Eugene have been sharing the comedy stage for the past two years & in that time they have found themselves performing at a roast, a sleepover, a comedy competition, more than one gay club, a biker bar and the majority of Cape Town’s stand-up comedy circuit. These experiences have lead to Eugene & Chantal putting their heads together to write their debut two-hander: Jax & Gina.


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The Springbok Experience in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town will celebrate National Heritage Day – and the rugby museum’s fourth birthday – by handing out 200 boerewors rolls on Monday, 25 September.

As Heritage Day falls on Sunday, 24 September, the next day is a public holiday, and what better way to spend this free time than visiting one of Cape Town’s foremost tourist attractions.

The first 200 people who purchase tickets on Monday, 25 September, will each receive a free boerewors roll. As part of the celebrations, South African rugby personalities, such as former Springboks and current referees, will also visit the Springbok Experience on the day, between 11h00 and 12h30.

There will also be exciting giveaways during the day, where visitors to the museum can win SA Rugby Annuals, official rugby law books and other items.

Another exciting addition to the offering at the Springbok Experience, is free birthday entry for local citizens. Simply visit the museum with your South African ID on the day of your birthday, and you will be granted free access. Should your birthday fall on a day when the Springbok Experience is closed, free access will be granted on the day after your birthday.

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In a first for the GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition, now in its ninth year, the seven finalists were all girls. Following a spectacular show of vocal talent at the final event on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, it was Ruby Truter from Belhar, who emerged victorious from the top seven. She took home a prize package worth over R93 000.

Included in the package is R35 000 in cash from GrandWest, a demo recording with Nuthouse Studios, career mentoring with Bev Scott-Brown from Spotlight Music, vocal training lessons with Kim Kallie Performance Academy, a Beta-87C Microphone from Wild & Marr, a live performance at The Crypt, accommodation on the Love Jazz Cruise 2018, a live performance Jazz on the Rocks 2018, two tickets to Cape Music Exchange Conference 2018, a professional portfolio from Steven Booth Photography and a two night stay at the Grand Hotel, GrandWest.
The runner up, Sisanda Myataza from University Estate, won prizes worth over R22 000, and the third place performer Naledi Masilo from Observatory received prizes valued at more than R14 000. Their prizes included cash, vocal training, career mentorship, a microphone each, tickets to Cape Music Exchange Conference 2018 and a two night stay at Golden Valley in Worcester.

Commenting on the 2017 competition, Elouise Matthys, PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest, says: “This year’s GrandWest Open Mic Jazz singing competition has indeed been one of the most exciting in its nine year history. The calibre of entrants was exceptionally high, making competition stiff. While we certainly enjoyed tremendous performances by male participants, the top seven girls really shone.

“As expected, the finale was dazzling, with all of the finalists giving it their all. Our judging panel had an especially tough task deciding on the top three. We extend heartfelt congratulations to our top three and thank all of our competitors for making the competition such a wonderful and captivating success.”

GrandWest and Heart 104.9FM have presented the Open Mic Jazz singing competition for the past nine years to give emerging jazz entertainers a platform to showcase their talent. For all contestants it is a great opportunity to shine on stage before a live audience and assess themselves against other performers.

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The City of Cape Town will be installing water management devices on the properties of all excessive water users, irrespective of the reason for the high usage, as has been the case to date. This new measure is part of the City’s efforts to immediately drive down consumption to 500 million litres per day of collective usage. It also signals the severity of the situation.

The winter rainfall season, the lowest on record, is now effectively over. While the City brings online new non-surface water options to supplement surface water from dams, the single most important action that still needs to be prioritised is reducing consumption.

There are currently more than 50 000 identified excessive usage properties across the metro. High users are regarded as those generally using more than 20 000 litres per month and this is also in line with the new Level 5 restrictions which will penalise those using more than this volume. The City will aim to install approximately 2 000 water management devices per week over the short-term. This comprises high users in the indigent and non-indigent categories. The processes guiding indigent persons will be followed. The City will start at the highest users and move downwards according to consumption records for those properties.

Where excessive usage cannot be justified, water management devices are already being installed. Existing excessive users have been engaged with already and new identified excessive users will receive warning letters as has been the practice.

All devices installed on high user connections will be set at 350 litres per day. Continue reading

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Juarno Augustus returns for DHL Western Province U21 in their clash with Cell C Sharks U21 in Durban on Saturday.

World Rugby Under-20 Championship Player of the Tournament Augustus returns from injury to take his place at No.8 for the encounter, which kicks off at 12h45 at Growthpoint Kings Park on Saturday.

He will be joined in the loose trio by flank Daniel Maree and captain Ernst van Rhyn, while lock David Meihuizen starts alongside Ruben de Villiers in the second row, with Eddie Zandberg out injured.

In the backline Tiaan Swanepoel moves to flyhalf in place of the injured Tristan Leyds and Joshua Vermeulen steps in at fullback.

Cornel Smit makes his first start of the season at inside centre, with David Brits shifting to outside centre to form a new midfield pairing.

DHL Western Province U21 Head Coach Jerome Paarwater said that his team is determined to put together a convincing performance away from home.

“We know that it will be tough to go to Durban, but the players are excited about the challenge.

“We have worked very hard this week in preparation, so now it is about raising our game and showing what we can do when the pressure is on,” he said.

DHL Western Province U21: 15 Joshua Vermeulen, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 David Brits, 12 Cornel Smit, 11 Edwill van Der Merwe, 10 Tiaan Swanepoel, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn (captain), 6 Daniel Maree, 5 Ruben de Villiers, 4 David Meihuizen, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Percy Mngadi, 1 Wikus Groenewald.
Replacements: 16 Matt Wiseman, 17 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 18 Nyasha Tarusenga, 19 Thomas Meyer, 20 Paul de Wet, 21 Nico Leonard, 22 Andre Manuel.

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There are four changes for DHL Western Province U19 for their encounter with Cell C Sharks U19 in Durban on Saturday.

There are two changes in the backline and two changes to the forwards for the clash, which kicks off at 11h25 at Growthpoint Kings Park on Saturday.

Powerful wing Christian Ambadiang comes back into the starting line-up in place of the injured Mike Mavovana while at scrumhalf Deon Carstens gets a chance to start, with Labib Kannemeyer providing cover amongst the replacements.

Up front Adam Neethling is at tighthead prop with Sazi Sandi out injured and the versatile Jesse Johnson will be at No.8 in place of the injured Muller Uys.

DHL Western Province U19 Head Coach Nazeem Adams said that his team will have to be as sharp as ever if they are to make it nine wins from 10 games this season.

“It is always tough playing away from home, so we will certainly not be taking anything for granted in Durban.

“The team has built up some good momentum, so we are determined not to waste that as we head towards the knock-out phase of the competition,” he said.

DHL Western Province U19: 15 Marco Labuschagne, 14 Sako Makata, 13 Lyle Hendricks, 12 Henlo Marais, 11 Christian Ambadiang, 10 Wian van Zyl, 9 Deon Carstens, 8 Jesse Johnson, 7 Shaine Orderson, 6 Charl Serdyn, 5 BJ Dixon, 4 Salmaan Moerat (captain), 3 Adam Neethling, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Leon Lyons.
Replacements: 16 Liam Larkan, 17 Morgan Naude, 18 Andre Booysen, 19 Bernard Jansen, 20 Austin Brummer, 21 Labib Kannemeyer, 22 Francke Botha, 23 Lubelo Scott.

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ohan Grobler, centre of Blue Bulls Carlton Cup champions QBR scoring one of his team’s eight tries during their Gold Cup second-round match in Pretoria last Saturday against Speedy Car Sales Vaal Reefs

ohan Grobler, centre of Blue Bulls Carlton Cup champions QBR scoring one of his team’s eight tries during their Gold Cup second-round match in Pretoria last Saturday against Speedy Car Sales Vaal Reefs

The Gold Cup reaches an early boiling point on Saturday, with a number of unfancied sides on the brink of qualifying for the knockout stages following a series of surprising results in the second round of SA Rugby’s flagship three-nation champions’ league for non-university clubs.

In Pool A, Sasol Hydra-Arc Secunda’s 32-29 home win last Saturday against defending champions Newrak Rustenburg Impala has set the cat amongst the pigeons, with the Mpumalanga champions virtually guaranteed of a quarter-final spot should they pick up a hat-trick of wins with victory over Wesizwe Vereeniging away on Saturday.

The Falcons debutants however have play-off ambitions of their own, following their spectacular 48-32 come-from-behind away win over Recall Security Bloemfontein Police in which they scored 38 unanswered points after trailing 32-10.

In Pool B, Limpopo champions Northam Platinum Rhinos, with two wins from two, will also almost certainly book a place in the last eight should they beat Lions representatives Raiders at the Bill Jardine Stadium.

The group’s other match features one of the weekend’s two club ‘Test matches’, with Blue Bulls Carlton Cup champions QBR, fresh off their 54-10 win over Speedy Car Sales Vaal Reefs, flying to Zimbabwe to take on Old Georgians in Harare on Saturday. Continue reading

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The four year partnership between Deen TV and OpenView HD is set to come to an end on 30 September 2017, after which the channel will no longer form part of the free-to-view satellite service’s bouquet.

“The decision to discontinue our relationship with Deen TV was made on the back of scheduled commercial discussions between the two parties,” says head of Platco, Patrick Conroy. “It’s the nature of businesses such as ours that channels are constantly reviewed, meaning that, from time to time, channels will be shuffled depending on market and commercial criteria”.

The OpenView HD bouquet continues to grow, thanks to the recent addition of BBC World News and the introduction of eMovies Extra, as well as a second general entertainment channel, e Extra. The platform is currently home to 17 channels, with plans in the works to introduce additional channels, in the near future. OpenView HD has grown its market share by 157% since March 2016, making it the country’s fastest-growing new TV platform, and is set to reach the 1 million customer mark in the next few days.

Platco thanks Deen TV for being part of the OpenView HD journey since the platform’s inception in 2013 and wishes the channel well.

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