Espargaró Swaps Leathers for Lycra at the Absa Cape Epic
The Spanish MotoGP star will swap his Aprilia RS-GP for an Orbea OIZ as he lines up to take on the 2019 Absa Cape Epic alongside Ibon Zugasti for the Orbea Factory Team.
Cape Town, 21 February 2019 – Though best known for his exploits around a race track, on two petrol powered wheels, the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini MotoGP rider, Aleix Espargaró, will be swapping to two self-propelled wheels for the 2019 Absa Cape Epic. As Espargaró is making his debut he required a partner with experience in the Untamed African Mountain Bike Race, hence he will be joined by three-time finisher Ibon Zugasti in the Orbea Factory Team.
The MotoGP season gets underway with the Grand Prix of Qatar on the 10th of March. There is a two week break between the opening round and the second race, the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina, allowing Espargaró to fit the Absa Cape Epic into his busy schedule. “MTB stage races are getting super famous in Spain and every year there are more and more races on the calendar. In Spain we say that the Absa Cape Epic is like the Le Tour of mountain biking, so it’s the dream of every cyclist” he explained as to why he is so eager to take part.
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell has selected the 20-year-old debutant Sako Makata in the Springbok Sevens team for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens tournaments in the USA and Canada next month.
The former Stirling High School player will become the 176th Blitzbok since the inception of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 20 years ago when he takes to the field at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Friday, 1 March.
Earlier this month, 21-year-old JC Pretorius was handed his debut in Sydney and with Makata joining him in the forwards, the Blitzboks will travel with a youthful squad to Las Vegas, where South Africa will face Japan, Chile and England in Pool D of the tournament.
Powell also recalled Ryan Oosthuizen, Mfundo Ndhlovu and Muller du Plessis to the travelling 13-man squad that will depart for the USA on Friday, totalling four changes to the side what placed fifth in Sydney in their previous tournament.
After being nominated 16 times over the last 10 years, congratulations to Calvin Harris who last night won at the BRITS for the 1st time picking up the awards for Best British Single (with Dua Lipa) for ‘One Kiss’ as well as Best British Producer
In another first, last night saw Calvin’s performing at the awards with a medley of his last 3 hit singles (‘Giant’ with Rag’n’Bone Man, ‘Promises’ with Sam Smith and ‘One Kiss’ with Dua Lipa) – one of the standout moments of this years BRITS, check it out here
Also, here’s a link to Calvin and Dua’s\ acceptance speech and Calvin’s acceptance for his Best British Producer here
A great night for a remarkable talent that over the past 12 months, on the singles released in 2018 alone has seen Over 2 billion streams (audio + video), delivered 21 Top 5 singles around the world – 9 of them #1, broke the longest ever stretch at #1 on the Netherlands Top 40 chart with ‘One Kiss’ and spent 21 weeks at #1 on the European Airplay Chart.
Wing Sergeal Petersen will make his DHL Stormers debut in the Vodacom Super Rugby encounter against the Emirates Lions at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
Petersen starts on the right wing in one of four changes to the DHL Stormers starting line-up for the South African derby, which kicks off at 17h15 on Saturday.
The other changes to the backline see Jean-Luc du Plessis start at flyhalf, with Damian Willemse shifting to fullback in place of the injured Dillyn Leyds and Joshua Stander coming onto the replacements bench.
The only change to the forward pack is in the second row, with Chris van Zyl at lock in place of the injured Salmaan Moerat.
Fit-again Springboks Frans Malherbe and Eben Etzebeth are among the replacements, along with flank Jaco Coetzee who is also set to get his first run of the campaign.
DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is looking forward to playing in front of the DHL Newlands Faithful.
“It is always special to play at DHL Newlands in front of our passionate fans, so we will be giving it everything we have got on Saturday.
Date: Last Saturday of every month (Next one 23 February)
Time: 10am to 3pm
Venue: Silo District
For a creative market experience, don’t miss the V&A Waterfront’s new Silo Market, held on the last Saturday of every month between 10am and 3pm. The market is a new initiative that partners with the Craft and Design Institute, and offers a collection of fresh, local talent and handmade products. The market will be carefully curated to offer a limited number of unique products that are not widely available.
This week’s market will include the following new products:
Your Badge Statement founded by South African designer, Jill Barrington-Roberts. Jill focuses on producing urban shopper bags from recycled and repurposed materials. Continue reading
The Baxter’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival returns for its ninth edition, from 8 to 16 March, with fresh and vibrant works and a Weekend Programme for the whole family
The Baxter’s annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival returns for its ninth edition, from 8 to 16 March, with a fresh and creative line-up, showcasing some of the finest theatre and emerging artists from all over the Western Cape.
This year, the Baxter will buzz with ground-breaking works by new theatre-makers as nearly 40 theatre productions and events, featuring well over 100 artists and performers, make up the programme, which is filled with innovation, relevance and originality.
The dynamic team that make up the festival comprises the award-winning actor and director Mdu Kweyama as curator, along with artistic director Bongile Mantsai, coordinator Zoleka Helesi, administrator Jestine Sias and Monde Myataza (marketing and sales).
The City of Cape Town’s annual Neighbourhood Watch Awards event celebrates individuals and groups within the neighbourhood watch fraternity who go above and beyond the call of duty. Read more below:
The City has opened the nominations process for the annual Neighbourhood Watch Awards.
Now in its second year, the Neighbourhood Watch Awards celebrates and acknowledges the achievements and contributions of individuals and groups who help build safer communities in Cape Town.
The nomination process will close on Friday 8 March 2019.
Nominations can be submitted for an individual or a group/team, in a number of categories, including:
· Courage in action award
· Social responsibility award
· Broken windows award
· Organisational excellence award
· Crime fighter of the year award Continue reading
Residents from the Far South are encouraged to comment on the City’s Far South Transport Plan. The plan proposes short- to long-term interventions to alleviate traffic congestion in the Far South, and to meet the current and future demand for public transport in the area. Read more below:
The plan proposes a wide range of interventions for the areas south of the Table Mountain range, among which Fish Hoek, Clovelly, Sun Valley, Sunnydale, Masiphumelele, Ocean View, Kommetjie, Scarborough, Simon’s Town, Dido Valley and Glencairn.
The proposal, if adopted, will be implemented in the short- to long-term, and the plan itself will be reviewed every five years.
It recommends, among others, scheduled bus services between popular destinations; the improvement of the Southern rail line to attract passengers; the implementation of a travel demand strategy with flexible work hours for City officials and to encourage residents to form lift clubs; the provision of local missing road links; the upgrade of park-and-ride facilities and public transport interchanges in Ocean View and Fish Hoek; the implementation of transit-oriented development with the right development at the right location; and the densification and diversification of land uses in the area. Continue reading
Eastern Cape born Amanda Black is coming home as part of a new venture Ibhayi Live Events for her solo live show at The Boardwalk. The award winning, platinum selling songstress will grace the stage at The Boardwalk International Convention Centre on 14 April 2019.
Amanda Black first became known to South Africans as a participant in the popular reality TV series, SA Idols. She was a fan favourite in 2015 during the 11th edition when she made it to the top seven. She shot to fame in 2016 with the release of her first album, Amazulu, which was nominated for several music awards and certified platinum within a week of its release. Since then, she has won the hearts of South Africans with her unique voice, undeniable talent, enigmatic stage presence and for her raw expression of emotion through her music. Amanda Black has performed at numerous shows and music festivals including the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Durban Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Lake, DSTV IRock and Diamonds and Dorings amongst many more. She sings in Xhosa and English, and her music is described as afro-soul fused with hip hop, soul and R&B.