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The City encourages residents who are due to renew their vehicle licences to do so as soon as possible to avoid long queues, as December is traditionally one of the busiest months for renewals. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town is bracing itself for the annual influx of residents applying for their motor vehicle licence renewals ahead of the December holidays, and urges residents to make arrangements to apply for their licence discs in good time to avoid the expected long queues. Residents can also apply for a renewal online.

‘Although we have implemented measures to deal with the high volume, residents can still expect long queues as people often visit the licensing offices during their December holidays,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

Residents can also avoid these queues by renewing their licence discs online and the City encourages them to go this route if possible. An online licence application takes approximately 14 days from the date of application to receiving it in the post, so residents must please bear this in mind and act in a timeous fashion. Residents who would like to go this route can do so via the City’s online services portal (http://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Pay/Driving-and-vehicles/Vehicle-licences/Pay-your-vehicle-licence). The City assures residents that the online motor vehicle registration portal is up to date and will remain so during this busy time.

Residents are reminded to take along their proof of address when renewing their motor vehicle licences. This must be done annually as per National Government requirements. It is very important for customers to have all of the required documentation with them when they apply for licence disc renewals to prevent any additional delays. Continue reading

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With the Springbok Sevens team for the Emirates Dubai Sevens, the opening leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, to be named next Friday, the most experienced player in the team, Chris Dry, admits that competition within the squad is huge.

The Blitzboks are looking for a repeat of their 2016/17 success in the World Series, when they claimed the overall title, and will return to Dubai as the defending champions. The tournament has proved a happy hunting ground for South Africa in recent years and Dry indicated that all players are pushing hard to make the final team.

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell has all but the injured Dylan Sage available from his regular squad, including the likes of Kwagga Smith and Seabelo Senatla, who only played in the first four tournaments of the last series.

The Blitzboks have also been boosted by the arrival of Sikhumbuzo Notshe, a regular starter for the DHL Stormers in Vodacom Super Rugby, who like Dry, is also a forward.

“It has been a great couple of weeks in camp and the guys have really being putting in the hard work,” said Dry after the team closed out their second last week of preparation before departing for Dubai next Sunday. Continue reading

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Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth said he and his team-mates are focussed on delivering a good performance on Saturday evening against France, when the two teams meet at the Stade de France in Paris.

“We have a job to do on Saturday and our focus is on the game,” said Etzebeth.

“I am sure back home everyone is disappointed with the outcome of the (2023) Rugby World Cup bid, but that will not have any influence on us.”

Etzebeth mentioned that following the loss to Ireland in Dublin last Saturday, the team sat down at the beginning of the week and had an honest and tough discussion.

“So far, the week has gone very well for us, our preparations have been good and we are ready for a tough match against France. We know we have to improve in all areas,” said Etzebeth, who added that the return of No 8 Duane Vermeulen has boosted the experience in the squad.

“Apart from his experience, he is also an exceptionally good option at the back of the lineout. We all know Duane is a world-class No 8, a good ball carrier and a good tackler.

“Duane also captained Toulon so he has great leadership qualities, which will be of help to me on the field and it’s just awesome to have him back.”

Saturday will also be the farewell Test for Springbok assistant coach Johann van Graan, who joins Munster next week following a stint of six years with the Springboks.

“Coach Johann is an incredibly hard worker, very knowledgeable and he has great people skills,” said Etzebeth.

“I personally enjoyed his company and the opportunity to work with him. He has all the qualities of a very good coach and we want to wish him and his family all of the best in his new adventure at Munster.”

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Only two years after the launch of the Limpopo Women’s Youth Training Centre (YTC), the programme is making solid strides in achieving its growth and development objectives while simultaneously breaking social barriers.

The Limpopo centre is one of eight SA Rugby YTC’s located throughout the country with the purpose of bolstering the women’s game by developing a bigger pool of players and grooming them for top-class rugby.

Through the programme players from the ages of 14 to 18 years participate in regular training sessions and matches and have access to conditioning and healthy eating programmers. The other seven centers are based at the Blue Bulls, Border, Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal, Griquas, SWD and Western Province rugby unions.

The Limpopo programme kicked off in 2015 with 250 participants across three districts – Capricorn District, Mopani and Vhembe – and has grown to include 620 girls from all five districts – including Sekhukhune and Waterberg – and the centre is determined to achieve further growth in the next few years as it strives to create a Women’s rugby hub in the community.

Training sessions are hosted three times a week in each of the Limpopo Districts, while the players are also educated on the importance of balancing their training with a good nutritional programme to achieve maximum results. Continue reading

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At 13:00 on Thursday afternoon, a Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services ambulance was involved in an attempted armed robbery at the entrance to the Mfuleni Day Hospital. Fortunately the attackers fled when members of the public approached the ambulance and the crew were left uninjured and took refuge inside the medical facility until Police were able to escort them out of the area. Mfuleni has been declared a Red Zone until 13:00 tomorrow afternoon, meaning all crews require Police escorts when entering the area.

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Cape Town, November 16th, 2017 – Tickets for South Africa’s most elegant horseracing event, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival – to take place at Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town, from Friday to Saturday, 5-6 January, 2018 – go on sale at Computicket, today from 12pm.

This will be the second year that the event takes place over two days. On Friday, a limited number of guests will be able to experience the LQP Garden Party (R 500 per person) complete with bottomless L’Ormarins MCC, Heineken-on-tap, a harvest table, live jazz and access to the racing. This is probably the best value ticket of the weekend as it also entitles guests to access the famous Style Lounge Village on the second day of the festival.

The Somerset Room on Friday (R 300 per person) will cater for guests who prefer a sit-down, three course luncheon and beautiful views of the track and Table Mountain. Guests will also have access to the races and a private bar with toilet and tote facilities.

As is tradition, Saturday’s festivities will include the Style Lounge (R 350 per person), which provides access to the Style Lounge Village, where guests can mingle while enjoying horse racing, entertainment, fine Anthonij Rupert wines, L’Ormarins Brut, local food vendors, tote facilities, parking, and last but not least: the all-too-famous after party. Continue reading

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Pic: sport24.co.za

Pic: sport24.co.za

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has made 10 changes to the match-23 for Saturday’s second Test in the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour against France in Paris, which include starts for experienced No 8 Duane Vermeulen and flyhalf Handré Pollard.

Coetzee also handed a first Test start to prop Wilco Louw, while Francois Venter has been selected at inside centre. The Springbok coach also made several positional changes to the match day squad that lost to Ireland in Dublin last weekend.

Upfront, Louw is set to make his starting debut in place of Coenie Oosthuizen, who suffered a serious knee injury in Dublin. And with Pieter-Steph du Toit ruled out with concussion, Vermeulen starts at No 8 in a revamped loose trio combination which sees Francois Louw moving to flank where he will join Siya Kolisi on the side of the scrum.

In the backline, Pollard is in line to make his first start for South Africa since the 2015 Rugby World Cup bronze medal playoff match against Argentina in London, in place of Elton Jantjies. Venter, who made his Test debut in 2016, comes in at No 12 for Damian de Allende.

Jantjies and De Allende are included amongst the replacements, where they will be joined by prop forward Trevor Nyakane and uncapped loose forward Dan du Preez.

Coetzee said Vermeulen brings a lot of experience to the team: “Duane is very experienced and fits in well with our plan for Saturday. He is a great lineout and ball-carrying option to fill the void left by Pieter-Steph, while his leadership and experience will offer great support to Eben Etzebeth.

“His presence and knowledge of the French is also a huge benefit for us. Duane has made good contributions since joining us at the beginning of the week, and I am looking forward to his combination with Siya and Francois,” said Coetzee. Continue reading

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Every now and then, a South African celebrity seems to slip through our fingers, making it big internationally without us even realising it (in that they’re actually one of our own). Enter singer, Oshri. Now, if his name sounds familiar to you, chances are that you have already added some of his songs to your playlist (“Bad Reputation”, “Crazy But Free”, or his latest single, “Too Much”). Or maybe you recall a TV show called the TRACE Music Stars competition, where he walked away with top honours as the winner. The show was mentored by Wyclef Jean and broadcast on Trace Urban, the second largest music video television network in the world.

The rest of Oshri’s journey sounds like something out of a movie (“Coyote Ugly” comes to mind).

Oshri moved from Cape Town to New York to continue his endeavours with Wyclef in his efforts to gain recognition in the music world. And get this, while Oshri was busy with rehearsals when he was invited to perform at the Trace Urban Music Awards in Paris during 2015, he was spotted and then approached by American pop / R&B superstar, Akon himself, who signed Oshri to his label!

Yes, THE AKON!

Shortly after the deal was finalised, Oshri began working on his EP with songwriter, Mike Campbell. Now this is a pretty big deal, considering that Campbell is known for co-writing songs like “Say Something” by Christina Aguilera and Great Big World. Oshri now spends most of his time between Los Angeles and New York, and when he can, Cape Town (we heard rumours that he is heading to the Mother City over the December holidays, so let the stalking begin!) Continue reading

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Local professionals from all business industries and trades in the Southern Suburbs are invited to network their business with dozens of fellow professionals at an upcoming business open day hosted by the BNI® Exchange Chapter—a local branch of the world’s largest referral marketing network.  

The BNI® Exchange Chapter is holding a business open day on 28 November 2017 and members of the Woodstock/Observatory small business community as well as the general public are invited to attend.  Visitors are encouraged to bring plenty of business cards as the focus on open networking will put them in contact with dozens of local business representatives with whom they can form mutually beneficial business relationships and exchange business cards.  This event is a prime opportunity for local professionals to increase visibility and awareness surrounding their business within the larger community.

The business open day will run from 7h00 to 9h00 and will be held at The River Club, corner of Liesbeeck Parkway and Observatory Rd, Observatory. The event will feature plenty of opportunities to network with representatives of local business, a presentation by the Financial Power Team of the group and a variety of menu choices for the meal which is included with event registration. To register to attend the event, please call Marelé Moolman on 084 553 6636 or register online (www.bit.ly/VisitBNIExchange)  The cost is R110 which includes coffee/tea and breakfast. Continue reading

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