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Four of the five Springbok squad members released for Currie Cup duty this weekend will take to the field for their respective provinces in a timely boost as the sides look to build momentum in the competition.

Vodacom Blue Bulls fullback Warrick Gelant, DHL Western Province winger Dillyn Leyds, and the Toyota Free State Cheetahs duo of Francois Venter (centre) and Oupa Mohoje (flank) have all been handed starts as the Currie Cup – proudly sponsored by Nashua and DirectAxis – enters the sixth round.

In a full weekend of action, DHL Western Province will host the Xerox Golden Lions in Cape Town on Friday, the Toyota Free State Cheetahs will take on the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Bloemfontein in a repeat of last year’s final on Saturday, and Tafel Lager Griquas will take on the Steval Pumas in Kimberley on Sunday. The Cell C Sharks have a bye.

The clash between the Xerox Golden Lions and DHL Western Province on Friday evening in Cape Town is expected to be thrilling as both teams have battled to build momentum this season, while they have developed a solid rivalry over the years.

The last time the Johannesburg team defeated DHL Western Province at DHL Newlands was in 2012, but anything can happen on Friday as the Xerox Golden Lions will be desperate to bounce back from two defeats, while the hosts will want to build on their victory at home last week. Continue reading

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31 August – 3 September

Jozi Book Fair Festival is here!

In partnership with the City of Johannesburg, the 9th Jozi Book Fair takes place from 31 August – 3 September 2017, at Mary Fitzgerald, Newtown, Johannesburg.

The Jozi Book Fair (JBF) is an educational and cultural festival for schools, children, book clubs, women, men, academics, communities and the public. This year JBF’s jam-packed programme has more than 150 events for people of all ages, varied topics and interests, and all art forms, 60% of events are hosted by the public. If schools want to participate, they need to register before 25 August. Entrance is FREE!!! See Full programme on website: https://www.jozibookfair.org.za/

Celebrating our theme, Women and Literature, the Fair brings together two literary powerhouses, Kopano Matlwa the author of the critically acclaimed novels Coconut, Spilt Milk and Period Pains and Shailja Patel an internationally acclaimed Kenyan poet, playwrighter, theatre artist, political activist and author of the bestseller Migritude.

The theme ‘Women and Literature’  informs the Festival’s content, historicising depictions of women by both women and men, in literature and the arts globally. Continue reading

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The much anticipated High School Jam returns to GrandWest for the seventh consecutive year in August 2017. Over 1 200 teenage performers from ten Western Cape Schools will be part of this year’s talent show at the Grand Arena on 19 and 20 August 2017. The participating schools for 2017 are Bridgetown High School, Elsies River High School, Goodwood College, Milnerton High School, Alexander Sinton High School, Sans Souci Girls High School, Wynberg Girls and Wynberg Boys High Schools, Parel Vallei High School and Fairbairn College.

For the first time, High School Jam introduces the KFM Singer Songwriter Challenge which invites unsigned singers and songwriters between the ages of 16 and 26 years to write and sing an original song that inspires unity.

Since its inception in 2011, the High School Jam has provided a platform for showcasing young performers’ talents, uniting teenagers from different schools and backgrounds through music, song and dance on the Grand Arena’s world class stage. Simultaneously, teenagers develop self esteem and self belief through the support and mentorship of producers, choreographers, facilitators and industry specialists. Grown to be one of the most respected schools’ talent competitions in the Western Cape, High School Jam attracts capacity crowds every year. Continue reading

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A new system, comprising base radios and applications like WhatsApp, Telegram and Link, allows over 76 neighbourhood watches across Cape Town to relay incidents, post warnings or request emergency assistance and has already helped prevent the sexual assault of a young woman. A demonstration of the communication tool was held in Goodwood earlier today. Read more below:

Hundreds of members from 79 neighbourhood watch organisations around the city now have quicker access to professional assistance and are able to relay incidents and request emergency assistance much faster, thanks to an application which allows for an easier flow of information between members and the City of Cape Town’s control centre.

It is anticipated that as the system is refined and the interaction between the uniformed services and neighbourhood watch organisations improves, many more neighbourhood watches will be brought on board so that none of the estimated 50 000 neighbourhood watch members are left out of the loop.

Over the last decade, the City has invested millions of rands in developing neighbourhood watch organisations through training of thousands of patrollers, recruiting neighbourhood watch patrollers into the Law Enforcement Auxiliary Service (the City’s own police reservist force), partnering with neighbourhood watches to install and share information between CCTV camera networks, and providing equipment like jackets, torches and bicycles, hand radios and radio base stations for their watch rooms. Continue reading

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With the first season in the bag, Nike Academy is ready to kick start its second season and registrations are currently open. Trials will take place on the 19th and 20th of August 2017 at the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto, where more young players will have the chance to train with expert coaches and  be scouted by professional teams.

For 10 consecutive weeks, the Nike Academy provided weekly pro-level training sessions in season one of its Academy launch, where 40 young footballers were able to develop their skills under the expert guidance of coaches and mentors.

In addition to the intense training sessions, the squad competed in five exhibition matches against professional teams, namely: Kaizer Chiefs U/19, Orlando Pirates U/19, Nedbank Ke Yona, and faced off with two teams from the Soweto Football Association.

Nike Academy Head Coach and former pro-footballer, Arthur Zwane, expressed his satisfaction with the results achieved in Season one. “As a technical staff member I am proud and it’s a job well done for us. We saw some incredible talent come into the academy this round and we look forward to continuing that momentum into the second season,” says Zwane.  Continue reading

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Today,  I joined the City of Cape Town’s Water Inspectorate in officially kicking off the installation of water management devices to restrict high consumption households across Cape Town.

The latest measure as part of our drought interventions comes as all households consuming over 20 000 litres per month were warned to reduce their consumption. Inspectors began visiting the users in excess of 60 000 litres per month and issued further warnings.

In July, as part of Level 4B water restrictions, the City issued a directive in terms of the Water By-law which empowers the City to install water management devices on premises where the water usage is unjustifiably excessive with respect to the restriction level.

The directive stated that in the event of non-compliance with Level 4b water restrictions and the 87 litres per person per day target, the City will, in terms of Section 36(4) of the By-law, at its discretion, install water management devices at premises where non-compliance is occurring. Continue reading

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Springbok coach Allister Coetzee and his coaching staff shared their rugby knowledge and experience with more than 60 club and schools coaches at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Springbok flanker Siya Kolisi visited several young patients in the local Provincial Hospital as part of the Smile Foundation Outreach programme, while several Boks also spent some time reading to Walmer Primary school learners as part of a ‘Boks for Books’ activation.

Coetzee was joined by Matt Proudfoot (scrum coach), Johann van Graan (forwards coach) and Franco Smith (attack and backline coach), and players Curwin Bosch, Malcolm Marx, Trevor Nyakane as well as Andries Coetzee at the event organised by Hilton Adonis, the Coaching and Education Manager of SA Rugby. Continue reading

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In preparation for Heritage Month, please join Emile YX? and 28000 other South Africans in honouring 371 people 
on the  “So-Called Coloured / Mixed Heritage Appreciation” Facebook group. Please suggest more people to add to the group.  
A year ago, Emile YX? won the LeadSA National Award and immediately realised that his own community did not celebrate their own greatness. No Award ceremonies, no bedtime stories, no urban myths, no mentions in school books of the great people that contributed to our history and these were schools in the Western Cape, where the so-called coloured / mixed heritage community were the majority. I suddenly realised that while people kept saying that we would have less drug addicts, less drug dealers, less gangsters if we had more role-models, no one was documenting or celebrating them in one place. I was initially only going to run 31 heroes for the month of March and soon people were asking for more. So I promised 365 people for the year. We are now at 371 people.
I immediately I realised that a community without heroes or knowledge of their own contributions to the liberation struggle from before the very first arrival of the colonial forces 600 plus years ago, to the liberation struggle of the last 100 years or so by the ANC, UDF, PAC, etc. All these people were not mentioned anywhere in the libraries, school books, etc and thus far only Coline Williams & Robert Waterwitch got a statue in Athlone, while Ashley Kriel, Anton Fransch, Peter Jones, Dulcie September, Neville Alexander, Imam Haroun, Autshumoa, Krotoa, Louis Van Mauritius, Galant, Basil February, Alex Laguma, Peter Abrahams, Harold Cressy, Reggie September, Zelda Benjamin, Tony Cedras, Abdullah Ibrahim and the rest of the 371 people mentioned on this group, can unfortunately not be found collectively in any other place, celebrating our communities greatness versus the ongoing media stereotype perpetuated from slavery to colonialism and now, neo-colonialism. Even when I did a search online, I found nothing.

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GrandWest is the launching pad for British adventurer, television personality and travel journalist, Charley Boorman’s next African motorcycle adventure in August 2017. Before heading off on his epic 10 000 kilometre motorcycle tour from Cape Town, Boorman will present his Charley Boorman Live show at the Market Hall, GrandWest on 28 August 2017.

Boorman’s live show has toured the United Kingdom and Australia with great reviews from audiences. The show at GrandWest promises a fun and entertaining evening of anecdotes and video clips tracing his life as a boy back in Hollywood through to his Long Way Round exploits with actor Ewan McGregor. The show ends with an interactive question and answer session with the audience, book signings and photo opportunities.

“Boorman and his team have chosen Cape Town as their home base while they prepare for their 10 000 kilometre tour across Africa and we are pleased to provide the stage for his live show, which is a treat for his local fans,” says Elouise Matthys, PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. Continue reading

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