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South Africa will enjoy their victory over Argentina and their triumph in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, but Springbok captain Duane Vermeulen said these moments are all stepping stones towards the big goal of the year, the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The Boks smashed Argentina 46-13 in Salta on Saturday to clinch the Southern Hemisphere crown for the first time since 2009.

But Vermeulen was quick to emphasise that their work is far from done as the Boks continue to fine tune their game before the start of the RWC next month in Japan.

The Springboks delivered a clinical attacking performance and a powerful forward display to outsmart and outmuscle their South American hosts at the high altitude venue in Salta.

“I think for us the most important thing was to work on our consistency,” was the response from the Bok skipper immediately after the game.

“We started the Castle Lager Rugby Championship working on executing our plans, and in a way we are happy with our performance but there are still a few things to work on.

“It’s a great feeling for us to walk away with the title, but in the end it’s a stepping stone for us going into the World Cup.”

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The City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority, in collaboration with the Richmond Park Development Company, recently completed a project in Bothasig where Plattekloof Road was upgraded into a dual carriageway to alleviate traffic congestion. Initially estimated at R100 million, the costs for the two-year project were reduced to R80 million through good project planning. Read more below:

The dualling project, which took two years to complete, commenced in April 2016 and was completed by the end of May 2018.

The City initially budgeted approximately R100 million for the project, however, it was completed under budget with a R20 million savings due to the unused contingency budget set aside for unforeseen complications, which brought the project cost down to approximately R80 million.

The project was implemented in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan which puts the customer at the centre of service delivery and prioritises the implementation of projects targeted at addressing traffic congestion.

The project to turn Plattekloof Road into a dual carriageway was also implemented as part of the conditions of approval for the new Richmond Business Park development situated between the N7 freeway and De Grendel.

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Note to editors: the following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the opening session of the 2016 World Energy Cities Partnership annual general meeting.

Mayor of Halifax and President of the World Energy Cities Partnership, Mike Savage

Mayor of Stavanger and former president of the WECP, Christine Sagen Helgø

Lord Provost of Aberdeen, George Adam

Lord Mayor of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi

My fellow mayors from the World Energy Cities Partnership

Chairperson of the South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA), Mthozami Xiphu

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