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DHL Western Province coach John Dobson has made six changes to his starting XV for their clash with the Down Touch Griffons at City Park on Saturday.

The match was originally scheduled for Faure Street in Paarl, but has been moved due to weather and pitch concerns, whilst the kick-off time has also changed to an hour earlier to 15h00 on Saturday with entry R20 at the gate.

Following their bye last week, Dobson has made three changes to the backline and three changes to the forward pack that did duty in their 43-34 victory over the Leopards in Potchefstroom.

Sibahle Maxwane gets an opportunity out on the left wing, and there is an all-new halfback pairing in Robert du Preez and Godlen Masimla who have both recovered from their respective injury concerns.

Up front there are two new flanks in Jurie van Vuuren and Eital Bredenkamp, with Luke Stringer and Beyers de Villiers moving to the replacements bench, and in the front row hooker Chad Solomon makes his return after a spell on the sidelines due to injury.

Dobson said that after a deserved break his team are determined to build on the strong foundation they have established and finish the campaign strong. Continue reading

The clash between DHL Western Province and the Downtouch Griffons on Saturday has been moved from Faure Street in Paarl to City Park in Athlone due to weather and pitch concerns.

The match kick-off has also changed to an hour earlier to 15h00 on Saturday, with entry R20 at the gate.

DHL Western Province will be looking to add to their seven victories thus far this season, and close the gap on the table-topping ORC Griquas who have a bye.

School holidays signal a stressful period for many parents whose main concern is how to keep children occupied. Help is at hand in the form of a jam-packed holiday programme at the City’s recreational hubs, libraries, community centres/halls, nature reserves, sports fields and parks. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s various departments have pulled out all the stops to ensure that the holiday programme for the mid-year break will keep young and old well occupied. The programme caters for a broad range of tastes: those who prefer being indoors or outdoors, both physical and non-physical activities, and something for nature lovers.

The programme at the City’s nature reserves is sure to keep the young ones fascinated and well engaged. Among others, then can enjoy winter hikes, story-telling sessions and learning about animals, insects and birds. Continue reading

Dates: Wednesday, 29 June
Times: Doors open at 19h00
Performances start at 19h30
Venue: Chavonnes Battery Museum, Silo District
Cost: Tickets R175 per person
Contact: V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or

Cape Town, June 2016 — Fans of talented South African singer and songwriter Loyiso Bala can experience his incredible vocal range up close in an intimate, acoustic performance at the V&A Waterfront’s Chavonnes Battery Museum in the Silo District on Wednesday, 29 June.

The popular R&B artist’s voice was honed by classical training received at the prestigious Drakensburg Boys Choir, and at age 19 he was appointed as the youngest conductor of the National Youth Choir. Continue reading

If Cape Town’s informal economy was shut down, it would lead to an additional 170 000 individuals joining the queues of unemployed who desperately seek some form of employment. These were some of the insights from the Informal Economy Summit, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre this week. Read more below:

These numbers should be quite sobering, especially for many residents and some in the formal business sector who are against any informal trading in their areas. Informal traders eke out a living by plying their trade in areas where there is high foot traffic to ensure they can capitalise on the economic opportunities.

‘While Cape Town’s informal sector may be relatively small, especially by emerging country standards, its penetration into the most vulnerable households in the city and its impact in terms of poverty reduction are disproportionately large,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor, during his opening address at the fourth annual Informal Economy Summit yesterday, 13 June 2016. Continue reading

About 30 young people between the ages of four and 16 who are part of the City’s skateboarding programme are getting a kick out of life and skateboarding in their new VANS kicks. Read more below:

This group of youngsters are part of a skateboarding programme that takes place at the City of Cape Town’s Valhalla Skate Park. It forms part of the afterschool and Early Childhood Development programmes at the recreational hub. The City’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities (SRA) Department and the Indigo Youth Movement recently concluded a partnership agreement that allows Indigo to provide training in life skills and skateboarding to the youth of Valhalla Park and surrounding areas. Continue reading

MUSIC EXCHANGE (#MEX16) – South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment programme returns to The Mother City between 8 and 9 September 2016.

Celebrating its sixth anniversary, this year not only will it be within heritage month, MEX16 returns to Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, to host South Africa’s definitive entertainment economy indaba.

Adding weight to the now well-established and much respected conference, MEX’s most recent new inclusion the Mother City’s regional pop radio station, Good Hope FM, is the latest in a string of new media partnerships signed up and on board for this year’s all-entertainment economy emersion. Eastern Acoustics will handle all the technical production of the event and Cape Town Tourism will be actively promoting the event on all its platforms and Biz Community is renewing its partnership with Music Exchange once again. Continue reading

Date:              Thursday, 16 June 2016

Time:              11h00 – 13h00

Venue:          V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre

Cost:               Free

Cape Town, 8 June 2016 — Celebrate Youth Day, 16 June, with a free three-act show of musical exuberance and dance at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre, featuring youngsters from The Rainbow Academy, popular headline artists, and well-known busker Derek Plaatjies.

Act one of the show, which starts at 11am, explores the history of South Africa’s youth in a 45-minute musical journey from a negative past, and the fight for freedom, through to the present day showcasing our vibrant, positive and diverse youth oftomorrow.

Act two, beginning at 12pm, celebrates the current youth culture with Derek Plaatjies, dancers from The Rainbow Academy, and performances from the John Palmer Academy, Sans Souci Girls’ High School, the UCT Big Band, and Elsies River High School – winners of the High School Band Slam at the V&A Waterfront earlier this year.

Performers will share the stage for the finale, a 10-minute third act. The day’s celebration will end with a rousing rendition ofHeal the World, My African Dream, and a funky version of the South African national anthem.

For more information, please contact the V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or

Ireland looseforward, CJ Stander, received a red card during the first Test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series between South Africa and Ireland on Saturday, 11 June at DHL Newlands in Cape Town.

The matter was heard by the Judicial Officer Terry Willis of Australia on Sunday 12 and Monday 13 June.

After hearing the evidence and submissions made by Gerrie Swart, representative of the player, the Judicial Officer was not satisfied on the balance of probability that the referee, Mathieu Raynal of France, was wrong when he issued the red card to the player.

As a result, the player was suspended for one match and will miss the second Test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series between Ireland and South Africa, scheduled for Saturday 18 June at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, whereafter he is free to play again.

Today the City of Cape Town achieved another first in South Africa, with an important step towards our goal to become the digital capital of Africa by launching the pilot phase of Wi-Fi provision on our MyCiTi buses.

As an opportunity city, we understand the demands of the 21st century and the greater need for connectedness.

As of part of a pilot phase, Wi-Fi has been installed on 10 MyCiTi buses, which will first be tested on the various feeder routes across the city.

Once the service has been tested on the feeder routes, the full roll-out will be expanded to all 380 buses such as the trunk routes in Atlantis, Table View, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

Passengers on these buses will be able to connect their Wi-Fi-enabled devices (cellphones, laptops, tablets) to the Wi-Fi.

Late last year, the City of Cape Town awarded a tender to VAST Networks to provide and manage the provision of Wi-Fi on MyCiTi buses. Continue reading

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