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There are four changes to the DHL Stormers starting line-up to face the Emirates Lions in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash at Emirates Airlines Park on Saturday.

The DHL Stormers travel to Johannesburg in search of their third consecutive away win of this Vodacom Super Rugby season, following victories in Bloemfontein and Buenos Aires, and their sixth victory from their seventh game overall.

Two of the changes are rotational, with loosehead prop JC Janse van Rensburg trading places with Oli Kebble who starts on the replacements bench, whilst in the loose trio Nizaam Carr comes back into the starting line-up at openside flank and Siya Kolisi is named amongst the replacements this week.

Scrumhalf Nic Groom returns from a minor knee injury which kept him out of action against the Sunwolves, and hooker Bongi Mbonambi gets another chance to start as Scarra Ntubeni has been ruled out with a hamstring niggle. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Observatory Library boasts 110 years of service to residents, a war memorial and heritage status. This week the library celebrated its 110-year milestone with a special event for patrons who have been members for more than two decades. Read more below:

After 110 years of serving the community around it, the City’s Observatory Library is still a beacon for residents seeking relaxation, knowledge, information, social interaction and a safe space.

‘Our libraries culturally enrich the communities in which they are located and the Observatory Library celebrates 110 years of being a focal point in the area. It has become a safe and free space for young and old,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker. Continue reading


Note to editors: the below is an open letter from City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, to the National Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi

In 2004, the City’s Metropolitan Cemetery Study identified the lack of land for cemeteries as a major flaw in the human settlement planning for the metro south-east.

Since 2006, the City of Cape Town has been liaising with the National Department of Public Works regarding the acquisition of an unregistered portion of land in Mfuleni to provide a much-needed cemetery in the area.

The population of Mitchells Plain, Blue Downs, Mfuleni, Khayelitsha and Philippi is growing rapidly, without any additional cemetery provision. Continue reading

Residents in Heideveld may be surprised to see a team of women fixing potholes and doing maintenance work on footways and stormwater pipes in their suburb. This all-female roads repair team is the fourth to be appointed by the City of Cape Town and is part of the Women at Work Programme that has been nominated for the fourth annual Women in Construction Awards in the category for the most innovative women’s programme. Read more below:

The all-female roads repair team is based at the Transport for Cape Town (TCT) depot in Heideveld and has been appointed as part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) within TCT to repair and do maintenance work on roads, footways and stormwater infrastructure in Heideveld, Manenberg, Tambo Village, Athlone, Surrey Estate and the areas adjacent to Jakes Gerwel Drive. Continue reading


‘Nothing short of magnificent’
– Tracey Saunders, Cape Times.

‘Die produksie is lewendig genoeg om doodsbene te laat rittel’
– Mariana Malan, Die Burger

‘The text is brimming with mirth’
– Robyn Cohen, Argus

Delivered with passion and commitment by Oarabile Ditsele and Sizwesandile Mnisi, this ever-relevant play directed by Fleur du Cap winner Mdu Kweyama, is an absolute theatrical delight and a must see. The extended performances of Woza Albert runs from 12 – 23 April in the Masambe Theatre. Book your tickets now!


TIP-ex is a dynamic and powerful three-hander which stars Hannie with Melissa Johannisen and Maxine Caesar. The central theme for the play focuses on gender issues, and in particular, corrective rape – still prevalent in some South African communities today. The narrative is about a woman, Katie (played by Hannie), who takes the audience back to her teenage years when she first started to realise that she was attracted to persons of the same sex. When she mentions this to her conservative family for the first time, outrage breaks out and everything changes. As still often happens today, she is sent to confirmation classes to ‘fix’ the problem.

Tickets for the previews are only R60, and can be booked here (12 April) and here (13 April).

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The DA in the Western Cape shares Metrorail Commuters’ impatience with delays and disruptions in the Cape Town Metro. Our people deserve a much better service than what is currently provided. 
I will write to the Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, in my capacity as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, and call upon her to assist Metrorail Western Cape to alleviate the damages caused by the fire. Minister Peters must intervene as Metrorail is a PRASA entity and is thus a national mandate.

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At 06h44 Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services Responded to Stock Road Railway Station in Philippi East Where an unknown individual died gruesomely when he or she was struck by a train. Emergency Services are currently unable to identify the age and sex of the deceased due to the condition of the body as a result of the severe impact.

The City of Cape Town’s partner, the Shark Spotters, has been recognised for their valuable contribution to enhancing the safety of all visitors to in-shore areas. This includes their implementation of the effective shark exclusion net, public education programmes, and cutting-edge research. The City has commended the team for their accolade.

The City of Cape Town-funded Shark Spotters Programme has been awarded the Gold – Innovation Award in the Best for Beach Tourism Category at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016, held on Thursday 7 April 2016.

The Best for Beach Tourism Category, sponsored by BulkSMS, is awarded to a tourism business, organisation or initiative providing or contributing to responsible holidays in beach settings. Continue reading

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