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Lloyd Burnard – Sport24

Cape Town – It has been a week in which transformation, or the lack thereof, has hogged South African headlines once more.

Everybody has an opinion, yet those opinions don’t always line up when what is a largely sensitive topic of discussion surfaces.

There are concerns over what can and can’t be said, what is politically correct and what is not, and the more that the topic is discussed the murkier the mechanisms of achieving the end goal become.

Even the end goal itself is unclear.

Are we striving to have every national side become accurately representative of the demographics of the country, without any exception or leniency?

Or is the end goal of transformation to ensure that every sports playing person in South Africa is given an equal opportunity to get to the top of his or her game, at which point the best will be chosen?

It appears that transformation is seeking to achieve both of those things, but identifying the best vehicle to facilitate a move towards those goals has been problematic.

At the April 19 portfolio committee meeting between SA Rugby and the Department of Sport and Recreation, SA Rugby provided feedback on their transformation progress in 2015.

According to their presentation, Western Province was the best performing of the 14 unions in terms of meeting transformation requirements.

What is their secret?

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DHL Stormers co-captains Juan de Jongh and Frans Malherbe both return for the Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Waratahs at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

De Jongh takes his place at outside centre after missing the 40-22 victory over the Reds last week with concussion, and will partner Damian de Allende in midfield, while Malherbe returns at tighthead prop after being ruled out last week due to illness.

The only other changes to the starting line-up are rotational switches to the forward pack as Schalk Burger takes his place at No.8 with Nizaam Carr shifting to the flank and Siya Kolisi moving to the replacements bench, whilst in the front row JC Janse van Rensburg starts at loosehead prop.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team are intent on raising the bar once again at DHL Newlands.

“We are determined to keep on progressing along the path we have embarked on this season, and the Waratahs will provide another serious challenge this weekend.

“The team has really bought into what we are trying to do, and I am excited to see what they can produce in front of our faithful fans on Saturday,” he said.

DHL Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Huw Jones.

Referee: Mike Fraser

28 April 2016
Release: Immediately
The DA-led Western Cape Government (WCG) has spent R56 387 047 on fighting substance abuse in the Western Cape, during the 2015/16 financial year.
I will write to the Minister of Social Development in the Western Cape, Albert Fritz, to inquire about the extent to which the WCG’s alcohol game changer will impact on the funding of existing programmes associated with substance abuse.

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The City of Cape Town’s resorts offer affordable getaways for families this winter. Rates are lower during winter and with 13 resorts across the peninsula, residents are spoiled for choice.

This year the winter holidays don’t have to be cold and dreary, as the City of Cape Town’s resorts are an affordable option to chase away the winter cold.

‘With winter upon us, the City’s resorts offer an affordable getaway for families to enjoy, with low-season rates,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker.

The City of Cape Town manages 13 resorts across Cape Town, with eight of these resorts offering fully equipped chalets and braai areas. Continue reading

Tthe following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the full sitting of Council today, 28 April 2016.

I would like to observe a moment’s silence for former Member of Parliament, Dene Smuts, who passed away last week, seven-year-old Tyler Jansen from Ravensmead, and former Pan Africanist Congress president, Clarence Makwetu. Continue reading

The Cape Town Flower Show takes place from Thursday 27th–Sunday 30th October 2016 at The Castle of Good Hope, in the centre of Cape Town with Table Mountain as its backdrop.

This annual lifestyle show brings together gardens and gardening, planting trends and designs for living outdoors; unites notions of beauty, sanctuary and sustainability; and celebrates local food, culture and community. The show taps into a gardening culture that’s young, vibrant and identifies with a universal awareness for the need to care for the environment.

The show’s main features include:

  • Show Gardens – As visitors enter the Castle forecourt, they will see 20 show gardens designed by the country’s top landscape architects and designers.
  • Floristry – Visitors can attend workshops and demos in the Floral Theatre at the Bakhuys at the Castle and see the first-ever MasterFlorist™ competition take place, in which contestants will be challenged to create different floral arrangements on each themed day of the show. These will then be judged to allow for daily eliminations, culminating in an overall MasterFlorist winner on Sunday.
  • Flowers in Art

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The positive upward trend of the Cape Town economy amid the uncertainty and volatility that prevails in the national economy is reason to be optimistic. Read more below:

According to the Economic Performance Indicators for Cape Town (EPIC) report for the fourth quarter of 2015, there are a number of reasons to be upbeat about the local economy.

The following are some of the highlights for the city: Continue reading

The City co-funded campaign to sterilise nearly 1 500 cats and dogs in Atlantis is heading for the home stretch in record time. Read more below:

A mass animal sterilisation campaign being run in two Atlantis suburbs on behalf of the City of Cape Town is heading into its final stages, thanks to overwhelming community support.

The City’s Health Department initiated the first sterilisation project in 2013, providing grant-in-aid funding to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA and members of the Cape Animal Welfare Forum to sterilise dogs and cats in identified areas. To date, City Health has provided funding of more than R1,5 million for projects in Dunoon, Brown’s Farm, Khayelitsha and Wesbank to have 4 580 pets sterilised. Continue reading

Wed 4 May – May the Fourth be with you – International Star Wars Day. Star Wars ( with Justin Gomes)

Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.

Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.

Tickets: R100.00

Time: Dinner from 19h00. Show from 20h30.

Bookings: go to or book at

Contact for enquiries: / 021 789 2538

Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine.

Justin Gomes is founder & Creative Director at Fox P2, one of SA’s most creatively awarded advertising agencies. He is also a massive Star Wars fan!To celebrate International Star Wars Day, he’ll be taking us through the talk he opened Design Indaba with in 2012 – “Why Wookies Don’t Wear Pants”, chatting abut George Lucas’s creative process and how he changed Hollywood forever.

Thursday 5 May – Mathew Gold.

Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.

Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.

Tickets: R100.00

Time: Dinner from 19h00. Show from 20h30. Continue reading

Our make up blogger went to check out the latest Alistair Izobell production called Huistoe and this is what she had to say…

I had the pleasure of seeing Huistoe at the Artscape Opera house last night for and what an experience it was!

Directed by Alistair Izobell, Huistoe truly is a musical celebration of a huge part of our culture and history that has been completely forgotten sadly. This show allows us to remember our family members who once lived in the former District Six and let’s us appreciate District Six for what it once was.

I can’t even begin to imagine how lost people must have felt being forced out of their homes for no reason, forced to start all over somewhere else, forced to leave your memories behind…although I have heard all about it from my mom who went through it.

Government officials gave four primary reasons for the removals. In accordance with apartheid philosophy, it stated that interracial interaction bred conflict, necessitating the separation of the races. They deemed District Six a slum, fit only for clearance, not rehabilitation. They also portrayed the area as crime-ridden and dangerous. They claimed that the district was a vice den, full of immoral activities like gambling, drinking, and prostitution. Though these were the official reasons, most residents believed that the government sought the land because of its proximity to the City Centre, Table Mountain and the harbour.

If you have not seen the show as yet, you still have a chance to catch the last show taking place this coming Saturday, 30 April 2016 at 11:00 and ticket prices range from R80.00 to R100.00. The show is only an hour long so I’m sure you can squeeze it into your Saturday morning routine, you won’t be sorry.

Hope you found this post interesting.

Till next time,


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