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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Players and ambassadors during the T20 Global League Launch at Bvlgari Hotel London on June 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Patrik Lundin/Gallo Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 19: Players and ambassadors during the T20 Global League Launch at Bvlgari Hotel London on June 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Patrik Lundin/Gallo Images)

LONDON – Cricket South Africa (CSA) today officially announced the successful eight Team Owners who, in a clear vote of confidence in South Africa’s new T20 Global League, have earned the right to be part of cricketing history.

After much anticipation and with excitement at an all-time high, the reveal took place at a well-attended industry launch event at London’s most prestigious hotel, The Bvlgari, London. The event set the tone for a new standard in T20 cricket.

EY (previously known as Ernst & Young) ran the team owner selection process to ensure integrity, compliance and due diligence was followed throughout the process by both CSA and potential owners.

“Competition was stiff, with more than 150 Expressions of Interest (EOI) received from around the world and a shortlist of heavy hitters to consider, but after rigorous discussions and engagement with each of the potential owners, we are certain that our final eight owners have the perfect combination of strategic insight and passion needed to make the first T20 Global League a complete success,” said CSA President, Chris Nenzani.

The official eight team owners, host cities and marquee players are: Continue reading

A total of 60 young people from previously disadvantaged communities have been equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to enter the green economy with confidence, thanks to the accredited environmental learnerships on offer by the City of Cape Town in partnership with the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust. This successful initiative is being celebrated in light of Youth Day as an example of the City’s commitment to promoting economic inclusion among young people through skills development and job creation.  

In celebration of Youth Day, the City’s Environment Management Department is proud to be partnering with the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET) to offer environmental learnerships, which equip graduates with the necessary qualifications to access entry-level jobs in the green economy with a focus on nature conservation.

Since 2014 there have been 60 graduates from the various environmental-related learnership programmes with National Qualifications Framework (NFQ) levels between 2 and 5. Most of these are young people between the ages of 18 and 35 from previously disadvantaged communities.

During the 12-month learnership programme, students receive accredited, work-based training and are placed at the City’s nature reserves where they are mentored by City staff and enjoy experiential learning. In addition to their accredited training, CTEET also provides a variety of job-readiness training courses such as first-aid, driving licence training, and chainsaw and brush-cutter operation training. Continue reading

Iris House Children’s Hospice staff revamped a “shack” used for storage for the therapy animals. The team at deVere Acuma – a financial advisory firm – helped build the facility and were on the scene to help out last Sunday (11 June 2017).  Iris House in Stikland is a vibrant charity committed to enriching the quality of life for special needs children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and providing support for their families.

With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day placing the spotlight on the plight of the elderly, the City has a number of interventions in place to protect these residents, not least of which is the popular home-based care programme. Read more below:

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day tomorrow, 15 June 2017, provides an opportunity to reflect on the protection of our elderly residents. The City of Cape Town has once again trained and employed hundreds of home-based carers (HBCs) to provide support and companionship to senior citizens across the city in the 2016/17 financial year.

The HBC Programme is one of several initiatives implemented annually under the auspices of the Social Development Department’s Vulnerable Groups Programme. As envisioned in the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, the City is committed to improving the lives of its residents by taking services directly to them and this year R2,5 million was set aside to employ 205 carers. The group has just started winding down their activities and the programme is expected to resume once more towards the end of the year. Continue reading

Hooker Scarra Ntubeni, centre Dan du Plessis and flanks Rynhardt Elstadt and Steph de Wit will all return to full training next week.

Ntubeni makes his return from an Achilles injury sustained in the Currie Cup last year, whilst Du Plessis was able to avoid undergoing surgery on his shoulder, which he dislocated against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Elstadt has recovered from a fractured rib and De Wit is back after breaking his ankle in pre-season.

Flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis will undergo surgery on his hips this week which will rule him out for the rest of the year.

Centre Huw Jones’ hamstring is recovering well and he should be available to play in five weekstime.

Flyhalf Rob du Preez (torn pectoral muscle), lock Jan de Klerk (broken toe) and flank Cobus Wiese (shoulder) are all expected to return in three months time.

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY; AND SOCIAL SERVICES, ALDERMAN JP SMITH

The City of Cape Town encourages residents to sign up to become blood donors and support the efforts of the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) to maintain blood supplies.

Tomorrow, 14 June 2017, is World Blood Donor Day. The campaign theme this year focuses on blood donation in emergencies. Cape Town and the Western Cape are no strangers to emergency situations, as the last week has shown, and often the threat of serious injury is a very real concern.

With this in mind, we call on Capetonians who meet the criteria to sign up with the WPBTS and become regular blood donors. As part of our efforts to build a caring city, we must do all we can to show compassion towards others, especially those in need. We encourage our staff and residents to donate blood as this small act could save a life. We thank those who are already committed to the cause and ask that they please continue their valiant efforts to save lives. Continue reading

CRITICAL WARNING REMAINS IN PLACE TO ALL WATER USERS IN CAPE TOWN

All water users are warned not to increase consumption because of the rain that has been experienced. Dam storage levels are now at 21,2 %. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 11,2%. Consumption remains 15 million litres per day above the target of 600 million litres per day. Read more below:

After fielding many enquiries from members of the public, the City wishes to emphasise that due to the severity of the drought, above-target consumption, as well as the unpredictability of climatic conditions, Level 4 water restrictions remain in place indefinitely over the long-term and could be intensified if warranted.

Due to the severity and duration of the drought, the dam levels are much lower than usual at the start of this winter.

Mandatory restrictions imposed by the National Department of Water and Sanitation on the urban and agricultural sectors in the supply area of the Western Cape Water Supply System also remain in force.

‘All water users are warned not to increase consumption because of the rain that has been experienced. Residents should continue to do all they can to keep their daily usage under 100 litres per person per day whether they are at home, work, school or elsewhere.

‘It may take a few seasons of normal rainfall for the dams to recover and therefore continuing to cut water use drastically is vital. It will also help us to build up some reserves for another tough summer that is expected. Continue reading

The vivacious divas of Cape Town based cabaret group, 3 Tons of Fun are adding some spice to the winter entertainment lineup at Hanover Street, GrandWest. In their charismatic style, the voluptuous trio will be performing renditions of timeless songs from the disco era, traditional African music and pop, live on stage at Hanover Street on Wednesday nights from 14 June 2017 until 5 July 2017.

3 Tons of Fun has emerged as one of Cape Town’s and South Africa’s most loved all female groups. Their high energy, fun filled and dazzling cabaret show attracts full houses wherever it goes. They have performed in countries including Thailand, Switzerland, Swaziland, Togo, Zambia, Ghana, Namibia, Botswana and Nigeria.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting these charismatic ladies at Hanover Street. Whether you’ve seen them before or not, 3 Tons of Fun is a treat,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.

The shows start at 20h00. For more information or to reserve seats, contact Glenda Eberlein on 078 563 8617. Tickets are R70 per person, available at the door from19h00 on show nights.

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

The City of Cape Town has today made its draft Harbour By-law available for public comment. This By-law proposes to reverse the long-running, systemic mismanagement of the city’s harbours under the National Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), and Public Works (DPW). Read more below:

The draft Harbour By-law was drawn up in terms of the constitutional mandate of municipalities to administer harbours within their jurisdiction. This would enable the City to regulate how the National DPW, as owner of the harbours, manages them.

The City has been engaging with representatives of both the DAFF and the DPW for several years with a view to establishing a cooperative basis for the proper administration of the harbours within the City’s jurisdiction. These include the Hout Bay, Kalk Bay, Murrays’ Bay, Granger Bay, and Gordon’s Bay Harbours. Continue reading

NPO teaches youth to earn, learn and have fun                                                                                                                              

Date                      Friday, 16 June

Time                      11.30am to 2pm (prize giving 2pm to 2.30pm)

Venue                  First floor, V&A Waterfront Watershed

Organiser            Linda Wilson 083 384 0590

This Youth Day 16 June, young Capetonians will showcase their flair for business at the Young Entrepreneurs Pocket Money Market at the V&A Waterfront. Continue reading

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