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There are four changes to the DHL Stormers team to face the Jaguares in a historic Vodacom Super Rugby match in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has made three changes and a positional switch to the forward pack that started the 31-11 victory against the Brumbies last week, while there is one injury-enforced change to the backline.

In the front row hooker Scarra Ntubeni makes his first start of the season, with Bongi Mbonambi moving to the replacements bench.

Lock JD Schickerling will make his DHL Stormers starting debut in place of Pieter-Steph du Toit who is being rested and did not travel to Argentina, with Jan de Klerk in line to earn his second DHL Stormers cap from the bench.

Flank Sikhumbuzo Notshe comes back into the starting line-up, with the experienced Schalk Burger set to make an impact from the replacements bench and Nizaam Carr shifting back to No.8

In the backline Leolin Zas gets another opportunity to start after Dillyn Leyds suffered a knee injury in training on Tuesday which ruled him out of the trip to Argentina, which means that Huw Jones comes back into the match-day squad. Continue reading

A man had to be hospitalised after breaking a leg while trying to escape from the City’s Vice Squad when they raided a brothel in the CBD. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Vice Squad and Liquor Enforcement Units had numerous successes in the last week during a series of autonomous and joint operations focusing on prostitution and illegal liquor sales.

On Wednesday 16 March 2016, the Vice Squad conducted a joint operation with the Hawks on a suspected brothel in the Cape Town central business district. They arrested four women for prostitution. While searching the premises, a client who was in one of the rooms on the second floor tried to escape by jumping through the window. The man smashed the window frame and fractured his leg upon landing on the ground. He was transported to Groote Schuur hospital for treatment.

‘Fortunately for this man, pain and embarrassment are the worst of his woes as current legislation doesn’t provide for a client using the services of a prostitute to be charged unless they are caught in the act. Had he known that, I imagine he would not have turned stuntman,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would like to extend my wishes to all residents and visitors to have a blessed Easter weekend.

As we observe this holy period for the Christian community, may we be mindful of the true meaning of Easter.

May you enjoy this weekend’s celebrations with your family and friends in a safe and responsible manner.

Many people will also be travelling to and from Cape Town over this time and I appeal to all travellers to please take care on the roads. Continue reading

Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, is creating a blind-friendly park in Bellville within walking distance of the Athlone School for the Blind. The design and special features, including a scented garden and acoustic way-finding, will assist children with limited vision or no sight at all to orientate themselves in this outdoor space. Read more below:

The park is situated between Berol Street and Beroma Crescent and is funded from Transport for Cape Town’s budget for non-motorised transport, a programme aimed at improving pedestrian facilities across Cape Town. The park will be fitted with universal access – dropped kerbs and tactile paving – along both roads, making it easier for those with limited eye sight to enter the grounds in the suburb of Beroma in Bellville. Continue reading

It’s been an up-and-down weekend for City enforcement staff who arrested more than 70 suspects while holding land invaders at bay and delivering a baby in the process. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies had their hands full over the last four or five days, courtesy of the taxi-related violence in the Milnerton area, followed by the attempted land invasion in Dunoon. This, while trying to get Operation Exodus up and running and conducting general enforcement operations.

Overall, 72 suspects were arrested including 36 for drunk driving; 14 for possession of drugs; two on charges of robbery; and a record 11 for reckless and negligent driving during a single enforcement operation focusing on illegal street racing. Continue reading

Due to popular demand, Cape Town Comedy Club is pleased to announce … MORE MARCH MADNESS with R50 tickets to the following Wednesday & Thursday night shows in March, now available at all Computicket outlets and Shoprite/Checkers stores: 23, 24, 30 & 31 March 2016

v A Night of Headliners: R190pp Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 April 2016. You are in for a real treat as four of South Africa’s top comedians perform on our stage for two nights! Marc Lottering, Loyiso Gola, Conrad Koch (with Chester Missing) as well as Kurt Schoonraad as the MC. The line-up is subject to change.

v We are open throughout Easter: Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th March 2016 #EasterVibes

v Half Price Sundays: R60pp for selected shows only

v Happy Hour: 6-7pm and one hour after the show

v To hire venue for exclusive use, contact events@capetowncomedy.com for more info.

On for the next 2 weeks at Cape Town Comedy Club … Continue reading

Professional singer and jazz musician, Richard Ceasar, does the honours of entertaining guests at Jackson Hall, GrandWest in March 2016. Ceasar’s music is influences by the likes of Pat Martino and George Benson, with his tenth CD, to be released in 2016, boasting a mix of classic soul and jazz with a decidedly Cape flavour.

Due to travel to Australia later this year to entertain South African ex pats, Ceasar has toured extensively overseas during his career and has recorded and performed with the likes of Vicky Sampson.

He brings soulful music blend to Jackson Hall on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in March 2016. He takes to the stage at 21h00 and there is no cost to enjoy his shows.

The City’s #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial Challenge, in partnership with the Seed Academy, is designed to kick-start the businesses of 100 young entrepreneurs who have viable business ideas.  

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate is turning its attention to would-be entrepreneurs in its latest youth development initiative.

The #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial Challenge 2016 is an accelerator programme for start-up entrepreneurs who have viable business ideas that will also create jobs. The City is partnering with the Seed Academy to offer business skills development, mentoring, and cash incentives to the top performers in the challenge. This forms part of a broader strategy to address issues of unemployment, inequality and poverty.

The Seed Academy, which is running the challenge on behalf of the City, is a training, incubation and funding ecosystem for entrepreneurs that focuses on dramatically growing and scaling high growth-potential businesses. In addition, Altech Radio Holdings has come on board as a sponsor and partner in the challenge. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The City of Cape Town condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack on the MyCiTi Dunoon station late yesterday afternoon, 20 March 2016.

A group of protesters linked to an illegal land grab in Dunoon, attacked and vandalised the MyCiTi Dunoon station in Potsdam Road yesterday at about 16:30. Commuters and a security guard fled the scene when the protesters threw rocks and objects at the station building, causing damage to the glass panels and exterior of the building. Continue reading

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