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Golden Arrow Bus Services (Pty) Ltd Media Release

Despite the fuel price increases announced for implementation on Wednesday 3 October 2018, Golden Arrow will not as yet consider an adjustment to its current fare prices.

Fuel constitutes one of the main costs of our business and rising fuel costs, unfortunately, does have a negative impact on our ability to keep fare prices down. The cost of diesel is expected to be increased by at least R1.24c per litre and it is possible that this trend could carry on should the crude oil price continue its upward trajectory and the rand/dollar exchange rate remains weak. While Golden Arrow will do everything possible to absorb these increases, it may become necessary in the coming months to review current fare prices should this trend continue.

Golden Arrow would however wish to assure passengers and stakeholders that a price increase is not currently being considered and that an adjustment will only be implemented unless completely unavoidable and after due process has been followed. Any such changes in this regard will be timeously communicated by the company.

There are eight changes to the DHL Western Province starting line-up against Cell C Sharks at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Five changes are in the forward pack and three are in the backline as DHL Western Province look to make it five consecutive Currie Cup victories in a match that kicks off at 14h00 on Saturday.

Captain Chris van Zyl, flank Kobus van Dyk and No.8 Juarno Augustus are the only forwards remaining who started in the 38-12 victory against Tafel Lager Griquas last week.

Ali Vermaak, Scarra Ntubeni and Michael Kumbirai form a new front row, with Caylib Oosthuizen, Chad Solomon and Carlu Sadie on the replacements bench.

JD Schickerling starts alongside Van Zyl at lock, while Augustus and Van Dyk are joined by Ernst van Rhyn in the loose trio, with Chris Massyn among the replacements.

Scrumhalf Jano Vermaak, wing SP Marais and fullback Dillyn Leyds are all back in the starting line-up, with Herschel Jantjies and JJ Engelbrecht set to provide impact in the second half.

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One of the most loved children’s TV shows, PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue, is coming to the Grand Arena, GrandWest on 27 and 28 October 2018.

This brand new show is based on Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol TV series. It brings everyone’s favourite pups to the stage for a musical adventure that is full of energy and action.

The story starts when Mayor Goodway goes missing during the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race and the pups must come to his rescue. All the favourite canine characters Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Sky and Everest will be part of this show’s first tour in South Africa.

Children just love the Paw Patrol TV series and we are delighted to host these wonderful characters at GrandWest,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “Buy tickets soon to ensure you do not miss out on this fun day out with your kids.”

There will be three shows on both days, a morning show starting at 09h30, an afternoon show at 13h00 and a late afternoon show starting at 16h30. The shows are 90 minutes long. Doors open an hour before each show. Tickets are available from priced from R190 each.

There is also a ‘Very Important Pup Package’, which includes premium show seating, access to a Meet & Greet photo opportunity after the show with two PAW Patrol characters and a PAW Patrol Live! souvenir!

The two dates announced for Sam Smith on 16 and 17 April 2019 were sold out within days. Thanks to the incredible show of support for this extraordinary artist, a new show date has been added on 18 April 2019, at the Grand Arena, GrandWest.

“Get your tickets soon,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “This added show is guaranteed to be sold out very quickly. We are so excited to have Sam Smith performing at GrandWest, all three shows are going to be incredible.”

Sam Smith has received international acclaimed for his smash hit Stay with Me. He was nominated for six Grammys in 2014, winning four of them including Song of the Year and Record of the Year. His Nirvana album sold 13 million copies around the world. His new song, The Thrill of It All, has already sold 4 million copies.

Tickets are available right now from Computicket and Big Concerts, starting at R575 each. The show starts at 20h00, with the door opening at 18h30.

“This is one of the world’s biggest pop stars. It will be a show not to be missed,” says Matthys. “Get your tickets now.”

Once again the weather gods smiled on Cape Town as the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon was held in near perfect conditions. And South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka took full advantage of those conditions to destroy arguably the best field yet assembled at Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label Marathon.

Mokoka stuck with the pacemakers like glue until the first pacemaker dropped out at halfway with the second pacemaker pulling off at the 30km mark, before breaking away from Kenya’s Philemon Kacherian at 33km. From there the 33-year-old took control of the race and forged ahead. “I felt good and decided to go, but I only relaxed and knew I had won the race when I hit the mat at the finish. You know in a marathon it is never over until it is over,” said Mokoka.

It was a good day at the office for Mokoka, as he not only won his first marathon on South African soil, but he did it in emphatic fashion, breaking the previous course record of Asefa Negewu by 10 seconds. Mokoka crossed the line in 2:08.31.

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VIBRANT AND COLOURFUL MARATHON PROMISES GREAT SPECTATOR ACTION: Sanlam Cape Town Marathon promises nailbiting action on both the course and the sidelines

Cape Town, 13 September 2018 – With Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label-status marathon less than two weeks away, Capetonians have added reason to celebrate the start of spring. This year’s iconic African city marathon, which weaves its way along the Atlantic Seaboard, and through the CBD and Southern Suburbs, before looping back into town, will play host to over 10 000 marathoners. It will feature runners from as far afield as Australia, with South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka, Desmond Mokgobu and Nolene Conrad also competing for this year’s title in an elite athlete field.

“What makes this year’s marathon so unique, aside from it being a beautiful and fast race, is the growing spectator and charitable interest in the event,” says Olympian and race ambassador Elana van Zyl-Meyer. “We have over 50 charities represented, with some runners doing the full course in fancy dress as a means of bringing attention to their charitable cause.”

Nineteen spectator zones have been carefully set up along the route, some of which will be co-hosted by local charities. These offer prime visibility of all the colourful action on the route, and enable supporters to also enjoy live musical entertainment, food and drinks, as well as a chance to meet local celebrities.

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The Baxter Dance Festival, the Western Cape’s premier dance platform, returns to the Baxter for its 14th annual instalment with 32 works by 54 choreographers being performed over 10 days, from Thursday 4 October until Saturday 13 October 2018. Opening this year’s festival is Rolex Mentor and Protégé Laureate (2004) Junaid Jemal Sendi and Addisu Demissie Kifle from Destino Dance Company based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Sendi and Kifle will kick off the festival with Ene Man Negn (Who am I), a duet about identity, choices and fate, as well as A Holding Space, a duet by London-based choreographers Russell Meliphant and Adam Benjamin that highlights the themes of trust and a dialogue between two people who share the same space and history. The opening night programme will also include a short film about the process of creating A Holding Space. The two performers share a powerful history as youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, who found their way to the Saddler’s Well stage, with the guidance of Dance United in Ethiopia. The Baxter Dance Festival will therefore, start with a powerful message about how dance can be a positive catalyst in the lives of young dancers.

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After an absence of more than 30 years, South African music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band, return to the Baxter Concert Hall, for a one-night only celebration, on Friday, 26 October, at 8pm.

As one of South Africa’s stateliest musical treasures who loves his country as much as he does performing live, Sipho promises Cape Town a show well worth the wait. “I can’t believe where the time has gone,” says Mabuse, whom we have come to love for hit songs like Burn Out and Shikisha.

He continues, “The Baxter holds many fond memories for me. We would like honour this iconic venue with a stunning once-off show, pulling out all the stops by playing all the hits and throwing in a few surprises along the way.”

Hot on the heels of his keynote address at Music Exchange 2018 (MEX18) conference, earlier this month, Sipho’s promise to return to the Mother City for a full concert is about to be honoured, much to the excitement of fans across the peninsula.

Sipho has also selected three artists from the MEX18 conference, to be showcased on the line-up. They are singer and songwriter Roeshdien Jaz, Siphokazi Jonas and Afro-fusion band Mmino who regularly perform at the V&A Waterfront.

“Look at Siphokazi Jonas,” Sipho says. “Four years ago she performed at Music Exchange and today she is working full-time in the entertainment industry. Roeshdien has enjoyed a string of radio hits and he is now ready to draw larger audience. Mmino is an amazing band that had such fresh ideas musically and now also deserve to be seen by a wider audience. I want to give these immensely talented Cape Town artists a chance and in this way help to build and support the next generation of artists in our country,”

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11 September 2018

Today, the Standing Committee on Human Settlements adopted its previous minutes from Tuesday, 21 August 2018. These minutes acknowledged the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s commitment to transferring Phase 3 of District Six’s human settlement construction mandate to the Provincial Department of Human Settlements. It is unfortunate that the ANC remains indifferent to the people of District Six as it did not support the motion to adopt these minutes.

The ANC’s objection to this motion shows the party’s true colours as putting its own political interests before the rights of the District Six land claimants. This follows after the ANC-led National Government appointed a shoddy tender, namely, Fikile Construction, which abandoned Phase 3 of the District Six Land Restitution Program.

I am counting on Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to make herself available for the Standing Committee on 25 September 2018. The Minister has so far failed to attend the past three Standing Committees, and I trust that she will finally come to terms with her duty, as outlined by the Constitution, to deliver to the people of District Six in our province. It is evident that this is a mandate the Minister continues to grapple with while the lives of our residents hang worryingly in the balance.

It is upsetting to see that after over 20 years of waiting the ANC will stop at no end to deny District Six claimants of their dream of returning back to their beloved community.

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape will continue to fight for the beneficiaries of District Six, waiting to be returned to their beloved community.


Note to editors: The following excerpt is taken from a speech delivered by Alderman JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, at the SA Innovation Summit’s CEO lunch event today. Read more below:

The Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 is creating a buzz globally – We have all heard or read about it, but have we really stopped and thought about the real implications – for yourselves as business and for us as government? What is apparent is that the 4th Industrial Revolution is one of the biggest disrupters of the 21st century. We are standing on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.

How do we all (governments, business, communities) collectively make this disruptive journey, to make sure Africa takes its rightful place on the global stage? Most of all, how do we ensure that we leave no one behind – we take our residents with us on journey. Let me start by sharing with you what we as the City of Cape Town is doing to meet the disruption of this revolution.

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