The Springboks will head to Bloemfontein for the first time since 2010 and New Zealand will be in action at DHL Newlands in Cape Town as SA Rugby confirmed the home venues for the 2017 Castle Lager Rugby Championships on Friday.
The Springboks will play the Pumas in Port Elizabeth, the Wallabies in Bloemfontein and the All Blacks in Cape Town.
Tickets are available as follows:
· SA v Argentina (Port Elizabeth): Tickets from R75 to R500 will go on sale online from http://www.ticketpros.co.za early next week
· SA v Australia (Bloemfontein): Online at www.fscheetahs.co.za or from the stadium ticket office (from R300 to R500).
· SA v New Zealand (Cape Town): Host union, Western Province, will make an announcement on the ticket sales process shortly
The first match of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship will take place on Saturday 19 August at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, when Argentina clash with the Boks.
The following week, the Springboks will be in action in Argentina against Los Pumas (Saturday 26 August, in Salta), whereafter it’s the first bye weekend.
The Boks’ traditional tour to Australasia is in early September for matches against the Wallabies (Saturday, 9 September, NIB Stadium in Perth) and All Blacks (Saturday 16 September, QBE Stadium in Albany).
STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE
It is with shock and great sorrow that we mourn Philippi East councillor, Xolile Gwangxu, who was shot and killed while leaving his office last night.
It is understood that a lone man walked up to Councillor Gwangxu and shot him. He died on the scene.
I am devastated by this tragedy as Councillor Gwangxu was a dedicated, hard-working servant to his community. He served with distinction, with the matters of the community always close to his heart. This is a tremendous loss to the City of Cape Town. We have been robbed of a great community leader.
He served as a councillor for eight years.
We will do all we can and work with the authorities to ensure that the perpetrator is brought to book and faces the full might of the law.
The City is offering a reward of R50 000 for any information that leads to the arrest and successful conviction of the person responsible for this horrific crime.
Last night we also received the news of Ward 37 (Nyanga) councillor, Templeton Mgxekeni, who passed away in hospital after being critically ill for the past few months.
Councillor Templeton served as a councillor for 13 years in various terms of office. We extend our condolences to the ANC for their loss.
These are two great losses for the City and the communities they served.
We extend our deepest condolences to their families and friends. They are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of bereavement.
STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON
I am pleased to announce that Mongezi Menye has been appointed as the City of Cape Town’s Ombudsman. He replaces Mbulelo Baba who recently retired.
The Office of the Ombudsman represents a cornerstone of our democracy in general and of the customer-centric approach outlined by our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan. It is a neutral office that investigates and facilitates any complaints lodged by the residents of Cape Town about alleged maladministration, injustice, and poor service delivery by the City.
This Office must provide a timely and effective assessment and investigation of complaints.
Menye, who has taken up the position already, holds a law degree and numerous certificates in forensic and investigative auditing. He is currently studying towards a masters of philosophy in conflict management at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. During his studies and work experience he has gained valuable experience related to negotiations, mediation, adjudication, forensic investigations, governance, and strategic management.
As an administration, we are fully committed to supporting his office and to doing our very best to ensure that we provide top levels of service to our residents and implement corrective action immediately where required to do so.
The WCED is spending an estimated figure of R359 million a year transporting more than 50 000 learners to and from school every day.
I will write parliamentary questions to the Minister of Education in the Province, as to whether her Department’s ‘Safe Schools programme’ will be including new initiatives and programmes to tackle safety surrounding children going to – or coming from school.
In response to Equal Educations’ social audit report at schools presented yesterday that stated that little effort is being made to create safe and secure school environments is a generalisation and in fact not true in the Western Cape.
The safety of every one of our learners and teachers remains of vital importance to us. It pleases me that the WCED has already established Safe-Schools coordinators in every district, who serves as a liaison with schools on Safety issues.
Several initiatives have been undertaken as a measure to eliminate the problems of transportation experienced by rural learners and as a mechanism to alleviate the crime experienced by learners who have to potentially walk long distances in areas deemed unsafe.
Furthermore, I am also pleased to announce that the WCED is also embarking on additional endeavours such as trying to expand access to hostel facilities in rural areas so that learners can participate in after school programmes which include afternoon classes and sporting activities.
The DA in the Western Cape remains committed to deliver and to expand quality education in the Province in order to provide more opportunities for youth development.
Qualifying and identified residents for the Belhar social housing project can soon look forward to a safe and stable roof over their heads. This first phase of this innovative project, which commenced in 2015, comprises of 629 units built at a cost of R207 million.
Thus far, 336 units have already been handed over, with the remaining 293 to be handed over this month. A further 2300 units are planned for the current financial year.
I welcome the fact that the Provincial Department of Human Settlements is implementing the Better Living Model as part of this project, which aims to address the past spatial planning of certain citizens to the outskirts of the city who remain far removed from employment opportunities to this day. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town is seeking additional social housing partners to expedite the provision of affordable housing opportunities on well-located land across the city. Read more below:
‘The development and availability of affordable rental accommodation, in central areas of the city in particular, must play a key role in the future development of Cape Town. Furthermore, providing affordable housing opportunities closer to where people work or close to public transport is non-negotiable. This way we will create a more integrated and inclusive city where residents have equal access to opportunities. This approach will also assist us in addressing the legacy of apartheid spatial planning and improving densification and mixed land-use,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.
The City currently has partnership agreements with five social housing companies to develop and manage affordable rental housing stock for lower- and middle-income residents. Continue reading
SA Rugby has called a special General Meeting for next month to confirm the four South African entrants to a revised Vodacom Super Rugby competition from 2018.
The meeting will take place in Cape Town on 7 July, 2017.
The General Meeting has the constitutional responsibility for “determining the SA teams to participate in Super Rugby.”
Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, said the Special General Meeting would decide on a proposal from the Executive Council which, in turn, would have received a recommendation on the participants from the Franchise Committee, whose membership is representatives of the Vodacom Super Rugby teams.
The proposal will also be debated by the non-franchise committee – comprising the CEOs of the 14 provincial rugby unions – before reaching the Special General Meeting.
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
This from enca.com:
JOHANNESBURG – The lawyer for former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng said he was unaware that his client had been found guilty during a disciplinary hearing on Monday morning.
The SABC is reporting that Motsoeneng was found guilty of all charges against him on Monday.
This was formally announced at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
Zola Majavu expressed shock at the decision and said they haven’t seen a copy of the disciplinary report.
Motsoeneng appeared before the hearing in Sandton on Friday over an unsanctioned news conference he held in April.
The broadcaster said the briefing was in direct contravention of the terms of his suspension and was a dismissable offence.
Full story here:
STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE
The City of Cape Town congratulates Hisense on the significant milestone of producing its millionth television and millionth fridge at its factory in Atlantis.
Hisense has become somewhat of an anchor investment into the Atlantis Industrial Area – an area which is witnessing an upsurge in manufacturing activity.
It has been four years since Hisense opened its factory in this area. It currently employs about 500 full-time employees.
We are truly grateful that Hisense chose Cape Town as their base for operations into the rest of Africa and wish them great success with their expansion plans in extending their production lines. Continue reading