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The Junior Springboks returned to the training field in Stellenbosch highly motivated as they began to fine-tune their preparations for the World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia, which begins next week.

The squad assembled at their training base on Sunday for their holding camp and will spend the next few days improving their structures before departing for Tbilisi on Thursday.

The SA U20s will kick off their campaign in Tbilisi on Wednesday, 31 May, against France before facing hosts, Georgia, and Argentina in their remaining pool matches on 4 and 8 June respectively.

“The players returned to Stellenbosch mentally and physically fresh, and very motivated for the World Rugby U20 Championship, which is exactly what we had banked on after a few days off,” said Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux.

“The atmosphere on and off the field is fantastic, and the players realise that everything they do needs to be geared towards a delivering a solid performance in Georgia.

“We have spent a lot of time putting our structures and systems in place in the last three weeks, so it is now a matter of ensuring that we put that to practice effectively on the field, and that is what we will be working towards in the next few days.” Continue reading

The City’s Chief Resilience Officer will lead city-wide efforts to build holistic resilience to the social, physical and economic challenges that are an increasing part of the 21st Century. Read more below:

In partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, the City of Cape Town today announced the appointment of Craig Kesson as its Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) during the City’s resilience agenda-setting workshop. 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is dedicated to building resilience in cities around the world.

The CRO is an innovative new position in the City of Cape Town to lead the City’s resilience efforts and engage with stakeholders, resilience experts, and 100RC staff in developing a comprehensive resilience strategy. Mr Kesson’s appointment as the CRO has been officially endorsed by Council.

This follows the announcement of the City of Cape Town becoming a part of 100RC in May 2016.

Cape Town was chosen from more than 325 applicants on the basis of our willingness, ability, and need to become resilient in the face of future challenges. Continue reading

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IOL has learnt that Kfm is set for a major revamp with moves that include a new breakfast show host.

Current breakfast show host Ryan O’Connor, who recently won an award for his show and has been presenting the show for almost a decade, is to be moved to a 10am to 1pm slot on weekdays.

Sources have revealed that in another shock move, Kfm’s afternoon drive presenter Rob Vember will also leave the station.

O’Connor will make way for Darren Simpson, aka Whackhead Simpson, to take over Kfm Breakfast from July 3. Simpson will continue to do his 94.7 drive show but will broadcast from Cape Town. The rest of his 94.7 team will be in a studio in Joburg.

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Last night, 17 May 2017, the City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) received the International Public Transport Strategy Award at the UITP World Summit in Montreal, Canada. 

UITP is the international organisation for public transport authorities and operators and its summit draws mobility professionals from all over the world. The UITP awards recognise successful projects that are implemented around the world which place public transport at the heart of the urban and local mobility system.

The winning projects must be ambitious, innovative and implementable in other cities and regions. The strategies should integrate land use and transport planning, be sustainable, and encourage more residents to shift to public transport.

Last night Melissa Whitehead, Commissioner of the TDA, was presented with the international award for the City of Cape Town’s Transit-Oriented Development Strategic Framework. The TDA was shortlisted in the category ‘Public Transport Strategy’, together with the transport authorities of Chennai, Moscow and Muncher. Continue reading

While enforcement efforts have seen results in some areas, it’s had the unfortunate consequence of criminals setting up shop elsewhere. 

The City of Cape Town urges the public to be extra cautious when traveling in the vicinity of Jakes Gerwel Drive and Voortrekker Road.

There has been an increase in ‘smash-and-grab’ incidents at this intersection in recent months. Over a 12-month-period, 78 cases were registered at Goodwood SAPS – 24 of them in March 2017. The majority of the incidents occur on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and in particular between 18:00 and 00:00. The City is aware of two arrests in February 2017 for ‘smash-and-grab’ incidents at this location. The link alongside contains a clip of one such incident in February:

‘The increase in the number of incidents at this intersection appears to be directly linked to our efforts to clamp down on another hotspot further along Jakes Gerwel Drive in the vicinity of Langa. Unfortunately the proximity to the Maitland Cemetery means that the criminals have somewhere to run and hide,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading


Dam levels are now at 21,2% (storage levels), which is 0,8% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 11,2%. The latest consumption has jumped up again to 718 million litres, which is 118 million litres over the consumption target of 600 million litres. This communication serves as a critical warning to all water users in Cape Town to cut all non-essential use of water immediately. This is not a drill. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town warns all residents and businesses in Cape Town to cut non-essential municipal water use immediately. The City’s Mayoral Committee is expected to recommend to Council the implementation of Level 4 water restrictions tomorrow, 16 May 2017. This would entail a ban on all use of municipal water for outside and non-essential purposes.

‘We are essentially saying that you are only allowed to use a bit of water for drinking, cooking and washing. We are reaching a critical point in this drought crisis. Although we continue to work non-stop to force consumption down, overall use remains catastrophically high. This is not a request. We have seen huge saving-efforts, but the unseasonably hot autumn is exacerbating the situation and we must all do more. Continue reading

The City’s Coastal Management team is in process of removing a 15m long Brydes whale carcass that washed up on Sunset Beach in Milnerton this morning, 15 May 2017. Read more below:

The carcass will be taken to the landfill site at Vissershok.

‘While such occurrences tend to draw curious onlookers, from a safety perspective we urge members of the public to please keep away to allow the officials on site to do what needs to be done,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little.

The City requests members of the public to avoid Sunset Beach during the course of today. The operation is expected to be completed by late afternoon, however, the associated odours may linger after the carcass has been removed.

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Hours before her murder on April 27, Karabo Mokoena had a heated argument with her boyfriend in a Sandton nightclub that deteriorated into a physical fight.

The couple left the club together. She was never seen alive again.

The part-time business student’s body was found in a patch of veld in Bramley, Johannesburg, two days later by a passer-by who at first thought the body was a burnt mannequin.

Karabo had been necklaced and had had acid poured over her body. She was burnt beyond recognition.

The 22-year-old’s death has sparked national outrage and made international news following the arrest of her boyfriend. Twenty-seven-year-old Sandile Mantsoe has been charged with premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice.

Police sources said Mantsoe, a forex trader, claimed he left Karabo in the apartment after their argument and upon his return found his girlfriend of seven months dead.

“He claims that he doesn’t know who killed her, but that he panicked and believed people would think he killed her,” said the source.

He is said to have told police how he disposed of her body.

“He said he stuffed her body into a bin, rolled it out and into his gold BMW and drove to his family home in Lyndhurst, in southern Johannesburg. He picked up a tyre, acid and a container and drove to a filling station to buy petrol, which he used to douse Karabo’s body in Bramley, where he buried her body.”

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The vibrant and colourful Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre in Langa will play host to renowned ‘Test Kitchen’ chef, Luke Dale-Roberts later this month. This is the latest feather in this important centre’s cap.

The City of Cape Town’s Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre in Langa will add another dish to its already impressive menu at the end of May.

This vibrant arts and culture hub, one of 10 such facilities owned and maintained by the City, will host the Test Kitchen Langa project on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May 2017. Internationally acclaimed chef, Luke Dale-Roberts, and his team from The Test Kitchen will cook lunch at a fundraiser for the Noluthando Early Childhood Development Centre and Project Archangel.

‘Our Cultural Spaces Programme is aimed at providing dedicated and relevant arts and culture spaces that are active, vibrant and well used throughout the city. We partner with sustainable non-profit organisations and plan to establish spaces throughout the metropole for the practice and production of arts- and culture-related activities. Food is definitely a huge part of South African culture and so I hope that the Test Kitchen and others will come back for a second or third helping,’ said the City’s Mayoral committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman Jean-Pierre Smith. Continue reading


Today, 11 May 2017, I visited the Sweet Homes informal settlement in Philippi to monitor and to participate in the City of Cape Town’s winter preparation that is under way.

The City has identified 34 high risk flood-prone areas and has initiated flood prevention measures to minimise the adverse effects of the winter months in these areas.

Flood-measure intervention areas include parts of Kosovo, Klipfontein Glebe, Barcelona/Europe/Vukuzenzele, TR Section, QQ Section, Monwabisi Park and in the Masiphumelele wetlands.

Informal settlements are prioritised for maintenance efforts which focus on the formal and open drainage systems either surrounding or within the settlements, with an increase in inspections and cleaning in the run-up to the winter rainfall season. Continue reading

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