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On 17 July, the eve of the official opening of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament (WCPP) and the Premier’s State of the Province Address, Speaker Masizole Mnqasela and Deputy Speaker Beverley Schäfer hosted a cocktail function for the Cape Town Consular Corps.

This event, customary at the start of a new parliamentary term, saw the Members of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament engaging with representatives of the 54-member strong Cape Town Consular Corps, further enhancing the already healthy relationships established between the Western Cape and many of these states.

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Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth shrugged off any suggestion of a second string line-up for Saturday’s Castle Lager Rugby Championship match against Australia at Emirates Airline Park when he gave his captain’s media conference on Friday.

The big lock will lead a squad featuring a Springbok centurion, three half centurions and five more players with more than 35 caps, including players who have claimed the SA Rugby Player of the Year award in three of the last four years.

“We all have a responsibility when we pull on that jersey and that lies with the 23 in South Africa as much as anyone else,” said Etzebeth.

“There’s not much difference between the guys who are here and the ones on their way to New Zealand. I don’t think the team could have been picked much stronger. This is a very strong team we have picked, and I have a lot of confidence in them for tomorrow’s Test.”

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The City of Cape Town will commence with the extension of Belhar Main Road in August this year. The project will alleviate traffic congestion in Highbury and the surrounding areas, as well as support future developments planned for this region. Read more below:

The extension of Belhar Main Road is key to expanding the local economy in Kuils River, and will also allow for improved accessibility to and from the area. The City has met with community leaders on Tuesday, 16 July 2019, to discuss the details of the project and will soon host an open day where local residents will have the opportunity to get more information.

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A video clip was recently circulated on social media depicting alleged neglect of small children. The community member who raised the alarm, and brought the case to the Department’s attention, feared for the safety and wellbeing of the children.

A social worker from the Metro South region has been dispatched and a home visit conducted, safety and risk assessments conducted, and the children have been temporarily placed in a place of safety while the investigation continues.

Over the 2018/2019 financial year, 23 054 families in the Western cape were recorded accessing ‘developmental social welfare services’ that strengthens families and communities. Furthermore, 10 580 is the number of children and families in the Province who accessed ‘care and protection services’ over the same period.

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Experienced lock Eben Etzebeth was on Wednesday named as Springbok captain for Saturday’s first Castle Lager Rugby Championship match against Australia in Johannesburg, while Rynhardt Elstadt (loose forward) and Herschel Jantjies (scrumhalf) will both make their Test debuts on the Highveld.

The game is the first in the Springboks’ shortened 2019 Castle Lager Rugby Championship campaign, which also consists of away matches against New Zealand and Argentina. Kick-off on Saturday is at 17h05 and the match will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

Etzebeth takes over the captaincy from regular skipper Siya Kolisi, who is recovering from a knee injury, while Aphiwe Dyantyi was also not considered for selection because of a hamstring injury. It will be Etzebeth’s 12th Test as Bok captain.

Elstadt (Toulouse, France) and Jantjies (DHL Stormers) are the only two uncapped players in the starting team, while Lizo Gqoboka (prop, Vodacom Bulls) is also set to earn his debut off the bench.

Elstadt is picked at No 6 flank in a loose trio that also includes the experienced duo of Pieter-Steph du Toit (No 7, 46 caps) and No 8 Francois Louw (65 caps). Jantjies, will play alongside the 33-cap Elton Jantjies (flyhalf) in a new-look halfback combination.

On the bench there is also a return to the Bok fold for a number of familiar faces as Erasmus casts his net wide with the 2019 Rugby World Cup squad in mind. They are Ulster loose forward Marcell Coetzee, Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints, scrumhalf), the mercurial Frans Steyn (Montpellier, utility back) and Dillyn Leyds (DHL Stormers, utility back).

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A review of the numbers for two severe cold fronts in June shows that the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC) recorded 760 incidents, ranging from blocked drains to fallen trees and flooding. Read more below:

With winter in full swing and more rain in the forecast for the coming days, the DRMC has calculated that it recorded 760 incidents during June 2019.

The DRMC coordinates the City’s response to incidents that impact on the safety and well-being of residents.

In June, the DRMC received weather warnings from the South African Weather Service on two occasions.

Severe weather fallouts reports included flooding to varying degrees; roofs damaged or blown off by strong winds; trees and branches had fallen down, blocked drains, and power outages, amongst others. Continue reading

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Former Springbok wing James Small, a member of the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning squad, has died suddenly from a heart attack on Wednesday.

The 50-year-old Small was rushed to hospital in Johannesburg on Tuesday night after suffering from a suspected heart attack.

Mr Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, passed on his condolences to Small’s family and friends.

“James, as a member of the triumphant Rugby World Cup squad from 1995, will always have a special place in the hearts and minds of the South African public and we were devastated to hear of his passing,” said Mr Alexander.

“He always played with the type of passion and courage that encapsulate what Springbok rugby stands for, and he lived his life in the same way.

“At 50 years old, James Small died too young. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this very sad time.”

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The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, has condemned in the strongest terms, the rampant killings which occurred in Philippi and elsewhere on the Cape Flats over the weekend.

On Friday night, six women between the ages of 18 and 26 years were murdered at a residence in the Marcus Garvey community, Philippi East. Police have confirmed that unknown gunmen entered the home at 22:55 and opened fire on the victims.

On Saturday evening an additional five men, aged 18 to 39, were shot dead and one was injured in two separate shooting incidents in Philippi. A further two individuals were shot dead in Hanover Park and one in Delft.

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Residents are reminded that we are still not out of the current drought period and water restrictions remain in place even though dam levels are increasing slowly. Read more below:

Cape Town’s collective water consumption decreased by 15 million litres per day for the past week, to 555 million litres per day. This an encouraging response to the City urging continued restraint, despite recent rains. For this we are appreciative.

Further rains this past week have seen dam levels recover to 59,8% of storage capacity; however, we are not yet in a position where we can safely relax.

‘Although the metro dam levels are slowly increasing, we are still in a period of recovery. This precious resource has to see us through the next summer until the following winter and hopefully some better rainfall,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

Residents are encouraged to continue using water sparingly and to remain water wise.

The City would like to thank all water warriors who constantly strive to reduce their consumption and save this precious resource.

Water restrictions remain in place to aid dam recovery.

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.

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