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adidas and Carbon are rapidly producing 3D-printed face shields during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Carbon is currently producing more than 18,000 face shields a week, after shifting all manufacturing at its California facilities last month to focus on developing medical supplies for first responders and healthcare professionals.

Since 2017, adidas and Carbon have used open source collaboration to create high-performance, 3D-printed footwear, and together they’re redirecting their efforts to aid in the global health crisis.

3D-printed lattice structures can dramatically reduce material usage, speed print times, and improve comfort and performance for both patients and healthcare workers.

adidas is supporting Carbon’s efforts to donate the face shields to U.S. healthcare organisations, first responders and underserved communities that have the greatest need and don’t have access to adequate supply.

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The DHL Stormers have teamed up with various artists and local celebrities to record a tribute video of Johnny Clegg’s ‘The Crossing’. Recorded and filmed in their bye week at the beginning of March, the video has been released on the DHL Stormers’ social media channels and can be viewed here: Johnny Clegg’s The Crossing | DHL Stormers & Friends.

The DHL Stormers squad used ‘The Crossing’ as a team song for the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby competition, singing it in the changeroom after games, before the current season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The song was chosen by team management as Johnny Clegg was a nation-builder who crossed over different communities, much like the Springboks did by winning the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Their goal in the DHL Stormers’ 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign was to build on that concept of unity and ‘The Crossing’ epitomised that spirit of uniting people and moving forward to a new world.

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GOLDEN ARROW PRODUCES OWN FACE MASKS

Golden Arrow, like many other companies, has struggled to source a sustainable supply of face masks for our drivers and other frontline staff. Instead of giving up or purchasing potentially sub-standard masks one of our buyers and our incredible Trim Shop team have come to the rescue in creating and producing our own supply of quality re-usable masks in-house.

The Trim Shop is responsible mainly for ensuring that our bus seats are repaired and re-upholstered on a daily basis. Their ingenuity has seen the development and perfecting of a prototype mask, which is now being produced in-house by the trimmers.

For now we will be producing 2 500 masks to distribute to staff and then, depending on availability of materials and other factors, we may produce on an even larger scale.

It has not been easy sourcing materials but a specific spun material has been selected for breathability and comfort. This initiative is a fantastic example of the resourcefulness of our staff and the ability to work as a team during even the most difficult of times.

The City of Cape Town has received numerous questions about its preparedness to deal with any potential cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 is part of a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals. The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person (coughing, sneezing, touching affected surfaces). An infection may present with fever, coughing and shortness of breath with at least 80% of the cases being mild in nature. Residents with underlying co-morbidities such as diabetes, heart and lung conditions are at increased risk of contracting the infection.

It is important to note that South Africa’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak is being led by the National Department of Health (NDoH), with support from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease Control, and other partners.

The City of Cape Town is one of the partners involved in the response – under direction from the National Health Department and the Western Cape Health Department.

City Health fulfills a complementary primary health function through its network of more than 100 clinics, as well as an environmental health function.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR FINANCE, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

The City of Cape Town continues to disconnect services of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). The disconnections should not affect the operation of the trains and thus commuters.

This is as a result of PRASA repeatedly failing to pay municipal rates and services debts of approximately R114 million to the City, of which R98 million is the arrears amount.

Eskom recently disconnected some of PRASA’S train operations for non-payment of debt to the value of only R6,5 million leaving passengers stranded and no trains operating.

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Scheduled maintenance on the water supply line in the Buh-Rein Estate and Mosselbank areas will cause low water pressure in these areas between 5 March and 27 March 2020. Read more below:

Residents of Buh-Rein Estate and Mosselbank areas are advised that repair work will take place on the water supply line currently feeding their areas between 5 March and 27 March 2020.

The City is making adjustments to the water network in the area to ensure supply is maintained, and although residents will likely notice a drop in water pressure, we do not expect any supply interruptions as a result of this work.  

Residents are also advised to make sure that taps are left in the closed position during this period to prevent any water loss and/or water damage when supply is restored. Residents are advised to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period. 

The City sincerely regrets any inconvenience that may be caused. 

After months of international premieres and sold-out performances, director Oliver Hermanus’ latest film, MOFFIE, will premiere on the local circuit next week – finally reaching his “intended audience…my fellow South Africans.”

The story of a young conscript who battles to survive compulsory service in apartheid-South Africa’s military while confronting toxic masculinity and coming to terms with his sexual orientation, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September of last year. Since that sold-out performance in Italy, MOFFIE and Hermanus have garnered high praise from critics and audiences across the globe.

In recent weeks, in anticipation of the film’s South African premiere on 13 March, 2020, Hermanus shared and discussed the film with a select few gay men for whom he has great admiration, and sat down to talk about their experience of the word “moffie.” These conversations form part of the #calledamoffie campaign by Portobello Productions – the team behind the movie – to denuclearize the word and the hurt it has caused so many people. Videos of these conversations are available to watch on the film’s website, www.moffiefilm.com and features actor Armand Aucamp, comedians Marc Lottering, Pieter-Dirk Uys and Casper de Vries, TV and radio personality Rian van Heerden, politician Siphesihle Dube, fashion designer Lukhanyo Mdingi, business consultant and founder of the Gay Pages, Rubin van Niekerk, sexual health activist Phumlani Kango, and Damian Engelbrecht, the first openly gay contestant on the reality series Boer Soek ‘n Vrou. Among the topics the videos touch on, is how the word “moffie” has affected their lives.

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Finding love online is not a strange phenomenon these days and soulmates are literally found at the click of a button.

This is also the topic of Pieter Marcato’s brand new single, SWIPE REGS, which has just been released. “One of my best friends recently married his soulmate. They met on a dating app and it made me realize that people can find each other in different ways,” the musician explains about the inspiration behind his second solo release.

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Busiswa Lutshaba (33) is a dynamic emerging entrepreneur, born and bred in the vibrant community of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, the third biggest township in South Africa.

In 2015, with a passion for people and budding business savvy, Busiswa founded Blu Space Communications SA, a Public Relations boutique that works with emerging local entrepreneurs, providing them with essential communication services and to help them bridge the gap with corporates and the government.

Responding to an open call by Soapbox, a digital agency that helps small businesses with financial inclusion, the dynamic emerging entrepreneur, made it to the top 5 and later became the first social entrepreneur of the Unboxed Incubator Programme.

To unpack Busiswa’s growth potential, Unboxed, set up a campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy to raise funds to assist her with a three-year strategic development plan for her business. The fund will also help cover Busiswa’s financial business needs such as equipment to create professional content for her clients.

The crowdfunding campaign went live on 1 February 2020 and has thus far raised a total of R9165.83 towards her fundraising target of R40 000.00 with contributions from 29 donors. Busiswa is hoping to have reached her target by the 14 March, when funds are due.

“We believe by helping Busiswa we create an active and self-sustaining economy in Khayelitsha. The long term effects are aiding to financial inclusion and the betterment of socio-economic standards.” – says Ruben Hazelzet from Soapbox.

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While the Isuzu Southern Kings will be playing for pride in their eight remaining Guinness PRO14 pool matches, the heat will be on for the Toyota Cheetahs, whose playoff fate will be decided by a series of home matches as the round-robin stages reaches the business end of the competition.

A series of wasted opportunities and costly errors again left the teams on the wrong side of the scoreboard this past weekend, with the Toyota Cheetahs going down 13-10 against the Dragons in Newport (click here for the match report), while the Isuzu Southern Kings suffered a 29-19 defeat against Connacht in Port Elizabeth (the match report is available here).

The defeat for the Free Staters saw them remain in fourth place in the Conference A log – two points behind the Glasgow Warriors, who are expected to be their main contenders for a playoff spot.

Fortunately for the Toyota Cheetahs, seven of their remaining eight matches will be played in South Africa, with six of them being at home in Bloemfontein.

Toyota Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie was disappointed that his team allowed a 10-0 lead to slip against the Dragons, and said they needed to be further ahead to challenge for the victory.

“We didn’t get enough points on the board in the first half when the wind behind us was unbelievably strong,” said Fourie.

“Being 10 points ahead wasn’t good enough, and we needed to take our chances. Unfortunately some passes were dropped and penalties given away, and it cost us.

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