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This morning, Converse SA made a substantial difference in the lives of 1,500 deskless students in Diepsloot by providing them all with a tool to learn with dignity, but most importantly to learn to their full capabilities – a DeskBag.

Diepsloot Secondary Number 3 school and Diepsloot Combine school have both been in dire need of school desks for a number of years, their students are forced to do their school work on the cold, hard floor or to share a single desk with about five other students at a time. Today, Converse donated nearly half a million rands in DeskBags to these desperate schools.

According to Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga’s parliamentary response, there over 3 million children who do not have school desks and are forced to use the ground as a writing surface. DeskBags is an innovative solution to this South Africa challenge. The Non-Profit Company (NPC) provides hybrid satchels that double as school bags and portable desks when folded open onto the child’s lap. The front flap of the bags is reinforced with ABS plastic, ensuring a hard and stable surface for children to use and to write on while doing their work at school and homework at home. Continue reading

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Today, in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, the Standing Committee on Human Settlements, unanimously adopted the Western Cape Housing Development Amendment Bill [B 2-2017].

The purpose of the Bill is to allow immovable assets to be acquired or disposed for housing development and to disestablish the Western Cape Housing Development Fund (WCHDF). The Bill will now be debated and considered for adoption in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.

I am pleased with the adoption of the Bill as it will lead to more housing opportunities for residents in the Province. Continue reading

H2O International is the leading force in water purification on the African continent and Southern Africa’s top water purification company. It is the exclusive distributor in South Africa of the unique GAC/KDF/RIOLYTE Process Media, which guarantees quality water and great taste by removing the harmful contaminants from tap water.

In 2009, in response to public demand, founder and CEO Tony Marchesini introduced the walk-in water refill service to the H2O International SA franchises.

“We had a number of prospective clients who for health reasons wanted filtered drinking water in their homes but were not yet in a position to purchase one of our Multi Stage Water Purification Systems,” Marchesini explains. “We looked for an alternative solution and the only way to provide for their needs without compromising on quality, was to filter the water ourselves. With the requisite permits in place we began to run tap water through the H2O systems at our franchise outlets, filling and refilling our clients’ water containers. We charged a nominal filtration fee (R1 a litre) and everyone was happy.” Continue reading

The Boardwalk’s Nu Metro is giving fans of the racy Fifty Shades franchise the chance to see the latest movie installment, Fifty Shades Freed, before it officially hits the circuit on 9 February 2018. The pre screening – a Nu Metro Girls Night Out experience for ladies only – is on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 at Nu Metro at The Boardwalk.

The Girls Night Out experience is R75 per person. This includes a 2D ticket, welcome drinks, a light snack and a goodie bag. There are fantastic prizes to be won in a lucky draw at 19h35 and the movie will start at 20h00.

In Fifty Shades Freed, newlyweds Christian and Ana believe they have left behind shadowy figures from their past and fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

Don’t miss this chance to be amongst the first to see this gripping installment. Pre booking is essential for Girls Night Out call Nu Metro Boardwalk on 041 5832000. to avoid disappointment.

Like The Boardwalk on Facebook www.facebook.com/boardwalk.elizabeth and follow on Twitter @TheBoardwalkPE.

As the Matric Class of 2018 settle into their final year of school and get to grips with the challenges of the year ahead, an education expert has warned that they need to start thinking about their plans for next year sooner rather than later.

“One of the most important decisions young people will ever need to take, is what they will study after school. Following closely on that one, is the decision about where to study,” says Tammy Oppenheim, Head of Programme: Faculty of Humanities at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education provider.

She says the options available in terms of institution, field and qualification today are so much wider than ever before. Despite this, prospective students often still don’t investigate the full array of what is on offer, opting at the last minute for a traditional 3-year degree at a public institution.

“This is why we urge Matrics to start investigating and considering the pros and cons of various qualifications and institutions right away, so that when the time comes, they opt for the route which is most likely to see them succeed in a field which really excites them,” she says.  Continue reading

You don’t need an excuse for a romantic getaway with your plus-one, but Valentine’s Day is as good a reason as any for some time wining dining and quality time alone together. Sue Petrie, British Airways’ Commercial Manager for Southern Africa suggests the following venues for the 14th of February and beyond.

The Western Cape

The Taj Hotel in Cape Town: this magnificent hotel is in the centre of the city, opposite Parliament and the St George’s Cathedral, with the pedestrianized St George’s Mall on its doorstep. It’s in the building that once housed the South African Reserve Bank and the Board of Executors, and houses several fine restaurants and watering-holes. Petrie suggests a pampering at the Taj’s Jiva Grande Spar, followe by champagne, Guinness and oysters in the beautiful, historic Twankey Bar or supper in the acclaimed Bombay Brasserie restaurant. www.tajcapetown.co.za

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star luxury on fynbos-covered slopes overlooking Walker Bay, one of the world’s great whale-watching hotspots. The lodge has 11 luxury suites, with the emphasis on privacy, comfort and closeness to nature. There’s also a hilltop lodge overlooking one of the world’s most biodiverse landscapes, as well as two private villas, each with its own chef, butler and nature guides. You and your plus-one can take spa treatments, ride horses, hike, ride horses or quad-bikes, take picnics and do wine-tastings. www.grootbos.com

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BOOST – the relentless energy-return technology that defined an industry – turns five

adidas Energy BOOST, the first adidas Running model to feature BOOST technology, is updated and re-released

The 5 years of BOOST anniversary pack includes Energy BOOST and a limited-edition UltraBOOST

South Africa, 1 February, 2018: Five years after adidas Running released their first-ever high-performance running silhouette made with industry-defining BOOSTTM technology, the Energy BOOST returns. To celebrate the landmark, the Energy BOOST has been updated and re-released in original black and yellow colourways to celebrate adidas’ most iconic and loved silhouettes – including Energy BOOSTand UltraBOOST LTD.

BOOST™ is a superior lightweight cushioning technology that provides energy return for every single stride. Now, the state-of-the-art material that defined the adidas Running category and has broken two marathon world records with performance athletes Mary Keitany and Dennis Kimetto celebrates five years at the forefront of innovation. Continue reading

OpenView HD regrets to inform its viewers that the music channel, Beatlab.tv, will no longer be available on the OpenView HD platform from Thursday 1 February 2018.

In line with the reviewed channel strategy of the platform, OpenView HD has made the decision to make way for new and fresh content that viewers have asked for and want.

A new entertainment channel on OpenView HD will be launched soon. Further details will be announced in due course.

The Springbok Sevens team on Sunday moved back to the top of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings despite a 29-0 defeat to Australia in the final of the HSBC Sydney Sevens.

The Blitzboks, who started the tournament second on the log, moved past New Zealand after three tournaments in the series being played, with the next in the ten-stop tour next weekend in Hamilton, New Zealand.

South Africa started the final without influential captain, Philip Snyman due to a hamstring injury, and earlier had to replace Ruhan Nel due to a sprained knee. Sikhumbuzo Notshe replaced Nel for the final two matches, becoming the latest Springbok Sevens debutant.

Earlier, the Blitzboks proved way to slick for the USA in the semifinal, beating them 35-7 after a 17-0 win over Kenya in the Cup quarterfinals took them into the last four.

They scored the most tries in the tournament and made the most tackles, but that did not result in another title. The home side, who last won a tournament on home soil in 2002, had too much firepower for the defending champions, who trailed 14-0 at the break. There was very little on attack coming from the Blitzboks and they slipped off 25% of their tackles, something that did not please coach Neil Powell.

“There is not much to be happy about the final. We had a couple of chances in the first half, but we were not clinical enough. Even in first phase we were poor, lost two of our scrum feeds, and had a poor option from a lineout as well. We were still in at halftime, but once they got momentum in the second half, we could not stop them.” Continue reading

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Johannesburg, 23 January 2018: Following 13 weeks of  revealing shocking secrets, BET’s The Big Secret will revisit the most talked about confessors in a two part reunion show on Wednesday, 24 January at 21:30 and 22:00 CAT on BET (DStv channel 129).

Hosted by the ever candid Khanyi Mbau, part one of the reunion show will see her having a heart-to-heart with Arnold who confessed that he was still struggling with the effects of what happened to him as a child; Edmund, who faked being gay and had a fall out with his friend Tshepo; Mmapaseka, who was instructed by her church elder to dump the married man she was dating; Nokwazi, who had to relive the trauma that occurred after one fateful decision and Sibusiso who finally came clean about his double life. Continue reading

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