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It was a tense and tough 70 minutes of premier schoolboy rugby in the Faure Street Stadium in Paarl, but Paarl Boys’ High is still the top team in Paarl as well as in South Africa for 2017.

Boys’ High came out on top 18-13 against Paarl Gimnasium in their annual Premier Interschools. The game is without a doubt the biggest school match in the world with more than 25 000 attending the match.

Not even the Super Rugby final in Johannesburg between the Lions and Crusaders with the same kick-off time managed to steal any thunder from this prestigious event.

Boys’ High also finished their South African season unbeaten for a third successive season with this victory. Their last defeat on South African soil came against Marlow Landbou back in 2014. Boys’ High, however, lost earlier this year during their New Zealand tour against Christchurch Boys’ High (38-36).

The first half of the match belonged to Gimmies and they enjoyed a narrow 10-8 lead at the break. Gimmies almost drew first blood in the game after launching an attack from within their own 22 with captain and fullback, Muller du Plessis, creating an overlap with his quick feet. Eightman, Henco Martins, almost rounded off the move, but was just outsprinted by Boys’ High captain and fullback, Thaakier Abrahams.

Boys’ High flyhalf, Abner van Reenen, opened the scoring with a penalty. Shortly afterwards winger Luka Ferreira went over in the corner for a try and it seemed for a few minutes that Boys’ High have taken control of the match. Continue reading

Flyhalf Damian Willemse will make his DHL Western Province debut in the Currie Cup encounter against the Steval Pumas at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

There have been several changes to the DHL Western Province team, for the clash which kicks off at 13h00 on Saturday, with a number of players back in the selection mix.

Fullback SP Marais will have Seabelo Senatla and Dillyn Leyds on either side of him, while EW Viljoen and Dan Kriel will link up in midfield with Michal Hazner providing cover on the replacements bench.

Justin Phillips will partner Willemse at halfback, with the experienced Jano Vermaak set to make an impact in the second half.

In the loose trio Nizaam Carr replaces the injured Sikhumbuzo Notshe at No.8, with Steph de Wit and Kobus van Dyk starting on the flanks and Johan du Toit and Jaco Coetzee among the replacements.

With the lock pairing of JD Schickerling and captain Chris van Zyl retained, the only other changes come in the front row where Ali Vermaak is joined by hooker Bongi Mbonambi and Frans van Wyk, while JC Janse van Rensburg and Currie Cup debutant Michael Kumbirai will be alongside Scarra Ntubeni on the replacements bench.

DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that his team is looking forward to making the most of home advantage in their first game at DHL Newlands this season.

“We welcome a number of talented players into the fold this week and everyone is excited by the prospect of playing at DHL Newlands.

“There has been a lot of hard work put in on the training pitch this week, so hopefully that reflects in our performance,” he said.

Please note: The match will kick-off at 13h00 at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

DHL Western Province: 15 SP Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse (DHL Western Province debut), 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Steph de Wit, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ali Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Johan du Toit, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Michal Hazner.

Psych Night & VANS present Endless Daze Festival, which will take place at Silwerstroom Resort (45 minutes up the West Coast from Cape Town) between 3 – 5 November 2017.

As a boutique and small-scale outdoor festival set by the sea,Endless Daze has fast become the favourite live music festival for goers looking to satisfy their alternative and good music bones without having to sacrifice any of their comforts.

The festival is limited to 2000 people with plenty amenities, so you won’t have to expect any of the regular inconveniences attached to the ‘festival experience’. A curated food area, fully stocked bars, well thought through activations, open spaces, shaded chill areas, environmentally conscious initiatives, a pristine beach and friendly faces… You’ll be hard-pressed to find fault in this little corner of musical bliss.

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Have a look at last year’s event here.

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Drought crisis: enforcement stepped up amid continuing high usage

Since the end of October 2016, the City’s Water Inspectorate and other law enforcement agencies have handled approximately 33 000 enquiries, contraventions, notices and revocations of special exemptions, while the first installations of water management devices on high-user properties are expected this week. 

Dam storage levels are at 27,9%. This means useable water is at 17,9%. Water usage is 642 million litres per day – 142 million litres above our target of 500 million litres of collective water use per day. All residents must immediately reduce consumption further and report contraventions to the City. Consumption remains far too high. It is clear that water users are still taking chances with Cape Town’s collective future.

Properties with unjustifiably high water use are currently being visited by the City’s Water Inspectorate. Failure to justify high use is resulting in the restriction of water supply. The first examples of the installation of water management devices for unjustifiably high use will be done this week. Previously, these devices were only installed to assist with debt management and not high usage as per Level 4b restrictions.

‘If there is a knock on your door, don’t be surprised when it is our Water Inspectorate and law enforcement agencies coming to inspect your water use. Our stubborn high users have received warning notices. We will be forcibly reducing the water use of those who cannot justify their high water usage. We will see our first cases this week. Continue reading

The City of Cape Town, via its Enterprise and Investment Department under the Directorate of the Mayor, has facilitated R2,67 billion worth of investment, which has resulted in 6 236 direct jobs created for the people of Cape Town for the past financial year (July 2016 – June 2017).

The achievement of R2,67 billion worth of investments, 6 236 direct jobs created, and 2 052 people who received training comes against the City of Cape Town internal targets of R2,5 billion worth of investment, 5 000 jobs and 800 training initiatives respectively.

The Enterprise and Investment Department, through collaboration with its partners, facilitated the training of 2 052 people in various skills development programs.

The City has managed to attract the investments and skills training via its partnership with the special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and the Western Cape Destination Marketing, Investment and Trade Promotion Agency (WESGRO). Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Last week the Constitutional Court dismissed the African National Congress application for leave to appeal the Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA) decision to dismiss an earlier appeal in the City logo matter.

In January, the SCA dismissed the ANC’s application with costs.

On 25 July 2017, the Constitutional Court considered the applications for condonation and leave to appeal. It concluded that the ANC’s application for condonation should be refused because of a long delay, the absence of an acceptable explanation for the delay, and the lack of prospects for success. The application for leave to appeal was dismissed.

We welcome the judgment by the Constitutional Court which upheld the SCA’s January 2017 ruling in which it decided not to hear the matter because there was no reasonable prospect of success in an appeal.

The City has once again been vindicated by this decision taken by the highest court in the country.

This signals the end of the road for the ANC’s court battle over the logo and we appeal to them to work with us in focusing their attention on service delivery and making progress possible together with the people of Cape Town.

We can now continue getting on with the good work we started in the past six years and take service delivery to the next level.

We also call on the ANC to pay the City’s legal costs as soon as possible.

Lock Chris van Zyl will captain DHL Western Province as they begin their Currie Cup campaign against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

Following their bye in the opening round last week, DHL Western Province will get their season started at Toyota Stadium in an encounter which kicks off at 14h30 on Sunday.

Fullback SP Marais and hooker Ramone Samuels will both make their DHL Western Province debut after being named in the starting line-up.

Marais will link up with wings Seabelo Senatla and Bjorn Basson in an exciting back three, with Dan Kriel and Michal Hazner in the midfield.

Kurt Coleman and Justin Phillips are the starting halfback pairing and will be backed up by Godlen Masimla and Brandon Thomson on the replacements bench.

In the loose trio Sikhumbuzo Notshe starts at the back of the scrum, with Johan du Toit and Kobus van Dyk on the flanks and Steph de Wit and Jaco Coetzee providing cover among the replacements.

In the second row JD Schickerling partners captain Van Zyl and in the front row props Wilco Louw and Ali Vermaak start either side of Samuels, with Scarra Ntubeni set to make his comeback from injury off the replacements bench. Continue reading

All entry tickets for both days of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens that went on sale to the public on Friday morning sold out in less than two hours.

Computicket experienced unseen levels of interest as all the available tickets for the event on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December were snapped up shortly before 11h00 – less than 120 minutes after they went on sale.

Sales may re-open in the event of commercial partners returning their allocation. However, SA Rugby advises that this is regarded as unlikely.

Guaranteed entry via hospitality packages is still available for both days. They are priced from R995pppd up to R4095 pppd (ex VAT), including a match-day ticket, as well as various offerings of food, drinks and parking and are available through SA Rugby (Mingon van Rooyen – mingonv@sarugby.co.za), or Megapro (john@megapro.co.za). 

For fans travelling from abroad or out of town, tickets and travel packages are also available from SA Rugby Travel (www.sarugbytravel.com orinfo@sarugbytravel.com).

SA Rugby yet again strongly warned members of the public not to buy from third party agencies or companies offering tickets and hospitality packages as these are entirely unofficial and cannot be guaranteed.

Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries, from South Africa’s top rugby schools which are broadcast live on SuperSport from March to August.

Maritzburg College will take on Affies on their home turf on  Saturday, 29 July at 13h00. The match will be televised live on  SuperSport Ten from 12h55.

To view this week’s preview show featuring Dan Kriel , please click on the link https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=vo8IdNXOjEE

Affies 1ST XV

1. Wiehan Bezuidenhout

2. Johan Van Zyl

3. James Combrinck

4. Mica Ruthven

5. Jaco Labuschagne

6. Janco Uys

7. Divhan du Preez

8. Philip Potgieter

9. Steyn Van der Spuy

10. Regardt Roets Continue reading

Captain Salmaan Moerat returns for DHL Western Province U19 in their encounter with Xerox Golden Lions U19 at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.

Moerat missed the victory against Toyota Free State U19 at Brookside last week with concussion, but is back in the team for the match against the table-topping Xerox Golden Lions U19 which kicks off at 10h00 on Saturday.

The only other changes to the starting line-up see Wian van Zyl get an opportunity at flyhalf, while Charl Serdyn is at flank in place of the injured Gift Dlamini.

DHL Western Province U19 coach Nazeem Adams said that his team will have to work hard to continue the winning start they have made to their campaign.

“We know that we face a serious test up in Johannesburg this weekend, which is something that the players are looking forward to.

“There are still many areas in which we can improve, so the focus is on raising our performance to another level,” he said.

DHL Western Province U19: 15 Marco Labuschagne, 14 Mike Mavovana, 13 Lyle Hendricks, 12 Henlo Marais, 11 Christian Guetang, 10 Wian van Zyl, 9 Labib Kannemeyer, 8 Muller Uys, 7 Shaine Orderson, 6 Charl Serdyn, 5 BJ Dixon, 4 Salmaan Moerat (captain), 3 Sazi Sandi, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Leon Lyons.
Replacements: 16 Liam Larkan, 17 Reece Bezuidenhout, 18 Adam Neethling, 19 Jesse Johnson, 20 Austin Brummer, 21 Deon Carstens, 22 Francke Botha, 23 Nathan Nkutu.

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