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(South Africa, February 2017) Absa, title sponsors of the Absa Cape Epic, will provide 10 young Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy (DMA) students with invaluable internship opportunities at one of the world’s toughest mountain bike stage races.

Since 2004, Absa has been a proud and active supporter of the DMA, especially in its endeavour to leverage the sport of mountain-biking to provide change and positivity for the indigent youth from Diepsloot.

In partnership with the DMA, and with the assistance of the event organisers and other event sponsors, Absa provided work exposure opportunities to 14 DMA students at the 2016 Absa Cape Epic.  Over the last two years the DMA internship programme has been aligned to ReadytoWork, the bank’s pan-African employability initiative aimed at helping young people build the skills they need to make the critical transition from education into the world of work. This forms part of Absa’s commitment to Education and Skills development, one of three key focus areas of its Shared Growth strategy.

This year, Absa is intensifying its commitment to the DMA via comprehensive pre-and-post event workshops that could enhance the prospects of the DMA interns securing further internship opportunities after the Absa Cape Epic. Continue reading

DHL Stormers injury report – 13/02/2017

DHL Stormers wing Leolin Zas has been ruled out of action for approximately a year with a broken leg.

Zas fractured both his Fibula and Tibia in the pre-season friendly against the Emirates Lions on Saturday, after coming on as a replacement having recently returned from an unrelated leg injury.

The other major casualty from the 57-40 victory against the Emirates Lions was centre Juan de Jongh who tore his medial collateral ligament and will consequently spend around 10-12 weeks on the sidelines.

The Cape Argus SportShow returns for its sophomore showing this year in the heart of the Cape Winelands. From 24-26 March, Sandringham will play host to a three-day sporting showpiece that encompasses live shows, sporting celebs, clinics, exhibitors and games for young and old alike.

According to event organizer Stephan Jooste, the SportShow promises fun for the entire family.

“Too many sporting events exclude moms and dads and daughters,” says Jooste. “But the SportShow is wholly inclusive, and pleases casual fans and hardcore sports fanatics alike.”

He holds dear a quote by Richard Branson, which posits that sporting shows should be more like concerts: “Fun for everybody.”

Last year’s highlights included the world-famous slam-dunk team Lords of Gravity, Nick de Wit and his freestyle motocross riders, triathlete Conrad Stoltz, as well as good food, craft beer and areas for kids.

Jooste promises they’re “only warming up.” Continue reading

The DA notes with concern  the passing away of two workers at the Petro SA plant in Mossell Bay and sends its condolences to the families and close friends of the deceased.

In my Capacity as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Local Government in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, I have written to the  Minister of Local Government, Anton Bredell to investigate the details of what transpired at PetroSA and whether PetroSA complies with all safety standards, and Disaster Management Act as required by law. Furthermore, I will also invite Petro SA to brief the committee on their safety plans and how they will ensure that no more lives are lost.

Two employees, Sheradon Baker and Luvuyo Mkutukana, died  after the two men were overcome by toxic gases when working on a vessel at the Mossel Bay plant, as reported by the  Mossel Bay Advertiser. This is a major concern as we have no idea to what extent the gas has leaked and how it will affect other employees and surrounding residential areas. Lives have been lost and we do not wish to see any more people needlessly affected. One life lost, is one life too many. Continue reading

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