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CAPE TOWN – Did Nizaam Carr not deserve a Springbok call-up? If you look at Allister Coetzee’s squad for the End of Year tour, apparently not. And it really puzzles me.
Carr has been immense this year, and when Province kicked off their Currie Cup campaign, the 26-year-old built on his Super Rugby form and looked even better in the domestic competition.

Carr has perfectly blended his well-known portfolio as a very skilful player with the grittier stuff – he didn’t just show his speed, his ball-carrying ability and his linking play this year, he’s also shown that he can bring the physicality when needed, and his solid work on the ground spoke for itself.

But as those involved in rugby in whatever sense will always be quick to remind you – the Currie Cup is far from the ideal Springbok barometer (although those same individuals sometimes forget that notion when they tout players who haven’t even been outstanding in the Currie Cup competition – players who have managed to just do the basics well – as being worthy of a Bok call-up). And that we all know.

Patchy attendances and a seemingly reducing fan interest have plagued the world’s oldest domestic competition this season. It’s been happening for a while now, and it becomes more apparent every year.

Often, when fans get into Bok-selection debates on social media, you see someone saying just because a player looked good in whatever Currie Cup match, doesn’t mean he’s automatically international material (sometimes, though, that person just doesn’t rate the player being discussed).

And that’s true. Just because a player has a solid, maybe even a standout Currie Cup run, doesn’t mean he’ll make a fine Test player, or that he can even cut it at international level.

Like it or not, “Currie Cup star” doesn’t automatically equal “Springbok”. But Carr is not just a Currie Cup specialist. And the opportunity to build on his five Test caps would have been well deserved.

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Pic: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

Pic: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

DHL Western Province produced a strong second-half display and held their nerve late in the hard-fought Currie Cup Final – sponsored by Nashua and DirectAxis – in Durban on Saturday for a 33-21 victory and their first title since 2014.

The hosts edged their way to a 21-15 halftime lead to the delight of in front of a passionate crowd of 32 562 people at Growthpoint Kings Park, but the Capetonians fought back strongly in the second half to score 23 unanswered points and claim the coveted title.

The win marked the Cape side’s third away victory in five Currie Cup finals against the Cell C Sharks in Durban since 1995, and it capped off a rewarding day for the union from Cape Town as they also secured the SA Rugby U21 Championship title in the curtain-raiser to the main final, while the Xerox Golden Lions secured the SA Rugby U19 Championship title.

In the main game, the home team opened up the scoring in the third minute when veteran winger Odwa Ndungane dived in for a try, but this was cancelled out minutes later as DHL Western Province centre Huw Jones crossed the chalk to level the scores at 7-7.

Cell C Sharks No 8 Dan du Preez broke the deadlock in the 17th minute as he crashed over following good pressure close to the tryline, but their lead was reduced to 15-10 as his brother, DHL Western Province flyhalf Robert du Preez, slotted a penalty goal early in the fourth quarter. Continue reading

Drought crisis: guidelines for water rationing

Dam storage levels are at 38,5%, with useable water at 28,5%. The City of Cape Town’s engineered rationing intervention is starting to have an effect on consumption but water usage must be reduced further. Consumption is at 585 million litres of collective usage per day. The City activated water rationing as part of the implementation of its Critical Water Shortages Management Disaster Plan. This action intensifies the preceding months of pressure management which continues to be done in an attempt to force water consumption down to required levels. Read more below:

Due to the critical nature of available water supply, all water users across the metro must expect water rationing which could lead to water supply disruptions.

This is likely to result in water supply being disrupted during peak water usage times in the mornings (between 05:00 and 09:00) and in the evenings (between 17:00 and 21:00) if usage is above the required levels. It must be noted that theoretically everyone should have water but that the duration of the outages would depend on the water usage for the area and whether it is within the water restriction levels. The City supplies sufficient water to an area, but if the demand is too high then those in high-lying areas or high-lying properties will experience some outages. The City therefore appeals to those in lower-lying areas to reduce usage to assist in terms of outages in the higher-lying areas.

Service will be restored as soon as demand decreases to within the limitations of Level 5 water restrictions. If an area is using above the daily water limit, rationing through advance pressure management will continue until the limit is reached. It is therefore difficult to pin down an exact time for the duration of supply interruptions as it depends on the behaviour of the consumers, within a pressure zone. Continue reading

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Cape Town – The Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) looks set to move to the Cape Town Stadium and leave Newlands behind.

According to Netwerk24, an official agreement has notbeen signed, but WPRFU president Thelo Wakefield said it was a ‘business decision’ to be finalised in the near future.

Despite the news, both the Stormers and Western Province are expected to remain at Newlands next year, and Wakefield could not confirm if the move will be made as early as 2019.

“I know there are emotions involved, but in the end that does not pay the bills. It is inevitable that we move … If our vision is to be the leading union in the world, we must also have world-class facilities,” he said.

The Cape Town Stadium was built to stage matches at the 2010 Soccer World Cup and will play host the South African leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series on December 9-10, 2017.


The City is launching five new MyCiTi bus stops, improved timetables, and direct and express routes to create an even more efficient service. This roll-out is fittingly being done during October, which is Transport Month. The changes are set to meet the increase in passenger demand and help cut travel time. Commuters will also have an opportunity to enjoy a free-ride day on 29 October 2017. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority is making strides in ensuring that Cape Town has an efficient public transport system. By providing improved and more frequent transport services, the City is enhancing access to opportunities, in line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

Five new stops will be launched in Atlantis on 28 October 2017 as follows:
· Atlantis Cemetery, which will serve Routes 235, 234, 234a and 243
· Swift, which will serve Routes 237 and 242
· Marigold, serving Routes 232, 232a and 241
· Avondale, serving Routes 232, 232a and 241
· Grosvenor North, serving Route 233

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Today, 18 October 2017, the City of Cape Town and Airbnb signed the hospitality platform’s first collaboration agreement with a city in Africa. Under the agreement, Airbnb and the City will work together to promote the benefits of people-to-people tourism for Cape Town residents and their communities, and promote Cape Town across the world as a unique travel destination.

Since 2008, hosts on Airbnb have welcomed over 200 million guests in 191 countries. In Cape Town there are 17 600 active listings on Airbnb and hosts have earned a combined income of R762 million over the past 12 months.

In the past year, hosts on Airbnb in Cape Town welcomed close to 290 000 visitors, which resulted in an estimated economic boost of R2,4 billion for the city. The typical host in Cape Town earns an additional R43 400 by sharing their home for 32 nights per year.

As part of the collaboration agreement, Airbnb and the City of Cape Town will: Continue reading


Drought crisis: consumption remains far too high

Dam storage levels are at 37,4%, with useable water at 27,4%.

Consumption remains too high, at 600 million litres of collective usage per day. This is 100 million litres above the crucial consumption target of 500 million litres per day.

The City of Cape Town activated water rationing as part of the implementation of its Critical Water Shortages Management Disaster Plan. This action intensifies the preceding months of pressure management which continues to be done in an attempt to force water consumption down to required levels.

Water usage must be reduced immediately.

Models will honour abused women as they take to the fashion runway at a glamour-filled picnic in Somerset West for the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation.

The Reeva Renaissance Runway, an afternoon high tea and fashion show at beautiful Lourensford Wine Estate on Saturday November 25, “aims to bring women from all walks of life together to empower women affected by domestic violence, remember those who have lost their lives and honour those who have taken the brave step to rise above it,” said Kim Martin, CEO of the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation.

With a dress code of “picnics and pastels”, celebrities and guests will enjoy a fashion show with models dressed in summer 2018 fashion from top local designers Craig Port, Jade Saunders, Lara Klawikowski, and Bokang Lehabe.Good Hope FM’s Ayanda Dlamini will MC the event.

November 25 marks United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children. Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic and is a human rights violation. Statistics South Africa reports the highest number of domestic violence cases in the world. Women recovering from abuse, need the opportunity to build and redevelop their self-esteem and rediscover themselves as women, to once again feel confident enough to call the world their runway,” Martin said.

The Foundation has chosen 16 women (the same number as the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, which starts on November 25) from local shelters and safe houses who will experience a life-changing weekend retreat with coaching and a “mental, physical and emotional make-over”. This will take place on the weekend of November 18.

Award-winning singer-songwriter and TV actress, Tarryn Lamb, who recently performed her debut solo concert in Cape Town to a sold out audience, will perform some of this new material at the Reeva Renaissance picnic. Continue reading

Tickets for the Currie Cup semifinal between DHL Western Province and the Xerox Golden Lions at DHL Newlands on Saturday go on sale on Tuesday.

Tickets for the play-off match, which kicks off at 17h00 on Saturday, will be available from or any Computicket outlet from 12h00 on Tuesday.

Season tickets are valid and gates will open at 13h45, with DHL Western Province U19 hosting Toyota Free State Cheetahs U19 in a semifinal curtain-raiser, which kicks off at 14h30.

DHL Western Province U19 won 11 of their 12 matches in the league phase of the competition to claim top position heading into the semifinal, which will be their first appearance at DHL Newlands this year.

Ticket prices start at just R40 for standing room and R60 for the cheapest seats, up to R150 for Category One seats.

DHL Western Province secured home advantage in the semifinal with a 31-20 victory against the tabletopping Cell C Sharks in their final league fixture in Durban.

The team showed great character to fight back in the second half to break their hosts’ 10-game winning streak and claim second place on the standings.

It was the seventh win for Head Coach John Dobson’s team, in a campaign which saw them beat every other team in the competition at least once.

The clash with the Xerox Golden Lions will be the first Currie Cup semifinal at DHL Newlands since 2014, when DHL Western Province went on to lift the famous old cup for a record 33rd time.

DHL Newlands Currie Cup semifinal ticket prices:

Category One: R150
Category Two: R100
Category Three: R80
Category Four: R60
Category Five (standing): R40

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