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How healthy soil can mitigate Climate Change.

Land degradation such as unsustainable farming practices, industrial activities, mining, untreated urban waste and other non-environmental friendly practices are all human activities that affect our soil.

World Soil Day is held annually on 5th December, to raise awareness of the importance of soil quality for human well-being, food security and ecosystems. Soil carbon that is released into the atmosphere, through land degradation, is a big contributor to climate change.

Karen Shippey, Chief Director for Sustainability at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) says: “Soil is essentially a non-renewable resource as it takes years, decades, even centuries, to grow a centimetre of healthy topsoil.”

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Today, 4 December 2019, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, visited the Lourensia Park Housing Project in Somerset West to check on its progress. The first houses in this project are expected to be handed over early next year.

This phase of the City of Cape Town’s Lourensia Park Housing Project will comprise of 150 opportunities at a cost of approximately R41 million.

The expenditure on this project includes money allocated for the:

· earthworks

· internal civil engineering services for the provision of water, sanitation and roads

· electricity reticulation

· street lighting

· houses

In the previous phase 216 units were constructed. Continue reading

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Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell knows the route to the top of the podium at the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens – he has after all lifted the trophy more than once as a player, and watched his team do the same as a coach.

The Dubai tournament – the first of ten in the 2019/20 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – starts at The Sevens Stadium on Thursday, with the Blitzboks playing Kenya in their only match of the day.

Ann according to Powell, the Blitzboks arrived in Dubai confident after good preparation in Stellenbosch for the last two months.

“We also played in a warm-up tournament, so a lot of things we wanted to do have happened – but the real test remains here in Dubai when the tournament and series start,” said Powell.

South Africa have won the Dubai title six times before and for Powell a good start has always indicated what the season has in store for the Blitzboks.

“The pre-season normally manifests itself here and in Cape Town next weekend, but I think we have laid a good foundation for the opening two weeks,” he explained.

“There are a couple of challenges though. We needed to get through the 10-hour flight and its effects, and then a slight mindset change as the tournament is now starting a day earlier and will be played over three days and not the usual two.”

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be undertaking emergency repair work in the Parow area. Read more below:

The work will result in the disruption of the water supply in the Parow area on Wednesday, 4 December 2019 from 20:00 until 02:00.

Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period.

It is advisable to keep all taps closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored.

This work forms part of the City’s Water Demand Management Plan and will significantly reduce the occurrence of pipe bursts and subsequent water losses.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.

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TOP SONGS OF 2019: SOUTH AFRICA playlist:

APPLE MUSIC GLOBAL TOP STREAMED ALBUM OF 2019
Billie Eilish – WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

APPLE MUSIC GLOBAL TOP 10 STREAMED SONGS OF 2019
1. Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)
2. Post Malone & Swae Lee – Sunflower
3. Ariana Grande – thank u, next
4. Ariana Grande – 7 rings
5. Billie Eilish – bad guy
6. Post Malone – Wow.
7. Meek Mill – Going Bad (featuring Drake)
8. Halsey – Without Me
9. Gunna & Lil Baby – Drip Too Hard
10. Travis Scott – SICKO MODE

APPLE MUSIC’S 2019
Alternative – Billie Eilish
Classical – Ludovico Einaudi
Country – Luke Combs
Hip-Hop – Drake
African Artist – Burna Boy
Pop – Ariana Grande
R&B – Khalid
Rock – Queen
J-Pop Artists – aimyon
K-Pop Artists – BTS
Latin – Bad Bunny

APPLE MUSIC SOUTH AFRICAN TOP 10 STREAMED SONGS OF 2019

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Junior Springbok assistant coach, Bafana Nhleko – who is serving in the same capacity on the SA Under-19 team’s tour to Georgia – looked back at the positives from their 28-21 victory against the hosts on Monday, and singled out a few areas to work on ahead of their second and final tour match on Thursday.

The team overturned a halftime deficit of 18-14 to win their first match at the Shevardeni Rugby Stadium in the country’s capital, Tbilisi.

After reviewing the match on Tuesday morning, Nhleko said: “With such short preparation time and the testing playing conditions, the players did well to try to stick to the game plan. They adapted particularly well to the defensive breakdown interpretation, especially after conceding a few penalties in the first half.

“I also felt that we created opportunities on attack, but it is about being alert so that we can capitalise on them. We were also pleased with the defensive character the boys showed, and the fact that they limited the hosts to only three points in the second half,” he added.

Casting an eye on their next match-up on Thursday, Nhleko said: “Our leg drive in the tackle is a work on, as we lost some collisions, and we would also like to improve our ability to set early so that we can move the ball when the options are on.

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Youngsta CPT. Pic: Baydu Adams

Youngsta CPT.
Pic: Baydu Adams

That was the message relayed by Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

On yet another beautiful Cape Town Sunday the masses came out to support the annual Switching on of the lights, held at the City Hall with crowds gathered opposite at the Grand Parade and down Adderley Street.

Crowds were entertained from 4pm with music and performances. DJ Portia was behind the decks this time and Justin Vega joined Early B for his set and MC’s Wayne McKay and Chad Chitter kept the crowd going in between acts. This year was the City’s 50th celebration of this occasion.

The masses were entertained by acts such as Sho Madjozi, Ndlovu Youth Choir, Youngsta CPT, Andries Vermeulen, The Watt, The Unknown Dance Crew and PE born Early B.

Sho Madjozi Pic: Baydu Adams

Sho Madjozi
Pic: Baydu Adams

It was an energy filled free show as Capetonians came from far and wide and mingled with tourists and out of towners to line the streets of the City Centre where 100 000 came out to witness this annual spectacle.

Mayor Dan Plato touched on a few things in his speech including the 16 days of activism against the abuse of women and children. After his speech there was a countdown and after “zero!” Adderley Street and the likes filled up the night sky.

Traditionally this means the festive season has now started and normally sees the night market, Christmas choirs, Malay choirs and minstrels parade the streets of Cape Town over the next few weeks. The traditional annual tweedenuwejaar road procession will take place on Saturday 4 January 2020. The second of January coincides with a Thursday and the minstrels never march on a Thursday, Friday nor Sunday out of respect for the Christian and Islamic faith.

Be sure to book your seats and be apart of the Cape Town traditions as we welcome in 2020!

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In a bid to empower local businesses with the necessary skills to do business with the City, workshops will be hosted in Somerset West and Mfuleni.  

The aim of these Vendor Database Workshops is to ensure that emerging businesses possess the necessary skills to conduct business with the City.

These workshops are conducted in an environment where businesses acquire practical exposure in completing requests for quotations and tenders.

In addition, participants are encouraged to register on the City’s Community Vendor Database for business opportunities to the maximum of R100 000.00

‘The need to support vendors is in line with the City’s commitment to empower and ensure growth for small businesses. After receiving numerous complaints from small businesses that they are unable to secure business opportunities with the City, we have now created the Community Vendor Support programme to create opportunities for contractors in their local communities and wards,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND ASSET MANAGEMENT, ALDERMAN JAMES VOS

1 450 jobs retained and R1,3 billion investment secured in Atlantis

This morning, I met with businesses in Atlantis where the incentives offered by the City resulted in the retention of 1 450 jobs.
During this period, PF Nonwovens (formerly Pegas Nonwovens), commissioned their new plant to the tune of R1,3 billion, which is expected to create 200 full time jobs by the time it is fully operational. This company manufactures non-woven, polypropylene and polyethylene-based textiles used in disposable hygiene products.

The main purpose of the Investment Incentives Policy is to provide incentives in areas where there is great potential for job creation but where challenges to investment currently exist.

I am happy to confirm that the City Council recently approved the extension of investment incentives to a further five industrial areas in Cape Town, namely: Continue reading

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