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The Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, has condemned the shooting in Pook se Bos, Rylands, that resulted in the death of a three-year-old boy who was caught in the crossfire and subsequently died in hospital.

The incident reportedly took place on Monday at 10:15am at Pook se Bos informal settlement. Unidentified men in a white light delivery vehicle shot in the direction of the child’s home.

MEC Fritz said, “We are deploying a social worker to investigate the needs of those affected by the shooting. If you have been affected by the incident and require psycho-social support, please contact your local DSD office. Alternatively, you can call the DSD Hotline on 0800 220 250 for support.”

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Save the Pedestals, a unique, international, artistic collaboration between the Baxter Theatre Centre, Handspring Puppet Company and Halle Puppet Theatre, makes its African debut at the Baxter Flipside, for four performances only, from 28 to 30 March, at 8pm, with a matinee on Saturday, 30 March at 4pm. This follows its hugely successful world premiere in Halle, Germany, last year.

The acclaimed South African creative team behind the production have combined their collective skills to bring to life the narrative, which is based on writer Ivan Vladislavić’s short story, under the direction of choreographer and director, Robin Orlyn and featuring puppets by the Tony-Award-winning Handspring Puppet Company, led by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones.

The cast of five is made up of puppeteers Mmakgosi Tsogang Kgabi (Botswana and SA), Lambert Mousseka Ntumba (DRC) and Franziska Rattay, Ivana Sajevic, and Nico Parisius (from Halle Puppet Theatre company). Torsten Mass is responsible for the idea, concept and co-ordination, dramaturgy and play development is by Francesca Spinazzi and Andreas Hillger, with German translation by Thomas Brückner.

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The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg hosted Mr Wolfgang Kubicke, the Vice-President of the German Parliament, in Khayelitsha last week. The City’s partnership with the German government dates back to 2005. The German government targets its funding to previously disadvantaged areas and it encourages a whole of society approach to make a difference in the life of the beneficiary community. Read more below:

The City’s partnership with the German government was made possible through the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) programme that aims to improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable residents.

Since the inception of the programme, the City has received a total investment of €15,5 million, or approximately R255,2 million. Additionally, the City has invested R154,2 million in public facilities and infrastructure in the precincts of Harare and Kuyasa as part of the contribution to this partnership.

‘Our visit to Khayelitsha was to see first-hand how these communities have benefited from the investment. It also showed us that the whole of society approach based on the concept of prevention, cohesion, detection and knowledge management does in fact benefit the community, when compared to a piece-meal, fragmented approach to a challenge,’ said Alderman Twigg. Continue reading

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· Dynamic South African companies SSG Holdings, Blu Approved & M4Jam team up to sponsor SA Rugby’s flagship national championship for non-university clubs

· The 2019 SSG Gold Cup, Presented by Blu Approved & M4JAM, will kick off on Saturday 9 March with matches in Worcester, George, Uitenhage, Durban, Welkom, Springs, Roodepoort and Pretoria

· Strength v strength, six-week, 32-match competition culminates in Grand Final on 13 April

· Sponsorship forms part of SA Rugby’s long-term strategy to reboot club and amateur representative rugby

The Springboks’ 2007 Rugby World Cup winning captain, John Smit, has thrown his weight behind the revival of club rugby, with confirmation that the Gold Cup has secured a trio of dynamic sponsors for 2019.

The Gold Cup — SA Rugby’s flagship national championship for non-university clubs, which has become known for its big crowds and flamboyant rugby — will kick off on Saturday and be known as the SSG Gold Cup, Presented by Blu Approved & M4Jam.

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With a clear focus on meeting and exceeding its transformation objectives, Western Province Rugby has revised its coaching and team management structures.

These revisions will ensure that Western Province Rugby will make the best strategic use of their coaching resources while simultaneously establishing a clear succession plan in developing its coaching talent for the future.

“The simple objective of the revised structures are to ensure that we utilise our current resources in the most optimal way, developing and securing world-class coaching talent that aligns with our transformation goals,” said Western Province Rugby Group CEO, Paul Zacks.

With Director of Rugby Gert Smal set to leave at the end of March in order to take up a new opportunity with Toyota Verblitz in Japan, his roles and responsibilities will be collectively handled by the CEO, the Senior Professional Head Coach and the High Performance Manager.

The changes to the DHL Stormers management in 2019 have seen Riefaat Jappie (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Norman Laker (Defence Coach), and Dawie Snyman (Assistant Coach – Backs) come into the set-up. They join Head Coach Robbie Fleck, Russell Winter (Assistant Coach – Forwards), Human Kriek (Technical Analyst) and Team Manager Chippie Solomon in the DHL Stormers management for the 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.

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If it’s nice, they do it twice. Comedic sensation Sifiso Nene has partnered up with Sun International again to bring you the best comedy combination to kick start your winter season.

The Combo Comedy Show is set to warm up some chills on the 25th of May 2019 at The Big Top Arena in Carnival City. The show boasts about its unique ability to place South Africans from all walks of life under one roof to share a few good laughs.

The all-star cast features performances from local comedy greats such as, Sifiso Nene, TolA$$Mo, Joey Rasdien, Thenjiwe Moseley and Tumi Stopnonsons infused with up-and-coming comedians such as Simphiwe Shembe, Mdu Ntuli, Siya B and Thabang ER.

Sifiso Nene comments, “In the last show, we realised how easy it was to tell stories that bridged people’s life experiences. We are all survivors of something and it takes a light hearted person to make you realise that life is worth laughing at – we are those light hearted people. If you can’t laugh at yourself, then at least laugh at us. I hope people will enjoy the show again, but firstly I hope they buy the tickets (laughs).”

Tickets start from R180 and are available now on Computicket (0861 915 8000)

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Date Every second Friday, until 19 April

Time 4pm to 8pm

Venue Battery Park– Canal District, V&A Waterfront

Battery Park at the V&A Waterfront was a hive of activity at the first Sunset Series which took place on Friday, 22 February. Continuing every second Friday until 19 April, come and watch live music against a backdrop of the setting sun on the bridge of the Battery Park Canal. From 4pm to 8pm, visitors can enjoy free live concerts which will feature a guest DJ who will perform for the first two hours, followed by a live music performance. Popular actor and musician Mzukisi Ntantiso aka Def Eff will MC the event.

The rest of the park which includes; a grass area for picnics or a soccer game, basketball court, skatepark and Stand-up Paddling will be open for everyone to enjoy. For refreshments; Balmoral Supermarket, Shift Espresso Bar and Trail and Tar are available.

Live Acts

Friday, 08 March

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If you’re looking to explore the greater Cederberg region, Clanwilliam might be the perfect place to base yourself. Clanwilliam is a small town in the Olifants River valley in the Western Cape, South Africa, and lies about 200 kilometres north of Cape Town. Being surrounded by various tourism routes, you can rest assured that adventure will find you.

Rooibos Route

The Cederberg mountain region is the only place in the world where you will find Rooibos growing naturally. Clanwilliam is known as the Rooibos capital and is a great place to experience this unique and healthy South African product first-hand.

The Rooibos Route, launched on 14 August 2014, offers a wide variety of different Rooibos experiences – a unique way to learn more about this interesting plant. From cultivation and history to activities and treats, there’s something for young and old to enjoy. You can also plan your own trip and enjoy all of this at your own pace. Visit their website to plan your custom-made Rooibos Route –

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Dates             Thursday, 7 March and Friday, 8 March

                       Wednesday, 13 March and Thursday, 14 March

Final               Friday, 15 March at 6pm

Between Thursday 7 and Friday 15 March, 10 Peninsula High Schools will go head-to-head in the 2019 High School Band Slam at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre from 6pm.

The audience can expect to hear a wide range of music genres and instruments including drums, pianos, guitars and saxophones.

The shortlist of schools includes Rustenburg Girls’ High, Parklands College, Bergvliet High, Belhar High, Wynberg Girls High, Parel Vallei High, Norman Henshilwood High, Bishops College, Bridgetown High and Elsies River High.

The top three bands will stand a chance of winning a musical consultation and equipment for their school to the value of R20 000 from Mars Music. An additional R5 000 V&A Waterfront gift voucher will be awarded to the school that demonstrates they have the best crowd participation and support.

Each school band will be a scored by a panel of industry experts according to three categories. Musicality includes song arrangements, technical proficiency, artistic ability, originality and interpretation. For presentations the judges will look at performance attitude, stage dominance, confidence and rapport.  For patronage, schools will need to show they have support, crowd participation, school spirit and enthusiasm.

BAND SLAM: Rustenburg Girls’ High School, Parklands College

Date                     Thursday, 7 March 2019

Venue                  Amphitheatre V&A Waterfront

Cost                      Free

Duration              One hour

School                  Rustenburg Girls’ High School

18h00 – 18h30

School                  Parklands College

18h45 – 19h15
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