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Tall Horse presents Trending Comics proudly brought to you by the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival in association with Trace TV

Talking Batman, Wonder Woman or The Avengers, we are talking some of the hottest young comedians performing in the country today!

In its debut South African showing, Trending Comics will feature a stellar line up of our very own comic superheroes in Schalk BezuidenhoutRobby CollinsLoyiso Madinga and Neil Greenembarking on a nationwide tour that will touch down in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg at the end of October and beginning of November. As if that wasn’t enough firepower comedy in one ensemble, there will be different heavyweight comedians to host the shows in each city and we are excited to confirm them as the following; Kurt Schoonraad (Cape Town)Carvin Goldstone (Durban), and Donovan Goliath (Johannesburg).
Ever since the notion of ‘trending’ emerged on social media, it has become a global obsession – everyone wants to ‘trend’, everyone wants to see what’s ‘trending’! So that’s right, get ready to hit those comedy hashtags when Trending Comics comes to town!

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To celebrate the ultimate cross-cultural experience between South Africa and Germany, the unique Berlin eKapa Festival, presented by J&B, is taking over Cape Town this August.

This one-day festival will take place on Saturday 5 August and will showcase the best in South African art, fashion, music and culture, with a twist: a taste of Germany.

Coinciding with Women’s Month, festival goers will be entertained by some of the hottest female acts in Mzansi, including: Moozlie; Rouge; and DJ Doowap, supported by DJ Capital; and Beatsampras to name a few.

Berlin eKapa will also have photo exhibitions from international talents such as Andre Alexander from Bavaria, Berlingraphie (Berlin) and Polaroidville (Berlin). Local audiences will experience the edgy works of Zimbabwean born, Thandi Gula and emerging talents Geraldzinyo, and Mr High Art to name a few.

Muma Khumalo, the festival organizer, highlights the importance of the festival; it is to promote artistic and entrepreneurial opportunities for young South Africans in hopes to continue to inspire change as well as access to international work exchanges.

“We have partnered with J&B on this exciting venture to promote the arts in South Africa. We have the support of the South African Embassy in Berlin which strengthens international ties and opportunities. Many of our artists struggle exhibiting at major galleries due to various reasons such as not being palatable enough or a lack of financing. Through this cultural festival, we are creating an inclusive space for artists and entrepreneurs to exhibit their works and make money too,” he explains. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town will commence with its very first inner-city transitional housing project once Council has approved the proposal later this week. The development will be located in Salt River, less than 5 km from the Cape Town central business district.

The City’s Mayoral Committee this afternoon, 25 July 2017, recommended to Council that the Pickwick site, located on the corner of Pickwick and Copperfield Roads in Salt River, be developed for transitional or semi-permanent housing.

One of the City’s social housing partners will commence with the proposed development once Council has approved the proposal at its Council meeting on Thursday, 27 July 2017.

The development of the Pickwick site represents a new approach in terms of how the City intends to tackle the urgent demand for housing by those families who are displaced or evicted from their homes due to rapid development, among others.

When the Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) was established in January this year, we said that the City has turned a corner in our approach to affordable housing. Continue reading

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South Africa’s amazing, award-winning band Mi Casa is back with a brand new album titled Familia. Familia means family, but it can also mean squad/crew in a very ‘street’ kind of way and this incredible family made up of producer, DJ, Keyboardist Dr Duda, singer/songwriter J Something and trumpeter Mo-T, are back in the scene and again eager to remind their loyal fans why they won their hearts in the first place, six years ago. With an incredible, distinct and memorable sound, fun,groovy and hearty (meaningful) lyrics, quirky (smooth) dance moves, the band has sold out shows worldwide.

But here is something absolutely nobody knew …

Five months ago the soulful dance band (trio) almost broke up and below the band shares how they almost parted ways.

Familia drops on the 5th August. With no features, just the trio, this album reminds you why Mi Casa is the best band in the business.

“6 years ago we were complete strangers, today we are brothers – familia.

6 years ago nobody knew who we were, today we have thousands of fans all around the globe, our familia.

This album is all about our journey as brothers, as a band, as a group, as a team, as a movement, as a familia. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town warns all of its water users that failure to reduce consumption spells disaster for everyone. Water usage has shot up to 643 million litres per day. This is 143 million litres above our target of 500 million litres of collective water use per day. Read more below:

Our latest consumption levels are extremely worrying as many people believe that they can go back to normal behaviour due to recent rains. These recent rains are not nearly enough as we are still in a drought crisis. The drought conditions are the New Normal for Cape Town as a water-scarce region. To adapt to the New Normal, we have to change our behaviour drastically to save water while we still have water to be saved.

Too many people are not listening to the City’s warnings and appeals to reduce their consumption. The rainfall has made a very small impact on our dam levels. The fact that we are still 143 million litres over our 500 million litre target per day means that those who are not reducing consumption are playing with everyone’s future in Cape Town.

The lower than average rainfall, coupled with unacceptably high consumption, will hurt us all as there are still far too many stubborn people who are not doing enough to save water so that we can build up of reserves for a terribly harsh 2017/18 summer. Continue reading

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Adams’s mix of local and global experience brings strong direction to new T20 league

JOHANNESBURG – Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed the appointment of experienced sports management professional, Russell Adams, as the Tournament Director for the T20 Global League (#T20GL).

The Cape Town-born Adams, is well known to the global cricket fraternity, bringing years of international cricketing and sports management experience to the new #T20GL which will kick off in November this year.

Previous to this role, Adams has been based in India for the last nine years where he served as the Vice President of Commercial, Operations and Cricket Academy for the Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB). Before this role, he worked as a consultant to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He has gained valuable event management experience working on all ten IPL tournaments, as well as the Champions League.

Adams is no stranger to the local cricket industry and has racked up impressive experience through stints with various South African sports teams. He has served as Cricket Manager at the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA), Team and Operations Manager of the Cape Cobras cricket franchise, and was appointed the Project Manager at Newlands Cricket Ground for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 South Africa tournament in 2007. Continue reading

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Several motorists got a rude awakening during early morning random breath testing stops by the City’s Traffic Service. Read more below:

City of Cape Town traffic officers netted eight motorists for drunk driving in Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town early yesterday morning, 23 July 2017.

The arrests formed part of the random breath testing project currently under way. One of those arrested had a reading of 0,64 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, which is nearly three times the legal limit.

‘I need to impress upon members of the public that the effects of the night before linger far longer than many might imagine. If you’ve had a hard night of drinking, rather steer clear of driving for a while longer to avoid the situation that these motorists were caught in. In the morning, some drivers are still affected by the significant alcohol consumed the night before. It is also worth noting that roadblocks are no longer middle-of-the-night occurrences, but happen around the clock and you can be caught at any time. So, if you’ve been drinking, don’t drive for at least 12 to 24 hours afterwards,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town is saddened by the loss of one of our city’s greatest jazz legends, Errol Dyers, who passed away this weekend.

Dyers was indeed a guitar maestro, who brought a unique Cape Town sound to jazz music, with this distinct talent earning him the status of being one of the country’s most renowned musicians.

His songs ‘Dindela’ and ‘Sugar Shake’, like many others, will forever be remembered as legendary contributions by Dyers, one of the pioneers of Cape jazz.

This is a huge loss for Cape Town and jazz music, but we must ensure that we keep his legacy alive for years to come through the timeless music he made.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Virginia, his family and friends, and the music fraternity. They are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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The Toyota Free State Cheetahs started their defence of the Currie Cup – presented by Nashua and Direct Axis – in spectacular fashion at home by beating the Cell C Sharks 47-12, while the Vodacom Blue Bulls showed they want to play in the finals in October again with a solid 51-45 away win over Tafel Lager Griquas. Meanwhile the Steval Pumas started in impressive fashion by beating the Xerox Golden Lions in Nelspruit to register a 43-36 win on Sunday.

The seventh team in the Premier Division, DHL Western Province, had a bye.

The lead in Nelspruit changed several times, but the final two scores were the telling ones for the home side. The Steval Pumas had a 24-17 lead at the break, but a try for Ashlon Davids 15 minutes from the end have them the lead. Two tries by the home side in the Mbombela Stadium, first by captain, Hennie Skorbinski, and a second one to Gerhard Smith, took the lead from 38-36 and then 43-36.

Twelve tries at Tafel Lager Park made the trip on Saturday night an entertaining one for the Kimberley folk. The match was a ding-dong affair, with the home side’s refusal to give up, keeping the home crowd on the edge of their seats. The Vodacom Blue Bulls seemed to have it won after two tries in as many minutes by Warrick Gelant and Andre Warner. Two tries by Enver Brandt, the second a spectacular effort from 50 meters out, saw the home side sniffing the win, but Travis Ismaiel sealed the deal with a late try. Continue reading

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