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Summer in Cape Town is set to become a centre of the art world, as multitudes of artists, gallerists, curators and collectors will encamp for events of lasting cultural significance. For the art-loving public, the combined experience will blast open stupendous new views on the visual arts.

The pivotal, anchor event will be the Investec Cape Town Art Fair, coinciding with the Art Week Cape Town, the Stellenbosch Triennale as well as major retrospectives of the career of William Kentridge and exhibitions throughout the city.

From the 14th to the 16th of February 2020, the 8th edition of Investec Cape Town Art Fair will return to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Positioned as the leading art fair in Africa, the Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020 will welcome the foremost galleries from South Africa, the African continent and abroad.

A third of the exhibitors due to showcase at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020 will be new to the event, and close to 40% from the rest of the world. After almost a decade of groundwork, the fair’s consistent drive to bring together galleries and artists from Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and the USA is yielding remarkable results.

What can the public expect? 10 must-see experiences centred on the artists, galleries and exhibitions taking place at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair.

1. TODAY HERE, TOMORROW THE WORLD

New visions of the continent and the arrival of artists from Africa and its diaspora as important participants on the international art scene can be witnessed on the main exhibitions of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair.

TOMORROWS/TODAY will be a curated section about the sociopolitical dynamics of the present day. The guest co-curators for 2020 – Nkule Mabaso (Curator at Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town) and Luigi Fassi (Artistic Director of MAN Contemporary Art Museum in Nuoro, Italy) – have curated a cross-section of the most exciting, emerging and artists from Africa and the Diaspora.

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The 25th edition of Vodacom Super Rugby kicks off this weekend, starting with an exciting South African derby between the Cell C Sharks and Vodacom Bulls in Durban on Friday evening. The DHL Stormers and Emirates Lions start their respective campaigns on Saturday and Sunday.

Flyhalf duel adds spice to Vodacom Super Rugby opener in Durban

Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am will lead an exciting Cell C Sharks team in their opening Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Vodacom Bulls at Jonsson Kings Park on Friday evening, with a number of players set to make their competition debut for both teams. Kick-off is at 19h10.

The Vodacom Bulls welcome back former Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn, who last played for the Pretoria outfit in 2013 and is the only three-time Vodacom Super Rugby champion that remains within the South African circuit. His duel with Bosch is bound to play a key role in the outcome of the match.

Kolisi leads DHL Stormers from No 8 against Hurricanes

Springbok Rugby World Cup winning captain Siya Kolisi will lead the DHL Stormers in the No 8 jersey when they host the Hurricanes in their first Vodacom Super Rugby match of 2020 on Saturday. Kick-off at DHL Newlands is 15h05 and the match will be televised live on SuperSport.

Wales and British & Irish Lions international Jamie Roberts will make his DHL Stormers debut alongside 10 Springboks named in the matchday squad for the opening round clash with the Kiwis. Roberts will start at inside centre.

Emirates Lions face difficult task first up in Buenos Aires

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Wales and British and Irish Lions international Jamie Roberts will make his DHL Stormers debut alongside 10 Springboks named in the matchday squad for the opening round Vodacom Super Rugby encounter with the Hurricanes at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Roberts will start at inside centre, with fellow midfielder Rikus Pretorius, who is 12 years his junior, also set to make his DHL Stormers debut from the replacements bench.

There are seven World Cup winners in the starting XV, with captain Siya Kolisi set to wear the No.8 jersey when he leads the team out for kick-off at 15h05 on Saturday to start the last Vodacom Super Rugby season at DHL Newlands.

The Hurricanes last visited DHL Newlands in 2014, when a late try secured a dramatic one-point win for the DHL Stormers.

The last time the two teams played the opening game of the season was at DHL Newlands in 2012, when Kolisi made a try-scoring debut off the replacements bench.

DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson said that following a busy pre-season, his team are determined to make a convincing start to their campaign in front of the DHL Newlands Faithful.

“We are very excited about the team that we are putting out this weekend and the potential for us to make a good start to the last season at DHL Newlands.

“We want to play the kind of rugby that will make our supporters smile and that starts on Saturday against the Hurricanes,” he said.

Tickets for the first four games of the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby season at DHL Newlands against the Hurricanes, Vodacom Bulls, Jaguares and Blues are on sale from wprugby.computicket.com or any Computicket outlet.

DHL Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts (DHL Stormers debut), 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Siya Kolisi (captain), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 David Meihuizen, 20 Ernst van Rhyn, 21 Johan du Toit, 22 Godlen Masimla, 23 Rikus Pretorius (DHL Stormers debut).

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DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson has confirmed the 45-man squad for the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.

The DHL Stormers will kick-off the new season on February 1 against the Hurricanes at DHL Newlands, having concluded their pre-season preparations with a 21-19 win against the Cell C Sharks at FNB Stadium on Vodacom SuperHero Sunday.

The New Zealand outfit, which features a large contingent of All Blacks, last visited DHL Newlands in 2014, when a late try secured a dramatic one-point win for the DHL Stormers.

The last time the two teams played the opening game of the season was at DHL Newlands in 2012, when Siya Kolisi made a try-scoring debut off the replacements bench.

Kolisi, who now has 115 DHL Stormers caps to his name, will begin his fourth season as DHL Stormers captain.

The squad has been training together since early October in preparation for what will be the historic final season at DHL Newlands.

The 45-man group includes 10 Springboks, of which seven are World Cup Champions, as well as a British and Irish Lion in new signing Jamie Roberts.

Dobson said that with pre-season having now wrapped up, the focus shifts to ensuring that his team is ready to hit the ground running in their opening game against the Hurricanes next week.

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In less than a week, the City of Cape Town will be welcoming horse racing enthusiasts and socialites to Africa’s Richest Race Day at Kenilworth Racecourse on 1 February 2020. In preparation for the Sun Met 2020, three of the most popular horses that will be competing for the number one spot and R3 Million prize, had their own Spa Day.

Joining this year’s Horses’ Spa Day were South Africa’s Horse of the Year and early Sun Met 2020 favourite, Do It Again, Sun Met 2019 winner, Rainbow Bridge, and Johannesburg’s number one contender, Hawwaam.

Chuma Matsaluka and Miss World South Africa, Sasha-Lee Olivier, were dressed by Masa Mara, and joined the majestic creatures for a few snaps. After the photoshoot, Miss World South Africa and a few guests enjoyed a delightful breakfast on the beach. House of BNG – the Official Celebration Partner of the Sun Met 2020, brought a selection of their exquisite bubbly to accompany the luxurious breakfast.

The continental breakfast buffet drew inspiration from the Sun Met 2020 theme, African Luxury: Visionaries. Guests got a taste of what the Sun Met will offer at the event and left inspired to find the perfect outfit to capture the theme.

General Access tickets are available for purchase on TicketPro for R200, while hospitality packages start at R980 per person. Racegoers can make use of the Chukker Road parking facility and access the event through the main entrance on Wetton Road. Parking tickets can be purchased for R100 per car. Hospitality ticket holders can park their vehicles in the inner-field for R100 per vehicle. Tickets can be purchased through TicketPro and designated offices around Cape Town.

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The City of Cape Town’s multi-million rand library maintenance projects are on track with a new round of upgrades due to start within the coming months. The upgrades will allow for a myriad of improvements, upgrades, routine maintenance and modernisation. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Library and Information Service will spend nearly R10 million on upgrades to a number of libraries, with some upgrades already completed.

‘Libraries have always been at the heart of the communities they serve and are accessible and safe spaces, providing access to huge resources of information and knowledge. The City is often asked why it spends money on upgrading and maintaining libraries in a technological and digital age, and it’s because these spaces are essential to creating and maintaining an educated and literate population,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

All the City’s libraries undergo maintenance and upgrades in a five year cycle.

‘Our libraries are well-loved and popular spaces where residents access vital information, and are provided with recreation and other opportunities to develop literacy and learn skills for employability,’ said Councillor Badroodien.

Some of the biggest upgrades will take place at the Ravensmead, Kuilsriver, Bonteheuwel, Brown’s Farm, and Strandfontein libraries.

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The Springbok Sevens management and players took full responsibility for their 10th place finish at the HSBC New Zealand Sevens on Sunday, admitting that it was a very disappointing performance and way below their regular and proud standards.

The Blitzboks lost 36-14 to Kenya in their final Pool B match and then went down 12-5 to Fiji in the 9th place playoff at FMG Stadium Waikato.

Kenya’s victory over the Blitzboks came after 14 consecutive wins for the South Africans, and two tries in the last two minutes by Fiji meant the Hamilton tournament ended in misery for Neil Powell and his squad.

These results, coupled with New Zealand winning their home tournament, saw the Blitzboks drop to joint-second spot on the overall HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings after three tournaments of 10 played. The Kiwis, who beat France by 27-5 in the final, top the log with 63 points, followed by South Africa and France (48 points each).

For Powell, it was a frustrating weekend in which the Blitzboks lost three matches in a row, a statistic that will hurt the squad, who came into the tournament on the back of 11 wins from their last 12 matches.

“We were just poor against Kenya, with our basics not on par,” said Powell about the performance that saw the Blitzboks go down 19-0 in the opening half.

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There were contrasting emotions in the Toyota Cheetahs and Isuzu Southern Kings camps following the dramatic Guinness PRO14 derby between the sides at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday in which a brave comeback allowed the Free Staters to edge through 31-30.

While Isuzu Southern Kings coach Robbie Kempson was angry at his team’s last-minute defeat, Toyota Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie praised his side’s fighting spirit and veteran scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar’s influence as they bounced back from 30-12 down to earn the win.

Pienaar, who took the field a replacement, slotted over two conversions in the last 10 minutes – the second of which was to win the match.

The victory ensured that the Free Staters remained at the top-end of their conference, keeping them in the race for a possible playoff spot later in the season.

“We expected it to be a tight game, but I hoped it wouldn’t be that close,” said Fourie. “It is always a dogfight here. The Kings played really well.

“We made a lot of mistakes that earned them points, especially in the first half. There were three soft tries and that made the game difficult for us.” Continue reading

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Pic: E! News

Pic: E! News

This from independent.co.uk:

Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in California, aged 41. The NBA legend was travelling in his private helicopter when it came down yesterday morning in Calabasas, 40 miles north-west of Los Angeles.

Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also among the nine people who all died in the incident.

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife, was not on board. They have three further children together – Natalia, Bianca and six-month-old Capri.

A call for a downed helicopter went out at 10.01am, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said, and officials later confirmed Bryant’s death.
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