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The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes a commitment by the Department of the Premier to launch 321 public Wi-Fi Hotspots in the province over the next financial year.

In a reply to a Parliamentary Question in the Provincial Legislature, Premier Winde confirmed that 103 hotpots had already been installed at schools across the province over the 2017/18 financial year, as part of a project which was launched in 2016 with the aim of providing universal internet access.

MPP Ricardo Mackenzie says: “I am excited on behalf of the 244 schools across the City of Cape Town Metro and 77 schools in the Overberg, West Coast, Cape Winelands, as well as Eden and Central Karoo areas who will soon have access to the internet at free public WiFi zones which helps decrease the digital divide in our province. The roll-out will specifically prioritise disadvantaged areas such as Guguletu, Nyanga, Bishop Lavis & Philippi”.

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This year marks 20 years since South Africa`s first true superstar, Gé Korsten, fell silent forever. Frans Swart is bringing this legend back to life in a tribute production to celebrate his extraordinary life, career and phenomenal talent, called Gé Sing: Hoor My Lied!

This elegant production takes place in the Grand Arena, GrandWest on Saturday, 28 September 2019. Top artists such as André Schwartz, Louis Loock, Arina de Witt, Jannie Moolman and the PJ Twins from The Voice will pay tribute to the great singer, reinterpreting his music in a fresh way, backed up by a full orchestra. There will be impressive audio-visual material projected against a giant screen showing highlights of Korsten as an artist, father and man.

“Gé Korsten is truly a South African legend,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “This is going to be an excellent production. Anyone who loved Gé Korsten and his music should not miss this.”

Tickets are available from Computicket starting from R150 each. Doors open at 19h00 and the show starts at 20h00.

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5FM marks a brand new season with a jam-packed calendar of events this September with highlights that include Nick Hamman’s 3rd annual Hamman Time Heritage Tour.

Embarking on another epic journey around the country, Nick Hamman (Hamman Time, Mondays – Fridays, 09:00 – 12:00) sets course through South Africa searching for the “Real Makoya” along the way. This year the Heritage Tour welcomes herbal balm Zam-Buk as the official sponsor of the tour as Nick discovers new roads as we celebrate our heritage, the diverse people and places and uncovering real gems, the “real McCoy”, in each of the provinces.

Together with producer Mad money Mike, Nick left Johannesburg on Monday, 2 September heading towards Mafikeng for their first stop in the North West Province, before dipping into Kimberley, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Durban, and Nelspruit before heading back to Gauteng for stops in Johannesburg and ending in Polokwane. Listeners will be able to engage with Nick as he broadcasts live from various activities around the country and set him challenges within each of the provinces.

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In an effort to fight the ongoing scourge of demonic acts of violence against Women and Children in South Africa, Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez joined hands with P♀WA and JOKO to discuss the causes and solutions to this epidemic.

The #EndDomesticSilence is a gender-based violence campaign launched by Unilever (JOKO) and People Opposed to Women Abuse (POWA) partnership.

The Department of Social Development holds a zero-tolerance approach to any and all forms of violence against women and children.

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Western Province will target their third successive SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial title, and with it a dream season, when they meet arch-rivals, Border, in the A Section final of the competition at City Park in Cape Town on Saturday.

The Xerox Golden Lions, meanwhile, will take on SWD in the B Section final, which will be played at 13h00 as a curtain-raiser to the main final, which kicks off at 15h00.

The Capetonians have been in fine form this season, winning all of their matches up to now, and they will look to finish the competition on a high note in front of their home crowd.

They will, however, face tough competition against Border – who edged their way into the final in the closing pool round – in what marks the fourth successive final between the sides, although this is the first one in Cape Town.

With a clean-sweep of wins in their five matches leading up to the final to only three wins by Border, Western Province may have a mental edge going into the clash, but the narrow margins between the sides on attack and defence in the pool stages indicate that it could be a tightly-fought affair.

The home side scored 26 tries to Border’s 22 and conceded 10 to their Eastern Cape rivals’ 11, and to spice things up even more, Western Province edged through for a narrow 22-21 victory in their pool match in Cape Town earlier this season.

In the last two finals, Western Province won by six and two points respectively, while no more than nine points separated the teams on the scoreboard in their round-robin matches in the last two seasons, meaning it could be an epic clash.

The B Section final between the Golden Lions and SWD is also expected to be gripping with the sides having been among the top contenders for the title in the last few seasons.

In fact, the two sides also met in the 2017 final, which SWD won 23-8, while the women from Johannesburg advanced to the 2018 final as well, but went down against Boland.

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The City is calling on unemployed graduates who possess qualifications in Information and Technology; Cost and Management Accounting and Environmental Health to apply for the Infrastructure Skills Development Grant (ISDG) programme, a National Treasury funded training programme which offers graduates with a three-year internship opportunity at the City of Cape Town. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town is offering unemployed graduates with an opportunity to receive a three-year long internship as part of the 2020 intake for the Infrastructure Skills Development Grant (ISDG) training programme.

The closing date for applications is next week Friday, 13 September 2019. All qualifying National Diploma; BTech or B.Degree graduates are welcome to apply.

The City will only consider applications from unemployed South African citizens who are in possession of either a National Diploma; BTech or B.Degree in Cost and Management Accounting; Environmental Health or Information Systems and Technology.

The programme exposes graduates to operations within the municipal environment. Various City of Cape Town departments provide the interns with the necessary practical experience. These include the Water and Sanitation; Solid Waste; Transport; Human Settlements; Information Science and Technology and Finance departments. Their structured training plans are aligned with the respective statutory professional registration requirements (i.e. ECSA, SACNASP, SACQSP, PLATO, SACPLAN, SACPCMP, etc.) of each field to provide the desired learning outcomes.

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SA Rugby can confirm being informed by the South African Institute of Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) that an adverse analytical finding had been detected in a sample collected from Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi in a doping test on 2 July 2019.

Dyantyi’s B-sample also tested positive and he has now been formally charged with a doping offence for multiple anabolic steroids and metabolites.

SA Rugby, the Lions Rugby Company and Dyantyi are working with SAIDS, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and all other relevant authorities on the matter and no further comment can be made at this stage

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