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The recently completed Woodstock skateboard park, which boasts four ramps, was officially opened yesterday, Monday 16 July 2018. As part of the festivities, Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, got onto a skateboard and joined local skateboarders to test the facility. Read more below:

It is home-sweet-home for local skateboarders as they celebrate the new Woodstock skateboard park which will provide them with a platform to hone their skills.

During the launch event, local skateboarders took to the air to show their appreciation of the new park. Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, also braved getting onto a skateboard to test the facility.

The 2015 South African skateboard champion, Shuaib Philander from Woodstock, was at the facility and gave Councillor Herron a few tips on how to skateboard.

‘The skateboard community is very happy to have its first transitional skatepark. It is a concrete ramp that imitates a wave which is how skateboarding was started. It involves lots of ramps and has curvatures. We love the skatepark that we have here,’ said Mr Philander, who has been skateboarding for 13 years.

Skateboarder and BMX rider Sergei Pringiers from Rondebosch welcomed the new skateboard park.

image001 (1)‘It is very nice to have the facility here. It is a bit steep but that’s because we are not used to it. The facility is pretty well-rounded and I like how it has different features. It is a good place for people to hang out and stay safe,’ he said.

The construction of the skateboard park commenced in February and the final snags were addressed last week.

‘It is very exciting to hear that this site was so popular during the school holidays. I believe the skateboarders were so eager and couldn’t wait for the final snags to be completed. I am confident that this facility will provide our emerging and local talent with a platform to hang out together, hone their skills and to have fun in a safe and well-designed space that they can enjoy. It is one of the City’s priorities to build integrated communities by attracting a diverse pool of talent and creating a culture where talent can thrive,’ said Councillor Herron.

The skateboard park is situated on the eastern side of the Woodstock Town Hall Park along Victoria Road, between Plein and Aberdeen Streets.

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The form book and ranking at the Rugby World Cup Women’s Sevens tournament suggest that the Springbok Women’s Sevens team will find it tough to beat Russia when the two countries meet in an early game at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Friday.

The Russians are rated amongst the top five teams in the world, while the South Africans are just outside the top ten.

But Marithy Pienaar, a former SA Rugby Women’s Player of the Year and experienced Springbok Women’s Sevens player, feels that they are ready to turn that around when they face the Russians in the USA this weekend.

“We are certainly not the favourites in this match,” said Pienaar.

“They have a better rating than us at the tournament and are regulars on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, which means they are playing at a high level quite often.

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The Table Bay, part of Sun International’s premium SunLux Collection of hotels and touted as Cape Town’s Best Address, continues to be ranked amongst the world’s finest locations. The five star hotel has recently received two more awards to add to its collection of 31 awards.

Since its grand opening in 1997 by the iconic former South African president, the late Nelson Mandela, The Table Bay has received accolades in some of the world’s most prestigious awards programmes. Amongst these are the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards; Condé Nast Traveler Awards; Professional Management Review (PMR) Awards; the World Quality Summit Awards; Travel and Leisure magazine’s top 100 hotels in the world, the World Luxury Hotels Awards; the AA Travel Guides Awards, and British Airways’ Reevoo Awards amongst others. In 2014, The Table Bay received a TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award, placing the hotel in the top 1% of all hotels on the world’s largest travel website.

“More than delivering world class hospitality and amenities, the emphasis from the outset has been on creating thoughtful experiences that live long in the hearts of our guests. Service excellence, quality and professionalism are a given. Our promise is to deliver a warm and authentic South African experience; an experience that acknowledges the depth and diversity of cultures, landscapes, people, cuisine and activities not found elsewhere in the world.

“That most of the awards we have received are based on feedback from guests demonstrates that we are succeeding at creating experiences that touch their hearts enough to inspire them to share them with others. For us, this is tremendously rewarding.

“The awards are certainly a reflection of our employees’ contribution to the hotel’s continuing success. People are at the heart of delivering the quintessential South African experience for which The Table Bay is renowned,” says General Manager, Joanne Selby.

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  • Average water consumption for the past week has reached another low of 494 million litres per day
  • Dam levels have improved by 1,8% to 55,1% of storage capacity although the increase is not as significant as over the past two months due to the more temperate and dry weather
  • Winter water-saving efforts have been boosted by water heroes, weather and pressure management. The latter effort is saving 58,8 million litres per day. The City’s leak repair programme and engagement with top consumers brings this total to 63,8 million litres saved per day 

Capetonians have again shown their commitment to low water usage. Come rain or snow, the City of Cape Town, with the help of its residents, continues to boost water-saving efforts in winter to ensure that Cape Town builds a water buffer for the summer ahead and to help our dams recover from the extreme drought.

The improvement in dam levels, however, is not as significant as the trend over the past two months as a result of the drier and more temperate weather that Cape Town experienced over the past week. Due to the unpredictability of rainfall, it is important that Cape Town’s water heroes carry on using as little water as possible and that the City’s vital pressure management programme continues across the metro.

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The World’s First Solar Powered Desalination plant, which will be operating from October 2018 in Witsands, in the Hessequa Municipality, will assist in ensuring that the Western Cape reduces its carbon footprint.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we commend the Provincial Minister of Finance, Ivan Meyer and his Department, who today, 16 July 2018, in partnership with the French government, announced this project. This plant will cost R9 million, with the Western Cape (WCG)- and French Government each contributing R4.5 million.

I will write to the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, to further highlight how else surrounding communities will benefit from the project.

This non-battery powered desalination plant is the only the plant in the world that combines Desalination Technology and Photovoltaic Solar technology. Furthermore, depending on the demand for water at a particular time, the Solar Powered Desalination Plant can produce up to 10 000 kilolitre(s) a day if and when necessary.

Various pressures, which includes population growth, climate change and the risks associated with global warming, is threatening our environment. It is therefore pleasing to note that the DA- Led WCG has made it a priority to seek measures to ensure water security in water scare areas.

This innovative investment is not only going to have a major impact in our fight against the ongoing drought, but it will contribute significantly to our war against conventional technology and the environment damage that comes with the use of old technological practices.

As the DA in the Western Cape, we believe that if we work together we can build a resilient society, who are world leaders in water conservation.

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The SA Student Sevens Men’s team won the FISU World University Rugby Sevens Championships in Swakopmund this weekend, beating the defending champions, Australia, twice in the process.

Three capped Blitzboks, the captain Rhyno Smith, James Murphy and WJ Strydom, were part of the side and their experience counted in the Namibian desert.

They started the tournament with a massive 66-0 victory in their pool opener against China, after which they beat Australia by 26-14, setting up a quarter-final clash against Malaysia.

Smith and his team dispatched the Malaysians by 54-0 and then met France in the semi-final, a match in which the South Africans had to dig deep to win by 14-12.

The final was against Australia and the scoreline was similar as it was in their pool match, with the SA Students coming out on top by 24-14 to claim the silverware.

The SA Student Sevens Women’s team finished fourth after they lost in the bronze medal match to Belgium (17-0). The draw had to be amended as a number of teams withdrew, which meant that all the sides played each other at least once.

In the build-up to the knockout phase though the South African Women beat Brazil (27-0), lost to eventual champions France (43-0), beat Australia (17-12) and drew with Belgium (12-12).

Unfortunately they could not repeat their victory over Australia in the semi-final and were beaten 21-12, setting up the third-place playoff against Belgium.

The event was the first International University Sports Federation rugby sevens competition to be hosted in Africa.

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Johannesburg, 16 July 2018 – Orlando Pirates today revealed their new adidas kit for the 2018/2019 season, showcasing a bold new look while retaining strong elements of classic shirts from the Club’s rich history.

In a year where the Club continues to celebrate 80 heroic years of existence, the design of the black home kit pays homage to the traditions upheld by the previous and iconic Orlando Pirates jerseys. With a subtle black-on-black striping that brings a sophisticated feel to a jersey steeped in deep-rooted culture and value, the 2018/2019 home jersey moves effortlessly beyond the playing fields and into the fashion space as a timeless piece of day-to-day style wear.

The away jersey sees the return of the powerful, striking two-toned red stripe pattern that reflects the Club’s ongoing quest to restore pride to the famous badge of one of Africa’s most celebrated football institution.

“We are more than just a club, and our kit is more than just something we wear when we play. It’s an integral part of who we are as team, it’s what we identify with as a family, and it’s the rallying call that our players will heed when they take to the field on match day. This is our Club. This is who we fight for, and the 2018/19 jersey is the war-paint on our skins that symbolizes our preparedness for the season’s battle to come” said Tokoloho Moeketsi, Orlando Pirates Brand Activation Manager.

Paul Bester, Senior Brand Activation Manager for adidas SA, said: “Orlando Pirates is an iconic club with such a rich history, so it was important that the kit be modern while staying true to the heritage of the Club.”

The new Orlando Pirates kit will be available on Tuesday 17 July at the Pirates Shop at Orlando Stadium, online at and, in adidas concept stores and at selected sports retailers across the country at a retail price of R799.

For more information, follow the @adidasZA @adidasfootball conversation on Instagram.

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