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Local professionals from all business industries and trades in the Southern Suburbs are invited to network their business with dozens of fellow professionals at an upcoming business open day hosted by the BNI® Exchange Chapter—a local branch of the world’s largest referral marketing network.  

The BNI® Exchange Chapter is holding a business open day on 28 November 2017 and members of the Woodstock/Observatory small business community as well as the general public are invited to attend.  Visitors are encouraged to bring plenty of business cards as the focus on open networking will put them in contact with dozens of local business representatives with whom they can form mutually beneficial business relationships and exchange business cards.  This event is a prime opportunity for local professionals to increase visibility and awareness surrounding their business within the larger community.

The business open day will run from 7h00 to 9h00 and will be held at The River Club, corner of Liesbeeck Parkway and Observatory Rd, Observatory. The event will feature plenty of opportunities to network with representatives of local business, a presentation by the Financial Power Team of the group and a variety of menu choices for the meal which is included with event registration. To register to attend the event, please call Marelé Moolman on 084 553 6636 or register online (  The cost is R110 which includes coffee/tea and breakfast. Continue reading

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20 Youth Celebrated at the Laureus Youth Empowerment Through Sport Graduation

The 2017 Laureus Youth Empowerment Through Sport (YES) programme concluded with a special 2-day graduation celebration in East London on 9 and 10 November.

Laureus Ambassadors Natalie du Toit and Zanele Mdodana along with Laureus South Africa Chairman Morné du Plessis and SA sprint sensation and Mercedes-Benz ambassador Akani Simbine attended the ceremony to join in the celebrations and personally congratulate the twenty graduates who have successfully completed this year’s programme.

The Laureus YES programme is aimed at developing youth leaders from a range of sport for social change organisations across South Africa. Launched in 2012, the programme focuses on equipping youth with the technical, vocational, entrepreneurship and life skills needed to develop sustainable livelihoods. The programme targets school leavers, ages 18 to 25, with particular attention given to young people who are passionate about sport and the upliftment of local communities

The 2-day program kicked off on Thursday and saw YES leaders from various Laureus-funded projects leading a number of sport focused activities. Activities included: surf therapy lessons led by Waves for Change and Indigo Youth Movement YES leaders;
Soccer activities led by YES leaders from the Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy and Grassroots Soccer and rugby activities led by YES leaders from Egoli Squash, Nemato, Great Commission United and Peace Players International. Continue reading

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The DHL Stormers will break new ground when they face the Vodacom Bulls in a pre-season encounter in Los Angeles on February 3, 2018.

The match will be played as a curtain-raiser for the clash between the USA Eagles and an Argentina XV at Stub Hub Center, which forms part of the Americas Rugby Championship.

The pre-season match will see Vodacom Super Rugby make its United States debut, as the two South African teams take their rivalry to a new continent.

Western Province Rugby Group CEO, Paul Zacks commented: “This is a great opportunity to share the success of the DHL Stormers team and brand with a new and growing market. The world is continuously becoming a smaller place, so exploring new and growing areas of the game forms part of our vision, as we strive to become a truly high-performance organization with global appeal.”

President of the Western Province Rugby Football Union, Mr Thelo Wakefield, said that he is looking forward to showcasing the brand and team and winning the hearts of rugby supporters in the USA, whilst helping grow the game.

“The DHL Stormers are one of the best supported franchises in Rugby Union and we are very excited to be able to showcase our brand, team, athletes and style of play, to the growing number of Faithful in the United States,” he said. Continue reading

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Springbok assistant coach Franco Smith has lauded the immediate impact of Duane Vermeulen, who has joined the squad in Paris as a replacement for the injured Coenie Oosthuizen.

The experienced No 8 joined the Springboks on Monday from French club side Toulon, and he had his first training session with the squad on Tuesday at the training grounds of Stade Francais.

On Tuesday afternoon, Smith told the media that Vermeulen made an immediate impact on the squad.

“I think Duane’s experience is of enormous value to us,” said Smith.

“We believe the right process was followed with him, to allow him to get some game time for his club following an extended period out due to injury.

“Duane has a wealth of knowledge of the French game and it is good to have his calmness and considerable experience in our environment. We lacked a bit of experience and it’s great to welcome him at this stage of the tour. Continue reading

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The first large shoals of yellow tail for the summer were spotted in False Bay over the weekend. The City of Cape Town wants to remind beach goers that the presence of great white sharks increases in in-shore areas with the arrival of yellow tail and higher water temperatures. Read more below:
In-shore shark activity usually increases over the summer months, especially with the current yellow tail sightings.

‘Shark sightings typically start in late August, and continue through to April, with most sightings being reported mid-summer. With the school holidays around the corner and warmer days ahead, I want to urge Capetonians and visitors to please take extra care when going into the ocean. Shark spotters and the Fish Hoek exclusion net are important safety measures, but the best precaution is to be alert and aware when in the water,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

As we are approaching mid-summer, the City appeals to all beach goers to familiarise themselves with the following safety tips: Continue reading

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In 25 years when The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City turns 50, a time capsule that is to be buried in the grounds of The Palace of the Lost City, will be opened.

The receptacle will be buried on The Palace’s 25th birthday on November 11 and will contain artefacts and documents from 1992 when the hotel opened to now.
A letter from current CEO, Anthony Leeming, will be included in the capsule to be opened on The Palace’s 50th anniversary. In it, he will detail the current state of affairs at Sun International’s flagship resort, Sun City, and his predictions for the next 25 years. Continue reading

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Dam storage levels are at 36,8%, with useable water at 28,6%. Collective water usage is 582 million litres, therefore 82 million litres above the required level of 500 million litres per day. 

Our dam levels have declined by 1% over the past week. This could be attributed to the high winds and hot weather which contributed to evaporation. We have managed to halve Cape Town’s water usage with the help of 51% of our water users who have put tremendous efforts into saving water. We will only get through this crisis together. To make this partnership work even more effectively, I appeal to all water users, especially the 49% who are not saving water yet, to join us all as we escalate efforts to beat this drought. Your help is vital and we need you to come on board with Team Cape Town.

This summer with the heat and wind, we can expect a steady decline going forward, so continued savings are a must. We need to do more to bring our usage down while at the same time pulling out all of the stops to ensure that we implement various projects for additional water supply to help see us through to winter 2018. Additional supply goes hand in hand with further savings.

We have looked at ways to fund a first phase of water supply projects by relooking at our spend across the City to see which non-water-related projects we can temporarily postpone while protecting funds for basic and emergency services. Internally, we have made some tough decisions and we will continue to do what is in the best interests of the people of Cape Town, no matter how difficult the challenge. We will partly be funding our first seven additional water projects with this saving and reprioritised money which comprises some R2 billion. The first phase projects earmarked for these funds are the desalination plants at Monwabisi, Strandfontein, the V&A Waterfront, and Cape Town Harbour; the Atlantis and Cape Flats Aquifer projects; and the Zandvliet water recycling project make up the first seven emergency water projects of this phase.

An online toolkit has been developed with various resources for all to use to help us to drive this message. Please see our website,, to access material that you may require. This toolkit will be updated regularly.

For information on how to meet the daily water usage requirement, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s and utilise our water calculator:

Residents can contact the City via email to for queries about the water pressure reduction, or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts), or they can send an SMS to 31373.

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Experienced No 8 Duane Vermeulen has been called up to the Springbok squad as replacement for Coenie Oosthuizen who sustained a serious knee injury on Saturday in Dublin.

Oosthuizen underwent a scan before flying home from Dublin, and the results showed that he has sustained medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligament damage which will require surgery and an extended period of time of out of the game.

Vermeulen, who plays for French club Toulon, is set to join the Springbok squad on Monday at their base in Paris.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed that loose forward Pieter-Steph du Toit will miss Saturday’s Test against the French because of concussion he suffered against Ireland. He left the field in the closing minutes of play after receiving a blow to his head.

The Springboks started their preparations with a gym and field training session on Monday. The team to play against France at the Stade France will be confirmed on Thursday.

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