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Anecnote walked away as SA’s Got Talent winners for 2017 after a highly contested finale which saw acts going tooth and nail to impress the public for their votes. Anecnote were DJ Fresh’s golden buzzer in the theatre auditions and they lived up to all expectations in the live finals which took place at the Soweto Theatre. They walk away with the title of SA’s Got Talent winners and R500 000 courtesy of and Samsung.

Anecnote’s performance won over the public giving them the most votes to win SA’s Got Talent.

This year’s acts all brought their A game. Art Of Dance and Amazebra placed second and third respectively with Art Of Dance winning R50 000 and Amazebra winning R20 000 courtesy of Samsung. Continue reading

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The Adams family is back with another dose of Brother Love! The brand has become a household name throughout the Western Cape and beyond since brothers Loukmaan and Emo first combined their diverse talents as an explosive duo five years ago. Now they’re back with more hilarious sketch, stories and of course, as always, the magical, dynamic music.

Brother love 2 follows on from where the first popular instalment left off but dips back into the past of their humble Mitchell’s Plain beginnings with ease. Of course the whole Adams family plus the now extended family come up for special treatment by this dynamic duo. Watch out for Mrs Adams at her Zumba classes while Mr Adams soldiers on with his variety concerts in the Civic Hall. The two daddies also give good advice on the pajama drill.

As always there is a special guest… this time round it is the talented Mono Dullisear who has a rich history with Loukmaan and Emo. Together they shared many stages around the world and at home. He was also a member of the popular JAG and as a trio their voices quite simply lift the roof. Basil Appollis cracks the whip as director.

14 Nov – 25 Nov

Starts: 8:00 pm

Additional Performances:
18 Nov – 4:00 pm
18 Nov – 8:30 pm
25 Nov – 4:00 pm

Comedy / Theatre
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Springbok prop Coenie Oosthuizen will return home from Dublin after he suffered a knee injury against Ireland on Saturday evening in the Aviva Stadium.

Oosthuizen left the field in the opening stages of the match and was replaced by Wilco Louw, who played in only his second international for the Springboks. Oosthuizen will first undergo a scan in Dublin before flying home to Durban.

A decision on a replacement will be made shortly.

Loose forward Pieter-Steph du Toit sustained concussion in the closing minutes of the match and he will be managed accordingly in the coming week.

Meanwhile, Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said his team has to rectify matters in their next tour match against France following their disappointing 38-3 loss in Dublin against Ireland on Saturday night.

Coetzee said his side was outsmarted by Ireland, who was tactically better than the tourists. The match in Dublin was the team’s first of four matches on their month-long Castle Lager Outgoing tour, which also includes matches against France, Italy and Wales in the next couple of weeks. Continue reading

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Experienced props Tendai Mtawarira and Coenie Oosthuizen, as well as inside centre Damian de Allende, all return to the Springbok starting team to face Ireland on Saturday evening (kick-off at 19h30 SA time) at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

The match is the first of four Castle Lager Outgoing Tour Tests that also include internationals against France, Italy and Wales.

Mtawarira, the team’s most experienced player with 95 Test caps, comes back into the starting line-up at loosehead prop while Steven Kitshoff, who made his starting debut against the All Blacks last month in Cape Town, will move back to the bench, where he has been very impressive this year.

“Modern day rugby is about using 23 players effectively, and having Kitshoff coming off the bench with 30 mins to play has worked well for us this season,” said Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.

Oosthuizen has recovered from an arm fracture sustained against the Wallabies in Perth in September, and he takes over the tighthead position from Ruan Dreyer, who started in the Boks’ previous three outings.

There is only one change in the backline, with De Allende earning a first start of the season as replacement for Jan Serfontein, who has played in all previous nine Bok matches of the year. Serfontein has moved to French club Montpellier and has asked not to be considered for the month-long European tour. Continue reading

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The first water from the Oranjezicht Main Springs Chamber started flowing into the Molteno Reservoir today, 8 November 2017. This is part of the City of Cape Town’s ongoing Water Resilience Programme to increase the supply of drinking water. This project will see an additional two million litres per day of safe, clean drinking water added to the City’s bulk water network.

Three springs feed into the main collection chamber in Oranjezicht, where water is collected before being conveyed via a 525 m long existing pipeline to the reservoir. The water is then chlorinated to bring it in line with the South African National Standard for drinking water (SANS 241).

The project entailed refurbishing for drinking water purposes the existing but disused pipeline, which takes the water from natural springs to the Molteno Reservoir. New chlorination equipment to dose the disinfectant along the pipeline linking it to the reservoir itself has also been installed.

When the City started investigating the possibility of using these springs as additional sources of drinking water in 2014, our Scientific Services Branch found that water from some of the springs was of a very high quality.

Previously, this untreated water from the main springs collection chamber was used for irrigation at the Green Point Urban Park, Cape Town Stadium and Green Point Athletics track. Continue reading

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At 01H10 this morning a Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Service ambulance enroute to Red Cross Children’s Hospital was stoned, along with several other motorists on the N2 near Borchard’s Quarry. The crew was then gun pointed and robbed of their belongings. They were transporting a critically injured eight year old patient who sustained severe head injuries after being involved in an earlier motor vehicle accident. A second ambulance was dispatched to transport the patient but the trauma to his head was so severe and he sadly  passed away at 12 noon at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

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Festival to celebrate all that is related to our oceans

Cape Town, 8 November 2017 — With the Volvo Ocean Race set to arrive in Cape Town in the coming weeks, the V&A Waterfront today announced a new endeavour focused on fostering an appreciation and understanding of South Africa’s ocean assets: the V&A Waterfront’s Ocean Life Festival, in association with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Intended to become an annual event, the V&A Waterfront’s Ocean Life Festival will see a carefully curated programme of events and activations spread across the property between Monday, 27 November and Friday, 8 December. The intention behind each of the Festival’s events will be to engage and delight visitors’ interest in ocean life, ocean sustainability, and the potential of maritime assets such as South Africa’s vast oceans.

“The V&A Waterfront’s Ocean Life Festival will be held on the property every year as one of the ways in which we are looking to celebrate all that is related to the ocean,” said David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront. Continue reading

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SA’s first international gold medalist and Guinness World record skateboarder, Jean-marc Johannes, successfully returned to the FISE World Series podium following the most heated final of his career, this past weekend 4 November, in Cheng Du, China.

After finishing first in the Am Street Division qualifying rounds on Saturday 3 November 2017, Jean-marc went on to compete in a grueling final round where he stood in a three way tie with China’s Qun Xiang Gao and Sun Sunkunkun, after two perfect final runs. With a hair scraping one point, Jean-marc proudly walked away with a silver medal, making this his second international medal and SA’s only skater to step onto an international podium.

“This was undoubtedly the highest level of finals I’ve ever competed under because in almost in every other event I can tell where I stand in the finals. I’m proud to have represented SA as the only African competitor, contests such as FISE gives me the priceless opportunity to compete with the best skateboarders in the world and undoubtedly puts my mind in the right place with the Olympics around the corner!” says Jean-marc.

Next up Jean-marc will be taking part in the sought after PROJAM International Open in Bali, set for December 2nd, 2017. 

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Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel said on Wednesday the intensity of their training sessions will increase significantly in the next two weeks as they finalise their preparations for the Women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series leg in Dubai from 30 November to 1 December.

Dazel’s charges will compete against New Zealand, USA and France in Pool A. And while the coach admitted that it would be a challenging tournament, he was excited to kick off what will be a demanding 2017/18 season against some of the top sides in the world.

The team has three vital tournaments lined up in 2018, the first of which is the 2018/19 Women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong in April, which will be followed by the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast a week later, and the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in July. Continue reading

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