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…a piece of theatre that rivets its audience…
– Cape Argus

High drama at its best.”
– Cape Argus

This is a riveting, must-see show boasting an engaging mixture of poignancy and humour.
– Cape Times

…I can see why it won mutiple Naledi Theatre Awards…
– Cape Times

Paul Slabolepszy is n meesterstorieverteller…
– Die Burger

…een van die sterkste en mees emosioneel gelaaide onthullings en ontknopings in ons toneelkuns.
– Danie Botha, LitNet

The relevance of this story is remarkable. The effect of past injustices, the intricacies of individuals faced with difficult circumstances and the universal quest for the truth are all issues we grapple with on a day to day basis.”
– Joshua Carsten, Bsharp entertainment Continue reading

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The SA Rugby National Girls U18 Week will again add a female touch to the SA Rugby Youth Weeks Series from 3 to 7 July at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom, with several high-profile battles lined up for the opening day’s play.

Border, who held off a strong challenge from arch-rivals Western Province in the final match of the tournament last season in Kimberley, will take on the Blue Bulls, while the Capetonians will meet KZN in two of the main games when the competition kicks off.

The eight matches on day one will be split between two fields, with Boland and the Limpopo Blue Bulls, and the Free State and Golden Lions respectively, getting the tournament underway. African neighbours Zimbabwe will make their fourth consecutive appearance in the competition, with their first match being against Griquas.

The teams will play matches on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Similarly to the SA Rugby Youth Weeks for boys, sponsored by Coca-Cola, the teams that display the best rugby during the opening three days play will meet in the final match of the tournament on Friday.

National Girls U18 Week day-one fixtures (Monday, 3 July):

10h00 – Boland v Limpopo Blue Bulls (A field)

10h00 – Free State v Golden Lions (B field)

11h10 – Griquas v Zimbabwe (A field)

11h10 – Pumas v Border Country Districts (B field)

12h20 – Griffons v Leopards (A field)

12h20 – Eastern Province v SWD (B field)

14h10 – Western Province v KZN (A field)

15h20 – Border v Blue Bulls (A field)

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The new VW Polo 1.0 TSi R-Line Automatic is exactly what buyers of B-Segment vehicles want to buy. Times are changing and buyers are prepared to settle for smaller cars, but they will not downgrade on comfort, safety and features. We would all like to drive something that uses less fuel and engine capacity downsizing is the only way since diesel has been branded the devils’ fuel. Yet we still want good performance and lastly the demand for automatic gearboxes is on the increase.

In the past when buying down you had to settle for less and out went the electric this and the automatic that. Safety also wasn’t a huge concern and luxury items such as sunroofs and fog lights were frowned upon.

Step into 2017 and consumers having been spoilt for choice are now much more demanding. This brings us to the VW Polo 1.0TSi R-Line Automatic. Available with luxuries usually unheard of in the B-Segment, this Polo is available with automatic LED headlights, automated parking, a full colour reverse camera system and parking sensors not to even mention the sizeable glass roof. These are without any doubt luxury items and not things we exactly need, but should you choose you may have these and so much more. VW even offers in dash satellite navigation and I know we all use our phones, but it’s so much nicer when seamlessly integrated as is the case with the VW system.

It may also only feature a 1.0TSi engine with three cylinders, but it produces 81Kw of power and 200Nm of Torque at very low revs which means the automated seven speed DSG gearbox has enough poke to play with so it isn’t hunting for gears like most other small engine automatic vehicles. Continue reading

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Programme:   2017 BET Awards
Channel:         BET (DStv Channel 129)
Premiere:       Tuesday 27 June 2017
Time:               20:00 CAT

Tune-in to BET for the not-to-be-missed #BETAwards17 hitting our local screens on Tuesday 27 June on BET (DStv Channel 129) at 20:00 CAT. Hosted by the hilarious SNL star Leslie Jones, viewers can expect a star-studded line-up featuring; Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Future, Big Sean, Migos, Trey Songs, Tamar Braxton, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne and this year’s Lifetime Achievement Honourees New Edition.

Our very own Trevor Noah will be presenting an award on the evening, alongside other well-known and celebrated stars such as Issa Rae, Yara Rashid, Jamie Foxx and many more.

This year Mam Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s philanthropy will be awarded for the Global Good Award along with Somalian’s social activist Ilwad Elman. AKA celebrates his third nomination for Best International Act: Africa along first-time nominees; Nasty C, Babes Wodumo, Tekno, Davido , Mr Eazi and previous category winner Wizkid. Amanda Black and Tanzanian performer Ray Vanny hope for a win in their nominated category, Viewer’s Choice: Best International Act.

Set your reminders for an epic television experience next week Tuesday
For more information on the BET Awards, visit www.betafrica.tv, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica, or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #BETAwards17.

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In respect of the Western Cape’s worst drought for over 100 years, Growth Events, owners of the Cape Town Flower Show, announces that the 2017 show will be deferred until October 2018.

Show Director, Karey Evett explains:  “We believe we should bow to the industry’s challenges in these difficult times.  The Cape Town Flower Show celebrates the Cape’s floral kingdom and supports the landscaping, horticultural and green industries and it is imperative that we demonstrate due responsibility.  We think it’s critical that the landscaping industry has time to adapt to the crisis and to use their creativity in garden design that would not put any strain on our water reserves.  Also, we want to match our 2016 inaugural show with a similarly successful and abundant show, because it’s important not to dilute the show’s appeal to participants and visitors.”

The four-day show will take place at GrandWest in October 2018.  Group Technical Events and Entertainment Manager at GrandWest, Gavin Taylor says:  “We echo and support the message given by the Cape Town Flower Show.  Our pride in hosting this show is matched by our commitment to being water-wise and sustainable in all our operations and we salute the show for its decision to defer the event until 2018.”

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Featuring: Alistair Izobell, Karen Kortje, Nur Abrahams, Sasha Lee Davids, Loukmaan Adams & Austin Rose

One Night Only, 1 July 2017

Boardwalk ICC, Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth has waited long enough…. and now it’s finally here! Alistair Izobell Productions and Marmalade Productions are teaming up again to bring you the best show to hit PE in years. The finest Cape Town artists on one stage including: Alistair Izobell, Karen Kortje, Nur Abrahams, Sasha Lee Davids, Loukmaan Adams and Austin Rose. These amazing artists will be supported by a six-piece band comprising of the best musicians from the mother city.

Alistair Izobell – has become widely regarded as one of Cape Town`s best champions of local music and entertainment and has created many opportunities for young artists. He is one of South Africa`s foremost artists, producers and musical directors, having started his career at age seven, and later went on to perform in David Kramer and Taliep Petersen`s Kat and the Kings, which earned him and the cast the Laurence Olivier Best Actor in a Musical award. His recent successes include; Kaapse Stoep Stories, Remembering the Lux, Kaapse Jol, Music Alla Kaap and writing the theme song for the Kyknet soap opera Suidooster. Alistair is working on a variety of new and exciting projects this year. The first of many will be creating a NPO which will benefit young emerging talent who need assistance in the Western Cape. Continue reading

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Springbok scrumhalf Ross Cronjé will miss the third and final Castle Lager Incoming Series Test against France on Saturday because of delayed concussion symptoms, the Springbok management confirmed on Tuesday.

Cronjé made his South African debut two weeks ago in Pretoria and followed up on his impressive performance with another very good showing in the Durban Test last Saturday, where the Springboks clinched the three-match series.

“Ross showed delayed symptoms of concussion on Monday and he will not be able to get through the recovery protocols in time for him to be considered for selection. We withdrew him from training yesterday and he will rest for the duration of the week,” explains the Springbok team doctor, Dr Konrad von Hagen.

The scrumhalf was in line to make his third appearance for the Springboks on his home ground in Johannesburg.

Francois Hougaard and Rudy Paige provide the Springboks with sufficient cover for this coming weekend, which means that no replacement will be called up to the Bok squad. Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, will announce his match 23 on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Springboks have released centres Lionel Mapoe and Francois Venter to the SA ‘A’ side for their second match against the French Barbarians at the Orlando Stadium on Friday night.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

The following speech was delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, on a road show to investors across the city to promote the City’s inaugural green bond.

This is an exciting time for the City of Cape Town as we issue on inaugural green bond of R1 billion.

The City has over the past five years become the trademark for good governance through our track record of clean, corruption-free government and prudent financial management.

In term of our successes during the first term of office between 2011 and 2016 where we committed to building a caring, opportunity, inclusive, safe and well-run city, we can share the following:

We have completed 99% of the projects contained in our Integrated Development Plan (2011 – 2016). Continue reading

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25 – 27AUGUST 2017

Come and witness captivating poetry in the artists’ haven that is McGregor. The fifth annual Poetry in McGregor is happening from August 25th to 27th. Aimed at promoting community spirit, giving a stage to well-known poets as well as nurturing talented young artists, this special weekend offers poets from all over the chance to shine onstage. With over 90 events, you can expect extraordinary poetry recitals, music events, art and workshops.

There is a great range of poets performing at various venues at this year`s event: Koos Kombuis, Ashley Dowds, Hugh Hodge, John Maytham, Nic de Jager, Kobus Moolman, Lungiswa Nyatyowa, Lerato Sibanda, Philip de Vos, Diana Ferrus, Daniel Hugo, Lara Kirsten, Fanie Olivier, Koos van der Merwe, Mavis Vermaak, Wendy Woodward and many more. A Complete list of all the performing poets can be found at http://mcgregorpoetryfestival.co.za/2017-poets/

Billy Kennedy, Chairman of the Poetry in MGregor committee, believes that Poetry plays an important part in our lives: “Someone once wrote that much of the violence and psychological illness and unease in our society is probably due to poetry deprivation. Bigotry and prejudice and fundamentalism contract the mind, and our world is full of it. Poetry expands the mind. It limbers up the imagination. It does to the mind what Yoga does for the body. Poetry can challenge us, uplift us, reshape us and recreate us. Like no other force it can give us a deeper awareness of one another and our interconnectedness.”’

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