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SA Rugby confirmed on Wednesday that the Springboks will face Scotland and Georgia in three home Tests in the new international window of July 2020, as part of the Castle Lager Incoming Series match schedule.

The newly-crowned Rugby World Cup champions are scheduled to play two Tests against Scotland, on 4 and 11 July, before hosting Georgia in a historical first home Test, on Saturday, 18 July.

It will be the Scots’ first visit to South Africa since June 2014, when the Boks beat them by 55-6 in Port Elizabeth. The Springboks and Georgia have only met once before, in a pool match at the Rugby World Cup in 2003 in Sydney, when SA won 46-19.

SA Rugby will confirm the venues and kick-off times of the three matches at a later stage.

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 08: a view of kids during the KFC Mini-Cricket Festival at PPC Newlands on March 08, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 08: a view of kids during the KFC Mini-Cricket Festival at PPC Newlands on March 08, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

South Africa is a nation that celebrates and is passionate about sport, yet thousands of children have limited access to playing sport they are passionate about. Sport is more than just a game, it allows young boys and girls to engage in teamwork, discipline, tolerance and the value of fair play.

Claire Terblanche, Head Coach: Western Province Women and Girls Pipeline, sat to discuss the beauty of grassroot development and what it potentially means for a budding cricketer in an age of pursuing a healthy mind, body and psyche.

Before Terblanche became a respected cricket coach, she watched from the side-lines as a little girl until she took it upon herself to go for that she wanted, bowling and batting in the streets of her neighbourhood. She says, “I was drawn to cricket because of the contention between opponents, the possibility to establish friendships, travelling to places I have never been to and meeting new people. I hold the game of cricket in high regard as it taught me lessons about life that helped me navigate through the good and the misfortunes that life had handed me.”

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Jackson Hall, GrandWest has a fantastic lineup of bands and talented musicians playing at the club on Friday and Saturday nights from November to February.

In November, the band Faze 4 will be playing on Friday nights, with the B Charles Experience performing on Saturday nights. Faze 4 is a party band with over four decades of great dance music experience. The B Charles Experience is well known for his Michael Jackson tributes and won The Voice Search and Steenberg’s Got Talent last year.

In December, the B Charles Experience will be playing every Friday night and Faze 4 every Saturday night. This will, however, swap for the first weekend of December when Faze 4 plays on Friday, 6 December 2020 and the B Charles Experience plays on Saturday, 7 December 2020.

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One of the largest trees in the Company’s Garden has officially been recognised as a Champion Tree by the National Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. Towering at almost 27 meters, the majestic Ficus Elastica, or Rubber Tree, has a crown diameter of 38.4 metres and stands guard at the northern entrance to Cape Town’s oldest garden.

The National Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries recently made the announcement after an amendment to the National Forests Act, 1998 was gazetted.

The Champion Tree Project started in 2003 and is a national initiative that identifies, protects and promotes exceptionally big and impressive trees in South Africa.

More than 90 trees have been identified thus far and the Ficus Elastica in the Company’s Garden stood out based on its size index and historical location.

Ficus Elastica is part of the Fig genus species, which is native to north-east India and southern Indonesia and forms part of the Banyan group of figs.

‘The City’s Recreation and Parks Department is delighted about the accolade. It is only through recognition, education and awareness that we will be better prepared to care for our trees which plays such an important role in our built environment. The recognition and acknowledgement means a lot as Champion Trees are now enjoying protected status,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

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The City’s Safety and Security Directorate is primed to play a key role in the administration’s efforts to ensure public safety. 

The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate is once again leading the charge to keep residents and visitors safe this festive season.

The City has, over many years, devised an operational plan that serves as a blueprint and guides enforcement efforts, but also general public safety priorities and other demands on the administration over this period, like cleaning services, traffic congestion and Events.

A summary of the operational plan is available here: http://bit.do/FestiveSeasonPreparednessPlan_2019-2020

‘In just a few weeks, Cape Town will usher in the festive season with the traditional switching on of the lights event on the Grand Parade. This is one of the biggest events on our annual calendar, and but one of the many demands on our City services over the period. Apart from boots on the ground to ensure safety and security, there are road closures to manage, public safety assessments from a disaster risk perspective and even post-event clean up. Many of us will be enjoying some downtime after a long year, and we would like to express our gratitude to the thousands of City staff who will be working very hard behind the scenes to keep us safe,’ said Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato.

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Today, the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, attended the launch of the Western Cape SAPS’ Safer Festive Season Campaign at the SAPS training academy in Philippi. Minister Fritz has welcomed the launch and calls on each individual in the province to play in their part in ensuring the safety of themselves and others over the festive break. Please see photos attached.

Minister Fritz said, “I note that SAPS’ festive plan was launched at 10pm last night and has already yielded results. As the Western Cape Government, we welcome the launch of the campaign as it aims to keep every citizen of the province safe. My Department will equally play its part by capacitating Neighbourhood Watches, Community Policing Forums and related initiatives. At the same time, I call on each and every individual to ensure their own safety, and those in their care, over the festive break to make it a truly enjoyable time for all.”

Minister Fritz added, “One the most significant initiatives hosted by the Department of Community Safety to ensure safety over the festive season is the youth and safety religious programme, which is currently in its 8th year of implementation. The YSRP works with over 141 faith based organisations and keeps young people off the street and out of harm’s way over the festive break.”

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FORMER MINISTER OF FINANCE TREVOR MANUAL AND NORA DAWUD, TOP IMMIGRATION LAWYER AND FOUNDER OF BLACK PEN IMMIGRATION & RECRUITMENT, REVEAL THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IN SA – A SURPRISE TO ALL THAT ATTITUDE DURING THE HIRING PROCESS IS A FAR BIGGER PROBLEM THAN LACK OF SKILLS

HUNDREDS OF YOUTH FROM JOE SLOVO, MILNERTON, PROVIDED WITH SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION BY ONE OF SA’S TOP IMMIGRATION LAWYERS AND RECRUITMENT SPECIALISTS ON HOW TO “GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE OVER OTHERS WHEN JOB HUNTING”

JOE SLOVO (MILNERTON), CAPE TOWN: As the youth unemployment rate continues to increase in South Africa, the Youth Unemployment Prevention Programme (YUPP) hosted a seminar for approximately 300 youth in Joe Slovo, Milnerton, this past week. The motivation behind the event was in order for those in attendance to gain a significant revelation about how to get a competitive advantage above others when job hunting, with Nora Dawud, top immigration lawyer and Founder of Black Pen Immigration & Recruitment, sharing her extensive knowledge she has gained over the years as a specialist in the field.

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The City of Cape Town would like to encourage account holders not to wait until the last minute and rather pay their accounts as soon as possible to avoid possible debt management and legal action. Read more below:

The City is calling on all account holders to settle their accounts before year-end or face debt management actions which could negatively impact them over the festive season. Debt actions have been intensified, especially against frequent defaulters and those who are able to pay but choose not to do so. As always, the City has programmes in place to assist its vulnerable residents who genuinely do not have the means to pay.

‘We are appealing to all account holders to pay their outstanding debt ahead of the holidays, especially to prevent services from being cut off over the holiday period due to non-payment. There’s no need for those who are struggling financially to do so alone. Hoping that the debt will go away or ignoring the problem is not the answer, and there is help on offer.

‘As a caring city, we make allowance for residents who are unable to pay for basic services to make representation to the City for relief, and for those who are struggling to pay their municipal accounts to enter into an agreed arrangement/instalment plan to pay off their arrears,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Alderman Ian Neilson.

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