An ugly feud is about to break out as a dark cloud looms over the Bhengu family. The beloved Bhengu Brothers have been at loggerheads for close to eternity, and as the clock keeps ticking and tocking, a family implosion is on the horizon.
Hard-headed Bhengu brothers Zimele and Phakade are about to turn on each other. And their sons Nkululeko and Zithulele, heirs to the Maluju Oil company, will experience a surprising showdown that will shock even the most loyal IMBEWU fan.
As the impending clash beckons, an exceptional star is about to rise. He enters our world as an unassuming stranger on the run, and now Nkanyiso Mcunu played by Nkululeko Sibiya is blowing up.
Hardship, pain, and hostility are some of the words that can describe Nkululeko’s upbringing. Raised to believe he was an orphan, Nkululeko grew to be resentful in character, and the idea of family didn’t exist to him. His heavy hatred was directed towards his father, and he held him responsible for his lack of growing up in a typical traditional household. However, he had a whole lot of ambition and plan for his life. Nkululeko has evolved from military intelligence to head of security at Maluju Oil, and his rise now finds him as a shareholder in the company. All these blessings are courtesy of the newly formed bond and approval he receives from his long-lost father, Ngcolosi Bhengu.
The culmination of the world’s largest global DJ competition; Red Bull 3Style, is coming to South Africa this December and Mzansi’s top-notch DJs; DJ Cassie, Eighty6, Sash B, GREMLIN, DJ LATiNO and DJ Shameless will go up against one another for an opportunity to compete on a global scale. The winner of the national final will head to the tenth edition of the Red Bull 3Style World DJ Championships in Moscow, Russia, in April next year.
With the local edition scheduled to take place at the District NightClub, for the first time in Cape Town, on Saturday, 14 December 2019, Red Bull 3Style has been advancing and celebrating the culture of DJing since 2010. The six local DJs will prove their skills and ability to get a party jumping in a 15-minute mix showcasing at least three music genres.
The format of the competition will enable each competing DJ to play a combination of at least three musical genres within a 15 minutes slot, aiming to impress the judges and the crowd. The skills needed to become South Africa’s top partyrocker will be judged on the DJ’s originality, skills, music selection and crowd response.
Recent rains have given a welcome boost to the dams supplying the City. Dams were 84,5% full as of this morning, 4 November 2019, up by 2,4% from the previous week. Although dams are relatively full, this is more due to reduced water consumption than the end of drought. Rainfall this winter is still below average.
While there seems to be much excitement all round as dam levels increase, the City of Cape Town asks residents to please keep in mind that rainfall this year was again below average. This is the 5th Winter running that this has been the case.
On the upside, the data shows that residents are still using water conservatively, with consumption for the past week down to 600 million litres/day. Currently the consumption target for the City is 650 million litres/day.
‘As we come to the end of the 2019 rainy season, residents should be congratulated on their approach to water saving up to this point, as this has been absolutely crucial to our recovery thus far. However, there still remains significant uncertainty around how much rain we are likely to get in years to come, and as such, we believe it is wise to maintain a water-wise approach for the short to medium term.
‘Residents should do their best to remain conscious of, and responsive to restriction levels as this will ensure the right balance between minimising inconvenience and ensuring water is available for the City to function. However, if consumption patterns this winter are anything to go by, maintaining a sustainable level of consumption should be no problem for our citizens. ’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.
Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for all water-related information and Frequently Asked Questions.
The City of Cape Town’s Urban Management Directorate has sophisticated plans to transform the newly upgraded Grand Parade market into a modern, vibrant, commercially sustainable environment through its e-permit system with individual traders.
The Grand Parade market has been in existence for a number of years. The Wednesday and Saturday markets have become an institution and, over time, has been complemented by daily trading on the edge of the square.
The location of the Grand Parade market and the history of informal traders in the area creates the prime opportunity to transform the newly upgraded market into a modern, vibrant, and commercially sustainable environment .
Currently the City has month-to-month lease agreements with the traders’ associations, who in turn lease out the trading bays to each informal trader operating in that precinct.
The V&A Waterfront has become the first African company of its size and magnitude to achieve Diamond class status under the Heritage Environmental Management classification.
The V&A Waterfront’s journey with Heritage Environmental Management began in 2012 with a Silver classification. After establishing a Sustainability Committee, the Waterfront soon rose to Gold and then Platinum classification.
To achieve Platinum class, businesses must have a fully integrated environmental management system in place, and must score a minimum of 94% on their annual environmental sustainability audits.
To proceed to Diamond classification, the Waterfront had to demonstrate a continued socially responsible commitment towards environmental practices and community involvement. A further condition was that the Waterfront consistently attains Platinum status for a minimum period of five years, as it had done.
The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) along with the rest of South Africa commemorates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December.
For the 2019/2020 financial year, DSD has committed R 160.9 million for programmes and initiatives for people with disabilities across the province. In 2009/10 financial year , the budget was a mere R 50. 85 million, compared to R 160, 9 million budgeted for the current financial year. Between 2014 and the end of March 2019, the Department increased the access of ‘persons with disabilities ‘ and their care givers/ parents and families to specialised support services from 55 323 to 99 800.
The current budget allocation has enabled DSD to provide funding for more than 220 Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) which includes, residential care facilities for adults and children with disabilities, day-care centres for both children and adults with disabilities, protective workshops and social service organisations.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities does not attempt to define disability per se but rather recognises disability as an evolving concept and that disability results from the interaction between the persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, together with representatives from the Social Housing Company (SOHCO), Ward Councillor, Dave Bryant, and other dignitaries today, 4 November 2019, took a walk on the site in Pine Road, Woodstock which is earmarked for a social housing development. It is expected to become a flagship social housing partnership project for the City. Read more below:
On 31 October 2019 Council approved the sale of land in Pine Road and Dillon Lane in Woodstock for the development of social housing rental units. The deeds of sale for the Pine Road and Dillon Lane sites are expected to be concluded at the end of November 2019, if all goes according to plan.
‘We are visiting the site today to show Cape Town how strongly we believe in the social housing model and ask all in Cape Town to help us to reimagine the future Cape Town that we want: one where people live closer to where they work and to where the opportunities are and where apartheid’s enduring grip on the spatial patterns of our cities can be increasingly loosened going forward.
Sasha-Lee Laurel Olivier, voted one of the most beautiful women in the country at the Miss South Africa competition, is going to represent South Africa at the Miss World pageant.
On December 14, she will join contestants from all around the world in London to compete in one of the best-known beauty pageants around the globe.
Sasha-Lee, who was sexually abused as a child, has chosen to support, inspire and help girls, boys, women and men who have had a similar experience as part of her Miss World ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ campaign.
Using #ItsNotYourFault as her slogan, she is determined to use the very public platform that Miss World provides to bring solace to women (and men) who are survivors of sexual assault.
“A very deep sense of shame accompanies rape and long term sexual abuse. Those who have suffered at the hands of the predators and perpetrators feel responsible for their own abuse, and are profoundly ashamed of what is happening, or has happened, to them. We need to desperately change the status quo regarding this – the shame does not belong to the victim at all.”
Will this haunt me forever?
A dark cloud looming at the foot of the rainbow…
Walking footsteps of hesitation
100 self help blog posts later
10 000 prayers
50 missed opportunities
500 attempts to smile
20 mornings spent in bed thinking
2 broken hearts
3 silent cries for help
The sun hiding behind the clouds…waiting
Standing at a red traffic light.
Hooting at the traffic light, looking at the driver in the car next to me.
A strangers smile
Pausing for a moment, embarrassing the warmth of the sun on my skin and the sudden burst of pure happiness.
I laugh and realise how thankful I am.
It might haunt me, but there are so many reasons to smile.
Turning up the volume on the radio, singing out loud, dancing in my car. No anxiety in sight.
I lived in the moment
I was happy
I didn’t hesitate
I asked for help
I prayed, I prayed hard
I made that doctors appointment
I continued to smile
Most importantly I found redemption and healing in a simple smile.
By Candace Conradie @CandylandSA (Twitter and Instagram)
RWC-winning Springboks’ arrival in South Africa
The 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok squad are due to arrive back in South Africa on a number of flights from Japan over a two day period between Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 November.
Rassie Erasmus, the Director of Rugby, Springbok captain Siya Kolisi and vice-captain Handre Pollard are amongst the first batch of the Springbok squad members who are due to arrive from Japan. The first flights are expected to land in Johannesburg at approximately 16h30-16h45 on Tuesday.
The three will be amongst several RWC-winning squad members who will attend the official Springbok arrivals media conference at the media centre at International Arrivals, OR Tambo International Airport.
The Springboks will kick off their RWC Champions Tour in Gauteng on Thursday 7 November with the parade including stops in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto.
The RWC squad will also parade the Webb Ellis Cup in a number of other locations before concluding the tour in Cape Town on Monday, 11 November. Full details will be confirmed closer to the time.
The planned RWC Champions Tour stops are as follow:
Thursday, 7 November: Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto
Friday, 8 November: Durban
Saturday, 9 November: East London
Sunday, 10 November: Port Elizabeth
Monday, 11 November: Cape Town