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In less than a week, the City of Cape Town will be welcoming horse racing enthusiasts and socialites to Africa’s Richest Race Day at Kenilworth Racecourse on 1 February 2020. In preparation for the Sun Met 2020, three of the most popular horses that will be competing for the number one spot and R3 Million prize, had their own Spa Day.

Joining this year’s Horses’ Spa Day were South Africa’s Horse of the Year and early Sun Met 2020 favourite, Do It Again, Sun Met 2019 winner, Rainbow Bridge, and Johannesburg’s number one contender, Hawwaam.

Chuma Matsaluka and Miss World South Africa, Sasha-Lee Olivier, were dressed by Masa Mara, and joined the majestic creatures for a few snaps. After the photoshoot, Miss World South Africa and a few guests enjoyed a delightful breakfast on the beach. House of BNG – the Official Celebration Partner of the Sun Met 2020, brought a selection of their exquisite bubbly to accompany the luxurious breakfast.

The continental breakfast buffet drew inspiration from the Sun Met 2020 theme, African Luxury: Visionaries. Guests got a taste of what the Sun Met will offer at the event and left inspired to find the perfect outfit to capture the theme.

General Access tickets are available for purchase on TicketPro for R200, while hospitality packages start at R980 per person. Racegoers can make use of the Chukker Road parking facility and access the event through the main entrance on Wetton Road. Parking tickets can be purchased for R100 per car. Hospitality ticket holders can park their vehicles in the inner-field for R100 per vehicle. Tickets can be purchased through TicketPro and designated offices around Cape Town.

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The City of Cape Town’s multi-million rand library maintenance projects are on track with a new round of upgrades due to start within the coming months. The upgrades will allow for a myriad of improvements, upgrades, routine maintenance and modernisation. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Library and Information Service will spend nearly R10 million on upgrades to a number of libraries, with some upgrades already completed.

‘Libraries have always been at the heart of the communities they serve and are accessible and safe spaces, providing access to huge resources of information and knowledge. The City is often asked why it spends money on upgrading and maintaining libraries in a technological and digital age, and it’s because these spaces are essential to creating and maintaining an educated and literate population,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

All the City’s libraries undergo maintenance and upgrades in a five year cycle.

‘Our libraries are well-loved and popular spaces where residents access vital information, and are provided with recreation and other opportunities to develop literacy and learn skills for employability,’ said Councillor Badroodien.

Some of the biggest upgrades will take place at the Ravensmead, Kuilsriver, Bonteheuwel, Brown’s Farm, and Strandfontein libraries.

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The Springbok Sevens management and players took full responsibility for their 10th place finish at the HSBC New Zealand Sevens on Sunday, admitting that it was a very disappointing performance and way below their regular and proud standards.

The Blitzboks lost 36-14 to Kenya in their final Pool B match and then went down 12-5 to Fiji in the 9th place playoff at FMG Stadium Waikato.

Kenya’s victory over the Blitzboks came after 14 consecutive wins for the South Africans, and two tries in the last two minutes by Fiji meant the Hamilton tournament ended in misery for Neil Powell and his squad.

These results, coupled with New Zealand winning their home tournament, saw the Blitzboks drop to joint-second spot on the overall HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings after three tournaments of 10 played. The Kiwis, who beat France by 27-5 in the final, top the log with 63 points, followed by South Africa and France (48 points each).

For Powell, it was a frustrating weekend in which the Blitzboks lost three matches in a row, a statistic that will hurt the squad, who came into the tournament on the back of 11 wins from their last 12 matches.

“We were just poor against Kenya, with our basics not on par,” said Powell about the performance that saw the Blitzboks go down 19-0 in the opening half.

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There were contrasting emotions in the Toyota Cheetahs and Isuzu Southern Kings camps following the dramatic Guinness PRO14 derby between the sides at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday in which a brave comeback allowed the Free Staters to edge through 31-30.

While Isuzu Southern Kings coach Robbie Kempson was angry at his team’s last-minute defeat, Toyota Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie praised his side’s fighting spirit and veteran scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar’s influence as they bounced back from 30-12 down to earn the win.

Pienaar, who took the field a replacement, slotted over two conversions in the last 10 minutes – the second of which was to win the match.

The victory ensured that the Free Staters remained at the top-end of their conference, keeping them in the race for a possible playoff spot later in the season.

“We expected it to be a tight game, but I hoped it wouldn’t be that close,” said Fourie. “It is always a dogfight here. The Kings played really well.

“We made a lot of mistakes that earned them points, especially in the first half. There were three soft tries and that made the game difficult for us.” Continue reading

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Pic: E! News

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Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in California, aged 41. The NBA legend was travelling in his private helicopter when it came down yesterday morning in Calabasas, 40 miles north-west of Los Angeles.

Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also among the nine people who all died in the incident.

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife, was not on board. They have three further children together – Natalia, Bianca and six-month-old Capri.

A call for a downed helicopter went out at 10.01am, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said, and officials later confirmed Bryant’s death.
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Thousands of clients visit the City of Cape Town’s 18 Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) every week for all card renewals, driving licence and learner licence tests. Additional clerks have been appointed to reduce lengthy queues. Read more below:

‘The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service has started the roll out of additional clerks at our DLTCs. Three started work in January with 13 more due to start on 1 February,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Last year it was announced the service would increase its administrative staffing complement at some of its busier centres with a R4 million injection to improve services.

There are 18 centres around the metropole that administer learner and driving license applications, as well as replacement and renewal of documentation and payment of fines, among others.

The City’s busiest centres are Gallows Hill, Hillstar, Kuils River and Bellville. Any further appointments were allocated on a priority basis at other DLTCs.

Earlier today Alderman Smith paid a visit to the Parow DLTC.

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(January 8, 2020 – Los Angeles, CA) – Maintaining the energy and action synonymous with one of the big screen’s most explosive franchises ever, We The Best Music Group and Epic Records unleash the Bad Boys For Life Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on January 17, 2020. It arrives the same day Bad Boys For Life—the third installment in the legendary Bad Boys (directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah; producers: Will Smith, Jerry Bruckheimer, Doug Belgrad) series starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence—opens in theaters everywhere.

In order to lock and load a blockbuster compilation worthy of the on-screen action, the filmmakers and Sony Pictures Entertainment tapped GRAMMY® nominated multiplatinum artist, music executive, innovative influencer, mogul, and mega-producer DJ Khaled as executive producer. Lending his magic touch to the project, he tapped some of the hottest names across hip-hop, pop, reggae and Latin to collaborate and deliver one banger after another.

This time around, he embraced the role of C.E.O. and label boss to assemble a powerhouse soundtrack. “I’m honored to have this soundtrack on We The Best Music Group as this is the first release of 2020 with more to come this year.” said DJ Khaled. Now, the album boasts brand new music from the likes of Meek MillCity GirlsRick RossRich The KidJaden SmithBuju BantonPitbull, and more.

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A 28-man DHL Stormers squad will get a thorough work-out against four different teams on Varsity Day at Florida Park in Ravensmead on Saturday.

In the first pre-season fixture of the 2020 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign, the extended squad will face University teams UCT, Maties, CPUT and a DHL WP XV as part of a festival of rugby hosted by Tygerberg RFC.

Gates at Florida Park will open at 09h30 on Saturday morning and the DHL Stormers squad will play their first period against CPUT at 13h30, followed directly by 20 minutes against DHL WP XV at 14h00.

The players will then take a break as the Varsity teams battle it out amongst each other, with the final two 20-minute periods against UCT and five-time Varsity Cup champions Maties ending the day.

Entrance on the day at Florida Park will be R20, with parking also R20. The non-playing DHL Stormers will have a signing session at 14h30.

In the 28-man squad for the four 20-minute periods are several players with Vodacom Super Rugby experience such as Jean-Luc du Plessis, Godlen Masimla, Chad Solomon, Ernst van Rhyn, Ali Vermaak, Chris van Zyl and Leolin Zas, as well as former Springbok Hilton Lobberts who has returned to the Western Cape to play club rugby.

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There is a kaleidoscope of fun filled activities available for kids at The Boardwalk this festive season. Kids under 12 can join the Holiday Club to enjoy hours of fun and games in a safe environment. Located at the Kids Corner in The Boardwalk’s retail area, the Holiday Club is available daily from 4 December 2019 until 14 January 2020 (excluding Christmas Day).

There will be an array of entertainment such as craft work, games, kiddies’ movies, a jumping castle, face painting, electronic games, children’s racing games and other indoor activities. For R150, children can enjoy eight full hours of jam-packed entertainment and some light snacks. There is also a four hour package available for R80 per child (excludes snacks).

Other fun, family friendly activities at The Boardwalk include:

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