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The City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution Department is working hard to connect residents in informal settlements with electricity and its Lotus Park project is progressing well. One of the residents, Mr Mzondeleli Nyama, whose home was electrified as part of the project is thrilled. He said being able to use appliances makes his life easier. Read more below:

Note to editors: High resolution photographs are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oe5k11k7os79yov/AADNGcJkgPGGCIPKsXd_S8fqa?dl=0

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti, visited residents in Lotus Park in Gugulethu to inspect the work which is under way. This project is valued at more than R8 million and includes the electrification of approximately 700 informal structures which are located on land belonging to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).

PRASA had given the City permission to complete the electrification work. This project is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019. The City has also electrified approximately 100 households in an adjacent area of City-owned land.

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department will be conducting pressure management operations in a number of areas in Table View, Durbanville and surrounds. Read more below:

Pressure management will be done in the Table View, Flamingo Vlei, Parklands, Bloubergstrand, Westriding and Sunridge areas. The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Tuesday 30 April 2019 between 19:00 and 00:00, and on Thursday 2 May 2019 between 19:00 and 00:00.

The department will also be conducting pressure management operations in Durbanville, Morningstar, Proteaville, Sonstraal and surrounds. The work will result in the disruption of the water supply on Thursday 2 May 2019 between 19:00 and 00:00.

All taps should be kept closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored. Residents are kindly requested to store water in clean, sealed containers for use during this period.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.

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There is a rising star taking the world by storm.

The talented Pan-African singer, songwriter and record producer known to his extensive and expanding fan base as WurlD, has been selected as the Apple Music New Artist Spotlight for the month of April. A multicultural musician going through a rapid evolution of sound and general appeal, WurlD is the King of cool and the Boss of beats – especially when it comes to his particular genre of music – “Electronic Soul with a fusion of African Rhythm and Sounds”.

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E! Entertainment Television – NBCUniversal International Networks’ global, multi-platform brand dedicated to all things pop culture – today announced the commission of Celebrity Game Night, for its latest local production in Africa. The series, comprised of ten one-hour episodes, will premiere late 2019 on E! (DStv channel 124).

Celebrity Game Night is based on the Primetime Emmy Award winning series Hollywood Game Night, hosted by Jane Lynch, and is distributed internationally by NBCUniversal International Formats. In each episode, two teams of celebrity guests will face-off as they play hilarious and outrageous party games that test pop culture knowledge, acting skills and nerves of steel. Adding to the atmosphere, this local commission will feature a local host who will guide African celebrities through their evening and ensure the game night is filled with fun and frolics.

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The City of Cape Town can confirm that the invasive polyphagous shot hole Borer beetle (PSHB) has been sighted in Somerset West. The City is in the process of appointing an experienced invasive plant removal team to remove the infected trees. Read more below:

The PSBH infestation was discovered in Oldenland Road in Somerset West by passionate gardeners and environmentalists who noted that a London plane tree in their garden was ailing and exhibited signs of a PSHB beetle invasion.

The City’s Invasive Species Unit was contacted last month and a student with a Master’s of Science degree (MSc) from Stellenbosch University who is currently working on the PSHB beetle for his thesis, collected samples from the infested sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) and London plane trees in Oldenland Road for laboratory analyses.

On 3 April 2019 after extensive DNA testing the results of the positive PSHB identification were released in a statement by academic experts from the Stellenbosch University’s Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology and the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the University of Pretoria.

The City can as such confirm that a limited number of trees in Oldenland Road in Somerset West, namely London planes and sweetgums, are infested with shot hole borer beetles.

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RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 06:  McDonald Duma of Rustenburg breaks the Rhino defence and score a try defence during the Gold Cup, Semi-Final match between Newrak Rustenburg Impala and Northern Platinum Rhinos at Impala Rugby Club on April 06, 2019 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 06: McDonald Duma of Rustenburg breaks the Rhino defence and score a try defence during the Gold Cup, Semi-Final match between Newrak Rustenburg Impala and Northern Platinum Rhinos at Impala Rugby Club on April 06, 2019 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

• Newrak Rustenburg Impala to face Durbanville-Bellville

• Rustenburg to host third Final in four years

• Match is repeat of 2015 Final won by Durbell

• SuperSport to televise Final on Sunday at 14h30 on SS1 & SS10

Note to Editors: A rights free image of Newrak Rustenburg Impala centre McDonald Duma scoring a try in his team’s semi-final victory over Northam Platinum Rhinos is attached. Credit: Sydney Seshibedi, Gallo Images.

Two teams who between them have lifted the Gold Cup three times in the past five seasons will resume their rivalry on Sunday in the biggest match of the season in South African amateur club rugby.

Newrak Impala — champions in 2014 and 2016 — will host 2015 winners Durbanville-Bellville on Sunday in Rustenburg in the Final of the 2019 SSG Gold Cup, presented by Blu Approved & M4Jam and championed by 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok captain John Smit.

The Final will be televised live on Sunday at 14h30 on SuperSport 1 and 10 (DStv channels 201 and 210).

Impala and Durbell reached the final after convincing semi-final victories over Northam Platinum Rhinos and Hollywoodbets Swallows respectively, bringing to a climax five weeks of thrilling rugby that drew capacity crowds from all walks of life to community venues across the country.

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Master chocolatiers and candy-makers the world-over have been hard at work for months experimenting with new flavours and textures, trying to outdo one another in an effort to capture the lion’s share of the sales this Easter.

New flavours that are sure to excite chocoholics this season include florals, like lavender, healthy spices such as ginger, turmeric and chai, coconut milk and tahini – a sauce made from toasting and grounding sesame seeds. There is also a big move among chocolatiers to include superfoods, such as spirulina, goji berries, reishi mushrooms, and our humble Rooibos in this delicious treat.

Adele du Toit, spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council says it’s a real coup that the USD103-billion chocolate industry has taken notice of Rooibos, which is a proudly South African product.

“As consumers’ taste profiles change and new consumers enter the confection market, new opportunities arise. Today, teens and young adults are using social media to interact with and document everyday life, providing opportunities for chocolate and sweet brands to incorporate multisensory confectionery options that use unexpected textures and flavours. The youth seek experiences over possessions and are always looking for new innovations from brands that they love.

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Springbok Sevens forward Zain Davids will undergo shoulder surgery on Wednesday and has been ruled out of the last three tournaments of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The 22-year-old Davids injured his shoulder in training in Hong Kong last week and had to return to South Africa before the start of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, where the Blitzboks finished in seventh position.

The injury comes at a bad time for the Blitzboks as their two worst results of the season – in Las Vegas and Hong Kong – happened in Davids’ absence.

But there was good news on the injury front too, with confirmation that regular captain, Philip Snyman, the experienced Cecil Afrika and young guns JC Pretorius and Mfundo Ndhlovu are all available for selection for the final two tournaments in the series, in London (25-26 May) and Paris (1-2 June). All of them are in the final stages of rehabilitation at the team’s home base in Stellenbosch.

The Blitzboks are in a tight race with England to retain the fourth spot on the World Series log – which will give them automatic entry to the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan – and that challenge will continue in Singapore this weekend.

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