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Wikipedia, the go-to online encyclopedia, visited by 15 billion users a month and populated with content contributed by over 200 000 volunteer editors, is in the spotlight this week as they hold their annual conference, Wikimania, in Cape Town. This is the first time this conference will be held in sub-Saharan Africa.

From 18-22 July, over 600 delegates will gather at the Cape Sun to debate some of the issues that Wikipedia and its associated projects are grappling with right now.

High on the agenda is the organisation’s vision for increased knowledge equity and a broader diversity of contributors and content. A vision that the global community have agreed to adopt and drive – and which is now being interrogated through a number of focused group projects.

New users to the Wikipedia environment will also be welcomed with an ‘Ideal for Newbies’ icon to assist in navigating the programme items most relevant to those who are just starting out.

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Voting for the fourth annual Sanlam Top Destination Awards started in March and voters have been showing great support for their favourite establishments across 10 categories including the addition of the Water Sustainability Award. The Water Sustainability Award has been created in conjunction with Water 4 Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism to reward the most water conscious establishment.

The final countdown has begun as we’ve entered the last three weeks of voting. With exciting prizes like a bespoke David Green time piece to the value of R 4 000 and a Jekyll & Hide Oxford Four-Wheeler to the value of R 9 500 up for grabs voters can head over to Discount Traveler South Africa and Top Destination to cast their votes for their favourite establishment. Voting closes on Wednesday, 1 August.

The Sanlam Top Destination Awards is an annual hospitality awards program culminating in a grand gala evening, celebrating the finest establishments throughout South Africa. Founded by Granadilla Media, Creators of Discount Traveler South Africa and The Traveler Mag SA, the esteemed ceremony enters its fourth year, continuing to promote in- and out-bound tourism in South Africa.

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This financial year an additional amount of R2 million has been approved to help reinvigorate the Law Enforcement Department’s efforts to ensure that by-law offenders have their day in court. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Court Section is reconfiguring its modus operandi in a bid to track down by-law warrant evaders.

The City’s Law Enforcement Department issues thousands of notices each quarter for transgressions of the administration’s by-laws, ranging from illegal dumping to illegal trading, traffic violations and offences stipulated in the by-law related to streets, public places and the prevention of noise nuisances, among others.

Where Section 56 notices are issued, i.e. an offence is witnessed by an officer, the accused has the option to pay an admission of guilt fine or to appear in court to plead their case. Where an accused fails to appear, a warrant is generated by the municipal courts and executed by Law Enforcement.

Currently, the department’s area-based staff are tasked with warrant executions on behalf of the Court Section, which takes time away from their primary duties. With the R2 million budget injection, the City will bulk up the resources in the Court Section to allow them to execute warrants themselves.

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When Nelson Mandela was awarded the Freedom of the City of Cape Town in 1997, he said that ‘Cape Town’s greatness lies not only in its contribution to our economy but in its involvement in our country’s history.’

Former President Nelson Mandela is a global icon, but so much of his remarkable life story is tied to Cape Town and the Western Cape. To celebrate his life, his contribution to the country and his centenary, the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town will be unveiling a bronze statue of the great father of our nation at the City Hall on 24 July 2018.

This will be a fitting tribute to a man to whom we owe a great debt for the sacrifices he made in the journey to attaining our hard-fought freedom and democracy.

The statue must serve as a constant reminder of that historical day and the many years of sacrifice that led to that moment when he was freed and later addressed thousands of citizens from the City Hall balcony.

The statue will be positioned on the balcony where Nelson Mandela stood when he gave his first address as a free man on 11 February 1990. The sculpture has been created by artists Xhanti Mpakama and Barry Jackson.

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Western Province player, Evan Roos earned himself the fifth Coca-Cola Hero of the Day for the 2018 U18 Coca-Cola® Craven Week taking place at Paarl Boys High.

The admired Coca-Cola Hero of the Day award was presented on each day of the tournament in recognition of a game changing ‘hero’ moment. Evan was selected for the award by a Coca-Cola appointed Hero of the Day Panel, led by Springbok legend Akona Ndungane.

Western Province had their work cut out against a very good Sharks team on the last day of the 2018 Coca-Cola U18 Craven Week. The match was evenly poised when Evan received a ball in a set move just inside the Sharks 22. He beat the first defender and took on the opposition backline in what ended up being a try scoring opportunity. The try took the score from 15-8 to 22-8 and broke the last resistance of the Sharks. From that point onwards, the match was dominated one sided.

“It was a set move that we have tried out only once before in a match. I got the ball, saw the line and backed myself. Today’s game was tough, and I am proud that the boys kept their composure to win today and leave Coca-Cola Craven Week as an unbeaten team,” said Evan.

“The game was tight at the start and the try that Evan scored was what finally gave Western Province the upper hand in the match and in the end, they beat the Sharks comfortably. The run made by Evan was impressive as he managed to impressively run passed most of the Sharks team to score his try” reflected Akona.

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Phase 3 of the District Six land reform programme, which was scheduled for completion by July 2018, has been halted due to the tender for the Durban-based Fikile construction company having been terminated. Fikile Construction was found to be incapable of rendering the services necessary years after having been awarded the tender by the National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

I call again on the Minister of Rural Development and Land reform, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to account for the public funds wasted on this project between 2015 and 2017 when Fikile Construction was in possession of the project tender. I further call on Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to explain these delays to the expectant District Six land claimants in the Western Cape.

To add insult to injury, Fikile Construction is a Durban-based company. The Department could have used this project to award a local tender in the Western Cape and create jobs for locals involved.

After 20 years, the National Department of Rural Development and Land reform is still holding the rights of the District Six community at ransom. The contract with Fikile Construction was terminated as a result of the firm’s failure to comply with its contractual obligations, forcing the company to abandon the project two years into the tender.

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DHL Western Province delivered a classy display in the final match of the Coca-Cola Academy Week on Saturday to take top honours on their home turf with a stylish 73-0 victory against the Free State to remain one of three unbeaten teams.

The other unbeaten sides were SWD and Old Mutual Zimbabwe.

DHL WP blew the Free Staters away with their dominant attacking display to cruise in for 11 tries, while their watertight defensive effort denied the opposition from scoring a point. Jarod Cairns scored two of their tries as 10 players crossed the chalk, while Charl Janson scored a try and slotted over eight conversions for a memorable personal total of 21 points.

SWD ran riot against the Valke thanks to their patience and innovation on attack, with the team crossing the tryline a whopping eight times for their 45-12 victory. Jonathan Joseph and Ray Stammer each scored twice in impressive individual performances, while the boys from the Southern Cape delivered a committed defensive effort to limit the Valke to a try per half. Continue reading

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Johannesburg – Top journalists are among 90 employees left in limbo after being lured to leave their jobs for an alleged bogus new TV channel.
The elaborate scam to swindle small businesses unravelled when some workers went for three months without pay and arrived at a studio with no equipment, after quitting their steady jobs at other media houses.

Channon Merricks, the owner of Vila Kasi Holdings, which was due to launch next month, is accused of not paying staff and contractors who have gone for months without payment and are owed thousands of rand.

He allegedly duped the unsuspecting workers by telling them that he had been awarded a new channel on the DStv MultiChoice platform to run a 24-hour news channel.

Former ANN7 news channel anchor Fahraaz Patel, who spoke on behalf of the workers, said the first group of employees started work in June, while the next group began this month.Full story here:

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Mej. Madeliefie Makietie soek pragtigste dames

Vanjaar se immergewilde Madeliefie Makietie-fees word vir die tweede keer op die pragtige stranddorp, Strandfontein, aangebied. Jy kan uitsien na tien van ons land se top-kunstenaars wat jou behoorlik gaan laat dans, van ons streek se heerlike wyne, skemerkelkies en bier wat jy kan geniet en ’n verskeidenheid van stalletjies om van te kies en keur. Maak seker jy teken Vrydag, 26 en Saterdag, 27 Oktober in jou dagboek aan.

“Ons is baie bevoorreg om op die pragtige Juweeldorp, Strandfontein, fees te kan hou – ons het die see, stalletjies en trots Suid-Afrikaanse musiek. Nêrens in Suid-Afrika sal jy ’n mooier fees as hier in die Namakwa-Weskus kry nie,” sê Cindy Schade, woordvoerder van die Madeliefie Makietie-fees.

Nie net kan jy uitsien na jou gunsteling kunstenaar wat jou behoorlik gaan dans laat nie, of die heerlikste drankies en kos wat jy kan geniet nie, maar daar is ook verskeie opwindende aktiwiteite waarna jy as feesganger kan uitsien voor en tydens die fees.

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Dr Wayne Viljoen, SA Rugby Senior Manager Rugby Safety, on Friday commended the referees, coaches, medical staff and players at the SA Rugby Youth Weeks for their efforts towards achieving BokSmart’ s long-term goal of #VisionZero.

The key motivation behind the #VisionZero initiative, which was launched in February, is for all rugby stakeholders to collectively aim for the ultimate goal of a game which has eradicated all catastrophic spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, cardiac fatalities and severe concussions.

As a secondary focus #VisionZero also extends to other areas of the game where full adherence to rugby safety regulations is achieved through safe playing fields, all referees and coaches being BokSmart certified, selecting age-appropriate players, and the minimum medical staffing and equipment being provided at all matches, among other factors.

Following the successful conclusion of the Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) week, the SA Rugby Girls U16 and U18 Weeks, the U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week and the U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week, and only one day’s play remaining in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Cola Academy Week, Viljoen was satisfied that the #VisionZero message was gaining momentum.

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