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Springbok wing Bjorn Basson has signed with the DHL Stormers for the 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

The experienced outside back joins the DHL Stormers from the Vodacom Bulls and will add valuable backline depth for Head Coach Robbie Fleck.

Basson has amassed 95 Vodacom Super Rugby caps and has scored an impressive 35 tries in that time, which illustrates his abilities as a finisher.

Director of Rugby Gert Smal said that Basson will be a welcome addition to the DHL Stormers squad this season.

“Bjorn is a versatile player whose record speaks for itself and we are excited to add another player with proven quality,” he said.

Smal said that Basson’s skillset and experience is a significant boost just before the season gets underway.

“In Bjorn we have a player comfortable on the wing or at fullback who is one of the best around under the high ball.

“The influence he will have on our young outside backs cannot be underestimated,” he said.

Basson said that he is excited to be joining the DHL Stormers and is looking forward to making an impact at DHL Newlands.

“It is great for me to be here and I cannot wait to get onto the pitch and make a difference for the team,” he said.


Following the Constitutional Court ruling on Friday which dismissed the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s application for leave to appeal against the judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal in the Winelands tolling matter, I am making another appeal to Sanral to work with the City of Cape Town to find alternative solutions to road infrastructure projects.

Previously, in 2015 I extended an olive branch to Sanral and made an offer asking the road agency to work with the City by looking at what infrastructure projects are needed for road maintenance and to ease traffic flow.

Instead of working with the City to find alternatives, more than R20million of taxpayers’ money has been used in a five-year long court battle to halt the tolling project which would have had dire economic consequences for all road users especially the poor.

In the interest of providing quality infrastructure I am asking Sanral once again to sit down with the City so that we can work out what the needs are and I am saying let us work together for the sake of the roads in our city. Continue reading

Cape Town is in a water-scarce region so at all times, but especially during this water crisis, we need to use water sparingly. We thank those residents and businesses who are doing their best to save water but we are still missing the usage target of 800 million litres a day. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Water Inspectorate and law enforcement officers continue to perform regular water blitzes to educate residents about Level 3b restrictions and water usage.

During operations which took place in Constantia, Meadowridge, Wynberg and Bergvliet earlier this week, City officials sought to (among others) encourage borehole users to stick to the watering days and times that apply to municipal water use.

Other operations have been performed across the metro while today, 11 February 2017, inspectors are active in the Somerset West area.

Officials have also been engaging borehole users on the importance of saving water.

The City will be lobbying for the National Government to more tightly regulate this resource as more and more residents elect to explore groundwater extraction for domestic use. Unfettered use of this resource is not sustainable. The City encourages the responsible use of borehole water to offset the use of potable water for non-essential purposes such as irrigation. Continue reading

The second round of wage negotiations at the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC), involving the employer parties consisting of the South African Bus Employers Association (SABEA) and the Commuter Bus Employers Organisation (COBEO) and the Labour parties SATAWU, TAWU, TOWU, TASWU and NUMSA are currently underway.

As at 9 February 2017, the Labour parties have declared a deadlock in the negotiations. The Unions have tabled some 40 demands consisting of inter alia an across the board increase of 20%. The Employer parties have responded by placing an offer of a three year agreement consisting of a 6% increase in year one and a 6.5% increase in the subsequent second and third years.

Mediation to resolve the dispute will commence on 7 March 2017.

Issued:                       Meko Magida on behalf of COBEO and SABEA Employer Associations)

Romance reigns at GrandWest during the month of love 

Romance will reign at GrandWest during the month of love with a host of special experiences to be enjoyed in February 2017. The culinary teams at many of GrandWest’s restaurants have put together special menus which simply ooze romance, while there are also shows, live entertainment and movies for couples to enjoy together.

“From sumptuous dinners at our beautiful restaurants, to romantic movies and live entertainment, we have got Valentine’s covered,” says Elouise Matthys, PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.

Beijing Orchid will offer a burgeoning buffet of authentic Asian dishes to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. Tempura prawns, mussels, sweet and sour chicken, black pepper fish and calamari are amongst the choices. The cost per head is R199. Booking is essential on 021 535 3597.

Cape Town Fish Market will stage two promotions on Valentine’s Day. The first promises an exclusive and intimate experience on the restaurant’s upper level. Numbers will be limited to 30 couples who will be served by waiters wearing tuxedos and treated to live entertainment by Chris Rain. The cost for the mouthwatering, three course meal is R550 per couple. Downstairs, guests will enjoy a slightly less formal tapas and wine pairing experience for R200 per person.

Competition here:

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The full bench of the Western Cape High Court this morning, 10 February 2017, ruled in favour of the City of Cape Town when the judges, in a unanimous judgment, upheld the City’s appeal in what is commonly referred to as the South Road Families matter.

This victory confirms the City’s assertion right from the start that we have followed a comprehensive public participation process about the conceptual design of Phase 2A of the MyCiTi bus service which is to connect the communities from the metro-south east with Wynberg and Claremont.

The judgment is also a fitting honour in memory of the late Steven Otter, who was head of the City’s community engagement for this project. Steven passionately and diligently organised and attended more than 30 open days within communities across the metro-south east, Wynberg and Claremont, where residents provided their input and made submissions. Steven also facilitated information sessions with community leaders, ward councillors and subcouncils. He spent numerous evenings in these meetings – today we can say those hours were not spent in vain.

The South Road Families Association (SRFA) and 21 tenants residing in Council-owned properties along South and Waterbury Roads in Plumstead filed this case against the City in March 2015 with the political backing and I believe the funding of the ANC.

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Ná elf uitverkoopte Afrikaans is Groot 2016 vertonings in Pretoria, maak dié gewilde konsertreeks ’n draai in die Moederstad – vir ’n vierde keer. Op Vrydag, 17 Maart en Saterdag, 18 Maart is dié konsert by Grand West Casino in Kaapstad te sien.

Bobby van Jaarsveld, Karlien van Jaarsveld, Jannie Moolman, Corlea, Elvis Blue, Dewald Wasserfall, Lianie May, Steve Hofmeyr, Juanita du Plessis, Jay, Karen Zoid, Laurika Rauch, Riana Nel en Bok van Blerk is almal saam op één verhoog. Natuurlik wag daar ook so paar ander verrassings op konsertgangers.

Afrikaans is Groot is ’n musiekkonsert wat sedert 2012 aangebied word, en beloof jaarliks om nie net iets vir die oor te bied nie, maar ook iets vir die oog. Goeie klank, uitstekende beligting en artistieke toevoegings maak van die konsert ’n trekpleister vir oud en jonk. Continue reading

At 10H30 today A 35 year old woman sustained leg and head injuries when she fell 50 meters from the contour path on Lion’s Head near the 1st ladder. She is currently in a semi-conscious, but stable condition and Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services are in the process of removing her from the scene.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 30-man squad for his team’s pre-season friendly against the Emirates Lions at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

The match, which kicks off at 15h00 on Saturday, will be the final warm-up match for Fleck’s team before their Vodacom Super Rugby opener against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on February 25.

It will also be the first chance for the DHL Newlands Faithful to see their team in action following pre-season victories against the Toyota Cheetahs in Zimbabwe and the South Western District Eagles in George.

Fleck said that the players are looking forward to running out in front of their supporters at DHL Newlands.

“It is always special to play at DHL Newlands and after a tough pre-season the players are excited to play in front of our fans,” he said.

The DHL Stormers Head Coach added that the match will be a valuable indicator of where his squad is at two weeks out from the start of their campaign. Continue reading

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