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The Springbok Sevens team will assemble in Stellenbosch on Tuesday with two huge challenges looming early next month. The team will contest the seventh tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, in Hong Kong on 6-8 April and represent Team South Africa at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on 14-15 April.

Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, decided to take a two-phase approach for the two tournaments, resulting in two different squads preparing for the separate events.

SA Rugby Sevens Academy coach, Marius Schoeman, will take charge in Asia with a number of uncapped players getting an opportunity to represent the Blitzboks for the first time in Hong Kong, while Powell will prepare the squad that will travel to Gold Coast as part of Team South Africa.

Powell will be able to count on players such as Justin Geduld, Werner Kok, Rosko Specman and Ruhan Nel in the bid to retain Commonwealth Gold, as they are all in the final phase of recovering from injury. The team, will though be without Kwagga Smith (Vodacom Super Rugby) and Seabelo Senatla (injured) for the Australian trip. Continue reading

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With the warmer months drawing to a close, the City’s Fire and Rescue Service has noticed a drop in the number of wildfires compared to previous years, but structural fires remain a concern. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service is cautiously optimistic about closing out the warmer months with significantly fewer wildfires.

The period between November and April usually sees an increase in the number of vegetation fires. For the past three years, Cape Town’s firefighters have been kept on their toes attending to thousands of wildfires, including at least one major incident that spanned several days.

There have been no major veld fires this year (up to the end of February) which has contributed to the drop in the number of incidents, as outlined below: Continue reading

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The Cape Town International Jazz Festival Sustainable Training and Development workshop set to weave the thread between fashion and business in 2018

Cape Town, 19 March 2018 – The annual Wear SA Fashion Festival kicks off on Tuesday 20th March 2018, at the VOC Room, Cape Sun Hotel, with its annual free hosting of the Wear SA Fashioning the Future workshop.  In collaboration with the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) and its broad programme of youth oriented skills development, this year’s theme is centred around Designing Tomorrow’s Fashionpreneurs’.

The Fashion Industry is one of the most coveted in the world.  So, why do so few Fashion Students in South Africa successfully break into, or innovate a sustainable career, in the diverse world that is the apparel business?

The Global Fashion Industry is worth USD3 Trillion, yet sub-Saharan Africa accounts for less than 1% of this…. A staggering statistic considering the apparel and textile industry has the ability to create numerous income opportunities and positively advance the country’s fiscal and social economy. (Even President Ramaphosa mentioned the sector and its potential in his State of the Nation Address in February).

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The City of Cape Town calls on all private sector and community partners to help us to stop the scourge of land invasions across the metro. Those inciting the spate of attempted land grabs across the city do so according to their own narrow agendas. They do not care about the plight of our many desperate residents who ultimately have to deal with extreme flood, fire, health and safety risks when illegally settling on land that has not been earmarked for human settlement.

When land is invaded, it jeopardises emergency and basic service delivery; it stretches our resources; and it prevents progressive integrated development to manage rapid urbanisation. Many invaded erven are reserved for future housing projects, industrial development for job creation and future roadways that will be developed over time to manage urbanisation. When land is illegally invaded, we all lose.

Vulnerable people are often also asked by unscrupulous individuals to pay for ‘plots’ which are in most cases unsuitable for any sort of settlement and, if anything, often hardship is increased. Continue reading

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Cape Town, Thursday 15 March 2018: The 9-12 show on Heart FM will become a lot less boisterous and bubbly on Friday this week, as host Tracey Lange presents her last show on the station. Tracey, who joined the station three years ago, will be hanging up her headphones and heading straight to set. Over the last few years the radio personality has become more in demand in the TV world and this will be a strong focus for her brand over the next while.

Tracey is currently the co-host of the M-Net’s live reality show Dancing with The Stars SA and presents a lifestyle show on KykNET – BRAVO! which she has been doing for the past few years. She also has a few other projects in the pipeline.

Tracey says she will miss the listeners the most. “Being a part of the Heart FM family has been everything I’d hoped it would be and allowed me to do what I’d set out to do when I decided to pursue a career in broadcasting – giving people the platform to share their stories. Fortunately this won’t end, with the start of another new TV show that will be announced in the next few weeks. I will miss the listeners endlessly and all the fun I had with them on air daily. I will cherish my three years with the listeners forever.”

Heart FM’s Head of Programming Denver Apollus says Tracey’s absence will be felt. “Tracey is an industry professional and her contribution to the mid-morning space has seen the show grow in numbers. We will miss her bubbly personality and energy she brings to the show.”

Managing Director for the station Renee Redelinghuys echoes Apollus’ sentiments. “Tracey has an infectious energy to which people are naturally drawn. Her laughter and banter with the boys in the morning, especially the high pitched “Hi” which has become synonymous before her show will be missed. Even the flou-jokes which she introduced. Tracey is a true professional in every sense of the word and there is no doubt that her star will only shine brighter from here. We thank Tracey for her contribution to the station and the Heart FM family as a whole.”

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The City of Cape Town will complete the pilot project of a large scale mural initiative, aimed at encouraging tourism and creating a better understanding of public art, by the end of June 2018. The project will be expanded into a mural art programme and the development of emerging artists in the near future. Read more below:

‘Public art has become an important focus and brings cultural, social, and economic value to neighbourhoods. It reflects our society and can enrich communities. As a creative City, we are committed to enabling all forms of public art, as well as nurturing and promoting local artists’, said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

The project was conceptualised after the second annual International Public Arts Festival (IPAF) which took place in Salt River last month (pictured).

The IPAF was initiated and introduced by Baz-Art, a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to harnessing the power of art for the benefit of the public.

The IPAF gives both local and international artists the opportunity to showcase their stories, skills and styles in real time, and on a global platform. Their main aim is to create awareness of public art, bridge the gap between fine art and street art, and to use it as a medium to educate, uplift, and inspire the public.

Alderman Smith said the City would undertake a large scale mural project at public housing facilities in all four areas across the city.

‘We will prioritise storytelling through murals by commissioning local artists; involving community participation including consultation and collaboration; as well as skills transfer and skills development for community based artists and emerging artists in communities.

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Ready D and his wife, Malikah Daniels, recently joined the Man Up campaign and they are so passionate about the effort that Malikah, a force to be reckoned with behind her steering wheel, has had her drift car wrapped in the official campaign branding. Malikah’s drift car has gone for a complete make-over and has been wrapped to carry on the message of the Man Up campaign for the next few months.

Dubbed “Soenat, Just Doenit” The Man Up Campaign in Cape Town kicked off on Wednesday, at a special edition car show at Atlantic Studios in Montague Gardens.

Man Up is an awareness campaign which encourages young men to volunteer for medical male circumcision because it is more hygienic, it reduces a man’s chances of contracting HIV and other STI’s and it reduces cervical cancer for their female partners.

The campaign has had a successful run since its inception in 2017 and has helped create awareness and provide information about the benefits of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC). Many South African actors and artists have supported its plight, including Chad Saaiman, Christian Bennett and Quanita Adams, Khaya Mthetwha and Thembi Seete, to name a few.

Other famous faces Boeta Joe and Boeta Gamat were Malikah’s first guests to get a chance to take a spin in the Man Up wheels.

Says Ready D: “Working on the Man Up campaign is a humbling experience as it is a great opportunity for us to learn about health-related challenges that men face. We feel that the education and awareness needs to reach the full spectrum of our communities. It is exciting to roll out the campaign and introduce it to a scene that’s passionate about cars and music.

Having Malikah Daniels on board with her drift car is symbolic of the important role that women play when helping to support and encourage their guys to take the necessary steps to ensure that their health is taken care of, and get circumcised. We are grateful to be a part of such an important campaign.”

So what is the Man Up campaign about?

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision has many benefits including increased hygiene and cleanliness, it reduces your chances of contracting HIV by 60%, it reduces cervical cancer in female partners of circumcised men and it reduces penile cancer.

The procedure takes 15 – 20 minutes under local anaesthetic and men that have gone for the procedure say that it is not painful and only felt slight discomfort during the healing phase. It’s quick, safe and FREE.

To book a safe and free circumcision, SMS your full name to 35255 and a trained counsellor will call you back. SMS is Free. Alternatively you can whatsapp Man Up on 0648779051 or message us on Facebook @ManUpJustdoenit

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The City of Cape Town is continually working to manage water consumption in Cape Town, and these efforts are being intensified due to the current drought. Approvals have now been given for the supply of up to 10 million litres of treated effluent to various businesses from collection points in Cape Town. Already, 75 million litres per day is being supplied through permanent pipeline connections. Read more below:

The City would like to thank those who have taken the time to incorporate the use of treated effluent water in their operations, as this is going a long way towards increasing water security in our city.

Supply of treated effluent and installation of water efficient parts are key elements of the City’s long-standing and internationally recognised Water Conservation and Demand Management Programme.

Treated effluent, or recycled water, is wastewater that has been treated at a wastewater treatment plant and then piped via a separate network of pipes to various consumers. In Cape Town, this water is not used as drinking water but for irrigation and industrial purposes, and for flushing of toilets.

The City is also rolling out supply of treated effluent water for flushing toilets in areas where permanent connections exist. Special mention must be made of efforts under way in Century City, where treated effluent water has been plumbed into various buildings for toilet flushing, including the Canal Walk shopping mall, the conference centre, and various offices. Incorporation of treated effluent water for toilet flushing is also being done at the City’s wastewater treatment facilities. Continue reading

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Something is stirring in Stanford

Stanford Village presents Herfsfees Village Festival 2018

A new addition to the Stanford village annual event calendar blew in this year and promises to be a colourful highlight of 2018. The 6th and 7th of April will give rise to the first ever Herfsfees Village Festival. The festival aims to become a unique collaborative event; for the village, by the village. What better way to present the flair of the Herfsfees Village Festival than to kick off the festivities with a one-of-a-kind village parade led by the Klopse, drum majorettes and even the local choir!

Regina Bronner, parade coordinator, comments, “Festivals are about fun and having a good time, and our Herfsfees is hopefully going to have a lot of that. But a festival also brings the community together, and inspires the individuals to engage with and celebrate each others’ diversity. This is our aim too. And if we can give local people the opportunity to acquire some skills from the more experienced, it’s a win-win scenario.”

No event is quite complete without a specially curated live music line-up, which is another box ticked off the list of attractions at Herfsfees. Some of the best known names in folk and world music will take to the stage and the festival’s music curator, Carsten Rasch explains, “The festival itself was conceived of because it was felt that we needed to celebrate all aspects of life in a typical Overberg village. One way of doing that is through a Mardi Gras-like parade in which all the people of the village will participate. Another, of course, is through music. Music has this amazing ability to cross boundaries.” So, a blended line-up of soulful sounds was born. Nick Turner (three-piece), Tribal Echo, Ibuyambo, Hatchetman, Gert Vlok Nel, Taleswapper, Mr Cat & The Jackal, Dubmasta China, Dax Butler & the Hearts of Darkness, and last but not least, The Time Flies (special appearance) will all be adding to the groove of diversity and a fine spectrum of sound. Tickets for the performances will work on a unique merry-go-round basis, offering festival goers an opportunity to experience as much as possible – one ticket will give buyers access to all five shows. Continue reading

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