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Following the recent launch of the Essence Festival Durban, sister event to the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans which includes South African artists Black Coffee, Thandiswa Mazwai & Lady Smith Black Mambazo; Grammy Award winning Singer and songwriter Neyo, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams have all been added to the star studded line up. Essence Festival Durban will take place on the 8th to 13th November 2016 at the iconic Durban ICC and the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The Festival will include two music concerts on the 12 and 13 of November with the first night dedicated to the best hip hop talent on the continent including Award winning AKA & Casper Nyovest, Nigerian born Davido, Whiz Kid, Burna Boy and Riky Rick while and Afro-soul powerhouse Thandiswa Mazwai is set to entertain fans with an unforgettable music experience. The line-up also boasts house and kwaito music heavy weights including internationally acclaimed DJ Black Coffee, Tira, DJ Zinhle, Oskido, Biz Nuz and Babes Wodumo. Continue reading

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It is with a great sense of vindication that we have learned that the ANC’S application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of appeal in the City of Cape Town logo matter was dismissed yesterday, with all costs against the ANC National Office.

The ANC has spent the last two years trying to declare invalid the Council’s resolution to overhaul the City’s branding. They tried relentlessly to make it a debate about shapes and colours because they do not understand the concept of having a progressive vision for this city. This was evident during the elections and the court ruling today proved this lack of vision once more today.

The court found that it did not believe that another court would come to another conclusion and dismissed the application for leave to appeal with costs.

The City will now pursue payment from Luthuli House.

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In celebration of Heritage day Jonathan Rubain will be staging Golden Gospel Memories to celebrate the Heritage of Cape Town’s gospel legends on 24 September 2016 at His People, N1 City. The production brings artists and groups from the golden years to perform on one stage for an inspiring and uplifting heritage celebration.

The show features some amazing artists in the gospel music industry uniting together for one special performance only. The star-studded line-up will be hosted by gospel and jazz artist Jonathan Rubain who’ll be joined on stage by exceptional musical greats that include Lionel Petersen, Glen Robertson, Alban Petersen and many more golden ‘oldies’ that will wow audiences.

Early in his career Rubain started out playing gospel music in the local church and his community, and was later inspired by these musicians. Constantly being surrounded by music whilst growing up, he began his journey with mentors such as Mac Mckenzie and Hilton Schilder and discovered his passion for bass guitar. He now leads The Jonathan Rubain Band which was formed in 2007 and is a favourite at festivals in and around Cape Town. He’s played with legends such as Errol Dyers, Robbie Jansen and the Cape Jazz Band. “With this show, I’d like to take the audience on a reminiscent journey of seeing their favourite gospel artists perform again from that golden era and to honour and celebrate the legends from that time.” Continue reading

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Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement that fee increases would proceed in 2017 further fuelled protests and clashes at universities across SA, as angry students intensify calls for free education.

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Johannesburg – Some early signs were emerging of a shift towards a renewed improvement in housing and housing-related affordability, according to First National Bank (FNB).

This was despite the deterioration in housing and house-related affordability during the second quarter, FNB household and property sector strategist John Loos said.

He said house inflation was far from strong and had been slowing in the past few months, while there had been some mild decline in real house price levels in the past two quarters and the rate of increase in the average house price/per capita disposable income ratio had slowed to a snail’s pace.

Loos said consumer price inflation also appeared largely under control, which was expected to lead to the SA Reserve Bank keeping interest rates unchanged at current levels for a lengthy period.

“This in turn could all but halt the rise in the home instalment/per capita disposable income ratio and the increase in the household sector debt service ratio,” he said.

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Malcolm Marx (Xerox Golden Lions), Lwazi Mvovo (Cell C Sharks), Rudy Paige, Trevor Nyakane (both Vodacom Blue Bulls) and Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Western Province) were released to their provinces and can be considered for Currie Cup duty this coming weekend, SA Rugby announced on Monday.

All five players were part of the Springbok squad that returned on Sunday to South Africa after two Castle Lager Rugby Championship Tests away to New Zealand and Australia. The reason for the release of these players is that Springbok management feel they will benefit from additional game or training time.

Furthermore, SA Rugby has requested that the following players not to be considered for Currie Cup duty this week: Faf de Klerk (Xerox Golden Lions), Juan de Jongh (DHL Western Province), Oupa Mohoje (Toyota Free State Cheetahs) and Vincent Koch (Steval Pumas). This is because of the players’ workload up to now, however, the final decision rests with the respective provinces.

The Springbok squad for two remaining Castle Lager Rugby Championship Tests, against the Wallabies on 1 October in Pretoria and the All Blacks on 8 October in Durban, will be announced later in the week.

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Paul Adams announced as Cape Cobras coach. Pic:

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CAPE TOWN. – The Western Cape Cricket (WCC) board yesterday expressed a vote of confidence in the incumbent Cape Cobras coach Paul Adams. Given the various processes they have pursued as the WCC Board (Independent Panel Review, Prof. Brian O’Connell enquiry and Paddy Upton report) the following decision was reached: the extended contract signed with the coach remains in place. No material break of the coach’s contract was established.

Adams’ position was scrutinized recently following a complaint instituted against him by a number of players. An independent panel consisting of Prof William Pick, Prof Cyril O’ Connor, Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndugane, Rushdi Magiet and Rev. Courtney Sampson was appointed to address a formal complaint lodged by those players about Adams’ performance as coach. The primary recommendation of the panel was that a mediator be appointed which also was the position of the South African Cricket Players Association representing the players prior to the independent panel’s work. Continue reading

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· Cell C Sharks kick off SA season in Brisbane

· Two local derbies on opening round

· 135 regular season matches and eight-team, seven match finals series

· Draw schedule accounts for British & Irish Lions tour in June

· Finals series commences 21 July with Final set for 5 August

Note to editors: The 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby schedule is attached. Please note that some venues are still to be confirmed.

Vodacom Super Rugby 2017 will kick off on Thursday 23 February when the Melbourne Rebels host the Blues, while the Cell C Sharks will be the first South African side in action when they take on the Reds in Brisbane a day later.

The Thursday night kick-off (Thursday morning SA time) is a first for Vodacom Super Rugby and is followed a week later by another Thursday match between Force and the Reds in Perth.

The opening round of action will see two South African derbies – both on Saturday, 25 February – when 2016 runners-up, the Emirates Lions, travel to Bloemfontein to face the Toyota Cheetahs, while the DHL Stormers will host the Vodacom Bulls in Cape Town. Continue reading

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(CNN)The man who stabbed nine people at a Minnesota mall before an off-duty police officer fatally shot him has been identified as 22-year-old Dahir A. Adan, federal law enforcement sources and two Somali community leaders who are in contact with Adan’s family said Monday.

Adan went to college in St. Cloud and worked for a private security firm at the time of the attack, the community leaders told CNN. He had been acting strangely before the attack, they said.
Following the Saturday stabbings, Lul Hersi stood outside the Crossroads Mall, waiting to find out if her son was among the victims of the man an ISIS-linked news agency praised as a “soldier of the Islamic state.”
Fear washed over the Somali-American mother, not just for her son’s well-being, but also because of the potential backlash against her community.
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The President’s Cup finals, presented by Totalsports, will take place at DHL Newlands on Heritage Day, 24th September.

The President’s Cup is an annual Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) Club Rugby competition, which sees the top six teams in each of the top three Super Leagues, (Super League A, B and C) battle it out for the President’s Cup trophies.

The President’s Cup finals, which are sponsored by Totalsports, Treble Group, Powerade, Deep Heat, Castle Lager, TJ’s Lekka Braai and Cape Rugby TV, will showcase the best Club Rugby talent in Western Province at DHL Newlands on Heritage Day, 24th September.

Entrance to this festival of WPRFU Club Rugby is R10 with tickets available at the stadium box office, or through your club, unless you are wearing your club jersey, in which case entrance is free. Continue reading

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