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SA Rugby has welcomed the appointment of Ilhaam Groenewald, its first female Executive Council member, along with the returning Monde Tabata as independent members of the Exco.

Mrs Groenewald and Mr Tabata were elected last week and will attend their first meeting of the newly constituted Exco in Cape Town next week.

Mrs Groenewald succeeds Mr Mputumi Damani as one of two independent members of the 12-person Executive Council. Mr Damani was warmly thanked for his contribution since being elected in 2011.

“My passion is sport management and development so when I was asked if I was happy to have my name put forward, I had no hesitation,” said Mrs Groenewald. “You cannot work in sports administration in the Western Cape and not know about rugby so I have very good insight into the work that SA Rugby does. I have also received very positive support from Stellenbosch University management.” Continue reading

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Democratic Alliance press release by
Lorraine Botha MPP
Western Cape Spokesperson on Community Development
DA Constituency Head Cederberg and Bergrivier
1 June 2016
Release: immediately
The DA in the Western Cape is alarmed that Easy Pay and Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), both subsidiaries of Net1, will continue to disburse social grants to millions of beneficiaries despite reports of unlawful deductions taking place under their tenure, which has led to an R 800m loss to SASSA of which a mere R1,5m has been recovered.
In my capacity as the Chairperson of the Standing committee on Community Development in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament (WCPP), I will call a joint committee meeting, along with the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) where SASSA must explain the impact of the R 800m loss in grant money. I will also call on the entity to report on all matters relating to its financial management. 

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The City of Cape Town’s sewer inspection programme is progressing across the city in its mission to identify illegal connections by inspecting properties and City infrastructure one block at a time. This is to ensure functionality and compliance with the stormwater and wastewater by-laws. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s sewer inspectorate is making steady progress with its stormwater ingress programme. This programme is an essential component of the strategy to prevent sewage overflows and pollution, especially during winter where the rains can expose vulnerabilities. Continue reading

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1 JUNE 2016


Note to editors: the following speech will be delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the 2016 inaugural #YouthStartCT awards ceremony that will be held at the Cape Town City Hall at 17:00 today

Good evening, goeie naand, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

I could think of no better way to kick off Youth Month than all of us gathering for this wonderful occasion.

We have some of the best young entrepreneurial minds with us today.

We are here to celebrate the big dreams of the top 12 and the top three winners of the inaugural #YouthStartCT Challenge.

We also celebrate the very bright futures which lie ahead for all of them, because everyone here tonight is a winner.

As the City of Cape Town, we know that an investment in the youth is an investment into actively building and creating the kind of society that we want to live in. Continue reading

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Springbok Sevens enforcer Rachelle Geldenhuys will add grunt and experience to the SA Select Women’s Sevens squad for the Roma Sevens on 10 and 11 June at the Acqua Acetosa Stadium in Italy, along with exciting young players Megan Comley and Christelene Steinhobel.

SA Select Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel on Wednesday confirmed a squad of 11 players for the tournament, rather than the traditional 12, which features the Kenya, Italy, Venezuela, Paris 7s and Le Spinose teams.

Veroeshka Grain, Zenay Jordaan (both nursing knee injuries), Libbie Janse van Rensburg (back injury), and Unathi Mali (writing exams), all of whom played in the invitational tournament in France last month, were not available for selection.

“We are facing a challenge with injuries at the moment and Unathi is writing exams, so we have been forced to name a squad of only 11 players,” said Dazel. Continue reading

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Monday, 25 July at 10:30PM on and eHD on OpenView HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194)

New reality TV kid on the block,’s Last Fighter Standing (LFS), announced on Wednesday that Hollywood actor and martial artist Michael Jai White has been signed as the lead presenter.

White has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African-American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, as Al Simmons, in the 1997 film Spawn. He appeared as Marcus Williams in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too? and is currently starring in the comedy-drama television series Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse. White also portrayed Jax Briggs in Mortal Kombat: Legacy and boxer Mike Tyson in the 1995 HBO television movie Tyson.

The 12-part reality show, which premieres on on Monday 25 July at 22:30, follows fighters from various martial art disciplines around the country in their quest to be crowned the Last Fighter Standing South African Champion 2016 – and win their share of R1 million.
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Current World Rugby’s Sevens Player of the Year, Werner Kok, will make a first return to the playing field this year at the Roma Sevens as part of the SA Rugby Sevens Academy side that will travel to Italy next week.

Kok, who sustained a knee injury at the Emirates Dubai Sevens in December last year, missed the remainder of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, but now gets a final chance to push for inclusion in the team to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio later this year.

Also amongst the selections by coach Marius Schoeman for the tournament in Rome from 10-11 June are Frankie Horne and Warrick Gelant.

Gelant is returning to the sevens fray after good performances for the Vodacom Bulls in the Vodacom Super Rugby competition earlier this year, while Horne, a veteran of 68 World Series tournaments, will make a last ditch effort to crack the Rio squad following ankle surgery earlier this year.

Also included in the side are regular Blitzboks Stephan Dippenaar, Branco du Preez, Sandile Ncgobo and Siviwe Soyizwapi, while Schoeman also named newcomers Luke van der Smit, Donovan du Randt and Ryan Oosthuizen in the side. Ncgobo will lead the side. Continue reading

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Radio station travels across the province to undertake youth focused projects

Cape Town, 31 May 2016: Heart FM will shut down its Green Point broadcast studio for 16 days to undertake youth focused projects across the province in honour of Youth Month. The 16 Days for Youth initiative* journey,  which kicks off on the 1st of June 2016 in Vredenburg, will see the radio station broadcast remotely from various locations across the province – with the aim of clothing, feeding, fixing, painting and lending a helping hand to those in need along the way.

The initiative is a spin off from the station’s #HeartBeats4Youth campaign which started out as motivational talks by celebrities at various schools four years ago. It has since morphed into a 16 day drive to do good within communities with youth focused activities. The aim for 16 Days For Youth is to mobilise communities and raise awareness of what is desperately needed. The frame work of the initiative allows for members of the public to get involved by donating and joining the Heart FM team on the journey.

Heart FM MD Renee Redelinghuys explains the rationale behind the campaign. “The youth of today face enormous difficulties – living conditions, disease, violence and even attending school in some instances. We are not out to solve all these issues but what we are doing is lending a helping hand where we can. We also ask that our Heart Family come on board in assisting us to leave a lasting legacy.” Continue reading

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The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the handover of keys to beneficiaries of the new Hazendal housing development

Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Benedicta van Minnen, councillors, Pastor Miriam Basson and Sheikh Waseem Abrahams, City officials, the project steering committee, and especially our beneficiaries.

Good morning, goeiedag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

It gives me great pleasure to be with you all today on what is always one of my favourite days.

Today we can share a special day with beneficiaries who are about to start the life they have been patiently waiting for.

There are many people who fought and died for access to the rights we have today, like the right to shelter. Continue reading

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Nearly a decade since its premiere and 15 top South African awards later, Lara Foot’s Karoo Moose returns to the stage with the original cast, who reprise their respective roles, having earned respect and acclaim in their own right over the years. The story is vividly brought to life by Zoleka Helesi, Mdu Kweyama, Bongile Mantsai, Thami Mbongo, Chuma Sopotela and Apollo Ntshoko. The actors each perform a key character and double up to play multiple additional characters adding to the magic of the story.

Performed in English with isiXhosa, the story takes place in a remote and impoverished village in the Karoo, where the inhabitants are struggling to survive. A young girl called Thozama ends up killing a moose. But what is the moose doing there, and how did it get there? The play was originally written as a film entitled No Fathers. Writer and director Lara tackles the disintegration of the family unit and the violation of innocence endured by so many South African children. The play cleverly and creatively combines African story-telling and magical realism. Lara explains, “The themes of the story for me were bound up in the idea that the children in the village needed some kind of magical event to free them from abuse, neglect and poverty. Something magical was needed to break the cycle of violence.”

“See it, see it, see it – and be assured you will exit the venue richly rewarded.” –Cue

Book now for the early bird special of R60 for the performances on 31 August,1 September, 3 September and 5 September. Book now to take advantage of this special price.

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