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BERLIN, March 2, 2016 – South Africa’s remarkable and versatile Paralympic athlete Pieter du Preez has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award, following his outstanding performances in 2015.

Du Preez won double gold medals in the time trial and road race In the H1 class at the Para-Cycling World Championships and finished the season No.1 in the world rankings. In wheelchair competition, the 35-year-old broke the 10,000 metres T51 world record and set new African records in the 200, 1,500 and 10,000 metres. He is the 2015 world No.1 at 800, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 metres. Back in 2013, he famously became the first quadriplegic to complete an ironman triathlon.
He said: “It is one of the biggest honours in my life and I am extremely humbled to be nominated for a Laureus World Sports Award. I am very proud to represent not only my country, South Africa, but also quadriplegics and tetraplegics all over the world.” Continue reading

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City Health has urged spaza shops to put their customers first and abide by the laws governing them, especially around hygiene and the quality of produce changing hands. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate calls on the public to report health-related concerns about services and goods acquired from businesses and retailers, including spaza shops.

Today the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, visited a number of spaza shops in Manenberg to ensure compliance and raise awareness about the regulations and legislation that shop owners have to abide by. City Health has in the past received reports of unhygienic conditions and concerns have been raised about the sale of expired goods. Continue reading

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Note to editors: A Stats Pack of the SA Women’s Select is attached for use.

SA Select Women’s coach Renfred Dazel said on Wednesday his team hoped to register a strong start to the Las Vegas Invitational, which kicks off on Thursday, as they look to build momentum and confidence early on in the tournament.

The team will face a mixed international team, Stars Rugby 2, in their opening match on Thursday and will close off the day’s play against the Brazil Women’s 7s.

They will conclude the pool stages on Friday against the USA Select 7s. The Bowl and Cup quarter-finals will begin later in the day, while the Shield, Bowl and Plate sections of the competition will be completed on Saturday. The Cup semi-finals and final, meanwhile, will be contested on Sunday. Continue reading

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London, March 2nd 2016. For the first time, the BBC’s international news services are to use chat apps to bring their hard hitting storytelling to even more people around the globe.
As BBC World News marks 25 years of TV news broadcasting, the channel’s international current affairs programme Our World will use Viber to tell the story of a kidnapping that took place in Mexico, publishing posts via a BBC public channel within the app. It will be delivered to Viber users across a week, replicating the timeline of the original events as told by the victims. This will then be tied in with the television broadcast of the half hour documentary Our World: Kidnapped in Mexico.

For their audiences on the continent and beyond, BBC Africa will be using WhatsApp to tell the story of young people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who are using new online ways to get their voices heard and bring change to their country. Across five days clips will be shared from its documentary ‘Young, Angry and Connected’. Continue reading

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HARVEST OF HOPE, INKOSI ECO LODGE AND ABALIMI BEZEKHAYA PARTNER WITH GREEN MONDAY SOUTH AFRICA TO NOW PROVIDE ORGANICALLY-GROWN VEGGIES IN NORTHERN SUBURBS

CAPE TOWN, SA: Abalimi Bezekhaya has partnered with Green Monday South Africa, a new initiative launched by Humane Society International (HSI) that aims to improve animal welfare, human health and environmental sustainability. Green Monday encourages consumers to leave meat, dairy and eggs off their plates for one day a week, and replace it with delicious plant-based alternatives.

To help the Northern Suburbs take part in this fun and delicious movement, Harvest of Hope (HoH) will now also be offering fresh, organically-grown veggies to consumers living in the Durbanville and De Tyger areas once a week (on Tuesdays). Harvest of Hope already provides this popular service to a variety of other suburbs in Cape Town. Veggie lovers in the Northern Suburbs can now order and collect their fresh weekly greens at iNkosi Eco Lodge, who has also joined the Green Monday movement. Continue reading

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This from timeslive.co.za:

Kanye West has sparked speculation he uses illegal torrents after a screenshot he posted showed he had a Pirate Bay tab open.

The All Day hitmaker caused controversy when he posted on Twitter a screenshot of his laptop to show he was listening to Sufjan Stevens – but it was the other tabs he had open which caught the eye of fans.

One tab read ‘Pirate Bay Torrent Xfe…’, while another could be seen displaying ‘Xfer Records Serum t..’ , prompting Twitter users including producer Deadmau5 to accuse him of stealing wavetable synthesizer programme Serum by Xfer Records. The EDM star tweeted: ”What the f*** @kanyewest … Can’t afford serum? D***. (sic)”

And Deadmau5 also called on fans to donate money to help West – who recently claimed he was $53 million in debt – purchase the $189 music production programme, which is used to produce high-quality sound with an easy-to-use interface. He posted: ”Let’s start a Kickstarter to help @kanyewest afford a copy of Serum.

Full story here:

http://www.timeslive.co.za/entertainment/2016/03/02/Kanye-West-uses-Pirate-Bay

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The City of Cape Town is pleased to announce that there has been good progress with the completion of the outstanding works for the MyCiTi Control Centre. Read more below:

TMT Services and Supplies was awarded the contract for the completion of the outstanding works to supply, install, test, commission and maintain the MyCiTi Control Centre hardware, software and related systems in April last year. This system is collectively known as the Advanced Public Transport Management System, or APTMS.

During the first three months of the contract, TMT Services and Supplies had to establish the status quo of the entire system. Since then, they have commenced with the process of gradually reinstating the hardware, software and related systems needed to make the control centre fully operational. Continue reading

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After sellout shows in its first weekend where Port Elizabethans were treated to a world-class international circus production, the all-human, all-spectacular, all-entertaining AUSSIE: THE AUSTRALIAN CIRCUS SPECTACULAR has extended its PE season until Sunday, 13 March, 2016.

Tickets are selling like hotcakes for this spectacular extravaganza which includes, stunning acrobatics, death defying aerial stunts, hilarious slapstick clown comedy, one of the world’s only surviving Human Cannonball acts, the splitting Globe of Death featuring up to four motorbike riders at once and so much more! It is a show that will delight and entertain the whole family, so don’t miss out on the chance to see this international, world-class Circus spectacular.  Continue reading

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