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The Emirates Lions face a tricky assignment in Buenos Aires on Saturday against the rugged Jaguares in their quest to finish in the overall top spot of the Vodacom Super Rugby standings. The match is the last of the weekend’s fixtures and kicks off at 23h40 SA time.

As things currently stand, the Highvelders are one point in front of the Chiefs, who are leading a pack of New Zealand sides still in contention for places in the playoffs.

A bonus point win will guarantee the Emirates Lions (52 points) first spot on the overall log and with that the privilege of home ground advantage throughout the playoffs. The Chiefs (51) could make a move for the overall top position with a bonus-point over the Highlanders, however, the Johannesburg side have a far stronger point difference in the event of both teams finish on the same amount of league points.

From a South African perspective, the DHL Stormers (46) have already made sure of their place in the playoffs thanks to a haul of 10 log points collected from their two recent away games in Australia. The Emirates Lions and the DHL Stormers are the two African conference winners, while the Cell C Sharks (39) are currently two points ahead of the Vodacom Bulls in the race for the local wildcard spot. Continue reading

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At 11h00 this morning, three teenage boys suffered gun shot injuries outside 80 Netreg Road in Bonteheuwel. Two were taken to Groote Schuur Hospital in critical conditions while the third boy fled the scene having sustained less severe injuries.

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DA Press Release:

14 July 2016
Release: immediate

This afternoon close to a hundred metered taxi cars, allegedly from the Western Cape Metered Taxi Council, blocked several streets in Cape Town CBD. This was an illegal protest action, where an Uber driver had to escape from attacks and had to abandon his vehicle badly damaged.

I call for all relevant parties to remain calm as violence will not satisfy any concerns, and refrain from illegal protest action. The right to protest is enshrined in our constitution, but it must remain within the law, with permission, and not turn violent.

Metered taxi drivers are facing tough competition, but they must meet this competition with innovation not violence. We are also very supportive of the Uber innovation, they must however work within legislation and regulations and we must apply the law equally to all operators.

The DA are supportive of all on-demand transport services, to supplement public transport, creating jobs and growing our economy.

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The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) on Thursday included an experienced and powerful squad of 12 players to compete at the Rugby Sevens as part of Team South Africa at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Kyle Brown will captain the squad that will compete as part of Team SA as rugby returns to the Olympics 92 years since the 15-man format was last played at the Olympics, in 1924 in Paris.

Current World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, Werner Kok, was included in the team after he missed out in all of the 2015/16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series following a knee injury. He has been joined by Springbok midfielder, Juan de Jongh, who has played in 14 Test matches for South Africa. Continue reading

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GrandWest calls on adventure seekers to enjoy thrilling rides and ice inspired fun at Snow World at a reduced price before the snowy wonderland closes on 31 July 2016. From 18 July 2016 until then, guests can purchase one Snow and Ice Rider Pass for R120 and receive two complimentary ice skating tickets for The Ice Station.

The normal price is R210. The Snow and Ice Rider Pass, for use at Snow World, includes snow tubing in the Snow Box, two ice slides, as well as access to the Animals of the Ice Age Exhibition and Snow Play areas. The two complimentary ice skating vouchers can be used at The Ice Station on Fridays from 18h00 to 20h30 and on Saturdays from 12h00 to 14h30 until 31 July 2016.

Snow World at Sun Exhibits is where dreams of snowboarding, ice tobogganing and playing in the snow can come true. It features a dramatic, 40 metre long indoor snow slope set within the icy cold Snow Box. At 15 metres wide, the snow slope offers beginner lanes for novices and a more radical rail and jump section for more competent riders. Continue reading

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5FM has always given back more than 67 minutes on Mandela Day. And this year is no different. The station together with its DJs will be participating in various activities during the month. In a bid to #BeMoreMadiba, 5FM is calling on listeners to get involved and contribute where they can.
The Fresh@5 team has, this week, asked listeners to assist with items for the Samaritans Children’s Home in Polokwane. The station visited them in April during the Small Town Life Loud weekend and identified some of their immediate needs, which include non-perishable food, clothes (for ages 2-17), bedding, cupboards and a jungle gym. Those who are able to assist may email fresh@5fm.co.za.

Roger Goode and the afternoon drive team, who has always felt strongly about the welfare of animals, has this year decided to raise funds and awareness for the SPCA. Continue reading

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Providing blankets and soup with bread to the needy in and around the Southern Suburbs is part of the Cape Cobras and Western Province Cricket Association’s (WPCA) celebration of Mandela Day, Monday 18th July 2016.

The players and staff will team up and make soup at their home ground, PPC Newlands. Thereafter, they will be visiting various organizations in need such as Beit-ul-Aman (Home for the Aged), The OWL Haven Shelter and needy individuals living on the streets of Cape Town.
“We are currently experiencing such freezing cold temperatures and the Cape Cobras and WPCA players and staff wish to share the warmth with those who need support,” said Jasmiena Davids, Marketing Manager of WPCA.

“Mandela Day celebrates the potential that each individual has to transform the world. Each of us is asked to take responsibility for ourselves and act on the responsibilities we have towards others.” Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town has noticed how frequently its residents turn to its website for information on convenient recycling options and has taken steps to support and enable this interest. With its new recycling web portal, the City is now making it that much easier for residents to practise responsible waste management. Read more below:

When members of the public search the City’s website for information on recycling, the most popular information requested includes:

· whether the City will collect recyclables, in other words, whether they are part of a City-sponsored kerbside recyclable collection programme

· the location of their closest drop-off site or buy-back centre for my recyclables

· the particulars of the recycling collectors in their area

The City has therefore developed the recycling web portal which pre-empts the most common questions asked and information requested and guides residents to the information that they seek.

Residents are advised to follow these steps when using the web portal:

Step 1: Upon visiting the following link, users will be guided on how to navigate the portal. Users will be invited to check to see whether their home falls within one of the areas serviced by the City-sponsored kerbside recycling collection service Think Twice by typing in their address. Continue reading

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Wayde van Niekerk joins Team Visa Olympic and Paralympic Athletes

Johannesburg, July 14, 2016 In the days shortly after he was born, Wayde van Niekerk’s mother Odessa woke up every morning at the Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town not knowing whether her son would be alive or dead.

The 400m world champion had been born almost two months prematurely, weighing just 900 grams. But, like his mother, the future 400-metre world champion was a fighter. He fought from the day he was born, overcoming obstacles and set-backs. Today, 24 years and 71kg later, her son is a world champion, a record breaker and he stands on the brink of becoming an Olympic gold medallist.

Van Niekerk has had help along his hard path to become the best 400-metre runner on the planet. His family and coach always believed in him, and he is also part of the Team Visa Olympic programme, “a group of world-class Olympic and Paralympic athletes who embody Visa’s values of acceptance, partnership and innovation”. Team Visa gives athletes financial and marketing support for the Olympics, as part of their 30-year association with the Games. Continue reading

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