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  • SA one of three tied on 69 points at top of Series log
    Seabelo Senatla leading the try scoring chase

The Springbok Sevens finished fourth at the HSBC Sydney Sevens tournament following their 26-12 defeat in the play-off for third place against Fiji on Sunday morning (SA time). The South Africans are one of three countries tied with 69 points on top of the standings after four rounds of HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series action.

Fiji have the best point average of the trio, and are therefore first on the log, followed by South Arica and Sydney winners New Zealand. The Kiwis defeated hosts Australia 27-24 in the Cup final.

The Fijians led 21-0 at halftime but the Springbok Sevens hit back with tries by Dylan Sage and Sandile Ngcobo to cut the deficit to 21-12 with less than two minutes to play. Rosko Speckman was then yellow carded and then Fiji added a fourth try to clinch the game. Continue reading

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A 19-year-old woman’s reunification with her family was the cherry on top of a campaign this festive season that saw hundreds of people relocated off the streets. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Street People Programme relocated 253 individuals during a festive season initiative in partnership with various central improvement districts (CIDs).

The City’s Reintegration Unit teamed up with CIDs in Central Cape Town, Green Point, Bellville, Muizenberg, Somerset West, Strand and Gordon’s Bay to offer assistance to street people in those areas, but also to reduce the number of people migrating to the streets.

The festive season generally sees an increase in people migrating to the streets whether for potential economic gain or because of family and other social reasons. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town is eradicating the backlog which exists with title deed transfers linked to older housing projects at a rapid pace. More than half of the approximately 25 000 historic title deeds which were identified for transfer in 2012 have been completed. The City will now be intensifying its efforts to address the remaining 10 000 transfers. Read more below:

These transfers pertain to older housing projects and what makes this process so difficult is that each case has to be addressed individually. It could also involve a combination of factors that have prevented beneficiaries from receiving title deeds, such as unsigned sale agreements or untraceable beneficiaries.

‘Our efforts to finalise the transfer of historic title deeds are, of course, over and above the transfer of deeds pertaining to recent or current housing projects. Continue reading

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The Springbok Sevens will play Argentina on Sunday in the quarterfinals of HSBC Sydney Sevens following three convincing Pool B wins on Saturday morning (SA time). They clinched top spot in Pool B with a 26-19 victory over Kenya.

However, the team suffered two injuries in their opening match against Scotland when captain, Philip Snyman, and fellow forward Kwagga Smith both had to leave the field with injuries.

Smith got a bump on the shoulder while Snyman, who took over the captaincy from the injured Kyle Brown, suffered a wrist injury. They both sat out the two remaining pool matches.

Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, said they will assess the injuries to Snyman and Smith and make a call on their fitness in the morning (Australian time). “Our medical staff will examine them tonight and we will then make a call. Although we are down to ten players at the moment, we won’t take any risks though,” explained Powell. Continue reading

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From timeslive.co.za:

South Africa has gone from hero to zero, with international investors turning their backs on the country under President Jacob Zuma’s poor leadership.

This was the stark assessment of former anti-apartheid activist and Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain in a speech at Swansea University Thursday night.

“Can the ANC reclaim (Nelson) Mandela’s vision of the rainbow nation? Perhaps we all expected too much. Perhaps it was naïve to think that the party – for all its moral integrity and constitutionalist traditions – could be immune to human frailty, especially in the face of such immense social inequalities.  Could any political party anywhere (including Britain) have done better?” Hain asked.

He said the ANC has to address corruption and cronyism and lead the development of a new social compact if South Africa is to prosper.

He pointed to Zuma’s firing of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, which sent the rand plummeting and the stock exchange into meltdown, as an example of how badly the country was being run.

Full story here:

http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2016/02/05/From-hero-to-zero-International-investors-turning-their-backs-on-South-Africa

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LOFTY BRITISH COMEDIENNE TAKES NO PRISONERS AT ONE NIGHT ONLY COMEDY SPECIAL

Statuesque British comedian Ava Vidal is joining the line-up for Comedy Central Presents Martin Evans Live at Cape Town Comedy Club (Cape Town Comedy Club, 25 February 2016).

The 5’11” former prison guard and mother of two was born Ava Beverley Vidal in Lambeth, South London, and began her career in comedy with an appearance on BBC’s Urban Sketch Show, before gaining wider fame as part of E4‘s Kings of Comedy.  A TV and radio regular, Vidal has also been involved in numerous other BBC shows including The Last Laugh, The Sack Race and The Crouches, and  starred in the  Channel 4 documentary From the Top, a half-hour show which followed her comedy journey.   Other notable appearances include BBC Radio 4’s satirical panel show The News Quiz and BBC Two’s Mock the Week. Continue reading

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Nike Football introduces new colorways, with metallic Swooshes and a bold flash of color. The Nike Football Metal Flash pack will be availableFebruary 7 via the Nike Football App and February 9 on Nike.com.

The 4-silo Metal Flash Pack will be available in SA from February 11.

Follow the link for full story with images here: http://news.nike.com/news/nike-football-metal-flash-pack

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Ajax Cape Town has regrettably been forced to withdraw from participation in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup. We have been unable to secure the safety of our players for a trip to Angola despite multiple efforts to get all arrangements in place.

We are bitterly disappointed that our players, who were looking forward to representing their country in continental competition, are now denied the opportunity of a lifetime but we are forced to put their welfare ahead of their dreams. Ajax Cape Town has been attempting for weeks to seek clarity from the Angolan Football Federation as regards the internal travel arrangements for the match against Sagrada Esperanca in Dundo on Saturday, February 13.

It is the responsibility of Angola to ensure internal travel but they have been unwilling, despite our numerous requests by e-mail and fax, to give us details of our internal flights. Continue reading

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