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Cape Town Stadium, one of the Mother City’s iconic treasures, has been shortlisted for the Event of the Year Award during the United Kingdom-based Stadium Business Summit. The award recognises the event host venue and I think it is fantastic that we are being considered for this prestigious international accolade.

The awards are the only awards for the industry and presented each year during The Stadium Business Summit.

The awards were launched to:

· Recognise achievement, innovation, fresh thinking in the world of stadium-, arena- and sports venue management

· Raise industry standards and encourage greater professionalism

· Drive awareness of the stadium-, arena- and sports venue sector

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There are seven changes in the DHL Stormers starting line-up to face the Reds in at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Friday, with five of those coming up front.

A combination of injuries and squad rotation has resulted in a fresh look up front for the DHL Stormers in their first match in Australia, which kicks off at 11h00 SA time on Friday.

There is an all-new front row, with props Corne Fourie and Frans Malherbe on either side of hooker Scarra Ntubeni. Tighthead Michael Kumbirai is in line to make his DHL Stormers debut off the replacements bench.

Cobus Wiese comes into the second row alongside Chris van Zyl, with Kobus van Dyk at blindside flank to complete the loose trio with captain Siya Kolisi and No.8 Jaco Coetzee.

There are two changes in the backline, with scrumhalf Justin Phillips making his first start of the season and Ruhan Nel back at outside centre.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is excited about what they can do at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.

“We have had a good week of preparations here and the players are looking forward to the opportunity this weekend,” he said.

DHL Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Michael Kumbirai (DHL Stormers debut), 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Juarno Augustus, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 SP Marais.

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The Toyota Cheetahs and Isuzu Southern Kings will look to bounce back strongly from their disappointing Guinness PRO14 tours when they host Welsh sides, Ospreys and the Dragons, respectively this weekend in the third-last pool round.

With only two matches remaining after this round and the sides seeing out the season in South Africa, they will be highly motivated to finish the competition on a memorable note.

Ospreys’ Guinness PRO14 fate in Toyota Cheetahs hands

The Toyota Cheetahs can expect a fierce challenge from Ospreys, who are fighting for survival in the Conference A playoff race, when they meet in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The visitors are in a similar situation to that which the Free Staters faced two weeks ago, as they need to win all of their remaining matches with bonus points to keep alive their slim hopes of progressing beyond the pool stages.

The Toyota Cheetahs will enter their match against Ospreys with one goal in mind when the teams take to the field at the Toyota Stadium on Saturday, and that will be to return to winning ways at home.

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SA’s Abel Selaocoe to play the Mandela cello for audiences and aspiring musicians alongside Austrian percussionist
Bernhard Schimpelsberger

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What happens when an award-winning cello virtuoso from Sebokeng meets a percussion maverick from Austria? An explosive meeting of musical minds and a breaking of new creative ground, setting the scene for a series of genre-defying performances and workshops to celebrate Freedom Month.

This April, the Quartet of Peace Trust presents three unmissable concerts in Gauteng and the Western Cape by South African cellist (and 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music) Abel Selaocoe and Austrian drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger. They will be accompanied by a constellation of the country’s most exciting string musicians and traditional percussionists.

The shows will take place in Johannesburg, Stellenbosch and Cape Town between 10 and 16 April 2019.

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· Injury-hit DHL Stormers looking for redemption in Brisbane

· Mtawarira to claim SA appearance record in Joburg encounter

· Vermuelen handed Vodacom Bulls captaincy for Loftus derby

The injury-hit DHL Stormers continue with the Australasian leg of their Vodacom Super Rugby campaign as they take on the Reds in Brisbane on Friday morning. The Emirates Lions host the Cell C Sharks later that evening in Johannesburg, while the Vodacom Bulls tackle the Jaguares on Saturday afternoon in Pretoria. All matches will be televised live on SuperSport 1.

Injury-hit DHL Stormers looking for redemption in Brisbane

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A combination of injuries and squad rotation have resulted in seven changes to the DHL Stormers team for their Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Reds in Brisbane, which kicks off at 11h00 SA time on Friday.

The Capetonians will start with an all-new front row, with Corne Fourie and Frans Malherbe on either side of hooker Scarra Ntubeni, while tighthead prop Michael Kumbirai is set to make his debut off the bench. Cobus Wiese comes into the second row alongside Chris van Zyl, with Kobus van Dyk at blindside flank to complete the loose trio with captain Siya Kolisi and No 8 Jaco Coetzee.

In the backline, Justin Phillips is in line to make his first start of the season at scrumhalf, with Ruhan Nel returning at outside centre.

The Cape side have lost Eben Etzebeth, Dan du Plessis and Wilco Louw through injury the past weekend, while Pieter-Steph du Toit is also unavailable having returned home for the birth of his first child.

Overall, the DHL Stormers have a good record in Australia, having won four of their last five matches Down Under, but they will have to give an improved performance against the Queensland side to secure success.

What they said:

DHL Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck said they are excited about what they can do at Suncorp Stadium on Friday: “We have had a good week of preparations here and the players are looking forward to the opportunity this weekend.”

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The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Alderman James Vos and the Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Beverly Schafer today, 4 April 2019, went on a site visit to the Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) to touch base on future upgrades. Read more below:

The visit comes off the back of the Cape Town International Airport receiving the Best Airport in Africa Award at the 2019 Skytrax World Airports Awards last week. This year marks the fourth year running that CTIA has won this prestigious award.

‘I would like to congratulate the Chief Executive Officer of the airport, Deon Cloete, and his team on their fine achievement for the fourth year in a row. You have developed a winning formula that is being recognised globally for service excellence in the industry,’ said Alderman Vos.

The objective of today’s visit was to gain first-hand knowledge about what the highly anticipated airport upgrade project entails. The walkabout included a tour of the facility and a meeting with key staff members.

‘Airport City contributed R4,7 billion to South Africa’s economy. It made a R2 billion contribution to the Income of South African and Cape Town workers and supported 43 608 direct an, indirect jobs in South Africa,’ said Alderman James Vos.

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What happened in Vancouver, should stay in Vancouver. That is, sort of, how Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell feels on the eve of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.

The Blitzboks completed their training for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on Thursday and bar a quick captain’s run a couple of hours before their opener on Friday against Japan (kick-off at 12h06 SA time), Powell was pleased with the week’s preparations.

“There are a couple of changes and a total of four new players from the Vancouver tournament and that considered, I am happy with the way things went,” said Powell.

Powell stressed the fact that the team will start with a clean slate, despite winning in Vancouver last month, their first tournament victory in the 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

“That win will not mean anything here in Hong Kong,” said Powell.

“It did help with the belief and was good reward for the work done up to that point. It gave the squad some momentum. We start afresh here in Hong Kong though and all focus will be on delivering a performance we can be proud of in our first match against Japan.”

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Today, the Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, co-hosted the Senior Citizens’ Capacity Building event together with ward 48 at the Dulcie September Hall in Athlone. Please see photos attached.

Minister Fritz said, “In the Western Cape, there are approximately 520 000 people over the age of 60. This is a large population of people, and recent research indicates that this number is set to grow, as more and more people are living longer. In fact, it is believed that the first person who will live to 200 years old has already been born!”

“While the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) manages Old Age Homes (OAHs); the Department of Health supports the elderly by providing medication, physical rehabilitation, assistive devices such as wheelchairs and other health needs. In addition, the Western Cape DSD ensures that each meal served at elderly homes is nutritious and enjoyable. However, this is just a small snippet of how this caring government’s vision for the elderly comes into fruition,” said Minister Fritz.

Minister Fritz further added, “The WC DSD understands that in your golden years, your body is not as strong as it once was. For this reason, we fund 119 frail care facilities throughout the Province and we work tirelessly to ensure that the minimum norms and standards are monitored. In fact, we speedily and readily perform oversight over any facility which is reportedly contradicting these norms and standards. This Department is moving away from placing older persons in residential facilities, which can be alienating, and instead are focussing on providing the sort of support and social infrastructure that keeps elderly residents in their homes and with their families for as long as possible.”

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Flat fast course, beautiful route and world-class organisation of Sanlam Cape Town Marathon are major drawcards

Johannesburg, 4 April 2019 – Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label-status marathon officially kicked off preparations for this year’s springtime event with a press conference this afternoon in Sandton. This inaugural Joburg launch marks the significance of an event witnessing growing support from the country’s northern provinces.

Ninety percent of the marathon’s total entries for last year were South African runners, of which just under half fell outside the host province of the Western Cape. International interest in the marathon is also exceptionally high, with more than 82 countries having been represented at the 2018 event.

“Its route undoubtedly is what’s attracting people, and its low altitude coupled with a flat and fast course offer a record-breaking opportunity for professional and novice runners alike,” says race ambassador and Olympian Elana van Zyl-Meyer.

Held on the weekend of 15 September, when Cape Town normally experiences cool, clear, wind-free weather, the 42.2km marathon is the pinnacle of a series of running events that attract major interest. This year’s weekend festival of running kicks off on Saturday 14 September with the 22km and 12km Peace Trail Runs and a 5km Peace Run. On Sunday 15 September the iconic 42.2km city marathon takes place, and for those who aren’t quite ready to undertake a full marathon, there’s the option of a 10km Peace Run.

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