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Damian de Allende and Wilco Louw will start for DHL Western Province in the Currie Cup encounter against iCollege Pumas in Nelspruit on Friday.

Centre De Allende and prop Louw have both been released from the Springbok squad for the clash at the Mbombela Stadium, which kicks off at 18h30 on Friday.

Dillyn Leyds will continue as captain and shifts to fullback, with two new wings in SP Marais and Sergeal Petersen and De Allende in midfield alongside Ruhan Nel.

Craig Barry and Dan du Plessis join Herschel Jantjies as backline cover on the replacements bench.

In the forward pack Ernst van Rhyn comes into the starting line-up at lock, with Chris van Zyl among the replacements on his return from injury, while Louw’s inclusion sees Michael Kumbirai move to the replacements bench as well.

DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that his team is focused on delivering an accurate performance in Nelspruit.

“We know very well how tough it can be to play in Nelspruit, which is a challenge that we are looking to embrace.

“It has been a short week, but preparations have gone well and we are ready for a big effort away from home,” he said.

DHL Western Province: 15 Dillyn Leyds (captain), 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 SP Marais, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Ali Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Herschel Jantjies, 21 Dan du Plessis, 22 Craig Barry.

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The prognosis is in! ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ and Dr Riaad Moosa is insisting that it is your best course of medication!

Research has shown that laughter is good for your health; it relaxes the whole body; boosts the immune system, triggers the release of endorphins; protects the heart and burns calories! Which means that it’s for your own good that you do not miss the second edition of Riaad Moosa & Friends: Heritage Weekend Edition at Emperors Palace on Sunday, 23rd September, 2018 (especially since the Monday is a public holiday).

Joining Riaad Moosa for a top-notch night of entertainment are his good friends – and some of South Africa’s biggest comedy heavyweights – Dillan Oliphant, Joey Rasdien, Khanyisa Bunu, Loyiso Madinga, Muthu Murugan, Ndumiso Lindi, Robby Collins, Schalk Bezuidenhout and Simmi Areff.

With this royal flush of SA comedy giants, this is guaranteed to be a show of hysterical proportions.

Get your prescription of laughter with Riaad Moosa & Friends as they take hilarity to the next level on 23 September at Centre Court, Emperors Palace. The show is rated PG16. Tickets are available from R185 per person and can be booked through Computicket or at the Emperors Palace Box Office. Emperors Palace is located at 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg. Show starts at 19h30.

Computicket link: : https://online.computicket.com/web/event/riaad_moosa_friends/1245715936/600902455

Another great production brought to you by your friends at Blu Blood. You’re welcome! After all, what are friends for? Visit www.blublood.com for more information.

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The gripping crime drama of Ellen Pakkies’ life, which will be released in local cinemas on 7th September, was honoured with three big awards at the annual kykNET Silwerskerm Festival this past weekend.

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 Jill Levenberg (Genadekans, Noem my Skollie, Suidooster), who plays the role of Ellen – a mother that killed her drug-addicted son out of sheer desperation – won Best Actress. Jarrid Geduld (A Lucky Man, A Boy Called Twist, Black Sails), who stars as the troubled Abie Pakkies, was awarded Best Actor for his efforts.

“There are no words to describe how I feel. Thank you to M-Net, kykNET, Silwerskermfees and everyone involved in this film. Thank you to Aunty Ellen for being so brave to share her story with the world. When we are transparent we facilitate mutual healing. Please support the film when it releases in cinemas on 7 September 2018. The international community is recognizing our work, but we need the South African public behind us”, says Jill Levenberg.

Jarrid Geduld says: “I feel incredibly proud to be given this award. My spirit feels lifted. My soul is grounded. I can only thank God for choosing me to be on this journey”.

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Sun-El Musician and Tresor, Liz Ogumbo, Miss Ducasse, & Zethe join the line-up while Lorna Maseko & DJ Kenzhero set to bring patrons the ultimate experience

Johannesburg, 28 August 2018: An array of artists have been added to the sixth DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival presented by Vodacom, who will bring the thrill of spring with fine food and great music to the Heritage weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of September 2018.

Refreshing and on the cutting edge, these performers will add to what is the most anticipated annual musical ticket on the calendar.

Rising youthful voice, Amanda Black will join a league of leading women on the Womandla set, on Saturday, 22nd September. She will be part of a festive celebration of the power of women in music and heritage alongside the ever elegant singer-songwriter, Lira whilst the cultural force of song, Simphiwe Dana will lend her magic to the main stage as well. These award winning women have shaped much more than our musical world, but have stood up as shining examples of the creative power of women in the world.

Liz Ogumbo, the Kenyan born singer-songwriter who is making her name as a fashion model and producer is billed to perform on Sunday, 23rd September with hits like Maro Pamore and Whatchyu Know About Her? Inspired by a wide-range of music including Jazz, Soul, and even Hip-Hop, Ogumbo plans to leave behind a beautiful impression on anyone who will be listening to her music. The globe-trotting renaissance DJ, Miss Ducasse, whose love for house helped establish Durban’s deep house music scene before taking to the world, will be bringing her old school House Music tunes to the stage. She will be opening both event days at the Vodacom Dance Arena hosted by Oskido and Kaya FM, ensuring that the entire event embodies endless euphoria.

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Although there was a slight drop in the number of green dot properties in the water map for July 2018, most residents are still committed to saving water and the City congratulates them for maintaining their efforts through the rainy season. This good water-saving performance means that a moderate relaxation of restrictions is now being considered.


The latest water map for July shows that a fairly consistent number of households have been awarded a green dot on the City’s water map. A total of 397 184 households achieved green dot status in July 2018, compared to 400 538 in June. As of July 2018, 78,1% of all households were using less than 10,5kl/month.

Residents can view the latest map here.

Consumption is indicated on the map as follows:

  • Dark green dot: household using less than 6 000 litres per month
  • Light green dot: household using between 6 000 and 10 500 litres per month
  • Grey dot with small dark green centre: estimated water meter reading of less than 6 000 litres per month
  • Grey dot with small light green centre: estimated water meter reading of less than 10 500 litres per month
  • Solid grey dot: excluded property (including sectional title property or group housing / undeveloped property / water use is zero / no available information for the property / estimated water meter reading of more than 10 500 litres per month)

Please note that this data should be interpreted with caution. The map simply indicates water consumption for free-standing houses, and is not necessarily an indicator of compliance with the 50l/day limit currently in place. Households with a high number of occupants who have not applied for an increase to their household allocation, and properties with undetected water leaks may not receive a green dot despite otherwise adequate efforts to reduce consumption.   Continue reading

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Chocolates, cards and flowers are a great way to acknowledge your right hand lady (or man) on Secretaries Day. But for something a little more special to honour the one that is the eyes and ears, and often the glue that holds things together at the office, there’s The Table Bay.

“Allow the unsung heroes of the workplace the chance to escape for the afternoon. They will be welcomed with a beautiful cocktail and treated to a sumptuous lunch or decadent high tea at Cape Town’s Best Address,” says Sarah Prins, PR Manager at The Table Bay.

As most things are made more delightful with gin, guests attending High Tea or the Harvest Table Lunch at The Table Bay on Secretaries Day will receive a complimentary Sparkling Amber Cocktail on arrival. It is an invigorating mix of Inverroche Amber Gin, shaken with Elderflower and lemon juice, and neatly topped up with The Table Bay’s signature MCC to give it a definite sparkle.

The extensive Harvest Table Lunch will be served in the hotel’s Camissa Brasserie. To start, guests have a choice of fresh salads and greens, including rainbow beetroot salad, candied walnuts, blue cheese crumble and roasted sweet potato. Salads are followed by a delicious homemade soups and a selection of beautiful home baked breads. On the hot buffet, guests can expect satisfying dishes such as short rib tagine with whole root vegetables; pan fried line fish with broccoli florets, dukkha crust and buttered cous-cous, and teriyaki chicken with roasted vegetables. There are options for vegetarians, with dishes like butternut gnocchi with sauté mushrooms, crème fraiche and lemon thyme veloute, amongst others. The lunch on Secretaries Day will be served between 12h00 and 14h30. The cost per head is R260, including the Sparkling Amber Cocktail and other surprises, including a business card lucky draw in which vouchers worth R750 will be awarded as prizes.

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Landscape exhibitions at the Clanwilliam Wildflower Show ready

This year’s Clanwilliam Wildflower Show promises an extraordinary experience for all ages. The Flower Church in Clanwilliam, where this unique show will take place, is already being transformed with the most beautiful landscapes and flower exhibitions. More than 350 different plant species will be exhibited in this church from Friday, 24 August to Sunday, 2 September.

Alida Stone, chairman of the show says: “I cannot wait for the visitors to witness the amazing exhibitions. We believe that our hard work will be worth while in the end when all comes together for a wonderful extravaganza. Volunteers start work early on the chilly mornings and work very hard on the exhibitions.”

“The work done in the church is breathtaking. We simply cannot wait to show the public the abundance of wildflowers,” says one of the volunteers helping to build the Clanwilliam Wildflower Show.

While the construction of the exhibitions are taking place, the area in and around the Flower Church is a hive of activities. The volunteers are doing prep work by arranging flowers such as beautiful purple violets in recycled tins that will form part of the exhibitions. In the corner of the Flower Church a huge waboom is planted in the landscape exhibition. The Flower Church has also received a fresh coat of paint.

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