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Manu Grace is the latest talent selected for the Apple Music New Artist Spotlight this March. With a recently released debut EP titled “June” she is a new star in the making. The singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist has an eclectic sound, with down-to-earth and elegant lyrics – Manu possesses an inner beauty which reflects in her stage presence.

Passionate about music since her childhood, Manu Grace started experimenting with piano, guitar and bass guitar from the age of eight. She soon went from learning to play covers to creating her own tracks, her first piece being a dedication to her new born brother. The school stage offered the chance to test her talent and to overcome her shyness, where she joined her first band, Aztec Sapphire during matric finals!

It was after graduating from UCT that she began to learn the fine art of music production. Her artistic expression has an unapologetic and sincere approach with words which can touch the heart of her audience. Amongst others her musical influences include Rosalia, Christine & the Queens and Mica Levi. Manu’s musical style is free from inhibition and has no pretenses. She is creating a platform for her heartfelt vibes which softly speak to audiences far and wide. Continue reading

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Music speaks a universal language and is a powerful means of communicating specific messages or complex feelings. More than that though, music also often plays a cathartic process in the life of musicians. For Werner Bekker, ‘Open Spoken’ was this therapy.

The new single from the South African folk singer songwriter, released 1 March 2019, is a beautiful amalgamation of mixed emotions arranged to melodic perfection. Following the successful release of previous singles ‘Alive Again’ and ‘I’m With You’, the latest offering from the artist is a little more upbeat and commercial but, still true Werner Bekker style.

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The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, attended the handover of housing units of the Western Cape Government’s R1,3 billion housing project in Blue Downs. This is a large-scale human settlements project comprising 4 820 housing opportunities. Read more below:

The site is located north of Old Faure Road, and N2 and south of Forest Drive and on both sides of Bob’s Way in Blue Downs. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2020. To date, 1 200 units have been handed over.

‘The delivery of large-scale, mixed formal housing opportunities to various low- to middle-income brackets as well as the enhanced focus on the upgrading of informal settlements and the provision of backyarder services on City-owned land is the way forward if we are to tackle rapid and continued urbanisation in Cape Town and South Africa.

‘The success of the country’s efforts to provide accommodation to the more vulnerable residents is, however, dependent on very strong partnerships. It is therefore encouraging to see how the cooperation between the City, the provincial and national governments are making progress possible by working together,’ said Councillor Booi.

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SA Rugby has announced free entry to The Springbok Experience from Friday, after reluctantly taking the decision to close the rugby museum as a cost-saving measure.

The top-rated facility will be open from 09h00 to 17h00 every day (except Mondays) until the end of the month when it will close its doors for the last time at 17h00 on Sunday, 31 March.

“This has been a very painful decision to take but we have had to bow to economic reality,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

“The museum achieved what we set out to do, by providing a world class experience for visitors while telling for the first time the ‘hidden’ story of black rugby to a national and global audience.

“We have won accolades on an annual basis and have had 200 000 visitors in the past five years, who have been blown away both by the story we have told and the way it has been told.

“But the economic landscape in which SA Rugby operates has changed significantly since we first planned the museum in 2012 and the expenses we were happy to bear as a brand building exercise at that time, have now become a challenge for the business.

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The DHL Stormers stunned the Emirates Lions with a last-gasp try in their Vodacom Super Rugby derby in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon, the Cell C Sharks notched up their second win in a row when they defeated the Blues in Durban, while the Jaguares defeated the Vodacom Bulls in the final fixture of this weekend’s second round action.

Cell C Sharks sink their teeth into Blues in Durban

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Replacement Curwin Bosch scored an intercept try in the last few minutes to secure a second straight bonus-point win for the Cell C Sharks in their first home game of the campaign in Durban on Saturday.

The home side gave a good attacking and defensive display in the first half which allowed them to build a deserved 19-0 lead at the break. Aphelele Fassi, Robert du Preez and Akker van der Merwe each scored a try in the opening half that was marked by some slick handling and strong mauling by the coastal outfit.

The visiting Blues played much better in the second half and scored their only try through replacement Tanielu Tele’a, while flyhalf Oteri Black also had a try disallowed. Ruan Botha was yellow-carded in the 77th minute but the hosts were able to hold onto their lead for their second win. The Cell C Sharks host the DHL Stormers in Durban next Saturday (17h15). Click on the scores to access the full match details.
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Riders during stage 1 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Hermanus High School in Hermanus, South Africa on the 20th March 2017 Photo by Ewald Sadie/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS PLEASE ENSURE THE APPROPRIATE CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER AND SPORTZPICS ALONG WITH THE ABSA CAPE EPIC ace2016

Riders during stage 1 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Hermanus High School in Hermanus, South Africa on the 20th March 2017
Photo by Ewald Sadie/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Espargaró Swaps Leathers for Lycra at the Absa Cape Epic

The Spanish MotoGP star will swap his Aprilia RS-GP for an Orbea OIZ as he lines up to take on the 2019 Absa Cape Epic alongside Ibon Zugasti for the Orbea Factory Team.

Cape Town, 21 February 2019 – Though best known for his exploits around a race track, on two petrol powered wheels, the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini MotoGP rider, Aleix Espargaró, will be swapping to two self-propelled wheels for the 2019 Absa Cape Epic. As Espargaró is making his debut he required a partner with experience in the Untamed African Mountain Bike Race, hence he will be joined by three-time finisher Ibon Zugasti in the Orbea Factory Team.

The MotoGP season gets underway with the Grand Prix of Qatar on the 10th of March. There is a two week break between the opening round and the second race, the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina, allowing Espargaró to fit the Absa Cape Epic into his busy schedule. “MTB stage races are getting super famous in Spain and every year there are more and more races on the calendar. In Spain we say that the Absa Cape Epic is like the Le Tour of mountain biking, so it’s the dream of every cyclist” he explained as to why he is so eager to take part.

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Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell has selected the 20-year-old debutant Sako Makata in the Springbok Sevens team for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens tournaments in the USA and Canada next month.

The former Stirling High School player will become the 176th Blitzbok since the inception of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 20 years ago when he takes to the field at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Friday, 1 March.

Earlier this month, 21-year-old JC Pretorius was handed his debut in Sydney and with Makata joining him in the forwards, the Blitzboks will travel with a youthful squad to Las Vegas, where South Africa will face Japan, Chile and England in Pool D of the tournament.

Powell also recalled Ryan Oosthuizen, Mfundo Ndhlovu and Muller du Plessis to the travelling 13-man squad that will depart for the USA on Friday, totalling four changes to the side what placed fifth in Sydney in their previous tournament.

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After being nominated 16 times over the last 10 years, congratulations to Calvin Harris who last night won at the BRITS for the 1st time picking up the awards for Best British Single (with Dua Lipa) for ‘One Kiss’ as well as Best British Producer

In another first, last night saw Calvin’s performing at the awards with a medley of his last 3 hit singles (‘Giant’ with Rag’n’Bone Man, ‘Promises’ with Sam Smith and ‘One Kiss’ with Dua Lipa) – one of the standout moments of this years BRITS, check it out here

Also, here’s a link to Calvin and Dua’s\ acceptance speech and Calvin’s acceptance for his Best British Producer here

A great night for a remarkable talent that over the past 12 months, on the singles released in 2018 alone has seen Over 2 billion streams (audio + video), delivered 21 Top 5 singles around the world – 9 of them #1, broke the longest ever stretch at #1 on the Netherlands Top 40 chart with ‘One Kiss’ and spent 21 weeks at #1 on the European Airplay Chart.

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