The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, was out on the beat at the Grand Parade to inspect the City’s preparedness for the upcoming Cape Town Cycle Tour. Read more below:
Today, 9 March 2018, Alderman JP Smith visited the Grand Parade and is pleased with the City’s state of readiness to host the 41st edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, giving all involved the thumbs up.
‘It’s all systems go on the Grand Parade for this year’s iconic event. The City’s Disaster Risk Management Department has done extensive emergency planning with the event organisers, service providers and emergency services on various scenarios that could play out on the day. I am confident that all stakeholders are well prepared to tackle any emergency situation that arises during the event. I am sure that participants will find the new starting point a lot more spacious and comfortable as well as a safer option,’ said Alderman Smith.
From a safety and security perspective, the City’s enforcement agencies will be out in numbers. More than 500 enforcement staff will be on duty for the day including our volunteers.
In addition, two station commanders will be assigned to the Joint Operations Centre (JOC) for the duration of the event and will liaise directly with the City’s Fire Command Centre.
In terms of reactionary response, over 200 firefighters will be on duty at 30 of the City’s fire stations located across the metro to respond to any emergency. Firefighters at the fire stations located close to the cycle tour route will be on hand as first response should the need arise. Continue reading
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell feels the biggest challenge to his team at this weekend’s HSBC Canada Sevens will not be the opponents they face, but rather their own ability to play as a team.
The Blitzboks face Russia, Scotland and New Zealand in Vancouver on Saturday and will contest the sixth tournament in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with a number of players running out in BC Place for the first time.
The team’s ability to play as a unit and for the younger players to adapt to the demands of the series will be crucial, the coach believes. More than half of the squad members have a combined total of tournament caps that less than that of Kyle Brown (63), the Blitzboks’ most experienced player. Powell does not mind that.
“The junior players are a week more experienced than last weekend in Las Vegas, so they have another opportunity to improve and contribute,” said Powell.
“The reality is that if I had the likes of Rosko Specman and Werner Kok available, I would have played them. They are not here though and I need to play the youngsters, but I am pleased about that.
“They need to get time on the field to develop as players, and this weekend is a great opportunity not only for them, but for our system as well. We do need to create opportunities to broaden our base and this tournament provides us with that.” Continue reading
Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux was satisfied with the progress made by his training squad this week as they wrapped up their second camp in Stellenbosch on Friday.
The Junior Boks are preparing for the World Rugby U20 Championship in the south of France from 30 May to 17 June. The players will have two weeks off before assembling In Stellenbosch for their last short camp from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 March.
Roux’s main objectives going into this week’s camp were to build momentum as the international spectacle draws nearer and to get a better insight into which players have what it takes to stake a claim for spots in the final 28-man squad, and it was a case of mission accomplished.
“The players came into the camp knowing what we expected of them, and they responded well,” said Roux.
“Our plan from the outset was to invite a large group of players to the first two camps to see what they have to offer, and then reduce the size of the squad as we get closer to the tournament.
“We will name a smaller squad for the next camp, and while it will be tough to cut a few players, we have a better idea of the way we would like our squad to look after the last two camps.” Continue reading
The Springbok Sevens team have enjoyed their time in Vancouver as they prepared for this weekend’s HSBC Canada Sevens, but with the tournament fast approaching, it means it’s time for serious business.
The Blitzboks had some good training sessions, enjoyed the natural beauty of British Columbia and managed to take in some local sports culture as well by attending an ice hockey match, courtesy of a South African ex-pat who lives in the city.
They have also performed well so far at BC Place, where the sixth leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series will take place, with two runner-up finishes in two years. But this time around, they want to finish their third trip to Canada with a victory, said Blitzboks captain, Philip Snyman.
“Overall, we have done well in North America,” said Snyman.
“This week, we had to get our bodies moving again after the tough tournament in Las Vegas and to tweak one or two things that went astray over there. I think we managed that.”
Snyman is confident that they will be as competitive as ever when they take on Russia, Scotland and New Zealand in Pool D on Saturday.
“If we play to our standards, we will be competitive,” said Snyman. Continue reading
As South Africans, we love salting our food, but the more salt we consume, the more at risk it puts us of heart disease and stroke, which annually claims the lives of 78 475 people in our country.
A fascinating piece of research done by Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences in the US suggests that people who tend to salt their food more could be ‘supertasters’. These are people whose sense of taste is heightened possibly due to the TAS2R38 bitter taste receptor gene.
In gist, supertasters typically add more salt to their food to disguise or cancel out the bitter taste the palate picks up when eating certain foods such as cheddar cheese, broccoli, spinach or olives for example. Whereas those with a more neutral sense of taste are less inclined to add additional salt.
Currently, SA’s discretionary salt consumption sits at 41% a day, which may indicate that many South Africans have been dealt the ‘supertaster’ gene, especially if one considers that in most other Westernised countries, the discretionary use of salt is in the region of 15%, pointing to a more neutral sense of taste.
So, if you’re among the many South Africans that find themselves reaching for the saltshaker at every mealtime, there might be more to your urge than just a bad habit. To find out if you’re a ‘supertaster’ try this: Continue reading
The two South African Vodacom Super Rugby sides in action on local soil this weekend will have the same goal in mind, but are approaching their fourth round matches differently.
The Cell C Sharks host the Sunwolves at 15h05 in Durban and are looking for their first win of the season, while the Emirates Lions will be aiming to build on their three wins so far when they host the Blues at 17h15 in Johannesburg.
The DHL Stormers kick off the weekend’s action at 08h35 on Friday morning (SA time) with their final Australasian tour fixture, against the Highlanders in Dunedin, while the Vodacom Bulls begin their overseas commitments against the Reds the next morning in Brisbane.
In the remaining SA Conference fixture, the Jaguares welcome the Waratahs to Buenos Aires (23h40) on Saturday.
Robbie Fleck’s DHL Stormers have been severely hit by injuries, with promising lock JD Schickerling the latest long-term casualty, while versatile Cobus Wiese is nursing a shoulder injury.
Former SA Schools star forward Salmaan Moerat (lock) has been named on the bench for the Dunedin clash, with the youngster set to make his competition debut should he get some action. The Cape side made five changes to their starting fifteen and four more amongst the replacements.
Springbok Handré Pollard, who last week played No 12, is back at flyhalf for the Vodacom Bulls, who start their Australasian leg with a visit to the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday. Johnny Kotze comes into the inside centre berth as a result of the decision to move Pollard to No 10. Continue reading
The update to the Cape Town water map has revealed impressive statistics for the month of January, most significantly that 154 000 households have received the dark green dot water saving status for using less than 6.0 kl per month. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town water map, which is updated on a monthly basis, shows the status of free-standing households in Cape Town that are saving water. (Note that the map only shows consumption for free-standing houses and not cluster housing, flats or other land uses.)
The latest data reveal that, during January, a total of 314 000 households stepped up to the plate with their water-saving efforts and that 154 000 of these water heroes achieved the dark green status for using less than 6 kl per month. This is especially encouraging given that the water use target for that period was 87 litres per person per day.
The statistics show a significant jump in the number of households achieving a dark green dot for using less than 6 kl per month. Those residents are to be congratulated. They have gone above and beyond with their water-saving efforts during this drought and together, they are helping to make a difference.
In comparison to the number of green dot households recorded for December, there was a 5% increase in water-saving households in just one month. This is despite a higher than average number of estimations last month due to technical challenges in uploading the meter readings onto a new system. Those households who managed to reduce their consumption even further are to be congratulated.
I would like to urge all residents to keep up the good work a little longer. Regardless of rainfall or water supply augmentation, Cape Town needs to continue striving to reduce average daily consumption to 450 million litres a day. This must be done in order to stretch our water supplies as far as possible. If each one of us continues to use 50 litres of water a day, we will not only beat Day Zero this year but will also be in a better position to avoid it next year.
Consumption is indicated on the map as follows: Continue reading
If it’s a legendary party you’re after this weekend, look no further than the Faithless DJ Set SA Tour, powered by 5FM. Sister Bliss of the celebrated dance duo performs in Johannesburg on Saturday, 10 March at H20 Wild Waters and on Sunday, 11 March at Shimmy Beach in Cape Town.
The British electronica duo brought us brought unforgettable hits like Insomnia, God is a DJ and We Come 1 with Sister Bliss, the DJ and producer, the musical force behind the band.
5FM DJs playing at the event include Kyle Cassim on the main floor alongside local acts Chunda Munki and DJ Fresh and Ms Cosmo and and Ultimix resident Ryan the DJ on the Hip Hop floor. 5FM’s Das Kapital will also host a live broadcast of his show In Das we Trust from the event at Shimmy Beach on Sunday from 22:00.
Tickets to the event are still available via www.webtickets.co.za from R359.