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West Ink Records in association with CELL C presents the Cell C Wololo Music Festival in Emalahleni, Witbank on Saturday 28th October 2017 at Puma Stadium.

‘Wololo’ Hitmaker – Babes Wodumo will headline the festival featuring a melting pot of Award winning artists such as AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Kwesta, BigNuz, Naked DJ and many more, in the coal city of Emalahleni.

The most sought after socialite in entertainment Somizi will host the festival alongside Akhumzi and Duma Ntando.

Full Lineup as follows:

MC’s:  Somizi, Akhumzi and Duma Ntando

 

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The Down Touch Griffons Currie Cup First Division and SA Rugby U20 Championship teams will look to replicate the form that earned them back-to-back titles last season in a rewarding day for the union when they host their respective finals at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom on Friday.

In the Currie Cup First Division final – sponsored by Nashua and DirectAxis – the Down Touch Griffons take on the Leopards in a match that marks the team’s first home final since 2014, and the second successive final between the sides, while the Griffons U20’s will meet the Limpopo Blue Bulls.

The Down Touch Griffons’ senior side come off a solid season in which they suffered only one defeat – and that was in their final pool match against the Border Bulldogs after they had sealed the top spot on the log – while the Leopards, who hosted the final for the last two seasons and secured a morale-boosting away win against the Hino Valke in the semi-final, won five of their eight league games.

The teams have been closely matched on attack and defence this season, with the Down Touch Griffons scoring 57 tries and conceding 269 points to the 51 tries scored and 267 points conceded by the Leopards throughout the competition, setting the scene for a nail-biting clash. Continue reading

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WARNING: PHASE 1 OF THE CITY’S CRITICAL WATER SHORTAGES DISASTER PLAN IS IN EFFECT. WATER RATIONING UNDER WAY 

Drought crisis: consumption remains far too high

Dam storage levels are at 37,4%, with useable water at 27,4%.

Consumption remains too high, at 600 million litres of collective usage per day. This is 100 million litres above the crucial consumption target of 500 million litres per day.

The City of Cape Town activated water rationing as part of the implementation of its Critical Water Shortages Management Disaster Plan. This action intensifies the preceding months of pressure management which continues to be done in an attempt to force water consumption down to required levels.

Water usage must be reduced immediately.

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Latest research ahead of the ANC’s elective conference

In this week’s instalment of e.tv and eNCA’s research conducted by Markdata and African Response, quality leadership appears uppermost in the minds of the survey’s participants. The people surveyed are deeply concerned about greed, dishonesty, hunger for power and nepotism in the ANC leadership.

The findings are an outcome of 16 focus group discussions conducted in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. Participants are South Africans who voted for the ANC in the 2014 National and 2016 Local Government Elections.

The latest data focuses on the quality of leadership in the ANC. Research participants say the president of the party lacks essential attributes of a good leader, such as personal integrity, credibility and trustworthiness. Conscientious, selfless and innovative leadership is what participants think the governing party needs at this point. They also believe that the ANC is in dire need of leaders who will uphold and protect the country’s Constitution. Continue reading

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The City is upgrading the Kalkfontein informal settlement, including the provision of a toilet for each household and the issuing of title deeds or security of tenure for residents. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, Councillor Anda Ntsodo, last week visited the Kalkfontein informal settlement near Blue Downs which is being upgraded as part of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP). This upgrade includes the provision of toilets, taps, and electricity connections for each of the 833 planned serviced sites. In addition, each household will receive either a title deed or tenure certificate once the upgrade has been completed.

When title is ultimately transferred to the new owners, it empowers them to pursue economic opportunities. The sense of ownership provided by title creates a framework where residents feel better able and motivated to improve their space, and gives residents an asset they can leverage to access the formal economy.

The City, in accordance with policy, went to significant lengths to include the community in the UISP process and community members are represented on the project steering committee. Furthermore, labour sourced from surrounding communities is being used wherever possible.

‘The City of Cape Town is facing an ever-increasing demand for housing, and informal settlements are likely to remain a feature in the city for the foreseeable future. This requires us to come up with innovative ways to uplift our residents in the interim, in line with the service delivery focus of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

‘As such, we are taking proactive measures to improve the lives of those on the housing database by providing a higher level of basic services to residents as they wait for their opportunity for formal housing, as well as formalising residents’ ownership of the land on which they live,’ said Councillor Ntsodo.

The upgrade is set for completion in the 2018/2019 financial year if all goes as planned.

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An updated stats summary of the Currie Cup Premier Division, now also including infringements (penalties) per team, is attached.

With the pool stages of the Currie Cup Premier Division – sponsored by DirectAxis and Nashua – a thing of the past, key statistics from the last 14 weeks indicate two thrilling semi-finals await this weekend.

The table-topping Cell C Sharks, who have had the most offloads and second best defensive record in the Currie Cup, will face tough competition from the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Durban at 14h30 on Saturday, as the visitors not only lead the try-scoring and overall ball-carrying statistics with 64 tries and 1,508 ball carries, they also boast the top try-scorer in fullback Warrick Gelant.

DHL Western Province, meanwhile, who will host the Xerox Golden Lions at DHL Newlands in the second semi-final at 17h00 on Saturday. Judging by the stats, the men from Johannesburg will have to be at their attacking best to score some tries, as the hosts boast the highest tackle percentage at an impressive 88.8%.

Reaffirming their defensive prowess, DHL WP loose forward Nizaam Carr leads the statistics with the most successful tackles and most tackle involvements, while the Capetonians’ lock JD Schickerling is on top in the dominant tackle category.

But DHL Western Province will have to be at their best behaviour, as the Xerox Golden Lions’ Jaco van der Walt has been the most successful goal kicker among the top four sides with an 88.6% success rate and a 100% kicking record last weekend, while the Gautengers also dominated the ball-carrying and tackle statistics in the final pool round.

Currie Cup Premier Division – Final Standings
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South Africa, 17 October 2017: Pitch Sports Entertainment and Media (PTY) Ltd in partnership with Newton Sports Agency (PTY) have announced the launch of the first edition of “We Are Football, the first of its kind football festival to be held on the 11 November 2017 at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.

The “We Are Football” festival will provide football fans a chance to immerse themselves in football activities in a social setting. Activities include SIX-A-SIDE games, eFootball, Freestyle Football as well as food stalls, DJs and live music performances. The festival gives an opportunity for football fans to meet their heroes and heroines and talk and live football for the day. There will also be great prizes to be won from different competitions.

“Football is a beautiful game enjoyed by many in our country and we are excited to create the “We Are Football” festival. For us, it’s all about creating a world where former and current football players, fans and those passionate about the game of millions, can get together in a central venue to celebrate the game of football,” says Errol Madlala, Director of Pitch Sports Entertainment and Media (PTY) Ltd.

To unite people in their love and support for Bafana Bafana, Pitch Sports Entertainment and Media (PTY) Ltd and Newton Sports Agency (PTY) have roped in football legends such as Lucas Radebe, Doctor Khumalo and Mark Williams to help call on South Africans to “COME SHOW YOUR LOVE” during the festival.  Continue reading

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Models will honour abused women as they take to the fashion runway at a glamour-filled picnic in Somerset West for the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation.

The Reeva Renaissance Runway, an afternoon high tea and fashion show at beautiful Lourensford Wine Estate on Saturday November 25, “aims to bring women from all walks of life together to empower women affected by domestic violence, remember those who have lost their lives and honour those who have taken the brave step to rise above it,” said Kim Martin, CEO of the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation.

With a dress code of “picnics and pastels”, celebrities and guests will enjoy a fashion show with models dressed in summer 2018 fashion from top local designers Craig Port, Jade Saunders, Lara Klawikowski, and Bokang Lehabe.Good Hope FM’s Ayanda Dlamini will MC the event.

November 25 marks United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children. Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic and is a human rights violation. Statistics South Africa reports the highest number of domestic violence cases in the world. Women recovering from abuse, need the opportunity to build and redevelop their self-esteem and rediscover themselves as women, to once again feel confident enough to call the world their runway,” Martin said.

The Foundation has chosen 16 women (the same number as the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, which starts on November 25) from local shelters and safe houses who will experience a life-changing weekend retreat with coaching and a “mental, physical and emotional make-over”. This will take place on the weekend of November 18.

Award-winning singer-songwriter and TV actress, Tarryn Lamb, who recently performed her debut solo concert in Cape Town to a sold out audience, will perform some of this new material at the Reeva Renaissance picnic. Continue reading

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