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DHL Stormers centre Huw Jones has torn his hamstring playing for Scotland in the Six Nations and will undergo surgery in London.

This means that Jones will not be able to train for four to five months as he joins fellow DHL Stormers midfielders Juan de Jongh and Damian de Allende on the sidelines.

De Jongh’s Grade Three medial collateral ligament tear is progressing well and he is expected to be back in action in six weeks, whilst De Allende has another six to eight weeks before he will be able to return from his Syndesmosis ankle injury.

Cheslin Kolbe (ankle sprain) and Jano Vermaak (calf strain) will both return to training next week and should be in contention to play against the Toyota Cheetahs at DHL Newlands on April 1.

Flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis is progressing well following a pelvic bone stress injury and should be available for selection in three to five weeks time.

Flank Steph de Wit is mobilising slowly after fracturing his ankle, with the bone healing well after surgery.

On the long-term injury list hooker Scarra Ntubeni is running at full pace in a controlled environment as he continues to make progress following his Achilles tendon rupture sustained last year, whilst wing Leolin Zas is mobilising well after surgery on his broken Tibia and Fibula.

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Upper Steenbras Dam. Photo: Enver Essop

Upper Steenbras Dam. Photo: Enver Essop

As at today, 20 March 2017, dam levels have dropped to 28,6 % which is 1,4% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at about 18,6 % of usable water with approximately 103 days of useable water left at current consumption levels. Consumption over the past week reached 750 million litres per day of the collective usage target of 700 million litres per day. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town thanks those consumers who continue to find new ways of saving water but challenges Team Cape Town to see if we can get much closer to the usage target. We simply have to do so.

The Mayoral Committee today 20 March 2017 recommended for noting by Council the declaration of a local state of disaster as a result of the drought. We are in the midst of one of our worst droughts of the past century. Cape Town is in a water-scarce region and is experiencing the impacts of climate change with an increased frequency of drought events.

The two consecutive years of drought have severely reduced stream flows into the dams of the Western Cape Water Supply Scheme (WCWSS). The dams are likely to reach extremely low levels by the onset of the 2017 winter and are unlikely to recover satisfactorily should average to below average rainfall be experienced over this coming winter. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town reminds members of the public that tomorrow, 21 March 2017, is the last day of the exhibition of the six proposals from the private sector for the development of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct. The Cape Town Civic Centre will be open to those who have not had the chance to view the exhibition as yet. Read more below:

‘Despite tomorrow being a public holiday, the Cape Town Civic Centre will be open to the public from 08:30 to 16:00. I encourage residents to make use of the opportunity to come and view the exciting proposals and to tell us what they think,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

The exhibition is second floor in the podium block of the Cape Town Civic Centre in Hertzog Boulevard.

‘The exhibition gives us a glimpse of the future by demonstrating how transit-oriented development can transform Cape Town’s spatial reality. It shows us how we could reshape one of the most valuable, vital and iconic precincts in the Mother City comprising of the three unfinished highways on the western, central and eastern side of the Foreshore Freeway Precinct and a strip of City-owned land – 6 ha in size and 140 m wide – that is located under and between the existing and unfinished highways,’ said Councillor Herron. Continue reading

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STATEMENT BY CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

As part of our efforts to prioritise climate action projects to protect residents against the impacts of climate change, the City of Cape Town is in the process of issuing a bond up to the value of R1 billion which it will accredit through the Climate Bonds Initiative’s Standard.

This third party accreditation will enable us to market the bond as a true Green Bond.

In developing the associated Green Bond Framework, we have identified a suite of eligible projects which will be funded through the proceeds of the bond.

The projects to be funded by the Green Bond are a mix of adaptation and mitigation initiatives, all of which are aligned to the City’s Climate Change Strategy.

The projects include:

–               procurement of electric busses

–               energy efficiency in buildings

–               water management initiatives which includes;

  • water meter installations and replacements
  • water pressure management
  • upgrade of reservoirs

–               sewerage effluent treatment

–               rehabilitation and protection of coastal structures Continue reading

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e.tv scooped 8 awards this past weekend at the 11th South African Film and Television Awards. The event was held at Sun City in North West from the 16th to the 18th of March 2017.

Action drama Heist was a firm favourite. The show scooped five awards out of its nine nominations. Other shows that walked away with a Golden Horn for their respective nominations are Ashes to Ashes, Gold Diggers andCoke Studios.

Below are the winners:

Best TV Drama: Heist Season 1
Best Achievement in Directing: Heist Season 1
Best Actor – TV Drama: Jerry Mofokeng (Talent in Heist Season 1)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – TV Drama: Warren Masemola (Cosatu in Heist Season 1)
Best Achievement in Sound Design – TV Drama: Heist Season 1
Best Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela: Tina Jaxa (May Gumede in Gold Diggers Season 2)
Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap/Telenovela: (Damian in Ashes to Ashes Season 2)
Best Music Show : Coke Studios

“We are excited and proud of all the achievements received. All of our production houses and cast members work extremely hard to deliver content that is loved and appreciated by our viewers.” says MD of e.tv, Marlon Davids

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Carnival welcomes more than 50 000 spectators to the annual parade

Cape Town, 18 March 2017 – Thousands of spectators were treated to a dazzling music, dance and costume parade today, as the Cape Town Carnival wound its way along the Green Point Fan Walk. The parade started at 19h00 and was followed by a fabulous street party, with local award-winning DJs Fresh and Euphonik entertaining the crowds.

“We’d like to make the Cape Town Carnival recognisable on an international level, as people from all over the world attend it,” said Rachel Jafta, chairperson of Media24 and of the Cape Town Carnival Trust. The more than 50 000 people who attended and joined in the festivities this year included dancers from the world’s largest carnival, the Rio Carnival, and New York-based singer Oshri, who performed “Crazy but Free”, the 2017 Cape Town Carnival theme song.

The theme, “AMAZA! – Ocean Odyssey”, celebrated our precious oceans. “With Cape Town in the middle of a serious drought, this year’s water-related theme comes at the perfect time to create awareness in a fun and colourful way,” said Cape Town Carnival creative director Brad Baard.

From 15h00 to 18h00, Kyknet’s Tjiff en Tjaff TV characters walked around taking pictures and M-Net hosted a face-painting station. “We were thrilled to be part of the Cape Town Carnival again,” said M-Net general manager for South Africa Nkateko Mabaso.

Another proud sponsor of the Cape Town Carnival is the National Lotteries Commission (NLC). “The Cape Town Carnival develops ordinary members of society, and this ties in with our values,” said Marcelle Musson, NLC provincial manager in the Western Cape.

About 50 diverse community groups participated in this year’s outing. The Cape Town Carnival serves the broader Cape Town community by bringing together and celebrating the different identities of the Mother City’s citizens, as well as providing a platform for them to perform on an international level in a well-attended event.

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The City of Cape Town is embarking on an innovative approach to boost skills development and employment opportunities for residents through an outcomes-based tender that is a first of its kind for the City. Read more below:

This innovative move is in keeping with the City’s Organisational and Development Plan (ODTP) – a process that the City has embarked on to put the needs of our residents first and work to remove barriers. A key need in our economy is to improve the skills of our people for real jobs. It is thus essential that skills training can be proved to be appropriate for Cape Town’s needs.

Usually, the specifications to service providers are very prescriptive in terms of the methods used to deliver the required service. What sets the City’s outcomes-based tender apart, is that it focuses on results (outcomes) rather than the associated activities and tasks to deliver the end result.

‘One of the challenges we face as a city is the high number of unemployed residents. In addition, we are confronted with an economic growth environment that does not always result in the creation of a significant number of new jobs. For this reason, we cannot afford to proceed with a business-as-usual approach. Continue reading

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Wing Courtnall Skosan displayed his pace and razor sharp finishing abilities by scoring four tries as the Emirates Lions mauled the Reds 44-14 in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash on Saturday in Johannesburg.

The speedster delivered an impressive individual performance as the home side walloped 14-men Reds who had flyhalf Quade Cooper sent off for a dangerous tackle on try scorer Rohan Janse van Rensburg. The Joburg side bounced back in the best possible way from their away loss to the Jaguares last weekend and they dominated all facets of the game.

Earlier on Saturday evening, the Cell Sharks survived a big scare to edge the determined Southern Kings 19-17 after they trailed the Eastern Cape side 8-14 at halftime. Kings flyhalf Lionel Cronje missed with a difficult penalty kick towards the end that would have clinched the game for his side.

A hat-trick of tries by right win Ramiro Moyano steered the Jaguares to a comfortable 41-14 home victory over the injury-hit Toyota Cheetahs. The home side made a very good start in Buenos Aires and they laid the winning platform with a solid first half by display by scoring three of their five tries inside the opening half hour.

The Jaguares and the Emirates Lions have 14 points from four games with the Argentine side leading the Africa Conference 1 on point difference. Continue reading

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DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 25-man squad for the trip to Singapore where they will face the Sunwolves this weekend.

Fleck’s charges have won all three of their matches thus far this season, having beaten the Vodacom Bulls and Jaguares at DHL Newlands before travelling to Port Elizabeth where they overcame the Southern Kings.

Having come off a bye in Round Four, the DHL Stormers will be aiming to make it four wins from four games when they face the Sunwolves at the National Stadium in Singapore on Saturday, March 25.

Captain Siya Kolisi is back to lead a squad which has a good blend of youth and experience, after he was rested for the Southern Kings clash.

Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe and Pieter-Steph du Toit were not considered for selection due to the Springbok management plan, whilst the likes of Huw Jones, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Jano Vermaak, Cheslin Kolbe, Juan de Jongh, Damian de Allende, Steph de Wit, Leolin Zas and Scarra Ntubeni are all currently sidelined with injuries. Continue reading

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The City’s Mayoral Committee has recommended to Council that a municipal entity be established to manage and operate the Cape Town Stadium on behalf of the City. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee today 20 March 2017 approved a recommendation to Council that a municipal entity be established to manage and operate the Stadium Precinct Area.

This entity will be a state-owned company, fully owned by the City.

‘Our goal is to minimise the financial losses of the Cape Town Stadium and to maximise the potential income streams by increasing the use of the Stadium. In this way, we also hope to create a centre of excellence which is in accordance with the City’s Organisational and Development Plan (ODTP) – a process that we are busy implementing that will transform the work of this organisation in order to transform lives,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe. Continue reading

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