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Residents and motorists are advised that a few roads will be closed in the vicinity of the Grand Parade tomorrow14 July 2018 to accommodate the Bikers for Mandela event.

There will be a temporary road closure in effect for Darling Street between Buitenkant Street and Corporation Street from 07:00.

The affected roads will be reopened at 10:00.

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The City of Cape Town is expecting some delays in the postal delivery of its municipal invoices and motor vehicle licence disc renewals which have been applied for online for the month of July 2018 due to the ongoing South African Post Office strike. Read more below:

The South African Post Office (SAPO) has informed the City of Cape Town about possible delays in the postal delivery of municipal accounts. Until recently, the City was not affected by the ongoing postal worker’s strike.

Unfortunately, the protracted SAPO strike will be affecting the delivery of some municipal invoices for the month of July 2018 and may also affect the delivery of motor vehicle licence discs which have been applied for online over the past two weeks.

The City would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of the ongoing strike. When received, the invoice will still reflect the due date but interest charges will not be levied for any late receipt of payment as a result of the delays caused by the strike.

In the interim, if customers have already registered on the City’s e-services portal, they will be able to access their information by logging in to their online account.

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Looking back at National Child Protection Week, the need for all sectors of South African society to perpetually mobilise, care for and protect children as the most vulnerable members of our society is a big undertaking. It is a call to action that should not be forgotten for the remaining 51 weeks of the year, and there are many organisations around the country whose sole purpose is safeguarding the young 24/7/365.

Afrika Tikkun is one such organisation and their focus on child and youth development in underprivileged communities means that their work in child protection is essential to their core objectives. Afrika Tikkun’s Memeza Bazokuzwa (‘Speak out, they will hear you’) campaign is a yearlong effort intended to strengthen the capacity of children to speak out against abuse and to empower families and communities to hear them and take action. In addition, Afrika Tikkun’s Child Protection Week activities included parades at four of their Centres of Excellence, which aimed to instil the message amongst their young people.

Then, on Friday 22 June a group of young adults from townships across Johannesburg and Mfuleni in the Cape gathered for their very own Child Protection Imbizo, further cementing the view that child protection efforts in South Africa are necessary and demonstrating that the youth themselves are waking up to the call.

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South African referee Jaco Peyper has been awarded two Tests in the forthcoming Castle Lager Rugby Championship, while three of his compatriots will also be involved as match officials.

Peyper will referee the opening Test of the competition between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney, as well as the encounter between Argentina and Australia in Salta. He also has two appointments as assistant referee.

Marius van der Westhuizen (AR in three matches), Rasta Rasivhenge (AR in one match) and Marius Jonker (TMO in three matches) will also be involved in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

Meanwhile, Angus Gardner from Australia will referee two of the Springboks’ six Tests during the competition – against Argentina in Mendoza and New Zealand in Pretoria.

The Springboks’ remaining four Tests will be refereed by Ben O’Keeffe from New Zealand (against Argentina in Durban), his fellow-Kiwi Glen Jackson (against Australia in Brisbane), the experienced Welshman Nigel Owens (against New Zealand in Wellington) and Jerome Garcez of France (against Australia in Port Elizabeth).

World Rugby Match Officials Selection Committee Chairman Anthony Buchanan said: “With the Rugby World Cup on the horizon, we are striving to ensure that, once again, we have a top-class group of experienced officials ready to perform at the highest level in Japan 2019.

“The Rugby Championship is an exciting tournament that brings with it a suitable environment for reviewing match official performances as they officiate high pressure and intense Test rugby matches.

“An experienced group of match officials and TMOs have been appointed for this year’s Championship with the focus on clear and consistent decision-making from officials as teams compete for the coveted Rugby Championship title.”

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The Emirates Lions tackle the Vodacom Bulls in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon with the knowledge that a victory in the Gauteng derby will secure them the SA Conference title and home ground advantage in next week’s playoffs. Kick-off at Emirates Airline Park is at 15h05.

Two hours later, the Cell C Sharks face the Jaguares in an equally important home tie at Jonsson Kings Park in Durban (17h15). The KwaZulu-Natalians still have an outside chance to reach the playoffs, but that prospect depends on the result of the early morning clash between the Highlanders and the Rebels in Dunedin (07h15 SA time).

The Rebels are currently on 35 points compared to the Durbanites’ 32 and a win in Dunedin will see them advance to the knockout stages irrespective of the result in Durban.

The DHL Stormers finished their commitments last week with a home win over the Cell C Sharks and are not in action this weekend.

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Emirates Lions coach Swys de Bruin announced three changes for the Gauteng derby against the Vodacom Bulls. Springbok wing Courtnall Skosan is set to start his first Vodacom Super Rugby match of the season after recovering from a long-term injury. He replaces fellow Springbok Aphiwe Dyantyi, who now plays off the bench. Nic Groom comes in at scrumhalf for Ross Cronje, while Jacques van Rooyen starts at loosehead prop in place of Dylan Smith.

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From 6AM on Monday 16 July 2018, viewers get their very first look at the refreshed eNCA channel as well as the new anchor line up that will be bringing them the news every weekday.

From 6AM to 9AM, Dan Moyane and Uveka Rangappa will be waking up South Africans across the country oneNCA Morning News Today. The morning show highlights all the critical overnight news stories and provides an overview of the day that lies ahead for South Africans and will also take a look at the lighter side of life in the country with human interest and lifestyle features.

Between 9AM and 5PMeNCA Now will be anchored by Xoli Mngambi, Jeremy Maggs, Michelle Craig and Thulasizwe Simelane throughout the day. eNCA Now will being viewers non-stop rolling news action live and as it happens with business insights provided by Devan Murugan.
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Hendrik Nicolaas Siebert of DHL Western Province on his way to score a try . Pic:  Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images

Hendrik Nicolaas Siebert of DHL Western Province on his way to score a try . Pic: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images

The U18 Coca-Cola Youth Week tournaments continued to deliver top-class action on Wednesday, with six teams still unbeaten at Paarl Boys’ High’s Brug Street Grounds – the DHL Western Province and Build-it Border in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, and the Valke, DHL Western Province, Namibia and Old Mutual Zimbabwe in the Coca-Cola Academy Week.

The matches may have been hard-fought, but the players all embraced the spirit of good sportsmanship by participating in the handshake challenge by shaking hands before and after each match.

DHL Western Province and the Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions were involved in an epic main game of the day in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, but the home team’s solid forward play and determined defensive effort saw them register a 13-5 victory. The team from the Western-Cape kicked two penalty goals to a try by their counterparts from Gauteng, which saw them take a 6-5 lead at the break. The second half was equally tight, with both sides trying hard to break through the defence, but DHL Western Province crashed through for their only try of the match, by Adrian Alberts, to seal the victory.

Build-it Border delivered a committed performance from start to end as they stamped their authority on attack and stood their ground on defence, which saw them power their way to a 52-12 victory against the Thepa Trading Griffons. Their dominant showing saw them cruise to a 33-5 halftime lead, which they maintained in the second half. Jacques Goosen was in sublime form for the East London side as he contributed four of his team’s eight tries.

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Johannesburg (11 July 2018) – Netflix and Just For Laughs have announced an unprecedented new stand-up comedy event series set to premiere in 2019 that will feature 47 comedians from around the globe. Flying the South African flag proud and high is Tumi Morake and Riaad Moosa, who join two other stellar SA comics as part of the series. But the news doesn’t stop here…

It seems that Tumi Morake is in the business of making history! Not only is she partaking in this ground-breaking event series, but Morake is set to become the first African female stand-up comedian to have her own set on Netflix.

Feeling humbled by this opportunity, Tumi comments: “Incredible things are happening and I am beyond grateful. I’m putting my best foot forward and I am hoping to do my country proud.”

“South Africans are witnessing a new era of comedy as local comedians are making a great impression on international audiences and we are so proud that two of our own from the Blu Blood stable are taking part in this incredible experience,” says Osman Osman, Blu Blood MD.

The yet-to-be-named series will feature a range of stand-up specials from comedians diverse in style, gender and ethnicity and will be taped in seven languages.

“I’m looking forward to returning back to Montreal to take part in the Just For Laughs festival. Netflix are taking comedy to a whole new level and even though I’ve been a part of several specials back home, I’m excited and honoured to be taking part in a series of this calibre,” adds Riaad Moosa, the ‘Good Doctor’ of SA comedy.

Tumi and Riaad will be part of 32 comedians that will record a half-hour special at this year’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal from July 24 to July 29, with the additional comedians set to record specials in Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Mumbai, Berlin and Amsterdam.

“Few things are better than discovering a new comedian you love.  With the event, we’re creating a true comedy festival experience for our members where they can scour the globe from home to find some of the freshest voices in comedy,” says Lisa Nishimura, VP, Original Documentary and Comedy, Netflix.

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