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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department is currently conducting emergency repairs on the 300mm water supply main feeding the Montague Gardens area. Read more below:

The Water and Sanitation Department is currently conducting emergency repairs on the 300mm water supply main feeding the Montague Gardens area. This will involve the repair of a major leak as well as the maintenance of critical valves on the water main.

The repair work will result in the disruption of the water supply until the work is completed.

All taps should be kept closed during this period to prevent any water loss and/or damage when the water supply is restored.

The City apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused while conducting these emergency repairs.

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Finding love online is not a strange phenomenon these days and soulmates are literally found at the click of a button.

This is also the topic of Pieter Marcato’s brand new single, SWIPE REGS, which has just been released. “One of my best friends recently married his soulmate. They met on a dating app and it made me realize that people can find each other in different ways,” the musician explains about the inspiration behind his second solo release.

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Busiswa Lutshaba (33) is a dynamic emerging entrepreneur, born and bred in the vibrant community of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, the third biggest township in South Africa.

In 2015, with a passion for people and budding business savvy, Busiswa founded Blu Space Communications SA, a Public Relations boutique that works with emerging local entrepreneurs, providing them with essential communication services and to help them bridge the gap with corporates and the government.

Responding to an open call by Soapbox, a digital agency that helps small businesses with financial inclusion, the dynamic emerging entrepreneur, made it to the top 5 and later became the first social entrepreneur of the Unboxed Incubator Programme.

To unpack Busiswa’s growth potential, Unboxed, set up a campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy to raise funds to assist her with a three-year strategic development plan for her business. The fund will also help cover Busiswa’s financial business needs such as equipment to create professional content for her clients.

The crowdfunding campaign went live on 1 February 2020 and has thus far raised a total of R9165.83 towards her fundraising target of R40 000.00 with contributions from 29 donors. Busiswa is hoping to have reached her target by the 14 March, when funds are due.

“We believe by helping Busiswa we create an active and self-sustaining economy in Khayelitsha. The long term effects are aiding to financial inclusion and the betterment of socio-economic standards.” – says Ruben Hazelzet from Soapbox.

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While the Isuzu Southern Kings will be playing for pride in their eight remaining Guinness PRO14 pool matches, the heat will be on for the Toyota Cheetahs, whose playoff fate will be decided by a series of home matches as the round-robin stages reaches the business end of the competition.

A series of wasted opportunities and costly errors again left the teams on the wrong side of the scoreboard this past weekend, with the Toyota Cheetahs going down 13-10 against the Dragons in Newport (click here for the match report), while the Isuzu Southern Kings suffered a 29-19 defeat against Connacht in Port Elizabeth (the match report is available here).

The defeat for the Free Staters saw them remain in fourth place in the Conference A log – two points behind the Glasgow Warriors, who are expected to be their main contenders for a playoff spot.

Fortunately for the Toyota Cheetahs, seven of their remaining eight matches will be played in South Africa, with six of them being at home in Bloemfontein.

Toyota Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie was disappointed that his team allowed a 10-0 lead to slip against the Dragons, and said they needed to be further ahead to challenge for the victory.

“We didn’t get enough points on the board in the first half when the wind behind us was unbelievably strong,” said Fourie.

“Being 10 points ahead wasn’t good enough, and we needed to take our chances. Unfortunately some passes were dropped and penalties given away, and it cost us.

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What to do when your coach calls you off the bench with one second (and basically one play) left on the clock and your side trail the World Series champions by seven points in the final of the HSBC LA Sevens?

If your name is Branco du Preez, you first execute the perfect restart to hand your side the possession, then you score a try and convert it from a tight angle two minutes into injury time.

And then, in extra time, you again run strongly, make a crucial tackle and celebrate when the team pull off one of the most unlikely victories seen in the 21 years of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

If Hollywood, and Los Angeles in particular and the USA in general, are the places where dreams come true, Du Preez, South Africa’s most capped player in the World Series, can tell you all about it.

He lifted the USA crown four times when the tournament was played in Las Vegas and this weekend in Los Angeles, it was yet another gold medal around his neck, something that Du Preez described as a phenomenal feeling.

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The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department, in partnership with the Western Cape Health Department, today  rolled out its first  universal access mat at Muizenberg beach. The Mobi-Mat, a roll-out walkway, is environmentally friendly, lightweight and creates easy access for wheelchairs and persons with walking aids within minutes.

In celebration of International Wheelchair Day on 1 March 2020, the City’s Recreation and Parks Department in partnership with the Western Cape on Wellness (WoW!) Partnership Programme of the Western Cape Government, launched a universal access beach mat at Muizenberg Beach. The mat was donated by Western Cape Government Health via its WoW! Programme to support people with disabilities to get onto the sand and closer to the water.

Manufactured in France, the Mobi-Mat is environmentally friendly as it is made from 100% recycled polyester. Its lightweight roll-out technology, creates a pathway for outdoor access for wheelchairs, baby prams and walking chairs. The bright blue colour makes it easy to identify from a distance and the non-slip surface provides an easy transition from the pathway over the sand to the ocean. The length of the mat is approximately 50m and cost R390 000 to procure.

‘This is the launch of the first-ever Beach Access Mat in the province, accordingly, it is expected that the installation of the Mobi-Mat would facilitate the empowerment and social inclusiveness of persons with mobility impairments through their participation in coastal recreation and leisure activities. In addition, the mat should positively influence the attitudes that prevent differently-abled individuals from participating in the community, said the Western Cape Provincial Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo.

‘As a Department, we recognised the need to give dignity and equal access to all members of society to our award-winning coastline. We are excited that these advancements in technology exist and would like to thank the WoW! Programme of the Western Cape Provincial Government who have so generously made this equipment available to us to improve the lives of those who depend on wheelchairs for mobility. Not only will make the beach more enjoyable for those with a disability/differently-abled, but it will also add value to mothers with baby strollers and the elderly,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.

This project is being piloted at Muizenberg Beach which is the City’s flagship differently-abled-friendly beach. Muizenberg has demarcated parking for the disabled, ramps, hand railings, ablution facilities and an amphibious wheelchair, which helps those with a disability to submerge directly into the water.

“WoW! promotes inclusive healthy lifestyles for all. This specialised mat enables people using wheelchairs, and other aids for mobility, independent ease of access to the beach. The launch of the mat marks another step forwards towards co-creating inclusive healthy-lifestyle enabling environments. We are grateful to our partner, OCAL Global, for the support in procuring the Mobi-Mat” said Dr Frederick Marais, Deputy Director: Increasing Wellness, Western Cape Government.

The beach mat will now undergo a series of tests as part of the pilot project, and will only be available for public use once all legal documentation has been finalised. It is anticipated that this process will be concluded by the end of March 2020.

In addition to facility improvements, an important priority for the universal access project is to provide environmental education and awareness programmes for the differently-abled. Two programmes have already been developed: a rocky shore biodiversity programme for  those with a visualland physically disability and a waste programme adapted for the visually impaired.

The Department has also been conducting extensive research on universal access best practices around the world. An internal audit of all coastal facilities has since been conducted, in order to put a plan in place to ensure that as many beaches as possible become differently-abled-friendly.

“Developments and improvements in universal access to the City’s recreational nodes such as beaches and parks is a longstanding priority for the Recreation and Parks Department. Ultimately, the goal is to have these mats on every beach, although that will take some time to fund and implement”, said Cllr Badroodien.

For enquiries about universal access along the coast and any further queries, please contact the City’s Coastal Coordination Unit at beach.enquiries@capetown.gov.za.

For enquiries about the WoW! Healthy Lifestyles Partnership Programme, please contact team WoW! on wow@westerncape.gov.za

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Dams supplying the Cape metro have declined by 1,5% in the past week (17 February – 23 February 2020) bringing the level down to 65,9%. Read more below:

Water consumption for the same period has increased to 755 million litres/day. Consumption the previous week was at 743 million litres/day.

The recent acceleration in the rate at which dam levels are dropping is also due to hot and windy conditions which speed up the rate of evaporation.

As the city is still considered to be in a drought recovery phase, level one water restrictions are being maintained in order to protect current reserves.

‘The City last week held a press conference unveiling its Water Strategy in greater detail and shared an overview of where we are on our water journey towards Resilience, as well as a progress update on the Water Augmentation Schemes, and the outlook until 2022.

‘Rainfall data reflects that we are now in the fourth year of the drought, and in light of the significant uncertainties, the City must proceed with caution,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.

The Water Strategy is an ambitious roadmap designed to steer Cape Town away from being in a precarious water security position again. Residents are encouraged to read the full strategy, which can be accessed online here: http://bit.do/WaterStrategy

Please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater for information relating to current water restrictions, guidelines around alternative water sources such as boreholes and rainwater tanks, tariff information, and other useful tools for enabling a water-wise city.

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If you were a fan of Apprentesses SA’s reality show, STER-STATUS, on VIA (DStv channel 147) last year and want to be a part of this year’s action, now is your chance… but you have to hurry, because entries close on 28 February 2020!

This program is the first of its kind in South Africa and focuses on preparing young women for life in the limelight by introducing them to the entertainment industry

Last year’s twelve finalists had to work their way through workshops, training sessions and various challenges, before Jaenette Jacobs of Pretoria was finally crowned as the winner… and she has not looked back since!

“Being on STER-STATUS taught me a lot about myself and to look at other people differently. It made me realize that you should never give up on your dreams and that you will reap the benefits of what you sow,” shares the beautiful brunette, who has already been cast in three music videos, including Snotkop and Ricus Nel’s popular hit Boerepompie, starred in her first television commercial for Paintmaster, spent time on the set of Getroud Met Rugby and has been selected as a brand ambassador for Wildebees clothing since winning the show.

Some of the other contestants who have also had great success include Theresho Makwiya who is now the face of Landine Professional; Jean-Marie Viljoen and Michélle Mostert who have also recently starred in music videos; and Natalene Makhubo, who landed a lash course at Flirt Lash & Beauty.

Jaenette will also be hosting the next season and is thrilled about this unique opportunity. “I feel privileged to be part of the next season and am looking forward to this exciting chapter in my career. It not only provides me with the chance to broaden my knowledge of the industry, but also to prepare for similar work opportunities in the future,” she says.

According to Tarien Cronjé, founder and executive director of Apprentesses SA, this year’s program promises to be even bigger and better than it was in 2019. “Due to the success of last year’s production, we are proud to announce that the show has now grown from six episodes to thirteen episodes! As a result, we added a raceway challenge and will also be shooting a short film, to challenge the participants and the industry and make things even more exciting,” Tarien explains.

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Branco du Preez will play in his 74th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament, Cecil Afrika his 63rd and Werner Kok his 50th, so it is fair to say that the Blitzboks will rock up at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Los Angeles with some serious experience for the HSBC LA Sevens on Saturday and Sunday.

On the other end of the Springbok Sevens scale you will find the likes of Sako Makata (seven tournaments) and Mfundo Ndhlovu (four tournaments), but both return to the USA leg of the circuit clear on what they need to do to add value to the Blitzboks’ effort on the weekend.

Makata is back in the tournament squad for the first time since June last year and Ndhlovu, the official reserve, also last played in Paris in 2019.

Makata made his World Series debut in Las Vegas a year ago and his second visit to the USA brings calm and determination to comply with his role and responsibility in the squad.

According to the former Sterling High School winger, now playing as a prop in the sevens code, getting back into the match day squad is a relief as well as a blessing.

He missed the start of the season due to an ankle injury and only made his return to the World Series last month, when he travelled to New Zealand and Australia as the official reserve. Makata was called into the squad in Sydney when Impi Visser was ruled out and played in the final against Fiji, which South Africa lost 12-10.

“I am excited to be back and that comes from some hard work behind the scenes, doing rehab and getting back to match fitness. I am pretty keen to contribute on the field now and give it my best shot,” the 22-year-old confessed.

The time off the field – excluding when he did rehabilitation and conditioning – was also spent watching the team play and learning from that, although only mentally.

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