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The City’s #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial Challenge, in partnership with the Seed Academy, is designed to kick-start the businesses of 100 young entrepreneurs who have viable business ideas.  

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate is turning its attention to would-be entrepreneurs in its latest youth development initiative.

The #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial Challenge 2016 is an accelerator programme for start-up entrepreneurs who have viable business ideas that will also create jobs. The City is partnering with the Seed Academy to offer business skills development, mentoring, and cash incentives to the top performers in the challenge. This forms part of a broader strategy to address issues of unemployment, inequality and poverty.

The Seed Academy, which is running the challenge on behalf of the City, is a training, incubation and funding ecosystem for entrepreneurs that focuses on dramatically growing and scaling high growth-potential businesses. In addition, Altech Radio Holdings has come on board as a sponsor and partner in the challenge. Continue reading

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The City of Cape Town condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack on the MyCiTi Dunoon station late yesterday afternoon, 20 March 2016.

A group of protesters linked to an illegal land grab in Dunoon, attacked and vandalised the MyCiTi Dunoon station in Potsdam Road yesterday at about 16:30. Commuters and a security guard fled the scene when the protesters threw rocks and objects at the station building, causing damage to the glass panels and exterior of the building. Continue reading

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The Cell C Sharks have earned the bragging rights as the only unbeaten team in the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby competition, as they played to a 16-16 draw against the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus Versfeld, while the DHL Stormers ended the Brumbies winning streak with a 31-11 win in Cape Town.

The Emirates Lions, meanwhile, returned to their winning ways as they beat the Toyota Cheetahs 39-22 in Johannesburg, while the Southern Kings went down 57-24 against the Crusaders in Christchurch in their first tour game.

At Loftus Versfeld, a missed penalty goal on the stroke of full-time denied the Cell C Sharks their seventh successive Vodacom Super Rugby victory and forced them to settle for a draw against the Vodacom Bulls. The victory for the hosts, however, marked their fourth back-to-back victory against the Cell C Sharks, and it maintained their dominance against the Durban side at Loftus Versfeld dating back to the 2012 season. To the Vodacom Bulls delight, the result also marked back-to-back wins for the first time since the 10th round of the competition last season.

The Crusaders, meanwhile, took advantage of the Southern Kings’ struggle to make effective one-on-one tackles and proved supreme at converting their chances into points in Christchurch, which earned them a 57-24 victory. Continue reading

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Elizabeth Molapo and Tayla Skye Robinson are the two runners-up

CARNIVAL CITY, SATURDAY MARCH 19: A radiant Ntandoyenkosi Kunene has been crowned Miss South Africa 2016 at a glittering ceremony held at Carnival City, presented by Sun International in collaboration with Cell C.

Runners-up are Elizabeth Molapo from the Freestate (1st Princess) and Tayla Skye Robinson from Gauteng (2nd Princess).

An excited and overwhelmed Kunene – a 23-year-old education honours student from Mpumalanga – said she was determined to make a difference during her reign.

In her Miss South Africa acceptance speech she said: “As a little girl growing up in the township – modelling around the house and practicing my speech in front of the mirror – I had always hoped, prayed and believed that one day my name would be called as the new Miss South Africa. Words cannot begin to describe the joy in my heart. I am delighted because I have the opportunity to give back to my nation; to inspire little girls like myself to have big dreams; to be a beacon of hope to the hopeless and to encourage young women to work tirelessly towards their goals, dreams and ambitions.” Continue reading

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The 2016 schoolboy rugby season is once again upon us.

The Easter-Weekend festivals is usually seen as the official kick off where everything starts to get serious!

Following the Easter Weekend, the Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools begins.

This year’s competition will once again feature some of the top schoolboy rugby teams in the country in 12 matches stretching from the 9th April to the 27th August.

No fewer than 7 out of last year’s top 11 out of the top 20 schools will be featured at a time in Premier Interschools matches.

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SA Rugby on Friday announced a “very satisfactory” operating result for the year ended 31 December 2015, with a group pre-tax surplus of R33.3 million, significantly higher than the R2.9 million achieved in the previous financial year.

The result was due to a combination of improved revenues and a measure of cost savings, said Jurie Roux, Chief Executive Officer.

“In a very difficult economic environment, we consider this a very satisfactory operating result, which was well above budget,” said Roux. “Group revenue rose to close to R1bn (R967m), 18% up from the 2014 level (R820m), due mainly to our share of the new revenue stream from SA Rugby Travel.

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With the extended Easter holiday break kicking off today, the City’s Safety and Security Directorate is replicating many of its festive season interventions to keep locals and visitors safe. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies are squaring up for a busy period, with schools closing today and back-to-back long weekends, including Easter.

The agencies will implement some of the aspects of the festive season enforcement plan, which includes a sharpened focus on drunk driving and other traffic transgressions, patrols along major routes like the N2, safeguarding beaches and other public areas, and doing duty at the many events that take place over this period. Continue reading

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This from bdlive.co.za:

THE key question in our national debate seems to be shifting from whether President Jacob Zuma should go, to who should succeed him when he does.

In my previous column, I suggested the issue appeared to have boiled down to a choice between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma’s former wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

But now the name of Kgalema Motlanthe has resurfaced, apparently favoured by the Gauteng branch of the African National Congress (ANC).

It is an intriguing development, for three years ago, Motlanthe ran against Zuma for the ANC presidency. Had the ANC voted for him then, he would have been president of the country now and we wouldn’t be in the mess we find ourselves.

By the time that choice was made, Zuma had already revealed his incompetence and his corruption, while Motlanthe had shown himself capable of healing the country as stand-in president after the clumsy recalling of former president Thabo Mbeki.

Full story here:

http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2016/03/16/at-home-and-abroad-what-should-happen-when-jacob-zuma-takes-a-walk

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Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical and Rescue Services have safely and successfully retrieved the female hang glider from where she was suspended by her hang gliding gear close to Platteklip Gorge on Table Mounted. The rescue took four hours and several rescue crews who abseiled from higher up the mountain to reach the patient. Apart from being severely dehydrated she has no serious injuries. Emergency Medical Services urges all adventure seekers to remain very well hydrated by drinking enough water irrespective of the activity you participate in be it hiking, climbing or simply hanging from a cliff for several hours.

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