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Note to editors: Audio files of Werner Kok (Afrikaans and English) and Frankie Horne (Afrikaans and English) talking about their respective comebacks, are available for download.

Two decorated Springbok Sevens players, Werner Kok and Frankie Horne, are in a race against time to make Team SA’s Rugby Sevens squad that will travel to the Olympic Games in Rio in August and keen to prove their fitness at the Roma Sevens tournament in Italy this weekend.

Kok, the current World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year and Horne, the most capped Blitzbok of all time, form part of the SA Rugby Sevens Academy side that will be playing in the Acqua Acetosa Stadium in Rome on Friday and Saturday and want to use this opportunity to prove to Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, that they are combat ready for Rio.

“I am starting all over again this weekend,” said Kok, who injured his knee in the opening tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in December and has not played since. Continue reading

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Date: Thursday, 16 June 2016
Time: 11h00 – 13h00
Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre
Cost: Free

Cape Town, 8 June 2016 — Celebrate Youth Day, 16 June, with a free three-act show of musical exuberance and dance at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre, featuring youngsters from The Rainbow Academy, popular headline artists, and well-known busker Derek Plaatjies.

Act one of the show, which starts at 11am, explores the history of South Africa’s youth in a 45-minute musical journey from a negative past, and the fight for freedom, through to the present day showcasing our vibrant, positive and diverse youth of tomorrow.

Act two, beginning at 12pm, celebrates the current youth culture with Derek Plaatjies, dancers from The Rainbow Academy, and performances from the John Palmer Academy, Sans Souci Girls’ High School, the UCT Big Band, and Elsies River High School – winners of the High School Band Slam at the V&A Waterfront earlier this year. Continue reading

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE DEPUTY MAYOR, ALDERMAN IAN NEILSON

The City of Cape Town notes the publication by Stats SA of the results in the non-financial census of municipalities for the year ended 30 June 2015.

We believe that this report resolves a number of the methodological questions we had last week related to the Stats SA results of the Household Survey 2015. We maintained that there was a discrepancy in both the definitions and methodology applied.

The results for sanitation provision in the non-financial census for the City of Cape Town are as follows:

City of Cape Town 2014 2015
Flush toilet connected to public sewerage system 595 641 608 106
Flush toilet connected septic tank 3 561 3 651
Bucket 377 223
Ventilated improved pit latrine system 0 13
Other 32 484 33 960

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SA Rugby and the ANC Youth League on Wednesday confirmed that plans to disrupt Springbok Test matches had been cancelled, following positive engagements between the two bodies.

ANC Youth League Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza, said that although rugby still had much work to do, his organisation had been reassured of SA Rugby’s intentions and commitment following a presentation to the League by SA Rugby.

The ANCYL has rigorously engaged with SA Rugby on the memorandum to them on the pace of transformation in rugby in South Africa. This is a very serious and important issue for the Youth and we went in search of answers, said Mr Nzuza.

“After an intense and exhaustive dialogue on the current situation in rugby, we were reassured that SA Rugby takes this matter as seriously as the ANCYL and that steps have been put in place to ensure that transformation continues apace in the game.

“We have further noted that the current Springbok squad is the most transformed in history and Teboho Mohoje has been named as captain of the South Africa ‘A’ team this week.

“SA Rugby demonstrated where progress has been made and on that basis we are happy to throw our full weight behind the Springboks and put off our plans to disrupt matches. We have provided SA Rugby with recommendations on Youth engagement and will continue this conversation with SA Rugby.”

Khaya Mayedwa, Senior Manager Government and Stakeholder Relations at SA Rugby, said: “We had a healthy and at times robust conversation with the Youth League, but there was also a meeting of minds.

“We had the opportunity to explain just how far SA Rugby has come in recent years and discuss the details of our Strategic Transformation Plan, which is a road map for the sport at all levels to 2019. We believe that SA Rugby has a good story to tell and we welcomed the engagement with the ANCYL to bring them up to speed with our progress.”

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At 16h00 WCGH Emergency Medical Services was alerted to reports of an explosion at number 71, 7th Avenue in Kensington at a company called Colpack. One adult male in his early 30s was killed when the Liquid paraffin gas cylinder he was busy grinding exploded. Police as well as WCGH Forensic Pathology Services are also on scene.

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For those still looking for tickets, there are just over 4000 seated tickets still available for the opening match of the Castle Incoming Series between the Springboks and Ireland at DHL Newlands on Saturday, June 11 at 17h00.

Tickets are available from Computicket outlets (0861 915 8000) or online atwprugby.computicket.com as well as at the DHL Newlands Rugby Stadium box office, with WP Rugby season tickets valid for the game.

The majority of tickets still available for sale are in the Railway Stand, and range in price from R545 to R575. There are also tickets available in the Jan Pickard Stand (R545) and the Danie Craven Stand (R575), whilst the Danie Craven Standing area and Grand Stand Ramp seating is sold out.

Those attending the match are encouraged to enter DHL Newlands well before the kick-off time of17h00 to ensure that no action is missed, as a big crowd is expected and spectators need to leave enough time to clear security.

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“BET AWARDS” HOSTED BY ANTHONY ANDERSON AND TRACEE ELLIS ROSS TO AIR ON BET ON 28 JUNE AT 19:00CAT

Johannesburg/Lagos, 7 June 2016: Today, BET (DStv channel 129) unveiled the nominees for the 2016 BET Awards Viewers’ Choice “Best New International Act” category. This year’s competition is tougher than ever, featuring talented up-and-coming artists from around the world including: Emtee (South Africa), Falz (Nigeria),MHD (France), Tkay Maidza (Australia), WSTRN (UK) and Section Boyz (UK).

Fans can vote their favourite new artist by voting online at BET.com or by taking the competition to social media and tweeting or tagging @BET_intl on Twitter andInstagram using the hashtag #ipick. Voting for the Viewer’s Choice category is now open, and will close on 22 June at 00:59 CAT. Continue reading

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