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Johannesburg, 17 July 2016 — The winners of this year’s YOU Spectacular awards were revealed at a glittering ceremony last night (Saturday 16 July) at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

Quirky comedian Anne Hirsch once again brought her unique style to the proceedings as host of the show, treating the audience to some interpretive dance as well as her eccentric brand of humour.

The gorgeous Bonang Matheba was the star of the night, walking away with four awards in total, including those for Most Stylish Female Celeb and Social Media Star.

But the most exciting moment of the evening by far was when she took to the stage with rapper boyfriend AKA to accept their award for Favourite Couple. The pair caused a sensation earlier in the evening when they arrived together on the red carpet, making the YOU Spectacular their first official appearance together. Continue reading

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SPEECH BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENTS, COUNCILLOR BENEDICTA VAN MINNEN

Note to editors: the following is an extract from a speech delivered by Councillor Van Minnen at Affordable Housing Africa today, 18 July 2016.

Over the past 10 years, the City has been developing a vision for responsible, inclusive development in all urban centres around the metro. However, it has become clear that one method of delivery of affordable housing will not meet the demand in Cape Town and that innovative, City-enabled but partner-driven solutions are the way forward. Continue reading

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This from mashable.com:

One restaurant on the Hibiscus Coast near Auckland, New Zealand, is going to have to find a new bartender.

This is because their previous barista and bartender, a fellow named Tom Currie, has quit his job in order to catch Pokémon full time.

Talking to BBC Newsbeat, Currie said his manager was supportive, while his parents are “a little bit baffled.”

“My dad sent through a text message saying he always knew I would be famous,” said Currie.

So far, Currie has been enjoying his decision, especially the traveling part. So far, he’s caught 91 out of 151 possible Pokémon in the game, met a bunch of friends and visited a lot of interesting places.

“I get to walk around and explore towns I’ve never been to,” he said.

Full story here:

http://mashable.com/2016/07/18/man-quits-job-pokemon-go/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link#dMRhQ7LH0SqP

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The heat is officially on for Matrics now returning to school after the winter holidays, with just 3 months before they start writing their final exams on October 19. Many of them will be entering this period weighed down with a sense of dread, especially if the first half of the year proved less than satisfactory on the academic front.

But if these learners put shoulder to the wheel right now, and apply military precision in scheduling their remaining time, they can expect a major improvement in results, an education expert says.

“Learners should know that in addition to the tough few academic months lying ahead, they will also be enticed away from their books by many distractions, such as matric farewells and end-of-year parties,” says Nola Payne, Head of Faculty: Information and Communication Technology at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education institution. Continue reading

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Action from the final between Ajax Cape Town (red) and Old Mutual (green) during day 3 of the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge at Parow Park, Cape Town on the 17 July 2016 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Action from the final between Ajax Cape Town (red) and Old Mutual (green) during day 3 of the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge at Parow Park, Cape Town on the 17 July 2016 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Old Mutual Academy beat the reigning Engen Champ of Champs title holders, Ajax Cape Town 1-0 in a tense final in front of a packed Parow Park on Sunday 17 July 2016.

The final was a tactical battle between Ajax and Old Mutual with each team looking to exploit any opportunity afforded them to gain an advantage over their opponent. The end-to-end action kept the fans on the edge of their seats until Azhar Abrahams of Old Mutual poked the ball over the goal-line in a packed Ajax penalty area.

Muted celebrations followed as the referee sought the advice of his assistants before signalling to the centre-spot to award the goal. The Mutual fans erupted off their seats, as the players rushed to celebrate in front of family and friends.

Sixteen of the best u/17 youth teams in the Cape Town contested the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge providing a number of surprises throughout the three days of competition.

Old Mutual beat host club Vasco da Gama 3-1 in the first semi-final and in the other semi-final between Ajax and Glendene United the game went to a penalty shootout after finishing in a one-all draw. Continue reading

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DHL Western Province on Saturday took top honours in the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and the Coca-Cola Academy Week at Kearsney College in Durban in a satisfying day for the provincial union, which wrapped up the SA Rugby Youth Weeks.

Western Province defeated the Bidvest Golden Lions 27-20 in an entertaining final match of the Coca-Cola Craven Week, while their Coca-Cola Academy Week counterparts fought until the end against the Blue Bulls for a 23-12 victory.

The victory for the Coca-Cola Craven Week team ensured that they retained their status as the top team after a 95-0 victory in the final match last season against Eastern Province, while the Western Province Academy Week team built on the success of the side in the final match since the 2014 season.

In a thrilling closing day to the Youth Weeks, a total of 22 matches featuring all 44 teams were played at Kearsney College and Glenwood High School respectively.

Over the five days in the Coca-Cola Craven Week 269 tries and 1888 points were scored, while 268 tries and 1902 points were scored in the Coca-Cola Academy Week.

The main game of the Coca-Cola Craven Week between Western Province and the Lions was scintillating as both teams gave everything to get onto the front foot. The difference between the sides, however, was that Western Province made better use of their point-scoring chances, and they backed this up with a determined defensive effort. The opening exchanges of the clash were tight as the teams exchanged penalty goals. Western Province scored the first try of the match in the 15th minute compliments of Manuel Rass as they spread the ball wide, but this was cancelled out by Lions flyhalf Tyrone Green, who won a turnover and later touched down under the posts. The Cape side, however, had the final say with a try by Muller Uys to take a 20-10 halftime lead. Continue reading

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This from theguardian.com:

This is how the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the nation amid a military coup this evening:

The Foreign office has advised British citizens in Turkey to avoid public places and remain vigilant until the situation there becomes clearer. A statement read: “we are concerned by events unfolding in Ankara and Istanbul.”

Full story and updates here:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/jul/15/turkey-coup-attempt-military-gunfire-ankara

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The Grand Arena, GrandWest proudly hosts six of the Cape’s finest choirs for the third annual A-Choired Taste on 13 August 2016. The choirs performing at this year’s highly anticipated A-Choired Taste showcase are the University of the Western Cape’s Creative Arts Choir, the Libertas Choir, the Cape Town Youth Choir, the Bloemhof Accelerando Choir, the Tygerberg Children’s Choir and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Choir, from Port Elizabeth.

These internationally renowned choirs will perform individually and collectively under one roof, making A-Choired Taste a superlative treat for choral classics enthusiasts. Attracting thousands of people in the past two years, A-Choired Taste has become recognised as one of the choice events on Cape Town’s cultural calendar.

“For many years, the Cape has been home to some of South Africa’s best choirs that have performed and competed internationally and have been placed under the best in the world time and again. We are pleased to play host to the event for the third time this year,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.

The show starts at 18h00 but the doors to the Grand Arena will open early at 17h00. Tickets are available at Computicket, ranging in price from R195 per person. The dress code is jacket and tie.

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Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, will resurface the Ottery Road off-ramp onto the M5 southbound carriageway on Sunday 17 July 2016, weather permitting.

In order to accommodate the roadworks, the off-ramp onto the M5 southbound will be closed to traffic between 07:00 and 18:00. Road users are advised to please make use of alternative routes to get access to the M5 southbound.

TCT apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Road users are advised to contact the Transport Information Centre for more information on 0800 65 64 63 or to follow @Transport4CT on Twitter.

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