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South Africa’s six Vodacom Super Rugby franchises face an important weekend as they look to build momentum in the series with two local derbies and repeat of last year’s playoff match between the DHL Stormers and Brumbies playing out at home, while the Southern Kings begin their overseas tour.

The Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks will kick off the weekend’s action on Friday evening with an exciting derby in Pretoria, and on Saturday the Southern Kings face the Crusaders in Christchurch, the Emirates Lions meet their former Vodacom Super Rugby franchise partners, the Toyota Cheetahs, in Johannesburg, and the DHL Stormers go up against the Brumbies in Cape Town.

While the Cell C Sharks will be determined to stretch their unbeaten run in the competition to seven matches dating back to last season, the Vodacom Bulls will have their sights set on back-to-back home wins to build momentum after defeating the Rebels two weeks ago. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government (WCG), and property management company Garden Cities today, 17 March 2016, handed over the first four completed units of what is regarded as a catalytic human settlements project for the Fisantekraal area, near Durbanville. Read more below:

The first phase of this approximately R294 million project, which is built on a public and private sector partnership, comprises 868 subsidised housing units. It is earmarked for completion by the end of 2017.

To date, 38 units have been completed. Continue reading

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

The following speech was delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the opening of the R78 million Kuyasa Regional Library in Khayelitsha with donors, the Carnegie Corporation, today 17 March 2016. Read more below:

Good afternoon, goeie dag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

It gives me great pleasure to address you all on this wonderful occasion for the City of Cape Town, our generous donors, and most importantly for the community. Continue reading

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An adult female hang glider is suspended from a cliff 150 meters to the left of Platteklip Gorge since 11:30 this morning. Exactly how she got into her predicament is yet unknown, but she appears to be in good health without any serious injuries. Several rescue unit from Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical services are currently absailing down from a higher position to reach the patient who appears to have become entagled in her own base jumping gear.

 

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The Omuramba MyCiTi station in Racecourse Road in Table View turned into a maternity ward for a few minutes on Monday 14 March 2016, when MyCiTi personnel assisted a pregnant commuter to deliver a healthy baby boy. Read more below:

The hero on the day was Xolani Stofile, a MyCiTi station manager (pictured above) with first-aid experience, who was visiting personnel at the Omuramba station. Continue reading

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British Airways’ Top Chocolate Destinations in the UK and Europe

Easter is the time to indulge your inner Willie Wonka, which is something that simply can’t be done by half measures. So if you’re planning some sweet indulgence you can’t go far wrong by visiting some of the great chocolate capitals of the world.

British Airways’ route network serves more than 200 cities in 75 countries, so it has some idea of where the Oompa-Loompas make the best chocolate. Here are its top five suggestions for the sweet-toothed traveller.

  1. Birmingham, United Kingdom

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When one thinks of 1996, what pops into your head? Bafana Bafana winning the Africa Cup of Nations, SA’s Constitution being signed into law or the birth of South Africa’s top gospel phenomenon,MTN Joyous Celebration? For gospel music lovers, MTN Joyous Celebration looms significantly large as any other 1996 highlights.

No one at that time could have anticipated that the very first note sung on that initial show would mark the beginning of twenty years of wonder, spiritual upliftment and revival.  It was a shift in the history of gospel music, not only in South Africa but on the African continent as well.

It marked the beginning of memories that would carry individual fans and families across the threshold of life, love and healing. Over the past two decades, MTN Joyous Celebration became a place where talent was honed and refined, from singers to backstage crew. Different venues and regions in the country and beyond fell in love with the brand and praise and worship became part and parcel of South Africa’s musical landscape; from theaters to halls and now stadiums. Continue reading

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Two backline changes for DHL Stormers

There are two backline changes in the DHL Stormers team to face the Brumbies at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Nic Groom will make his first start of the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby season at scrumhalf, with Jano Vermaak sitting out due to a neck injury, and he is joined in the starting line-up by wing Kobus van Wyk who is returning from an ankle injury.

Experienced scrumhalf Louis Schreuder and young speedster Leolin Zas are the two changes to the replacements bench as Head Coach Robbie Fleck opts for continuity in his forward pack.

Fleck would like to see his team build on the positive signs that they have shown early in the season when they face what is a tough Brumbies side.

“I have been encouraged by the positive intent our players have shown so far, and this is another great opportunity to test ourselves against a strong team.

“We are developing as a team, and hope to take another step forward in what will be another great battle at DHL Newlands,” he said.

Tickets for the game against the Brumbies at DHL Newlands, which kicks off at 19h15 on Saturday, March 19 are available from Computicket, the iamastormer.com website and the stadium box office.

After consultation with City of Cape Town Health Officials and in line with legislation, no smoking of any kind will be allowed in the stadium which has been declared a non-smoking facility.

Previously the stadium featured four designated smoking areas in the corners of the ground, with smoking in the stands prohibited, but this is no longer allowed and all forms of smoking (including e-cigarettes) in any part of the stadium now in contravention of the stadium rules.

DHL Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Leolin Zas.

Referee: Jaco Peyper

 

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