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Former referee Mzwamadoda “Banks” Yantolo has been appointed as SA Rugby’s new Referees Manager as a slight restructure will see the Referees Department henceforth operate within the Rugby Department based at SA Rugby’s offices in Cape Town.

Yantolo became a referee in 2003, but he switched his focus to being a Referee Selector after a knee injury ended his refereeing career. One of the highlights of his career was being appointed as a World Rugby Sevens Selector and Referee Reviewer at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow in 2013.

To ensure a swift transition to the new structure, the Referees Department has been relocated from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Yantolo, who started in his new position last month, reports to Rassie Erasmus, General Manager of the Rugby Department.

“We strive to be the best in every aspect of the game and our referees department certainly forms one of the key elements of the game,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux. Continue reading

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Cape Town – The Australian Circus Spectacular is an electrifying, professional circus theatre production kicking off its international tour in Cape Town on 12 February at GrandWest Grand Arena.

Unlike traditional circus acts this one contains no animals whatsoever which is amazing because wild animals belong in the wild and not in cages for our entertainment.

The show does however include incredibly dangerous and several death defying stunts with professional FMX motorcycle riders who jump over other riders in very confined spaces and all sorts of things I wouldn’t advise anyone to try at home.

The troupe actually consists of people from all over the globe and I was lucky enough to run into Giselle Souza Santos from Brazil. Her arms are bigger than most men in Cape Town and she can most definitely moer you if she wanted to, but she was a real sweetheart and posed for a few pictures.

Giselle like many of the other members of the Aussie Circus will be performing superhuman feats of skill, strength, comedy and artistry and it promises to be spectacular not to be missed.

Ticket prices range from R150 to R450 with special discounts for block bookings. Tickets are available through Computicket and Shoprite Checkers outlets.

Tour Dates: Continue reading

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The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town has received 21 prestigious Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards nominations for four of its hit productions produced in 2015 namely Cabaret, Orpheus in Africa, Bad Jews and West Side Story. The awards ceremony will take place this year at the Baxter Theatre on Sunday 20 March 2016.

Says Executive Director Daniel Galloway, “We had so much fun last year amongst the long hours and these nominations are a delightful bonus. It was a year of firsts for us: our first outing to the Artscape Opera House with our production of West Side Story and our first brand new, South African musical in Orpheus in Africa. I am thrilled for all our nominees!”

Orpheus in Africa, an original South African musical based on the true story of the African American impressario Orpheus McAdoo and his Virginia Jubilee Singers, was presented twice last year to great acclaim and has been honoured with no less than ten nominations! It’s creator David Kramer has received three nominations, for Best Director, Best New South African Script and Best Original Music Composition. Other nominations for Orpheus in Africa include Aubrey Poo and Lynelle Kenned for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical and Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical respectively; for Dean Balie and Sne Dladla as Best Supporting Actor in a Musical; Jill Levenberg for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical; Saul Radomsky for Best Set Design, and Birrie le Roux for Best Costume Design. Continue reading

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

Last night President Jacob Zuma indicated that Parliament may move from Cape Town to Pretoria to reduce the administrative costs of government.

The issue is not one of whether Parliament moves to Pretoria to cut government wastage. The key issue is that government is too big.

National Government needs to cut the cabinet, streamline and rationalise Parliament in order to save costs to the taxpayer, and work more efficiently.

However, regardless of whether Parliament moves to Pretoria or not, we will always be happy to welcome the people of Gauteng and the rest of the country to Cape Town.

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unnamed (4)Following its sold out success last year, Alistair Izobell’s Remembering the Lux returns by popular demand to the Baxter Theatre for a limited season from1 to 17 September and booking is now open at Comptuicket. Patrons are encouraged to book early for this run to avoid disappointment.

The production pays tribute to the iconic Luxurama Theatre, one of Cape Town’s grand old dames of cinema and entertainment. Written and directed by Izobell and Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot, Remembering the Lux was the undisputed highlight of the festive season and returns to bring to life and celebrate the history of the legendary Luxurama through charming anecdotes and classic hit songs.

Performances are at 20:00 from Mondays to Thursdays, 18:00 & 21:15 on Fridays and 16:00 & 20:00 on Saturdays. For discounted block bookings of 10 or more, contact Leon van Zyl here.

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The City of Cape Town will have spent almost R80 million by the end of June on the maintenance of its rental stock. During the previous financial year, in 2014/15, an average spend of nearly 95% of its budget for maintenance was achieved. The City therefore relies on its tenants to pull their weight and to pay their rent to enhance maintenance.

The City is the largest landlord in South Africa and manages approximately 43 000 rental units and more than 19 000 selling scheme units. These rental units have been home to thousands of families across the city for many years and the City has an important responsibility to its tenants to maintain and upgrade our rental stock. To do this, the City relies on rental or instalment collections. Continue reading

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New signings Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jano Vermaak and JC Janse van Rensburg will all make their first appearances at DHL Newlands in a DHL Stormers jersey in the pre-season friendly against the Jaguares on Saturday.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 31-man squad for the encounter with the team from Argentina who are newcomers to Vodacom Super Rugby this season.

The friendly will be the last chance for the squad to test themselves ahead of the first Vodacom Super Rugby match of the season against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday, February 27.

Fleck said that the focus will be on making the most of the opportunity to execute what they have been working on in a tough pre-season.

“We are just over two weeks off from that opening game against the Vodacom Bulls, and we want to use this chance to ensure we are able to make a strong start to the season. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town’s libraries came out tops in this year’s provincial Cultural Affairs and Sport Awards. The event, held last week, saw four of the City’s libraries walk away with the top honours. Read more below:

Four of the City of Cape Town’s libraries received awards at the Western Cape Government’s Cultural Affairs and Sport Awards this year.

The event, held last week, celebrated individuals and organisations in the Western Cape who make a positive contribution in the cultural affairs sector.

Awards were given to those who have made a profound impact within the arts, culture, language, heritage, museums, archives, geographical names and libraries sectors in the province over the years. Continue reading

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