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A total of 19 non-governmental organisations have qualified to receive aid from the City to help them deal with the expected influx of street people seeking shelter during the cold winter months. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate has officially launched its winter readiness programme to assist street people.

This year, the directorate is spending R699 000 in total on the programme. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were required to apply for a share of the aid. A total of 30 applications were received and 19 applicants met the qualification criteria, including being registered NGOs or non-profit organisations, having facilities where people can overnight, and complying with all health and safety regulations. Continue reading

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After an influx of exciting proposals and several requests from artists nationwide and internationally, the Cape Town Fringe will extend its deadline for proposals to 10 June to give last-minute entrants a chance to submit their production ideas for consideration.

The Cape Town Fringe (Thursday 22 September until Saturday 8 October 2016) is one of Cape Town’s newest and freshest Festivals. Produced by the same team that presents the National Arts Festival, the Cape Town Fringe is three years young and gives new platforms to theatre, music, jazz, dance, comedy, illusion and more in Cape Town.

The Fringe encourages new, dynamic and experimental work that is also pleasing for audiences and assists in building new audiences for the performing arts. A selection panel will review all proposals received and build the Fringe programme. Says CEO, Tony Lankester; “The business model is one of shared risk between the Fringe and the artist. We build the venues, market the event and sell the tickets; the artist brings their work to the stage. The box office is split with the artist, who gets around 70% of the takings.” Continue reading

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The recruitment, training and employment of nearly 400 rental stock monitors is meant to help improve the standard of living in City rental units as these monitors become the eyes and ears of their communities. 

The City of Cape Town has launched a new programme aimed at uplifting rental stock areas and addressing socio-economic challenges by empowering female tenants.

In the last month, 380 women have been recruited in nine rental stock areas with the assistance of local ward councillors. Candidates had to be legal rental stock tenants, older than 21, and upstanding members of their community who are willing to participate for the duration of the programme. Continue reading

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Three young entrepreneurs out-pitched dozens of other contenders to claim the top spots in the City of Cape Town’s first youth entrepreneurial challenge. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town and the Seed Academy last night announced the three winners of the first #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The competition started in March when young people were encouraged to pitch their business ideas for a chance to participate in the challenge. Since mid-April, 100 would-be entrepreneurs have been put through their paces by the Seed Academy to hone their business development skills.

A number of play-off rounds followed, whittling the group down to 26, then 12, and eventually the three winners who were announced last night. Continue reading

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Extensions to the City’s Seawinds Clinic are part of the just over R63,5 million that City Health has spent in the last five years on capital projects. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate today officially opened its new dedicated anti-retroviral (ARV) wing at the Seawinds Clinic.

The Seawinds Clinic first started operating as a satellite clinic in October 1993, servicing the communities of Seawinds, Montague Village, Capricorn and Hillview. The growing population necessitated the need for an expansion of the facility and services in 2003.

In 2011, a further need for expansion was identified – specifically the need to render an ARV service. Planning started in 2011, with construction getting under way in earnest in 2013. A few months ago and just over R8 million later, the project was completed. Continue reading

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The Junior Springboks on Thursday departed for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester, England, with high hopes of winning the title following an intense two-month training camp in Cape Town.

The team will meet Japan in their opening pool match on Tuesday, 7 June, followed by clashes against Argentina on Saturday, 11 June, and France on Wednesday, 15 June.

The semi-final will be hosted on Monday, 20 June, with the final on Saturday, 25 June.

“We have worked very hard in the last two months to put the structures and systems in place for the tournament, and it is now time for us to implement that on the field in Manchester,” said Junior Springbok captain Jeremy Ward. Continue reading

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e.tv’s popular breakfast show Sunrise will refresh its look and feel from Monday, 06 June 2016.

The makeover will include fresh on air imaging, a new studio, an earlier start to your popular breakfast show and include the language news into the main show completing a three hour block.

The new show revamp will see the viewer’s wake up to a fresher, friendlier and homely look to the show. Viewers can still look forward to seeing their favourite presenters, Penny Lebyane, Faith Mangope and Mark Haskins bringing them the best in current affairs, entertainment and sports.

Sunrise will start at 05:30am from Monday, 6 June. The show will continue to inform and entertain viewers with their edgy content which include viewer participation with the use of social media and live telephone engagement. Continue reading

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DHL Western Province have been bolstered by a number of players returning from injury for their clash with the Leopards in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

Prop Wilco Louw, lock Jean Kleyn, utility back Jaco Taute and flyhalf Robert du Preez will all make their first appearances of the season for DHL Western Province, while prop Alistair Vermaak is also back in the mix after doing duty for the DHL Stormers.

In a completely new front row Louw starts at tighthead prop with Frans van Wyk on the replacements bench, while Vermaak slots in at loosehead in place of JP Smith and Cullen Collopy gets an opportunity at hooker with both Chad Solomon and Mike Willemse ruled out through injury.

Kleyn returns to partner captain Chris van Zyl at lock, with Jurie van Vuuren on the replacements bench, and there is a shuffle in the loose trio with Beyers de Villiers coming in at openside flank alongside Luke Stringer and Kobus van Dyk. Continue reading

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