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LONDON, March 11, 2016 – Leading charities Laureus Sport for Good and Comic Relief have once again teamed up to work together to continue improving the lives of disadvantaged children in Africa.

Comic Relief, which already supports projects with Laureus Sport for Good in both Africa and Latin America, has committed more than £400,000 to two new grants – one with the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) in Kenya and one with Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy in South Africa.

MYSA uses the power of sport, principally football, as a means to provide opportunities for young people in the area. The funds will provide young people with opportunities to develop skills to tackle problems that arise in their daily lives, gain work experience, career guidance and access to education. At the same time, the grant will assist the project with awareness around HIV/AIDS and hygiene and sanitation in the slums of Nairobi. Continue reading

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South Africa is in the middle of its worst drought in recorded history, and reports suggest it could cost the economy as much as R20 billion. To assist struggling farmers, WeChat Africa has unveiled a mobile donation channel in partnership with Agri SA. For your first donation, WeChat will refund the money back into your mobile wallet, up to a maximum of R50.

“South Africa is currently experiencing the worst drought this decade, says Omri van Zyl, CEO of Agri SA. The Agri SA drought fund has been created to help farmers, farm workers and communities in need as the country battles severe food, fodder and water shortages. Every donation helps.

“We are pleased by the news that WeChat has joined the cause, and is using their platform to encourage people to get involved.

“WeChat has made the process of donating very simple, and we are fully behind the idea of technology being used to reach as many South Africans as possible.” Continue reading

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A driving licence applicant has been arrested after trying to buy his way through his test. R

A driving licence applicant is facing charges of bribery and corruption after trying to convince a City of Cape Town official to help him get his licence. On Tuesday 8 March 2016, the applicant offered his licensing examiner R2 000 for a pass at the New Ottery Driving Licence Testing Centre. The examiner raised the alarm and the applicant was soon arrested. The cash was handed over to the South African Police Service as evidence.

‘Reports of bribery and corruption are common in South Africa and this is not the first instance where someone has tried to effectively buy their licence. It still continues to shock me how brazen some people are. I am very proud of the examiner for the way he handled this case,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

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Record-breaking South African hip-hop superstar Cassper Nyovest will join American rap heavyweight Nicki Minaj on her Pinkprint Tour that is set to enthrall Johannesburg 17, 18 and Durban on 20 March 2016, promoters AIREY SCOTT have confirmed.

On the first date of Minaj’s hotly awaited South African tour, 17 March, the Mafikeng-born Motswako rapper will return to the same stage where he made history last October: he was the first local act to sell out the 20 000-capacity Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg as part of his successful #FiilUpTheDome campaign.

Nyovest, whose real name is Refiloe Phoolo, will also perform with Minaj at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on 20 March.

Since bursting onto the local music scene in 2013, Nyovest has racked up two hit albums, Tsholofelo and Refiloe, spawning hits such as Le Mpitse, Doc Shebeleza, Tsibip, Ghetto, Mama I Made It, Phumakim and Gusheshe – which fans can expect to hear during his appearances on Minaj’s Pinkprint Tour. Continue reading

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Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, has urged his squad to toughen up on their mental approach for his weekend’s inaugural HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver.

Last weekend in Las Vegas, the South Africans lost their semi-final clash against Australia after conceding a penalty try after the sound of the final hooter. Powell now wants to see his squad improve their concentration and composure so that they are able to close out deciding matches successfully.

The two-day tournament will be staged in the state-of-the-art BC Place Stadium, which has a capacity of 54 500 and a gigantic retractable roof. Continue reading

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The City’s clean-up of its job seeker’s database has involved placing nearly 170 000 calls and sending 300 000 bulk SMSs to reach dormant job seekers. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town has been hard at work refreshing its Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) job seeker’s database. This includes tracking down individuals who have not updated their details in more than a year as they are required to do.

Currently, just more than 400 000 individuals are registered on the City’s EPWP database. The clean-up is being done in phases and the last phase involved calling 168 189 job seekers and sending out bulk SMSs to more than 300 000 job seekers to ensure maximum reach.

The findings are outlined below: Continue reading

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Challenging tests await the five South African Vodacom Super Rugby franchises in action this weekend as the unbeaten DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks meet in an intense derby, while the Emirates Lions and Toyota Cheetahs hunt victories overseas, and the Southern Kings go in search of their first win of the season.

The main match-ups of the weekend will undoubtedly be the clashes between the DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks in Cape Town, and the undefeated Emirates Lions taking on defending champions, the Highlanders, in Dunedin both on Saturday.

The Johannesburg side will go up against the Highlanders at the Forsyth Barr Stadium at 08h35 where they will hunt their fifth successive victory abroad. Should they register a win, it will also mark their third back-to-back victory against a New Zealand team.

The duel between the DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks, at 17h15 on Saturday, is expected to deliver a thrilling forward-dominated battle. However, with both teams boasting exciting backs, they too will look to make their presence felt. A defeat for either team will mark their first of the season. Continue reading

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(South Africa, March 2016) Absa will once again be recognising and rewarding teamwork and perseverance at the 2016 Absa Cape Epic with the #ConquerAsOne campaign. At each stage of the race, an extraordinary #ConquerAsOne moment will be identified and recognised, where a team showed immense human spirit to overcome their own personal challenges to conquer that stage together.

During this year’s race, a panel of judges will select one #ConquerAsOne moment on each day of the race. The winning pair will be announced in the Absa Pride Hospitality area where they will receive a unique #ConquerAsOne jersey to wear proudly during the next day’s stage. At the end of the week, the judges will then select the overall #ConquerAsOne moment, with the winning team walking away with an Absa Pride entry for the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Continue reading

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