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This week’s latest  eNCA election poll – just three weeks before the 3 August voting – shows the DA continuing to pull ahead of the ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay and Johannesburg, but the gap between the two parties is narrowing in Tshwane.

In Nelson Mandela Bay, the pattern in the fifth of the weekly polls continued, with the DA now at 42% and the ANC at 21%. With 16% undecided, this means that even in the unlikely event of the ANC winning all the undecided voters, the DA is still likely to be the biggest party. The critical question is whether the DA can win half of these undecided voters, which will give them control of the city. The EFF’s share of the vote in Nelson Mandela Bay also rose from last week’s 7% to 10% this week.

In Johannesburg, both the ANC and DA appeared to grow their votes by pulling support from the smaller parties. The ANC was, this week, at 31% (up form 30% last week) and the DA 36% ( up from 33% last week). With undecideds at 16%, this vote could still go either way. The EFF in Johannesburg moved down to 10% from 11% last week. Continue reading

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WP, Sharks continue winning ways in U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week

Note to Editors: The U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week fixtures for the final day on Friday have been included below Thursday’s results.

Under-13 Coca-Cola Craven Week hosts, DHL Western Province, and the Sharks on Thursday continued their winning ways at Paarl Gymnasium to remain the only unbeaten teams in the competition before the final day’s play on Friday.

DHL Western Province, who won the final match of the tournament last season, edged the Itec Blue Bulls 11-10, while the Sharks pipped the TW Profile Services Valke 15-14 in epic encounters. Continue reading

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The closing weekend of the National Arts Festival sees the 11-day long Festival end on a high note with top talent performing some highly anticipated acts. Amongst the big attractions are AKA (fresh from the USA) and The Muffinz who are returning to the Festival after their previous Standard Bank Ovation Award win and Arena performance. Standard Bank Jazz Festival favourites Simphiwe Dana, Ringo Madlingozi, Caiphus Semenya and Swing City will be sure to take Festival-goers into the small hours, whilst international flavour comes from Colombia’s Alvaro Meza.

Theatres are filling up fast for Scorched, the premier of 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre, Jade Bowers’ epic new work. Also pulling strong crowds are Sleepwalkingland (based on the novel by Mia Couto) and Neil Coppen’s adaptation of Animal Farm. Audiences can also book for a reimagining of Tennessee William’s play The Day on Which a Man Dies and Popart’s Jemma Kahn in her new piece In Bocca Al Lupo, as well as Unveiled, starring South-African born Gulshan Mia who has come from the USA to perform the role. Continue reading

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Under-13 Coca-Cola Craven Week hosts, DHL Western Province, and the Sharks on Thursday continued their winning ways at Paarl Gymnasium to remain the only unbeaten teams in the competition before the final day’s play on Friday.

DHL Western Province, who won the final match of the tournament last season, edged the Itec Blue Bulls 11-10, while the Sharks pipped the TW Profile Services Valke 15-14 in epic encounters.

DHL Western Province drew first blood in their clash against the Itec Blue Bulls as they used their pace out wide to touch down for their first try in the first minute. But the Pretoria side tightened up their defence and used the raw pace by some of their backs to counter a few more efforts by the hosts to find space out wide. With the teams closely matched on attack and defence, Western Province opted for a penalty to inflate their score, and the Bulls took the same option minutes later to trail 8-3. The visitors tried hard to sneak in for a try before the break, but they battled to break through the defensive wall, and conceded a turnover. Continue reading

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(South Africa, 7 July 2016) The penultimate event of the BIG5 Sport Challenge, The Momentum Health Oatwell DualX powered by PeptoPro, took place today at the 33rd annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival with Stuart Marais and Andrea Steyn clocking the fastest times in the overall and BIG5 Sport Challenge men’s and ladies races.

The popular, high endurance DualX challenge kicked off with a 5km run followed by a gruelling 30km off-road cycle and finished with another 2.5km run.

Stellenbosch-based professional triathlete, Stuart Marais, continued his dominance after winning both the 15km Featherbed Trail Run and The Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour MTB Race and coming in third in a hotly contested Dragons Featherbed Lagoon Mile Swim earlier in the week. The four time BIG5 champ maintains his lead ahead of fellow triathlete Theo Blignaut. Continue reading

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The penultimate round of Vodacom Super Rugby matches will be played this weekend, and the action kick off on Friday evening in Johannesburg where competition leaders the Emirates Lions host the Southern Kings. The match at Emirates Airline Park starts at 19h00.

Springbok flanker Jaco Kriel will again lead the Emirates Lions in the absence of regular skipper Warren Whiteley, who will miss the rest of the competition because of a shoulder injury.

The Highveld side have already qualified for the playoffs and will be looking to maintain their momentum against the Eastern Cape side. Kriel and his team mates have won their last four matches with a bonus point and are currently top of the overall standings. A bonus-point win will not only secure them home advantage for the rest of the knockout stages, but will also see them equal their franchise winning record of five victories in a row.

The rest of the South African teams are all playing on Saturday. In Perth, the DHL Stormers will be aiming for a second away win in a row on Australian soil when they face the Western Force at the NIB Stadium in a 13h55 kick-off. The Cape side recorded a record win last week over the Rebels in Melbourne, and another win will see them consolidate their top spot in the second African conference. Utility forward Rynhardt Elstadt will earn his 50th DHL Stormers cap if he comes off the bench. Continue reading

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DHL Western Province Under-19 have been bolstered by the inclusion of four Junior Springbok forwards in their match-day squad to face the Sharks U19 in Durban on Saturday.

Flank Ernst van Rhyn, lock Cobus Wiese and prop Carlu Sadie all take their place in the starting line-up for the match which kicks off at 16h50, whilst flank Zain Davids is set to provide impact from the replacements bench, with all four having recently returned from national duty at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester.

In the other changes to the team that notched up their second consecutive victory of the season against Golden Lions U19 last week, flyhalf Jordan Chait returns after a spell on the sidelines with concussion, Troy Payne gets a chance to start at inside centre in the absence of Cornel Smit who has a hand injury and Ryan Muller slots in on the right wing for Nico Leonard who was ruled out with an ankle injury. Continue reading

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The group of 20 graduates competed with thousands of other hopefuls for a spot in the City’s first ‘Learnerships within Traffic Services’. Read more below:

The graduation of 20 trainee traffic officers today signalled the end of the City of Cape Town’s first ever Traffic Services learnership programme.

The group was among 33 000 individuals who initially applied for the programme in the first quarter of 2015. The City whittled down the applicants to 4 054 who met the selection criteria and who were put through a rigorous physical assessment including a 2,4 km run, sit-ups, as well as shuttle runs that had to be completed within a specific time period. Only 625 candidates were left standing after the eight day assessment.

From there, candidates had to complete a written assessment. Those who passed were finally subjected to an interview process, resulting in 22 candidates starting the 12-month FET certificate course in Road Law Enforcement. During this time, two candidates left the programme to pursue other interests.

The course also included training in how to handle a firearm, conduct roadblocks and point duty, restraining techniques and agility. Continue reading

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Chris Bertish set to unveil his new ‘world first, extreme, solo open ocean expedition!’

(South Africa, July 2016) World-renowned Big Wave Surfer, Guinness SUP World Record Holder and adventurer, Chris Bertish, will be revealing his next incredible, solo ocean expedition this July. Together with Carrick Wealth, a dynamic wealth & capital management company, the official launch of the project will take place on Wednesday, 20 July at the Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront Cape Town.

Chris Bertish needs little introduction, he won the coveted Mavericks international big wave surfing competition in the biggest paddle in waves in competitive history in 2010 and currently holds a number of SUP World Records and still holds the Guinness World Record for paddling 131km/12hours. His next adventure will surpass all of these as this undertaking is so unique, so out of the box and such an immense feat that most would believe it to be… Impossible! Continue reading

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