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Once a haven of unity and vibrancy, an area unique in its distinct characteristics, the land in District Six had for many years stood barren while hundreds of claimants grew old and sadly some have died waiting to go home.

On 11 February 1966, the apartheid government declared District Six a whites-only area under the Group Areas Act.

In the years that followed, more than 60 000 families were uprooted, torn apart and dumped on the Cape Flats.

For many, the pain of those days has never subsided. Continue reading

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8544f247-c9f4-4418-b758-0d93de1b595eGet fit – have fun – for free!

Dates: 9 February to 30 April 2016

Times: 6am or 6pm, depending on class

Venue: V&A Waterfront’s Croquet Lawn or the Pierhead (venue varies)

Cost: Free to attend, but online registration required


Cape Town, February 2016 — Couch potatoes, connect with your inner skinny fry this summer. The V&A Waterfront has partnered with Virgin Active, Adventure Boot Camp and Kranking Studios to bring visitors a variety of free fitness classes with some of the best views around.

From the fitness guru to casual participant, all are welcome as the V&A Waterfront’s Outdoor Active classes range from beginners to experienced. The free programme includes Pilates, yoga, boot camp, spinning and even Zumba, and will also offer workshops, health screenings and demonstrations for those looking to revitalise their bodies in 2016. Continue reading

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The DHL Stormers have been bolstered by the return of key players from duties in the HSBC Sevens World Series and in Japan.

Stalwarts Schalk Burger and Eben Etzebeth joined up with the team last week after returning from stints in Japan, along with Damian de Allende who has been sidelined with an ankle injury.

Juan de Jongh and Cheslin Kolbe were also back at training this week after completing their duties for the Springbok Sevens in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Kolbe and De Jongh starred for the BlitzBokke in Wellington and Sydney, with the quicksilver Kolbe named in the Dream Team for the Australian leg of the Series. Continue reading

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South African rugby received a massive setback on Tuesday as Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard was ruled out of the entire Vodacom Super Rugby tournament and the June tests against Ireland.

Pollard tore cruciate knee ligaments at training at Loftus Versfeld in a freak accident where there wasn’t a player nearby him.

The Bok flyhalf was just beginning his recovery after a shoulder injury and would have been reassessed in a fortnight’s time to return to play, but a simple passing exercise without contact turned into a nightmare for coach Nollis Marais.

Marais has already lost Deon Stegmann to injury and is waiting on news on fellow loose forward Lappies Labuschagne, who tore ligaments in his ankle in training in the team’s pre-season camp in Zimbabwe.

But the news on Pollard – the regular vice-captain of the team – is a devastating blow for the Pretoria team’s hopes in this year’s competition.

“It was bad luck, nothing more,” coach Marais sighed, “We were doing a normal drill with passing and he had just began to make contact with the tackle bags in his recovery yesterday as part of his rehab. We did a non-contact session and he was looking like his old self, cutting the line and looking like a Springbok again.

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Juan de Jongh and Cheslin Kolbe returned to the DHL Stormers Vodacom Super Rugby franchises on Tuesday following appearances for the Springbok Sevens side in the first four rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

De Jongh and Kolbe, as well as Ryno Benjamin of the Toyota Cheetahs, joined the Springbok Sevens squad at the beginning of the season as part of an agreement between SA Rugby and the local franchises.

The Cape duo of De Jongh and Kolbe starred in all four World Series tournaments for the Springbok Sevens, while a calf injury restricted Benjamin’s appearances to just two events.

The trio, as well as some other local franchise stars, are expected to join the Springbok Sevens group again at the end of the World Series for an Olympic Games training camp. Rugby Sevens will make its debut at the Rio Olympic Games in August. Continue reading

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Johannesburg, 9 February 2016: Viacom-owned youth entertainment channel MTV (DStv channel 130) it to produce a local version of Viacom’s global hit entertainment show, Lip Sync Battle Africa, it was revealed today on MTV’s social media platforms on Twitter, Facebook & online by US host LL Cool J. Continue reading

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Tailored BBC news content for the smartphone and social media generation is now available with the new African-designed pilot: BBC Drop, which can be tried from today – here [].

This responsive website is the result of a unique collaboration between digital innovators in Kenya and the BBC. BBC Drop is specially created to work well on smartphones and was designed in Nairobi last year. The idea was born out of a development studio (aka ‘hackathon’) held by the BBC World Service and BBC digital innovations team, Connected Studio. Teams of African tech experts were invited to think of new ways to reach young Africans through social and digital media (details here) and this selected idea can now be tried and rated by the potential audience themselves on the BBC Taster site.

Dmitry Shishkin, Digital Development Editor for BBC World Service, adds: “This latest innovation highlights the BBC’s strong commitment to serving young digital audiences in Africa – both editorially and technically. Digital revolution in Africa offers media companies great opportunities to grow the reach of their journalism and I am very happy that an African tech start-up is playing a key role in it”.

How does it look?

How does it work?

BBC Drop asks the user for a few favourite topics, or social media preferences, and then continues to learn what they like and dislike from what they swipe on screen. There is also the option of an even more personal news feed which incorporates the user’s own social feeds. The end result is users getting to see content specifically tailored to them and the stuff they are not interested in being filtered out.


What is the best thing about BBC Drop?   Continue reading

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141 Teenagers with ambitions to pursue careers in the performing arts left GrandWest inspired, motivated and emboldened to follow their dreams after attending the recent Inspired Stages workshop, an initiative between GrandWest and Inspired Stages’ Karen Burt. The learners, from 33 different schools, were given endless opportunities to collaborate, create, discover, develop and perform in a series of workshops covering music, dance, singing, events, technical, production and other skills.

For the participating teens, every day was like a backstage pass, which included guest sessions with industry professionals, role models, celebrities and performers. Mentors and special guests at the Inspired Stages workshops included Blackbyrd, Conrad Coch and Chester Missing, Kurt Darren, Four (South African X Factor winners), Kim Kallie, Thalia Burt, Rudi Smit, Devon Marshbank, Lynn Poulsen, Neil Benjamin, Leani Ekermans, Janice Roos, Shaun Johannes, Liam Burden, Odile Lesch, DJ Ready D and Ayanda Tini, Acoustic Element and Raquel Munn. Continue reading

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The Community Chest Carnival is back, with a refreshed and revitalised feel for 2016! Will you be there?

The Carnival features tastes from around the globe including traditional flavours as well as bringing back the all-time favourite classics from the most popular stalls of Carnivals gone by – Holland, India, China, Italy, and many more.

The four day family event has also been revamped with gourmet food trucks, craft beers and wine tasting to satisfy the taste buds of the Mother City’s ever-growing community of foodies.

The fun festival, attracting in excess of 80 000 people, will take place a little later than usual this year from 30 March to 2 April at the traditional venue of Maynardville Park in Wynberg, Cape Town. And it’s all to raise funds for an excellent cause – the Community Chest of the Western Cape, which provides support to more than 200 community organisations throughout the province. Continue reading

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