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On Saturday morning at 08:24 seven people died when a house in Macbeth Street in Eastridge Mitchells Plain burned down. Of the seven, five were children with two burnt beyond recognition. The other two deceased were adults, one male and one female. Five others adults were critically injured and rushed to Mitchells Plain District Hospital by Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services.

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Springbok pivot Pat Lambie has been ruled out of the second test match of the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland next weekend after being concussed in the series opener at DHL Newlands.

Lambie was injured in a tackle that saw Irish flanker CJ Stander being red-carded for dangerous play in the first half of the match, won 26-20 by Ireland. Stander will appear before a disciplinary hearing in Cape Town on Sunday morning.

“The provisional diagnosis is that Pat was concussed and although he is ok, will not be considered for next weekend,” Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said after the match. A call on a possible replacement will be made later.

Lambie was injured in the first half of the match that saw the Springboks battling to find momentum, something Coetzee admitted as being a problem for his side.

“This performance lacked the standards expected of a Springbok team. We are very, very disappointed with this performance and the result, it was not how we want to perform as a team. We take responsibility in the fact that we have not delivered today and can only promise hard work to fix this. We will be better next week,” Coetzee said.

Coetzee applauded the effort from the Irish. Continue reading

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Springbok captain, Adriaan Strauss, said the Springboks are determined to lay down a marker in their first Castle Lager Incoming Series Test against Ireland on Saturday at DHL Newlands in Cape Town.

The Boks embark on a new era under coach Allister Coetzee, who will be in charge of his first Test as head coach since his appointment as successor to Heyneke Meyer.

Strauss, in turn, will become the 57th player to lead out the Springboks as captain on Saturday, with the 30-year old Vodacom Bulls hooker playing in his 55th Test for his country.

Speaking to media on Friday, Strauss said the Boks had set their site on a good performance in front of the Cape Town crowd. According to the Bok skipper he and his team mates were looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s the start of a new journey for this team, so we definitely want to set down a marker and standard for ourselves,” said Strauss. “Of course the result will always be important, but it’s more about the way we want to play and the way forward.” Continue reading

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 10: (L-R) Leslie Sedibe (Proudly SA) and Jurie Roux (CEO - SA Rugby) during the South African national rugby team Captains media conference and team photograph at Cullinan Hotel on June 10, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 10: (L-R) Leslie Sedibe (Proudly SA) and Jurie Roux (CEO – SA Rugby) during the South African national rugby team Captains media conference and team photograph at Cullinan Hotel on June 10, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

PICTURE RELEASE: Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula looks on with the Springbok team as SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux (right) and Adv. Leslie Sedibe, CEO of Proudly South African, sign the Pledge. Photo credit: Gallo Images.

SA Rugby in partnership with ASICS ensures that 100% of replica Springbok supporters’ jerseys are manufactured in South Africa, qualifying rugby to sign the pledge in support of the increase in the uptake of local goods and services as part of the Proudly SA’s Buy Local campaign.

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Programme: Car Crash Couples
Channel:       MTV (Dstv 130)
Date:             Wednesday 15 June (Premiere)
Time:            21:15

EPISODE 2:
The whacky car race crosses the British channel to Amsterdam for the first time – cuing more drama for our Car Crash Couples.
This week, Hunter finds himself in deep water with Steph when he chooses to save his hair – not her – in the ‘Get the Car’ task. That evening, the rest of the team let Hunter know exactly what they think of him, and all hell breaks loose when Rob drops the bombshell that Hunter has the hots for Frida. A less-than-impressed Stephanie reveals to the group that Hunter’s wandering eye might have done more than just wandered as she suspects him of cheating. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town would like to inform customers in Zone 15 (as per the City’s load-shedding schedule) of an electricity supply interruption from 23:00 on Saturday 11 June to 04:00 on Sunday 12 June 2016 in order to facilitate emergency repairs on a faulty cable link box on the City’s high-voltage network.

Affected areas include Paarden Eiland, Woodstock East, Observatory, Maitland West, Ndabeni and Rondebosch North.

The City is looking into possible temporary network adjustments in order to maintain supply to as large an area as possible. Residents are also assured that the Groote Schuur Hospital’s power supply will not be affected. Continue reading

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Designed by the country’s top landscape architects and designers, 20 diverse and creative show gardens will be on display at the Cape Town Flower Show. Curated and coordinated by, Paul Odendaal, owner of Compass Gardens. The show gardens will be the main highlight of the Cape Town Flower Show, which takes place from Thursday 27th–Sunday 30th October 2016 at The Castle of Good Hope, in the centre of Cape Town.

With over 15 years’ experience in the horticultural industry, Paul has worked with great garden personalities such as Keith Kirsten, Raymond Hudson and the late gardening expert, Lynton Johnson. He has been involved with the build of one of the South African stands at The Chelsea Flower Show and a show garden which was awarded the best Relais & Chateaux Garden in the world. Paul will bring his vibrancy and enthusiasm to the Cape Town Flower Show, while inspiring, and assisting each of the landscapers.

The Cape Town Flower show offers the landscapers the opportunity to explore their creativity, whilst challenging them to show their understanding of the current environment. Continue reading

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Cape Town, 10 June 2016 – adidas has unveiled its lightest ever rugby boots with the launch of its Superlight range, which features the adipower Kakari Force and the adizero Crazyquick Malice.

Following a period of engagement to secure feedback from some of the world’s top rugby players, adidas has invested thousands of hours of research in developing and delivering the lightest boots to date, to rugby players of all levels.

The adipower Kakari Force and the adizero Crazyquick Malice feature state-of-the-art technology previously unseen in the adidas rugby boots. This includes a neoprene sock designed to provide increased support and ankle stability. The boots also have a groundbreaking and breathable upper material.

The increased technology in the boots has ensured the products are 25% lighter than adidas’ previous collections, delivering significant on field performance benefit.

“adidas is constantly striving to create tangible on pitch benefits to players by ensuring our products are at the forefront of technological advancements,” Adrian de Souza Business Unit Head for adidas Rugby, said.

De Souza adds, “To help deliver this we were able to consult with some of the best players in the game. Through this process we were able to understand the needs of players and thus deliver an exciting product range with the Superlight boots.” Continue reading

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Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron made six changes to his starting team to face Argentina in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester on Saturday to suit the anticipated wet conditions.

These changes include two positional switches in the backline, with Manie Libbok and Curwin Bosch swapping positions between flyhalf and fullback. The backline also shows one personnel change with Franco Naude taking over at inside centre from JT Jackson.

Upfront, props Franco van den Berg and Carlü Sadie replace Kwenzo Blose and Jaco Holtzhausen respectively, and lock Eduard Zandberg comes in for Cobus Wiese.

Theron named a new-look bench with prop Nicolaas Oosthuizen, scrumhalf Marco Jansen van Vuren and wing Edwill van der Merwe earning their first call-ups in the tournament. Continue reading

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