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The Roma Sevens will not only be an important marker for players to prove their fitness for inclusion in the Springbok Sevens training group for the Olympic Games, but will also cast an eye on the next generation of Blitzboks.

The SA Rugby Sevens Academy team arrived in Italy on Tuesday to play in the tournament at the Acqua Acetosa Stadium in Rome on Friday and Saturday and according to coach Marius Schoeman, will provide important clues with Rio 2016 in mind.

“We have a number of objectives in this tournament and I am excited to see how it will work out for us,” said Schoeman, who will be joined in Rome by Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, before the tournament starts.

“There are a number of contracted Blitzboks, such as Frankie Horne and Werner Kok, who are making comebacks after being injured for a long time and others such as Branco du Preez, Sandile Ncgobo and Siviwe Soyizwapi who are short of game time. Continue reading

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Another #LoveRugby initiative

The community of Belhar near Bellville in Cape Town came out in their thousands to support the Springboks’ open training session on Monday afternoon. This outing by the Springboks formed part of the national rugby team’s #LoveRugby campaign.

The community watched a full-on Springbok training session, which was also part of the squad’s preparations for their first Castle Lager Incoming Test match against Ireland at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

Bok coach, Allister Coetzee, and his assistant coaches drilled the squad during a strenuous session and afterwards the thousands of excited supporters were treated to some fun games on the field between few young fans and their Bok heroes.

Springbok captain, Adriaan Strauss, said afterwards they were delighted by the huge turnout of local supporters. “We saw once more today what Springbok rugby means to our fans across South Africa. The community made this an unbelievable experience and the Springboks will certainly remember this special reception for a long time. Everyone had a great time and it was wonderful to experience the awesome amount of passion displayed by so many fans, young and old. They again reminded us what a huge honour and privilege it is to represent the Springboks,” said Strauss. Continue reading

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This month one of worlds, most admired and respected musicians – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse – is set to celebrate his official golden anniversary in the music industry. Fifty strong years that have shaped the space the thriving space we all call pop reality today.

Not only is 2016 a momentous year in Mabuse’s 50-year career immersion in music. Not only is it his golden anniversary of unwavering commitment and contribution to South African music, it’s been 32 years since his now 500 000 copy-selling single “Burn Out” changed the face and shape of Afro-pop and township jive like no other song or artist in local pop music history.

From his first group, The Beaters, and then Harare, through to his stellar solo career that spans the better part of his adult life, Mabuse’s half a century of resolute commitment to aural emancipation remains as infectious as each of his precious recordings. Continue reading

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

As our Muslim community prepares for the month of Ramadaan, I extend my best wishes and blessings to you during this period of high-intensity spiritual devotion.

As you observe this period of fasting, reflection, sacrifice, worship and giving, I wish you strength and fulfilment.

We value the important role that the Muslim community plays in our city, where your generosity and compassion for others makes a great impact in our work of building a caring city. I am truly grateful for all the efforts of the Muslim community and for their kindness in our quest to build this caring city.

By being united through our diverse cultures, religions and beliefs and remembering the values of humanity, we are able to make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable residents and give them hope for a brighter future. Together, our efforts help to make this great city even greater.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I wish you a blessed Ramadaan.

Ramadaan Mubarak – Ramadaan Kareem.

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Springbok lock Pieter-Steph du Toit returned to training Monday afternoon after getting the all clear from the medical team. The young lock was sidelined last week with a troublesome hamstring.

According to Dr Konrad von Hagen, the Springbok team doctor, Du Toit has made a faster than expected recovery from his hamstring strain.

The team doctor also said flyhalf Elton Jantjies is making good progress with his injured finger, and he expects the pivot to take full contact by Thursday. According to Von Hagen, Jantjies was feeling comfortable with a custom-made brace that would protect the fractured finger on his right hand.

“Elton will take some part in some skills training, but he won’t take contact just yet,” said Dr Von Hagen. “We’ll see how he progresses in the week and his return to action will be done in consultation with the Emirates Lions medical team.

“Pieter-Steph has been recovering well and he has been cleared to take part in our training sessions from Monday.”

Von Hagen also mentioned that prop Trevor Nyakane was cleared to play after undergoing a shoulder scan last week, while centre Lionel Mapoe has recovered from a back spasm.

Meanwhile, centre Jan Serfontein underwent scans in Cape Town, confirming a scaphoid bone fracture in his wrist, which has ruled him of action for four months.

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e.tv is proud to announce an exclusive collaboration with Disney for free-to-air broadcast deal on South African television. The relationship allows e.tv to broadcast top international and award-winning shows produced by Disney and its subsidiaries from June 2016.

South African viewers will benefit from this exciting relationship from this June when the channel kicks off with a Month of Marvel, showcasing some of the Marvel Studios’ biggest superhero films. For the first time on free-to-air television in South Africa, viewers will be able to watch their favourite superheroes every Sunday at 8PM in June in the following blockbuster movies:

Sunday 5 June at 8PM: Marvel’s Thor
Sunday 12 June at 8PM: Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger
Sunday 19 June at 8PM: Marvel’s The Avengers
Sunday 26 June at 8PM: Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Continue reading

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The City and its conservation partners are working together to protect Cape Town’s critically endangered and unique floral gems from extinction. Among the city’s 400 plant species that are of concern is the world’s smallest protea, the Swartland sugarbush, of which only eight plants remain. These conservation efforts coincide with this year’s theme for World Environment Day today, 5 June 2016, which is calling on members of the public to help safeguard threatened species for future generations. Read more below:

In light of World Environment Day, the City of Cape Town is calling on members of the public to make every effort to protect and conserve plant species that are critically endangered to prevent their extinction. Continue reading

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Come rain or shine, the V&A Waterfront offers activities aplenty this winter

ACTIVITY DATES TIMES VENUE COST
Reptile Garden 18 June – 18 July 10h00–18h00 Ground Floor, Jubilee Hall, V&A Watershed R50 per person
Pumptrack 25 June – 17 July 10h30–15h30 Quays Square (in front of the African Trading Port) Free
Innovation Station 28 June – 10July 11h00–18h00 Centre Court inside Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre R20 per child
Rugbytots First series:

4–8 July

Second series:

11–15 July

Mornings:

10h00–10h30: 2 to 3.5 yrs

10h30–11h15: 3.5 to 5 yrs

11h15–12h00: 5 to 8 yrs

Afternoons:

14h30–15h00: 2 to 3.5 yrs

15h00–15h45: 3.5 to 5 yrs

15h45–17h00: 5 to 8 yrs

Croquet Lawn (outside Springbok Experience Rugby Museum) Cost options:

R300 for one series only

R550 for both series

Logos Hope:
The World’s Largest Floating Book Fair
24 June – 11 July Sun – Tues: 14h00 – 21h30

Wed – Sat: 10h00 – 21h30

Docked at Jetty 2 R5 per person

Cape Town, June 2016 — The V&A Waterfront is determined not to let rain end play this winter, with a full line-up of activities to keep children busy come rain or shine. Continue reading

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SA Rugby on Monday announced it was partnering with Blue Label Telecoms for the Castle Lager Incoming series against Ireland.

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed telecommunications and technology company will partner the Boks for the three-Test series of matches in Cape Town (11 June), Johannesburg (18 June) and Port Elizabeth (25 June).

Blue Label Telecoms’ name and branding will appear on the Springboks’ jersey for the series as well as in a number of on-and off-field areas.

 “We are delighted to welcome Blue Label Telecoms to the rugby family,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby. “They are one of South Africa’s most innovative and visionary companies and the way they have embraced this opportunity is testimony to that.” Continue reading

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