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The much loved South African husband and wife duo, the Bottomless Coffee Band, will be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time in 2016. After releasing their debut album titled, “Room with a View” in November 2014, they made a musical mark in the South African industry, which led to a full-time music career for the pair. At a rather young age, both Lourens and Esté Rabé gave up their corporate careers to pursue, what they believe is their deeper calling and passion- to make music together. Ever since, they have been touring through Africa and Europe, performing and sharing their music with enthralled audiences.

Although only two band members, they produce the sound of a full band by cleverly combining, and switching, between various instruments throughout their show. With their multi-instrumentalist approach Esté and Lourens produce a truly unique sound and enticing visual performance, using instruments such as a custom-built foot drum kit, various guitars, ukeleles, harmonicas and an accordion. Currently they play 10 instruments between the two of them. This is what you’d call musical multi-tasking at its best. Continue reading

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A vaccination drive forms part of City Health’s winter programme, focusing on residents who are vulnerable to infection. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s clinics are rounding off their flu vaccination drive as part of the Health Directorate’s winter health efforts.

City Health acquired 21 200 flu vaccinations at a cost of just over R1,2 million earlier this year. The vaccinations have been distributed in terms of the National Influenza Policy and Strategic Plan, 2015. In terms of the plan, all provinces are required to budget for annual influenza vaccinations and jointly vaccinate a specific number of people in high-risk groups. This includes people who are HIV positive, pregnant women, children and the elderly.

While it is not possible to vaccinate all clients who visit public health facilities against influenza, vaccinations are done to ensure community immunity, i.e. immunising a critical portion of a community against a contagious disease which minimises the opportunity for an outbreak, thus protecting those who are not vaccinated. Continue reading

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The DHL Western Province Under-19 team will get their season underway with a testing trip to Bloemfontein to face the Toyota Free State Cheetahs U19 side.

The team will be led by flank Nama Xaba in the absence of captain Ernst van Rhyn who is currently with the Junior Springboks in Manchester along with fellow DHL Western Province U19 teammates Zain Davids, Ruben de Villiers, Cobus Wiese and Carlu Sadie as well as coach Nazeem Adams.

Although five of his forwards are currently on national duty at the World Rugby U20 Championship, coach Chris October, who is standing in for Adams, is confident that his team will give a good account of themselves at Old Greys in Bloemfontein in a match that kicks off at 13h00 on Saturday.

“We are raring to go and very excited about the challenge that lies ahead. We have a well balanced team with plenty of talent and we cannot wait to get our campaign underway,” he said. Continue reading

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Let me be honest. I am no fan of utility vehicles posing as lifestyle transport solutions. South Africa is however a very popular international travel destination and one can certainly understand the need for these vehicles as affordable yet upmarket shuttles catering to the hospitality industry, specifically guest houses and small hotels.

In seven seat Maxi configuration the VW Caddy makes perfect sense, but there are drawbacks. Yes it seats seven tourists and literally all their luggage very comfortably.  Remove the second and third row of seats in the off-season and you have a utility vehicle capable of lugging about a noteworthy and very impressive 3700 litres of whatever. So it’s practical as well as versatile, but versatility comes at a price I’m afraid. You see the VW Caddy Maxi is exceptionally practical. Besides its 800kg payload it is also capable of towing 1500kg which is again very impressive, but, it can only do this because of its workhorse upbringing. Underneath that modern VW exterior, lurks a relatively unsophisticated utility vehicle which has very little in common with the multiple award winning Golf 7 it is designed to look like. Continue reading

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The following is an extract from a speech delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the Matrix Clinic graduation of 140 clients held at the Kensington Civic Centre today.

On 26 June 2012, almost exactly four years ago today, I made a commitment.

We were launching the first phase of our Substance Abuse Campaign called ‘Don’t Start, Be Smart’.

I said that this campaign would be part of a gift of a better life for our youth.

On that day, I said that we are serious about saving our youth.

We had just identified substance abuse as a priority area in our Integrated Development Plan because of the high incidence of drug and alcohol abuse in Cape Town. Continue reading

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This from news24.com:

Cape Town – FlySafair is having a very unwelcomed #ThrowbackThursday, as their online booking site is struggling to keep up with demand only two hours after their limited R2 sale was announced.

This despite promising that they have a new “state-of-the-art cloud server to increase its capacity to host this sale”.

According to Kirby Gordon, Vice President of sales and distribution at FlySafair, “there have been a few errors” since the start of the sale.

Gordon says that the errors appear to be connection based, and that “people with weaker connections do seem to struggle to fight for their spot”.

But Traveller24, operating on 4G internet, has been seeing the following message for over an hour:

Full story here:

http://traveller24.news24.com/News/Flights/disgruntled-passengers-slam-flysafair-for-r2-sale-capacity-fail-20160623

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From left to right: Eddie Cyster Director of Heatherdale Children’s Home,  Heidi Edson Group Social Economic Development Manager Sun International, Lunga Singama Heart FM presenter) and Avril Cupido Director Early Years Services.

From left to right: Eddie Cyster Director of Heatherdale Children’s Home, Heidi Edson Group Social Economic Development Manager Sun International, Lunga Singama Heart FM presenter) and Avril Cupido Director Early Years Services.

GrandWest enthusiastically pledged its support for Heart FMs 16 Days of Youth campaign which saw the radio station shutting down its broadcast studio in Green Point to undertake youth focused projects across the Western Cape.

The 16 Days for Youth journey started in Vredenburg on 1 June 2016 and ended on 16 June 2016, Youth Day. During the journey, Heart FM broadcast remotely from various locations and were part of various community projects to uplift young people in need. The initiative is a spin-off from the station’s #HeartBeats4Youth campaign which started out with motivational talks by celebrities at various schools four years ago. It has since evolved into a 16 day drive to contribute to youth upliftment in the province.

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Club rugby stars Christo van Wyk and Dennis Cox are both in line to make their DHL Western Province debut off the replacements bench in the clash with the Hino Valke in Kempton Park on Friday.

Tygerberg prop Van Wyk and Belhar flyhalf Cox have both made a big impression for their respective clubs, and DHL Western Province coach John Dobson is excited to see what they can do at Barnard Stadium in a match that kicks off at 15h00.

“Both of these players are fully deserving of their call-ups after putting in some exceptional performances for their clubs, so we are excited to see what they can offer us,” said Dobson.

They will be joined on the replacements bench by scrumhalf Jano Vermaak and lock David Ribbans, who are both making their return from injury.

Another player returning from injury is Tim Whitehead, who lines up in midfield alongside Johnny Kotze, whilst the only other change to the backline sees JP Lewis start on the left wing.

In the forward pack Janco Venter returns from national duty with Namibia to take his place at flank alongside Luke Stringer, with Jurie van Vuuren shifting to lock, and Kyle Whyte gets an opportunity to start at loosehead prop.

Dobson said that despite a few disruptions the team is in good spirits as they look to add to their eight victories from nine matches this season. Continue reading

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Warren Whiteley (No 8) and Ruan Combrinck (wing) will make their first starts for the Springboks in the deciding third Test against Ireland in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The inclusion of these two players are the only changes to the starting team announced by Springbok coach Allister Coetzee for the third Castle Lager Incoming Series Test against the Irish in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Coetzee also made three changes to the bench.

Whiteley replaces the experienced Duane Vermeulen, who is out with an elbow injury, while Combrinck, man of the match in last week’s win over the Irish in Johannesburg, gets the starting nod over Lwazi Mvovo, who is now on the bench.

An ankle injury has ruled out prop Trevor Nyakane, and his place amongst the reserves is filled by the uncapped Steven Kitshoff. He is joined on the bench by another uncapped player, Jaco Kriel, who comes into the match day squad for the first time during the series. Continue reading

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