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The Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Cola Academy Week continued to keep fans gripped on day two of the SA Rugby Youth Week events at Kearsney College in Durban as a handful of teams stamped their authority in an entertaining day’s action.

The Enrista Blue Bulls, Bidvest Golden Lions and Konica Minolta Free State registered impressive victories to open up their campaign in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, while the Blue Bulls, Leopards, Pumas CD, Sharks CD and Namibia secured big wins in the Coca-Cola Academy Week.

Boland, meanwhile, overcame a determined Konica Minolta Free State team 20-14 in a tight closing match in the Coca-Cola Academy Week.

In a thrilling second day 333 points were scored in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week with 50 tries scored, while 390 points and 56 tries were scored in the Coca-Cola Academy Week.

In the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, the Blue Bulls defeated Border 48-15, while the Golden Lions overpowered SWD 59-26 and the Free State beat the Valke 68-26.

The Blue Bulls got their clash against Border off to a flying start as they ran hard on attack, which earned them three tries in the first 27 minutes. They supported this with a solid defensive effort, and limited Border to scoring only a penalty in the first half, for a 19-3 lead. Border, however, showed their fighting spirit as they scored two tries in two minutes almost immediately after the break to force their way back into the match. Both teams showed intent on attack as the match progressed, but while the Pretoria side converted their chances to score four more tries, unforced handling errors denied Border from adding to their score. This forced them to settle for a 48-15 defeat. Continue reading

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At 12h24 today Western Cape Government Health Forensic Pathology Services was alerted to another shooting death in Netreg, Bonteheuwel. A 20-year-old male sustained several gunshot wounds at 47 Almond Street, Netreg, and subsequently passed away. Police are investigating the matter, but no further details are available at this time.

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The City of Cape Town successfully captured and relocated the caracal that was responsible for the recent spate of endangered African penguin fatalities which occurred in the area south of Links Crescent, close to Froggy Pond in Simon’s Town. This portion of the Simon’s Town shoreline was closed to members of the public in order to trap the cat and has now been re-opened. Read more below:

The female caracal was successfully trapped at approximately 19:00 on Friday, 8 July 2016, at the south end of Froggy Pond. The animal was tranquilised in the cage and examined by a local veterinarian. It was found to be a healthy adult female and the veterinarian confirmed that the caracal was not lactating.

The cat, which was fitted with a tracking collar, was transported back to her original roaming territory in the Table Mountain National Park and released. It has been confirmed that the cat has settled down and its movements will be monitored. Continue reading

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Klein Karoo Klassique eindig vanjaar met die ATKV Afsluitingskonsert, ’n pragkonsert deur verskeie bekroonde kunstenaars. Noluvuyiso Mpofu, sopraan vir dié uitvoering, is op Saterdag, 2 Julie 2016 tydens die 35ste Hans Gabor Belvedere Internasionale Sangkompetisie in Kaapstad, met ’n rits pryse beloon.

Mpofu het ’n algehele tweede plek behaal, die gehoorprys én prys as beste Suid-Afrikaanse deelnemer by die kompetisie, een van die grootste sangkompetisies in die wêreld, ontvang. “Dit was wonderlik om op eie bodem aan dié kompetisie deel te neem, met my familie en vriende wat my deur die loop van die kwalifiserende rondtes kon ondersteun. Die pryse was egter die kersies op die koek”, sê sy.

“Ek sien baie daarna uit om by Klein Karoo Klassique op te tree en my talent met mense te deel wat die kuns van musiek geniet en waardeer”, sê sy. Dit is die tweede jaar dat Mpofu by Klassique optree. Sy was in 2013 as finalis van ATKV-Muziqanto in die Mimi Coertse Galakonsert te sien, asook tydens Haydn’s Nelson Mass. Mpofu is ’n lid van Kaapstad Opera. Continue reading

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Depression is a pervasive health issue today, currently affecting one in five South Africans with a staggering 1-million+ Mzansians on some form of antidepressant medication. What’s even more worrying is that this figure only takes the private sector into account as statistics for the public sector are scant, which means the true figure could be more than double that.

South Africa however isn’t alone. According to a study published in The Lancet, mental disorders and substance abuse combined are the leading cause of non-fatal illness worldwide, contributing nearly 23% of the total global disease burden.

Mariska van Aswegen, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics – a leading provider of antidepressant medication and advocate for mental wellness – says modern-day society is in the throes of a virtual epidemic of depression. Continue reading

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The robbery suspects counted among 166 people arrested by the City’s enforcement agencies in the last week.

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies arrested 166 suspects in the last week – two of them on charges of armed robbery.

On Saturday, 9 July 2016, members attached to the City’s Volunteer Law Enforcement Auxiliary Services were on patrol in their community sponsored vehicle in the Constantia Valley. At approximately 01:00 they were informed that a private security firm was following a vehicle used in an attempted house robbery in Plumstead. Officers caught up with the suspects in Diep River and gave chase (view dashcam footage here: https://youtu.be/qbnbmwfHSqc ) and arrested three suspects after their vehicle crashed into a wall. Officers also recovered a firearm and an unspecified amount of cash. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town has rolled out 275 public Wi-Fi zones, clustered in more than 120 city-wide locations where members of the public congregate and queue for services. The provision of this free service shows that the City is committed to building a digitally inclusive city. Read more below:

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, Councillor Xanthea Limberg, today 11 July 2016 unveiled three more free Wi-Fi zones in the Cape Town Central Business District (CBD). The three newest zones are situated at the Gallows Hill Traffic Department, at the City Hall and in the Civic Centre.

The Good Hope Subcouncil Chairperson, Alderman Demetri Qually joined Councillor Limberg to test the newest Wi-Fi hotspots and the trials received a resounding thumbs-up. Continue reading

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