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The Safety and Security Directorate today honoured 214 employees with more than 5 500 years of service between them. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate hosted its annual long-service awards ceremony today, 19 July 2016, paying tribute to 214 employees across its six departments who have been with the City for 20 years or longer.

The award recipients who work in Cape Town Traffic Services, Disaster Risk Management, Metro Police, Fire and Rescue Service, 107 Public Emergency Contact Centre, and Law Enforcement have a total of 5 515 years of service between them. Two of the recipients have been in local government for 44 years apiece, as indicated in the breakdown below: Continue reading

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Pat Lambie braaiing in a township, Willie le Roux in the back of a police van and Beast Mtawarira at Khayelitsha Rugby Club are just some of the moments from a #LoveRugby video that is taking social media by storm after it was released by SA Rugby over the weekend.

The video – available here on the Springboks’ Facebook page or on YouTube – has clocked up more than 100,000 views across all platforms since it was released on Friday afternoon on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

The video was filmed on the morning of the Bok squad’s first assembly, with new coach Allister Coetzee setting them an unusual task at Cape Town International Airport. Unbeknown to the players, the team bus had been left in the garage and instead the players had to hitch-hike to their training base in Stellenbosch after completing some specific tasks in various communities. Continue reading

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Based on the book by Jonny Steinberg

Adapted by Isango Ensemble, directed by Mark Dornford-May

Baxter Flipside

10 to 20 August 2016

A Man of Good Hope, based on the book by Johnny Steinberg and adapted by Isango Ensemble, comes to the Baxter Flipside for a short season from 10 to 20 August at 7.30pm nightly, before jetting off to London for its UK premier at The Young Vic.

The production premiered at the District Six Museum in Cape Town earlier this year and ran for three weeks of sold out performances. Continue reading

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Pop-opera sensation Selim Kagee, who has wowed audiences across SA and abroad with his warm classical voice since the release of his debut album (Cry For Love) with EMI Music in 2012, is preparing an exciting new concert to be staged at Artscape Theatre from29 – 30th October 2016 in Cape Town.

This once-off musical experience gives audiences a taste of Kagee’s suave, romantic style and brand of music which has made him so popular, as he presents some of the worlds most beautiful songs with a hint of India in it’s instrumentation, creating a unique fusion of East meets West.

Fans can expect to hear re-imagined renditions of evergreen songs such as “WonderfulTonight”, “Surrender”, “O Sole Mio”, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” as well as the title track of his debut album – “Cry For Love”.

With one of the country’s top musical directors, Raymond Verster, at the helm, the concert features the Hugo Lambrechts Orchestra conducted by Riaan van Wyk, with a live band and choir. They are joined by Donné de Kock on lead violin, Babu Parker on bansuri flute, Akash Srikewal on sitar and Vishen Kemraj on tabla adding a unique exoticness to the concert. Continue reading

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 18: General views of players interacting with children during the Christine Revell Children’s Home visit by the Springbok and Sevens players for "67 minutes on Nelson Mandela Day" in Athlone on July 18, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 18: General views of players interacting with children during the Christine Revell Children’s Home visit by the Springbok and Sevens players for “67 minutes on Nelson Mandela Day” in Athlone on July 18, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Springboks Lood de Jager, Trevor Nyakane, Jan Serfontein joined Springbok Sevens stars Carel du Preez and Sandile Ngcobo and Springbok Women’s players Veroeshka Grain, Marithy Pienaar and Chané Stadler at two children’s homes in Cape Town on Monday as part of the SA Rugby activities to celebrate Mandela Day.

The players as well as SA Rugby staff members visited the Leliebloem Child and Youth Care Centre and the Christine Revell Children’s Home, both situated in Athlone, Cape Town.

At the youth care centre, the players participated in a number of fun games with the youngsters and they also made a donation of blankets. The kids, in turn, presented the players with some drawings.

They then moved to the Christine Revell Children’s Home, where they donated groceries – collected by the SA Rugby staff members – and sweets parcels to the young toddlers. Afterwards, the players joined in the fun, playing some Rugby Tots games while others read storybooks to the youngsters. Continue reading

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Just before 01h00 this morning, 18 July , a Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Service paramedic crew was ambushed, assaulted and robbed in the Happy Valley informal settlement in Blackheath. Four men carrying knives and broken bottles forced their way into an EMS ambulance as the crew was busy loading a patient.

The attackers demanded the crew’s personal valuables including wallets, mobile phones and handbags after which they stabbed the female paramedic with a broken bottle. The other paramedic was threatened with a knife, but fortunately not harmed. Further to this the attackers damaged the EMS Ambulance by ripping the mobile data terminal from the vehicles’ dashboard, effectively rendering the vehicle out of service for several weeks.

The crew received medical attention and were offered trauma counseling after the attack. Fortunately they were not seriously injured, but they are currently off-duty and the area is an emergency medical resource poorer. This attack will not diminish our commitment to continue providing emergency medical care, but the public should note that the safety of our emergency care workers throughout the department is our first priority.

An attack on an EMS ambulance and crew, is an attack on your own community.

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This from timeslive.co.za:

The founder of the Imbumba Foundation has described the final moments of Gugu Zulu’s life, saying his wife Letshego ‘did everything for him’ in his final moments.

“She was constantly checking on him and making sure he was okay. When his breathing became very heavy, she alerted the medical teams.”

Speaking to TMG Entertainment from Tanzania, Richard Mabaso said the team has been left devastated by the death of Zulu, describing his last moments. In a tender recollection of Zulu’s final moments with his wife, Mabaso said she kept a constant eye on him.

“She was with him all the time. She also put a pillow under his head to make sure that he was more comfortable. It’s been devastating. We are all shocked.”

Mabaso, who is also project leader for the expedition, says Zulu was beyond excited to start the climb.

“He was so excited. Before we left he said that he has a young daughter and he wanted to take action and create awareness.”

Full story here:

http://www.timeslive.co.za/entertainment/2016/07/18/Gugu-Zulus-wife-at-his-side-for-his-final-moments

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A father and son – driving a Maserati and a Ferrari – were caught for illegal street racing, joining 150 other suspects behind bars this past weekend.

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services arrested 116 suspects during operations this past weekend. Most of the arrests were for drunk driving, but officers also collared 24 motorists for reckless and negligent driving. This included a father and son who were caught engaging in an illegal street race along Klipfontein Road in a Maserati and a Ferrari.

Officers also had to intervene in a road rage incident in Blue Downs involving a group of tow truck drivers and members of the public. The driver of a VW Polo sustained serious injuries after allegedly being assaulted by three tow truckers.

The Metro Police Department had its fair share of public commotion when officers apprehended two suspects for the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition in Macassar on Friday, 15 July 2016. While officers were making the arrests, members of the public helped one of the suspects to escape. They also stoned the officers’ vehicles. Officers managed to arrest one suspect and confiscated a 9 mm firearm and 33 rounds of ammunition (eight x 9 mm rounds and 25 x .38 special revolver rounds). Continue reading

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