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The City’s Electricity Services Department has been battling to restore street lighting along Jakes Gerwel Drive, following damage caused by protestors. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s efforts to restore street lighting along a section of Jakes Gerwel Drive have once more been hamstrung by thieves.

Earlier this year, the section of Jakes Gerwel Drive between Highlands Drive and the R300 was left in darkness after protestors destroyed the electricity control box in the area.

The City’s Electricity Services Department attempted to restore the electricity by relaying supply from an alternative box in April, but this was short-lived and the power was cut once more.

The Department was eventually able to replace the control box towards the end of June, but a few weeks later thieves have struck again – this time stealing the cables. The cost of the damage and resultant repairs have been tallied at nearly R20 000.

‘We receive ongoing complaints from residents who are justifiably concerned for their safety in the area and it really is disheartening to find yourself back to square one when you’ve just managed to fix the problem,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg.

The Electricity Services Department is currently considering ways to prevent theft and vandalism of infrastructure in the future so that the City can keep the lights on in this area and other areas affected by cable theft and vandalism.

Between July and December 2015, the Electricity Services Department reported just over R9 million rand in losses as a result of stolen or vandalised equipment.

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TX: Monday 25 July at 10:30PM

After an intense cross-country knock-out round, Last Fighter Standing debuts on e.tv on Monday, 25 July at 10:30PM. Not only can viewers expect to see some of the best Mixed Martial Arts fighting on TV today, but they will have a rare opportunity to see the back stories of these talented fighters, in a never-before-seen reality show format.

Last Fighter Standing is a 12-part reality show which follows professional fighters from various martial arts disciplines as they face battles around the country in their quest to be crowned the Last Fighter Standing – and win their share of R1 million. The grand finale will be held on 15 October at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, which will be broadcast as a two hour live spectacular on e.tv.

“Last Fighter Standing gives fighters from different disciplines including: Karate, Kickboxing, Muay-Thai, Muay Boran, MMA and Grappling the opportunity to compete against each other for major prize money,” says LFS spokesperson Darius Jakovchuk. “Action-packed elimination tournaments will see one person in each division officially take the title of the best fighter in the country and finally, crown the Last Fighter Standing SA Champion 2016. Thanks to e.tv, the entire country gets to come along for the ride”.
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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

This afternoon I received a memorandum from Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in the Western Cape, under the leadership of Mr Tony Ehrenreich, protesting against the state of public transport.

Given the number of times the 3rd of August was mentioned it was clear that this was an electioneering stunt for the ANC. The small size of the crowd of protestors should worry both the ANC and COSATU.

We agree that Metrorail is in a state of crisis. Even though Metrorail is being managed by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, a state-owned enterprise, the City is assisting our partners from Metrorail as often as we can and within our limited resources.

This latest stunt from COSATU to target the City through their protest action is ironic, if not dishonest and schizophrenic. Continue reading

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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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