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GrandWest turns up the heat this winter with a scintillating show by some of the world’s best known R&B artists live at the Grand Arena on 24 July 2016. The one night only show, Legends of R&B, will feature the iconic R&B group, The Manhattans, with Gerald Alston and Grammy Award winning songstress Regina Belle.

“Legends of R&B is a rare treat for rhythm and blues music enthusiasts. We look forward to welcoming these celebrated artists to our stage for one of only four concerts to be performed during their South African tour,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.

Since first emerging on the music scene in the 1960s, The Manhattans have sold over 40 million albums worldwide and boast a string of chart topping hits including classics such as “Kiss and Say Goodbye” and “Forever by Your Side”. Alston joined the group in 1970 and together they enjoyed success with their 1973 song “There`s No Me Without You”. The song quickly became a number one chart topper on both the US Billboard Pop and R&B charts. The group found further success in 1980 with the release of “Shining Star”, which reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a Grammy Award. Continue reading

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DHL Western Province coach John Dobson has been forced to make some changes to his team for their Currie Cup Qualifying clash with South Western Districts Eagles at City Park on Saturday.

A number of call-ups to the DHL Stormers touring squad in Australia have meant that Dobson has had to shuffle his resources as his team go in search of their 10th win from 11 games this season.

DHL Western Province Under-19 will face Golden Lions U19 in a curtain-raiser at 14h15, before the Currie Cup Qualifier kicks off at 16h00 with entry R20 at the gate.

In the front row prop Wesley Chetty makes his first appearance of the season, with Kyle Whyte shifting across to the tighthead side.

David Ribbans makes his first start at lock since his return from injury, and in the loose trio Luke Stringer shifts across to the blindside with Beyers de Villiers getting an opportunity to start at openside flank.

In the backline Tim Whitehead partners EW Viljoen in midfield, with Johnny Kotze moving out to the right wing and Sibahle Maxwane coming in on the left wing. Continue reading

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Jaco Taute will make his first appearance this season for the DHL Stormers in their clash with the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Saturday.

The powerful utility back suffered a knee injury in pre-season, and makes his return to Vodacom Super Rugby action at fullback in place of Cheslin Kolbe who is currently on national Sevens duty.

A fit-again Schalk Burger also returns to the starting line-up at No.8 and will captain the side in the absence of Juan de Jongh who is also with the Springbok Sevens squad.

The only other change to the team that started the 31-24 victory against the Toyota Cheetahs at DHL Newlands before the June break sees Vincent Koch replace the injured Frans Malherbe at tighthead prop.

On the replacements bench prop JP Smith and utility back Scott van Breda are both in line to make their DHL Stormers debut should they take the field. Continue reading

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This from timeslive.co.za:

Cape Town City FC will make their bow in the 2016/17 Premier Soccer League season after the new franchise out of the ashes of Mpumalanga Black Aces was launched on Wednesday.

The club‚ owned by John Comitis‚ will make their professional debut with a high-profile MTN8 meeting against Kaizer Chiefs at their Cape Town Stadium base on a date yet to be determined by the PSL.

The club is an ambitious project that seeks to unify 100 grassroots teams that play in the SAFA leagues to feed into their academy that is potentially to be based in Nyanga.

Discussions over the project started with SAFA Western Cape president Norman Arendse last November‚ and culminated in the purchase of Black Aces’ franchise to form a professional team for the grassroots sides to feed into.

“It was clear‚ if you don’t tap into the heart of the guy at the grassroots‚ you cannot succeed at the top. This is a club for the people‚” Comitis said. Continue reading

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This from ewn.co.za:

MEC Sihle Zikalala laid the charges against Sodwana Bay Guest House owner Andre Slade earlier today.

JOHANNESBURG – Charges of illegal operation, crimen injuria and tax evasion have been laid against the owner of a KwaZulu-Natal guest house, who said his establishment was not taking bookings from black people and government employees.

The province’s Economic Development and Tourism MEC Sihle Zikalala opened the case today against Sodwana Bay Guest House owner Andre Slade.

Full story here:

http://ewn.co.za/2016/06/29/Racist-KZN-guest-house-owner-charged-with-crimen-injuria-tax-evasion

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Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell on Wednesday welcomed the draw of TEAM SOUTH AFRICA in Pool B of the Rugby Sevens event at the 2016 Olympic Games, to be played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil later this year.

The pools for this exciting milestone event which will see Rugby Sevens returning to the Olympic arena again after 92 years, were announced for the 12-team men’s and women’s events at Rio 2016 on Tuesday.

The second-seeded South Africans were grouped with Australia, France and Spain and according to Powell, all pools will be tough.

“I am pleased with our pool, but the reality is that you will have to respect every opponent, play every game at your best and use your opportunities. There will be no easy games and there are no easy pool. Even Brazil, who are seeded 12th, will be a very tough nut to crack as they will be playing in front of their home crowd. We need to prepare well because the other pools are also very competitive,” cautioned Powell. Continue reading

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“Peace peace. Thank you, Debra. Thank you, BET. Thank you Nate Parker, Harry and Debbie Allen for participating in that.

Before we get into it, I just want to say I brought my parents out tonight. I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, and that they make sure I learn what the schools were afraid to teach us. And also thank my amazing wife for changing my life. Now, this award – this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country – the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do.

It’s kind of basic mathematics – the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize.

Now, this is also in particular for the black women in particular who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.

Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday. So what’s going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours. Continue reading

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Alleged dagga dealers were among at least 278 suspects arrested by the City’s enforcement agencies in the last seven days. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested 81 suspects in the last week – 40 of them for drug-related offences.

In an operation in Delft on Thursday 23 June 2016, officers rounded up 12 suspects for possession of dagga and confiscated large quantities of the drug, including 36 plastic bags and nearly 150 parcels. Other arrests included possession of illegal ammunition and dangerous weapons and drunk driving – one of them a motorist who was collared in Delft after colliding with a Metro Police vehicle. Continue reading

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