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It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the passing of one of our county’s dear sons, Adam Small in the early hours of this morning.

As a writer and poet, Small used his craft to highlight the oppression suffered by the working class under the apartheid regime.

His works and writing were distinctly characterised by the Kaaps vernacular which he discovered when his family moved to Retreat.

In Small’s poetry collections “Kitaar My Kruis and “Sê Sjibbolet” he criticised apartheid policies and racial discrimination while he also used his writing as a weapon in the struggle to free his people.

Last year I honoured to open a production and sit next to Adam Small and listen to some of his famous pieces, “Kô Lat Ons Sing” and “Oos Wes Tuis Bes Distrik Ses”.

Many years after he had written those pieces, his words and the emotions were still so vivid and touching.

In 2011, the City of Cape Town conferred the Civic Honours on Adam Small for his everlasting contribution towards Afrikaans literature.

His passing will undoubtedly leave a great void in our country’s cultural and literary landscape.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Adam Small.

We pray for strength and comfort during your time of bereavement.

Rest in peace Adam Small. We will always remember you for your great contribution to literature and the struggle.

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Johannesburg/Lagos, 24 June 2016: BET has revealed that multi Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Stevie Wonder, will bring the house down during one of the multiple show-stopping performances spread throughout the show paying homage to Prince at the 16th annual “BET Awards” (Sunday 26 June 2016).

Also confirmed to take the stage are Young Thug, Jennifer Hudson, Erykah Badu, French Montana, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Tori Kelly, Beyoncé’s rising music duo CHLOE X HALLE  and Bilal, alongside previously announced performers Bryson Tiller, Usher, Desiigner, Future, Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Sheila E. and The Roots.
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Simon’s Town Murder of Deputy Sheriff an Attack on Justice
24 June 2016
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Today I met with the widow of the Deputy Sheriff of Simon’s Town, Mbulelo Nogqala, who was murdered in cold blood by three men in his home in Masiphumelele last Wednesday. This horrific incident happened to the 37 year old man in front of his family, in what seems to have been a targeted assassination. 
The Sheriff performs a key role in enforcing the criminal justice process, delivering the orders of the courts. The assassination of the Deputy Sheriff is an attack on the weak underbelly of our justice system. Sheriffs plays an essential role in our communities. They hand out summonses, notices, warrants and court orders, and are actively involved in the prevention of family violence, and to ensure that men pays maintenance.

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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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