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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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Cape Town – FlySafair is having a very unwelcomed #ThrowbackThursday, as their online booking site is struggling to keep up with demand only two hours after their limited R2 sale was announced.

This despite promising that they have a new “state-of-the-art cloud server to increase its capacity to host this sale”.

According to Kirby Gordon, Vice President of sales and distribution at FlySafair, “there have been a few errors” since the start of the sale.

Gordon says that the errors appear to be connection based, and that “people with weaker connections do seem to struggle to fight for their spot”.

But Traveller24, operating on 4G internet, has been seeing the following message for over an hour:

Full story here:

http://traveller24.news24.com/News/Flights/disgruntled-passengers-slam-flysafair-for-r2-sale-capacity-fail-20160623

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From left to right: Eddie Cyster Director of Heatherdale Children’s Home,  Heidi Edson Group Social Economic Development Manager Sun International, Lunga Singama Heart FM presenter) and Avril Cupido Director Early Years Services.

From left to right: Eddie Cyster Director of Heatherdale Children’s Home, Heidi Edson Group Social Economic Development Manager Sun International, Lunga Singama Heart FM presenter) and Avril Cupido Director Early Years Services.

GrandWest enthusiastically pledged its support for Heart FMs 16 Days of Youth campaign which saw the radio station shutting down its broadcast studio in Green Point to undertake youth focused projects across the Western Cape.

The 16 Days for Youth journey started in Vredenburg on 1 June 2016 and ended on 16 June 2016, Youth Day. During the journey, Heart FM broadcast remotely from various locations and were part of various community projects to uplift young people in need. The initiative is a spin-off from the station’s #HeartBeats4Youth campaign which started out with motivational talks by celebrities at various schools four years ago. It has since evolved into a 16 day drive to contribute to youth upliftment in the province.

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Club rugby stars Christo van Wyk and Dennis Cox are both in line to make their DHL Western Province debut off the replacements bench in the clash with the Hino Valke in Kempton Park on Friday.

Tygerberg prop Van Wyk and Belhar flyhalf Cox have both made a big impression for their respective clubs, and DHL Western Province coach John Dobson is excited to see what they can do at Barnard Stadium in a match that kicks off at 15h00.

“Both of these players are fully deserving of their call-ups after putting in some exceptional performances for their clubs, so we are excited to see what they can offer us,” said Dobson.

They will be joined on the replacements bench by scrumhalf Jano Vermaak and lock David Ribbans, who are both making their return from injury.

Another player returning from injury is Tim Whitehead, who lines up in midfield alongside Johnny Kotze, whilst the only other change to the backline sees JP Lewis start on the left wing.

In the forward pack Janco Venter returns from national duty with Namibia to take his place at flank alongside Luke Stringer, with Jurie van Vuuren shifting to lock, and Kyle Whyte gets an opportunity to start at loosehead prop.

Dobson said that despite a few disruptions the team is in good spirits as they look to add to their eight victories from nine matches this season. Continue reading

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Warren Whiteley (No 8) and Ruan Combrinck (wing) will make their first starts for the Springboks in the deciding third Test against Ireland in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The inclusion of these two players are the only changes to the starting team announced by Springbok coach Allister Coetzee for the third Castle Lager Incoming Series Test against the Irish in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Coetzee also made three changes to the bench.

Whiteley replaces the experienced Duane Vermeulen, who is out with an elbow injury, while Combrinck, man of the match in last week’s win over the Irish in Johannesburg, gets the starting nod over Lwazi Mvovo, who is now on the bench.

An ankle injury has ruled out prop Trevor Nyakane, and his place amongst the reserves is filled by the uncapped Steven Kitshoff. He is joined on the bench by another uncapped player, Jaco Kriel, who comes into the match day squad for the first time during the series. Continue reading

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Pic: SA Rugby on Twitter

Pic: SA Rugby on Twitter

Junior Springbok fullback Curwin Bosch has been nominated among five candidates for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship Player of the Tournament, World Rugby announced on Thursday.

He will go up against Ireland No 8 Max Deegan, Japanese wing Ataata Moeakiola, England flyhalf Harry Mallinder, and New Zealand wing Shaun Stevenson for the prestigious award.

Bosch, who was named Man-of-the-Match in the SA U20s’ final pool match against France, is the top points scorer in the international showpiece being hosted in in Manchester, England. He has already amassed 59 points in four matches for the Junior Springboks, from two tries, 14 conversions and seven penalty goals.

Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard was the last South African player to win the award, in 2014, while Springbok centre Jan Serfontein walked away with the spoils in 2012, when the Junior Boks won the tournament on home ground. Continue reading

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Programme:         MTV Lip Sync Battle Africa
Channel:                 MTV (DStv channel 130)
Date:                        Thursday 23 June
Episode:                  11
Contestants:          Nomzamo Mbatha & Tiwa Savage
Time:                        20:50 CAT

Turn up your TV sets tonight (Thursday 23 June) at 20:50 CAT as MTV delivers a pumped-up episode of Lip Sync Battle Africa featuring gorgeous Nomzamo Mbatha and Tiwa Savage. With the end of Series 1 now in sight, MTV isn’t letting up the pressure as it inspired these two talent ladies to bring it all – style, looks and attitude – to create a magical episode that will leave viewers spellbound. Continue reading

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With more than 100 arrests over a four-month period and over 3 000 incidents detected, the City’s CCTV system is proving its worth and will see nearly R12 million spent on further expansion in the next 12 months. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Strategic Surveillance Unit is set to install additional CCTV cameras to the tune of nearly R12 million in the new financial year.

The Safety and Security Directorate has set aside approximately R7,4 million for 10 new cameras in areas like Goodwood, Silvertown, Bridgetown and Gatesville. A number of ward councillors (26) have also made ward allocation funding totalling R4,45 million available for cameras in their respective areas. Continue reading

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STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 17: Edwill van der Merwe of DHL Western Province during the u20 warm up match between South Africa and Maties at Danie Craven Stadium on May 17, 2016 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Edwill van der Merwe (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Edwill van der Merwe supported the Junior Springboks from the sidelines as a ball boy in the 2012 World Rugby Under-20 Championship in South Africa, which the team won, andfour years later he has established himself as one of the key players in the side.

Van der Merwe, who grew up in the small town of Kylemore outside of Stellenbosch, has scored two tries so far in the tournament in Manchester, England – one against England in the semi-final and the other against France in the team’s final pool match. He was also named in World Rugby’s dream team following the semi-final on Monday.

The 20 year-old, who is a first-year sports science student at Stellenbosch University, admits that going down to England in the semi-final was the lowest point in his rugby career. But despite this, he continues to value every moment of participating in the international showpiece.

“I was a ball boy during the 2012 tournament in South Africa and it was an amazing experience,” said Van der Merwe. Continue reading

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