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Designed by the country’s top landscape architects and designers, 20 diverse and creative show gardens will be on display at the Cape Town Flower Show. Curated and coordinated by, Paul Odendaal, owner of Compass Gardens. The show gardens will be the main highlight of the Cape Town Flower Show, which takes place from Thursday 27th–Sunday 30th October 2016 at The Castle of Good Hope, in the centre of Cape Town.

With over 15 years’ experience in the horticultural industry, Paul has worked with great garden personalities such as Keith Kirsten, Raymond Hudson and the late gardening expert, Lynton Johnson. He has been involved with the build of one of the South African stands at The Chelsea Flower Show and a show garden which was awarded the best Relais & Chateaux Garden in the world. Paul will bring his vibrancy and enthusiasm to the Cape Town Flower Show, while inspiring, and assisting each of the landscapers.

The Cape Town Flower show offers the landscapers the opportunity to explore their creativity, whilst challenging them to show their understanding of the current environment. Continue reading

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Cape Town, 10 June 2016 – adidas has unveiled its lightest ever rugby boots with the launch of its Superlight range, which features the adipower Kakari Force and the adizero Crazyquick Malice.

Following a period of engagement to secure feedback from some of the world’s top rugby players, adidas has invested thousands of hours of research in developing and delivering the lightest boots to date, to rugby players of all levels.

The adipower Kakari Force and the adizero Crazyquick Malice feature state-of-the-art technology previously unseen in the adidas rugby boots. This includes a neoprene sock designed to provide increased support and ankle stability. The boots also have a groundbreaking and breathable upper material.

The increased technology in the boots has ensured the products are 25% lighter than adidas’ previous collections, delivering significant on field performance benefit.

“adidas is constantly striving to create tangible on pitch benefits to players by ensuring our products are at the forefront of technological advancements,” Adrian de Souza Business Unit Head for adidas Rugby, said.

De Souza adds, “To help deliver this we were able to consult with some of the best players in the game. Through this process we were able to understand the needs of players and thus deliver an exciting product range with the Superlight boots.” Continue reading

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Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron made six changes to his starting team to face Argentina in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester on Saturday to suit the anticipated wet conditions.

These changes include two positional switches in the backline, with Manie Libbok and Curwin Bosch swapping positions between flyhalf and fullback. The backline also shows one personnel change with Franco Naude taking over at inside centre from JT Jackson.

Upfront, props Franco van den Berg and Carlü Sadie replace Kwenzo Blose and Jaco Holtzhausen respectively, and lock Eduard Zandberg comes in for Cobus Wiese.

Theron named a new-look bench with prop Nicolaas Oosthuizen, scrumhalf Marco Jansen van Vuren and wing Edwill van der Merwe earning their first call-ups in the tournament. Continue reading

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Ajax Cape Town have promoted promising Gugulethu teenager, Luthando Matheza from the U19 team to the PSL squad. After joining the Ajax youth academy in 2010 at the age of 12, going a full circle to become the latest player to be promoted to Roger De Sa’s squad for the 2016/17 PSL season.

The Gugs-born midfielder signed his first professional contract with the club after making impressive progress through the club’s youth ranks. Luthando will join Masilake Phohlongo, Sergio Kammies and Darren Johnson in the PSL squad, all of whom were recently promoted from the club’s remarkably successful U19 side.

Luthando played an instrumental role in facilitating a historic double cup win in Europe recently, as the Ajax Cape Town U19 side were crowned 2016 NextGen and ESAD Cup champions. He also captained the club’s U17 side in the 2015 Engen Knockout Championships, where the club lifted both the Regional and National competitions. For his brilliant displays in midfield, contributing to goals as well as assists in both tournaments, Luthando was awarded the Player of the Tournament Award in both Engen events.

The 18-year-old left footed playmaker excelled in every age group throughout the prestigious Ajax Cape Town youth ranks, developing beyond expectation, getting on the score sheet regularly and providing ample assists for his teammates – making Roger De Sa’s decision simple. Continue reading

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Junior Springbok flanker Zain Davids is relishing every moment of participating in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester, which he rates as the highlight of his rugby career so far.

The former Rondebosch Boys’ High School pupil, who started playing rugby on the pavements of Swellendam as a young boy, had a memorable start to the tournament. He was named Man of the Match in the team’s opening clash against Japan, thanks to his powerful bursts up-field and his solid defence.

Davids, who made the switch from centre to flank at school level, was also rewarded for his efforts with two tries and the honour of being named World Rugby’s Dream Team after the opening round of the tournament.

“It was an absolute honour to be named Man of the Match, and it was great to score two tries in the first match,” said Davids.

“But while I will always remember that, we have a long way to go to achieve our objectives of advancing to the final and winning the tournament, and that is my only focus at this point.” Continue reading

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Mpact Recycling is a leading paper recycler in South Africa, which counts amongst its goals educating consumers on the benefits of recycling. The company today announced that it has renewed its partnership with the glamourous Mrs South Africa pageant for the second consecutive year.

Mpact Recycling managing director, John Hunt says, “Our partnership with Mrs South Africa delivered great value in 2015 as the 25 finalists contributed to educating school children on the benefits of recycling and helped us to identify and include new communities and schools in our schools’ recycling project. This year, our campaign will include a socio-economic development element where the Top 25 contestants will meet community leaders to identify needs in their areas, which Mpact will meet provided that the area’s recycling targets are met. The campaign objectives fit neatly with Mpact’s own drive to create awareness in schools and communities about recycling.” Continue reading

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nthem singers (from left to right) Lana Crowster, Vernon Barnard, Nathan Hendricks and Richard Stirton, winner of The Voice SA, taken in front of the SA Rugby trophy cabinet, is attached. Please credit SA Rugby.

nthem singers (from left to right) Lana Crowster, Vernon Barnard, Nathan Hendricks and Richard Stirton, winner of The Voice SA, taken in front of the SA Rugby trophy cabinet, is attached. Pic: SA Rugby.

The latest SA Rugby initiative to grow the game in South Africa, #LoveRugby, received a welcome boost with the confirmation of six new anthem singers for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland.

Four of the finalists of the recently completed and massively popular talent show on M-Net, The Voice South Africa, will perform the respective national anthems of South Africa and Ireland during the series to be played in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.

The Voice SA, which unearthed a number of fresh faces in the music industry, was very successful on DStv and complements the #LoveRugby groundswell, which is also aimed at bringing new faces, voices and fans to play, support and love rugby.

The eventual winner, Richard Stirton, other popular finalists Lana Crowster, Vernon Barnard and Gavin Edwards, as well as young and upcoming Cape Town singer Nathan Hendricks will be assisted by Jamali’s Mariechan over the next three weeks at the Springbok Tests. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg, was pleased with the progress of construction when he today visited the sites where approximately 800 new full-flush toilets are being installed in SST and BM Sections Khayelitsha. Read more below:

This represents the latest in a number of new installations in the area, including 28 in QQ Section, and 80 in PJS Section. Continue reading

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The South African Weather Service has predicted heavy rainfall, with the bulk due to fall overnight. The City is on standby to respond to any incidents. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town and applicable external agencies are on alert to deal with the consequences of unfavourable weather predicted for Cape Town overnight.

The South African Weather Service has issued an advisory which includes:
· Heavy rainfall in places over the mountainous areas of the Cape metropole
· Strong winds in places over the Central Karoo and Cape Winelands
· Disruptive snowfalls over the high lying areas of the Western and Northern Cape

‘Cape Town needs all the rain it can get to increase our dam levels, but we also have a duty to ensure that we are ready to react to any fallout from heavy downpours and the like. Our Disaster Risk Management Centre will coordinate any response that’s required. Continue reading

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Pic: gettyimages.com

Pic: gettyimages.com

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has named Faf de Klerk as the only uncapped player in the starting team to face Ireland on Saturday at DHL Newlands in Cape Town, while Elton Jantjies has passed a fitness test and will start the first of three Castle Lager Incoming Series Tests between the two countries on the bench.

Coetzee has included six players in the match-23 who did not feature at the Rugby World Cup last year, ushering in a new era for Bok rugby. They are the Emirates Lions quintet of De Klerk, Jantjies, Warren Whiteley, Julian Redelinghuys and Lionel Mapoe, who will earn his first start for the Boks, as well as DHL Stormers hooker Bongi Mbonambi, the only other uncapped player in the match-day squad.

De Klerk has been in good form this season for the Emirates Lions in Vodacom Super Rugby and he earns a starting berth alongside experienced flyhalf Pat Lambie, who has played in 50 Tests for the Boks.

The Springbok coach said he is looking forward to seeing De Klerk earning his first Test cap for South Africa and that it was good to know Jantjies has fully recovered from his injury. The Emirates Lions flyhalf passed a fitness test at Thursday’s training session at the Cape Town Stadium.

“I have no doubt Faf will do a fantastic job,” said Coetzee. Continue reading

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