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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Today I visited the City of Cape Town’s Sea View development in Hangberg, which is now home to 71 families. The first 26 beneficiaries moved in just before Christmas and the final 45 have made the development their home in the last week, just as winter is commencing.

Sea View is a milestone of one of the goals we set out to achieve at the beginning of this administration in 2011. The Hangberg area was then identified as an area in great need of development and redress in our Integrated Development Plan.

Today we have delivered on that commitment and the promise we made to the people of Hangberg. Continue reading

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DHL Western Province coach John Dobson has made six changes to his starting XV for their clash with the Down Touch Griffons at City Park on Saturday.

The match was originally scheduled for Faure Street in Paarl, but has been moved due to weather and pitch concerns, whilst the kick-off time has also changed to an hour earlier to 15h00 on Saturday with entry R20 at the gate.

Following their bye last week, Dobson has made three changes to the backline and three changes to the forward pack that did duty in their 43-34 victory over the Leopards in Potchefstroom.

Sibahle Maxwane gets an opportunity out on the left wing, and there is an all-new halfback pairing in Robert du Preez and Godlen Masimla who have both recovered from their respective injury concerns.

Up front there are two new flanks in Jurie van Vuuren and Eital Bredenkamp, with Luke Stringer and Beyers de Villiers moving to the replacements bench, and in the front row hooker Chad Solomon makes his return after a spell on the sidelines due to injury.

Dobson said that after a deserved break his team are determined to build on the strong foundation they have established and finish the campaign strong. Continue reading

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Springbok squad members Ruan Combrinck, Franco Mostert and Jaco Kriel enjoy the atmosphere last weekend at the Gold Cup qualifying match at Durbanville-Bellville Rugby Club between champions Durbell and contenders Hamiltons. The trio surprised both teams in their changerooms before the match. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

Springbok squad members Ruan Combrinck, Franco Mostert and Jaco Kriel enjoy the atmosphere last weekend at the Gold Cup qualifying match at Durbanville-Bellville Rugby Club between champions Durbell and contenders Hamiltons. The trio surprised both teams in their changerooms before the match. Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images

Reigning Gold Cup champions Durbanville-Bellville sent out a strong warning that they won’t be giving up their title without a fight, after a sensational comeback inspired by a surprise visit by members of the Springbok squad.

As part of SA Rugby’s #LoveRugby story, the uncapped trio of Ruan Combrinck, Jaco Kriel and Franco Mostert paid a surprise visit to the changerooms of both Durbell and visitors Hamiltons ahead of their much-anticipated Western Province Super League clash in Cape Town last Friday.

The players’ stirring motivational talks to the two sides – ranked one and three among the country’s non-university clubs – inspired one of the finest club matches of the season, with Durbell sensationally overturning a 25-3 deficit after 30 minutes to score 52 points in the final hour for a 55-32 victory.

“The players had no idea the Springbok squad players were coming and they were just awestruck,” said Durbell head coach and former Griquas fullback Bobby Joubert.

“It was a massive honour not only for ourselves but also for Hamiltons to have our national heroes decide to spend the Friday night before a Test match at our club. Continue reading

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The clash between DHL Western Province and the Downtouch Griffons on Saturday has been moved from Faure Street in Paarl to City Park in Athlone due to weather and pitch concerns.

The match kick-off has also changed to an hour earlier to 15h00 on Saturday, with entry R20 at the gate.

DHL Western Province will be looking to add to their seven victories thus far this season, and close the gap on the table-topping ORC Griquas who have a bye.

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School holidays signal a stressful period for many parents whose main concern is how to keep children occupied. Help is at hand in the form of a jam-packed holiday programme at the City’s recreational hubs, libraries, community centres/halls, nature reserves, sports fields and parks. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s various departments have pulled out all the stops to ensure that the holiday programme for the mid-year break will keep young and old well occupied. The programme caters for a broad range of tastes: those who prefer being indoors or outdoors, both physical and non-physical activities, and something for nature lovers.

The programme at the City’s nature reserves is sure to keep the young ones fascinated and well engaged. Among others, then can enjoy winter hikes, story-telling sessions and learning about animals, insects and birds. Continue reading

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Dates: Wednesday, 29 June
Times: Doors open at 19h00
Performances start at 19h30
Venue: Chavonnes Battery Museum, Silo District
Bookings: www.quicket.co.za
Cost: Tickets R175 per person
Contact: V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or info@waterfront.co.za

Cape Town, June 2016 — Fans of talented South African singer and songwriter Loyiso Bala can experience his incredible vocal range up close in an intimate, acoustic performance at the V&A Waterfront’s Chavonnes Battery Museum in the Silo District on Wednesday, 29 June.

The popular R&B artist’s voice was honed by classical training received at the prestigious Drakensburg Boys Choir, and at age 19 he was appointed as the youngest conductor of the National Youth Choir. Continue reading

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This from telegraph.co.uk:

Was Omar Mateen secretly gay?

The man who murdered 49 people at a gay club in Orlando was a closet homosexual who used gay dating apps and frequented gay bars, according to friends and locals in the city.

On Tuesday police were considering pressing charges against Omar Mateen’s second wife, Nour Salman, 30, who told the FBI she went with him to scope out possible targets, and that she had tried to stop him from carrying out the attack.

Ms Salman lived in a suburb of Chicago before moving to Fort Pierce with Mateen in November 2012. In December 2015 she is believed to have left Florida and moved in with relatives in Rodeo, California. She has not spoken publicly and has scrubbed her social media accounts since the attack.  Her few remaining pictures show her smiling and posing with Mateen and a child believed to be their son. A photo from Instagram Salman shows Mateen kissing a child, with the caption: “Daddy’s boy.”

Yet others who knew the New York-born killer have  painted a picture of a gay man who could not come to terms with his sexuality.

“I recognise his face,” said Justin Datz, 33, who works at Parliament – a hotel and resort which has been home to the city’s gay community since 1975.

“I’m not on gay dating apps or anything anymore, but he certainly looks familiar. So when I heard he frequented gay bars around here, it all made sense.”

Full story here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/14/orlando-gunman-was-a-regular-at-lgbt-nightclub-pulse-before-atta/

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If Cape Town’s informal economy was shut down, it would lead to an additional 170 000 individuals joining the queues of unemployed who desperately seek some form of employment. These were some of the insights from the Informal Economy Summit, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre this week. Read more below:

These numbers should be quite sobering, especially for many residents and some in the formal business sector who are against any informal trading in their areas. Informal traders eke out a living by plying their trade in areas where there is high foot traffic to ensure they can capitalise on the economic opportunities.

‘While Cape Town’s informal sector may be relatively small, especially by emerging country standards, its penetration into the most vulnerable households in the city and its impact in terms of poverty reduction are disproportionately large,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor, during his opening address at the fourth annual Informal Economy Summit yesterday, 13 June 2016. Continue reading

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Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron made eight changes to his team to face France in their final pool match in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship at the Academy Stadium in Manchester on Wednesday.

The changes, which the coach described as being a case of horses for courses, included two positional switches, with Curwin Bosch and Manie Libbok switching between fullback and flyhalf.

The other three changes in the backline were at centre where JT Jackson replaces Franco Naude, while wing Edwill van der Merwe and scrumhalf Embrose Papier earn their first starts as replacements for Mosolwa Mafuma and James Hall respectively.

Among the forwards, hooker Jan-Henning Campher and lock Ruben de Villiers were also handed their first starts in place of Tango Balekile and Eduard Zandberg respectively, while Cobus Wiese replaces Ersnt van Rhyn at flank.

Only two players retained their places on the bench from the clash against Argentina, namely props Nicolaas Oosthuizen and Jaco Holtzhausen. They will be joined by Balekile, Hall, Naude, looseforward Denzel Hill, fullback Keanu Vers and Van Rhyn, who will provide cover at lock. Continue reading

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About 30 young people between the ages of four and 16 who are part of the City’s skateboarding programme are getting a kick out of life and skateboarding in their new VANS kicks. Read more below:

This group of youngsters are part of a skateboarding programme that takes place at the City of Cape Town’s Valhalla Skate Park. It forms part of the afterschool and Early Childhood Development programmes at the recreational hub. The City’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities (SRA) Department and the Indigo Youth Movement recently concluded a partnership agreement that allows Indigo to provide training in life skills and skateboarding to the youth of Valhalla Park and surrounding areas. Continue reading

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