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As part of the City’s trade and investment mandate, the City provides funding and support to sector bodies in order to catalyse growth and job creation in strategic sectors of the economy.

The City supports six special purpose vehicles or sector bodies which include the Cape Information Technology Initiative (Citi), Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC), Clotex, Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI), GreenCape, and Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPeSA WC).

In addition to the six special purpose vehicles, the City supports Wesgro and the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership for trade and investment promotion, and building and supporting partnerships.

We provide funding and strategic support to these institutions. In return they facilitate domestic and foreign direct investment into the City, assist in developing skills, and facilitate in creating jobs with a specific focus on disadvantaged groups. Continue reading

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The top senior women’s provincial players will look to kick-start their season on a high note on Saturday when the A and B Sections of the SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial Competition start get underway across the country.

Eastern Province will meet Western Province in the opening game of the season at 13h00 at the Zwide Stadium in Port Elizabeth, which also marks the first match of the A Section.

In the opening game in the B Section the Pumas will host the Valke at the Witbank Stadium.

Defending champions, Border, who secured their third title in a row in the A Section last season after cruising through the competition unbeaten, will begin their campaign against SWD at the Bridgton Sports Grounds in Oudtshoorn, while KwaZulu-Natal and the Blue Bulls will meet in the final A Section match at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban. Continue reading

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DHL Stormers half-century for Elstadt

Rynhardt Elstadt will earn his 50th DHL Stormers cap if he comes off the replacements bench in the Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Western Force in Perth on Saturday.

The hard-working utility forward, who is equally at home at flank or lock, first featured for the DHL Stormers in 2011 and has always offered an imposing physical presence.

DHL Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has had to make two injury-enforced changes to the starting XV that lined up against the Rebels in Melbourne last week, with Sikhumbuzo Notshe replacing the injured Nizaam Carr on the flank whilst Alistair Vermaak starts at loosehead prop as Oli Kebble is sidelined with a knee injury.

As a result prop Wilco Louw and utility back Huw Jones come onto the replacements bench which features five forwards and three backs.

Fleck paid tribute to Elstadt, who has been a stalwart of the DHL Stormers set-up for some time. Continue reading

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Cape Town was named #1 in the category ‘Top Cities in Africa and the Middle East’ in the Travel + Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards, at a presentation ceremony held in New York last night (6 July 2016). Read more below:

The Mother City continues to pull out all the stops to attract domestic and international visitors, gathering awards around the globe for her magnificent beauty and tourist offerings.

Most recently, the 2015/2016 Telegraph Travel Awards chose Cape Town as the Best City in the World for the fourth year running, knocking-out Vancouver and Venice, which took second and third place respectively in the Best City category.

In Condé Nast’s highly acclaimed Reader’s Choice Awards, the Mother City also took the top honours as the number one food city in the world! Continue reading

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On Thursday, 07 July 2016, The Children’s Hospital Trust will be making a very generous donation of a transport ventilator worth well over R723 000, 00 to the pediatric flying squad, a division of Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Western Cape Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo said that, “Working together with all sectors of society, we can help forge a stronger health system that continues to provide quality healthcare to the most vulnerable members of our communities. We are delighted by the Children’s Hospital Trust’s donation which will guarantee we are able to provide critical emergency care to young children.”

The aim of the project is to ensure the safe and effective emergency transport of critically ill babies and children under the age of 13. From 1 November 2015 to 31 January 2016, 289 transfers were performed by just one vehicle within the flying squad’s fleet. Reducing pediatric and neonatal deaths is a very high priority for the Western Province. Critically ill children and babies often require transportation by EMS whether from home to hospital or between medical facilities and this would not be possible without the specialized equipment such as a transport ventilator so kindly donated by the Children’s Hospital Trust. Continue reading

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Consumer Studies learners from four Cape Town based high schools got to spend a week in the busy kitchens at GrandWest where they were exposed to the diverse aspects of working behind the scenes in the fast paced hospitality industry. The learners were from Goodwood College, JG Meiring High, Ravensmead High and Sinethemba High.

The initiative, A Day in the Life of a Chef, was organised by GrandWest’s Social Economic Development Department as an extension to its Consumer Studies upliftment programme which has seen the Consumer Studies classrooms at the four schools upgraded to ensure better learning environments for the learners. The upgrade project included equipping the classrooms with seven stoves each, as well as crockery, cooking utensils and fridges. Industrial tables and cupboards were installed, while various aesthetic improvements were also made, including fixing the ceilings and repainting the classrooms. Continue reading

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The Sharks, Blue Bulls and SWD on Wednesday stood out as the top teams in an entertaining second round of the Under-16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week at Paarl Gymnasium, as they registered vital victories to emerge as the top contenders to contest the final match of the tournament on Friday.

The Sharks defeated Boland 10-5, while the Itec Blue Bulls held their nerve to secure a 35-31 victory against the Bidvest Golden Lions and SWD ran in an impressive seven tries for a 39-7 victory against the Leopards.

The Sharks defended like demons to shut out an over-eager Boland side in the first half, who created several try-scoring chances but battled to convert them into points due to errors at crucial times. The Sharks, meanwhile, showed composure on attack and defence, which they supported with a strong counter-attack. But with Boland showing heart on defence, the Durban side scored the only points of the first half compliments of a penalty goal.

The Sharks came out firing in the second half and their efforts paid off with a well-worked try for a 10-0 lead seven minutes after play resumed. But Boland hit back with a try eight minutes before the final whistle to keep alive their hopes of a victory. These hopes, however, were dashed as neither team was able to add to their score. Continue reading

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As The Standard Bank Gallery presents first major African showcase of his art
Henri Matisse proved that creativity takes courage. He shook the art scene to its core and developed a entire new art movement which opened the door for all the modern painters who followed after him.

The first major showcase in Africa of his art takes place at The Standard Bank Gallery from July 13 to September 17 in an exhibition titled Henri Matisse | Rhythm and Meaning. Continue reading

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Note to editors: the following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at a lunch that she hosted for the City’s all-women road repair teams today at the Civic Centre Banqueting Hall.

Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town (TCT), Councillor Brett Herron; TCT Commissioner, Melissa Whitehead; TCT officials; my special guests; all of the women from the road repair teams; and members of the media.

Good afternoon.

It gives me great pleasure to be with you all today as we honour 24 women who have made this city proud. Continue reading

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