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Tencent Africa’s brand new music streaming app JOOX, that enables South Africans to conveniently discover and listen to music wherever they are, is now also jam-packed with Afrikaans music hits. Much of this Afrikaans music is exclusive to the app.

JOOX is packed with various playlists for any mood. The app offers a free as well as paid-for VIP option that enables users to stream music without using any data. Another feature is three different streaming quality options, allowing customers to control their data usage.

Brett Loubser, CEO of Tencent Africa Services, says JOOX has already surpassed other music streaming services in the four other markets into which it has been released. “The combination of our upcoming markets music model, as well as the experience of our local team, makes JOOX a first for South Africa.”

Besides all the local South African music that is already available on the app, Coleske Artists – the producers of Afrikaans is Groot – has uploaded their music exclusively for streaming on JOOX.

According to Arnold Coleske, head of Coleske Artists, JOOX offers a unique platform to ensure artists’ music is digitally available to their fans. “The technology and business possibilities that Tencent brings to the table makes is possible to build on the quality that we offer to listeners. Getting involved was simply a no-brainer.”

“JOOX really is wonderful news. I am excited that my music is available on JOOX along with other artists like Die Heuwels Fantasties, Jay, Riana Nel, Laurika Rauch and Steve Hofmeyr. The great thing about the aqpp is that it is easy to use,” says celebrated singer and TV presenter Bobby van Jaarsveld. Continue reading

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SA Select Women’s coach Eddie Myners on Tuesday included international halfbacks, scrumhalf Fundiswa Plaatjie and flyhalf Kirsten Conrad, in his starting team to face the England Academy in Aldershot in their second match on their UK tour on Wednesday.

Myners’ starting XV team shows five personnel changes and two positional switches from the team that beat the British Army 27-5 in their opening match.

Plaatjie and Conrad replace Felicia Jacobs and Vuyolwethu Maqholo respectively, while the other change in the backline is the inclusion of Bianca Meyer on the right wing, which forces centre Apiwe Ngwevu to the replacements bench with the halfback duo.

There were only two changes among the forwards with flanker Sinzao Mcatshulwa and No 8 Aseza Hele taking over from Lusanda Dumke and Charmaine Kayser respectively. Myners named 11 players on his replacements bench.

“Winning our first game was the perfect start to the tour, but the players know that this match will be much tougher,” said Myners. Continue reading

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South Africa’s leading female referee Aimee Barrett-Theron will add another big feat to her growing list of achievements on Friday when she becomes the first female referee to officiate the SA Rugby U20 Championship final in Welkom.

The Griffons will line up against the Limpopo Blue Bulls in the clash, which will be hosted at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, at 13h30.

Jaco van Heerden, meanwhile, will take charge of the Currie Cup First Division final between the Down Touch Griffons and the Leopards at 16h00.

Barrett-Theron’s meteoric rise through the domestic and international referee ranks has seen her become the first female referee to be included on SA Rugby’s national B Panel, take charge of an Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week match, officiate at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and on the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series circuit among other achievements in the last two seasons.

She also had the honour of being the first female referee to officiate a men’s match in the FNB Varsity Shied presented by Steinhoff International earlier this year.

“This is a big honour and a really big step forward, so I am excited about the challenge,” said Barrett-Theron. “There is an exceptional group of referees that could have been appointed to take charge of the match, so I am delighted that SA Rugby had faith in me to do the honours.

“I have officiated a handful of SA Rugby U19 and U20 Championship matches since arriving back from the Women’s Rugby World Cup, and I am very comfortable on the field.

“The pace is certainly faster than women’s rugby, and a final always presents a different challenge, but I am looking forward to it.”

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Despite impressions having been created by media reports over the weekend and today that the City’s emergency augmentation programme has been ‘cancelled’, this is not true. It has emanated from allegations by a company who never submitted a formal tender to the City of Cape Town. While the City is approaching the resolution of this drought crisis with utmost urgency, it may not deviate from legislated processes. Considering proposals outside of formal Supply Chain Management regulations would amount to entertaining unsolicited bids. Read more below:

Contrary to allegations emerging over the weekend, the City of Cape Town’s augmentation programme is progressing with urgency.

The first tender batch which was issued comprised small-scale temporary containerised desalination plants (with a combined yield of approximately 15 million litres per day) in Hout Bay, Granger Bay and Dido Valley.

Tenders received were, however, non-responsive. The tenders are being re-advertised and these initiatives have not been cancelled.

The augmentation programme consists of more than the first tenders. The City is pursuing a mix of alternative water resources (desalination, groundwater and water reclamation) together with aggressively reducing consumption to ensure that existing surface water can sustain us through to winter 2018. Continue reading

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Cape Town is continually affirming its place as the events capital of Africa by securing key international and local events over the next 12 months. Eight of these signature events are set to contribute more than R3 billion to the local economy and create more than 20 000 temporary jobs.

While some of the jobs related to major events are temporary, they afford people the opportunity gain experience and acquire skills for permanent employment.

This success is thanks to the City of Cape Town’s commitment to building an opportunity city that creates an enabling environment for inclusive economic growth and job creation.

We have many of the key event organisers here with us today who work all year round to ensure that they bring us bigger and better offerings each year.

I want to thank all event organisers for working with the City and for your commitment to keeping us at the number one spot as the event location of choice. Thank you for your contributions to job creation and our economy.

In 2012, the City launched its Integrated Events Strategy and set out to become the events capital of Africa.

We have delivered on our commitment and we proudly hold a dynamic annual events calendar with established internationally renowned events and many new events coming to our city each year. Continue reading

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Organisers of the fourth Cape Town Fringe, held over eighteen days in September and October, are reportedly “delighted” with the success of this year’s event, which was marked by ‘new beginnings that auger well for the future’, according to the Fringe’s Executive Producer, Ashraf Johaardien. “We went in some new directions this year with a conscious move to increase access to the Festival, and to broaden its impact,” he said.

“Disruption is never the easy route. We wanted to shake things up and navigate new pathways for the theatre community in Cape Town. It meant that there were many learning curves and this is really just the beginning of a new journey for us and the wider industry.”

The Cape Town Fringe was previously housed at the Cape Town City Hall with some satellite partners elsewhere in the city. This year saw the event expand to include venues in Khayelitsha, Philippi, Delft, Nyanga, Observatory, Rondebosch and Retreat, while keeping a scaled-down presence in the Central City.

“The evolution just made sense,” says Cape Town Fringe CEO Tony Lankester, “We wanted to travel to the hearts of our communities and audiences, giving them the opportunity to experience the Fringe in their own neighbourhood.” Continue reading

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(South Africa, October 2017) The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa recently hosted the second and final Youth Empowerment through Sport (YES) educational programme training camp of 2017 at the Durban Shongweni Dam Nature Reserve from 1 October to 5 October.

The YES programme is the official internal mentorship programme for the South African foundation, launched back in 2012.  Twenty youths from various Laureus-funded projects participated in the interactive training workshop and were provided with essential tools to help them ignite positive change in their lives and local communities. The final YES training camp forms part of the second phase of the 2017 YES programme, which followed on from the first training camp hosted in March 2017 in Cape Town.

The 20 recruited young leaders were divided into two groups, namely ‘Experts’ and ‘Protégés’. The Experts included a group of young leaders who have previously been part of the programme and were identified as standout and top achievers from previous years, while the Protégés are the new group who have just joined the YES programme earlier in 2017.

Key themes explored over the five days included: leadership, team building, job readiness, the importance of personal development, goal-setting and seeking solution-driven tactics to overcome challenges, some of which were led by the YES graduates. The practical component included fun activities such as raft building, dam wall jumping and abseiling, coupled with vital messages to challenge participants to think on their feet and at the same time enhance self confidence.

“What an amazing and enriching camp, not only have these young leaders taken to all of the training, we saw within the first few days how much each of them have grown since our last training camp;” says YES Programme Manager, Jill Benting Continue reading

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Six of South Africa’s celebrated Afrikaans artists come together for Ek Lief Afrikaans at the Grand Arena, GrandWest on 21 October 2017. With some of the biggest Afrikaans hits buoyed by a live orchestra and dancers, Ek Lief Afrikaans promises an audio visual feast for music lovers. Collaborating for the showcase are Juanita du Plessis, Kurt Darren, Wicus van der Merwe, boy band Adam, Robbie Wessels and Franja du Plessis.

With all the passion and spirit that characterises Afrikaans pop, these artists will perform altogether, in duets and individually in a vibrant show that will have the audience swaying and singing along.

“See some of your favourite Afrikaans artists live on stage, hear all your favourite hits and celebrate everything that makes Afrikaans music great at GrandWest. We are thrilled to have six of the very best collaborating on our stage this season,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.

Tickets, priced from R149 per person, are available at Computicket but they are selling fast.

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