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Note to editors: Please find attacked a rights-free images of Cell C Sharks Currie Cup centurion, Odwa Ndungane. Please credit Gallo Images.

Long-serving Cell C Sharks stalwart, Odwa Ndungane, will play in his 100th Currie Cup match for his side this weekend as they take on the Xerox Golden Lions in Johannesburg in one of three exciting clashes that promises to thrill local rugby supporters.

Ndungane, who made his Currie Cup debut for Border in 2001 and played for them in 27 matches, also represented the Vodacom Blue Bulls twice, making the match at Emirates Airline Park the 129th Currie Cup encounter of his career.

The Currie Cup – proudly sponsored by DirectAxis and Nashua – has not only established a firm grip on the interest of the South African rugby public after four weeks of action, it is also producing top class action and drama with a number of teams learning the hard way that consistency in performance is key to success in South Africa’s premier domestic competition.

To add to the competitiveness and drama of this longstanding tournament, a short turn-around will further test teams this weekend, as a full round of matches was played on Wednesday. Continue reading

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Franchise owner Fawad Rana firmly invested in new SA cricket league

DURBAN –T20 Global League team owner, Qatar based businessman and cricket devotee – Fawad Rana (Managing Director of Qatar Lubricants (QALCO), Owner & Chairman Qalandars) – has acquired the Durban franchise of South Africa’s newest cricket league, with former Proteas Captain and star batsman Hashim Amla fronting the KZN capital.

Speaking from a press conference in Durban today, Rana confirmed the T20 Global League team name as the Durban Qalanders. Rana is also the Owner and Chairman of the Lahore Qalanders, the second most expensive franchise in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), and is widely credited with driving the success of the PSL. “There’s a definite synergy between the two leagues and South Africa is a very attractive cricketing market for us. The model is exciting, there’s great opportunity, and we’re able to take our brand to a global level,” he said.

Rana thanked Cricket South Africa (CSA) for the opportunity to be part of the new Africa-based T20 league. “I belong to Lahore which is a passionate, food-loving and welcoming city. I also reside in Doha, another warm port-city. Durban has the best of both, which is why we chose it. I know that we have one of the greatest in the game, Hashim Amla, and I am absolutely delighted to be representing the province of KwaZulu-Natal” Continue reading

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Nearly 30 families have signed up for a new round of the City of Cape Town’s Strengthening Families programme in Maitland and Gugulethu. The programme, which kicked off in 2013, has already reached more than 500 families in 35 suburbs. Read more below:

This week 14 families in Maitland and 14 in Gugulethu registered and attended the first sessions of the City’s Strengthening Families programme in their respective areas.

The programme is designed to improve the communication and relationships within families, and in turn contribute to social cohesion.

It forms part of the Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department’s broader substance abuse prevention programme.

‘As a caring city, we realise that to tackle social issues such as gang violence and drug abuse, we need to start at the heart of our communities. That heart is the family and we need them to be resilient in the face of these societal ills plaguing so many communities.

‘Families need help not just to communicate and understand each other better, but often also to make more informed and better choices. Poor choices are often a result of discord within families, which then spills over into communities,’ said the Mayoral Committee Member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little.

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, said he was heartened by the families who signed up for the programme. Continue reading

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Johannesburg – Cricket South Africa (CSA) can confirm that Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited (Brimstone) has decided to end their interest in pursuing ownership in the Stellenbosch franchise team in CSA’s new T20 Global League.

CSA respects the decision by the Brimstone-led consortium and thanks Brimstone and its partners for their initial interest and participation in the T20 Global League ownership process to this point.

Mustaq Brey, CEO of Brimstone said, “We follow a rigorous investment process. This venture had to undergo the same process and be tested against our standard investment criteria as all other investment proposals. Our investment decisions take cognisance of the risks and benefits to all our stakeholders. We wish CSA well with the T20 Global League and will continue to support the development of, and access to, the sport in various other ways.”

“It would have been a huge honour and privilege to have had Brimstone on board but we understand their investment process limited them and we respect their decision,” said CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.

CSA is currently evaluating other interested parties from the initial shortlist of bidders as well as new parties who have expressed interest. The process of screening and evaluating all potential owners is overseen by EY and all the necessary due diligence procedures remain in place. In the interim, CSA will take on the responsibility to set up the franchise. Continue reading

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Liberty Promenade Generation Green Recycled Fashion Show to showcase the school-based design talent – superhero style!

Event: Liberty Promenade Generation Green Recycled Fashion Show

Date: Saturday, 19 August 2017

Time: 12h00 to 14h30

Venue: Liberty Promenade Shopping Centre, Mitchell’s Plain

Cost: Free

Cape Town, August 2017 — Superheroes of all fashions will swoop in to save the day at Liberty Promenade Shopping Centre at midday on Saturday, 19 August 2017, with one main message for the audience: “Say NO to bullying”! Continue reading

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Cape Town Buskers Festival will be returning to the V&A Waterfront from 5-8 October 2017 and the call has gone out for street performing talents to audition to be on the bill.

Forming part of the annual Cape Town Fringe Festival, the Buskers Festival will bring international and local performers, singers, dancers, clowns, mimes, illusionists and more into the popular V&A Waterfront across four stages and over 80 performances for crowd-funded theatre at its best.

The Buskers Festival is calling for freelance performers who have an act of approximately 45-minutes that can be performed at least twice a day to apply. In keeping with busking traditions worldwide, the act should be self-contained with quick set up and strike times.

The Buskers Festival will provide marketing and promotion for the event as well as all staging and logistical elements, providing a nominal stipend and permit to perform at the V&A Waterfront.

The Festival is a “hatting” event, meaning that Buskers will encourage their audience to give them tips – all of which they keep.

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will host a 3-month public outdoor art exhibition with a difference. They aim to protect and conserve our rhino population through art.

Artists’ canvasses will be blank life-sized fibre glass rhino sculptures that will be transformed into valuable, imaginative works of art by both prominent and up and coming artists based in and around greater Cape Town. The rhino works of art will be auctioned at the end of the exhibition and the funds raised will go to StopRhinoPoaching.com an award winning anti-poaching NGO fighting to secure a safer future for our rhinos.

Janice Ashby, founder and programme director of The Rhinos are Coming!!!, said, “We encourage artists to use their imagination to come up with unique, fun, inspired designs for our rhinos, which will stampede through the Mother City in the Summer of 2017 and 2018.

“Our first eight extraordinary rhinos, sponsored by leading companies and painted by local artists, have become our Rhino Ambassadors and have already made their way all around the Mother City and The Winelands. Our rhinos were also the stars at the prestigious WAA Conference held at the Cape Town Stadium in April 2017. By the end of 2017, we aim to have a crash of 100 rhinos parading around our City! Continue reading

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A trans-generational musical collaboration

This spring, Standard Bank brings you an out of the blue ground-breaking meeting of musical minds. Two South African mavericks will collide for a never before seen exchange on the road to the 20th edition of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.
The legendary trumpeter and composer, Hugh Masekela and chart-topping producer and rap-star, Riky Rick will come together for an epoch marking collaborative project.
This rare cross generational creative conversation and collaboration brings jazz and hip-hop together to unfold a new chapter in the history of South African music making.
The collaboration will see the dynamic rap-star, Riky Rick taking on some of Masekela’s most loved hits to re-imagine and remix them from his generational vantage point. The inimitable Masekela will also have a go at some of Riky Rick’s most memorable hits when the pair meet on stage on 20 September 2017, before an exclusive audience of music lovers invited to witness this special trans-generational creative exchange.
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Saturday 2 September at De La Paix, Klapmuts. (next to Butterfly World.)

Jade&Velvet invites you to their annual get together to raise funds for the FASt Forward Fund – a charity initiative that provides support for children who suffer from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

This year`s theme for this special event is “A little goes a long way.” Attendees can look forward to a fun-filled morning of entertaining and informative talks, as well as a delicious tapas brunch.

Well known actress Helene Truter will be the MC and the guest speaker at the function will be Elsabe Aldrich. www.elsabealdrich.com. Guests can also look forward to viewing the latest Jade & Velvet outfits in a special fashion parade and the super talented Gerald Clark will be performing at the event. Continue reading

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