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The return of Franco Mostert at lock is the only change in the Springbok starting team for the second round Castle Lager Rugby Championship clash against Argentina on Saturday in Mendoza. The match in the Estadio Malvinas Argentina starts at 21h10 (SA time) and will be televised live on SuperSport1.

Mostert was rested for last weekend’s Springbok victory over the Pumas in Durban following his heavy workload so far this year. He comes back into the starting team for Saturday’s Test and will form a second row partnership with Eben Etzebeth, which sees Pieter-Steph du Toit moving to the bench as cover.

There are two more changes amongst the forward replacements. RG Snyman (lock) makes a return to the match 23 in place of Marvin Orie, who is not touring, while Wilco Louw (prop) rotates places with Thomas du Toit.

SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, explained the inclusion of Mostert in the starting fifteen: “Franco needed rest after Vodacom Super Rugby and the June internationals and we therefore didn’t consider him for Durban. He’s been our first-choice No 5 lock and that’s why is starting on Saturday.”

Erasmus kept his backline unchanged and also resisted the temptation to tweak his loose forward combination.

“I want to us to build more continuity and those combinations now have another opportunity to play together and gain more experience,” said Erasmus.

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One of SA’s Top Comedians is setting out to host his second ever comedy show which promises to be the best show yet!

JOHANNESBURG – Top Comedian Sifiso Nene prepares South Africans for the greatest evening of all time as he and three other acts ignite the Silverstar Casino this September.
The Taxi Driver & passengers will be taking place in Johannesburg at the Silverstar Casino on the 1st of September 2018 and promises to be show full of reminiscent moments that makes the audience drift from a chuckle to unabashed chortles – and back to the chuckles.
Sifiso Nene is a comedian who hails from Empangeni, Kwa-Zulu Natal. Everyone who is South African knows that the dominating tribe in the taxi industry is in fact the IsiZulu tribe, so who better to entertain people about taxi indigenous stories than a man who knows the heart of where they come from? Sifiso Nene came in first place on SABC 1’s Comedy Competition So You Think You’re Funny in 2009, his career has soared to unimaginable heights which have seen him win awards such as Best Indigenous Comedian and the Comic’s Choice Awards for two years running at the SATMAS. “The show is about day-to-day observations about the life of a taxi ride. The observations that will be made throughout the show will be from the perspective of the passengers, other motorists and taxi drivers. It will be worth everyone’s time to view these experiences as we’ll be presenting them on stage.”

Sifiso will also share the stage with Mpho Popps, Tumi Stopnonsons and Siya Seya. Mpho Popps, subsequently competed for a similar title to that of Nene on So You Think You’re Funny S2 in the year following Nene’s victory but was defeated. Mpho however continued to soar into the comedic scene winning awards such as Best Newcomer at the South African Comic’s Choice Awards in 2011. He is now an ambassador for the MiWay insurance company which makes him a perennial encounter on our TV screens.
Tumi Stopnonsons is conventionally known for his YouTube sensational alter-ego Jumaima, he rose to fame when his video skit for Khumbulekhaya reached viral heights. In the video Tumi is seen pretending to be the multi-billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe’s long lost son. Tumi can now be found gracing the line-ups of top-lining comedy shows all over South Africa.
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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR FINANCE, COUNCILLOR JOHAN VAN DER MERWE

The City of Cape Town’s 2018/19 Capital Adjustments Budget was approved by Council today. The tabling of adjustments budgets is part of the normal annual government process to ensure good governance and prudent financial management. This budget has no detrimental impact on the provision of basic services. Read more below:

An amount of R443,8 million has been included in the adjustments budget which is about 6% of last year’s R6,8 billion capital budget. Unspent funds are not lost, but are added to the current capital budget.

This brings the City’s current capital budget for 2018/19 to approximately R8,85 billion.

The Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) allows for an adjustments budget that may authorise the spending of funds that were unspent at the end of the previous financial year. This relates to instances where the underspending could not reasonably have been foreseen and thus could not have been included in the current budget for the new financial year.

The City will do everything in its power to ensure that its capital budget is spent as efficiently and timeously as possible within the framework of the law, due process and the realities that affect performance on the ground.

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Following its success at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) earlier this year, Bauke Snyman’s Swerfgoed, performed in Afrikaans and directed by Tinarie van Wyk Loots, returns to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio stage, from 5 to 22 September at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 3pm.

This comes a year after the play was selected (out of 15 finalists) for full development at the 2017 Teksmark (Text Market) at the Baxter and then premiered at the 2018 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival where it won three Kanna Awards for Best Debut Text (Snyman), Best Supporting Actress (Nicole Holm) and Best Supporting Actor (Richard September).

The acclaimed and award-winning actress Tinarie van Wyk Loots makes her directorial debut with a dynamic cast (most who play multiple characters) led by Anna-Mart van der Merwe and Andrew Laubscher alongside Holm and September and design is by Jemma Kahn.

Van Wyk Loots has been seen at the Baxter in productions such as Amadeus, Doubt and The Tempest. She also performed in Hemelruim, Faan se Trein, Kringe in ‘n Bos , Women Beware Women (2007), Buried Child, Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lovborg’s Women, Lot, Babbel, Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey and Die Kersieboord.

“Swerfgoed’s time is now. It is a cautionary tale,” says Tinarie. “How water has become a tool, an excuse for violence and how it brings out the best and the worst in human beings. The play is also very entertaining. ”

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LFP Training has joined the Western Province Rugby fold as an associate sponsor of the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province.

The Strategic Training company joins title sponsors DHL and fellow associate sponsors BrightRock, Land Rover and Warwick in standing together with Western Province Rugby.

LFP Training is the leading provider of BEE aligned turnkey Skills Development Training in South Africa. Established in 2013 and based in Gauteng, LFP Training delivers innovative, industry-first learnership programs aimed at educating and upskilling people in-line with the BEE Codes of Good Conduct.

Pioneering the way as South Africa’s leading BEE aligned Skilled Development training company, LFP Training is a key contributor to transformation in South Africa. Since its opening in Gauteng, the team at LFP Training always had a vision to bring their innovative concept to the people of Cape Town – recognising the Western Cape as a key region for opportunity and expansion.

The company’s sponsorship of the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province looks to cement its commitment to the Western Cape.

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Defending Currie Cup champions, DHL Western Province, the Cell C Sharks and the Xerox Golden Lions will be determined to make strong statements in their opening Currie Cup Premier Division matches this weekend, after byes saw them sit out of the first round.

The Xerox Golden Lions and Tafel Lager Griquas will meet in the first of three Currie Cup matches – proudly brought to you by DirectAxis Financial Services and Nashua – in Johannesburg on Friday, and on Saturday the Cell C Sharks host the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Durban, while DHL Western Province takes on the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Cape Town. The Steval Pumas have a bye.

At Emirates Airline Park, the Xerox Golden Lions will be determined to get out of the blocks quickly against a Tafel Lager Griquas team desperate to make up for their defeat last week, as home victories are essential with the competition playing out over a single round this season.

The last time the men from Kimberley won in Johannesburg was in 2012, but with the side set on correcting the wrongs of last week, and the home team playing in their first match, it could be a tight battle.

Newly-appointed Xerox Golden Lions coach, Ivan van Rooyen, named six players who featured in the Vodacom Super Rugby final in his match-day squad, while four Junior Springbok players who participated in the World Rugby U20 Championship in the south of France were included. They are Manuel Rass and Wandisile Simelane (centres), Tyrone Green (winger), and utility forward PJ Steenkamp.

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Dillyn Leyds will lead DHL Western Province as they get their Currie Cup title defence underway against Toyota Free State Cheetahs at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

The versatile Leyds will be on the left wing – the same position he played in the final in Durban last year – for the clash with the Bloemfontein side which kicks off at 17h15 at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

SP Marais is at fullback, with JJ Engelbrecht on the right wing and Sergeal Petersen set to make his DHL Western Province debut should he come off the replacements bench.

In the midfield, Sevens Springbok Ruhan Nel links up with Dan Kriel, with Dan du Plessis among the replacements.

Josh Stander will partner the experienced Jano Vermaak at halfback, with Herschel Jantjies providing scrumhalf cover.

Sikhumbuzo Notshe has returned from the Springbok camp to take his place in the loose trio alongside Kobus van Dyk and Juarno Augustus.

In the second row Salmaan Moerat will partner JD Schickerling, with Ernst van Rhyn set to provide an impact in the second half.

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The Western Cape Government welcomes the progress made in implementing the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry recommendations.

The Province is marking the 4-year anniversary since the conclusion of the Commission’s work on 25 August 2014, resulting in recommendations for improving police inefficiency, and repairing the breakdown in relations between the SAPS and the community of Khayelitsha.

Premier Helen Zille said the fight for increased safety in Khayelitsha was continuing.

“Our commitment to the people of Khayelitsha – and to seeing their safety concerns addressed – is just as strong as when we took the fight to have the Commission established all the way to the Constitutional Court. While we don’t have the operational mandate over policing – which lies with national government – we are prepared to push the boundaries of our oversight mandate to its constitutional limits,” said Premier Zille.

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