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An initiative aimed at bridging the divide between education and the world of work

Absa, part of the Barclays Africa Group, today announced the launch in South Africa of ‘ReadytoWork,’ an employability initiative that helps to train and equip young people for the world of work.

This follows the successful roll-out of the initiative in six of the countries in which Barclays Africa operates – Zambia, Seychelles, Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius and Zimbabwe, and after receiving support from the MEC of Education in Gauteng the curriculum is now available in some schools across the province, with further schools to follow in Limpopo and Free State. Continue reading

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Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, urged his team to make the most of the opportunities presented to them in the next two tournaments of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The Blitzboks arrived in France in Monday for the HSBC Paris Sevens to be played at the weekend and will then travel to London for the tenth and final tournament of the 2015/16 series at Twickenham.

Powell feel players producing the goods this weekend can reap other rewards as well.

“It is a difficult two weeks coming up,” said Powell.

“It is the last two tournaments of a long season and in the past we did not perform to expectation or potential in those. Then the focus will shift to the Olympic Games just after that, so you want to finish the series with good performances. Continue reading

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DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 25-man touring squad for the Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Sunwolves in Singapore this weekend.

Outside back Khanyo Ngcukana and prop Alistair Vermaak are the two additions to the squad for the historic first-ever DHL Stormers game in Singapore.

Fleck said that the bye week allowed the players to recharge, and added that they are determined to make the most of their trip to Singapore both on and off the field.

“The players enjoyed the break and the week off has allowed a lot of the players to get rid of some niggles.

“We are the first DHL Stormers side to play there [Singapore], so it is a similar situation to when we travelled to Argentina. It is a long way to travel and we are going to enjoy the sights and sounds of Singapore, but we know we have a job to do and we need to come back with a win,” he said.

Following their narrow loss to the Waratahs at DHL Newlands, Fleck wants to see a convincing performance from his side in Singapore. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town needs to urgently relocate residents who have been affected by a pipe burst in the Strand area. A new site has been prepared for the affected residents in Asanda Village and emergency building kits have been offered, but residents have refused to relocate or to accept any assistance. Protest action has ensued. The City urges all parties and the leadership in the area to act in the best interests of those who have been affected. Read more below:

Scheduled emergency maintenance on the pipeline supplying the Strand area took place on 4 May 2016. However, the pipe burst twice at different locations after separate attempts were made to restore water to the line. The City received notice at 01:00 on Friday 6 May 2016 about the particular burst in Nomzamo. It must be noted that the replacement pipes had not been used previously.

The pressurisation of the pipes when restoring them to the network can expose weaknesses that had been otherwise undetectable. Since the initial bursts, the repair teams have been conducting investigations to restore the water supply. Continue reading

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Talent seems to be the biggest indicator of success in most fields, but talent alone is not enough. Take Amber Fieldgate for example, the aspiring South African singer has it all – the looks, character and a voice to match – but without hard work and the right opportunities, talent is easily squandered.
Amber learnt this lesson at a very young age, not only taking the time to perfect her talent, but actively chasing her dreams. Using South Africa as a training ground to develop her skills, she’s held a lifelong dream of becoming an internationally acclaimed singer, and will be taking her first step towards realising this dream in June.
Scouted by international talent scout,Kim Myers, the rising star has been selected to represent South Africa at the Applause Rising Talent Showcase (ARTS) in Orlando, Florida. Here, she will get to rub shoulders with top industry experts and scouts from all around the world.

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A drunk driver with nine passengers in his vehicle was among scores of suspects arrested this past weekend. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Service arrested 18 motorists for reckless and negligent driving during weekend operations.

In one incident on Friday 6 May 2016, an officer attached to the Ghost Squad chased down a VW Citi Golf and eventually got the driver to pull over along old Strandfontein Road near Pelican Park. The officer was shocked to find 10 people squeezed into the vehicle. When the driver’s blood alcohol level was taken, he was found to be four times over the legal limit.

‘This is the type of idiotic behaviour that our officers have to deal with on an all too regular basis. What’s even more astounding is how the nine passengers in the car allowed themselves to be in this situation at all. It’s a pity the law doesn’t allow us to arrest them for being party to a clearly drunk driver getting behind the wheel,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

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STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 06: (Front row) Justin Geduld, Seabelo Senatla, Philip Snyman (c), Neil Powell (coach), Kyle Brown and Cecil Afrika. (Back row) Rosko Specman, Dylan Sage, Tim Agaba, Ryan Kankowski, Ruhan Nel, Francois Hougaard and Kwagga Smith during the Springbok Sevens team announcement and media day at Markotter Club House, Paul Roos school on May 06 2016 in Stellenbosch, South Africa (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)Spring

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA – MAY 06: (Front row) Justin Geduld, Seabelo Senatla, Philip Snyman (c), Neil Powell (coach), Kyle Brown and Cecil Afrika. (Back row) Rosko Specman, Dylan Sage, Tim Agaba, Ryan Kankowski, Ruhan Nel, Francois Hougaard and Kwagga Smith during the Springbok Sevens team announcement and media day at Markotter Club House, Paul Roos school on May 06 2016 in Stellenbosch, South Africa (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)Spring

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell is confident that the four changes made to his side for the upcoming HSBC Paris tournament will help the team achieve the goals set for this tournament in the French capital and the remainder of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series. Francois Hougaard, Rosko Specman, Philip Snyman and Dylan Sage are the new faces in the squad from the last tournament in Singapore, with Snyman also taking the captaincy role over from Kyle Brown.

The Blitzboks depart South Africa for Paris later today and Powell feels his team will give good account of themselves, providing they stick to the processes and structures in place.

“We are looking to possibly rotate the team after Paris for the London event, but for now we only look at next week. I am happy with the team we selected for the Paris leg,” Powell said.

“We have a strong pool in Paris playing England, Australia and Brazil and that is good for us, as this is something we will probably encounter in Rio in a couple of months. We will try to keep our focus on our structures and processes and not the results as such. If we stick to what we do well, the results will come.” Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town’s 220 councillors will, over the next three months, engage with schools and crèches in their wards about the regulations for those who are paid to transport children. The purpose of the regulations set out in the National Land Transport Act is to ensure that children are safely transported to school and back. Read more below:

‘Thousands of children are transported to school and back every day – either by their parents or by operators who are paid to get the learners to where they need to be. It has come to the City’s attention that few parents and principals, or even those providing transport services, know what is required by law when it comes to scholar transport. As such, Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, has embarked on a three-month programme to inform parents, crèches, schools and operators about the regulations that apply to those who are paid to transport children,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

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