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by Sébastien BLANC The US Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas law restricting access to abortion, handing a major victory to the “pro-choice” camp in the country’s most important ruling on the divisive issue in a generation.
Crowds of passionate activists from both sides of the debate shed tears of joy and dismay outside the court over the closely-watched decision, which has far-reaching implications for millions of women across the United States.
The black-robed justices ruled by 5-3 to strike down the Texas measures which activists say have forced more than half of abortion clinics to close in the second most-populous US state, with the conservative-leaning Anthony Kennedy siding with his four liberal colleagues on the bench.
President Barack Obama joined civil rights activists and women’s health providers in hailing a milestone for abortion rights, with the issue now set to be thrust center stage in the White House race.
“Every woman has a constitutional right to make her own reproductive choices. I’m pleased to see the Supreme Court reaffirm that fact today,” Obama tweeted.
Outside the court, pro-choice activists breathed a collective sigh of relief.
“I’m all about life and love and babies,” said Nita Amar, a 63-year-old labor and delivery nurse. “But if women lose access to abortion rights, they’re going to go back to the alleys and use coat hangers again.”
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The SA Rugby Youth Weeks kicked off on an exciting note on Monday with the Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Week at Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) in Pretoria and the National Girls Under-16 Week at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom respectively.
It was a good day for the hosts at both tournaments, with the Blue Bulls defeating the LSEN Week’s leading 2015 side, Boland, 43-8 at Affies, while the Griffons cruised to a 39-0 victory against the Pumas in the National Girls U16 Week.
The opening day at the LSEN Week featured a few close encounters, with Western Province defeating SWD 25-20, while KwaZulu-Natal pipped the Blue Bulls Extraordinary Education (EE) team 37-36 and the Golden Lions EE side edged the Eastern Cape 19-17. Continue reading
The new season SA’s Got Talent is in full swing with the theatre auditions in Cape Town and Johannesburg taking place recently. The majority of the acts that auditioned brought their A game with a few failing to impress the judges. The show’s motto of ‘Any Act, Any Age’ really shone in this year’s theatre audition phase.
Marlon Davids, MD of e.tv Channel Divisions is excited about the upcoming contestants on the new season ofSA’s Got Talent. ‘We saw so many different types of talent at the theatre auditions. It’s very tough at the moment to pinpoint a possible winner as this year is a strong competition between all the contestants. We wish them all the best of luck and look forward to welcoming Mzansi’s next big star to the e.tv family.’ says Davids. Continue reading
Top Dog SA’s saxophonist Donveno Prins, who most recently lead the band for the inaugural run for David Kramer’s Kanala show at The Fugard Theatre, is also the band’s leader. Add Camillo Lombard on keyboards, Charlton Daniels on bass, Mornay Hoffmeester on drums and Mark Williams on guitar and you’re in the company of some of South Africa’s most highly sought after and hugely respected music makers who’ve played with some of the greats. Now it’s their turn to shine and you’re invited.
Described as a fresh vibrant band, and a force to be reckoned with, Top Dog SA has already made its mark in venues as diverse as Bellville Velodrome, right through to Carnival City in Johannesburg. They’ve also featured at major music festivals, including Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Jazz On The Rocks Festival, Safricon Jazz Fest, Kenya, and Satchmo’s Jazz Fest in Nigeria. Continue reading
Acclaimed writer and director Lara Foot’s latest play, The Inconvenience of Wings, brings bipolar disorder and friendships into the spotlight, at the Baxter this July and August, following its world premiere at the National Arts Festival
Lara Foot, the National Arts Festival 2016 Featured Artist and 1996 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre, has assembled a stellar cast and creative team for the much anticipated world premiere of her latest play, The Inconvenience of Wings.
Following its debut at the festival, the production – starring Jennifer Steyn, Andrew Buckland and Mncedisi Shabangu – transfers to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 12 July to 13 August at 7.30pm nightly with Saturday matinees at2.30pm.
Set in a landscape of memory and dreams, The Inconvenience of Wings tackles the issues of friendship, dysfunction, addiction and angels. Sara (Steyn) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder; she is compulsive, alive and hates women who know how to make cupcakes. Paul (Buckland), her husband, is on a mission to find a cure for her afflictions and Professor James (Shabangu) quietly tries to save Paul from the inconvenience of his wings Continue reading
The film adaption of Jojo Moyes’ bestselling novel, Me Before You, is the tear jerking girlie flick to be featured at the Nu Metro Girl’s Night Out at GrandWest on Thursday, 30 June 2016. The romantic comedy drama stars Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, Matthew Lewis, Ben Lloyd-Hughs and Janet McTeer.
The story centres on a young and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark who moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker left paralysed following an accident two years earlier. His cynical outlook starts to change when Clark shows him that life is actually worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither of them could have imagined.
Nu Metro’s Girls’ Night Out starts at 19h00, with the movie beginning at 20h00. Tickets to Girls’ Night Out at Nu Metro GrandWest cost R65 per person. Bookings are essential and can be made via the call centre on 0861-CINEMA (+27 861 24 6362), online via numetro.co.za or at the cinema.
Nu Metro has announced its new tickets pricing as follows: For Ages 13 years and older 2D movies are R65 and 3D movies are R85. For Ages 12 years and younger 2D movies are R45 and 3D movies are R65.
Ticket sales for one of the most loved summer festivals in the Western Cape, Jägermeister presents Up The Creek 2017, are now open. Although we are currently all wrapped up in scarves and coats, a little dreaming of superb live acts in the summer sun, carefree in a beautiful river, with good friends and lilos of all shapes and sizes, is just the thing to warm us up. Something amazing to look forward to!
Over the past 26 years, Up The Creek has grown into the ‘finest little festival’ on the banks of the Breede River. Music lovers, partygoers and contenders for the ‘Anything That Floats’ competition come together for a weekend of partying and dancing to incredible music. The river stage is unique to Up The Creek: it is literally built on the edge of the river bank so that everyone can enjoy the music while splashing in the water and floating on lilos. Just imagine the fun and good vibes and then book your ticket to make this weekend come true. Continue reading
Agri-Expo Livestock se doel is om die veebedryf ten toon te stel en te bevorder, sodat daar `n platform vir handel geskep word en die jeug ook aangemoedig word om in die landbousektor betrokke te raak. Die expo sal van Donderdag, 13 Oktober tot Saterdag, 15 Oktober 2016 by Sandringham, net buite Stellenbosch, plaasvind.
Tydens hierdie gesogte geleentheid sal besoekers wêreldklas beeskampioenskappe, jeugskoue en baie meer kan ervaar, terwyl die hoogtepunt die kroning van die Suiwelkoningin en Rooivleiskoning of -koningin sal wees. Agri-Expo Livestock fokus op die volgende sektore: Voeding, Genetika, Dieregesondheid, Higiëne, Melk- en Suiweltoerusting, Dienste, Opleidingsinstellings, en Waardeketting-produkte.
Die expo is familie-vriendelik, en daar sal elke dag baie aktiwiteite vir oud en jonk wees. Johan Ehlers, hoof uitvoerende beampte, sê dat die expo die opvoeding van die jeug oor die belangrikheid van die veebedryf as uiters belangrik ag en dat hulle doelbewus idees implementeer om dit te bevorder. Continue reading
As an opportunity city, we understand the need for quality roads and their role in ensuring the efficient movement of people and goods.
Over the past five years, the City of Cape Town has invested millions of rands into various road upgrades in communities across the metro because we understand that working roads ensure that economic activity can continue unhampered.
Some of the most recent projects include the R55,4 million upgrade of major traffic arteries in Woodstock, Paarden Eiland and Wynberg. Continue reading