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The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the handover of keys to beneficiaries of the new Hazendal housing development

Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Benedicta van Minnen, councillors, Pastor Miriam Basson and Sheikh Waseem Abrahams, City officials, the project steering committee, and especially our beneficiaries.

Good morning, goeiedag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

It gives me great pleasure to be with you all today on what is always one of my favourite days.

Today we can share a special day with beneficiaries who are about to start the life they have been patiently waiting for.

There are many people who fought and died for access to the rights we have today, like the right to shelter. Continue reading

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Nearly a decade since its premiere and 15 top South African awards later, Lara Foot’s Karoo Moose returns to the stage with the original cast, who reprise their respective roles, having earned respect and acclaim in their own right over the years. The story is vividly brought to life by Zoleka Helesi, Mdu Kweyama, Bongile Mantsai, Thami Mbongo, Chuma Sopotela and Apollo Ntshoko. The actors each perform a key character and double up to play multiple additional characters adding to the magic of the story.

Performed in English with isiXhosa, the story takes place in a remote and impoverished village in the Karoo, where the inhabitants are struggling to survive. A young girl called Thozama ends up killing a moose. But what is the moose doing there, and how did it get there? The play was originally written as a film entitled No Fathers. Writer and director Lara tackles the disintegration of the family unit and the violation of innocence endured by so many South African children. The play cleverly and creatively combines African story-telling and magical realism. Lara explains, “The themes of the story for me were bound up in the idea that the children in the village needed some kind of magical event to free them from abuse, neglect and poverty. Something magical was needed to break the cycle of violence.”

“See it, see it, see it – and be assured you will exit the venue richly rewarded.” –Cue

Book now for the early bird special of R60 for the performances on 31 August,1 September, 3 September and 5 September. Book now to take advantage of this special price.

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The new Consumer Studies classroom at Ravensmead High School is ready for action. At the official handover recently are, in the front from left: Greggorius Cloete, Chairperson of the Governing Body, Joseph Bouman, Ravensmead High School Principal, Nombeko Mlambo, SunWest Board Member. At the back from left are: Mervyn Naidoo, General Manager at GrandWest, Allison Landsberg, Deputy Principal at Ravensmead High School and Heidi Edson, Group Social Economic Development Manager Sun International.

The new Consumer Studies classroom at Ravensmead High School is ready for action. At the official handover recently are, in the front from left: Greggorius Cloete, Chairperson of the Governing Body, Joseph Bouman, Ravensmead High School Principal, Nombeko Mlambo, SunWest Board Member.
At the back from left are: Mervyn Naidoo, General Manager at GrandWest, Allison Landsberg, Deputy Principal at Ravensmead High School and Heidi Edson, Group Social Economic Development Manager Sun International.

Learners at Ravensmead High School now have access to a fully equipped Consumer Studies classroom, upgraded by GrandWest’s Social Economic Development department as part of Sun International’s nationwide Schools Renovations Programme. The new classroom has been equipped with seven stoves, as well as crockery, cooking utensils and fridges. Industrial tables and cupboards have also been installed, while other improvements were also made, including fixing the ceilings and repainting the classroom. Work at the schools was carried out by an enthusiastic team of GrandWest suppliers and service providers.

The Schools Renovation Programme is focused on upgrading hospitality classrooms at schools in underprivileged communities to properly equip learners for pursuing further studies and a career in the hospitality sector. Ravensmead High School is one of four schools to receive classroom upgrades this year.

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Pic: sacricketmag.com

Pic: sacricketmag.com

Wayne Parnell claimed four major prizes including the ultimate accolade as Cape Cobras’ player of the year at the awards-ceremony of the Western Province Cricket Association on Monday at the WPCC in Claremont.

Parnell was also named the Cape Cobras Momentum One-day Player of the Year, the Ram Slam T20 Challenge player of the year and the Cape Cobras players’ player of the year.

“I have not seen Wayne play this well for many summers. It is a just reward for good, consistent performances,” said Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach.

Parnell ended with 16 wickets at an economy-rate of 4.83 in the Momentum One Day Cup series, slammed 437 runs at an average of 47.40 as Ram Slam T20 Challenge opener and also took eight wickets in the T20-format.

Although he did not claim the SuperSport series player of the year award, he did average 48.14 with the bat and captured 23 wickets in five matches, including three consecutive five-wicket hauls. He claimed 12 wickets in the penultimate match of the season against the Sunfoil Dolphins, and ripped through the visitors with 7-51 in the first innings. Continue reading

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Recently Statistics SA announced that the country’s unemployment rate had jumped in the first quarter of 2016 from 24.5% to 26.7%. This means that today there are 8.9 million South Africans who want to work, are able to work, but are not able to find employment and most of these willing citizens are of South Africa’s youth.

Besides data from other emerging world economies suggesting that entrepreneurial activity increases job security and contributes positively towards Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report notes that in South Africa such activity remains considerably low, and although it has increased marginally over the last 10 years, in 2014 it dropped by a staggering 34% (from 10.6% to 7%). The report further states that there has been an increase in women’s entrepreneurship primarily due to government support, but that the perception of opportunities to start a business, and confidence in one’s own abilities to do so, remains alarmingly low compared to other sub-Saharan African countries. Continue reading

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Pieter-Steph du Toit has been withdrawn from the Springbok squad after a scan revealed on Monday that he has suffered a grade two hamstring tear over the weekend, with Franco Mostert being called up as replacement.

Du Toit was sent for a scan on Monday, which confirmed the extent of the injury. He has been ruled out of action for between two and six weeks.

Mostert, of the Emirates Lions, is set to join the squad on Tuesday in Stellenbosch. He was initially was named in the SA ‘A’ squad for the two-match series against the England Saxons.

Cell C Sharks lock Stephan Lewies, who has one Test cap to his name, will replace Mostert in the SA A squad.

Other players who did not participate in Monday afternoon’s first field session in Stellenbosch were centre Jesse Kriel and prop Trevor Nyakane. Kriel has a bruised sternum and will be managed accordingly during the week, while Nyakane will undergo a scan to his shoulder.

The Springboks have a full training programme on Tuesday, which includes a gym session in the morning as well as two field sessions.

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Adriaan Strauss will become the 57th Springbok captain after the Vodacom Bulls hooker was named to lead South Africa in the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland, which starts on 11 June in Cape Town.

Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, made the announcement on Monday afternoon in Stellenbosch, where the Boks are preparing for the first Test.

The popular Strauss hooker follows in the footsteps of long-serving Springbok captain, Jean de Villiers as well as Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger and Fourie du Preez.

Coetzee said he decided to appoint the captain before the first training session.

“Adriaan’s leadership qualities are impressive and well-established and he has the respect of his team mates on and off the field,” said Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.

“He enjoys the respect of all the players and he has always fulfilled a leadership role wherever he played, since coming through the junior national structures. Continue reading

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This from abc.net.au:

The killing of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo after a four-year-old boy tumbled into its enclosure has triggered outrage and questions about safety, but zoo officials called the decision “tough” but necessary.

Thousands of people signed a petition on Change.org that sharply criticised the Cincinnati Police Department and the zoo for putting down the animal and called for the child’s parents to be “held accountable for their actions of not supervising their child”.

Cincinnati police said the parents had not been charged, but that charges could eventually be sought by the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney, although a spokeswoman for the prosecutor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Authorities did not identify the child or his parents and the family could not be contacted.

Full story here:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-30/killing-of-gorilla-to-save-boy-at-ohio-zoo-sparks-outrage/7457842

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Comedy heavyweight, Nik Rabinowitz headlines at the Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners at GrandWest on Sunday, 5 June 2016. Comedy fans can look forward to an evening of side-splitting laughter as Rabinowitz puts his spin on South Africa’s often laughable political landscape and current affairs.

Rabinowitz who refers to himself as the “world’s leading Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian” has been a staple on the local comedy scene for years. He performs to packed venues countrywide, has co-authored a book, The Youngsters, and performed as an opening act at the Toronto South African Film Festival in 2014.

He is also known for his radio show The Week that Wasn’t which aired on Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk, and has successfully produced a string of one man shows. In 2010 he starred in Bafunny Bafunny, which toured South Africa as well as the United Kingdom where the show sold out the Royal Albert Hall.

Joining Rabinowitz at the Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners are Tracy Klass as host, Angel Campey, Liam Bento and Kenwyn Davids. The doors will open at 17h00 and the festivities will kick off at 18h00. The cost to enter is R55 per person, strictly for over 18s. Contact 082 588 6662 to book.

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