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Dates: Wednesday, 29 June
Times: Doors open at 19h00
Performances start at 19h30
Venue: Chavonnes Battery Museum, Silo District
Cost: Tickets R175 per person
Contact: V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or

Cape Town, June 2016 — Fans of talented South African singer and songwriter Loyiso Bala can experience his incredible vocal range up close in an intimate, acoustic performance at the V&A Waterfront’s Chavonnes Battery Museum in the Silo District on Wednesday, 29 June.

The popular R&B artist’s voice was honed by classical training received at the prestigious Drakensburg Boys Choir, and at age 19 he was appointed as the youngest conductor of the National Youth Choir. Continue reading

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Was Omar Mateen secretly gay?

The man who murdered 49 people at a gay club in Orlando was a closet homosexual who used gay dating apps and frequented gay bars, according to friends and locals in the city.

On Tuesday police were considering pressing charges against Omar Mateen’s second wife, Nour Salman, 30, who told the FBI she went with him to scope out possible targets, and that she had tried to stop him from carrying out the attack.

Ms Salman lived in a suburb of Chicago before moving to Fort Pierce with Mateen in November 2012. In December 2015 she is believed to have left Florida and moved in with relatives in Rodeo, California. She has not spoken publicly and has scrubbed her social media accounts since the attack.  Her few remaining pictures show her smiling and posing with Mateen and a child believed to be their son. A photo from Instagram Salman shows Mateen kissing a child, with the caption: “Daddy’s boy.”

Yet others who knew the New York-born killer have  painted a picture of a gay man who could not come to terms with his sexuality.

“I recognise his face,” said Justin Datz, 33, who works at Parliament – a hotel and resort which has been home to the city’s gay community since 1975.

“I’m not on gay dating apps or anything anymore, but he certainly looks familiar. So when I heard he frequented gay bars around here, it all made sense.”

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If Cape Town’s informal economy was shut down, it would lead to an additional 170 000 individuals joining the queues of unemployed who desperately seek some form of employment. These were some of the insights from the Informal Economy Summit, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre this week. Read more below:

These numbers should be quite sobering, especially for many residents and some in the formal business sector who are against any informal trading in their areas. Informal traders eke out a living by plying their trade in areas where there is high foot traffic to ensure they can capitalise on the economic opportunities.

‘While Cape Town’s informal sector may be relatively small, especially by emerging country standards, its penetration into the most vulnerable households in the city and its impact in terms of poverty reduction are disproportionately large,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor, during his opening address at the fourth annual Informal Economy Summit yesterday, 13 June 2016. Continue reading

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Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron made eight changes to his team to face France in their final pool match in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship at the Academy Stadium in Manchester on Wednesday.

The changes, which the coach described as being a case of horses for courses, included two positional switches, with Curwin Bosch and Manie Libbok switching between fullback and flyhalf.

The other three changes in the backline were at centre where JT Jackson replaces Franco Naude, while wing Edwill van der Merwe and scrumhalf Embrose Papier earn their first starts as replacements for Mosolwa Mafuma and James Hall respectively.

Among the forwards, hooker Jan-Henning Campher and lock Ruben de Villiers were also handed their first starts in place of Tango Balekile and Eduard Zandberg respectively, while Cobus Wiese replaces Ersnt van Rhyn at flank.

Only two players retained their places on the bench from the clash against Argentina, namely props Nicolaas Oosthuizen and Jaco Holtzhausen. They will be joined by Balekile, Hall, Naude, looseforward Denzel Hill, fullback Keanu Vers and Van Rhyn, who will provide cover at lock. Continue reading

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About 30 young people between the ages of four and 16 who are part of the City’s skateboarding programme are getting a kick out of life and skateboarding in their new VANS kicks. Read more below:

This group of youngsters are part of a skateboarding programme that takes place at the City of Cape Town’s Valhalla Skate Park. It forms part of the afterschool and Early Childhood Development programmes at the recreational hub. The City’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities (SRA) Department and the Indigo Youth Movement recently concluded a partnership agreement that allows Indigo to provide training in life skills and skateboarding to the youth of Valhalla Park and surrounding areas. Continue reading

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Masterchef Australia winner Brent Owens to shoot new food and travel series in SA

Brent Owens, the popular winner of Masterchef Australia 2014 and author of the bestselling cook book Dig In, is due to travel to South Africa in the next fortnight to start filming a new food and adventure television series titled Brent Owens Unwrapped … South Africa.

Created and produced by content creation company, Oxyg3n Media, the 13 x 24 minute series will capitalise on Owens’ love for travel, food and adrenalin during his trip through South Africa. Owens will explore local cuisine, learning from those that have crafted these home-grown dishes; digging into aspects of South African history; uncovering fascinating personal stories from locals he meets along the way; and delving into little known areas of the country to expose them to an international audience. And because Brent loves adventure, it wouldn’t right if he didn’t experience some of South Africa’s adrenalin sports. Continue reading

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MUSIC EXCHANGE (#MEX16) – South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment programme returns to The Mother City between 8 and 9 September 2016.

Celebrating its sixth anniversary, this year not only will it be within heritage month, MEX16 returns to Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, to host South Africa’s definitive entertainment economy indaba.

Adding weight to the now well-established and much respected conference, MEX’s most recent new inclusion the Mother City’s regional pop radio station, Good Hope FM, is the latest in a string of new media partnerships signed up and on board for this year’s all-entertainment economy emersion. Eastern Acoustics will handle all the technical production of the event and Cape Town Tourism will be actively promoting the event on all its platforms and Biz Community is renewing its partnership with Music Exchange once again. Continue reading

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As many students face their final year of studies, either in matric or tertiary education the question on many minds is what does the South African job market hold for them when they enter it? While formal qualifications are the cornerstone on which many successful careers are built for many employers of first time candidates the ‘soft skills’ required are just as important a consideration. Recent research by British Council surveyed employers working in public, private, and non-profit organisations in nine countries found that employers recognise a clear business value in employing staff who can work effectively with individuals and organisations from cultural backgrounds different from their own. Conversely, organisations whose employees lack these intercultural skills are more exposed to risk.

The research, undertaken with IPSOS and Booz-Allen Hamilton, asked employers to define ‘intercultural’ skills. One of the key outcomes of the research was the belief that intercultural skills include the ability to understand different cultural contexts and viewpoints; demonstrating respect for others; and knowledge of a foreign language making the learners truly part of an international workforce. Employers reported that employees with these skills are more likely to bring in new clients, work well in diverse teams, and positively support their organisation’s brand and reputation. Employees who lack intercultural skills leave their organisation susceptible to risks including loss of clients, damage to reputation, and conflict within teams. Continue reading

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Date:              Thursday, 16 June 2016

Time:              11h00 – 13h00

Venue:          V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre

Cost:               Free

Cape Town, 8 June 2016 — Celebrate Youth Day, 16 June, with a free three-act show of musical exuberance and dance at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre, featuring youngsters from The Rainbow Academy, popular headline artists, and well-known busker Derek Plaatjies.

Act one of the show, which starts at 11am, explores the history of South Africa’s youth in a 45-minute musical journey from a negative past, and the fight for freedom, through to the present day showcasing our vibrant, positive and diverse youth oftomorrow.

Act two, beginning at 12pm, celebrates the current youth culture with Derek Plaatjies, dancers from The Rainbow Academy, and performances from the John Palmer Academy, Sans Souci Girls’ High School, the UCT Big Band, and Elsies River High School – winners of the High School Band Slam at the V&A Waterfront earlier this year.

Performers will share the stage for the finale, a 10-minute third act. The day’s celebration will end with a rousing rendition ofHeal the World, My African Dream, and a funky version of the South African national anthem.

For more information, please contact the V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or

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