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The draw for the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge in Port Elizabeth was conducted on 08 June to determine the four groups that the Eastern Cape’s top under-17 football teams would compete in.

Defending champions Chippa United were drawn in Group B. They will have their hands full competing against Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, City Strikers and Addo Development, in what has already been termed the ‘Group of Death’.

Glenville Celtic were drawn in Group A alongside Highland Spurs, Sakhulutsha FC and PE Sundowns. Group C sees Hotspurs, St Georges, Future Stars and Thornhill United go head-to-head, while Group D pits Rangers FC, XI Angels, Riverside and Mabayibone against each other.

Cindy Bunde, Engen CSI Coordinator: Eastern Cape, said: “As always the primary focus is on the talented young players who participate in the tournament. We encourage them all to use the Engen Knockout Challenge as a stepping stone to launch their professional careers. This is where it all starts, and Engen is delighted to be a part of the development of football at grassroots level.” Continue reading

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Ireland looseforward, CJ Stander, received a red card during the first Test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series between South Africa and Ireland on Saturday, 11 June at DHL Newlands in Cape Town.

The matter was heard by the Judicial Officer Terry Willis of Australia on Sunday 12 and Monday 13 June.

After hearing the evidence and submissions made by Gerrie Swart, representative of the player, the Judicial Officer was not satisfied on the balance of probability that the referee, Mathieu Raynal of France, was wrong when he issued the red card to the player.

As a result, the player was suspended for one match and will miss the second Test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series between Ireland and South Africa, scheduled for Saturday 18 June at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, whereafter he is free to play again.

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One of the goals of the Standard Bank Grahamstown Jazz Festival – the country’s oldest and longest jazz festival which runs from June 30 to July 9 as part of the National Arts Festival –  is to open up opportunities for networking and collaboration between the international performers and their South African counterparts.

This year South African bassist and composer Carlo Mombelli joins forces with Swiss trombonist Andreas Tschopp in a band that includes two other young Swiss musicians Florian Egli (sax), Florian Favre (piano) and South Africa’s Sphelelo Mazibuko on drums.

Explains Mombelli: “Collaborations are vital and are what make the Grahamstown Jazz Festival a special place for musicians. We get to play with musicians from all over the world. And it is not like we are backing this or that superstar, we all bring our music and share our ideas and concepts and because of that we can build relationships that continue after the festival.” Continue reading

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Today the City of Cape Town achieved another first in South Africa, with an important step towards our goal to become the digital capital of Africa by launching the pilot phase of Wi-Fi provision on our MyCiTi buses.

As an opportunity city, we understand the demands of the 21st century and the greater need for connectedness.

As of part of a pilot phase, Wi-Fi has been installed on 10 MyCiTi buses, which will first be tested on the various feeder routes across the city.

Once the service has been tested on the feeder routes, the full roll-out will be expanded to all 380 buses such as the trunk routes in Atlantis, Table View, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

Passengers on these buses will be able to connect their Wi-Fi-enabled devices (cellphones, laptops, tablets) to the Wi-Fi.

Late last year, the City of Cape Town awarded a tender to VAST Networks to provide and manage the provision of Wi-Fi on MyCiTi buses. Continue reading

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Note to Editors: Rights free audio clips of Junior Springbok assistant coach Nazeem Adams in English and Afrikaans are attached.

Junior Springbok assistant coach Nazeem Adams drew inspiration from the class of 2012 at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in South Africa to inspire the team to advance to the semi-final of the competition this year in Manchester.

In 2012, the Junior Springboks suffered a first-round defeat against Ireland, but fought their way into the semi-final with bonus-point victories over Italy and England, and went on the win the trophy. Continue reading

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during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Fiji at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand.

during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Fiji at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Experienced Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn has been called up as replacement for the injured Pat Lambie who suffered concussion against Ireland on Saturday at DHL Newlands.

Lambie will take a mandatory break of one week following his injury in Cape Town and will therefore miss the second Castle Lager Incoming Series Test match at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Lambie underwent precautionary scans on Sunday, which proved normal, and he was examined for a third time on Monday morning by Springbok team doctor, Dr Konrad von Hagen. The player has already returned to his home in Durban.

According to Springbok coach Allister Coetzee, Steyn, who has 60 Test caps to his name, was always in his plans as a flyhalf replacement option in the event of injury to one of the three flyhalves in the squad. Handré Pollard, another Bok regular at No 10, is also injured at the moment. Continue reading

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Pic: eowspa.com

Pic: eowspa.com

It’s official, we bid farewell to sunny days and blue skies and it will be a while until we can see flowers poking up through the earth. In the meantime, we’re trapped beneath layers of clothes and boots – longing for the days where we can wear sandals and those pretty little summer dresses again.

We don’t have to let the cold weather cause chaos on our entire body though! This is where the importance of body scrubs comes in. Body scrubs are great for exfoliating as they eliminate the dead skin cells and nourish the new skin beneath, leaving your skin soft and glowing all over.

Below are just a few ideas for DIY scrubs you can make at home, instead of spending a ridiculous amount of money on them at the specialty shops. I know I will be making some of these this winter!

Sea Salt Scrub

To create a simple salt scrub, you basically just need coarse sea salt or Epsom salts, a carrier liquid (like an oil, glycerin  or some honey) and a scent. Feel free to experiment with different oils, salts and essential oils to see which you like the most and which work best for your skin.

Citrus Morning Scrub

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a lidded jar. Wet your skin in the shower and gently massage the scrub all over yourself—preferably in gentle, circular motions—to exfoliate it. Rinse thoroughly, pat dry and moisturize if necessary. Continue reading

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“VOICES ON FIRE.”

The fourth annual Poetry in McGregor is happening from August 26th to 28th. Feast with us on the heart’s food, the resonant human voice, the felt reality of who we are. Since ancient time our understanding of ourselves, our sense of what lies within, was said to come out of the blue: inspiration, the breath of heaven, the song of the muse, the voice of the poet.

There is a great range of poets performing at various interesting venues at this year`s event.  English poetry from the young awesome talents of Elisa Galgut and Vangile Gantsho to well-known poets James Matthews, Patricia Schonstein, Kobus Moolman, Khadija Tracey Heeger and Harry Owen. In the Afrikaans section we have the heartwarming and inspiring Margot Luyt (Verse n Klank on RSG), Koos van der Merwe, Daniel Hugo, Diana Ferrus and Lara Kirsten. Last year`s winner of the Poetry Competition, Louise Westerhout will also be taking to the stage. Exciting groups that are coming are UWC poets, Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement andMothertongue. There are also immensely entertaining poets including Margaret Clough and Stephanie Saunderswho will have you rolling in the aisles as they look at the lighter side of life. For a complete list of all the wonderful participating poets, go to: https://mcgregorpoetryfestival.blogspot.co.za/ Continue reading

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Cape Town Comedy Club always making sure you have a good time…….
· Come and have fun with us on 15th (DJ Godfrey on the decks)

· Enjoy the public holiday – Youth Day on 16th

· Spend Father’s Day at CTCC on Sunday 19th June

· Our Winter Meal & Cocktail Specials – May to August

LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Wednesday 15th June 2016 (Day before public holiday)

HEADLINE: Tracy Klass
MC: Dalin Oliver
SUPPORT ACT: Phil de Lange
OPEN MIC: Liam Bento
GUEST ACT: Mel Jones & DJ Godfrey

Thursday 16th June 2016 (Public Holiday)

HEADLINE: Tracy Klass
MC: Dalin Oliver
SUPPORT ACT: Phil de Lange
OPEN MIC: Liam Bento

COMPETITION: Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town will this week celebrate Youth Day, which falls on Thursday 16 June 2016, with a wide range of events and activities to commemorate the role the youth played during the 1976 Soweto Uprising.

Youth Day is also about celebrating the important role of the youth in building a vibrant society and contributing towards the diversity of our city.

Various City of Cape Town departments, together with members of the community, will participate. All media are welcome to attend.

Transport for Cape Town

On Youth Day, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron, will hand out about 8 000 whistles to young commuters at the MyCiTi station inReygersdal Drive in Atlantis at 10:30

The whistle handout is part of the City’s focus on the safety of women and girls in Atlantis. In 2014 the City partnered with the United Nations in a Women Safe Cities Initiative with the Atlantis community as the focus point.

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