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Allister Coetzee has named a new-look Springbok squad, including nine uncapped players, for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland, featuring three Tests in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.

The uncapped players who have forced their way into the Springbok squad are Garth April (flyhalf), Ruan Combrinck (wing), Faf de Klerk (scrumhalf), Nic Groom (scrumhalf), Steven Kitshoff (prop), Jaco Kriel (flank), Bongi Mbonambi (hooker), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (flank) and Scarra Ntubeni (hooker).

Coetzee picked 17 forwards and 14 backs to report for duty on Sunday afternoon for the start of a two week-long preparation camp in Stellenbosch and Cape Town. The squad will gather in Stellenbosch for the first week, before they break for two days and then reassemble on Sunday 5 June in Cape Town.

Coetzee said he was excited and looking forward to start working with his squad.

“The announcement of the squad, while hugely challenging, is a highlight of my career and a result of a lot of hard work and a huge amount of planning since my appointment,” said Coetzee.

“The selection of this squad was based on rewarding form and exposing young and upcoming local players to the Springboks, which is why priority was given to locally based players. We have many experienced players still available for selection, but we just felt that the time was right to look at the next generation. Continue reading

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Savour the good life!

It’s that time of the year again when the country’s most-loved holiday festival returns to the
Garden Route. The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, which this year runs from 1 – 10 July, will again have a jam-packed programme with activities designed to keep absolutely everyone entertained, relaxed and exceptionally well-fed!

One of the biggest Festival highlights is the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster festival Comedy Shuckle set to take place at the Festival Pavilion on Thursday, 7 July.

This hugely popular evening of fun, food and laughter will be hosted by two of South Africa’s favourite comedians, Schalk Bezuidenhout and Kagiso Mokgadi – both of whom are well known for having their audiences in stitches.
As always oysters will take centre stage – prepared in every way possible. This is one night you can be assured a feast of this delicious delicacy. Look out for the Pick n Pay Oyster stand at the Festival Pavilion and enjoy! But make sure you don’t miss out and book your tickets early! Continue reading

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Smile 90.4FM and The Haven Night Shelter thanks listeners for raising 50 000+ beds more than the original target of 9040 beds

On Monday, 23 May 2016 the Smile Breakfast presenters, Bobby Brown and Lindy Hibbard took on the challenge to raise 9040 beds for The Haven Night Shelter PBO by Friday, 27 May 2016.  To do this, they needed each listener to participate in the challenge to donate R12 to help a less fortunate person to participate in The Haven’s rehabilitation program.  The Haven Night Shelter which has 15 shelters throughout the Western Cape provides their residents with a rehabilitation program to integrate them back into their communities, providing each with food, shelter and the necessary social services required. Continue reading

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Today I visited the SEDA Atlantis Renewable Business Incubator (SAREBI) in the Atlantis Industrial Area, co-located in an area that is fast becoming a focal point for the growth of the green economy and general manufacturing in Cape Town.

Atlantis is an area that has faced difficult social and economic challenges, including high unemployment. However, with particular targeted interventions by the City, notably the introduction of the Atlantis Investment Incentive Scheme, and collaboration with other spheres of government, the right enabling environment has been created for exciting new economic activity in the area. Continue reading

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Following the unprecedented success of the Baxter Dance Festival last year (where close to 80 choreographers participated), the organisers are now calling for applications  for 2016 from dance studios, schools, companies, groups and independent dance-makers, as well as proposals from choreographers (including a DVD of recent work).

The closing date for applications to participate in this year’s event is Friday, 24 June, at 5pm and choreographers are strongly encouraged to send in their submissions as early as possible.

The 2016 Baxter Dance Festival will take place from 6 to 15 October and comprises the Main Programme which will consist of invited and commissioned works, as well as work by established professional choreographers and companies. The Off-Main Programme on Saturday, 8 October, which will showcase work by up-and-coming choreographers (including student work), and the Fringe Programme on Saturday, 15 October, which will include work by youth groups, dance schools, school groups, traditional dance groups and others. Continue reading

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Suzette Little sigining the pledge

Suzette Little sigining the pledge

A group of 14 social workers have already made an impact in their areas of deployment, tackling a number of social issues.

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate has added another layer to its basket of services: the deployment of 14 social workers.

The group will strengthen existing efforts to address social ills in 17 hotspot areas identified across the city and will focus specifically on the push/pull factors that result in people migrating to the streets. This includes truancy, substance abuse and domestic violence. Continue reading

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This from dailymaverick.co.za:

A superbug resistant to all known medications has been found in the United States for the first time, raising new concern about the dwindling effectiveness of antibiotics, the top US public health official said on Thursday.

The case involved a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania whose urinary tract infection tested positive for a strain of E. coli that is resistant to the antibiotic of last resort for such infections, known as colistin.

“It was an old antibiotic, but it was the only one left for what I call nightmare bacteria,” a family of germs known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), said Thomas Frieden, chief of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The recently discovered antibiotic-resistant gene, known as mcr-1, has also been found in China and Europe.

Its emergence in the United States for the first time “heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria,” said a report on the finding, published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

The report gave no details about the outcome of the Pennsylvania woman’s case. Superbugs can be deadly, but not in all cases.

Full story here:

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-05-27-nightmare-infection-found-in-us-for-first-time#.V0gdN_l95pg

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WE THE PEOPLE must not be fooled into fear mongering of those spreading bad news, as the news. GOOD PEOPLE ARE THE MAJORITY throughout the world, but we are being made to feel hopeless in the face of the selective negative news coverage globally. I work in some of these communities where the drug dealers and gangsters get more coverage than the good majority and young people look up to these well marketed few, while disrespecting their own hard working parents and family members, who seldom get coverage.

We first decided to bring it to the masses attention to encourage a POSITIVE POSTER DAY. https://www.facebook.com/48042893547/videos/10153780570318548/
On the 30th May (next Monday) we plan to run this same project for a WEEK and encourage a POSITIVE POSTER WEEK. We are hoping that it will spread to a GLOBAL WEEK OF POSITIVE NEWS to remind us that we can and have to change things ourselves. It is astounding how this version of Democracy has made people complacent and willing to wait for politicians to change things for them. Instead of empowering the masses, it has taken our power away from us. Which is a direct contradiction to its original intent. The “Freedom of the Press” should not hamper the will of the people, by making them believe that bad is in the majority. NO! to me, that actually is a violation of the Freedom Charter and Constitution of South Africa, because it limits the peoples mental freedom and perception of themselves. We are inviting people from around the world to participate this time. https://www.facebook.com/events/1190713787607580/

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN, COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON

The Western Cape High Court, on Wednesday 25 May 2016, granted the City of Cape Town a final and permanent interdict against violent protesters, among them the Govan Mbeki branch of the South African National Civic Organisation and members of their executive, preventing them from disrupting the MyCiTi service or conducting any protest action at the MyCiTi stations along the T04 trunk route. Read more below:

I am very relieved and grateful for this final order by the Western Cape High Court.

The City cannot allow protesters to vandalise and damage our infrastructure, inconvenience our commuters, and disrupt the MyCiTi service which is providing a vital and important service to the communities of Dunoon and Joe Slovo. Vandalism and the destruction of City property, coupled with intimidation and threats to our personnel and law-abiding citizens, is unacceptable. Continue reading

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Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu and Miss South Africa 2016 Ntandoyenkosi Kunene march with more than 100 schoolgirls
More than 100 schoolgirls joined forces today at the Union Buildings in Pretoria with Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu, and Miss South Africa 2016, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, to honour the historic 1956 Women’s March as part of Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day.
At least 50 000 schoolgirls across South Africa were hosted today in offices and places of work as part of the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® campaign.
In celebration of the Cell C initiative’s 14th birthday a record number of partners – a whopping 650, up from 520 in 2015 – volunteered to host schoolgirls from grade 10 to 12 this year.

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