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The Springbok Sevens team on Sunday won the Plate Final of the HSBC Paris Sevens and stayed second on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series log with one tournament to go.

South Africa scored a 17-7 win over Australia in the Plate Final after an earlier 29-19 win over New Zealand in the semifinal.

A 21-10 defeat to eventual winners, Samoa, in the Cup quarterfinals first up in the Stade Jean Bouin tripped up the Blitzboks for an eight consecutive semifinal berth though. Samoa went on to beat Fiji 29-26 in the final.

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell was pleased with the way his team fought back after being knocked out of the Cup competition by Samoa. Continue reading

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Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, will spend approximately R20 million on the upgrading of Symphony Way and Erica Drive in Belhar as part of the rejuvenation of the Belhar central business district. Read more below:

The intersections along Symphony Way and Erica Drive will be upgraded and additional lanes constructed to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic in this area with the renewal of the Belhar CBD.

‘The City has identified the Belhar central business district as one of the growth areas in the city where investment from the private and public sector has the potential to unlock a number of opportunities to the local community. The City is responsible for the provision of services in support of all new developments – be it public or private. As such TCT has now embarked on a major roads project to ensure that the main transport arteries in Belhar will be able to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic as the CBD houses more businesses and housing developments in the near future,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

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The Farm Village, Noordhoek, 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.

Wed 18 May – FINTRY (The Amazing Blundells) + Reini Adelbert

Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.

Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.

Tickets: R120.00

Time: Dinner from 19h00. Show from 20h30.

Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za

Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538

Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine Continue reading

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New crop of young leaders emerge from the 2016 Laureus ‘Youth Empowerment through Sport’ programme

(South Africa, May 2016) Laureus recently launched the 2016 edition of its six month Youth Empowerment through Sport (YES) programme, which kicked off with a very successful educational training camp hosted in Cape Town from 28 April to 6 May 2016.  Twenty youths from various Laureus-funded projects participated in the interactive training workshop and were provided with the necessary tools to help them ignite positive change in their lives and local communities.

The list of influencers involved in motivational sessions included Laureus SA Chairman Morné du Plessis, Laureus ambassador and former Banyana Banyana captain, Desiree Ellis as well as South African outdoor adventurer and motivational speaker Ron Rutland. The key themes explored at these sessions included: the importance of personal development and how to set and attain key life goals as well as conquering your fears, dealing with conflict and seeking solution-driven tactics to overcome challenges. Continue reading

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Centre Lionel Mapoe scored three of the Emirates Lions’ seven tries in their 43-5 Vodacom Super Rugby victory over the Blues on a soaking wet Emirates Airline Park on Saturday evening. The Highveld side also moved passed the DHL Stormers to the top team of the combined South African group standings.

The Johannesburg team gained five points and the DHL Stormers only two, after the Cape side managed to salvage a 17-all draw against the Sunwolves in Singapore thanks to a last-gasp try by replacement prop Vincent Koch. Currently, the Emirates Lions have 32 points, one more than their Cape Town rivals.

In the late match on Saturday evening, Springbok flyhalf Patrick Lambie kicked 20 points to steer the Cell C Sharks to a close-fought 25-22 victory over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires. The Durban outfit led 19-17 at halftime in this gripping encounter and the four points they collected moved them to third place in the SA group on 30 points.

The Argentine side outscored their South African opponents by three tries to one, but it was the composed performance with the boot by Lambie that proved the difference between the two teams. Continue reading

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This from jacarandafm.com:

The presidency on Sunday condemned the “actions of information peddlers who keep spreading rumours about alleged changes in the Cabinet of President Jacob Zuma”.

“Ministers serve at the pleasure of the president. He has the prerogative to hire and fire ministers at any time,” Zuma’s spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga said in a statement. “Despite that, the presidency issued a statement recently communicating that there were no plans to change the Minister of Finance [Pravin Gordhan]. Information peddlers have also been spreading false rumours about changes in the department of trade and industry [dti]. A statement was also issued recently rebutting the dti rumours, he said.

Zuma and government were focused on the goal of uniting business, labour, government, and the whole country behind the mission of strengthening the economy and reigniting growth during the current difficult economic climate. A lot of progress was being made in this regard and work would continue to fight the slow growth so that jobs could be saved and created, Ngqulunga said.

 

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Cape Town – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan could soon be arrested after the Hawks reportedly handed a docket over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for his involvement in the SA Revenue Service’s “rogue unit”.

The Sunday Times reported that the top police investigating unit wanted Gordhan and eight others to be prosecuted for espionage for the unit allegedly spying on taxpayers during his time as Sars commissioner.

Sources at both the Hawks and NPA claim authorities are waiting for “political go-ahead” before going through with the arrest. However, the NPA officially denied the claims.

In April, Gordhan said Sars had a legal mandate to perform enforcement and criminal investigations, Fin24 reported.

The finance minister said according to information provided to him by Sars there are 1 599 enforcement auditors who conduct enforcement investigations, and 381 criminal investigators.

Gordhan told the Hawks in March that the unit was an essential part of Sars’ enforcement strategy “as it is with most tax and customs administrations globally”.

Full story here:

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/gordhan-could-soon-be-arrested-report-20160515?isapp=true

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From 29 April – 2 May, 5FM were in Polokwane for their first annual Small Town Live Loud takeover weekend. The station, along with the entire complement of DJs, was in the city for four days of non-stop partying. The weekend offered up a party every night and live broadcasts as well as a CSi initiative at the Samaritan Children’s Home.

The weekend kicked off with an Instawalk on Friday, 29 April, with media and Instagrammers from Polokwane, where the station showed off the city on their social media platforms. Later that evening the station hosted the Live Loud Club Night party at Jembe Tavern at Meropa Casino. On Saturday, 30 April, the station hosted a DJ seminar in partnership with Bridges for Music with DJ Fresh, Euphonik, Rob Forbes, Roger Goode and Fix speaking to youngsters about the various aspects of DJ-ing as a career. Continue reading

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At 14:15 Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services responded to a shooting incident in Oasis Street, Athlone. A 72 year old woman suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her arm and head. She was rushed to Grootte Schuur Hospital in a critical condition. Police are investigating the incident, but details surrounding the incident remain unknown.

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