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More than 1 500 learners from across the city will participate in the City of Cape Town’s biodiversity-related awareness and education programmes during May and June in celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity today, 22 May 2016. The City also calls on residents to help protect our natural heritage. Read more below:

Cape Town’s biodiversity mix includes approximately 3 000 plant species in 19 different vegetation types. The City’s 16 nature reserves conserve important elements of this rich biodiversity.

‘We are excited to be welcoming learners from all communities to our reserves during May and June as we try to nurture a love for conservation through our interactive educational programmes. These have proven to be popular and we hope that our programmes may be the spark for budding nature enthusiasts. Continue reading

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This from iol.co.za:

Poor Richard Stirton.

He’s the first ever winner of The Voice SA – a prize which includes R800 000 worth of goodies, and a recording contract with Universal Music SA. But that’s not what people are talking about this morning.

A big question mark hangs over Stirton’s win because of the voting fiasco that put a dampener on this reality singing show finale. The Voice’s online voting system is said to have collapsed, which meant only the votes recorded up until Thursday were used to determine the winner. According to M-Net, it is not yet known why the system collapsed and, as such, they also do not know who viewers were siding with in the final outcome. Perhaps their system couldn’t cope with the large number of votes cast. Nevertheless, who’s to say that Stirton is the true champion?

The Voice host Lungile Radu was forced into an embarrasing concession during the finale last night, telling his audience that the votes cast on Sunday would not count towards the final result. He blamed “intermittent” voting platform issues.

At the press conference following the show, M-Net’’s head of publicity Lani Lombard tried her best to put a positive spin on proceedings.

Full story here:

http://www.iol.co.za/tonight/tv-radio/the-voice-cracks-under-pressure-2024834

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Are you keen to see your favourite artist perform live and want to be part of making that a reality?

Are you passionate about music, or desperate for your favourite band to perform here? Thanks to a new online crowd sourcing platform you don’t have to wait for it to happen. Concert crowdfunding company Inbound Sound gives music enthusiasts the opportunity to request and see any of your favourite artists, band or entertainer live in concert.

Co-founders Richard Theunissen and Stuart Walsh saw a gap to give South African’s a voice about which acts they want to see perform based on demand. With the recent launch of the company’s official website, fans of any music genre are now able to nominate one or multiple artists of their local or international musician to perform in the city of their choice. Continue reading

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An alleged rapist was one of 186 suspects arrested during patrols and operations across the city in the last week.

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies arrested 186 suspects during operations and patrols in the last seven days.

One of them was a 47-year-old man arrested on a charge of rape. Officers on patrol in Parow were flagged down by a 12-year-old boy on Wednesday 18 May 2016. The boy informed them that he had been sexually assaulted at a nearby canal and escorted officers to the scene. En route he pointed out the suspect, who was immediately arrested by the officers.

‘This was one of two rape suspects arrested by our enforcement agencies on the same day. It is an extremely sensitive issue and I hope that the investigation by the South African Police Service is handled appropriately. I want to commend the young boy for seeking help and speaking out. It was an extremely brave thing to do,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading

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A delegation of Utility Services professionals from throughout the country visited the City’s Electricity Services Department headquarters in Bellville to see first-hand the green design features. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg, was today happy to welcome a delegation from African Utility Week to the City’s Green Star-rated Electricity Services headquarters in Bellville.

The African Utilities Week programme is the only global meeting place, conference and trade exhibition for African power and water utility professionals and offers a unique networking opportunity for engineers, stakeholders and solution providers alike. Continue reading

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The Vodacom Bulls defeated the DHL Stormers 17-13 in a typical, tense South African derby at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday evening to keep their unbeaten home record in this year’s campaign intact. They also halted a run of four Vodacom Super Rugby losses in a row against their Cape Town rivals.

The two teams were locked at 6-6 at halftime and after the DHL Stormers have managed to close the gap in the second half to just 14-13, an excellent a drop goal by replacement flyhalf Tian Schoeman eventually clinched the match for the Pretoria-side.

As a result of their hard-fought win, the Vodacom Bulls have moved into top place on the African Conference 1 ladder. Although they have the same amount as points as the DHL Stormers, namely 32 points, the Pretoria franchise grabbed first position because of their better points margin.

Africa Conference 2 leaders, the Emirates Lions, consolidated their top-spot by scoring another impressive 52-24 win over the Jaguares in their early Saturday afternoon fixture in Johannesburg.

Meanwhile in Durban, the Cell C Sharks continued with their improved form of late by overpowering the Southern Kings 53-0. The Kings defended much better in the second half and they only conceded two more tries following the home side’s scoring spree of 43 points in the opening stanza. Continue reading

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The Springbok Sevens team finished the 2015/2016 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in second place after ending up as losing finalists in the HSBC London Sevens on Sunday.

Scotland stunned the Blitzboks with a 27-26 win in the final, their first ever title in the series, with a try in the dying seconds of the pulsating match. The Scots had a 10-7 lead at the break, but South Africa overhauled them to lead 26-15 with two minutes to play. Two late tries stunned the South Africans though.

“We are very disappointed in the way we finished it here tonight,” Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman, said afterwards.

“Well done to Scotland who never stopped playing. We were caught napping at the end and paid the price. We also made too many errors. That said, we made the final and finished second overall, so are keen to improve on that with the Olympics the next aim for us.”

Snyman applauded Fiji for winning the series. Continue reading

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