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Adriaan Strauss will become the 57th Springbok captain after the Vodacom Bulls hooker was named to lead South Africa in the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland, which starts on 11 June in Cape Town.

Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, made the announcement on Monday afternoon in Stellenbosch, where the Boks are preparing for the first Test.

The popular Strauss hooker follows in the footsteps of long-serving Springbok captain, Jean de Villiers as well as Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger and Fourie du Preez.

Coetzee said he decided to appoint the captain before the first training session.

“Adriaan’s leadership qualities are impressive and well-established and he has the respect of his team mates on and off the field,” said Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.

“He enjoys the respect of all the players and he has always fulfilled a leadership role wherever he played, since coming through the junior national structures. Continue reading

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The killing of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo after a four-year-old boy tumbled into its enclosure has triggered outrage and questions about safety, but zoo officials called the decision “tough” but necessary.

Thousands of people signed a petition on that sharply criticised the Cincinnati Police Department and the zoo for putting down the animal and called for the child’s parents to be “held accountable for their actions of not supervising their child”.

Cincinnati police said the parents had not been charged, but that charges could eventually be sought by the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney, although a spokeswoman for the prosecutor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Authorities did not identify the child or his parents and the family could not be contacted.

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Comedy heavyweight, Nik Rabinowitz headlines at the Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners at GrandWest on Sunday, 5 June 2016. Comedy fans can look forward to an evening of side-splitting laughter as Rabinowitz puts his spin on South Africa’s often laughable political landscape and current affairs.

Rabinowitz who refers to himself as the “world’s leading Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian” has been a staple on the local comedy scene for years. He performs to packed venues countrywide, has co-authored a book, The Youngsters, and performed as an opening act at the Toronto South African Film Festival in 2014.

He is also known for his radio show The Week that Wasn’t which aired on Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk, and has successfully produced a string of one man shows. In 2010 he starred in Bafunny Bafunny, which toured South Africa as well as the United Kingdom where the show sold out the Royal Albert Hall.

Joining Rabinowitz at the Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners are Tracy Klass as host, Angel Campey, Liam Bento and Kenwyn Davids. The doors will open at 17h00 and the festivities will kick off at 18h00. The cost to enter is R55 per person, strictly for over 18s. Contact 082 588 6662 to book.

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The donation of a small motorised boat, a Superduck UE, to the City of Cape Town will assist the Environmental Resource Management Department to undertake extensive offshore water quality monitoring around its three marine outfalls in Hout Bay, Table Bay and Camps Bay as well as perform inshore law enforcement patrols and coordinate coastal emergency response. Read more below: Continue reading

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Black Sails 2014While you can bet a treasure chest of gold, diamonds and pearls that the food served on the set of the pirate drama series Black Sails (the fourth season is currently filming in Cape Town), is nothing but the best, the menu aboard ships in the Golden Age of Piracy in the  early 1700s was anything but nutritious, appealing or even edible!  Pirates lived in cramped, miserable conditions and suffered from debilitating diseases, with the majority of them dying before the age of 30 as a result of warfare, the gallows or indeed a very poor diet.

Shipboard food was limited to what would keep in the course of prolonged voyages. Bread came in the form of hardtack or ‘ship’s biscuit’, rock hard squares of flour-and-water dough that after a few weeks at sea was inevitably infested with weevils. Beef was salted or dried and so tough that sailors often carved it into buttons and belt buckles. Beer, ale, and rum were the choice of drink since all kept better than fresh water. Continue reading

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A drunk driver is the latest suspect to send City officers on a Hollywood-style chase, but ended up behind bars with dozens of others. Read more below:

A City of Cape Town Metro Police officer was forced to take drastic action during a chase to arrest a drunk driver on Sunday 29 May 2016.

The driver refused to stop at a vehicle check point in Montana and sped off, disobeying road signs along the way. Officers gave chase and attempted to block his vehicle in Klipfontein Road. The driver, however, charged straight for the officers, forcing one of them to aim at the tyres and open fire. The suspect’s vehicle then collided with another vehicle and he was eventually arrested on charges of drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving, fleeing from lawful custody and resisting arrest. Continue reading

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Some ladies just have to spend some more time priming and polishing in order to get the perfect look that they want. While every woman is beautiful in her own right, it is no secret that there are some who look like they spend much more time with their beauty routine than others. However, this does not mean that every beautiful woman in the world spends hours getting ready every morning.

Below are just some of my favourite hacks that you can use to help you to look like you spend hours getting ready…

Keep your lipstick off your teeth girl!

Lipstick on the teeth has plagued women for centuries. Nobody likes to smile and find out that they have just flashed the red lipstick on your teeth. There’s such a simple solution which I have personally been using for years now – simply wipe your lips from the inside out, apply your lipstick, stick your finger in your mouth and pull it out. Remember making those “popping” noises when you were a kid? This is the same thing. Your finger will wipe away the excess lipstick and leave your teeth shiny white. Continue reading

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A smart park with a price-tag of just over R 4,8 million is set to change the recreational landscape for the community of Nomzamo in Strand. Read more below:

Meaningful community engagement is key to the development of a smart park in order to collectively decide on the nature and form of the envisaged facilities. Smart park facilities are designed to be multi-functional and it is extremely important to receive input from the communities who will be using these recreational spaces.

Residents in Nomzamo were upbeat at being included in discussions around the facilities to be included in the new smart park in their area. It was decided to have four distinct sections: a passive area, a play area, an active area, and an area for leisurely movement. Continue reading

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Johan Ackermann has been appointed as head coach of a strong SA ‘A’ team, featuring six players with Springbok Test experience, for their two-match series against the England Saxons next month. He will be assisted by Chumani Booi and Abe Davids.

Five of the six players with Test experience are in the pack. They are Oupa Mohoje, Nizaam Carr, Coenie Oosthuizen, Vincent Koch and Marcel van der Merwe. At the back, Piet van Zyl will provide knowledge of international rugby.

The national selectors also picked seven players who had their first taste of Vodacom Super Rugby this year. They are Lukhanyo Am, Jean-Luc du Preez, Lizo Gqoboka, Ntando Kebe, JD Schickerling, RG Snyman and Leolin Zas.

“Many of the players in the SA ‘A’ squad were considered for the Springboks and will obviously come into consideration in the event of injuries, but we could only select a certain number of players and it will be good to see them get international exposure against a strong England Saxons team,” said Springbok coach Allister Coetzee. Continue reading

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The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the 2016 Mayoral Awards held at the Cape Town Stadium last night, 28 May 2016.

Good evening, goeie naand, molweni, as salaam alaikum, shalom.

We take great pride in the determination and commitment of our staff.

The City of Cape Town is not some lifeless and cold concept.

It is a living, breathing organisation brought to life by the work of 27 000 people. Continue reading

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