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The filming and events industries are exceeding expectations in the Mother City, with the City issuing nearly 3 000 permits in just three months. This boom could potentially create additional economic opportunities for entrepreneurs and SMMEs. Cape Town’s variety of locations, competitive film tariffs and production costs underpin the city’s attractiveness as a filming destination. In addition, the conclusion of multi-year agreements to anchor six big events will bring a guaranteed boost to the economy for the next few years. 

The City of Cape Town issued 2 870 permits for various film shoots in one quarter alone (January to March 2016). Year-to-date numbers are equally impressive, with the number of permits issued increasing from 3 943 in 2014/15 to 6 173 in 2015/16 (over the three quarters in total).

Collectively, the 2 870 film shoots in the first quarter of 2016 contributed upwards of R3,58 million to the City’s coffers for services rendered. The bulk of the filming permits were issued for the following: Continue reading

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Johannesburg, 13 May 2016: MTV (DStv channel 130) is messing with everyday tech devices – with hilarious results – in its new international prank show Bugging Out. Watch as smart phones, apps, fitness trackers, car GPS systems, ATMs and more turn on their unsuspecting users in this hidden camera show for the digital generation.
Bugging Out is hosted by YouTube personality and prankster Rob Anderson, who will be joined by entertainment presenter and stand-up comedian Traci Stumpf, MTV’s BuggingOut airs on MTV every Wednesday night at 22:00 CAT.

Commented Monde Twala, VP, BET, Youth & Music, VIMN Africa, “We know MTV viewers are going to big fans of“Bugging Out” – our viewers love to laugh, and clip shows like Ridiculousness and prank shows like #YouGotGot are regularly the highest rated shows on the channel. The latest season of Ridiculousness had over 90,000 viewers tuning in per episode. Over 96,000 viewers tuned in per episode during Season 1 of #YouGotGot, while the premiere episode for Season 2 on Monday 9 May was watched by over 179,000 viewers.” Continue reading

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The Junior Springboks kicked off their warm-up phase for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship on a solid note on Friday with an encouraging 60-19 victory against a Xerox Golden Lions Under-20 Invitational side at Wits University in Johannesburg.

The Junior Springboks scored 10 tries – four in the first half and six in the second half. Toyota Free State wing Mosolwa Mafuma scored four tries for the SA U20s, while the hosts scored three.

Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron was satisfied with the result, but he said there was hard work ahead to improve the areas of their game that were lacking before the international spectacle.

“I am pleased with certain aspects of our game and I think we can take several positives into our matches against Maties and SWD,” said Theron. Continue reading

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Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Thursday named his team to face a combined Xerox Golden Lions Under-19 and Under-21 team in their first warm-up match.

The match will take place on Friday at Wits University and is the Junior Boks’ first fully-fledged encounter in the lead-up to the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester, England, from 7 to 25 June.

The starting line-up features the Vodacom Blue Bulls halfback combination of flyhalf Manie Libbok and scrumhalf Embrose Papier, while DHL Western Province locks Eduard Zandberg and Ruben de Villiers will join forces in the engine room. Continue reading

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The ratings agency Moody’s has announced that the City of Cape Town has received a long- and short-term Global Scale Rating of Baa2 and Prime -2 respectively and a long- and short-term national scale rating of Aaa.za and Prime -1.za respectively following a change in their ratings methodology. The City now has the highest possible level of credit quality within the national context. Read more below:

This means that going forward, there should be less volatility in the City’s national scale rating, even when the global scale rating is moved either up or down and is thus more reflective of the City’s own credit quality within the local environment. The inclusion of a global credit rating makes it more comparable with other entities on the international market.

‘In a sense, the City will be less constrained by the country’s rating. This is especially advantageous for the City as it plans to approach the external bond market in the future,’ said the City’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson.

Moody’s cites as a reason for its decision the ‘City’s good budgetary performance, strong liquidity position and moderate debt levels. The financial position is supported by the administration’s prudent financial policies and its relatively large and diversified economic base’.

This latest signal of confidence in the financial management of the City comes on the heels of the recent announcement by Ratings Afrika, which awarded the City the highest Municipal Financial Stability Index (MFSI) among the metros.

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Stokvel groups around the country were invited to enter the 2016 Stokvel Cooking Challenge, sponsored by White Star Super Maize Meal and Royco® in partnership with Move! Magazine, to show off their creative culinary skills and win a share of the R50 000 cash prize. Stokvels responded overwhelmingly to the call, submitting recipes, their photographs and motivation as to why they should be considered to take part in the cook-off. Now, the top three in four regions have been selected to take part in the semi-final round.

On Saturday, 14 May the Eastern Cape semi-finals will kick-off at the Powertrade Cash & Carry, Taxi City based in East London, The Golden Girls, Siyancendana and S’nako Stokvel will start the cooking challenge at 11:30am where they will have to showcase their culinary skills to the star judges – singer, actress and White Star celebrity chef, Lucia Mthiyane, and MasterChef SA 2014 runner-up, Siphokazi Mdlankomo. Continue reading

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All six South African Vodacom Super Rugby teams will be in action on Saturday, with three of them playing overseas and only one fixture featuring two local teams against each other.

The Vodacom Bulls kick off the local action on Saturday morning when they face the Waratahs at 11h45 (SA time) in the Allianz Stadium in Sydney. The Pretoria side came unstuck last weekend against the Brumbies, who beat them 23-6 in Canberra, and will be hoping for a quick return to winning ways.
In Singapore, the DHL Stormers will be in action in their first match against the Sunwolves. Last weekend the Sunwolves suffered a 40-22 reverse against the visiting Force. A win for the Cape side will see them equal their best run of four wins in a row against overseas opponents set across the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Fresh from their rest weekend, the DHL Stormers also know they have to win to maintain their lead in the overall South African Group. They currently have 29 points from their nine games, which include six wins. Continue reading

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LIVING in a country where finding employment or a decent paying job is almost impossible, we see many female entrepreneurs emerging every year to help grow themselves and be financially stable. The public sector is now encouraging young black women to become entrepreneurs; this is something they have successfully fought for many years.

It is still a sad case that this has not made things easier. Many are still struggling to become successful. It’s either they just don’t have enough knowledge, don’t know the right people in the industry, or have no funding. In turn it takes them many years to pick up business, some even give up and return to their 9 – 5 jobs. However, initiatives such as the NYDA have been put in place to ensure that small businesses have the right equipment to grow. It is up to the aspiring entrepreneurs to research how to build a business, where to find help, and more about the industry they would like to go into. There is now an amazing growth in the communications industry with Public Relations companies mostly owned by women. Continue reading

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Summer storms brewing over the Highveld, the mists of Victoria Falls, Cape Town’s unmistakeable Table Mountain from 500 km away, and the world’s oldest meteor scar.

These are just a few of the African scenes named as favourites by British Airways pilots in the “Ask The Pilot” section of the airline’s inflight magazine, Highlife SA, which publishes its 50thedition  next month. The magazine is complimentary to passengers on British Airways (operated by Comair) and combines local and international content. It’s an eclectic mix that’s proved popular with travellers and includes a monthly column by veteran foreign correspondent and BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson. Continue reading

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