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Following their successful #LoveRugby squad assembly exercise in Cape Town last Sunday, the Springboks are ready to give back more to their passionate supporters.

The community of Belhar will be the beneficiary of the a once-in-a-lifetime training visit by the full Springbok squad on Monday, 6 June starting at 15h00.

Allister Coetzee and his Bok squad are due to have a full training session on Monday at the Belhar Rugby Club to prepare themselves for their opening Castle Lager Incoming Series Test next Saturday against Ireland at DHL Newlands.

Following the field drill, the players will then stay on for a signing session and to meet their fans.

Coetzee said he was looking forward to the Belhar visit. “The players were thrilled with last week’s #LoveRugby exercise and they are excited about the visit to Belhar. The community will get the opportunity to watch a full Springbok training session, which is something special,” explained Coetzee.

Monday’s field training exercise is open to the public, and all media are invited to attend this unique visit. Media must however confirm their attendance to the event by email to by no later than 12h00 on Sunday, 5 June.

What: #LoveRugby field training session
Who: The Springbok rugby squad
When: Monday, 6 June 15h00 – 17h00
Where: Belhar Rugby Club, corner of Symphony Way and Accordion Street

Injury concern for Jan Serfontein

Springbok centre Jan Serfontein injured his wrist playing Vodacom Super Rugby two weeks ago, and the initial x-rays showed no fracture. However, while at the Springbok camp, his wrist did not improve as expected and as a result further medical examinations were done. Continue reading

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A unique blend of musicians will unite on stage for an awe-inspiring and uplifting gospel celebration of music at the Baxter Theatre from 27 June to 3 July at 8pm.

‘Let us Praise’ will feature some amazing artists in the gospel music industry which the mother city has to offer coming together to perform on one stage. The exciting line-up will be hosted by all-round musical entertainer Alistair Izobell, who will be joined on stage by TopDog SA’s pianist extraordinaire Camillo Lombard, saxophonist Donveno Prins, Charlton Daniels, Mark Williams and Mornay Hoffmeester.

Other talented musicians forming part of the line-up includes songwriter and performing artist Wilmot Fredericks, Gospel choir the Joshua Generation and contemporary gospel artist Varonica Meyer.

Directed by Alistair Izobell, the show is a gospel celebration of incredible music sung by award winning artists in the industry. Being a veteran producer and stage performer, Izobell is known to be sincere about his faith and envisioned a platform showcasing incredible artists in celebrating the uplifting power of gospel music among generations.

One of the leading groups who will be performing is the Joshua Generation, an urban gospel band comprising of ten members, who have become well-known in the industry for the past three years. They have headlined the Kingdom revolution concert and was the opening act and backing group for the award-winning international artist Vashawn Mitchell. The band is currently working on their first debut album with mentor Shawn George and producer Marco van der Merwe. Continue reading

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Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself “The Greatest” and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, is dead.

Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesman confirmed to NBC News. He was 74.

“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman, told NBC News.

Ali had suffered for three decades from Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive neurological condition that slowly robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace and his physical dexterity. A funeral service is planned in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Even as his health declined, Ali did not shy from politics or controversy, releasing a statement in December criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda,” he said.

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The Junior Springboks arrived in Manchester, England, on Friday fresh and motivated for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship, which will take place from 7 to 25 June.

The team landed in London on Friday morning and then took the short flight to Manchester, where they will be based for the next three weeks.

The team kicks off their campaign on Tuesday, 7 June, against Japan at the Academy Stadium.

They then take on Argentina on Saturday, 11 June, at the AJ Bell Stadium before returning to the Academy Stadium on Wednesday, 15 June, for their final round-robin match against France.

The semi-final will be played on Monday, 20 June and the Final on Saturday, 25 June.
Junior Springbok captain Jeremy Ward and his team wasted no time taking to the field and had a flush-out session soon after arriving in the popular soccer town. Continue reading

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Musical big guns to perform in intimate setting at the V&A Waterfront

‘Acoustics Underground’ performances, presented in association with KFM

Dates:            Wednesday, 29 June             Loyiso Bala

Wednesday, 27 July               Arno Carstens & François van Coke

Thursday, 18 August              Judith Sephuma ft. Camillo Lombard

Times:            Doors open at 19h00

Performances start at 19h30

Venue:          Chavonnes Battery Museum, Silo District


Cost:               Tickets R175 per person

Contact:        V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or Continue reading

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A total of 19 non-governmental organisations have qualified to receive aid from the City to help them deal with the expected influx of street people seeking shelter during the cold winter months. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate has officially launched its winter readiness programme to assist street people.

This year, the directorate is spending R699 000 in total on the programme. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were required to apply for a share of the aid. A total of 30 applications were received and 19 applicants met the qualification criteria, including being registered NGOs or non-profit organisations, having facilities where people can overnight, and complying with all health and safety regulations. Continue reading

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After an influx of exciting proposals and several requests from artists nationwide and internationally, the Cape Town Fringe will extend its deadline for proposals to 10 June to give last-minute entrants a chance to submit their production ideas for consideration.

The Cape Town Fringe (Thursday 22 September until Saturday 8 October 2016) is one of Cape Town’s newest and freshest Festivals. Produced by the same team that presents the National Arts Festival, the Cape Town Fringe is three years young and gives new platforms to theatre, music, jazz, dance, comedy, illusion and more in Cape Town.

The Fringe encourages new, dynamic and experimental work that is also pleasing for audiences and assists in building new audiences for the performing arts. A selection panel will review all proposals received and build the Fringe programme. Says CEO, Tony Lankester; “The business model is one of shared risk between the Fringe and the artist. We build the venues, market the event and sell the tickets; the artist brings their work to the stage. The box office is split with the artist, who gets around 70% of the takings.” Continue reading

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The recruitment, training and employment of nearly 400 rental stock monitors is meant to help improve the standard of living in City rental units as these monitors become the eyes and ears of their communities. 

The City of Cape Town has launched a new programme aimed at uplifting rental stock areas and addressing socio-economic challenges by empowering female tenants.

In the last month, 380 women have been recruited in nine rental stock areas with the assistance of local ward councillors. Candidates had to be legal rental stock tenants, older than 21, and upstanding members of their community who are willing to participate for the duration of the programme. Continue reading

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