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The following speech on the draft budget was delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the full Council sitting this morning. Read more below:

Good morning, goeie dag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.

Mr Speaker,

These are difficult times for our country.

We face the possibility of a credit rating downgrade due to a lack of confidence in our National Government. Continue reading

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The Olympic Games is without a doubt the pinnacle of world sport and the peak of any athlete’s career. Powerade, as the official sports drink of the 2016 Olympic Games, will be giving everyday sportsmen and women a taste of what it takes to train like a professional in 2016 through the Powerade Train Like an Olympian campaign. The campaign kicked off at the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour and then moved onto the new Cape Argus Sport Show and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. Powerade gave all race participants and expo goers at each event the opportunity to experience elements of an Olympic style training assessment from some of the country’s top training specialists.

Just like Olympians, all sportsmen and women have the desire to continually improve their performance and to achieve their personal goals. However, average sportsmen and sportswomen only have limited access to professional training information and the exercise science which could take their performance to the next level. Continue reading

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LONDON, March 31, 2016 – World and Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has said it would be ‘quite a buzz’ to compete in the 2017 World Championships in London before she retires.

Ennis-Hill, who will find out next month if she has won the 2016 Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award, has not yet announced what her plans are beyond the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

But, in an interview with, she said: “It’s going to be a decision to make, whether I retire after Rio or whether I decide to do one more year and go to the World Championships [in London] and retire after that.  But I definitely won’t be going on any longer than 2017. It would be quite a buzz to compete there.” Continue reading

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Cape Town’s fastest growing radio station, Smile 90.4FM, had a double celebration for their 3rd birthday, firstly reaching a new milestone with an audience of 100 000 listeners and by giving 52 lucky listeners the chance of winning BIG in their ‘IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY’ competition.

The competition that ran from 7 – 24 March, got listeners calling in daily from 6am – 6pm when they heard their ‘birthday month’ called out. Those who got through first, won the chance to double their R 1000 cash prize as well as an invite to the Smile 90.4FM birthday breakfast, where they could win a brand new VW UP, worth R150 000 from McCarthy Volkswagen, Parow. Continue reading

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Nicole Mason, lecturer at The Design School of Southern Africa (DSSA), a division of the Independent Institute Education (The IIE), which is internationally accredited with the BAC, offers insight into what it takes to be a designer, what a career in design entails and how young designers and students can break through mediocrity to become leaders and influencers in this demanding yet rewarding field.

Before embarking on a career in design, Mason states that it is vital for students to consider whether they have what it takes to succeed. “In design, creativity is far more important than artistry. That means that students must be able to find the intersection between what is innovative, beautiful and original and what is functional and practical,” she says. “People who can manage this balancing act are more suited to design than those who can only solve problems in the tried and tested way or those that are too caught up in being so different that they fail to fulfil the requirements of the brief.” Continue reading

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Thursdays from May 26

In medicine, they call it the ‘critical hour’, in criminal investigations they call it the first 48 hours. Ask any detective and they will tell you that if they don’t have a lead, a suspect or an arrest within 48 hours, their chances of solving the case are cut in half. In a visual style that feels more like a TV drama than a documentary, The First 48 follows homicide detectives during these initial critical hours as they race against time to solve their cases. Each hour-long programme follows various detectives from a few select homicide teams as they track breaking cases each with a running clock that builds pace as the 48 hours inexorably expires. Continue reading

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STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 20: Siviwe Sonwabile Soyizwapi during the Springbok Sevens Steinhoff Sponsorship Launch at Markotter Indoor Facility on January 20, 2016 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

Siviwe Sonwabile Soyizwapi (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

Former Southern Kings wing Siviwe Soyizwapi will make his Springbok Sevens debut next weekend as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series moves to the Far East for tournaments in Hong Kong (8-10 April) and Singapore (16-17 April).

The inclusion of the 24 year-old, who attended Dale College in King William’s Town, is one of four changes to the side that contested the Cup final at the Canada Sevens in Vancouver earlier this month. The other changes see the inclusion of Ryan Kankowski, Philip Snyman and Stephan Dippenaar.

Kankowski was a late withdrawal from Vancouver (ankle strain) and takes over from Chris Dry, while Snyman replaces Dylan Sage and Soyizwapi comes in for Bryan Habana, who has returned to his club duties for Toulon in France.

Snyman missed the North American leg of the series due to injury, while Dippenaar receives an opportunity to boost his Rio 2016 chances having last played in the London Sevens at the back end of the 2015/16 series. He replaces Rosko Specman, who is rested, along with Dry. Continue reading

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Four top South African referees, Stuart Berry, Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper and Marius van der Westhuizen, were on Wednesday named on World Rugby’s match-official panel for the June Internationals.

The referees for the Springboks’ three Test matches against Ireland in the Castle Lager Incoming Tour in June were also named. They are Mathieu Raynal of France, Angus Gardner of Australia and New Zealand’s Glen Jackson.

Raynal has been tasked with officiating the first of the three Tests between the Springboks and Ireland, in Cape Town on 11 June, with Gardner and England’s Matthew Carley named as his assistants. Continue reading

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Burn The Floor, the show that revolutionised the image of dance, returns to South Africa, its “home away from home”, for the fourth time: performing in the Opera Theatre of The South African State Theatre in Pretoria from April 27th to May 15th; the Baxter Theatre at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town from May 19th to June 5th; and the iZulu Theatre at the Sibaya Casino in Durban from June 8th to 19th.

The original concept of Burn The Floor grew from an electric display of ballroom and Latin dancing at Sir Elton John’s 50th birthday party in London, March 1997. There, producer Harley Medcalf discovered the ballroom dance world and its charismatic people, with their deep intensity, commitment, discipline, burning passion and total love of the ballroom art form.

Initially, Harley’s idea of a new theatrical ballroom production sent shock waves through the ballroom dancing establishment. For decades, ballroom competitions had been performed behind closed doors, as a pastime for the privileged. And well before reality television embraced it with such shows as Dancing with The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing. Continue reading

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