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According to a new study from Juniper Research, 1.4 billion loyalty cards were mobile-only or integrated into mobile apps in 2015 worldwide. The research forecasts this will rise to 3 billion by 2020.

Dr Windsor Holden, author of the research, says the disparities between loyalty schemes “are likely to result from a number of factors. While in part they may reflect the level of satisfaction with the app and, or the features it offers, they may also be attributable to a greater degree – or greater success – of retailer marketing of their digital loyalty options,” said Holden. He added that those retailers who do not offer mobile integration of their loyalty schemes were likely to have “far lower levels of visibility on consumer activity”. Continue reading

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The following is an extract from a speech delivered by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the launch of Phase 2 of the Inclusive City Campaign at the Civic Centre today, 29 February 2016.

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

I would like to thank you for joining me for the launch of the second phase of our Inclusive City Campaign. Continue reading

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Polokwane, get ready, 5FM is heading your way for the first ever Small Town Live Loud weekend! The station will be taking over the city for four days, 29 April – 2 May, with various activities including live broadcasts, parties, concerts and Youngblood5 CSi initiatives.

Polokwane is by no means a small town, but a destination the station has yet to visit as part of their Live Loud city-specific weekends. The weekend in Polokwane is the first of many Small Town Live Loud events involving all the stations’ on air presenters offering listeners a unique experience to interact with the station.

The city can expect almost 30 live broadcasts with all 5FM shows broadcasting from the city, DJ seminars at the Tshwane University campus, a 5FM Instawalk – where Polokwane residents will have an opportunity to show off their city using visuals, Live Loud club nights, sundowner sets and live music festivals with 5FM DJs and local bands.

It’s a jam-packed, non-stop party promising total entertainment and a healthy dose of inspiration that will certainly leave the city begging for more.

For updates on the events and venues for Small Town Live Loud, please visit

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A group of burglary suspects couldn’t break out of trouble when they drove into a City of Cape Town Traffic Services roadblock in Bothasig on Friday 26 February 2016.

Officers stopped them after noticing that their van had no number plates. A search of the vehicle revealed an array of housebreaking tools including balaclavas, gloves and battery-operated grinders. It has since been determined that two of the five suspects have criminal records for housebreaking and other crimes.

The City’s Traffic Service arrested 29 motorists for drunk driving in Bothasig and 11 others during an operation focusing on illegal street racing in Eerste River on Sunday 28 February 2016. One of them had a breath-alcohol content of 1,71 mg per 1 000 ml, which is seven times the legal limit. Continue reading

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This from

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – Perhaps Super Rugby will prove as resilient as the Currie Cup has been in recent years … bash it repeatedly over the head with debatable changes, but somehow it will stay on its feet.

On show in a chunky nine-game format over a single round for the first time, the opening weekend failed rather “miserably” to prove that it has become structurally too cumbersome for its own good.

The overall calibre of play was extremely pleasing and, if anything, as it began roughly parallel to the northern hemisphere’s annual pride and joy – the Six Nations – it only re-emphasised that the south is firmly where it’s still at for vibrancy, pace and skill factor.

Several Australasian sides started with big statements of intent, too, but at least from a South African point of view the Stormers and Sharks, particularly, served notice that they ought to be credible candidates for berths in the knockout phase further down the line.

The Lions and Cheetahs were decent for good stretches of their respective matches as well, even if they had contrasting fortunes against the debut-making Sunwolves and Jaguares, with the Jo’burgers earning a bonus-point victory in Tokyo and Franco Smith’s charges edged out in a 67-point proper thriller by the Argentineans in Bloemfontein.

The competition’s newest pair of additions provided robust evidence that they will bring a certain constructive, cultural difference to the tournament, rather than drag its gravitas down.

On a more negative side, second-time entrants the Kings seemed to confirm, as they were whipped 43-8 in Port Elizabeth by the Sharks, that they will be even more vulnerable than they were in a gutsy first campaign in 2013.

Not helping was that an ominously sparse crowd turned out for their season-opening coastal derby, probably dispirited by the enduring turmoil behind the scenes at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

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Cape Town’s broadband fibre-optic network has the capability to become one of the fastest metro telecommunications networks in the world. A recent trial showed that the network can sustain ultra-fast speeds of 400 Gbps. Read more below:

The recent trial was done by ADVA Optical Networking, a German-based telecommunications equipment company that provides the optic transport layer of the City’s Metro Area Network. This is the first time that data transfer speeds at this rate have been achieved on an ADVA network in Africa, and only the fifth time in the world.

‘This demonstrates the high capacity and flexibility of the City’s network, which is now used to connect over 300 government and private buildings. Municipal sites include administrative buildings, cash offices, clinics and libraries, which operate off the fibre network provided by the City,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town is spending approximately R34,5 million on upgrading a section of Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road in Somerset West. The project is nearly half way, with the eastbound carriageway currently under construction. Read more below:

‘The past few years have seen a number of new developments alongside Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road, bringing with them a significant increase in traffic between the new residential areas and the Somerset West central business district. The current road requires a complete reconstruction – partly because it has reached the end of its life cycle, and partly due to the steady increase in the number of vehicles travelling along this section every day,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, commenced with the project in September last year and the completion date is set for early 2017, if all goes according to plan.

‘The project is nearly half way. Motorists driving past will notice the extensive road excavations on the eastbound-side where stormwater infrastructure is being installed. The layerworks for the new road are also progressing well,’ said Councillor Herron. Continue reading

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The City condemns in the strongest possible terms the petrol bombing of 16 City housing units in its Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Incremental Development Area (IDA). Read more below:

The units, all of which have been earmarked for vulnerable beneficiaries, have been damaged beyond repair. In addition, a further approximately 100 units were damaged when the doors were kicked in and the windows broken.

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