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Iconic American actor Matt LeBlanc has today been revealed as one of the new presenters of the upcoming and eagerly awaited return of Top Gear – the planet’s biggest motoring entertainment show. LeBlanc’s appointment marks the first time the show has ever had a non-British host in its 39-year history.

In what promises to be an explosive cocktail of car-obsessed entertainers and cultural clashes – the eagerly anticipated return of the revamped show is expected to noisily announce itself on BBC Two and TV screens everywhere this May.

The Golden Globe-winning star of the popular BBC comedy Episodes, LeBlanc’s international appeal has never been stronger despite filming the finale of his global hit Friends almost 12 years ago. He’s already a familiar face to Top Gear viewers, having been a two-time guest on the show and the fastest celebrity to date around the Top Gear track in its reasonably priced car. LeBlanc also presented the recent standalone spin-off Top Gear: The Races, where he led fans through some of the most memorable racing moments from the previous 22 series. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town is a proud host and supporter of a number of events, and February kicks off a smorgasbord of entertainment which includes fashion, music and sport. These events not only provide economic spin-offs but are catalysts for outstanding visitor experiences. Read more below:

Cape Town has developed a strong track record as an events destination and continues to attract a range of events.

‘The direct economic impact through visitor and organiser spend is estimated at over hundreds of millions of rands. Our support of many of the events is part of our strategy to attract even more events to the city and to position Cape Town as the events capital of Africa.

‘Larger events attract international participants and visitors who often stay beyond the event. The ripple effect of the economic injection is felt at other attractions, within the hospitality industry and even at smaller events,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor. Continue reading

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Cape Town, 04 February 2016: More than a million babies are born in South Africa every year and one in seven of those are born premature with many not making it past their first 28 days of life. Babies who would have died a few decades ago survive today due to specialist care received in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) worldwide. While there are many factors associated with premature birth, in many cases the exact cause is unknown meaning any pregnant woman might be at risk.

Heart FM has once again put their hearts into the cause and partnered with Newborns Groote Schuur Trust, Cape Argus and Pick ‘n Pay to raise much needed funds for the ‘Little by Little’ campaign aimed at expanding and upgrading the Groote Schuur Neonatal Unit.

The Neonatal Unit is only one of two tertiary units in the Western Cape capable of providing the highly specialised care that these tiny babies so desperately need, and was the first tertiary unit in the country to be awarded Baby Friendly Status by the WHO.

From humble beginnings, the Neonatal unit now cares for upwards of 75 babies at any one time in a space constrained environment. Life saving neonatal care is very costly and a successful campaign with Heart FM, Pick n Pay and the Cape Argus in 2010/11 helped equip the unit with desperately needed incubators which are still saving lives today. Continue reading

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The City’s call centre for water issues is merging with its corporate call centre in order to improve times and move towards 24-hour availability. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town will this week amalgamate the Water Technical Operations Call Centre (TOC) with its Corporate Call Centre. This means that residents will soon be able to contact the City for service requests, general City information, and all other service delivery delay requests at any time, 365 days of the year.

The amalgamation of these two call centres will immediately result in improved responsiveness when residents contact the City regarding water and sanitation service faults. This enhanced operational efficiency of the Water TOC is particularly important in light of the national drought and the recent water restrictions within Cape Town which have placed increased pressure on the Water TOC. Continue reading

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downloadThe Springbok Sevens team will be aiming to go one step further at the inaugural HSBC Sydney Sevens this weekend after coming agonisingly close in Wellington last Sunday.

The Allianz Stadium is hosting the tournament after its move from the Gold Coast and both days of the fourth round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series have been sold out.

There have been three different champions in the three tournaments so far in Dubai (Fiji), Cape Town (South Africa) and Wellington (New Zealand), and all eyes will be on the iconic Australian city to see who finishes on top this time.

Last Sunday, the Springbok Sevens came within a whisker of winning their second title of the season after their December triumph in front of a sell-out crowd in Cape Town. A last gasp try by hosts New Zealand thwarted an excellent effort by the South Africans, who will again be amongst the favourites for this weekend’s event in Sydney. Continue reading

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This from ajaxct.co.za:

It’s match day for the Urban Warriors once again as we travel to Orlando Stadium to take on Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates for the third time this season.

Ndiviwe Mdabuka made Orlando Pirates pay for their mistakes as Ajax ended Orlando Pirates’ MTN8 campaign early with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Orlando Stadium earlier this season.

Roger De Sa’s men however went down 2-1 to an Orlando Pirates side who displayed renewed confidence at Cape Town Stadium, but the Urban Warriors put in a monumental effort as they pushed hard for the full 90 minutes.

Captain Travis Graham is back into the squad following his one match suspension, stating that the team performed well in his absence, but need to continue picking up maximum points.

“I really wanted to be part of the team, but there was nothing I could do about having four yellow cards. The guys did really well to get the result against Arrows. It’s important for us to pick up as many points as possible to get to the 30 point mark as quickly as possible,” commented Graham.

Full story here:

http://www.ajaxct.co.za/ajax-prepared-for-tough-bucs-encounter/

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Two of the three ECD Centres of Excellence currently under construction are nearing completion, with positive progress on the third big project. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre build programme for the current financial year is on track. The Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate set aside R11,9 million towards the construction and finalisation of three facilities in its 2015/16 budget allocation.

The Nantes ECD Centre in Athlone is scheduled for completion in May, while the process to appoint an operator for the Golden Gate ECD in Netreg is under way following the completion of the World Design Capital construction project. Construction of the Delft ECD centre is set to start in April, with completion expected in February 2017. Continue reading

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A number of specially selected South African households look set to become the country’s latest reality stars when Gogglebox South Africa premiers on Thursday 03 March 2016 at 21:00 on the Sony Channel (DStv Channel 127).

A diverse mix of South African’s will be represented on the show where we are invited into ordinary people’s living rooms. Introducing some of Gogglebox’s households:

• Portuguese married couple Travis and Giselle, both share the same professional interest as online content producers. This couple is bold and entertaining. Their strong connection as a couple will be tested as this couple don’t always see eye-to-eye. Join Travis and Giselle as they entertain you with their energetic playful vibe on Gogglebox.

• Valentine and Melissa enjoy spending their time doing the simple things in life as a couple – having dinner and drinks in front of the TV. Valentine a make-up sales rep and Melissa a home executive share their time with their three year old son. A dynamic, supportive and beautiful young family that will be sure to keep you entertained. Continue reading

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Models and Pageantry SA Magazine (MPSAmag) hosted the inaugural Miss, Mrs and Mr MPSAmag at The Venue Melrose Arch on Sunday, 31 January 2016. With over R400,000 in prizes to be won, the event, which was a fundraiser for the charity Deskbags, was exceptionally well supported by entrants and spectators alike.

An amputee model Caleb Swanepoel (20), a first-time pageant entrant, stole the show on the day. The Capetonian survived a shark attack in Knysna in 2015, which left him with a prosthetic right leg. Flying in for the day to compete, the University of Cape Town drama student made his first win of the day in the 17+ male category, then scooped the overall senior male category, before walking away with the overall winner’s title – Mr MPSAmag 2016.

Genive Trimble (17), winner of the 16 to 18 female category, beat fellow Roodepoort resident, 19+ winner Tharina Botes (19) in a tightly contested walk off after they had tallied up an identical score in the preliminary rounds. After the walk off, Genive won the Senior Female title by a margin of just 0.3 points. Junior Male winner was Roan Gonsalves (16) of Krugersdorp who had competed in the male 13 to 16 category and Junior Female winner was Miné Fourie (13) from Rustenburg in the 13 to 15 girls category. Continue reading

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