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Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron was confident on Friday that the plans for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in June were falling into place, as his provisional training squad continues to put in the hard yards at their training base in Stellenbosch.

Theron’s training squad has been in Stellenbosch since the beginning of the month, where the focus has been on familiarising themselves with the game plan, and improving their conditioning and fitness.

The Junior Springboks, who secured the bronze medal at the 2015 World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Italy, will kick off their 2016 campaign in Manchester, England, against Japan on 7 June at the Academy Stadium, before taking on Argentina on 11 June at the AJ Bell Stadium, and France on 15 June back at the Academy Stadium in the pool stages. Continue reading

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Invisible

“Just people – but are often not recognized for who they are but as the scum of the earth.” The homeless. Street People. We pretend not to see them, look directly past them – never at them. Sometimes we pretend they don’t exist and the smell is just horrible “dammit, they could at least have a wash!”. Then we meet Kathleen Marion Jacobs. Suddenly things didn’t make sense to her, nothing was too clear, then she started running. Far away from normal, her everyday life, it suddenly seemed strange to her. Away from all that was familiar to her. Family, friends, the school where she was a history teacher and the children who laughed at her. Katie is a famous “Bergie” on Greenmarket Square, full of story tales.

Everyone knows her and she knows everyone, a smile and a chuckle will cost you nothing, but if it’s a life lesson, it costs R5.00! Katie’s story is not unique. It happens all the time, but what makes her story being on the street so special? Was it the forced removal of District Six in 1966 as a child? Or was it the fact that the Cape Flats was a noose around her neck, not able to breathe? Or was it her love of history? Or perhaps because her own history happened – that she had not foreseen? But she’s here now, with history and all. “You know me, but you do not see my soul!”

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KRISTALVLAKTE on at the Fugard Theatre – 29th April to 7th May 2016

This incredible work has been commissioned (part of the Suidoosterfees 2016) to celebrate the life and work of the late Professor Jakes Gerwel ( the former chairman of Media24, former rector of the University of Western Cape and the director general of former President Nelson Mandela’s cabinet). Kristalvlakte will serve as a creative and literary monument honoring Jakes Gerwel’s memory.

From the shreds of the constant drug war, dealer Priscilla is trying to keep her family and life together. The community is bleeding due to the interference of political orders, gang bosses and religious leaders. Sometimes there are waves of peace, as in any good war. But war is like love – it will always find a way out. And while life goes on Priscilla’s drug dealings will survive in the backstreets of time.

From the talented pen of Amy Jephta, under mentorship of Tertius Kapp, Kristalvlakte was born. This topical theatre piece is an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage und ihre Kinder’.

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR ENERGY, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SPATIAL PLANNING, COUNCILLOR JOHAN VAN DER MERWE

This Earth Day (22 April 2016), I would like to draw the attention of Capetonians to the innate wealth we have inherited to live in a city of such natural wonder. We are blessed with a variety of plant and animal species right here on the doorstep of our city.

Cape Town is a biodiversity hotspot without parallel. Our city has on display approximately 3 000 plant species, constituting 19 different vegetation types with six of these vegetation varieties and more than 200 plant species flourishing within the urban confines of our city boundary.

Having said this, I urge residents to join the City in taking responsibility for our natural surroundings. Let’s be accountable to one another and get back to the basics of keeping our immediate surroundings clean, healthy, and vibrant. Plant a non-invasive tree or shrub or undertake a mini clean-up at your local park, your neighbourhood greenbelt or your nearest beach. Continue reading

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SA Rugby has increased its commitment to player welfare and continued its efforts to simultaneously maximise player performance by partnering with leading USA sports science technology company, Kitman Labs.

SA Rugby has reached an agreement with California-based Kitman Labs to provide analytics with the aim to reduce injury incidence and promote player performance, as an enhancement at the elite end of the game.

This is a timely addition, following the success of the ongoing BokSmart Rugby Safety Programme since its official introduction almost seven years ago.

Kitman Labs’ Athlete Optimisation System (AOS) will be rolled out to the Springboks, the Junior Springboks, Springbok Sevens, Women’s Sevens teams, and across its Elite Player Development programmes. Continue reading

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WESTERN CAPE CRICKET is mourning the tragic passing of Lukhanya Tshiki, 22-year old brother of the Boland and Cape Cobras’ batsman Cebo Tshiki.

Lukhanya was a student at the CSA/University of Fort Hare Academy where he was studying a diploma course in Marketing Management via MSC College.

He had previously represented Border Schools at the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola under-19 cricket week in 2010 and 2011 while a student at Queen’s College.

He participated in physical fitness tests with other members of the Academy on Monday, April 18, and suddenly collapsed while his group was taking a breather, according to a statement by Cricket South Africa (CSA). Continue reading

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This from pitchfork.com:

The iconic musician was found dead at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota

Prince Rogers Nelson, the icon known to the world simply as Prince, has died, TMZ reports. He was found this morning at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57 years old. The cause of death has not been confirmed, but last week, Prince had been on a flight home from Atlanta when his pilot was forced to make anemergency landing to take Prince to the hospital. A representative said he had the flu.

Born in Minneapolis, the iconic musician released 39 studio albums throughout his prolific career, including two in 2015: HITNRUN Phase One and Two. His most iconic release may be 1984’s Purple Rain, as well as the film of the same name. Pitchfork named the title track the best song of the 1980s.

http://pitchfork.com/news/64848-prince-dead-at-57/

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Five acts are in the race with four nods apiece, with a cross-section of genres sharing the spotlight

Dreamy Afro-soul newcomer Nathi, house music supremo Black Coffee, rising rappers Riky Rick and Emtee, and sultry songbird Zonke Dikana share the nominations spoils at the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards, grabbing an impressive four nods each.

The contenders for this year’s awards were announced amid great excitement and anticipation in Soweto on Thursday, 21 April 2016. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), the official passenger rail transport sponsor, ferried the VIP guests and media on the Metrorail Business Express to the Soweto Theatre, a landmark venue, located in Jabulani in the heart of Soweto, for the nominations “reveal”. Guests were escorted into the venue and then entertained by young performers from the Morris Isaacson High School, which is the very school that played a major role in the Soweto Uprising in 1976, forty years ago. Continue reading

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iFix Repair Specialists of Apple, Huawei and Samsung products, has opened three new stores in La Lucia, Potchefstroom and Fourways, to meet the ever growing consumer demand for repair and technical support through quality service and expertise.

Nationally, iFix stores are run by entrepreneurs with a passion for the booming digital culture in South Africa. The stores are set with state-of-the-art equipment, the latest stock and highly trained technicians with a vested interest in fixing problems with precision, skill and care.

“What sets us apart from other repair stores is our unrivalled offering of quality repairs on Apple, Huawei and Samsung products as well as our technical support by knowledgeable staff and technicians,” says Alex Fourie, CEO of iFix. “We are thrilled to be expanding the iFix footprint with the launch of our Johannesburg, Durban and Potchefstroom stores.” Continue reading

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