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About 30 young people between the ages of four and 16 who are part of the City’s skateboarding programme are getting a kick out of life and skateboarding in their new VANS kicks. Read more below:

This group of youngsters are part of a skateboarding programme that takes place at the City of Cape Town’s Valhalla Skate Park. It forms part of the afterschool and Early Childhood Development programmes at the recreational hub. The City’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities (SRA) Department and the Indigo Youth Movement recently concluded a partnership agreement that allows Indigo to provide training in life skills and skateboarding to the youth of Valhalla Park and surrounding areas. Continue reading

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Masterchef Australia winner Brent Owens to shoot new food and travel series in SA

Brent Owens, the popular winner of Masterchef Australia 2014 and author of the bestselling cook book Dig In, is due to travel to South Africa in the next fortnight to start filming a new food and adventure television series titled Brent Owens Unwrapped … South Africa.

Created and produced by content creation company, Oxyg3n Media, the 13 x 24 minute series will capitalise on Owens’ love for travel, food and adrenalin during his trip through South Africa. Owens will explore local cuisine, learning from those that have crafted these home-grown dishes; digging into aspects of South African history; uncovering fascinating personal stories from locals he meets along the way; and delving into little known areas of the country to expose them to an international audience. And because Brent loves adventure, it wouldn’t right if he didn’t experience some of South Africa’s adrenalin sports. Continue reading

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MUSIC EXCHANGE (#MEX16) – South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment programme returns to The Mother City between 8 and 9 September 2016.

Celebrating its sixth anniversary, this year not only will it be within heritage month, MEX16 returns to Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, to host South Africa’s definitive entertainment economy indaba.

Adding weight to the now well-established and much respected conference, MEX’s most recent new inclusion the Mother City’s regional pop radio station, Good Hope FM, is the latest in a string of new media partnerships signed up and on board for this year’s all-entertainment economy emersion. Eastern Acoustics will handle all the technical production of the event and Cape Town Tourism will be actively promoting the event on all its platforms and Biz Community is renewing its partnership with Music Exchange once again. Continue reading

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As many students face their final year of studies, either in matric or tertiary education the question on many minds is what does the South African job market hold for them when they enter it? While formal qualifications are the cornerstone on which many successful careers are built for many employers of first time candidates the ‘soft skills’ required are just as important a consideration. Recent research by British Council surveyed employers working in public, private, and non-profit organisations in nine countries found that employers recognise a clear business value in employing staff who can work effectively with individuals and organisations from cultural backgrounds different from their own. Conversely, organisations whose employees lack these intercultural skills are more exposed to risk.

The research, undertaken with IPSOS and Booz-Allen Hamilton, asked employers to define ‘intercultural’ skills. One of the key outcomes of the research was the belief that intercultural skills include the ability to understand different cultural contexts and viewpoints; demonstrating respect for others; and knowledge of a foreign language making the learners truly part of an international workforce. Employers reported that employees with these skills are more likely to bring in new clients, work well in diverse teams, and positively support their organisation’s brand and reputation. Employees who lack intercultural skills leave their organisation susceptible to risks including loss of clients, damage to reputation, and conflict within teams. Continue reading

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Date:              Thursday, 16 June 2016

Time:              11h00 – 13h00

Venue:          V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre

Cost:               Free

Cape Town, 8 June 2016 — Celebrate Youth Day, 16 June, with a free three-act show of musical exuberance and dance at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre, featuring youngsters from The Rainbow Academy, popular headline artists, and well-known busker Derek Plaatjies.

Act one of the show, which starts at 11am, explores the history of South Africa’s youth in a 45-minute musical journey from a negative past, and the fight for freedom, through to the present day showcasing our vibrant, positive and diverse youth oftomorrow.

Act two, beginning at 12pm, celebrates the current youth culture with Derek Plaatjies, dancers from The Rainbow Academy, and performances from the John Palmer Academy, Sans Souci Girls’ High School, the UCT Big Band, and Elsies River High School – winners of the High School Band Slam at the V&A Waterfront earlier this year.

Performers will share the stage for the finale, a 10-minute third act. The day’s celebration will end with a rousing rendition ofHeal the World, My African Dream, and a funky version of the South African national anthem.

For more information, please contact the V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or

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The draw for the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge in Port Elizabeth was conducted on 08 June to determine the four groups that the Eastern Cape’s top under-17 football teams would compete in.

Defending champions Chippa United were drawn in Group B. They will have their hands full competing against Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, City Strikers and Addo Development, in what has already been termed the ‘Group of Death’.

Glenville Celtic were drawn in Group A alongside Highland Spurs, Sakhulutsha FC and PE Sundowns. Group C sees Hotspurs, St Georges, Future Stars and Thornhill United go head-to-head, while Group D pits Rangers FC, XI Angels, Riverside and Mabayibone against each other.

Cindy Bunde, Engen CSI Coordinator: Eastern Cape, said: “As always the primary focus is on the talented young players who participate in the tournament. We encourage them all to use the Engen Knockout Challenge as a stepping stone to launch their professional careers. This is where it all starts, and Engen is delighted to be a part of the development of football at grassroots level.” Continue reading

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Ireland looseforward, CJ Stander, received a red card during the first Test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series between South Africa and Ireland on Saturday, 11 June at DHL Newlands in Cape Town.

The matter was heard by the Judicial Officer Terry Willis of Australia on Sunday 12 and Monday 13 June.

After hearing the evidence and submissions made by Gerrie Swart, representative of the player, the Judicial Officer was not satisfied on the balance of probability that the referee, Mathieu Raynal of France, was wrong when he issued the red card to the player.

As a result, the player was suspended for one match and will miss the second Test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series between Ireland and South Africa, scheduled for Saturday 18 June at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, whereafter he is free to play again.

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One of the goals of the Standard Bank Grahamstown Jazz Festival – the country’s oldest and longest jazz festival which runs from June 30 to July 9 as part of the National Arts Festival –  is to open up opportunities for networking and collaboration between the international performers and their South African counterparts.

This year South African bassist and composer Carlo Mombelli joins forces with Swiss trombonist Andreas Tschopp in a band that includes two other young Swiss musicians Florian Egli (sax), Florian Favre (piano) and South Africa’s Sphelelo Mazibuko on drums.

Explains Mombelli: “Collaborations are vital and are what make the Grahamstown Jazz Festival a special place for musicians. We get to play with musicians from all over the world. And it is not like we are backing this or that superstar, we all bring our music and share our ideas and concepts and because of that we can build relationships that continue after the festival.” Continue reading

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Today the City of Cape Town achieved another first in South Africa, with an important step towards our goal to become the digital capital of Africa by launching the pilot phase of Wi-Fi provision on our MyCiTi buses.

As an opportunity city, we understand the demands of the 21st century and the greater need for connectedness.

As of part of a pilot phase, Wi-Fi has been installed on 10 MyCiTi buses, which will first be tested on the various feeder routes across the city.

Once the service has been tested on the feeder routes, the full roll-out will be expanded to all 380 buses such as the trunk routes in Atlantis, Table View, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

Passengers on these buses will be able to connect their Wi-Fi-enabled devices (cellphones, laptops, tablets) to the Wi-Fi.

Late last year, the City of Cape Town awarded a tender to VAST Networks to provide and manage the provision of Wi-Fi on MyCiTi buses. Continue reading

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