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Bob James, José James, Houston Person, Kendrick Scott and Kahil El’Zabar join SA luminaries Jonathan Butler and Sibongile Khumalo in three days of not-to-be missed

performances and collaborations

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz – now in its19thyear –  reinforces its status as South Africa’s foremost jazz festival, and one of the best on the African continent, thanks to a stellar line-up of musicians from around the globe.

American jazz giant Gerald Albright and South Africa’s Jonathan Butler join forces at the opening night of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz and kick-start  South Africa’s premier jazz festival which runs at the Sandton Convention Centre for three days from September 15 to 17.

Renowned American musician Bob James will join the galaxy of stars at the event. James is  two-time Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz keyboardist, arranger and record producer. He is recognised as one of the original founders of smooth jazz, is renowned for the dcomplexity of his arrangements and instrumentals. Continue reading

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City traffic officers arrested 108 suspects this weekend – 77 of whom were apprehended for drunk driving – while 2 887 fines were issued for various offences. Read more below:

City of Cape Town traffic officers were out in full force over the weekend to clamp down on drunk drivers. During various city-wide operations with the Roadblock Unit, 77 motorists were arrested for drunk driving. The arrests were made in Athlone, Gordon’s Bay and Brackenfell.

A taxi driver in Wynberg felt the brunt of the operations when he was arrested during an integrated taxi operation on Friday 13 May 2016 after being found to be well over the legal alcohol limit.

Traffic officers continued with their duties despite having an official vehicle’s tyres slashed, impounding five taxis and issuing 347 fines for various offences. Continue reading

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A burst water main in the Nomzamo area interrupted water supply to large swathes of the Strand area last week. Despite protest action and challenging engineering conditions, staff from the City’s’ Water and Sanitation Department worked around the clock to both provide alternative supply and effect repairs. Read more below:

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg, would like to thank staff of the Water and Sanitation Department for their commitment to restoring water supply to the Nomzamo community in the face of extremely challenging conditions. Continue reading

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PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 13: during the Womens Sevens Training Games match between France and South Africa Select team at Stade Jean Bouin on May 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 13: during the Womens Sevens Training Games match between France and South Africa Select team at Stade Jean Bouin on May 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

Springbok Women’s Sevens coach, Renfred Dazel, on Sunday applauded the effort of the SA Women’s Select side in an invitational tournament played in Paris and Marcoussis this weekend.

The South Africans played against Brazil and the French national A and B sides in a round-robin tournament, and Dazel was pleased with the exposure to high level competition his side enjoyed.

Dazel’s team won all three matches against Brazil, with a 24-14 victory on Sunday at the French Rugby Federation headquarters in Marcoussis to build on a 19-14 victory against the Olympic Games hosts on Saturday and a 14-5 victory in their opening match on Friday.

The South African’s, however, came up short against France A and France B respectively, going down 26-0 against France A on Sunday and 24-14 on Friday, and 26-0 against France B on Saturday.

Despite this, Dazel said they learned valuable lessons in the process. Continue reading

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The Springbok Sevens team on Sunday won the Plate Final of the HSBC Paris Sevens and stayed second on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series log with one tournament to go.

South Africa scored a 17-7 win over Australia in the Plate Final after an earlier 29-19 win over New Zealand in the semifinal.

A 21-10 defeat to eventual winners, Samoa, in the Cup quarterfinals first up in the Stade Jean Bouin tripped up the Blitzboks for an eight consecutive semifinal berth though. Samoa went on to beat Fiji 29-26 in the final.

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell was pleased with the way his team fought back after being knocked out of the Cup competition by Samoa. Continue reading

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Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, will spend approximately R20 million on the upgrading of Symphony Way and Erica Drive in Belhar as part of the rejuvenation of the Belhar central business district. Read more below:

The intersections along Symphony Way and Erica Drive will be upgraded and additional lanes constructed to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic in this area with the renewal of the Belhar CBD.

‘The City has identified the Belhar central business district as one of the growth areas in the city where investment from the private and public sector has the potential to unlock a number of opportunities to the local community. The City is responsible for the provision of services in support of all new developments – be it public or private. As such TCT has now embarked on a major roads project to ensure that the main transport arteries in Belhar will be able to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic as the CBD houses more businesses and housing developments in the near future,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

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The Farm Village, Noordhoek, 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.

Wed 18 May – FINTRY (The Amazing Blundells) + Reini Adelbert

Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.

Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.

Tickets: R120.00

Time: Dinner from 19h00. Show from 20h30.

Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za

Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538

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New crop of young leaders emerge from the 2016 Laureus ‘Youth Empowerment through Sport’ programme

(South Africa, May 2016) Laureus recently launched the 2016 edition of its six month Youth Empowerment through Sport (YES) programme, which kicked off with a very successful educational training camp hosted in Cape Town from 28 April to 6 May 2016.  Twenty youths from various Laureus-funded projects participated in the interactive training workshop and were provided with the necessary tools to help them ignite positive change in their lives and local communities.

The list of influencers involved in motivational sessions included Laureus SA Chairman Morné du Plessis, Laureus ambassador and former Banyana Banyana captain, Desiree Ellis as well as South African outdoor adventurer and motivational speaker Ron Rutland. The key themes explored at these sessions included: the importance of personal development and how to set and attain key life goals as well as conquering your fears, dealing with conflict and seeking solution-driven tactics to overcome challenges. Continue reading

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Centre Lionel Mapoe scored three of the Emirates Lions’ seven tries in their 43-5 Vodacom Super Rugby victory over the Blues on a soaking wet Emirates Airline Park on Saturday evening. The Highveld side also moved passed the DHL Stormers to the top team of the combined South African group standings.

The Johannesburg team gained five points and the DHL Stormers only two, after the Cape side managed to salvage a 17-all draw against the Sunwolves in Singapore thanks to a last-gasp try by replacement prop Vincent Koch. Currently, the Emirates Lions have 32 points, one more than their Cape Town rivals.

In the late match on Saturday evening, Springbok flyhalf Patrick Lambie kicked 20 points to steer the Cell C Sharks to a close-fought 25-22 victory over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires. The Durban outfit led 19-17 at halftime in this gripping encounter and the four points they collected moved them to third place in the SA group on 30 points.

The Argentine side outscored their South African opponents by three tries to one, but it was the composed performance with the boot by Lambie that proved the difference between the two teams. Continue reading

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This from jacarandafm.com:

The presidency on Sunday condemned the “actions of information peddlers who keep spreading rumours about alleged changes in the Cabinet of President Jacob Zuma”.

“Ministers serve at the pleasure of the president. He has the prerogative to hire and fire ministers at any time,” Zuma’s spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga said in a statement. “Despite that, the presidency issued a statement recently communicating that there were no plans to change the Minister of Finance [Pravin Gordhan]. Information peddlers have also been spreading false rumours about changes in the department of trade and industry [dti]. A statement was also issued recently rebutting the dti rumours, he said.

Zuma and government were focused on the goal of uniting business, labour, government, and the whole country behind the mission of strengthening the economy and reigniting growth during the current difficult economic climate. A lot of progress was being made in this regard and work would continue to fight the slow growth so that jobs could be saved and created, Ngqulunga said.

 

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