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Recently Statistics SA announced that the country’s unemployment rate had jumped in the first quarter of 2016 from 24.5% to 26.7%. This means that today there are 8.9 million South Africans who want to work, are able to work, but are not able to find employment and most of these willing citizens are of South Africa’s youth.

Besides data from other emerging world economies suggesting that entrepreneurial activity increases job security and contributes positively towards Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report notes that in South Africa such activity remains considerably low, and although it has increased marginally over the last 10 years, in 2014 it dropped by a staggering 34% (from 10.6% to 7%). The report further states that there has been an increase in women’s entrepreneurship primarily due to government support, but that the perception of opportunities to start a business, and confidence in one’s own abilities to do so, remains alarmingly low compared to other sub-Saharan African countries. Continue reading

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Pieter-Steph du Toit has been withdrawn from the Springbok squad after a scan revealed on Monday that he has suffered a grade two hamstring tear over the weekend, with Franco Mostert being called up as replacement.

Du Toit was sent for a scan on Monday, which confirmed the extent of the injury. He has been ruled out of action for between two and six weeks.

Mostert, of the Emirates Lions, is set to join the squad on Tuesday in Stellenbosch. He was initially was named in the SA ‘A’ squad for the two-match series against the England Saxons.

Cell C Sharks lock Stephan Lewies, who has one Test cap to his name, will replace Mostert in the SA A squad.

Other players who did not participate in Monday afternoon’s first field session in Stellenbosch were centre Jesse Kriel and prop Trevor Nyakane. Kriel has a bruised sternum and will be managed accordingly during the week, while Nyakane will undergo a scan to his shoulder.

The Springboks have a full training programme on Tuesday, which includes a gym session in the morning as well as two field sessions.

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Adriaan Strauss will become the 57th Springbok captain after the Vodacom Bulls hooker was named to lead South Africa in the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland, which starts on 11 June in Cape Town.

Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, made the announcement on Monday afternoon in Stellenbosch, where the Boks are preparing for the first Test.

The popular Strauss hooker follows in the footsteps of long-serving Springbok captain, Jean de Villiers as well as Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger and Fourie du Preez.

Coetzee said he decided to appoint the captain before the first training session.

“Adriaan’s leadership qualities are impressive and well-established and he has the respect of his team mates on and off the field,” said Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.

“He enjoys the respect of all the players and he has always fulfilled a leadership role wherever he played, since coming through the junior national structures. Continue reading

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This from abc.net.au:

The killing of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo after a four-year-old boy tumbled into its enclosure has triggered outrage and questions about safety, but zoo officials called the decision “tough” but necessary.

Thousands of people signed a petition on Change.org that sharply criticised the Cincinnati Police Department and the zoo for putting down the animal and called for the child’s parents to be “held accountable for their actions of not supervising their child”.

Cincinnati police said the parents had not been charged, but that charges could eventually be sought by the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney, although a spokeswoman for the prosecutor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Authorities did not identify the child or his parents and the family could not be contacted.

Full story here:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-30/killing-of-gorilla-to-save-boy-at-ohio-zoo-sparks-outrage/7457842

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Comedy heavyweight, Nik Rabinowitz headlines at the Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners at GrandWest on Sunday, 5 June 2016. Comedy fans can look forward to an evening of side-splitting laughter as Rabinowitz puts his spin on South Africa’s often laughable political landscape and current affairs.

Rabinowitz who refers to himself as the “world’s leading Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian” has been a staple on the local comedy scene for years. He performs to packed venues countrywide, has co-authored a book, The Youngsters, and performed as an opening act at the Toronto South African Film Festival in 2014.

He is also known for his radio show The Week that Wasn’t which aired on Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk, and has successfully produced a string of one man shows. In 2010 he starred in Bafunny Bafunny, which toured South Africa as well as the United Kingdom where the show sold out the Royal Albert Hall.

Joining Rabinowitz at the Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners are Tracy Klass as host, Angel Campey, Liam Bento and Kenwyn Davids. The doors will open at 17h00 and the festivities will kick off at 18h00. The cost to enter is R55 per person, strictly for over 18s. Contact 082 588 6662 to book.

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The donation of a small motorised boat, a Superduck UE, to the City of Cape Town will assist the Environmental Resource Management Department to undertake extensive offshore water quality monitoring around its three marine outfalls in Hout Bay, Table Bay and Camps Bay as well as perform inshore law enforcement patrols and coordinate coastal emergency response. Read more below: Continue reading

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Black Sails 2014While you can bet a treasure chest of gold, diamonds and pearls that the food served on the set of the pirate drama series Black Sails (the fourth season is currently filming in Cape Town), is nothing but the best, the menu aboard ships in the Golden Age of Piracy in the  early 1700s was anything but nutritious, appealing or even edible!  Pirates lived in cramped, miserable conditions and suffered from debilitating diseases, with the majority of them dying before the age of 30 as a result of warfare, the gallows or indeed a very poor diet.

Shipboard food was limited to what would keep in the course of prolonged voyages. Bread came in the form of hardtack or ‘ship’s biscuit’, rock hard squares of flour-and-water dough that after a few weeks at sea was inevitably infested with weevils. Beef was salted or dried and so tough that sailors often carved it into buttons and belt buckles. Beer, ale, and rum were the choice of drink since all kept better than fresh water. Continue reading

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A drunk driver is the latest suspect to send City officers on a Hollywood-style chase, but ended up behind bars with dozens of others. Read more below:

A City of Cape Town Metro Police officer was forced to take drastic action during a chase to arrest a drunk driver on Sunday 29 May 2016.

The driver refused to stop at a vehicle check point in Montana and sped off, disobeying road signs along the way. Officers gave chase and attempted to block his vehicle in Klipfontein Road. The driver, however, charged straight for the officers, forcing one of them to aim at the tyres and open fire. The suspect’s vehicle then collided with another vehicle and he was eventually arrested on charges of drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving, fleeing from lawful custody and resisting arrest. Continue reading

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Some ladies just have to spend some more time priming and polishing in order to get the perfect look that they want. While every woman is beautiful in her own right, it is no secret that there are some who look like they spend much more time with their beauty routine than others. However, this does not mean that every beautiful woman in the world spends hours getting ready every morning.

Below are just some of my favourite hacks that you can use to help you to look like you spend hours getting ready…

Keep your lipstick off your teeth girl!

Lipstick on the teeth has plagued women for centuries. Nobody likes to smile and find out that they have just flashed the red lipstick on your teeth. There’s such a simple solution which I have personally been using for years now – simply wipe your lips from the inside out, apply your lipstick, stick your finger in your mouth and pull it out. Remember making those “popping” noises when you were a kid? This is the same thing. Your finger will wipe away the excess lipstick and leave your teeth shiny white. Continue reading

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