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The highly-anticipated HSBC Cape Town Sevens tournament will take place on the weekend of 10-11 December 2016. World Rugby on Wednesday announced the dates for the 10 global destinations that will comprise the 2016/17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The inaugural event was hugely popular with fans last December, with all tickets at the iconic Cape Town Stadium sold out and a capacity crowd cheering on the Blitzboks in their final victory over Argentina.

SA Rugby plans to announce details of ticket sales for the second HSBC Cape Town Sevens in June, shortly after the Castle Lager Incoming Series between the Springboks and Ireland.

Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, welcomed the announcement and confirmed that the smooth running of the second ever HSBC Cape Town Sevens is well underway. Continue reading

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Because great coffee and great music go together in perfect harmony, Nescafé has been announced as the sponsor of the hotly contested Album of the Year category at the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards.

Johannesburg 25 May, Nescafé, has signed up as a champion of quality home-brewed sounds ahead of #SAMA22, which takes place at the Durban International Convention Centre on Saturday, 4 June 2016.

Celebrating piping-hot local music by a selection of dazzling newcomers as well as seasoned industry veterans, the Nescafé Album of the Year nominees are: Francois van Coke (Francois van Coke), Emtee (Avery), Nathi (Buyelekhaya), Tresor (VII) and Black Coffee (Pieces of Me).
The Album of the Year is regarded as one of the “top five” categories, and this year the contest is set to be as closely fought as ever during the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards. Continue reading

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South Africa’s Craig Joubert will on Saturday become only the third referee in history to officiate his 100thVodacom Super Rugby match when he takes charge of the clash between the Vodacom Bulls and Emirates Lions at Loftus Versfeld.

Only Steve Walsh (111 matches) and South Africa’s Jonathan Kaplan (107) have achieved this remarkable feat.

This milestone will contribute to a memorable year for Joubert, who is one five South African referees named on the 12-member panel to officiate at the Olympic Games in Rio in August.

It will also add another highlight to Joubert’s illustrious career, which includes officiating the 2011 Rugby World Cup final in New Zealand, as well as three Vodacom Super Rugby finals, in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

“I would like to congratulate Craig on this outstanding achievement,” said SA Rugby President Mr. Oregan Hoskins. Continue reading

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The following speech was delivered by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the Council meeting for the tabling of the budget today, 25 May 2016.

Mr Speaker,

Before I begin, I would like to take a moment to celebrate Africa Day.

This is a celebration of our great continent and the heritage, experience, and hopes we all have as Africans. Continue reading

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Cell C has stepped in to help with the reconstructive surgery and recovery of a special South African white rhino who captured the attention of the world.
Hope made global headlines last year when she survived a savage panga attack by poachers who butchered her and left her for dead after brutally hacking off her horn. But this incredible animal with an iron will refused to die.

Suzette van der Merwe, Managing Executive, Cell C Foundation, said: “We were so touched by this story of bravery that Cell C donated R150 000 to Saving the Survivors (STS) to help Hope with all her needs at the recovery facility include reconstructive surgery from the top rhino veterinarian in the world.” Continue reading

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There was much excitement when Waverly Girls High School principal, Hamilton Seopa and Grade 11 and 12 learners Lesogo Phatshwana, Lebogang Mateya, Kesleigh Usher and Nikisha Latchram met with Cell C CEO, Jose Dos Santos.

He hosted them ahead Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® which takes place around the country tomorrow(Thursday 26 May).

Dos Santos joins hundreds of corporate and business leaders who will host 50 000 young women.  A record 650 companies, government departments and civil institutions have registered to participate in this year’s campaign.

In discussion with Dos Santos, the girls wanted to know how best to make a success of their own lives as well as the best way to go about choosing a career. The CEO shared his personal views and experiences, telling the girls that success can be achieved, provided that one is focused, passionate and committed to hard work. Continue reading

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Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said on Tuesday he was very satisfied with the feedback he received from local franchise coaches and players during his two-week road trip to the six South African Super Rugby teams.

The series of visits was the first opportunity for the new Springbok coach to meet the players and coaching staff of the Vodacom Bulls, Cell C Sharks, DHL Stormers, Toyota Cheetahs, Emirates Lions and Southern Kings since his appointment to the national coaching job in April.

Coetzee was accompanied by assistant coaches Johann van Graan, Matt Proudfoot and Mzwandile Stick, as well as Warren Adams (strength and conditioning coach), Vivian Verwant, Tanu Pillay (physiotherapists) and Ian Schwartz (team manager). Continue reading

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South African’s receive an all-access pass to the best of Nike with the launch of Nike.com

Nike.com and NikeiD will go live in South Africa on May 25.  A 24-hours-a-day store, Nike.com is accessible through mobile, computer and device, giving athletes an all access pass to the best of Nike, including apparel, footwear and Nike+ services, to help them become better athletes*.

From gearing up for race day and looking to conquer a PR this year, Nike’s latest running innovations include the new Lunar Epic Flyknit.

Starting a new training regimen? The latest training tights, tees and tanks will help you reach your goals.

Looking for the perfect street to gym look? Check out the latest from Nike Sportswear.

From the football pitch to small-sided games, Nike has you covered.  Continue reading

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A weekend operation around the sale of liquor saw fines totalling more than R50 000 issued in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Liquor Enforcement Unit participated in an integrated operation over the weekend that resulted in the arrest of four suspects for selling alcohol without a licence.

The Unit teamed up with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Provincial Office of the South African Police Service Liquor Control, and the Western Cape Liquor Authority to inspect liquor premises in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.

Officers issued 19 spot fines for various offences related to the City’s by-laws, totalling R50 500. One of the four suspects arrested – a Mitchells Plain shebeen owner – faces additional charges of assault and resisting arrest.

During the first quarter of this year, the Liquor Enforcement Unit closed down 28 illegal liquor premises and conducted 782 compliance inspections in terms of the Control of Undertakings that Sell Liquor to the Public By-law of 2013. They also confiscated nearly 5 500 litres of alcohol during operations with the South African Police Service. Continue reading

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