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City Health is counting the cost of yet more burglaries and vandalism at its clinics – a seemingly never-ending cycle. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate has submitted insurance claims valued at more than R750 000 over a nine-month period for losses incurred as a result of theft and burglary.

In two of the most recent incidents last week, criminals damaged the roof and stole pipes and taps at the Newfields Satellite Clinic in Hanover Park, leaving the facility without water and electricity.

In Khayelitsha, criminals made off with three computers from the Zakhele Clinic on Monday 2 May 2016. The following night, thieves stole 50 white plastic chairs from the clinic and damaged the front door and burglar gate. Other clinics in Khayelitsha have also been targeted in recent weeks, including two incidents at the Town 2, Nolungile and Kuyasa clinics. Continue reading

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The Springbok Sevens playmaker Rosko Specman is determined to help his team to a convincing performance in this weekend’s HSBC Paris Sevens tournament and is looking forward to play with the Blitzboks again.

Specman was in fine form in previous tournaments, but was rested for the previous two tournaments of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and missed the Hong Kong and Singapore events.

Coach Neil Powell included the playmaker for Paris, the second last tournament in the 2015/16 series.

“I am very happy to be here and I would like to thank the coach and management for giving me this opportunity to travel to Paris to play in this tournament,” Specman said.

“To be back in the squad and playing is wonderful. It is not nice sitting at home and watch the boys play, but I understand the bigger scheme of things. The coach needed to give everybody an opportunity to see if they can add value with the Olympics in mind.” Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is coordinating a safety exercise in Epping Industria tomorrow, 11 May 2016, simulating an explosion whereby gas is leaked to the surrounding area. The exercise will also test the preparedness of the surrounding companies to deal with a hazardous explosion.

Members of the media are welcome to observe the simulation from the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre in Goodwood (corner of Frans Conradie Drive and Hugo Street).

The exercise is being done in collaboration with various other agencies including the City’s Fire and Rescue Service, Traffic Services, Law Enforcement, Metro Police, the 107 Public Emergency Communication Centre and City Health’s Air Quality Management Unit. The following companies will also participate in the exercise: Glaxo Smith Kline, Fine Chemicals, Afrox, Epping Market and Pioneer Foods. Continue reading

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“A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it’s better than no inspiration at all,” as veteran writer Rita Mae Brown once said. It’s an apt observation considering that, for those working in creative fields, sometimes a deadline can be the best motivating factor to complete a project and make those all-important submissions.

In the spirit of motivation, Loeries®, the benchmark for brand communication across Africa and the Middle East, has extended the deadline for entries into its annual awards to 31 May 2016. The awards will take place during Loeries® Creative WeekTM Durban, South Africa, in August.

All brands, marketers, design and advertising agencies, public relations firms, film and video producers, architectural consultancies, music video producers and creative directors across the spectrum of brand communications are invited to submit their most creative and inspiring work for the period 1 June 2015 – 31 May 2016. Continue reading

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 10:  during the Junior Springbok World Rugby U20 Championship squad announcement at SARU House on May 10, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – MAY 10: during the Junior Springbok World Rugby U20 Championship squad announcement at SARU House on May 10, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Tuesday named his 28-man squad that will do battle at World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester, England, from 7 to 25 June.

Eastern Province centre Jeremy Ward will lead the team in the showpiece, while his provincial team-mate Junior Pokomela and 2015 SA Schools captain, DHL Western Province lock Ernst van Rhyn, have been named as vice-captains.

The squad features two players who were members of the Junior Springbok squad that finished third at the international showpiece in Italy last year, namely centre JT Jackson and scrumhalf Marco Jansen van Vuren. Continue reading

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Apart from SnapScan, motorists can now also use their MasterCard, VISA or American Express cards to pay for kerbside parking in the Cape Town central business district (CBD).

Street Parking Solutions manages on-street parking in the CBD on behalf of the City of Cape Town. Since the beginning of this month, the parking marshals employed by Street Parking Solutions have been equipped with handheld point-of-sale (POS) devices which now make it possible for motorists to pay for parking with their bank cards.

‘The marshals with the handheld POS devices are wearing badges indicating that they can accept card payments. The POS devices make it easier and more convenient to pay for parking as motorists do not always have cash on hand and then have to search for an ATM to withdraw money,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron.

In October 2014 Street Parking Solutions also adopted SnapScan technology – an alternative payment option allowing motorists to pay for parking using a smartphone application. Continue reading

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The Cape Town Flower Show takes place from Thursday 27th–Sunday 30th October 2016 at The Castle of Good Hope, in the centre of Cape Town with Table Mountain as its backdrop.

This annual lifestyle show brings together gardens and gardening, planting trends and designs for living outdoors; unites notions of beauty, sanctuary and sustainability; and celebrates local food, culture and community. The show taps into a gardening culture that’s young, vibrant and identifies with a universal awareness for the need to care for the environment.

The show’s main features include: Show Gardens, Floristry, Flowers in Art, Horticultural Exhibits, Nurseries and Seeds, The Backyard (Food Court), Water-Wise, Workshops, demos and more!

The Cape Town Flower Show taps into a gardening culture that`s young, vibrant and identifies with a universal awareness for the need to care for the environment.

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In the build-up towards the show, The Cape Town Flower Show will be releasing a limited amount of tickets each month at special prices. Avoid disappointment and book early to get the best prices

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An initiative aimed at bridging the divide between education and the world of work

Absa, part of the Barclays Africa Group, today announced the launch in South Africa of ‘ReadytoWork,’ an employability initiative that helps to train and equip young people for the world of work.

This follows the successful roll-out of the initiative in six of the countries in which Barclays Africa operates – Zambia, Seychelles, Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius and Zimbabwe, and after receiving support from the MEC of Education in Gauteng the curriculum is now available in some schools across the province, with further schools to follow in Limpopo and Free State. Continue reading

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