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Springbok looseforward Teboho ‘Oupa’ Mohoje was on Sunday named captain of the South African ‘A’ team by coach Johan Ackermann as the squad assembled in Bloemfontein for a two-match series against a strong England Saxons team.

He will be assisted by his Toyota Cheetahs team-mate, Francois Venter, while the squad was bolstered by the addition of two forward replacements from the Blue Bulls.

Springbok backrower Arno Botha returns to national colours after two seasons plagued by injury while he is joined by emerging lock star, Jason Jenkins, who joins his 2015 Junior Springbok locking team-mate, RG Snyman, in the ‘A’ squad.

Ackermann said: “Oupa has natural leadership ability and is one of the few players in the squad who knows what it means to be a national player. I’m looking forward to working with him and Francois over the next fortnight as we bring together a young and exciting squad.” Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town has commenced with a public participation process for the naming of five unnamed suburbs in Delft. Residents and interested parties are invited to make proposals that will commemorate the people and events that are inherent to Delft. Read more below:

Delft was established in 1989 on a farm situated next to the Cape Town International Airport. Even though some of the suburbs in Delft are named after Dutch towns such as The Hague, Roosendal, Eindhoven, Voorbrug and Leiden, up to nine precincts are still only known by a number to this day.

‘It is 27 years down the line since Delft was established and high time that we embark on a process to name the precincts of greater Delft. According to the 2011 Census, nearly 18 600 households or 64 500 people live in Delft and, given Cape Town’s population growth, we can safely assume that Delft is home to even more people today. To these residents their precincts are much more than a number – it is the place they call home, where they work, play, socialise, celebrate and have their roots. Names can have a powerful emotional effect and this naming process is part of our efforts to bring dignity to the people residing in these precincts, and to build an inclusive space where all of us feel at home,’ said the Chairperson of the City’s Naming Committee, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading

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With the recent announcement of the Kongos ONICT event at Hillcrest Quarry, August Burns Red (US) get their own night in Cape Town at The Assembly.

10 August 2016 will see August Burns Red taking the Mother City out for a night she will never forget. Hilltop Live hosts One Night in Cape Town with August Burns Red & more at The Assembly, mere days after their performance at OppiKoppi. They are set to be burning hotter than ever before, covered in the scarlet mist of Northam and ready to show Cape Town what they are made of.

Since their formation in 2003, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, they have evolved into one of the biggest names worldwide in the modern metal scene, continually growing and connecting fiercely with a colossal legion of fans. August Burns Red has spent years skillfully crafting a balance between a ferociously heavy sound with empowering lyrical content, while showcasing a rich surplus of inventive guitar riffs, blistering solos, and dynamic drumming. With a solid collection of 5 previous albums, Thrill Seeker (2005), Messengers (2007), Constellations (2009), Leveler (2011), the band’s latest release Rescue & Restore (2013) rocketed to the top of the Billboard charts – debuting at #9 on the Billboard Top 200.

After being announced to play OppiKoppi, Capetonians have been chomping at the bit for information around a ONICT event for August Burns Red, and finally Cape town gets their chance to see modern metal at its finest at one of the iconic venues in Cape Town. With local support still to be added to this show, it can only get better from here.

Date: 10 August 2016
Venue: The Assembly
Artists: August Burns Red & SA Artists
Tickets: R350 from Computicket.
Get your tickets here
Doors open: 21h00
Doors close: 02h00
Restrictions: No under 18”s ROAR

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Escape from your everyday life and join us for a new fantasy world experience this winter. Let your imagination run free as we take you on a journey through this mystical world of music, art & dazzling performers, whilst mingling amongst beautiful guests immersed in white.

So Happy’s White Wonderland experience will take place on 30th July 2016 at The Bank, Cape Town.

Come explore this new fantasy world dressed in white from head to toe contributing to the surreal magical atmosphere of the night filled with surprises and mysterial energy where YOU become the headliner of the show.
White Wonderland will feature a glittering, sparkling entourage of theatrical performers, including twisting aerialists, towering stilt-walkers & dramatic dancers combined with music provided by SA’s top DJ’s. There will also be mystery prizes, games and activations that will enhance your wonderland childlike experience.

What could be better than an experience like this knowing that you are supporting an unbelievable cause?

So Happy have a powerful charitable drive and are proud to be associated with The Smile Foundation. Celebrate in the knowledge that your fun is helping other people become happy too. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town notes the publication by Stats SA of the results of the Household Survey 2015. We note the data presented but believe that it needs to be interrogated and verified against other data before it can be used to manage future implementation.

In general, it is inexplicable that Stats SA uses ‘RDP standards’ when these standards have long been replaced. There are, for example, Department of Housing standards that are applied to service provision, and standards defined in the Water Services Act.

On energy provision, it is inexplicable that Stats SA has only reported the results at a provincial level, yet does not report this data at a metro level when it does do so for the other services. The data shows that 96% of households in the Western Cape receive electricity from mains for lighting. Continue reading

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Following their successful #LoveRugby squad assembly exercise in Cape Town last Sunday, the Springboks are ready to give back more to their passionate supporters.

The community of Belhar will be the beneficiary of the a once-in-a-lifetime training visit by the full Springbok squad on Monday, 6 June starting at 15h00.

Allister Coetzee and his Bok squad are due to have a full training session on Monday at the Belhar Rugby Club to prepare themselves for their opening Castle Lager Incoming Series Test next Saturday against Ireland at DHL Newlands.

Following the field drill, the players will then stay on for a signing session and to meet their fans.

Coetzee said he was looking forward to the Belhar visit. “The players were thrilled with last week’s #LoveRugby exercise and they are excited about the visit to Belhar. The community will get the opportunity to watch a full Springbok training session, which is something special,” explained Coetzee.

Monday’s field training exercise is open to the public, and all media are invited to attend this unique visit. Media must however confirm their attendance to the event by email to by no later than 12h00 on Sunday, 5 June.

What: #LoveRugby field training session
Who: The Springbok rugby squad
When: Monday, 6 June 15h00 – 17h00
Where: Belhar Rugby Club, corner of Symphony Way and Accordion Street

Injury concern for Jan Serfontein

Springbok centre Jan Serfontein injured his wrist playing Vodacom Super Rugby two weeks ago, and the initial x-rays showed no fracture. However, while at the Springbok camp, his wrist did not improve as expected and as a result further medical examinations were done. Continue reading

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A unique blend of musicians will unite on stage for an awe-inspiring and uplifting gospel celebration of music at the Baxter Theatre from 27 June to 3 July at 8pm.

‘Let us Praise’ will feature some amazing artists in the gospel music industry which the mother city has to offer coming together to perform on one stage. The exciting line-up will be hosted by all-round musical entertainer Alistair Izobell, who will be joined on stage by TopDog SA’s pianist extraordinaire Camillo Lombard, saxophonist Donveno Prins, Charlton Daniels, Mark Williams and Mornay Hoffmeester.

Other talented musicians forming part of the line-up includes songwriter and performing artist Wilmot Fredericks, Gospel choir the Joshua Generation and contemporary gospel artist Varonica Meyer.

Directed by Alistair Izobell, the show is a gospel celebration of incredible music sung by award winning artists in the industry. Being a veteran producer and stage performer, Izobell is known to be sincere about his faith and envisioned a platform showcasing incredible artists in celebrating the uplifting power of gospel music among generations.

One of the leading groups who will be performing is the Joshua Generation, an urban gospel band comprising of ten members, who have become well-known in the industry for the past three years. They have headlined the Kingdom revolution concert and was the opening act and backing group for the award-winning international artist Vashawn Mitchell. The band is currently working on their first debut album with mentor Shawn George and producer Marco van der Merwe. Continue reading

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Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself “The Greatest” and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, is dead.

Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesman confirmed to NBC News. He was 74.

“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman, told NBC News.

Ali had suffered for three decades from Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive neurological condition that slowly robbed him of both his legendary verbal grace and his physical dexterity. A funeral service is planned in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Even as his health declined, Ali did not shy from politics or controversy, releasing a statement in December criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda,” he said.

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The Junior Springboks arrived in Manchester, England, on Friday fresh and motivated for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship, which will take place from 7 to 25 June.

The team landed in London on Friday morning and then took the short flight to Manchester, where they will be based for the next three weeks.

The team kicks off their campaign on Tuesday, 7 June, against Japan at the Academy Stadium.

They then take on Argentina on Saturday, 11 June, at the AJ Bell Stadium before returning to the Academy Stadium on Wednesday, 15 June, for their final round-robin match against France.

The semi-final will be played on Monday, 20 June and the Final on Saturday, 25 June.
Junior Springbok captain Jeremy Ward and his team wasted no time taking to the field and had a flush-out session soon after arriving in the popular soccer town. Continue reading

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Musical big guns to perform in intimate setting at the V&A Waterfront

‘Acoustics Underground’ performances, presented in association with KFM

Dates:            Wednesday, 29 June             Loyiso Bala

Wednesday, 27 July               Arno Carstens & François van Coke

Thursday, 18 August              Judith Sephuma ft. Camillo Lombard

Times:            Doors open at 19h00

Performances start at 19h30

Venue:          Chavonnes Battery Museum, Silo District


Cost:               Tickets R175 per person

Contact:        V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or Continue reading

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